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Thousands told to flee as cyclone approaches

Indian authorities warn thousands to leave their homes as Cyclone Phailin approaches the Indian coast

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

Burma's return to Miss Universe contest after 50-year break sparks controversy

Burma's decision to compete in the Miss Universe contest for the first time in 50 years has sparked controversy with activists saying the move is being used by the government to try and convince the world that the country has inexorably changed.

Jamie Dunkley: The red flag is still flying high but Vietnam is back on the growth path

It has been almost 40 years since North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, marking the end of the country’s civil war.

French Interior minister Manuel Valls behind cocaine seized by police from an Air France flight to Paris

Three Britons arrested in connection with cocaine drugs haul found on Air France plane

Three Britons are among nine people who have been arrested after 1.3 tons of cocaine were found stashed inside suitcases bound from Venezuela to France.

The house where British writer George Orwell is thought to have lived in the 1920s in Katha, Burma

Campaigners battle to save George Orwell's 'Burmese Days' home from ruin

Activists say there is a danger to older buildings as tourism increases in Burma

The Big Six: Burmese beds

Silk drapes, Asian artwork, wooden chalets, luxury huts and private pagodas

More than 250 people have been killed in sectarian unrest in the Rakhine region in the past year

1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist mob burns Muslim homes and shops

35 houses and 12 shops destroyed before calm was restored

The Moustache Brothers in 2012, from left to right, Lu Maw, Par Par Lay and Lu Zaw

Par Par Lay: Comedian who satirised the Burmese regime

It was always likely that Par Par Lay would spend his life entertaining people and poking fun. Born into a family of traditional entertainers, at the age of 14 he followed his father on to the stage as a performer of Ah Nyeint, a Burmese vaudeville-type entertainment that mixes humour and satire with dance and music. Performers would typically tour villages, customising their patter and jokes with local references. Yet over the years his jokes become increasingly biting and political, and he directed his barbs less towards local officials and more towards the military generals who exerted an iron grip on the country.

Book review: Uncle Bill, By Russell Miller

Slim, the ordinary bloke who defeated the Japanese in Burma, ranks as a world-class general

The lodge features 82 rooms, plus a restaurant, bar and pool

The News Matrix: Wednesday 24 July 2013

Obama focuses on middle classes

Burma: Political prisoners freed after promise
to release them all

Nearly 70 political prisoners were freed yesterday, days after the Burmese President, Thein Sein, promised to free all who remain behind bars for opposing the government by the year’s end.

The radical Burmese monk Wirathu was unhurt in the car bomb attack in Mandalay

'Buddhist Bin Laden' Wirathu unharmed by car bomb attack in Burma

The anti-Muslim campaigner blames ‘extremists’ as tensions mount

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli took to Twitter to share images of the large green objects he says are suspected weapons

Ship leaving Cuba for North Korea held by Panama after 'sophisticated missile equipment’ found aboard

President says items believed to be weapons were found hidden in containers of brown sugar

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