Malaysia Is Using Coronavirus to Deport Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya have looked to escape persecution in Myanmar in Malaysia — but now the Malaysian government no longer wants to offer them asylum and is putting the Rohingya population in detention centers.

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Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks driving illegal trade | AFP

Conservationists warn that a sudden change in Myanmar’s law allowing the commercial farming of endangered species such as tigers, pangolins, and others risk further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products.

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Protecting Myanmar temple treasures from looters amid tourist slump | AFP

A dearth of visitors means temples and hotels lie empty in the Myanmar city of Bagan, crushing the livelihoods of locals and opening doors to opportunistic burglars. A police squad has been deployed to bolster security in the area.

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Here are the top stories for Friday, July 3: Trump heads to Mt. Rushmore for fireworks display; Chicago urges social distancing for July 4th; More than 160 dead in Myanmar landslide; Washington Redskins eyes nickname change.

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Landslides | AFP Animé

Videographic on landslides. The battered bodies of more than 120 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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People flee home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state fearing ‘clearance ops’ | AFP

People from Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine flee to the state capital of Sittwe after warnings of military “clearance operations”, as the UN called to spare civilians amid intensifying fighting between the army and insurgents.

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Myanmar burns piles of seized drugs | AFP

Anti-drugs police in Myanmar burn huge piles of narcotics to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Drugs from remote Myanmar labs are trafficked along Thailand’s ‘meth superhighway’, destined for the local market or overseas as far as Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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Nearly 100 Rohingya rescued off Indonesia | AFP

Nearly 100 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, including 30 children, were rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday. They had gone without food for several days, officials said.

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‘Little Chef’ charms Myanmar with lockdown cooking classes | AFP

From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef’s hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Myanmar migrant workers return from Thailand | AFP

After weeks of waiting at the border, large numbers of Myanmar migrant workers are returning from Thailand as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic sees factories close and tens of thousands of people lose jobs across Southeast Asia.

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Myanmar’s former ‘Mr Burma’ still pumping iron at 91 | AFP

Flexing his oiled, bulging biceps and pecs, 91-year-old one-time bodybuilding champion Sein Maung admires himself in the mirror before starting to pump iron in his Myanmar gym. The barrel-chested nonagenarian’s career has spanned some 70 years, both pre-dating and outlasting the country’s half-century of junta rule.

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Myanmar football pitch used by food vendors to ensure physical distancing | AFP

Myanmar has transformed a football pitch in Nattalin Towhship in the Bago region into a huge open-air market to allow vendors more space to adhere physical distancing rules.

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Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine | AFP

Myanmar ships hundreds of recently released Rohingya inmates back to the country’s restive western borderlands, after fears that its overcrowded prisons could become hotbeds for runaway coronavirus outbreaks.

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Myanmar announces the release of 25,000 prisoners amid virus fears | AFP

People gather outside Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar after the president’s office announced that more than a quarter of the country’s prison population would be released, amid growing calls to ease pressure on overcrowded jails as coronavirus fears grip the nation.

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Coronavirus: Myanmar military helps disinfect Yangon’s streets | AFP

Myanmar’s military has joined coronavirus relief efforts by disinfecting streets in Yangon. The southeast Asian country has reported just a handful of cases of COVID-19, but experts say the real figure may be many times higher.

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Myanmar’s disinfects its historic site following coronavirus death | AFP

Myanmar disinfects the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Yangon’s historical sights, as a preventative measure against the coronavirus pandemic. The country of 54 million people, with one of the region’s weakest health care systems, confirmed its first case of the virus only last week, and the first death on Tuesday.

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Coronavirus: streets disinfected in Myanmar’s Yangon | AFP

The streets of Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon were disinfected on Sunday as worries mount over the coronavirus pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University tracker, the under-developed Southeast Asian nation had 10 confirmed cases as of Monday morning.

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Myanmar’s doctors on motorbikes trek dangerously to reach patients | AFP

Intrepid healthworkers travel for days by foot, bike and boat to reach isolated Naga villages in Myanmar’s northern fringes where many still rely on traditional remedies prescribed by shamans.

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