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Pence confronts Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence told Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday — while sitting next to her at a press conference in Singapore — that her country's violence against the Rohingya Muslims is "without excuse," NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Suu Kyi has remained silent as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh and thousands more were killed at the hands of Myanmar's military, causing some international organizations to strip her of awards given for her previous work on human rights. Pence also addressed the jailing of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who had been investigating deaths of Rohingya, telling Suu Kyi it was "deeply troubling to millions of Americans."

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