Religious Violence

Myanmar monks say most oppose anti-Muslim campaign

Only rubble remains where a building stood before sectarian violence in Meikhtila, a town once home to a thriving Muslim community in central Myanmar. Photo: AP

The image of Myanmar's Buddhist clergy has undergone a battering in recent months, as saffron-robed monks incite discrimination and violence against Muslim communities.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:56am

Myanmese Buddhists fear violence in Malaysia

Myanmese Buddhists in Malaysia have been living in fear for more than a year as they believe Muslim Rohingya are taking revenge on them for sectarian killings in their home country.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:00am

Anti-Muslim violence explodes onto streets in northern Myanmar

Firemen battle a fire in Lashio, Northern Shan state of Myanmar. Photo: AFP

Buddhist mobs armed with sticks and machetes burned Muslim homes on Wednesday for a second day in the northern Myanmar city of Lashio, contradicting claims in state media that soldiers and police had restored calm.

30 May 2013 - 1:32am

Two Buddhists arrested after Muslim shops wrecked in Kachin state

Children walk among debris of damaged buildings following fresh anti-Muslim violence. Photo: AP

Myanmar is in the grip of acute religious tension after a deadly wave of unrest in March that saw monks and Buddhist mobs attack Muslim areas in violence that has edged towards the country's main city, Yangon.

5 May 2013 - 6:16am

Worse to come in Myanmar's religious strife

Myanmar Muslims living in Malaysia hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest against ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslim in Meikhtila, Myanmar. Photo: AP

Myanmar is an ethnic and religious powder keg as its people emerge from under the jackboot of military rule. Any number of simmering internal conflicts have the potential to involve the wider region, risking further tensions within a troubled Association of Southeast Asian Nations or raising alarm in Beijing.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am

Sports Digest, January 28, 2013

Tom Slagter celebrates on the podium in Adelaide. Photo: EPA

Juventus have signed striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract.

28 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

2012 deadliest year in Karachi for two decades

The body of a man who was killed by unidentified gunmen lies at a hospital morgue in Karachi. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan’s financial hub Karachi saw its deadliest year in two decades last year, with around 2,000 people killed in violence linked to ethnic and political tensions.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:54pm

Group says Myanmar leaders need 'moral leadership' to stop violence

Myanmar's President Thein Sein

President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi must show "moral leadership" if Myanmar is to stem communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists, the International Crisis Group said yesterday.

11 Nov 2012 - 6:14am

Mali's famous culture under threat as Islamists ban music

Musicians and some of the fans at this year's Festival of the Desert on the edge of Timbuktu. Photo: AFP

The pickup halted in Kidal, the far-flung Malian desert town that is home to members of the Grammy-winning band Tinariwen.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:55am

Letters to the Editor, October 3, 2012

Emissions at a power plant in Jilin province. Photo: AP

China must lead world in emissions cuts

I refer to the article ("China, EU strike deal to cut carbon", September 21).

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42am 2 comments

Muslim mob in Bangladesh torch Buddhist temples

A statue of Lord Buddha is all that remains amidst the charred ruins of the Lal Ching Buddhist temple at Ramu, Bangladesh. Photo: AFP

Thousands of rioters have torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh after a photo posted on Facebook was deemed offensive to Islam.

The 25,000-strong mob set fire to five temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and the adjoining villages, 350 kilometres from the capital of Dhaka, in a rare attack against the Buddhist community, officials said.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Attacks in Thailand's Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat provinces kill six, injure 27

A bombing and several shootings killed six people and wounded 27 during two days of violence in the insurgency-plagued south of Thailand, police said yesterday.

Five people were shot and more than two dozen injured in a spate of incidents on Saturday that spanned all three provinces in the Muslim-majority south, where an eight-year conflict has claimed thousands of lives.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am