Aung San Suu Kyi (right) faced protesters when she traveled to a village in northern Myanmar on Thursday to discuss a Chinese-backed copper mine project. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and a member of Parliament, urged protesters to support the project, which was the scene of a violent crackdown last year. She said opposing the project would risk hurting the country's economy. Soe Than Win /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, where some residents fled burning homes and gunshots as deadly ethnic violence broke out. Khin Maung Win/AP hide caption

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A screen grab from MRTV of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi with Myanmar president Thein Sein during a one hour meeting in August 2011. MRTV/AP hide caption

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, center, at an campaign event on Tuesday. Soe Than Win /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the U.S. Chief of Mission Residence in Rangoon, Myanmar, earlier today (Dec. 1, 2011). Saul Loeb/Pool/AP hide caption

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