Reuters:Clinton causes barely a stir in Myanmar’s curious capital

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s new capital, Naypyitaw, translates as “Abode of Kings,” fitting for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to begin historic talks that could restore some luster to one of the world’s most reclusive states.

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China’s sway runs deep in Myanmar’s ancient capital

MANDALAY, Myanmar (Reuters) – The stalls of Mandalay’s biggest market are lined with Chinese-made clothes, appliances and cosmetics — a clear sign of the grip Myanmar’s giant neighbour has over the city.

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Freedom carries responsibility

In the pursuit of our rights and in our vision of the good life, we must maintain a sense of balance, moderation and equilibrium.

DECEMBER 10 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (UDHR).

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Myanmar sheds that hermit image

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By KARIM RASLAN

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is being brought back into the limelight by its military rulers led by President Thein Sein.

MYANMAR and Malaysia. It’s highly unusual for the two countries to be mentioned in the same breath – all the more so given Myanmar’s long-standing status as a “pariah” state.

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Yangon: From stately city to crumbling symbol of isolation

YANGON (Reuters) – There are no skyscrapers in Yangon. No gleaming shopping malls. Certainly no subway system. Its rutted sidewalks are laced with treacherous holes and broken slabs of concrete.

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Reuters:Emboldened by Obama, Myanmar maps out reforms

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s government vowed on Saturday to address concerns raised by President Barack Obama, outlining far-reaching plans to make peace with ethnic rebels, gradually release more political prisoners and relax controls on freedom of expression.

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Obama Statement: Clinton to Go to Burma

US President Barack Obama announced in Bali today that he will send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma next month—for the first visit to the country by a US secretary of state since military rule was first imposed nearly 50 years ago.

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