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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

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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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