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Local Recruiters Suspended After Dalny Vostok Sinking

The government has indefinitely suspended five agencies that it alleged had sent Burmese nationals to work on the Russian fishing trawler, which sank last week.

Police Arrest 14 Chaung Tha Beach Brawlers

Local officers have detained more than a dozen people after a scuffle between vendors and local officials at the popular holiday destination.

Six-Party Talks Due Late This Week

Discussions on constitutional reform involving leaders from the government, military, Parliament, political opposition and an ethnic minority representative have been scheduled for Friday.

Dog Lovers Outraged by Reports of Canine Meat Sales

Locals in Yankin Township have reported that some street restaurants are secretly selling dog meat to construction laborers.

Thingyan Security Toughens Up in Rangoon

Rangoon police are gearing up to curb crime during Burma’s wild Water Festival, local officials said, preparing four commanding offices to ensure public safety.

White Elephant’s Capture Was Omen for Ceasefire Agreement: State Media

State-run media claim last month’s capture of a white elephant had foreshadowed the agreement on a nationwide ceasefire. The article prompted mockery on social media.

Political Prisoner Count Soars During Month of Arrests

The number of political prisoners in Burma increases to nearly 470, a rights group says, after a series of amnesties in recent years.

Election Commission to Question Mon Party Over Joint Statement With Rebels

The Union Election Commission calls on the Mon National Party to explain why it issued a joint statement with the New Mon State Party.

China Demarcating Disputed Land in Shan State, Locals Say

Long-standing land disputes along Burma’s border with China were reignited on Friday as Chinese officials demarcated territories within Burma for a planned bridge linking the two countries, according to locals.

Ethnic Groups Consider Holding Ceasefire Conference in Wa Rebel Area

Burma’s ethnic armed groups consider convening in Wa rebel area in northern Shan State to discuss the potential signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord.

Suu Kyi Says Boycott of Burma Election an Option

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.

Kachin Group Says Its Investigation Could Reveal Killers of Teachers

The Kachin Baptist Convention says its investigation found two people who could reveal the identity of the killers of two Kachin schoolteachers in Shan State.

20 Burmese Feared Dead After Russian Trawler Sinking: Reports

20 Burmese fishermen are believed dead after a trawler sunk off Russia’s eastern coast on Thursday, according to reports from the Burmese embassy in Moscow.

Rights Activist Back to Insein on Peaceful Assembly Rap

Naw Ohn Hla was sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday for a protest held last September in support of political prisoners.

Lawyers Network to Offer Advice, Representation for Journalists

Lawyers from across Burma have teamed up to create a network offering legal assistance to journalists and media agencies, in light of a surge in suits filed against members of the fourth estate.

Fishermen Rush to Be Rescued Amid Indonesian Slavery Probe

Hundreds of foreign fishermen rush at the chance to be rescued from an Indonesian island where a media report revealed slavery runs rampant.

Education Advocates Feel Cheated by Last-Minute Amendments

Education reform advocates denounce the current draft of an amended education law, claiming that it deviates from a version agreed upon by stakeholders.

Letpadan Detainees Call for Public Trial, Medical Attention

Students arrested after the Mar. 10 crackdown have requested their trials to be open to family and media, and say some detainees need medical treatment.

Students Freed After Letpadan Could Face Trial for Prior Protests

Dozens of activists in Mandalay may face charges for unlawful assembly, after being released from detention following a recent crackdown on a demonstration in Letpadan.

Govt Begins Probe Into Claims of ‘Burmese Slaves’ in Indonesia

Burma’s government begins an inquiry into allegations that hundreds of Burmese nationals in Indonesia live slave-like existences to supply the global seafood industry.