Myanmar

Rohingya women sit in front of their rel...Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 15, 2013. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than eight million people, according to the UN.  AFP PHOTO / SOE THAN WINSoe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN. Read more

An internally displaced Rohingya boy wraps himself with a sarong as he walks in rain at a makeshift camp for Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar, ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The U.N. said the cyclone, expected later this week, could swamp makeshift housing camps sheltering tens of thousands of Rohingya.  Myanmar state television reported Monday that 5,158 people were relocated from low-lying camps in Rakhine state to safer shelters. But far more people are considered vulnerable.

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A Rohingya boy wraps himself with a sarong as he walks in the rain at a makeshift camp for displaced Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine, Myanmar, ahead of Cyclone Mahasen. The UN said the cyclone, expected later this week, could swamp makeshift housing camps sheltering tens of thousands of Rohingya.

Muslim people sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Yangon on May 1, 2013. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said on May 1, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the nation.

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Muslims sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, about 100 km north of Yangon, on Wednesday. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the country.

A worker polishes a Ford during an event by US carmaker Ford in Yangon on April 30, 2013. US carmaker Ford announced plans on April 30 to enter into the Myanmar market as sanctions have eased following democratic reforms in 2012.

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A worker polishes a Ford car during an event by the US carmaker in Yangon. Ford announced plans on Tuesday to enter into the Myanmar market as US sanctions have eased following democratic reforms in 2012.

Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one-year-old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one-year-old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe, MyanmarRead more

Boys play on teak logs piled at a port in Yangon April 18, 2013.

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Boys play on teak logs piled at a port in Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday. Read more

A woman lights frankincense as she prays at Shwedagon pagoda on the first day of Myanmar's traditional New Year in Yangon April 17, 2013.

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A woman lights frankincense as she prays at Shwedagon Pagoda on the first day of Myanmar‘s traditional New Year in Yangon on Wednesday.

Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon

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Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon on Friday. Myanmar celebrates Thingyan during the month of Tagu, which usually falls around mid-April.

Labourers display fish for sale at a night market in Yangon early on April 10, 2013.  A World Bank official said earlier this year that Myanmar has "enormous potential" as it undergoes reforms.

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Labourers display fish for sale at a night market in Yangon early on April 10, 2013. A World Bank official said earlier this year that Myanmar has “enormous potential” as it undergoes reforms.

Muslim men clean debris in front of a mosque heavily damaged in recent violence in town of Gyo Bin Gauk

Muslim men clean debris in front of a mosque heavily damaged in recent violence in the town of Gyo Bin Gauk. Reuters/Damir Sagolj

President Thein Sein of Myanmar pledged this week to step up the pace of reform and crack down on religious and racial violenceRead more