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Politics

Belarus election

Belarus holds elections this weekend that the authorities promise will be free and fair. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports on the slow pace of change in the former Soviet republic.

Politics

Geo answer

For today's answer we were looking for the Maldive Islands, where the first new president in 30 years is busy cutting back on the luxuries enjoyed by his predecessor. Anchor Lisa Mullins has details.

Politics

Paying the Taliban to quit

The US military in Afghanistan is to be allowed to pay Taliban fighters who renounce violence. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Senator Carl Levin, sees pay for former Taliban fighters to protect their communities. Katy Clark talks with him.

Conflict & Justice

US urges Egypt to reform

The US has urged the Egyptian authorities to reform as protesters burned government buildings. The government blames the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood for violence. But novelist Alaa Al Aswany says demonstrations reflect popular anger at the Mubarak regime.

Politics

Burmese Political Prisoners Released

Myanmar (Burma) has released the most prominent political dissidents of the country from jail. One of the dissidents released is Mya Aye who had been serving a 65-year jail sentence for speaking out against the Burmese government.