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Oxford University honours Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford University on the second day of her visit to the UK.
Ms Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest for more than two decades, received the civil law advanced degree - 19 years after she was awarded it.
The pro-democracy leader was praised her for "patience and endurance" while under house arrest, at the ceremony.
She was a student there in the 1960s and lived in Oxford in the 1980s.
Ms Suu Kyi was awarded the degree during Oxford's annual Encaenia ceremony.
'High point'
Presenting the award, Oxford's Public Orator, Professor Richard Jenkyns of Lady Margaret Hall, said while her return to Oxford was a public event, Ms Suu Kyi was also returning to her old home and "a city full of memories".
"For many years you bore the burden of isolation, displaying patience and endurance to a degree not easily imagined.
"We hail you with joy as you appear in Oxford once more: as for yourself, we do not know what mixture of emotions you feel, and it would be impertinent to intrude on them."
BBC's world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge said this was a "high point" of Ms Suu Kyi's four-day visit to the UK.
The Nobel Laureate read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh's College Oxford in the 1960s.
After leaving university she worked in New York and Bhutan before settling back in Oxford in the 1980s with her husband Tibetan scholar Michael Aris, and their sons Alexander and Kim.
She became the leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement when she returned to Burma in 1988, initially to look after her sick mother.
She was placed under house arrest by the military which feared her influence and was not released until November 2010.
Her two-week-long tour to Europe - her first since 1988 - includes visits to the UK, Switzerland, France and Norway.
In Norway, she was presented with her Nobel Peace Prize, 21 years after it was awarded to her in 1991.

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