Top news: After beginning his Southeast Asian trip in Thailand, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar on Monday. During a six-hour stop in the country, Obama toured the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and met with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He praised the country's democratic and economic reforms but added that they were "just the first steps on what will be a long journey." In a speech at Yangon University, Obama called for an end to sectarian violence in the western state of Rakhine.
Authorities in Myanmar released more political prisoners on Monday as Obama announced the resumption of U.S. aid to the country, amid criticism from some human rights groups that the Obama administration's diplomatic overtures are premature.
Later on Monday, Obama also became the first American president to visit Cambodia, where he will attend an East Asia summit. Ahead of the gathering, Southeast Asian leaders are raising concerns about territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Israel-Gaza conflict: The Israeli military carried out more airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday as Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets into southern Israel, with the death toll rising to 90 Palestinians and three Israelis. Israeli and Hamas officials are both in Cairo, Egypt for truce talks amid speculation about a possible Israeli ground invasion.
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan officials to take control of Bagram prison.
- The Indian businessman Ponty Chadha was reportedly killed by his brother in a gunfight.
- China's new leader Xi Jinping issued warnings about corruption in a speech to the Politburo.
- M23 rebels are approaching the city of Goma after capturing several villages in eastern Congo.
- Kenyans attacked ethnic Somalis in Nairobi to protest a bus bombing.
- International observers are reporting that Sierra Leone's presidential election went smoothly.
- Iran hosted a conference to reconcile the Syrian government and opposition.
- Pope Tawadros II, the new leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church, was enthroned in Cairo.
- Jordanian authorities have charged 89 activists with inciting violent revolt following protests over price increases.
- A vote for the next leader of France's center-right opposition party remains too close to call.
- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for more Latin American investment in his country.
- A government plan to legalize same-sex marriage sparked protests across France.
- Colombian negotiators landed in Cuba for peace talks with FARC rebels.
- Honduras held primaries ahead of a general election next year.
- Police in Argentina arrested 10 Venezuelan drug smugglers posing as Olympic athletes.
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