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The U.S. Is Borrowing Less From China, More From Everybody Else

The U.S. government may soon owe more money to Japan than it owes to China. Here's what that means for the U.S., China, and the rest of the world.

The New Landscape Of Middle East Conflict

As tensions build between Israel and Hamas increase, leaders on both sides have expressed their willingness to reach a diplomatic solution. New leadership in Egypt and more powerful weapons have changed the nature of the conflict.

5 Reasons Why The Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Is Different This Time

The Arab Spring and its aftermath have radically changed the dynamics in the Middle East, and this makes this round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting different from previous battles.

President Makes History, Stirs Controversy In Asia

President Obama wraps up his Asia tour in Cambodia tomorrow. His trip included a historic visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, making him the first sitting American president to visit that country. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with freelance reporter Michael Sullivan, about the significance of the president's trip.

Outrage In India Over Woman's Arrest For Facebook Post

After the death of Hindu extremist leader Bal Thackeray, authorities feared there might be violence. So, much of Mumbai was shut down during Sunday's funeral. There were no problems. But one young woman's comment on Facebook questioning the need to shut down the city led to her arrest.
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President Obama Visits Burma/Myanmar

Today, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, also known as Burma. We explore the issues at play in evolving U.S.-Myanmar relations.


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."

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.