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.

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

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.

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.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's party approved for election

Burma's government has approved opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party to register for a coming by-election, formally bringing the pro-democracy group back into the country's political arena, state-run media said.