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  • Myanmar president pledges to press ahead with reforms

    Myanmar's leader met President Obama at the White House on Monday and pledged his government's commitment to democratic reforms, an end to communal violence and a cease-fire with ethnic minority rebels fighting in the northern part of his Southeast Asian nation.

  • ** FILE ** Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with President Thein Sein at the presidential office in the capital of Naypyitaw in 2010. (Associated Press)

    Myanmar's promises unfulfilled as leader meets with Obama

    Myanmar's president will meet Monday with President Obama amid criticism that the Southeast Asian country has done little to end its war against ethnic minority rebels, protect stateless Muslims or institutionalize democratic reforms that have been promised since its military junta was dissolved in 2011.

  • ** FILE ** In this Thursday, March 21, 2013 file photo, armed Myanmar police officers provide security around a smoldering building following ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila, Mandalay division, about 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP File Photo)

    Myanmar communal unrest threatens reforms

    Few imagined Myanmar would embrace democracy when the U.S. began its historic engagement with the military regime. The country's rapid changes were lauded by visiting Western leaders, and the nation's president was hailed as a hero. But spasms of spreading, communal violence show the reform path is bumpier than expected and have taken the sheen off a foreign policy success of the Obama administration's first term.

  • Google exec urges Myanmar to embrace free speech

    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Friday urged Myanmar's government to allow private businesses to develop the country's woeful telecommunications infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of competition and free speech.

  • President Obama (right) tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 19, 2012. In a historic trip to a long shunned land, Obama showered praise and promises of more U.S. help to Myanmar if the Asian nation keeps building its new democracy. (Associated Press)

    Human rights advocates warn of backsliding in Myanmar

    Human rights advocates warned the Obama administration Wednesday against lifting sanctions on Myanmar's military-backed government because its democratic reforms could be reversed.

  • In this early Nov. 29, 2012, photo provided by a monk, flames are seen at the gate of Chinese mining partner Wan Bao where protesters camped before the police crackdown in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar. (AP Photo)

    Myanmar cracks down on mine protest; dozens hurt

    Security forces used water cannons and other riot gear Thursday to clear protesters from a copper mine in in northwestern Myanmar, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks just hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the area to hear their grievances.

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 19, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama "douses 11 flames" as he tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Yangon, Myanmar. Little noticed during Obama's landmark visit to Myanmar was a significant concession that could shed light on whether that nation's powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program, possibly with North Korea's help. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Myanmar says it's ready to sign nuclear agreement

    Little noticed in the warm glow of President Barack Obama's landmark visit to Myanmar was a significant concession that could shed light on whether that nation's powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program, possibly with North Korea's help.

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    FRANKS: Obama must use Burma visit to push for reform

    A grandmother sat alone in a church near Burma's Kachin-China border in early May of this year and silently waited for the notoriously brutal Burma Army to raid her village. Other Kachin villagers fled once they heard that the Burma Army was approaching, but "Ngwa Mi" (real name withheld) was left behind.

  • A Rakhine refugee lies on a bed Oct. 26, 2012, under medical treatment at Sittwe hospital in Sittwe, Rakhine State in western Myanmar. The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said Friday, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country's reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule. (Associated Press)

    Myanmar says ethnic strife killed 67

    Myanmar authorities on Friday revised downward the death toll from this week's ethnic violence in the country's west after warning that the strife risks harming the country's reputation as it seeks to shift to democratic rule.

  • Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, speaks Sept. 27, 2012, during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. (Associated Press)

    Myanmar leader hails democratic reform

    Myanmar's president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that no one can reverse the democratic reforms that have helped his nation shed its international pariah status over the past 18 months.

  • In U.N. stunner, Myanmarese leader praises Suu Kyi

    Myanmar's president Thursday said his country has taken irreversible steps toward democracy as he paid unprecedented public tribute to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, describing her as crucial to political reforms.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly in New York told Myanmar President Thein Sein that the United States will ease its import ban on the country. (Associated Press)

    U.S. to ease import ban on Myanmar

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the U.S. will ease its import ban on Myanmar that had been a key plank of remaining American economic sanctions.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi (center), Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 19, 2012, as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, look on. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Myanmar reform leader Suu Kyi praised on Hill

    President Obama on Wednesday met with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who earlier was awarded Congress' highest honor at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda that brought together Senate and House leaders from both sides of the political aisle as well as two former first ladies.

  • Buddhist monks and ethnic Rakhine people hold placards at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most revered Buddhist shrine, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday, June. 10, 2012. The group gathered to say prayers for a murdered girl and others killed in the clashes in Rakhine state over the weekend. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    State of emergency declared in western Myanmar

    Myanmar's president on Sunday night declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.

  • Buddhist monks and people from Rakhine walk about to offer prayers at Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday. A group of people from Rakhine state and some Buddhist monks are at the Shwedagon Pagoda - Myanmar's most revered Buddhist shrine - to say prayers for a murdered girl and those killed in the clashes. The group walked a circuit around the pagoda. (Associated Press)

    State of emergency declared in Myanmar

    Myanmar's president on Sunday night declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.

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