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U.S. Policy Is To Say 'Burma'; Obama Also Uses 'Myanmar'

For many years, what you call the Southeast Asian nation has mattered to many. Referring to it as "Burma" has been seen as a show of support for democracy activists. There have been major reforms there, though. And today as a "diplomatic courtesy," the president also used the name "Myanmar."
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Why Obama Put Asia On The Agenda Now

Once hamstrung by the need to wind down two wars, President Obama is now able to focus on his long-planned pivot toward Asia. His first overseas trip since re-election includes a stop in Thailand and historic visits to Cambodia and Myanmar. The strongest diplomatic signals, however, are probably aimed farther north, at China.
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Pressure For Truce Grows, But Israel And Hamas Continue Firing

The deadly back-and-forth between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip continues. And while talks go on in Egypt, officials from both sides caution that a truce does not appear to be imminent. Still, international calls for a ceasefire continue.
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ATM Spews Cash In Glasgow, Scotland

Does technology enrich our lives. This weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, it did. A Bank of Scotland ATM was dispensing cash — at double the amount requested. Lines formed around the block until the police came.
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Violence In Gaza Strip Enters A Second Week

Overnight air raids on Gaza pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 80, with more than 700 wounded. The numbers on the Israeli side are dramatically lower — with three dead. And the Israeli prime minister says Israel is prepared to escalate the fight with ground troops. As the fighting drags into a new week, the United Nations and the Arab League are stepping up efforts to mediate.
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Obama Pays Historic Visit To Myanmar Monday

President Obama is in Myanmar — the first visit by a U.S. president to the country also known as Burma. The president's plan to stop there is controversial because of the continued ethnic violence in North West Myanmar. Critics say Burma's transition to democracy is far from complete.

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