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Ban Ki-Moon must take the lead in persuading the regime to start genuine talks with ethnic groups

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Suu Kyi electrifies her followers – and vows to continue the struggle

Today, Suu Kyi will begin a new campaign for democracy

The nation's opposition leader is freed, and will rally her supporters when she meets them at noon at her party's headquarters

Aung San Suu Kyi walks free

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally walked to freedom today amid massive cheers from elated supporters who flooded the streets outside her home in Burma.



More questions than answers on a day of many rumours but no release

A day of swirling expectation and excitement pulsing through Burma ended last night with many questions but few answers. Crucially, there was also no sign of the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose release had been widely anticipated.

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Burma's heroine could be just hours from freedom

Dissident postpones new hunger strike

A prominent dissident has pulled back from a threat to go on hunger strike to pressure the government to free the last 13 political prisoners jailed in a 2003 crackdown. He said he was heeding a call for restraint from the men and their wives.

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.

Hunger-striking Cuban dissident wins EU prize

The European Parliament awarded its top human rights prize yesterday to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, whose hunger strike helped pressure Havana into freeing political prisoners.

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?

Spy-swap scientist pays a price for his freedom

Igor Sutyagin dreams of Russia but is trapped in a legal limbo

Former guerrilla Dilma Rousseff set to be the world's most powerful woman

Brazil looks likely to elect an extraordinary leader next weekend

Kamchatka, By Marcelo Figueras, trans. Frank Wynne

Argentina, 1976. It is a terrifying time for all with left-wing leanings and thousands disappear, many the victims of extra-judicial executions. A young boy is taken out of school and his family flee to a safe house in the secluded hills outside Buenos Aires. They adopt new identities and the boy names himself Harry after his hero Houdini.

Burma names the date for discredited vote

Burma's ruling junta set Sunday 7 November as the date for the country's first election in two decades yesterday, but made no concessions to critics who say the rules favour the army and its allies and bar the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from taking part.

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