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ABC News photo editors chose the best news images of the week for this collection. People demonstrate, Oct. 16, 2017, in Kisumu, Kenya to demand the removal of officials from the country's national election oversight body, the Interim Elections and Boundaries Commission , which was allegedly implicated in manipulation of the votes tally during the Aug. 8, presidential elections.

October 19, 2017

A firefighter extinguishes a fire at Kandawgyi Palace hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. One person died in a pre-dawn blaze that tore through a teakwood hotel popular with foreign visitors to the country's main city.

It's very specific measure

The European Union has made it clear that the suspension of high level visits by senior Myanmar military personnel is a "very specific measure" in reaction to the disproportionate use of force by the security forces in northern Rakhine. The EU foreign ministers at a meeting in Luxemburg on October 16 unanimously adopted a resolution stating that the EU and its member states "will suspend invitations" to the Commander-in-chief of the Myanmar/Burma armed forces and other senior military officers and will review all practical defence cooperation.

The Interpreter: Once a Hope for Democracy, Myanmar Is Now a Study in How It Fails

Nearly a decade into Myanmar's transition out of military rule, the country's once-celebrated transition toward democracy is hardening into something very different from what activists and world leaders had hoped for. Citizens select their leaders, but without the robust institutions or norms like pluralism, universal rights or tolerance necessary for democracy to function.

Rohingya Crisis is a 'Textbook Genocide': Q&A with Maung Zarni

Maung Zarni is a democracy advocate, Rohingya campaigner, and an adviser to European Centre for the Study of Extremism The Burmese scholar said that Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership has been the direct product of the icon manufacturing by Western media and activists which was intended to give acceptability to what, he believes, is a "military-controlled ethnocracy, wrapped in Buddhism." According to the rights activist, Rohingyas in Myanmar live under restrictive measures of movement, marriage and child control in either open prisons or internally displaced persons camps .

Two Dead in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Fire

Two people were killed and another two were injured in a fire that gutted the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in central Yangon on Thursday morning. The body of a Japanese businessman in his sixties was identified by the Japanese Embassy on Thursday and the body of a second person, found on the hotel's fifth floor, was sent to Yangon Hospital for a post-mortem, said U Htay Lwin, spokesperson of Htoo Group of Companies which operates the hotel.

Five Miners Shot Dead at Kachin Jade Mine

Five freelance miners were shot dead and at least 20 injured when security forces opened fire on them for scavenging for jade scraps on Wednesday evening in the Lone Kin mining area of Kachin State. According to witnesses, police tried to stop a couple of prospectors who were searching for residues of jade at the operation of Myanmar-China joint venture Triple One Company in the Ngopin Phawar jade mining area of Sankhar village.

Wreckage of Missing Military Jet Found

The wreckage of a Myanmar Air Force training jet that went missing more than one month ago was found on Wednesday evening, some 12 miles south of Gwa Township in Rakhine State. The G-4 military training aircraft flown by two pilots disappeared during a training exercise over Pathein, Gwa, Hinthada, and back to Pathein, the capital of Irrawaddy Region, on Sept.

Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered

A firefighter walks at a burnt building following a fire at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. A fire has nearly destroyed the luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon.

Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered

Firefighters walk at a burnt building following a fire at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. A fire has nearly destroyed the luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon.

Fire Destroys Landmark Hotel in Myanmar's Largest City

One person was injured in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels on Thursday, sending clouds of dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke out around 3:20 a.m. at the teak-and-stone Kandawgyi Palace Hotel overlooking a picturesque inner-city lake, authorities told Reuters.

Huge fire breaks out in lakeside hotel in Myanmar's Yangon

A huge fire broke out in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, a famous hotel on the Kandawgyi lakeside in Yangon, almost burning down the whole hotel building early Thursday. "Fire has been burning down the hotel since two hours ago.

Artist Showcase: Durham's Yousuf Zafar Intimately Observes Burma's Theravada Buddhism

Monk in a doorway. Located in Yangon, the Botataung Pagoda was supposedly built more than two thousand years ago, when seven sacred hairs from the head of the Buddha were brought from India to Burma.

Burma Shows Us What a 'Muslim Ban' Really Looks Like: Apartheid

'Muslims are not allowed to settle here or stay overnight,' reads a sign. 'No one here is allowed to marry a Muslim.

Magyi Khon Nang Wants Justice

An ethnic Kachin woman in faded clothes, carrying a small baby, entered the compound of the Myanmar Army Light Infantry Battalion 319 in Kachin State's Mansi Township. She came to attend a military court hearing and to seek justice for her late husband who was killed before she gave birth to their last child, who is now three months old.

UN official observes ruined villages in Myanmar as Rohingya refugees hit 582,000

UNITED NATIONS , Oct. 17 -- The number of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh hit 582,000 people over the weekend as a senior UN official toured by air "dozens of burned and destroyed villages" they had fled from in Myanmar. Chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Jeffrey Feltman, undersecretary-general for political affairs, also met with senior Myanmar officials and visited several communities affected by recent violence and camps outside Sittwe for internally displaced persons set up in 2012.

Abp. Hosts Bishops in Myanmar

After meeting under the theme "Living and Sharing Jesus-Shaped Life," 28 Anglican bishops have issued a communique. The Most Rev.

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