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Burma, Karen rebels sign cease-fire agreement

Burma's nominally civilian government continues to make concessions, seeking international legitimacy and closer ties after nearly 50 years in diplomatic isolation.

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi will run for parliament (VIDEO)

Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, confirmed she will run for a seat in the country’s new Parliamentary election scheduled for April.

Step by step, Burma opens up to Europe

Foreign Secretary William Hague is the first senior British official to visit the country in half a century and meets Aung San Suu Kyi
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and British Foreign Secretary pose for photographers before their meeting today in Rangoon (SOE THAN WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague is spending two days in Burma, which, until recently, has been one of the most politically isolated countries in the world. Today he visited with government leaders in the capital Naypyitaw including the president, Thein Sein.

In a statement, Hague said, “I emphasized the importance the British government attaches to the reforms that the Burmese government has undertaken in the last six months." Hague added, he hoped the progress would continue and that all of Burma's political prisoners would be released. The number of political prisoners in the country is estimated at between 600 and 2,000.


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Burma blasts kill 17, injure 80

Local authorities confirmed the fire started in a state-owned warehouse and quickly spread to homes and buildings, many of them wooden.

Zarganar: Burma’s funniest dissident

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Hillary Clinton: Aung San Suu Kyi is a friend and inspiration

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US to Burma: reforms must continue

In an attempt to establish new ties with Burma (Myanmar), US officials urged the country to live up to its promise to cut its military ties with North Korea and address its human rights abuses.
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