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Aung San Suu Kyi talks to supporters during an election rally

Suu Kyi hits the campaign trail

It's a sight few thought they would ever see: Burma's democracy leader fighting an election. Brian Rex visits the village where her future will be decided

Ladies in White opposition movement members march in Havana

Activists arrested in Cuba ahead of papal visit

Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues, then rounded up more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana just days before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Museum for Belgrano dead to open in Argentinia

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced details of a new museum to honour the 323 Argentinian marines who died when the cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by a British nuclear submarine during the Falklands War 30 years ago.

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

Burma seizes protest leader monk weeks after his release in amnesty

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

Mohamed Nasheed surfaces from an underwater cabinet meeting held on Girifushi Island in 2009 to highlight the dangers of climate change

'Mandela of the Maldives' forced out by police coup

Leader who brought democracy to islands steps down following weeks of protest

Maldives president resigns amid growing unrest

The president of the island nation of Maldives, who became the country's first democratically elected leader in three decades, resigned today following weeks of sometimes violent public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge.

Belarus minister accused of torture defies EU travel ban with visit to France

Trip revealed by The Independent prompts lawyers to press for arrest of police chief

Brian Shivers arrives at Antrim Courthouse during the trial

Republican guilty of Massereene barracks murders

A terminally-ill dissident republican will spend his final years in prison after being convicted of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland.

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.

Two bomb blasts hit Londonderry

Two bombs exploded last night in an area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, that had been evacuated after warnings relayed through telephone calls.

Londonderry hit by twin explosions

Two explosions were reported in Northern Ireland tonight.

Aung San Suu Kyi is surrounded by supporters as she leaves the Thanlyin township

Burma: Crowds cheer Suu Kyi as she registers for poll

Ecstatic cheers of "Long live Aung San Suu Kyi!" echoed through the streets of Rangoon yesterday as Burma's most famous citizen registered her candidacy for a parliamentary by-election. Throngs of flag-waving supporters crowded the local election office to shout support and catch a glimpse of the 66-year-old Nobel peace laureate, who spent years under house arrest.

Chinese dissident charged with subversion... for writing a poem

The Chinese authorities have indicted a veteran dissident on subversion charges for writing a poem urging people to gather to defend their freedoms, his lawyer said yesterday.

A political prisoner waves as he is being freed

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.

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