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Burma releases prominent prisoners

Burma freed some of its most famous political inmates today, sparking jubilation outside prison gates while signalling its readiness to comply with demands from the US and its allies for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese democracy movement

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for office

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed she will run for a parliamentary seat in April by-elections.

Syrian troops ignore observers

Syrian troops have fired on protesters in the city of Homs as Arab League observers toured the area to see whether the regime is keeping its pledge to halt the crackdown on dissent.

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Ai Weiwei tax ruling reviewed

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the authorities have agreed to review their ruling that he pay a £1.5m fine for alleged tax evasion.

William Hague 'encouraged' by Burma reforms

The international community must maintain pressure on Burma's government to make further "bold steps" towards reform, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today as he completed a historic visit to the south-east Asian country.

Hague flies into a row over how much Burma has really changed

Foreign Secretary says his visit is to 'encourage the Burmese government to continue on its path of reform'

Burma President urged to free prisoners posing 'no threat'

A government-appointed human rights body has appealed to the Burmese president to release prisoners who are not a threat to stability, state media reported yesterday.

Syrian soldiers chant slogans during a pro-regime rally in Damascus

Syrian troops fire on protesters in fresh violence

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets across the nation in the largest protests in months, shouting for the downfall of the regime in a defiant display invigorated by the presence of Arab observers, activists said.

Vaclav Havel's funeral in Prague

World leaders gather as Vaclav Havel exits stage left

All the world became a stage yesterday for the final bow of Vaclav Havel, the playwright, turned prisoner, turned president.

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Lukashenko, oppressor of Belarus

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus dissidents ask Britain to increase pressure on Lukashenko regime

Belarusian opposition politicians have made a remarkable plea for Britain to ratchet up pressure on the regime of dictator Alexander Lukashenko following a highly unusual meeting at the Foreign Office.

Pakistanis burn Nato and US flags in Multan yesterday in protest at the air strike

Pakistani cable TV blocks BBC over Nato air strike coverage

Pakistani cable operators have pulled BBC World, CNN and other foreign news channels off the air in protest at their coverage of last weekend’s Nato air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan.

Approximately 7,000 people are being held by revolutionary brigades with no access to due process

Human rights abuses are rife in lawless new state, UN report says

Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, according to a report by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the new government.

Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, has a 96 per cent approval rate, despite his hardline policies

Cameron's favourite pollsters hand dictator 96 per cent approval rating

One is the Government's favourite polling company, whose founder now works side by side with David Cameron in Downing Street and provides the Prime Minister with the latest insights into public opinion.

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