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Former BBC star Dave Lee Travis appears in court on sexual assault charges

British radio presenter Dave Lee Travis, who counts Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, appeared in court Friday charged with committing 11 indecent assaults and one sexual assault. The 68-year-old former BBC star, wearing a suit and a colourful tie, faced a scrum of photographers and cameramen as he…

Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among crowds of supporters. Hundreds of people cheered as a giant screen outside National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon announced a…

Suu Kyi says Myanmar polls not completely fair

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that elections in Myanmar would not be “genuinely free and fair”, sounding a note of caution over her landmark bid for a seat in parliament. The Nobel laureate, who spent most of the past 22 years as apolitical prisoner, complained of a…

Myanmar frees leading political prisoners

Myanmar pardoned a number of prominent dissidents, journalists and a former premier Friday under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed regime. Western powers have demanded the freedom of political detainees languishing in jail in the country formerly known as Burma before they will…

Suu Kyi to Clinton: Signs of hope in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi voiced guarded hope Friday that democracy will come to Myanmar as the opposition leader warmly welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the home that was her prison for years. In scenes unthinkable before Myanmar’s recent reforms, Suu Kyi took Clinton by the arm and escorted…

Obama offers Myanmar fresh start in relations

US President Barack Obama offered Myanmar a new era in relations if it reforms and promised democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi his eternal support in letters hand-delivered by his top diplomat Thursday. The high-stakes personal intervention in a country long regarded by the West as a pariah state came during a historic visit…

Clinton pushes reform in historic Myanmar talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held landmark talks with Myanmar’s rulers Thursday, saying she was “encouraged” by reform moves from the new regime after decades of repression and isolation. The top diplomat, sent by President Barack Obama on a delicate mission to encourage change in a nation long distrustful…

Obama sends Clinton to Myanmar to propel reforms

President Barack Obama said Friday he will send Hillary Clinton to Myanmar next month in the first visit by a US secretary of state for 50 years, to propel “flickers” of democratic reform. The announcement of the historic trip, to begin on December 1, came as opposition leader Aung San…

Obama calls Aung San Suu Kyi ‘a hero of mine’

US President Barack Obama welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, calling her “a hero of mine” and saying it was time for the Myanmar junta to free all political prisoners. “While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu…

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