US removes penalties against Myanmar's president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury has removed Myanmar's president, Thein Sein, from a list of individuals who are barred from doing business or owning property in America.

The announcement comes as Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee), is on a high-profile trip to the U.S. that's expected to include a private meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama.

The Obama administration wants to balance its praise for Suu Kyi with credit for Thein Sein, who's been key to Myanmar's democratic reforms.

The speaker of Myanmar's lower house of parliament, Thura Shwe Mann, also was removed from the list. He was the third-ranking member in Myanmar's former ruling junta. Thein Sein was prime minister.

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