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  • 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.


  • Protesters hold candles during a candlelight vigil in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, May 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar power protests put new reforms to the test

    Protests in Myanmar over persistent power shortages have provided a test of how the country's elected but military-backed government will respond to rising expectations sparked by the past year's democratic reforms.


  • Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi spent her first day as a member of her country's parliment on Wednesday. She will have almost no power since her political party holds only a few dozen seats, but she will have an official voice in government for the first time. (Associated Press)

    Myanmar begins new era as Suu Kyi joins parliament

    Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as a lawmaker Wednesday, capping a tenacious, decades-long journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian that will enable Myanmar's main opposition party to take its struggle for democratic rule inside the country's army-backed government for the first time.


  • Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (center) arrives at parliament to attend a regular session of the body's lower house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    New era begins in Myanmar as Suu Kyi joins parliament

    Aung San Suu Kyi completed her historic journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian Wednesday, assuming public office for the first time in a risky new strategy to work alongside Myanmar's new reform-minded government after her 24-year struggle against military rule.


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