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Myanmar releases over 3,000 prisoners, prior to summit meeting

Myanmar releases over 3,000 prisoners, prior to summit meeting

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 7 (UPI) --The Myanmar government announced the pardon and release of 3,073 prisoners Tuesday, a month before it hosts a Southeast Asian summit meeting.
Ed Adamczyk
Convicted Myanmar journalists get 10-year sentences

Convicted Myanmar journalists get 10-year sentences

MANDALAY , Myanmar, July 10 (UPI) --A newspaper editor and four of his journalists were sentenced Thursday in Mandalay, Myanmar, to 10 years of hard labor, a blow to press freedom in the country.
Ed Adamczyk
Buddhists, Muslims clash in Myanmar leaving at least two people dead

Buddhists, Muslims clash in Myanmar leaving at least two people dead

MANDALAY , Myanmar, July 3 (UPI) --Two people were killed as Buddhists and Muslims rioted and clashed in the streets of Mandalay, Myanmar, for a second consecutive night.
Ed Adamczyk

Myanmar to get $2B World Bank development aid

YANGON, Myanmar, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The World Bank announced a $2 billion, multiyear development aid program for various projects in Myanmar including reforms, energy and healthcare.

Myanmar frustrated by U.N. criticism of Rakhine violence

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Criticism of Myanmar from the top human rights official at the United Nations is totally unacceptable, a Myanmar government spokesman said Friday.

Rights group says Myanmar falling short on promises

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A French rights consortium said Friday it was upset Myanmar's president didn't release all of the country's political prisoners by New Year's Eve as promised.

Myanmar president backs changes for presidential requirements

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein said he backs changing the country's constitution to allow "any citizen" to become president, regardless of family circumstances.

Five activists released in Myanmar amnesty program

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Myanmar released five people Tuesday as part of a pledge by President Thein Sein to free all political prisoners by the end of year, an advocacy group says.
Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar Friday said it has released 69 political prisoners from more than 12 of its prisons nationwide.

Myanmar releases more political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar released 69 prisoners, including an environmental protester and two grandchildren of a former junta leader, ahead of its year-end deadline to release all activists and political detainees.

Children impacted by Myanmar violence

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict pitting Buddhists against Muslims in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, UNICEF said.

Myanmar releases 56 political prisoners

MYITKYINA, Myanmar, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein Tuesday released 56 political prisoners as part of a plan to free all prisoners of conscious by the year's end, officials said.

China touts Myanmar's potential

BEIJING, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Myanmar is entering a period of development that should encourage foreign investors to warm to the former junta, China's envoy to the nation said Friday.

U.S. monitoring violence in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United States is "deeply concerned" by reports of violence against minority Muslims in Myanmar's coastal state of Rakhine, the embassy said Wednesday.

Violence forces Myanmar President Thein Sein to cancel stop at Thandwe

THANDWE, Myanmar, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Violence-torn Thandwe in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state was under curfew after days of violence forced President Thein Sein to cancel a trip to the town.
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U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) (L) meets with General Thein Sein in Yangon, Myanmar on August 15, 2009. Webb also met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years and was convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing American John Yettaw to stay at her home for two days. After Sen. Webb's visit, the generals of Myanmar agreed to release Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years of hard labor. UPI/Sen. Webb's office
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Thein Sein (Burmese: သိန်းစိန်, pronounced ; born 20 April 1945) is a Burmese politician and military figure who has been president of Myanmar (Burma) since March 2011. Previously he was Prime Minister from 2007 until 2011.

Thein Sein graduated from the 9th intake of the Defence Services Academy in 1968.

Thein Sein was appointed in April 2007 by the nation's ruling military junta as interim prime minister, replacing Soe Win, who was undergoing medical treatment. Thein Sein became Soe Win's permanent successor on 24 October 2007 after Soe Win's death on 12 October 2007.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Thein Sein."
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