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

Military rulers cancel voting for 1.5m people in areas of unrest

Election authorities in military-ruled Burma have cancelled voting in Sunday's elections in more areas where restive ethnic minorities are dominant. The Union Election Commission cancelled balloting in the elections in 12 more village tracts in six constituencies in Kayah state "as conditions are not conducive to holding a free and fair election", according to an official notice. Each tract comprises several villages.

Burma's regime prepares for victory despite poll boycott call

The leader of Burma's democratic movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, is due to be released from house arrest here on 13 November, but the governing junta has warned that she could be put on trial again if she continues to remind the public that they have the right to abstain from voting.

Suu Kyi release would awaken Burma, says ally

The anticipated release from house arrest of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi next month will stir a "political reawakening" in the country after half a century of military rule, her close ally Win Tin told The Independent.

Burma's Suu Kyi 'could be freed next month'

Burma's detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, could be released from house arrest next month, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said today.

Burma's top general 'won't run in election'

Burma's top leader General Than Shwe will bow out of national elections next month, but his role in the country's political future remains unclear, a south-east Asian diplomat said today.

The faces of change in Burma

Three women are standing up to the junta – by taking part in an election they know they can't win

Suu Kyi refuses to vote in Burmese election

The detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has decided not to vote in the upcoming elections, even though authorities have told her she is on the electoral roll, her lawyer said yesterday.

Burma brings iron curtain down on stage shows

The Burmese authorities are poised to ban all stage and theatre performances – often scenes of dissidence and criticism – ahead of elections planned for early next month.

Ethical investors pressure Toyota into pulling out of Burma

An affiliate of the car manufacturer Toyota has been forced to pull out of a joint venture it operated with the military regime in Burma after pressure from "ethical investors".

Suu Kyi to sue over party's dissolution

The detained pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi will try to sue the country's military rulers for dissolving her political party after it decided to boycott next month's election, her lawyer said.

Scepticism over plan to 'free' Aung San Suu Kyi

Could detained Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released after polls scheduled to take place next month?

Burmese websites attacked by hackers

Three Burmese news websites operated by activists and exiled journalists have been attacked by hackers on the anniversary of the Saffron Revolution. The sites' journalists believe the Burmese regime is behind the attacks.

Junta: Suu Kyi can vote in election

The detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be allowed to vote in November's elections although her name was not on an initial voter list, an official said yesterday.

Burma's junta can't escape from the net

Cyber-activists plan to scrutinise the country's elections

Burma's head briefs Chinese ally on elections

The Burmese leader General Than Shwe has arrived in China for a state visit during which he is expected to introduce a new generation of military leaders to one of the country's most important backers.

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