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13 orphans killed in Burma mosque fire

A fire engulfed a mosque housing orphans in Burma's largest city this morning, killing at least 13 children in the blaze that police blamed on an electrical fault.

Google’s globe-trotting Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt became the latest high-profile figure to endorse reforms in Burma

Google’s globe-trotting Executive Eric Schmidt lands in Burma

Google’s globe-trotting Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt became the latest high-profile figure to endorse reforms in Burma on Friday as he touched down in Rangoon with the promise that the internet would transform the country.

President Thein Sein has declared a state of emergency in Meiktila

State of emergency in Burmese city as 20 die in sectarian violence

Burma declared a state of emergency in the central city of Meiktila today after sectarian violence left at least 20 dead, reinforcing fears that the newly democratic country is struggling to contain simmering hatred between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi explains to villagers why she supports a copper mine project in Sarlingyi township while (right) they protest against it

Aung San Suu Kyi urges support for controversial Chinese-backed copper mine

'If we stop this project, it will not benefit local people or the country'

CBI and Greening link to boost growth in emerging economies

The UK has dramatically switched the focus of its overseas aid spending from simply fighting poverty to helping recipient countries develop their economies.

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

Burmese drug lord Naw Kham is taken to be executed

Convicts paraded on television ahead of execution

China’s state TV captures the moments before four men who murdered 13 fishermen are put to death

So, would you vote for Hitler or Frankenstein? The strange names on an Indian election ballot

The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's opposition leader

Burma's opposition leader ready to help end conflicts

Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and ethnic minority groups, after coming under pressure to speak out about alleged government abuses against the Kachin minority.

Broadcast days: George Orwell

The Real George Orwell, rescued from endless parody and tiresome idiom for a new generation

A superb new Radio 4 series has brought the work of the great socialist polemicist to life. Our writer, long a fan, explains why he was captivated from first minute to last

Indian militants target rare rhino

Officials in one of India’s north-eastern states have asked federal investigators to help track down militants suspected of using automatic weapons to kill rare one-horned rhinos.

<p>1. Winner: Landscape category Storm over Blackstone (Worcestershire), by Dr Danny Beath</p>

Travel Photo of the Year winners

We reveal the results of this year's Travel Photo of the Year competition, held in association with 'Wanderlust' magazine

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

Now and then: Google's previous coverage of North Korea (left) and the now expanded map of the country

Google Maps fills in the blanks of its North Korea coverage

Very few North Koreans enjoy an internet connection and those who do are forbidden access to Google, but the web search giant is giving the rest of the world its first glimpse of the framework of the secretive Communist state.

The 10 Best hiking boots

Whether you're tackling the Pennine Way or just rambling around, it’s well worth investing in the right footwear for the job

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea