Ethnic conflicts

December 24, 2017 - 5:59 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Sunday accused government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect. A statement by opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government troops have been "bombarding" opposition positions in Yei county and...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographed following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan's warring factions on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 signed a new agreement to cease hostilities and protect civilians in the latest effort to calm a devastating civil war. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)
December 23, 2017 - 4:12 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A cease-fire by South Sudan's warring sides began just after midnight Sunday amid concerns over whether this latest attempt at peace will hold. The agreement signed Thursday after internationally brokered talks is an effort to salvage a 2015 peace deal. The United States has...
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A Rohingya Muslim child carrying a blanket at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Many thousands of Rohingya people have crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
December 22, 2017 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday the U.S. is considering further actions against those responsible for "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims, after a Myanmar general was blacklisted and Democratic lawmakers called for more military officers to face sanctions. Rep. Eliot Engel,...
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Pope Francis talks during a news conference on board a flight to return to Rome, Saturday Dec. 2, 2017, after a seven day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the "terrorism of gossip" that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country's Catholic leadership on Saturday at the close of an otherwise tense and diplomatically fraught Asian tour. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)
December 02, 2017 - 6:08 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defended his silence in Myanmar over the plight of Rohingya refugees, saying a public denunciation would have "slammed the door in the face" of his hosts and prevented his message from being heard. Francis said he chose instead to speak in...
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Pope Francis gestures as he visits the National Martyrs' Memorial of Bangladesh in Savar, outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh Thursday for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia. (AP Photo/A. M. Ahad)
November 30, 2017 - 7:39 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take "decisive measures" to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what the United Nations has declared to be a textbook case of "ethnic...
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Pope Francis waves from Pope mobile as Myanmar Catholics wave flags ahed of the holy mass Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar. The pontiff is in Myanmar for the first stage of a week-long visit that will also take him to neighboring Bangladesh.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 29, 2017 - 8:13 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Pope Francis urged Myanmar's religious leaders and ordinary faithful on Wednesday to help the country heal its old wounds, preaching a message of forgiveness and tolerance as the country emerges from military dictatorship and seeks to make peace with its many ethnic...
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Pope Francis meets Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Convention Centre of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The pontiff is in Myanmar for the first stage of a week-long visit that will also take him to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
November 28, 2017 - 6:41 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the U.N. as a...
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Pope Francis is greeted by young children in traditional clothes upon his arrival at Yangon's airport, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The pontiff is in Myanmar for the first stage of a week-long visit that will also take him to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
November 27, 2017 - 9:36 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Pope Francis opened a diplomatically fraught trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday by immediately diving into the crisis over Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims: He met with the country's military chief, even before beginning the official program of his trip. The...
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In this Sept. 7, 2017 photo, an exhausted Rohingya Muslim woman is carried in a cloth sling as she arrives at Kutupalong refugee camp after having just crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh. While the international community has condemned Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing," the Catholic church has resisted the term and defended Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the only hope for democracy. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 27, 2017 - 2:41 am
KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Many of the refugees who have been flooding into Bangladesh to escape the Myanmar military say they're hopeful that a visit to the region by Pope Francis will help bring peace. Francis will be treading a difficult diplomatic line on his visit to Bangladesh...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh from Nov. 27, 2017 with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as the only hope for democracy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
November 24, 2017 - 8:36 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the only hope for democracy...
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