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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have met with female workers in Yangon.
Jolie is in the country for a four-day visit in her role as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Over 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh have landed in south-east Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea.
An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against "floating coffins" and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The US urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.
The waves of weak, hungry and dehydrated migrants who arrived yesterday were the latest to slip into countries that have made it clear they are not welcome.
But thousands more are still believed stranded at sea in what has become a humanitarian crisis no one in the region is rushing to solve.
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A boat carrying 70 Muslim Rohingya has capsized off Burma, the Associated Press reports, citing an aid worker.
Eight survivors are reported to have been found so far.
Burma's President Thein Sein has promised there will be no prisoners of conscience left in his country's jails by the end of the year.
The Burmese government has faced international criticism for the number of prisoners held for their political and religious beliefs or ethnic identity, the most famous of which was the activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
President Thein Sein also said he had signed a peace deal to end the ethnic conflict in the country and that he believes he is close to a nationwide ceasefire.
A boat carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims has capsized off western Burma while evacuating people ahead of a coming storm and an unknown number of people are missing, a senior U.N. official said.
The boat struck rocks off Pauktaw township in Rakhine State and sank late on Monday, Barbara Manzi, head of the Myanmar office at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Reuters.
EU Governments are expected to announce next week that they are to lift sanctions against Burma according to Reuters. It's understood that they will not lift an arms embargo against the country which recently held elections.