Simon Lewis

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11 Sep 2017 | 3:48 PM

Rohingya crisis fans communal tensions across Myanmar

YANGON/SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Communal tensions appeared to be rising across Myanmar on Monday after two weeks of violence in Rakhine state that have triggered an exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, prompting the government to tighten security at Buddhist pagodas.

7 Sep 2017 | 6:01 PM

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

YANGON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday her government was doing its best to protect everyone in the strife-torn state of Rakhine, as the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh leapt by 18,000 in one day, to 164,000.

7 Sep 2017 | 1:12 PM

Rohingya say their village is lost to Myanmar's spiralling conflict

KUTAPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The villagers said the soldiers came first, firing indiscriminately. Then came civilians, accompanying the soldiers, to loot and burn.

7 Sep 2017 | 1:27 AM

Exclusive - U.N. expects up to 300,000 Rohingya could flee Myanmar violence to Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims could flee violence in northwestern Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, a U.N. agency official said on Wednesday, warning of a funding shortfall for emergency food supplies for the refugees.

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6 Sep 2017 | 11:12 PM

Myanmar plays diplomatic card to avert U.N. censure over Rohingya

YANGON/SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Wednesday it was negotiating with China and Russia to ensure they block any U.N. Security Council censure over the violence that has forced an exodus of nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh in less than two weeks.

6 Sep 2017 | 7:42 PM

By land, river and sea, Rohingya make their escape from Myanmar

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - When his family of six crossed the monsoon-soaked Mayu mountains last week, Mohammed Ishmail tied his four-year-old daughter to his back with a longyi, or Myanmar sarong. His wife carried their two-year-old the same way.

5 Sep 2017 | 11:15 PM

Myanmar's Suu Kyi under pressure as almost 125,000 Rohingya flee violence

SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh/DHAKA (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi came under more pressure on Tuesday to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims that has sent nearly 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days.

4 Sep 2017 | 11:42 PM

Explosions rock Myanmar area near Bangladesh border amid Rohingya exodus

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON (Reuters) - Two blasts rocked an area on the Myanmar side of the border with Bangladesh on Monday, accompanied by the sound of gunfire and thick black smoke, as violence that has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh showed no sign of easing.

10 Aug 2017 | 6:30 PM

U.N. warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in western Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations has warned aid workers in western Myanmar of rising hostility and imminent protests from troubled Rakhine state's majority Buddhists, some of whom say humanitarian agencies are giving support to Rohingya Muslim militants.

8 Aug 2017 | 4:40 PM

Myanmar's Suu Kyi turns to state media amid fears for newly gained freedoms

MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has turned to state-run media inherited from the former junta in an overhaul of her PR approach, after warnings her agenda is being swamped by crises and amid fears among rights groups of eroding free speech.