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Supporters of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate as they look at the official election results outside the National League of Democracy headquarters in Rangoon. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Burma’s Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked set to defy the powerful military to take power after a major election win, but there are questio(...)

A supporter waves a flag during a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) campaign rally in Yangon on Friday. Burma heads to the polls on Sunday. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

On Sunday, more than 30 million voters across Burma (Myanmar) can cast their ballots in the country’s first relatively free elections in 25 years. (...)

 Volunteers take down posters of Aung San Suu Kyi at the National League for Democracy  head office  in Kaw Hmu, Burma,  ahead of Sunday’s landmark election. Photograph:  Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

Burma’s president Thein Sein said on Friday that both the military and the government would accept the outcome of Sunday’s historic election, and tha(...)

Supporters of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy  set up a stage outside the main train station ahead of a rally in Yangon on Thursday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said she will be “above the president” if her party wins a historic election on Sunday, defying a const(...)

Muslim candidate  Khin Maung Thein competes in a system stacked against him. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

The city of Mandalay in northern Burma (Myanmar) is a Buddhist religious centre so crowded with temples, monasteries and monks that they can sometimes(...)

Ambiya Khatu,  who married a man who paid for her release from smugglers in Thailand, watches her niece with her mother, Mabiya Khatu, at home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia“There was nobody to rescue us, so I agreed,” she said. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She had fled Burma(...)

A man rows his boat in a flooded village outside Zalun Township, in Burma. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

The president of Burma has urged people to leave a low-lying southern delta region, with rain water flowing into the area threatening further flooding(...)

Women and children gather at a well at a refugee camp in Teknaaf, Bangladesh. In 1992, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing a campaign of arson, rape and extrajudicial killing by the Burmese Army poured into Bangladesh where a multimillion-dollar people smuggling business has sent roots deep into impoverished corners of the country. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

From his shop overlooking a pier on this island near the border with Burma (Myanmar), Mohammad Hossain watched the human smuggling business swell. Ove(...)

Staff oversee the printing of a Burmese-language newspaper in Rangoon (Yangon).  Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

It is the dawn of democracy in Burma (Myanmar). If only the Burmese had their own word for it. As this former dictatorship opens to the world, languag(...)

Amid tensions between the two countries, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi began her visit to China on Wednesd(...)

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