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In Rohingya camp, tensions mount over Myanmar plan to revoke ID cards

THAE CHAUNG, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar's decision to revoke temporary identification cards for minorities is raising tensions among its 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims, who have effectively been disenfranchised just days after parliament approved a law affirming their right to vote in a referendum.


Kurdish party could upset political landscape in Turkish vote

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The smallest party in Turkey's parliament may wind up occupying its most decisive seats after an election on Sunday, potentially ending 12 years of single-party rule and heralding a dramatic transformation of the Kurdish political movement.


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China

BEIJING (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China on Wednesday afternoon, an AFP journalist said, making her first visit at a time of cooling relations between the once closely-bonded nations.

Brave New World

A lesson from Myanmar

Transparency is one of the key factors of a democracy. It leads to efficiency, as one can't hide behind secret meetings and the fog of blame and counter blame. Alien nation: Suu Kyi's supporters protesting in Yangon last month.


Priorities of the well-to-do

The comforts of life come first for those with money and they become irritable and behave badly when they have to go without them.

Behind The Headlines

The problem is the state

The litmus test of how governments and populations treat refugees and how Myanmar treats minority groups, is the pathetic plight of the Rohingya.

Behind The Headlines

Is Asean now at sea?

Grouping continues to invite others to its feast, even if it may have too much on its plate.


Pope says Sri Lanka should seek truth over civil war

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth about its long civil conflict and bring religious communities closer together, as he began a visit to the island nation whose wartime leaders were voted out of power only days ago.


Sangha members urged to speak up against persecution

PETALING JAYA: The Buddhist council of monks (Sangha) in Malaysia has been largely silent over the Rohingya crisis but one of them has chosen to speak up.


Insight - Thai police arrest Rohingya man suspected of running deadly jungle camp

PADANG BESAR / NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (Reuters) - Thai police have arrested a man they believe is the key figure behind a brutal human trafficking network that ran a jungle camp where dozens of bodies have been found.