MYANMAR: Suu Kyi to enter parliament
Aung San Suu Kyi said she and other opposition lawmakers will attend parliament on Wednesday for the first time and will take the oath of office, though they still fiercely dispute its wording. Suu Kyi said her party would continue to seek constitutional change through legislative actions. The oath is part of the constitution, and her party also seeks to change other statutes it considers undemocratic. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy object to phrasing in the oath that obligates them to "safeguard the constitution," which ensures the army inordinate power. The party wants "safeguard" replaced with "respect," a change made in other laws including electoral legislation that enabled Suu Kyi's party to officially enter politics for the first time in decades.
INDIA: Packed ferry sinks; 35 dead
A packed ferryboat capsized in heavy winds and rain in the northeast Monday, leaving 35 people dead and 165 others feared missing, police said. The boat was carrying about 350 passengers and broke into two pieces. About 150 people on the top level were rescued or swam to safety. The accident occurred on the Brahmaputra river, west of Gauhati and near where the river enters Bangladesh.
COLOMBIA: 6 missing after rebel clash
A French journalist was missing along with five security force members following combat with FARC rebels that claimed the lives of three soldiers and a police officer, the Defense Ministry said. Romeo Langlois, a resident of Colombia who has worked for the Paris newspaper Le Figaro, was accompanying troops on a counterdrug mission.
VENEZUELA: Standoff at Caracas prison
Troops and police stood guard outside a prison in Caracas on Monday after gunfire erupted during what an official said was the second escape attempt in three days. An escape at La Planta prison in the morning was foiled. Authorities were negotiating with armed inmates.