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At U.N. Myanmar Leader Praises Suu Kyi, Highlights Changes

Myanmar President Thein Sein mentioned activist Aung San Suu Kyi during his speech at the U.N., believed to be the first time a Myanmar leader has done so. He laid out the country's democratic transformation so far, and addressed the sensitive subject of ethnic unrest in the Southeast Asian nation.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to the United Nations on Iran the day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against Israel and what he called the "bullying" foreign policy of the United States. The U.N.'s refugee relief agency says between 2,000 and 3,000 people are fleeing Syria every day and appealed for $490 million to deal with the crisis. And protesters take to the streets in Greece and Spain over austerity measures. Nadia Bilbassy of MBC TV, Matt Frei of UK Channel 4 and Anne Gearan of The Washington Post join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Photos: Inside And Around North Korea's Still-Unfinished 'Hotel Of Doom'

The 105-story skyscraper has been under construction for 25 years. A tour company has released photos showing where things stand and says the hotel may finally be finished in two or three years.

Actor Herbert Lom, Exasperated 'Pink Panther' Police Chief, Dies

Driven mad by the comic incompetence of Inspector Clouseau, Lom's police chief Charles Dreyfus grew increasingly unstable (and increasingly funny, many would say) in seven Pink Panther movies.

Netanyahu To Press For 'Red Line' On Iran

The Israeli prime minister will take his case to the U.N. General Assembly. Also due to address the delegates today: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

New Democracies Face Challenges From Old Militias

The question of how to safely unwind an insurgency like the one in Libya is nothing new, but that doesn't make it any easier for the new leaders there or in other Arab states.

Clinton: Al-Qaida May Be Linked To Libya Attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested a connection between al-Qaida in North Africa and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She did not give any further details on what role the al-Qaida affiliate may have played in the attack

Protests Against Austerity In Greece End In Violence

Tens of thousands of Greeks protested austerity measures Wednesday in a largely peaceful demonstration. But the march broke up after a small band of hooded militants threw rocks and firebombs at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas that sent most of the crowd home. Anti-austerity protests have not abated in the two and a half years since Greece received hundreds of billions of euros in bailout loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The protests have brought down two governments and forced new elections, but they haven't rolled back austerity.