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Burma democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi agrees to UK visit

THE DEMOCRACY campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi is due to make a symbolic visit to Britain after accepting an invitation from David Cameron, it was reported today.

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6,000 prisoners freed but Burmese activists demand full amnesty

Burma freed an outspoken critic and a major ethnic rebel as it began releasing 6,300 convicts yesterday in its latest liberalising move, but kept some political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty.

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Storms leave 700 fishermen missing

Nearly 700 fishermen from Burma are missing after a three-day burst of storms that ripped apart rickety fishing boats in the Andaman Sea, news reports said yesterday.

Burmese military ceremony low-key

BURMA's military government yesterday held a low-key ceremony marking Armed Forces Day, as anticipation mounts that it will soon turn over power to a nominally civilian administration.

More than 70 die in powerful Burma earthquake

A POWERFUL earthquake that toppled homes in north-eastBurma has killed more than 70 people, and there are fears that the toll will mount as conditions in more remote areas become known.

Burmese MP in shock resignation

A SENIOR member of Burma's junta has resigned from parliament, an unexpected and unexplained move less than three weeks after he was sworn in.

Veiled threats to Suu Kyi from Burma's newspapers

BURMESE pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party will "meet their tragic end" if they stick to their position including support for Western sanctions, state media said this weekend.

Suu Kyi party: Don't stop sanctions

The party of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said western sanctions should remain in place, arguing that the embargo affected the military regime and not the broader population.

Civilian gets president's post to front Burma junta

BURMESE premier Thein Sein was chosen yesterday as the country's first civilian president in half a century, a move that does little to end the army's grip.

Security tight as Burma opens new parliament

BURMA opened its first parliament in more than two decades yesterday, an event greeted with cautious optimism by opposition MPs despite the military's tight management of the event.

Burmese opposition logs on to internet

The Burmese opposition group led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has launched its first official website.

Court throws out Suu Kyi's party appeal

BURMA's highest court yesterday refused to hear a case filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeking to overturn the government's dissolution of her political party. The supreme court ruled the appeal had no legal basis, said her lawyer.

Burma moves to army conscription

Burma has enacted a law that could draft men and women into the armed forces and mete out prison sentences of up to five years for draft dodgers. The country currently has a volunteer army.

Suu Kyi 'very happy' to be reunited with younger son after ten years

BURMA'S pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi saw her younger son yesterday for the first time in a decade, in an emotional reunion at Rangoon airport ten years after they were last together.

Burma: Long-awaited family reunion for Suu Kyi

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to see one of her sons today for the first time in ten years, after Burma's military junta granted him a visa to visit her.

Robin Thomson and Rosie Sparks: Aung San Suu Kyi's release offers hope

With the recent news from Burma, nobody can be completely ignorant of the work of Aung San Suu Kyi. However, we at James Gillespie's High School have always been aware of her and her struggle: so much so that she is one of the three leaders after which our 'learning communities' are named – alongside Henry Raeburn the artist and James Maxwell the scientist, she represents those who benefit humanity through politics.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of toll her work took on family life

BURMA's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her recent release from seven years of detention does not signal a softening in the military's harsh, decades-long rule of the Southeast Asian nation.

Suu Kyi seeks talks as junta warns against poll challenge

BURMA'S military government yesterday warned against filing complaints over the 7 November election - a move that could spell trouble for newly-freed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has vowed to probe alleged voting irregularities.

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for 'non-violent revolution' in Burma

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said she was seeking a "non-violent revolution" as she began reviving her political movement, consulting lawyers about having her now-disbanded party declared legal again.

Suu Kyi release bring fears for campaigner's safety

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi has left people in Burma "extremely worried" for her safety, a representative of the Burmese community said.

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