25 with the help of hundreds of disaffected Rohingya villagers, many wielding sticks or machetes, killing about a dozen people. In response, the military unleashed a sweeping offensive across the north of Rakhine State, driving more than half a million Rohingya villagers into Bangladesh in what the United Nations branded a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”. Myanmar rejects that. It says more than 500 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them “terrorists” who have been attacking civilians and torching villages. The ability of the ARSA, which only surfaced in October last year, to mount any sort of challenge to the Myanmar army is not known but it does not appear to have been able to put up resistance to the military offensive unleashed in August. Inevitably, there are doubts about how the insurgents can operate in areas where the military has driven out the civilian population, cutting the insurgents off from recruits, food, funds and information. The ARSA accused the government of using murder, arson and rape as “tools of depopulation”. The ARSA denies links to foreign Islamists. In an interview with Reuters in March, ARSA leader Ata Ullah linked the creation of the group to communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine in 2012, when nearly 200 people were killed and 140,000, mostly Rohingya, displaced.
Credit Frazer Harrison/Getty Images That dress was one in a series of departures from the vaunted midcentury throwback, the trumpet-skirted mermaid gown. Claire Foy, who had been nominated as the lead actress in a drama series for her role in the Netflix series “The Crown,” wore a crystal-trimmed black Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit, racy in its sleekness. It was topped for sheer nerve by Evan Rachel Wood’s riskier, if more memorable, choice: a white dinner jacket, bustier top and tails whipped up for the HBO “Westworld” best actress nominee by Jeremy Scott of Moschino. Kate McKinnon, who won the best supporting actress in a comedy series award for “Saturday Night Live,” wearing Narciso Rodriguez. Credit Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men,” wearing Miu Miu. Credit Mike Blake/Reuters The event’s stroll of fame did, unexpectedly, spawn a few trends. Any number of stars were sheathed goddess-style in molten silver. But Millie Bobby Brown of the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” at 13 one of the Emmys’ youngest-ever contenders, opted quite consciously for something more virginal, strolling the carpet in a strapless, full-skirted white Calvin Klein gown that could have doubled as a wedding dress. In a similar mood, Elisabeth Moss, named best actress for her role in “A Handmaid’s Tale” from Hulu, chose a pale pink confection by Prabal Gurung that had all the freshness, and calculated naïveté, of a 1950s prom gown.
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