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U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari will brief the U.N. Security Council in an open session Friday on his recent visit to Myanmar, despite objections from the Chinese ambassador who wanted the briefing held behind closed doors.

The meeting comes after Myanmar's chief military leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, said on state television Thursday he would meet with detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi -- provided she give up her calls for sanctions against the country.

The Myanmar government also invited the U.S. Charges d'Affaires in Myanmar, Shari Villarosa, to meet with its leaders on Friday. They did not indicate what the agenda for the meeting would be, but U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Villarosa's message would be "the same one we've been giving publicly, and that's that they need to stop repressing their own people, that they need to engage in a dialogue with the opposition." Read full article »

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