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Aung San Suu Kyi to Accept Award in US

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based advocacy group says Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to New York in September to receive its Global Citizen Award. A spokeswoman for the Atlantic Council tells VOA the opposition leader will receive the award “in person.” The trip will mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s first trip to the United […]

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US Group Invites Aung San Suu Kyi to Receive Award

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based advocacy group has invited Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to New York to accept an award for global citizenship. The Atlantic Council says it will honor Aung San Suu Kyi on September 21 with its Global Citizen Award. The group cited her “unwavering devotion to democracy and human rights,” calling her […]

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Sanctions Eased, Burma Signs GE Deal

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Just days after the United States formally lifted economic sanctions against Burma, General Electric has signed a deal to provide X-ray machines to two private hospitals in Rangoon. The U.S. company says the $2-million sale will go through a local company called Sea Lion. The head of GE’s Asia operations, Stuart Dean, has said the […]

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Burmese President Says Nation at “Critical Juncture”

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein has told a group of U.S. business leaders that Burma is at a “critical juncture” as it moves from a military administration to democracy and economic reform. He spoke Friday at a meeting in Cambodia’s Siem Reap, just two days after the United States eased sanctions on Burma to allow U.S. […]

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Clinton Meets with Burma President

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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((new head, lead) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Burmese President Thein Sein Friday, after the United States formally lifted economic sanctions against the southeast Asian nation. The talks took place on the sidelines of a conference in Cambodia. Clinton met with President Thein Sein in December, during a landmark trip to Burma. […]

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Clinton to Meet with Burma President

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet with Burmese President Thein Sein Friday, after the United States formally lifted economic sanctions against the southeast Asian nation. A senior State Department official told VOA the talks will take place on the sidelines of a conference in Cambodia. Clinton met with President Thein Sein […]

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Some Rights Groups Skeptical About US Easing of Burma Sanctions

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Some rights groups are reacting with skepticism to the United States’ decision to formally lift economic sanctions against Burma. On Wednesday, Washington announced it was allowing U.S. companies to invest in the Southeast Asian nation for the first time in 15 years, in response to economic and political reforms underway there. The move does not […]

Clinton Due to Meet Burmese President After Sanctions Lift

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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((updates US Burma 2nd UPD from 7/11; new lede & graf 2, edits grafs 3,4) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet with Burmese President Thein Sein later this week on the heels of an announcement that the United States has formally lifted economic sanctions against the southeast Asian nation. A senior […]

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US Formally Lifts Burma Econ Sanctions

Posted July 11th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has formally lifted economic sanctions against Burma, allowing American companies to invest in the Southeast Asian nation for the first time in 15 years, but requiring them to disclose details of their dealings. A White House statement says the move, first announced in May, comes in response to “important economic and political […]

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First US Ambassador to Burma in 22 Years Arrives in Rangoon

Posted July 11th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. embassy in Burma has announced the arrival of Washington’s first ambassador to the country in 22 years. The embassy in Rangoon said Ambassador Derek Mitchell arrived Wednesday and would travel to Naypyitaw to present his credentials to President Thein Sein. Mitchell previously served as special envoy to Burma. Also Wednesday, the Obama administration […]

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