US warns Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.

Malaysia says 18 deaths could be linked to Myanmar unrest

Police have detained 15 people from Myanmar over a string of gruesome murders in a popular Malaysian tourist destination, and believe the killings are linked to ethnic unrest in their native country, reports said on Friday.

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Yangon to scrap a controversial identity plan.

Myanmar parliament rails at UN`s Ban Ki-moon over Rohingya comments

Myanmar`s parliament Friday lambasted UN Security General Ban Ki-moon for using the term `Rohingya`, accusing him of interfering in the country`s affairs during a visit this week that has kicked off fresh furore over the Muslim minority.

Influx of boat people a "huge burden for Thailand": Military spokesman

Thailand is buckling under the burden of sheltering and feeding hundreds of boat people over the past month, a senior government spokesman said on Thursday, and needs more help from rights groups and non-governmental organizations.

Thailand arrests 53 Rohingya migrants: Official

Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

Myanmar blockades Rohingya, tries to erase name

Authorities sealed off villages for months in Myanmar's only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to compel Rohingya to identify themselves as migrants from neighboring Bangladesh.

Thailand deports 1,300 Rohingya boat people

Thailand has sent around 1,300 Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, a top official said, dismaying rights campaigners who warned the minority Muslims faced persecution in the former junta-ruled country.

US `troubled` by Myanmar unrest

The United States said on Friday it was "deeply troubled" by a new wave of unrest in western Myanmar which has left several people dead, and warned security forces against "excessive force."

Myanmar rejects UN Rohingya citizenship appeal

Myanmar said it will not grant citizenship to Muslims identifying themselves as Rohingya, despite renewed pressure by United Nations which describes them as world`s most persecuted.

Asylum-seeker dies in Japan while doctor at lunch: NGO

An asylum-seeker collapsed and died after staff at a Japanese immigration centre failed to call for help, allegedly because the doctor was having lunch, a pressure group today said.

Two killed in Myanmar refugee camp dispute: UN

The UN refugee agency said that two people were killed and six wounded when security forces tried to quell a dispute at a refugee camp housing Muslims in western Myanmar.

India urged to help end killings in Myanmar

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged India to use its influence with Myanmar authorities to demand an end to attacks on Muslims there.

Fresh Muslim-Buddhist clashes in Myanmar, 3 killed

Hundreds of houses were torched and three killed in fresh sectarian clashes that erupted between the Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanmar, authorities said on Tuesday.