Final preparations were under way Saturday for Myanmar's first meaningful election in a generation, the day before a historic poll that could see Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition launched to power after decades of army rule.
Bob Geldof has returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin as a protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the honor. The Irish singer labeled Suu Kyi a "handmaiden to genocide."
Myanmar's leader has visited Rakhine for the first time since a bloody crackdown created vast numbers of refugees. Myanmar's government says it has begun a repatriation plan but thousands of refugees continue to flee.
The US's top diplomat said the scenes of persecution were "just horrific." He has urged the government of Aung San Suu Kyi to permit a credible investigation into what the UN has called "textbook ethnic cleansing."
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused the military of Myanmar of subjecting the country's Rohingya population to "ethnic cleansing." The UN has referred to the events in Myanmar in such terms for two months.
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