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Marise Payne

Australia slaps sanctions on Myanmar military top brass

Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than eight months in prison [Myo Kyaw Soe-Reuters]

Court sentences Reuters reporters to seven years in prison

Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

UN accuses Myanmar generals of ‘genocidal intent’ against Rohingya

UN investigators on Monday accused Myanmar’s military of mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent”.

Rohingya refugees land in Myanmar as escape boat breaks up

Scores of Rohingya refugees leaving Bangladeshi camps by boat have accidentally returned to the crisis-hit area of Myanmar they originally fled from, after their vessel broke up on the sea route south.

Myanmar parliament to re-elect new president within seven working days

Myanmar’s vacant presidential post will be filled by re-election in the Union Parliament within seven working days, according to a statement from the President’s Office on Wednesday.

Petrol bomb thrown at Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa

A man threw a petrol bomb at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, officials said, a rare attack on a national figurehead who enjoys strong domestic support but has drawn global outcry over her reticence to speak up for the Rohingya.

Bangladesh to complete Rohingya return in two years

Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said on Tuesday, following a meeting of the neighbours to implement a pact signed last year.

Myanmar and Bangladesh sign deal over Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on Thursday paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state, officials said, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis.

Aung San Suu Kyi visits Myanmar district hit by ethnic violence

Aung San Suu Kyi has visited areas of Myanmar hit by ethnic violence for the first time since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims began fleeing the country.

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

Egyptian militant group claims attack on Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Egyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

Aid agencies must step up ‘massively’ to help Rohingya Muslims – UN

Aid agencies must step up operations "massively" to cope with an influx of 400,000 refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, a senior UN official has said.

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World Bank grants Tanzania $300 million to support education sector

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