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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on a landmark 17-day US visit

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on a landmark 17-day US visit
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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on a landmark 17-day US visit
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Amnesty International at the Newseum in Washington, DC, September 20, 2012.

Suu Kyi opened a two-week tour of the US on Tuesday with talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the latest step of a rapid normalization of US ties with the former pariah state.

Having spent most of the last two decades as a political prisoner under house arrest in her home nation of Myannmar, formerly known as Burma, Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament in 2012 and her political party, the National League for Democracy, won a majority of seats. (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi receives flowers during town hall meeting
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Aung San Suu Kyi receives flowers during town hall meeting
Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar smiles after receiving flowers from Petr Verzilov (2nd R) and his daughter, Gera, husband and daughter of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, during a town hall meeting hosted by Amnesty International at the Newseum in Washington, DC, September 20, 2012. (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a town hall meeting
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Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a town hall meeting
Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Amnesty International at the Newseum in Washington, DC, September 20, 2012. (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi at a prayer with monks
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Aung San Suu Kyi at a prayer with monks
Aung San Suu Kyi (C) of Myanmar participates in a prayer with monks prior to speaking at American University in Washington, DC, September 20, 2012. (AFP)
Barack Obama with Suu Kyi in the White House
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Barack Obama with Suu Kyi in the White House
US President Barack Obama speaks with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 19, 2012. (Reuters)
Former First Lady Laura Bush shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi
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Former First Lady Laura Bush shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi
Former First Lady Laura Bush (R) shakes hands with Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (2nd-L) during a ceremony in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, September 19, 2012, with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (L). (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi with the Congressional Gold Medal
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Aung San Suu Kyi with the Congressional Gold Medal
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on September 19, 2012. Present at the ceremony are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (L) (D-CA) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Reuters)
Aung San Suu Kyi receives Congressional Gold Medal
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Aung San Suu Kyi receives Congressional Gold Medal
Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi (C) is presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) look on during a presentation ceremony at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on September 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the medal for her leadership and commitment to human rights and for promoting freedom, peace and democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. (AFP)
Suu Kyi and John Boehner at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony
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Suu Kyi and John Boehner at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony
Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, stand for the advance of the colors during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony September 19, 2012 in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Freed in 2010 after 15 years of under house arrest, Suu Kyi has received a rapturous welcome on her first visit to Washington since her release. (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi with US Senator Kerry
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Aung San Suu Kyi with US Senator Kerry
Aung San Suu Kyi (R), chair of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) and Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, meets US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) in Washington on September 19, 2012. (Reuters)
Aung San Suu Kyi with US Senator Lugar
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Aung San Suu Kyi with US Senator Lugar
Aung San Suu Kyi (R), Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, meets Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), left, in Washington on September 19, 2012. (Reuters)
Aung San Suu Kyi receives Asia Society's Global Vision Award
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Aung San Suu Kyi receives Asia Society's Global Vision Award
Aung San Suu Kyi receives the Asia Society's Global Vision Award from Tom Freston, trustee at the Asia Society, at the United States Institute of Peace September 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace
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Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, September 18, 2012. Suu Kyi opened a two-week tour of the US on Tuesday with talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the latest step of a rapid normalization of US ties with the former pariah state. (Reuters)
Hillary Clinton with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi
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Hillary Clinton with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Clinton's office at the State Department September 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Having spent most of the last two decades as a political prisoner under house arrest in her home nation of Myannmar, formerly known as Burma, Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament in 2012 and her political party, the National League for Democracy, won a majority of seats. (AFP)
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