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  • **FILE** Attendees at the Retreat Session of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 19, 2011, include (from left) U.S. President Barack Obama, Myanmar President Thein Sein (rear), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vietnamese President Nguyen Tan Dung, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. (Associated Press)

    Obama to visit Myanmar this month

    President Obama will make history later this month by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, which after nearly five decades of military rule has shaken off its pariah status by taking tentative steps toward democratic reform.

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