News David Cameron with democracy leader Aung SanSuu Kyi in her garden yesterday

PM dismisses warnings of false dawn with call to 'suspend' sanctions, at house where heroine was held for 15 years

Ashin Gambira, centre, with supporters in Rangoon shortly after his release last month

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Unrepentant activist behind Saffron uprising 'taken away' from monastery in night raid

Suu Kyi gets green light for cabinet post

Burma's President Thein Sein has said that recent reforms in the country are irreversible, and even hinted that Aung San Suu Kyi – once one of the world's most celebrated political prisoners – could be given a cabinet post.

President Thein Sein has decisively moved out of the shadow of his predecessor Than Shwe

Burma reforms: No turning back says president

Burma's president vowed not to turn back on his country's democratic reforms as he urged the West to lift sanctions, and even dangled the possibility of giving opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a cabinet post.

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Cheers and tears as political prisoners are freed

Burmese move seen as a 'substantial' shift to democracy

Family members await the release of loved ones outside the prison yesterday

Peter Popham: Remarkable events that give hope for change after so long

There can no longer be any doubt that there is a group of people at the summit of power in Burma who are not merely toying with Aung San Suu Kyi and the West, not merely climbing through Washington-erected hoops in order to achieve short-term political and economic goals, but who have a vision of how their country should be run and where it should be heading that is radically at odds with the vision that has dictated policy for the past 20 years.

Burma releases prominent prisoners

Burma freed some of its most famous political inmates today, sparking jubilation outside prison gates while signalling its readiness to comply with demands from the US and its allies for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Burma signs ceasefire with rebels

The Burmese government has signed a ceasefire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels, taking a major step towards ending one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.

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Wanted: one school, must be prepared to travel

How did an article in The Independent lead to the creation of a portable school for Burmese refugee children?

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese democracy movement

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for office

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed she will run for a parliamentary seat in April by-elections.

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Aung San Suu Kyi with William Hague

Hague calls on Burma to free more prisoners during historic visit

Foreign Secretary meets opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein

UK ready for Burma progress, says Hague

Britain stands ready to "respond positively" to improvements in human rights and political freedoms in Burma, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the south-east Asian country's leaders during a historic visit today.

Hague flies into a row over how much Burma has really changed

Foreign Secretary says his visit is to 'encourage the Burmese government to continue on its path of reform'

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