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Judge grants Miley Cyrus 3-year restraining order

A judge has granted Miley Cyrus a three-year civil restraining order against a man convicted of trespassing at her home in Los Angeles.

The stay-away order was granted Friday against Jason Luis Rivera by Superior Court Judge William D. Stewart.

The 40-year-old Rivera was convicted in October of trespassing at the singer’s home and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

He is scheduled to be released in May. Authorities said at the time of the arrest in September that the intruder was carrying scissors and ran into the wall of Miss Cyrus’ home as if trying to break in.

He did not respond to Miss Cyrus’ petition.

The 20-year-old former star of “Hannah Montana” did not attend the hearing. Her attorney Bryan Sullivan declined to comment.

Jason Mraz to perform in historic Myanmar concert

Jason Mraz will make history next month when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Mr. Mraz will headline a free outdoor concert on Dec. 16 at People’s Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country since the end of military rule last year. And he is believed to be just the second Western act to perform in the country in decades, joining Ozomatli’s U.S. State Department-sponsored appearance in 2009.

“That’s pretty exciting,” Mr. Mraz said of the history involved, “and I’m going there with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect, and I hope we can actually make a difference. I hope it’s also a testament to the songs. I’ve always wanted my songs to be about healing and self-empowerment, and if this is the way MTV is acknowledging that, then I am incredibly grateful.”

The show will be broadcast on Myanmar national television and will air on MTV’s international network in 2013. Mr. Mraz hosted a similar concert in the Philippines last year. He first became interested in the issue about four years ago when he attended the Freedom Awards, an annual salute to those working against human exploitation put on by the organization Free the Slaves.

“I thought this was something that was abolished when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but all it did is become hidden from our view,” Mr. Mraz said in a phone interview from Zurich, Switzerland. “There was a recent estimate that there are about 27 million people enslaved on the planet, certainly due to hard economic times, not just in the Western world but certainly in Third World countries. … So I signed on, lent my voice, lent my music to the cause.”

Myanmar is opening itself to the world since a military junta ceded power to a new elected government last year. President Thein Sein’s government has pushed the country toward democracy.

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