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UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in convoy attack

The UN's rights envoy on Myanmar Wednesday slammed the nation's government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest. "The state has to protect me as a responsibility... This did not happen. The state failed to protect me," Tomas Ojea Quintan, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, told reporters at the end of his 10 day visit to the country.

Anti-Muslim riots haunt shattered Myanmar city

The thugs ordered Kyaw not to look as they killed his classmates, but the terrified teenager still caught glimpses of the merciless beatings as a wave of anti-Muslim killing engulfed his school town in central Myanmar, leaving dozens dead. "They used steel chains, sticks and knives... there were hundreds of people. They beat anyone who tried to look at them," the 16-year-old told AFP. Kyaw's small madrassa (Islamic school) on the outskirts of Meiktila town was razed during sectarian bloodshed in March that triggered an outbreak of Buddhist-Muslim violence across the country.

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Myanmar jails two Buddhists for riot murders

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said Monday. The defendants were convicted after separate trials at the district court in Meiktila for their part in deadly rioting in the town, which mainly targeted Muslims and sparked waves of religious unrest across the country.

Tennis: Myanmar drops Davis Cup ties over unrest

Myanmar has cancelled a series of Davis Cup matches in Yangon after security fears were raised following a recent outbreak of religious violence, local tennis officials said Tuesday. Matches in Asia-Oceania groups III and IV set for this week were scrapped after the world tennis body questioned players' safety following anti-Muslim riots in March which left at least 43 people dead.

13 dead in blaze at Myanmar Muslim school

A fire killed 13 students at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city on Tuesday, police said, raising tensions in the wake of sectarian clashes despite police assurances that the blaze was accidental. The government called for calm and sent security forces to the scene after an angry crowd gathered demanding answers about the deadly fire in Yangon, which follows a wave of Buddhist-Muslim killings and arson in central Myanmar.

Mob torches mosque in fresh Myanmar unrest: police

A rampaging mob set fire to a mosque and homes in a central Myanmar town, a police official said Wednesday, the latest outbreak of violence in communal unrest that has left at least 40 people dead. A week after Buddhist-Muslim clashes erupted, a mosque was torched in Nattalin town, 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the country's commercial hub of Yangon, a police official who did not want to be named told AFP. A Nattalin resident said police were overwhelmed as a mob arrived in the town, setting fire to the mosque before leaving.

US issues travel warning as Myanmar unrest spreads

Communal riots in Myanmar have spread closer to the main city Yangon, police said Tuesday as the United States warned against travelling to parts of the country in the wake of unrest that has left 40 dead. Fresh Buddhist-Muslim violence broke out late Monday and again on Tuesday in villages in the Bago region roughly 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Yangon, with several mosques and dozens of homes reported to have been destroyed.

US issues travel warning as Myanmar unrest spreads

Communal riots in Myanmar have spread closer to the main city Yangon, police said Tuesday as the United States warned against travelling to parts of the country in the wake of unrest that has left 40 dead. Fresh Buddhist-Muslim violence broke out late Monday and again on Tuesday in villages in the Bago region roughly 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Yangon, with several mosques and dozens of homes reported to have been destroyed.

US warns against travel to parts of Myanmar after riots

The United States on Tuesday warned against travel to Mandalay region and parts of Yangon after deadly communal rioting in central Myanmar that has seen Muslim homes and mosques razed. A post on the US Embassy website said the unrest in Meiktila "has resulted in strong feelings on many sides". It "strongly advised" citizens to avoid areas in the main city of Yangon and all of Mandalay region amid signs the unrest has spread.
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