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

Rumours swirl in Burma over Suu Kyi release

Rumour and speculation about the imminent release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi swept across Burma today but there was no word from the country's secretive military rulers about whether she would be freed.

Date with destiny for Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's heroine could be just hours from freedom

Peter Popham: Her time may be coming - what will she do with it?

Seven years of detention was bad enough. But could freedom be even worse? If Aung San Suu Kyi walks out of the gates of her Rangoon home tomorrow or even (as is rumoured) this evening, she faces the challenge of her political life.

Leading article: Sanctions and aid must go hand in hand

No one should be in any doubt that the general election in Burma last weekend was a mockery of the democratic process. There may have been 37 political parties involved but dozens of senior officers "retired" to stand for election. More than two-thirds of the 3,000 candidates who ran had close links to the military.

Suu Kyi 'will not accept conditions on release'

Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not accept any conditions Burma's military junta may try to attach to her release from house arrest, her lawyer has insisted.

Military-backed party claims overwhelming victory in Burma poll

Burma's main military-backed party yesterday claimed an overwhelming victory in the country's contentious election, as refugees were forced to flee clashes between rebels and government soldiers near the Thai border returned home. The fighting has pushed around 20,000 refugees across the border to Thailand since it started on Sunday, when Burma held its first national elections for 20 years. Ethnic Karen fighters, who have been battling the government since the country won independence from Britain in 1948, boycotted the election and are resisting attempts to turn them into a border guard force. Government troops cleared the rebels from the eastern town of Myawaddy yesterday and told refugees it was safe to return.

Thousands flee Burma as army launches attack on ethnic rebels

Fighting between Burmese troops and ethnic rebels sent at least 10,000 refugees spilling across the border into Thailand as the country's controversial election received further condemnation for being rigged and unfair.

Burma poll marked by threats and low turnout

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy opts out of taking part in election

Burmese election: 'We will vote for anything, but not our government'

It was Burma's first election in a generation, but the sight of a flak-jacketed policeman dozing on his rifle outside a near-deserted polling station on Rangoon's Mahabandoola Garden Street summed up the underwhelming atmosphere of the day.

Peter Popham: The only sure outcome: Burma's old generals will keep clinging on

Today's power struggles in Burma are less bloody but no less vicious – Than Shwe will clingfiercely to the power he has

Hillary Clinton hits out at Burmese junta

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit out at Burma's military rulers, calling their weekend elections deeply flawed and a sign of "heartbreaking" repression in the country.

Suu Kyi too hot for Asia's most brutal regime to handle

Burma's political heroine has spent 15 of the past 20 years under arrest. Now, as the country goes to the polls, her fate hangs in the balance

Burmese junta pushes people to the polls

On the eve of sham elections, our correspondent in Rangoon finds a nation bitterly divided over the value of its votes

After 10 years, Aung San Suu Kyi's son prepares for reunion

Hopes high that opposition leader will be freed

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The election to be held in Burma tomorrow deserves all the cynicism that outside observers have been throwing at it.

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