>> US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the immediate release of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar, when he met the country's foreign minister Saturday on the sidelines of a regional conference in Singapore. According to the State Department, Pompeo expressed concern about the ongoing detention, and called for their immediate release.
Kyaw Soe Oo and his colleague Wa Lone are facing up to 14 years in prison in Myanmar, accused of possessing secret government papers. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges, and have told the court how they were quote, trapped by police officials who planted the documents on them.
A Myanmar government spokesman responded to Pompeo's call for the reporters release by saying the case was already before the court. At the time of their arrest in December, the journalists had been investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims during an army crackdown in a village in Rakhine State. UN agencies estimate that the killings have sent nearly 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.
The US has imposed sanctions on one Myanmar general who was in charge in Rakhine. On Saturday, The State Department did not say if the US has plans to take any further action against Myanmar over the issue of the journalists or the wider Rakhinian crisis.