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No Rohingya woman safe as rapists run rampant: experts

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the Rohingya crisis, with no woman safe from the risk of sexual attack as Myanmar's Muslim minority is driven out of its homeland, according to experts in the field and those caught up in the crisis.

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Major U.S. tech companies launch a lobby group to allow ‘Dreamers’ to remain in the country, the Senate passed a budget blueprint critical to Trump’s tax reform efforts and the Spanish government said it plans to force January elections upon Catalonia.

Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

YANGON One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames. | Video

World, Oct 19 2017

U.S. says holds Myanmar military leaders accountable in Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar's military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.

U.N. says still determining if Myanmar crisis is genocide

GENEVA The United Nations has yet to determine whether violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar meets the legal definition of genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, Oct 18 2017

Lawmakers urge U.S. to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military

WASHINGTON More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar's military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown on the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

Politics, Election 2016, World, Oct 18 2017

Activists set talks with Chevron on Myanmar rights concerns

BOSTON/HOUSTON Shareholder activists will speak with Chevron Corp next week to request the energy giant use its influence with the government of Myanmar to press for a resolution of ethnic violence that has led to a refugee crisis.

World, United Nations, Oct 18 2017

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

GENEVA The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safer and better conditions.

World, United Nations Oct 17 2017

Myanmar journalists fly home as Bangladesh drops charges

DHAKA Bangladesh allowed two journalists from Myanmar detained while reporting about fleeing Rohingya Muslims to fly home on Tuesday and was dropping charges against them, their lawyer said.

World, Thailand Oct 17 2017

Exclusive: Woodside delays Myanmar gas drilling as early results disappoint - sources

YANGON Australia's Woodside Petroleum and its partners have deferred gas exploration plans in Myanmar until 2018 after some disappointing drilling results, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Oct 16 2017