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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar violence raises pressure on ASEAN to de-escalate crisis

Bloc's reputation at stake as key states Indonesia and Singapore step up diplomacy

Protesters hold a vigil against the Myanmar coup outside the ASEAN Building in Jakarta in mid-March.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations faces intensifying pressure to address the crisis within its member Myanmar, as worsening bloodshed tests the relevance of the 10-country bloc.

Calls for a special emergency ASEAN summit have so far proved fruitless. Meanwhile, Saturday brought the worst bloodshed since the Feb. 1 military coup, with well over 100 killed including children.

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