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The Week

Obama makes a historic visit to Myanmar, the civilian toll rises in Gaza, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on Nov. 19.

Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on Nov. 19.

1. OBAMA MAKES HISTORIC MYANMAR VISIT
On Monday, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, aiming to encourage the country, also known as Burma, to continue implementing democratic reforms and shake off the international isolation that came with decades of military rule. Obama met with both President Thein Sein, a former junta member who has presided over reforms since taking office in March 2011, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Obama, who has sent the first U.S. ambassador in 22 years to Myanmar and eased sanctions, said he had come to “extend the hand of friendship,” adding that “the flickers of progress that we…

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