After more than a decade of using the stick in relations with Burma's military junta, the administration of US President Barack Obama has shown signs it also intends to use the carrot - at the risk of upsetting exiled Burmese opposition groups.
African leaders have decided to impose sanctions on military-ruled Guinea in the wake of last month's massacre of scores of opposition supporters in the capital, Conakry, leaving the country increasingly isolated.
The EU has issued an arms embargo on Guinea and slapped financial and travel sanctions on members of the country's ruling junta. The African country was plunged into crisis following the massacre of opposition protesters in Conakry in September.
Freed in September 2008 after 19 years in the prisons of the Burmese junta, U Win Tin, aged 80, is a veteran of the struggle for democracy and above all a political mentor to d'Aung San Suu Kyi. Interview.
In this edition: Spotlight on Guineas where captain Moussa Dadis Camara consolidates his grip on power and takes on a wide range of issues from corruption to drugs; and the settlement of Ivory Coast's toxic dump case.
Myanmar's ruling military junta on Friday freed two journalists who helped victims of 2008's Cyclone Nargis reach a UN aid office, and released several opposition activists as part of an amnesty granted to more than 7,000 prisoners.
According to Chinese officials, 37,000 refugees streamed into the country from Burma following fighting in Kokang, a mainly ethnic Chinese region of Burma's Shan state. Some have now begun to return home, but fear more unrest.