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  • Mormon Media Observer: Top 10 LDS newsmakers of 2009

    12/30/2009 1:32:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 289 replies · 2,607+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | Joel Campbell
    The Mormon Media Observer looks back at the year filled with LDS newsmakers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tops the list, based on a newsmaker's frequency in the news as well as the significance of their stories. 1. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada The Senate Majority Leader led the battle to push through health reform in the Senate. News coverage of Reid made a household name and the divisive debate made him out to be both villain and saint. He may still face a tough battle in his home state of Nevada to save his seat. On Christmas The New...
  • Yettaw released from prison...hometown paper

    08/17/2009 7:14:34 PM PDT · by fungoking · 7 replies · 1,267+ views
    Lebanon Daily Record ^ | 8/17/09 | ap/staff
    Myanmar freed an ailing American whom it had sentenced to seven years of hard labor and handed him to an influential U.S senator on Sunday, a move that could help persuade Washington to soften its hardline policy against the military regime. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, who secured John Yettaw's freedom, said he believes years of sanctions have failed to move the Southeast Asian country toward democratic reforms or talks with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • US senator visits Suu Kyi

    08/15/2009 3:09:23 PM PDT · by jedi150 · 4 replies · 276+ views
    US senator visits Suu Kyi Published: 16/08/2009 at 04:50 AM Rangoon (AFP) - US Senator Jim Webb met Burmese military ruler Than Shwe and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday after securing the release of the US citizen jailed for visiting Suu Kyi's house in May. John Yettaw, bound for Bangkok Sunday afternoon. Webb, a Democrat with close links to US President Barack Obama, became the first official US visitor to hold talks with the reclusive Than Shwe, encountering the regime's supremo in his bunker-like capital, Naypyidaw, officials said. Webb then flew to Rangoon to meet Nobel peace...
  • Burma to free Suu Kyi US 'guest' (but not her)

    08/15/2009 7:20:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 629+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/15/2009
    US Senator Jim Webb has said jailed American John Yettaw is to be released by Burma's military leaders and will leave the country with him on Sunday. The announcement came shortly after Mr Webb held talks with Burmese military ruler Than Shwe in Burma. Mr Webb also met pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, days after she was given house arrest for 18 more months. Mr Yettaw's uninvited visit to Ms Suu Kyi's home led to her trial. He was himself given seven years' hard labour. Mr Webb's office said Mr Yettaw would be officially deported on Sunday morning and...
  • US Senator Jim Webb arrives in Myanmar's military capital (A Junket we will go)

    08/14/2009 12:31:31 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 1,625+ views ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Asia-Pacific News
    Yangon - US Senator Jim Webb arrived in Myanmar's military capital Naypyitaw Friday for high-level talks with the country's ruling junta that are expected to include a meeting with Senior General Than Shwe, government sources confirmed. Webb, a Democrat from Virginia who is chairman of the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, flew direct to Naypyitaw, 350 kilometres north of Yangon, in a chartered plane from Vientiane, Laos. He is scheduled to meet with junta chief Than Shwe at 11 am (0430 GMT) Saturday , a foreign ministry source said. Webb's trip to Myanmar, part of a five-nation tour of...
  • American Had 'Vision' of Assassination

    08/12/2009 8:57:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,915+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 12, 2009
    John William Yettaw thought he was on a mission from God to save Aung San Suu Kyi. But the American ended up inadvertently extending her house arrest. It started with his now infamous swim in May. Overweight, asthmatic and suffering from borderline diabetes, he arrived at the back door of the Nobel Peace laureate's home and lay down exhausted, with cramps in both legs. Suu Kyi's two companions heard him moaning but let him in only after dawn. Then Suu Kyi herself told him to get out, allowing him to stay two nights when he complained of ill health instead...
  • Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty'

    08/11/2009 12:20:37 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies · 475+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Tuesday, 11 August 2009 | BBC
    Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court in Rangoon. Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, was convicted of violating state security laws by allowing a US national into her lakeside home after he swam there. She was jailed for three years with hard labour, but this was commuted to house arrest, an official said. American John Yettaw was jailed for seven years, four with hard labour.