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John Bercow has appealed for Burma's constitution to be amended to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to run in the country's presidential elections next year

House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, calls on Burma to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to run for presidency

John Bercow, House of Commons Speaker, has made a highly unusual intervention in a key foreign policy issue by appealing for Burma’s constitution to be amended to allow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to run in elections for  the country’s presidency next year. 

Aung San Suu Kyi is agitating for constitutional change

Aung San Suu Kyi’s moment of truth: Is she moving closer to power in Burma?

With pressure mounting and even President Thein Sein urging people to do the right thing, Burma’s favourite daughter may be closer than ever to wresting control from the army in her home country

The world stood by as the Holocaust began. Have we made the same mistake with Burma?

World View: Diplomats have unique  freedom of action - and  sometimes this is crucial

EU awards Sakharov human rights prize to Malala Yousafzai

The 16-year-old has been living in Birmingham since being shot on a school bus in Pakistan

A young Myanmar Muslim Rohingya refugee looks on behind a wired fence

Muslim refugees in Burma will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least 12 months, warns minister Alan Duncan

A British minister who visited tens of thousands of Muslim refugees in Burma said he believes they will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least another 12 months as there is no quick-fix solution to the crisis.

EU to lift Burma sanctions in wake of reforms

The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Burma next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the “remarkable process of reform” in the country, a document obtained by Reuters has shown.

A woman cries for her home, burnt down during the riot in Meiktila in March

'They stood shouting at us to come out and be killed': Anti-Muslim violence in central Burma has left thousands of people homeless

In a wilderness of scorched rubble and twisted corrugated iron, a woman with wilted jasmine flowers in her hair was trying to locate what was left of her life. Ma Khin Aye lost her home and all her possessions when an anti-Muslim mob – including Buddhist neighbours with whom she had been friendly for years – set fire to it, along with all the others in the block in the central Burmese city of Meiktila. Armed with sticks and iron bars they then stood in the street, threatening to murder the terrified residents as they fled.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

No salt, no red meat, and fish soup for breakfast: it's the Aung San Suu Kyi diet

Burmese opposition leader's chef reveals recipes that kept her going in captivity

A Kachin soldier rests on his gun amid a lull in fighting yesterday

Aung San Suu Kyi has abandoned us, say Burmese rebels being bombed into submission

Kachin troops tell Eric Randolph in Laiza of their forgotten plight

Kim Jong-Un

Kim Jong Un voted Person of the Year by TIME readers

Hold on, this time it's true! Kim Jong Un has come top of TIME magazine's online poll for Person of the Year. You may remember just a few weeks ago The Onion's spoof piece (Kim Jong Un named 'Sexiest Man Alive') led China Daily to produce a fawning 12-page spread on Kim's good looks. But we've triple checked our sources and - yes - the readers of TIME have apparently elected North Korea's leader as their annual idol.

US President Barack Obama (R) kisses and hugs Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi,

Obama praises Burma over reforms

Barack Obama made history yesterday, becoming the first sitting US President to visit Burma and telling a packed audience that he had come to bear witness to a dramatic transformation he believes is underway.

Editorial: Keep up the pressure on Burma

When Barack Obama took office in 2009, a US presidential visit to Rangoon would have been inconceivable. That, only four years later, his tour of Southeast Asia includes a stop in Burma as well as Thailand and Cambodia is testament to the speed of change in the region.

Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Sittwe, western Burma

No end in sight to the sufferings of 'the world's most persecuted minority' - Burma's Rohingya Muslims

Nearly 75,000 of those made homeless during inter-communal conflict in June and transferred to temporary camps are living in conditions “worse than animals”, according to the Rohingya Human Rights Association in Bangkok

Burma continues to practise rights abuses, report claims

Burma’s government – hailed around the world for its flurry of recent democratic reforms – stood by as its security forces raped and murdered members of a long-persecuted ethnic minority, a new report has alleged.

Peter Horrocks, the BBC director who is under acute pressure to find new ways to “monetise” his department

Peter Horrocks: The BBC boss with a sharp shock for his reporters

Peter Horrocks, the BBC director whose controversial email has angered journalists at the corporation, is under acute pressure to find new ways to "monetise" his department.

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