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General Thein Sein to follow opponent Aung San Suu Kyi to UK

Burma's President Thein Sein will travel to London in the coming months for talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a move pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi said would help avoid her country being "shackled by the past".

Row over Aung San Suu Kyi threatens to split Burmese pro-democracy movement in Britain

Aung San Suu Kyi’s will wrap up her tour of Britain tomorrow with a celebratory gathering of Britain’s Burmese community featuring traditional music and dancing.

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals for UK support

Aung San Suu Kyi appealed to Britain today "as friend and an equal" to support the people of Burma in their drive for democracy.

'The past is alive': Aung San Suu Kyi recalls happy days at Oxford University as she collects honorary doctorate

“The past is alive,” Aung San Suu Kyi told a distinguished audience in Oxford today collecting an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, 19 years after it was first offered to her, “it never goes away.”

Aung San Suu Kyi visiting Oxford University yesterday

After two decades, Burmese opposition leader Suu Kyi finally returns to Britain

In an emotional return to the country she left two decades ago, at the time expecting to only be away a few months, Aung San Suu Kyi finally arrived in Britain yesterday with a message of thanks to her followers around the world – and a warning to any unethical foreign investors hoping to make a fast profit in her homeland.

Archie Bland: It feels like we are missing some British heroes

With such monumental figures as Aung Sun Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama in town – along with Nelson Mandela, the boilerplate inspirations of a thousand insipid celebrity Q&As over the years – it'd be easy to leaf through recent British history and wonder, with regret, where our own legends are. The heroes we do have are, with the possible exception of Winston Churchill, hated by as many people as love them. Not even Margaret Thatcher's greatest admirers could call her a unifying force.

Former BBC World Service presenter Dave Lee Travis kisses the hand of Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to BBC Broadcasting House in central London

Back in the UK at last, Aung San Suu Kyi warns off unethical investors

Huge crowds greeted Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she returned to her old home in Oxford

The News Matrix: Tuesday 19 June 2012

PIP implants are not toxic, say experts

Aung San Suu Kyi and a “star-struck” Bono joined forces yesterday

Two Burmese children a week conscripted into military

UN-verified accounts of child soldiers undermine junta's assurances on democratic reforms

The News Matrix: Monday 18 June 2012

Charles blasts global warming sceptics

Aung San Suu Kyi said that Dave Lee Travis was an inspiration for her

Hero or Villain? Dave Lee Travis

Across the dark years of the last decades, certain beacons shine. Mandela. Havel. Luther King. And to that pantheon we can add another name. Travis.

Coca Cola returns to Burma as sanctions end

More than sixty years after it was last legally available in the country, Coca Cola plans to start supplying its soft drinks to Burma. It will mean there will soon only be two nations – North Korea and Cuba – where the drinks giant doesn't do business.

Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor expresses concern for her health on Europe tour

Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor expressed worry today that the Nobel Peace laureate's whirlwind tour of Europe could weaken her health, after she fell ill on the second day of her two-week trip.

When Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from her house arrest, she said that her ordeal had been made more bearable by Dave Lee Travis's World Service programme A Jolly Good Show

Diplomacy: When Aung Sang met DLT...

When Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from her house arrest, she said that her ordeal had been made more bearable by Dave Lee Travis's World Service programme A Jolly Good Show. "It made my world much more complete," she said. She will meet the pop cavalier known as The Hairy Cornflake during her first visit to Europe in 24 years. The Independent was able to get an exclusive* transcript of their chat:

President Thein Sein: may yet turn out to be his country's FW de Klerk

Steve Crawshaw: Burma's long road from military state to democracy

Political pressure remains important to ensure that reform continues

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee