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Myanmar president visits riot-hit western state

Myanmar's leader toured a strife-wracked western state Wednesday after anti-Muslim riots left one dead and homes razed in a resurgence of sectarian violence that has overshadowed internationally lauded political reforms. President Thein Sein arrived in Rakhine on Tuesday on his first trip to the region since a wave of religious bloodshed first erupted in June 2012, leaving dozens dead and displacing tens of thousands of people. "The main focus of the trip is the communal violence," said a presidential official who asked not to be named.

Hundreds homeless after latest Myanmar religious unrest

Muslims displaced by Myanmar's latest eruption of religious violence picked through the charred remains of their shattered homes as police patrolled the streets Monday, amid concern over spreading unrest. Hundreds of people were made homeless after about 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters rampaged through villages in Kanbalu, in the central region of Sagaing, on Saturday evening, setting fire to Muslim property and attacking rescue vehicles with catapults.

Order restored after fresh Myanmar religious unrest

HTAN KONE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Authorities restored order in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region on Sunday after a Buddhist mob set fire to nearly two dozen Muslim-owned buildings and attacked rescue workers in the latest widening of sectarian violence in the former military-run state. About 1,000 Buddhists, some carrying sticks and swords, attacked Muslim villagers in remote Htan Kone late on Saturday, destroying at least 20 homes and shops, according to witnesses and a government statement.

Indonesia temple blast protests violence against Myanmar Muslims: government

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A small bomb exploded at a Buddhist temple in Indonesia's capital, slightly injuring three people, in protest against violence against Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, a government official said. The device was detonated late on Sunday at the entrance of the Ekayana temple in West Jakarta as people were praying inside, while another bomb failed to explode, police said. The blast caused minor damage.

Malaysia urges Myanmar to stem anti-Muslim violence

By Manuel Mogato (Reuters) - Malaysia urged Myanmar on Sunday to take stronger action to prevent persecution of Muslims and bring the perpetrators to justice, the latest sign that the inter communal violence is straining ties in Southeast Asia. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to escape the violence and worsening living conditions, many of them making their way by boat or overland to Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Myanmar sends delegation to Malaysia over attacks on workers

The Myanmar government has sent a delegation led by its deputy foreign minister to Malaysia to probe recent violence against non-Muslim Myanmar nationals working in Malaysia, a local daily said Wednesday. A special delegation led by Zin Yaw and including Deputy Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Win Maw Tun left Yangon for Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday evening in a mission to talk Malaysian officials concerned into investigating "the recently occurred incidents on Myanmar migrant workers," the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

Police arrest two in new anti-Muslim unrest in Myanmar

Two Buddhists have been arrested after Muslim shops were destroyed in northern Kachin State, police said Saturday, in a new outbreak of religious violence. Myanmar is in the grip of acute religious tension after a deadly wave of unrest in March that saw monks and Buddhist mobs attack Muslim areas in violence that has edged towards the country's main city Yangon.

One dead after fresh Myanmar anti-Muslim riots

One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the nation. Riots sparked Tuesday in the small town of Oakkan, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Yangon after a woman accidentally knocked into a young monk, authorities said, amid acute Buddhist-Muslim tensions following a series of attacks in March. "A man died in hospital of his injuries this morning," a police official told AFP.

Myanmar's Muslims fear toxic fallout of reform

After generations as part of one of Asia's most ethnically diverse societies, Myanmar's Muslims fear they are becoming "scapegoats" of its reform process following a wave of religious violence. At least 43 people died in Buddhist-Muslim clashes which broke out last month in central Myanmar where mosques were burned down and Muslim homes were destroyed. The unrest -- which followed a wave of religious bloodshed in western Myanmar last year -- has instilled fear into the country's Muslims, some of whose families had lived peacefully alongside Buddhists for generations.

Sri Lanka blocks anti-hate protest in capital

Sri Lanka's police Friday broke up a protest by dozens of activists denouncing religious extremism and hate speech for fuelling a wave of attacks against minority Muslims, witnesses said. Police armed with guns, batons and tear gas dispersed the activists before they could stage a candle-light vigil against the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, or Buddhist Force), in a campaign organised through Facebook.
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