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Cameron calls for sanctions on Burma to be eased

The Prime Minister David Cameron today called for sanctions against Burma to be eased as he made a historic visit to the country.

David Cameron ready to signal easing of sanctions against Burma

David Cameron is ready to signal the easing of sanctions against Burma when he makes a historic visit to the country tomorrow.

David Cameron urges caution over Burma progress

There should be no delay in easing sanctions against Burma if its moves towards democracy continue, David Cameron said today.

Peter Popham: The fruits of PM's trip to Burma will be a very long time coming

He may have picked an odd day to go – the first day of the water festival, which heralds Burma's new year, when citizens joyously drench each other from dawn to dusk – but when David Cameron visits the former British colony on Friday, becoming the first British leader to do so since Anthony Eden, he will have much to talk about.

Aung San Suu Kyi surrounded by supporters after her election victory on 1 April, hailed as a ‘historic result’

David Cameron to be first Western leader to visit Suu Kyi

Prime Minister's forthcoming Asian tour set to include surprise stop-off in Rangoon

Andrew Buncombe: Freedoms beget freedoms as voters have their say

These polls have to be seen as credible and opponents such as the NLD have to take part

Aung San Suu Kyi talks to supporters during an election rally

Suu Kyi hits the campaign trail

It's a sight few thought they would ever see: Burma's democracy leader fighting an election. Brian Rex visits the village where her future will be decided

One Minute With: Lisa Appignanesi, cultural historian

Where are you now and what can you see?

Burma releases prominent prisoners

Burma freed some of its most famous political inmates today, sparking jubilation outside prison gates while signalling its readiness to comply with demands from the US and its allies for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Peter Popham: All the big challenges remain to be confronted

The civil wars on the borders go on unabated, producing a fresh crop of refugees every month

UK ready for Burma progress, says Hague

Britain stands ready to "respond positively" to improvements in human rights and political freedoms in Burma, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the south-east Asian country's leaders during a historic visit today.

Hague flies into a row over how much Burma has really changed

Foreign Secretary says his visit is to 'encourage the Burmese government to continue on its path of reform'

Misplaced devotion: Michelle Yeoh in Luc Besson’s ponderous ‘The Lady’

The Lady, Luc Besson, 127 mins

Luc Besson may once have been an acclaimed auteur, but in recent years he’s spent his time writing and producing half-witted celebrations of racist violence. So if you were looking for someone to direct a film about a Nobel Peace Prize-winning democracy campaigner, Besson would probably be just below Michael Winner on the list.

Profile: Michelle Yeoh

Now I definitely recognise that face...

Misplaced devotion: Michelle Yeoh in Luc Besson’s ponderous ‘The Lady’

The Lady (12A)

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project