AFP:Protests around the world to mark Suu Kyi birthday

An image of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is projected onto the European Parliament’s building in Brussels

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has marked a grim 64th birthday in prison, as activists took to the Internet and staged worldwide protests to call for her release and an end to her trial.

Famous names including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Beatles legend Paul McCartney and US actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts offered support on a website while world leaders called for the ruling junta to free her on Friday.

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THE GUARDIAN:Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite on stage at Lynch concert

LONDON, April 6 — “Elvis is dead; this is the next best thing.” In New York’s Radio City Music Hall last night, the hyperbole of the fans was, for once, in proportion to the event.

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, the last remaining Beatles, appeared on stage together for the first time in seven years and before a crowd of 6,000, touching foreheads and singing With a Little Help From My Friends. The moment was so sublime it couldn’t be spoiled by the friends they turned out to have.

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