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January, 18, 2017

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At least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar -- a third of them over the past week -- since the army launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, the U.N. said Monday.
 
US scolds Myanmar over violence
Abuses appear "normal and allowed" in Myanmar's response to an armed uprising by Rohingya Muslims, a senior U.S. official said in an interview, casting a pall over one of President Barack Obama's legacy foreign policy achievements.
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Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes Saturday between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.
 
An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year's deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid Friday in Dhaka, police said.
 
Scratching a living in Myanmar's
Every week Aye Min Htun prays he will find the ruby that changes his life, one of thousands of people scratching a living in Myanmar's mines set to gain little from the end of U.S. sanctions on the military-dominated industry.
 
A commission probing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Wednesday denied security forces have carried out a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya, days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians from the Muslim minority.
 
Myanmar's government on Monday pledged to investigate a video apparently showing police beating and kicking Rohingya civilians, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.
 
Cambodian police on Monday said they planned to arrest three suspects, including one believed to be in Thailand, for being behind an offensive photoshopped image of the country's king that placed him in a gay porn scene.
 
Flapping into the new year
A Nepalese Gurung community woman wearing traditional attire prepares to participate in a parade marking their New Year, known as "Tamu Loshar," in Kathmandu on Friday, Dec. 30. The indigenous Gurungs, also known as Tamu, are celebrating the advent of the year of the bird.
 
The Marshall Islands have been plunged into an Internet blackout, angering businessmen as repairs are made to the country's submarine fiber-optic cable.
 
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