Among the lifelines Aung San Suu Kyi has cited as helping her endure her long and lonely years of detention, a piano and the BBC World Service featured large. Appropriately, both were in evidence as the Burmese pro-democracy leader began her UK visit on Tuesday , her first to Britain for 24 years.
Here are a few more reactions – from both ends of the political spectrum – to the election results from some of the people I have spoken to over the past 10 days.
Brazilian negotiators have been accused of using strong-arm tactics at Rio+20 to secure a deal before heads of state start arriving for the Earth Summit later this week.
Barack Obama and Russia's president Vladimir Putin completed a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday with an agreement that there should be a cessation of hostilities in Syria.
Egypt's generals awarded themselves sweeping political powers in an 11th-hour constitutional declaration that tied the hands of the country's incoming president and cemented military authority over the post-Mubarak era.
Two female US politicians were banned from addressing the Michigan house of representatives after one used the word "vagina" and the other tried to argue for regulating vasectomies during a debate over a controversial anti-abortion bill.
A group of activists from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were reported on Friday night to have been kidnapped by unknown men in the city of Donetsk, the venue for Ukraine's Euro 2012 match against France.
Greece is in urgent need of a "pro-European" government that will navigate the country through its worst crisis in modern times, the former prime minister George Papandreou said two days before an election that has the world on tenterhooks.
Egypt is suffering under worse conditions now than under Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, Mohamed ElBaradei has told the Guardian, and it is on the brink of allowing a "new emperor" to establish total domination over the country.
Egypt's embattled revolution faces one of its sternest tests on Saturday, as the country goes to the polls to elect its first post-Mubarak president amid a whirlwind of popular disillusionment and an unprecedented constitutional crisis.