Aung San Suu Kyi (left) speaks with military generals during the presidential handover ceremony in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Wednesday. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will hold several top positions in the new civilian government, including the post of foreign minister. Nyein Chan Naing/AP hide caption

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A vendor holds a calendar featuring Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar. Myanmar's current president has promised a peaceful transfer of power. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP hide caption

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Myanmar's Parliament speaker Shwe Mann leaves after a news conference at the Union Solidarity and Development Party headquarters in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. He was ousted from the post on Thursday. Aung Shine Oo/AP hide caption

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For Myanmar's Kachin Rebels, Life Teeters Between War, Peace
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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) walks with Myanmar's then-prime minister, Gen. Thein Sein, at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on March 16, 2009. Both men are former military officers, leading their Southeast Asian nations along a sometimes rocky path to democracy. Bay Ismoyo/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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