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Burma, S. Korea Pledge to Deepen Economic Ties

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s president is drumming up support for more investment in his country as it emerges from decades of military rule. Burmese President Thein Sein was met by an honor guard and flag-waving children at the Blue House in Seoul Tuesday before meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. The two leaders agreed to strengthen economic […]

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Willing to be President

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is courageous enough to run for president – if that is what the people want. The Nobel prize laureate spoke Monday during a news conference at the headquarters for her National League for Democracy. Burma’s constitution currently prohibits her from holding the country’s top office but […]

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Willing to be President

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is courageous enough to run for president – if that is what the people want. The Nobel prize laureate spoke Monday during a news conference at the headquarters for her National League for Democracy. Burma’s constitution currently prohibits her from holding the country’s top office but […]

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Burmese President to Visit Seoul

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein is headed to South Korea, the latest step in an effort to rehabilitate his country’s image. The Burmese leader is expected to travel to Seoul Monday for the start of a three-day visit which will include a summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. South Korean spokesperson Lee Mi-Yeon tells VOA […]

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Rights Group Urges Burma to Drop Charges Against Peace Activists

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is urging Burma to drop charges against activists who led protests to mark the United Nations’ International Peace Day without government permission. The New York-based group said Tuesday that up to 13 activists face possible charges for organizing last month’s peaceful demonstrations, which called for an end to violence against ethnic minority […]

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UN Chief Warns Burma’s Tensions Could Spread

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the unrest in Burma’s Rakhine state could hurt the country’s democratic reforms and spill across borders. Mr. Ban raised the subject Saturday during a meeting with Burma’s president, Thein Sein, and the head the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He told Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who heads the 57-nation group, […]

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Burma President Praises Aung San Suu Kyi, Suggesting Improved Relations

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein has offered rare praise for the country’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, marking an apparent step forward in her complicated relationship with the former military general. Speaking at the Asia Society in New York, Thein Sein acknowledged that the democracy leader, who spent years detained under Burma’s former military rulers, […]

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Thein Sein: Burma Experiencing “Amazing” Changes

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says Burma has experienced “amazing” changes as its military-backed government strives to achieve democratic reforms. In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Thein Sein said political prisoners are being granted amnesty, censorship in the media is being abolished, and people are participating more in the political process. He said Burma […]

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Thein Sein: Burma Experiencing “Amazing” Changes

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says Burma has experienced “amazing” changes as its military-backed government strives to achieve democratic reforms. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Thein Sein said his country has been granting amnesty to political prisoners, abolishing censorship in the media, and affording people greater participation in the political process. […]

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Clinton: US to Lift Import Ban On Burma

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will take steps to lift a ban on imports from Burma in response to continued reforms by the country’s military-backed government. At a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Clinton told Burma’s President Thein Sein that the U.S. will “begin the process” of […]

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