Aung San Suu Kyi: From icon to political player


The woman who was once the world’s most famous political prisoner is now wearing the less glamorous mantle of a mere politician. Aung San Suu Kyi’s re-election last weekend as chair of the party she helped found 35 years ago was one of the few certainties in today’s Burma. As one of the party elders said, without her the National League for Democracy is meaningless. The aura surrounding her is still an extraordinary thing to witness. Her appearance – and she is always impeccably dressed – at any public event, is akin to watching the arrival of royalty, or a Hollywood superstar. Even seasoned diplomats are reduced to begging for photos with her like gushing fans. When she turns…

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Cyprus president defends bailout deal amid public anger

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said a big bailout – which has provoked mass public anger – was needed to avoid a “disorderly bankruptcy”. The 10bn-euro ($13bn; £9bn) deal agreed by the EU was “a painful but controlled management of the crisis”, he said. Many Cypriots, shocked that the bailout […]