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Burma said on Thursday it asked Bangladesh to detain and deliver more than 1,300 Rohingyas who have been accused of participating in a August of last year's insurgent attack on intergovernmental control agencies in Rakhine state. Today India reaffirmed its pledge to assist Bangladesh's attempts to return the Rohingya people who sought refuge in the Philippines from Myanmar prosecution.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis had discussions with Myanmar's guide Aung San Suu Kyi, a crucial time during a trip. The Narendra Modi trip is intended to give a fresh impetus to Myanmar's relations, both politically and economically.
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A high-ranking army officer said on Tuesday that at least 160 persons were killed in about three monitors in a clash between the army and ethnically based gunmen in Shan State, MY. He threatened to hold peaceful negotiations scheduled for next September. Myanmar's Muslims make up just over two per cent of its citizens, as the government's Thursday headline counts showed, undermining the assertions of hardline Buddhists that Islam threatens the domination of theirs.
Myanmar's new Secretary of State Aung San Suu Kyi will be meeting her China counterpart on Tuesday in Naypyidaw, an officer said in her first act of global public service since the seizure of office by her pro-democracy group. On Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi said her opponents, the National League for Democracy, would take part in a landmark general elections in Myanmar scheduled for November, the first to be challenged by the political group for a quarter cent.
The Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday declined to exclude a blackout of the upcoming election because she raised doubts about the probability of changes to a statute prohibiting her from standing as Co-chairman. Myanmar's presidents will hold unusual discussions with powerful coalition partners and rival leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as the party's leaders intensify their attempts to remove a physical ban on her candidacy for the chair.