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‘I didn’t come into politics to be popular,’ Suu Kyi tells Desert Island Discs

Listeners tuned into today’s special edition of Desert Island Discs, recorded at the home of Burma’s pro-Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, could hear the excitement of the programme’s famously unflappable presenter Kirsty Young as she introduced the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights campaigner “known in Burma simply as ‘The Lady’”.

World Bank agrees major deal on debt

A long-awaited deal to allow Burma to clear part of its huge decades-old foreign debt was announced by the World Bank today, opening the door for new much-needed lending to jump-start its lagging economy.

Determined: Suu Kyi says she warned her husband before their marriage that her country would always come first

Why Suu Kyi still loves Burma's army

One of her Desert Island Discs? A Tom Jones song she's never heard

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four to get first time radio adaptation

George Orwell's classic Nineteen Eighty-Four is to be dramatised by BBC radio for the first time - almost 70 years after the writer worked at the corporation's Broadcasting House, which partly inspired his tale.

An injured Kachin Independence Army soldier is treated on Hka Ya mountain yesterday

Burmese army broke ceasefire agreed by President, say rebels

Burmese troops attacked rebel positions in north-east Kachin yesterday despite a ceasefire order from the President and an invitation to the insurgents to take part in peace talks.

On a mission David Cundall (on the left) at RAF Mingaladon

Some of our Spitfires are missing: Doubts over existence of 160 WW2 fighter planes in Burma

A former collaborator of David Cundall – the maverick behind the claims – calls him a ‘dreamer’

Burmese army promises ceasefire

The military will observe a ceasefire in its fight with ethnic Kachin rebels with effect from tomorrow, state television reported, but rebels would not immediately commit to uphold the truce.

No 'lost Spitfires' buried in Burma

Dig near Rangoon International Airport proves fruitless but Lincolnshire farmer insists search will continue elsewhere in the country

Britain’s cricket-loving oldest man retires on 110

Born into a world that would not know of Nazism or the atomic bomb for several decades, Reg Dean maintained that the greatest sadness that had befallen Earth in the 110 years and 63 days he spent on it was the decline of cricket.

'The Tutankhamun dig of aviation': Brits to begin digging up missing Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle

A Lincolnshire farmer who has spent 17 years investigating rumours that dozens of factory-fresh Spitfires could be lying buried under Burmese soil expects to find the aeroplanes “perfectly preserved”.

Burmese government admits air strikes in northern Kachin state

The Burmese government says it has used military jets to attack rebel fighters in northern Kachin state – its first admission of an intensification in the conflict that has raised doubts about the country’s reformist credentials.

New Year fireworks above London's Houses of Parliament

World welcomes 2013 with firework spectaculars

Revellers around the world welcomed 2013 with dancing, singing and firework spectaculars.

New Year fireworks above London's Houses of Parliament

New Year Celebrations: from Kiritimati to Samoa – via Britain

Small beginnings of the big night (10:00-11:00 GMT) 2013 began on the little Pacific island where the sun always rises first. Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, the easternmost island of the nation of Kiribati, is the first significant human habitation west of the international date line. Its inhabitants were the first to usher in the new year, followed an hour later by revellers in Auckland, New Zealand.

Australia and Asia gives enthusiastic welcome to 2013

Sydney's skyline erupted with tons of exploding fireworks as revellers cheered in the new year from the city's crammed harbour in the world's first major celebration for 2013.

The wreckage of the Air Bagan Fokker 100 near Inle Lake

British family among 11 injured in Burma air crash

Pilot may have mistaken road for runway in accident that killed three including man who was crushed while riding his motorcycle on the road where the aircraft hit

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