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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.

2 Journalists Freed After Letpadan Arrest

Two journalists detained in Tharyarwaddy Prison are released from custody, three days after they were detained while trying to report on student demonstrations.

Anger, Dismay and Resolve as Freed Students Speak Out

Students temporarily detained in a recent crackdown on a protest in Letpadan, Pegu Division, describe police conduct this week as “unfair,” “brutal” and “unforgivable.”

Kokang Rebels Deny Link to Chinese Businessman Who Died in Custody

Kokang rebels say they had no active links to a Chinese businessman who died under mysterious circumstances while in custody of the military intelligence agency.

Wendy Law-Yone: Tales of Politics and Persecution in Burma’s Independence Era

A Burmese translation of the acclaimed Burmese author’s ‘Golden Parasol’ will give local readers the chance to read one of the country’s finest writers.

Bagan Authorities Ban Heavy Vehicles Through Tharapa Gate

Authorities at the Bagan temple complex ban coaches and other heavy vehicles from passing through the Tharapa Gate in order to protect the ancient structure.

Tourism Boom on Even Keel Despite Local Instability

Burma’s tourism industry boom shows no sign of abating despite a series of high-profile internal conflicts in recent months, according to industry figures.

UK to Increase Aid Amid ‘Worrying’ Human Rights Concerns

Burma is designated a country of concern for the 10th consecutive year as London prepares to increase aid by more than 30 percent.

Education Reformers Demand Release of Detained Students

A leading education reform network will abstain from parliamentary discussions until all student demonstrators arrested earlier this week are released from custody.

Six-Party Talks Back on the Agenda, Again

Shwe Mann has told political leaders in Naypyidaw that six-party talks pushed for by lawmakers will be held within the next few days.

Netizens in Burma, Globally Vow Student Solidarity

Facebook users across the world post their support for Burma’s student activists, while a local anti-hate speech movement launches its own online solidarity effort.

Police Arrest 5 Students in Rangoon, Monywa in Wake of Crackdown

Burmese authorities continue their clampdown on student organizations in the wake of Tuesday’s crackdown, as police detain four students in Rangoon and one in Monywa.

Bearded Activist in Hiding After Alleging Smear Campaign

An activist known as U Mote Sate—a nickname inspired by his distinctive beard—goes into hiding after online attacks label him as an instigator.

Well-Known Voices Add to Criticism of Letpadan Crackdown

Prominent public figures denounce a violent police crackdown on protesting students this week in Letpadan, Pegu Division, at an event in Rangoon attended by hundreds.

Parliament Approves $39Mln Chinese Loan to Boost Police Spending

Opposition questions parliamentary approval for a Chinese loan for police cars and boats, saying interest rates are too high and police rights records too poor.