Myanmar hit by Muslim, Buddhist clashes

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Dozens of homes were burned to the ground during clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, an official said Tuesday.

Own reforms, Elders tell Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Myanmar needs to take ownership of its own peace initiatives if it's to have any real expectations for the future, members of The Elders said.

Myanmar reform progress troubles London

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- A British delegate said Wednesday before leaving for Myanmar he was "very concerned" about the status of reforms under way in the country.

Concerns linger for Myanmar

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar is to be commended for its decision to release prisoners of conscience, though the problem may be ongoing, a U.N. special envoy said Monday.

U.N. welcomes Myanmar prisoner release

UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (UPI) -- A decision by the Myanmar government to release dozens of political prisoners should add strength to its reform agenda, the U.N. secretary-general said.

Five injured in Myanmar when blast interrupts radical monk's sermon

MANDALAY, Myanmar, July 23 (UPI) -- Five people suffered minor injuries when a bomb exploded in Myanmar while a radical Buddhist monk was preaching, a police official in Mandalay said.

Myanmar frees 73 political prisoners in step toward democracy

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, July 23 (UPI) -- Some 73 people were released by Myanmar Tuesday as part of the country's effort to free all political prisoners by the end of the year, officials said.

Myanmar faces additional rights scrutiny

BRUSSELS, July 17 (UPI) -- The arrest and judicial harassment of a human rights campaigner in Myanmar serves as a reminder of the country's ongoing problems, a rights organization said.

Myanmar not yet off the hook

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 16 (UPI) -- Myanmar is called on to address a culture of impunity even though it disbanded a controversial border security force, a U.N. human rights delegate said Tuesday.
Suu Kyi beckoned to Myanmar peace talks

Suu Kyi beckoned to Myanmar peace talks

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, July 15 (UPI) -- A coalition of armed ethnic groups in Myanmar said Monday they want pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take part in peace talks with the government.

22 Buddhists convicted of anti-Muslim attacks in Myanmar

MEIKTILA, Myanmar, July 12 (UPI) -- A court in Myanmar found 22 Buddhists guilty of sparking anti-Muslim violence in the city of Meiktila, during which 43 people died and thousands were displaced.

U.N.'s Ban troubled by Myanmar divisions

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (UPI) -- Violence between religious communities in Myanmar could spiral out of control if not addressed quickly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

China presses Myanmar on Kachin peace

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, June 24 (UPI) -- China is keen to see authorities with the central Myanmar government work toward a cease-fire with Kachin rebels, a visiting diplomat said Monday.

Myanmar-China pipeline to benefit both countries?

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, May 30 (UPI) -- China's $2.5 billion oil and gas pipeline in Myanmar will mutually benefit both countries, said Myanmar President Thein Sein.

CNPC chief visits Myanmar's president

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, May 29 (UPI) -- China National Petroleum Corp. had "in-depth" discussions on oil and natural gas projects in Myanmar during a visit to the country, the company said.
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Thein Sein
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

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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