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  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek (center), receive flowers upon their arrival in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday. Mr. Ban will see how the world body can help promote the country's steps toward democratic reform. He will meet President Thein Sein during the three-day visit. (Associated Press)

    World Briefs: U.N. chief arrives to promote reforms

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Sunday in Myanmar to see how the world body can help promote the country's tentative steps toward democratic reform.


  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) talks with Myanmar President Thein Sein after a group photograph at the opening ceremony of the 20th ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Myanmar leader praises elections as 'successful'

    Myanmar's president said Tuesday that elections won by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her party were successful, issuing the first government endorsement of the historic polls.


  • People cheer as election officials count votes at a polling station in the Dagon port township in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Supporters of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi erupted in euphoric cheers after her party announced she had won a parliamentary seat in the landmark election, setting the stage for her to take public office for the first time. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Suu Kyi leads landslide win in Myanmar vote, party says

    The party of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said she had led it to a landslide election victory Sunday, setting the stage for her to take public office for the first time and head a small opposition in the military-dominated Parliament.


  • Once persecuted by her government, Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is seen as having a good chance to win a seat in parliament. (Associated Press)

    Myanmar's Sunday elections could be 'political theater'

    Recent polls predict that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will easily win a seat in Myanmar's parliamentary elections Sunday, amid expectations that Washington will respond by easing economic sanctions against the Southeast Asian country long ruled by a brutal military regime.


  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets democracy advocate leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the U.S. chief of mission residence in Yangon, Myanmar, in December 2011. (Associated Press)

    Civil war threatens reforms in Myanmar

    A civil war between Myanmar's army and Christian rebels in the Asian nation's northernmost state is threatening the military-backed government's efforts to normalize relations with the West.


  • **FILE** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Jan. 12, 2012, during a news conference the State Department in Washington with Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci. (Associated Press)

    U.S., Myanmar to exchange diplomats

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday announced that the U.S. and Myanmar will start the process of exchanging ambassadors, a distinct sign of a thaw in once frosty relations between the two countries.


  • Myanmar President Thein Sein (right) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the President's Office in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

    Clinton challenges Myanmar to expand reforms

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday challenged the leaders of Myanmar to continue to expand upon recent reforms, calling for the release of all political prisoners, an end to violent campaigns against ethnic minorities and a break in military ties with North Korea.


  • Aung San Suu Kyi (left), Myanmar's democracy icon, and Labor and Social Welfare Minister Aung Kyi (right) listen to questions from reporters during a press conference after their meeting at Seinleikanthar government guest house on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Suu Kyi holds talks with Myanmar government minister

    Myanmar democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Sunday with a Cabinet minister to discuss issues the resolution of which could lead to a breakthrough in the country's long-running political deadlock.


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