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Crackdown ordered in Bangladesh after burning of Buddhist temples

Authorities in Bangladesh have ordered security officials to remain alert around official camps of Rohingya Muslims following weekend attacks on minority Buddhists and their temples in the area.

Bangladeshi Muslims torch Buddhist temples near border with Burma over burned Koran

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims set fire to at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Koran before authorities restored order.

Kimpton opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this Thursday. The colourful 268-room retreat will have a Red Owl Tavern restaurant with a deli and classic American dishes, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 11th floor overlooking the Liberty

Portfolio: Cecil Beaton

He is known as a documenter of high society and glamour: the man who shot the Windsors, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh; Picasso, Dietrich, Churchill, Twiggy; whose aesthetic sensibility was affronted by the newly coronated Queen's nose being too red, Audrey Hepburn's neck too scraggy and Great Garbo's hands as having done too much washing up.

As a politician, Aung San Suu Kyi must now consider her voters

Burma's Rohingya Muslims: Aung San Suu Kyi's blind spot

They suffer appalling violence and discrimination, but so far Aung San Suu Kyi has been notably silent on their plight

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the famous scene from Titanic

Burma’s film-lovers celebrate a Titanic taste of freedom

The latest sign of the change taking place in Burma comes in the form of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio holding each other tight and looking love-struck on the bow of a famous but ill-fated ship.

James Moore: After US attack on City, maybe our regulators should target Wall Street

Outlook Oh dear. It seems America's financial cops have swooped on another British bank, although you won't see many Team GB tops at Standard Chartered's HQ if its repeated threats to hop it for sunnier, less regulated, climes are anything to go by.

Burma continues to practise rights abuses, report claims

Burma’s government – hailed around the world for its flurry of recent democratic reforms – stood by as its security forces raped and murdered members of a long-persecuted ethnic minority, a new report has alleged.

Burmese hardliner is Vice-President

The military has nominated a hardline former general as one of Burma's two Vice-Presidents.

Leading article: Business with Burma must benefit both sides

When Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was released after more than 20 years under house arrest, David Cameron led the way in making sure this great event was celebrated in the world with the gusto that it merited.

British businesses head to Burma for trade delegation

British businesses, including the oil giants BP and Shell, will arrive in Burma tomorrow for the first government sponsored trade delegation to the south east Asian nation in nearly two decades, the Independent has learned.

Suu Kyi returns from triumphant European tour

Cheering crowds welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi home from her triumphant tour of Europe today, where she won enthusiastic support for her role in Myanmar's democratic transition and was celebrated like a head of state.

100 dead and 250,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods

At least 100 people have died and 250,000 left stranded by flash floods and landslides in Bangladesh set off by the heaviest rain in years, police and officials said today.

Aung San Suu Kyi opens Labour's new HQ

Ed Miliband hailed Aung San Suu Kyi as "the most famous opposition leader in the world" as the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner opened Labour's new London headquarters today.

Aung San Suu Kyi mingles with MPs and peers after addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

Burma's opposition leader tells MPs her people can only get 'so far' on their own. By Nigel Morris

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That's a bit rich

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Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
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The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

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'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

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Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
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