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Arakan State Ferry Accident Death Toll Rises to 61

The death toll in a ferry accident last week off western Burma rose to 61 as two more bodies were recovered Tuesday, state television reports.

NLD Expels 20,000 White Card Holders From Party

The National League for Democracy expels over 20,000 temporary identification card holders from the party, purging noncitizens from its ranks in compliance with the law.

Students, NGO Experts Outline Education Reform Demands at Upper House

Student organizations and civil society education experts offer their views on Education Law reform during hearings held by the Upper House Bill Committee.

Developer to Spend $3m on Death Railway Tourist Precinct

Local company Tala Mon will build a museum, accommodation, souvenir shops and a shopping mall at the site of the infamous WWII railway project.

V Gastro Bar Trio Sentenced to 2.5 Years, Hard Labor

The owner and two managers of a Rangoon bar are sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison with hard labor for insulting religion and disobeying orders.

‘Good Compromise’ Sought as Ethnic Groups, Govt Meet for Peace Talks

An ethnic leader says if his delegation gets a “good compromise” with government negotiators, the group will agree to sign an elusive nationwide ceasefire accord.

Irrawaddy Reporter Awarded US Fellowship

Reporter Saw Yan Naing is awarded an Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowship, allowing him the opportunity to study and gain journalism experience in the US.

Arakan Ferry Accident Death Toll Climbs to 59

The death toll in a ferry accident off Burma’s coast increases to 59 as the number of survivors rises to 167.

UV Health Risks in Burma’s Hot Season Burn

Burma’s central regions are once again feeling the burn from dangerously high ultraviolet radiation levels, with experts advising locals to take precautions in the sun.

Burma’s Student Protesters at Odds With Older Activists as Reforms Stall

Some of Burma’s older generation of activists, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, disagree with the tactics of students currently protesting education reform.

Monks File Case Against Senior Minister Over Letpadaung Crackdown

Monks take legal action against Burma’s Home Affairs minister, alleging his responsibility for a 2012 crackdown at the Letpadaung mine that injured over 100 monks.

Students Say Mandatory Pregnancy Tests Administered to Detainees

Released detainees claim women arrested during a recent crackdown on student protests were administered mandatory pregnancy tests while in detention.

Media to Boycott Govt Press Events Following Letpadan Crackdown

The Myanmar Journalist’s Network said 10 media organizations will participate in a temporary boycott of government press events following the crackdown on a student protest.

Journalist Detained, Beaten by Red Armband Thugs: Report

A Popular Journal reporter says he was beaten by three members of a group that assisted police in the dispersal of a Rangoon student demonstration.

ABSDF Report Finds Torture, Leaves Questions in Killing of Its Own

A report into the killing of 35 members of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front by its own leadership documents extensive torture and summary executions.

Kachin Leaders Meet President, Burma Army in Naypyidaw Visit

KIA leaders meet with President Thein Sein and the army in Naypyidaw in the rebel group’s first ceasefire meeting with the government in Burma’s capital.

Burma, China Move to Cool Border Tensions

Burma expresses “deep sorrow” for the deaths of five people across the border in China’s Yunnan province, who were reportedly killed by an errant airstrike.

China Protests Burma Border Air Raid That Kills 4 Chinese

China sends fighter jets to its border with Burma after it said a Burmese warplane dropped a bomb on Chinese territory, killing four people.

About 50 Dead as Ferry in Burma Sinks in Bad Weather

About 50 people are believed to have drowned when a Burmese ferry sinks in bad weather, though more people on the vessel may have died.

Suu Kyi’s NLD to Compete in Burma Vote Despite Block

The party of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year regardless of whether the Constitution is changed.