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

State spies watch as Suu Kyi marks her first birthday in freedom

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her birthday in freedom yesterday, with supporters freeing symbolic caged birds as state security agents watched from across the street.

Thousands flee shelling of Burmese rebels

Burmese troops have attacked a powerful northern militia with artillery and are trying to force rebel fighters from a strategic region where China is building large hydro-electric power plants, exile groups said yesterday.

Burma's opposition leader set to speak

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's pro-democracy leader who spent 15 years under house arrest, will give two of the 2011 BBC Reith lectures.

Burma: Prisoners' amnesty criticised as gesture to improve image

Burma's new government began freeing about 14,000 prisoners and commuting thousands more sentences yesterday in an amnesty critics dismissed as a token gesture aimed at improving its international image.

Lt Tul Bahadur Pun VC: Rifleman decorated for his bravery in Burma

The Victoria Cross won by the young Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun was awarded for his outstanding courage and superb gallantry in the face of extraordinary odds.

The savage toll from Burma's dirty war

The regime is the last in the world still planting mines and the rebels improvise their own devices. Liane Wimhurst meets the people caught in the middle

Anger over Thai plan to return Burmese refugees

Thai authorities have sparked an outcry by revealing that they are in talks with Burma over proposals to send more than 140,000 refugees back across the border. The head of the national security council, Tawin Pleansri, said the government planned to close camps established along the border with Burma over the past two decades and make residents return.

Revellers in skimpy clothes face prison

Revellers who wear "decadent" clothing during Burma's New Year's celebrations will face up to a month in prison. The four-day festival beginning on 13 April is one of the few times when Burma's citizens can relax.

Burmese junta hands over to new 'democracy'

Burma's junta was officially disbanded yesterday after handing over power to a so-called civilian government, the latest phase of a transition to democracy that has been widely criticised as a sham.

Burmese junta officially dissolved

Burma's junta was officially dissolved today after a swearing-in ceremony to appoint the country's so-called civilian government.

More than 70 dead after Burma quake

A powerful earthquake that toppled homes in northeastern Burma has killed more than 70 people, and there were fears today the toll would mount as conditions in more remote areas became known.

Powerful Burma quake affects 600,000

A strong earthquake struck north-eastern Burma yesterday, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok.

6.8-magnitude quake strikes Burma

A powerful earthquake struck north-eastern Burma tonight, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.

Burmese troops are enlisted to rescue stranded tycoon

The weight of Burma's military has been thrown behind efforts to locate and rescue one of the country's wealthiest businessmen – and a close ally of its military leader – after he became stranded on a remote mountain.

Welcome to Burma – 2011's hippest holiday destination

Travellers are poised to return after Aung San Suu Kyi's release
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