Ethnic conflicts

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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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim women carry blankets and other supplies they collected from aid distribution centers in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, Nov. 22, putting more pressure on the country's military to halt a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
November 23, 2017 - 12:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 620,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Rohingya people push a cart loaded with fire-wood during rain in Thet Kabyin village, close to Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Amnesty International says Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination that amounts to “dehumanizing apartheid,” raising questions about what those who’ve fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned home. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are living in teeming refugee camps in Bangladesh and world leaders have called for the violence to stop and for Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return home with their safety assured.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
November 21, 2017 - 2:27 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to "dehumanizing apartheid," Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report that raises questions about what those who have fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned...
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Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, speaks during the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers (ASEM) meeting at Myanmar International Convention Centre Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
November 20, 2017 - 2:43 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. Suu...
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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, left, shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Mark Cristino/Pool Photo via AP)
November 13, 2017 - 12:49 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — When Aung San Suu Kyi led the fight for democracy against Myanmar's despotic military rulers two decades ago, she bristled at the collective reluctance of Southeast Asian governments to intervene in her nation's plight. In a newspaper editorial published in 1999, the former...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday Feb. 7, 2005, Serbian General Vladimir Lazarevic is seen during his initial appearance at the U.N. Yugoslav tribunal in the Hague, the Netherlands. The EU Monday Oct. 30, 2017, has warned European member candidate Serbia that appointing retired Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic as a lecturer at the country's military academy goes against EU's principles, as Lazarevic was sentenced by a U.N. war crimes tribunal for atrocities committed by Serb troops in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war. (AP Photos/Bas Czerwinski, FILE)
October 30, 2017 - 10:05 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union on Monday warned member candidate Serbia that appointing a general who was convicted for war crimes as a lecturer at the Balkan country's military academy goes against the EU's principles. Retired Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic was sentenced to 14 years in prison...
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