Topic - Burma

total perimeter, 1930 kilometres (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline. It is the second largest country by geographical area in Southeast Asia. - Source: Wikipedia

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    Congress extends sanctions on Myanmar

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  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (third from right) talks with Myanmar Minister of Finance Hla Tun (right) and government officials from Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore during a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian nations finance ministers at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu in November 2011. Myanmar appeals to U.S. commercial ventures. (Associated Press)

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  • Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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  • Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to reporters as she arrives at Yangon International Airport on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar, on her way to Europe for the first time in 24 years. (AP Photo)

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  • Clinton flies home to fete Kennedy Center honorees

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined in celebrating the nation's top artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday while home for less than 36 hours between diplomatic travels.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he announces that she will travel to Myanmar, on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama sending Clinton to repressive Myanmar

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  • Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds the hands of her son Kim Aris, right, as they leave Rangoon International Airport  Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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FREE AGAIN: Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her political party office Sunday through supporters in Rangoon after her first news conference since being released from her latest house arrest.

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