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ASEAN leaders hold summit with Myanmar’s general shut out

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Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are holding their annual summit with world leaders this week but without Myanmar’s top general. He has been shut out for refusing to take steps to end the deadly violence sparked by his seizure of power in February. Myanmar defiantly protested the exclusion of its military ruler, saying it goes against the bedrock principles of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that no member should interfere in other members’ domestic affairs. ASEAN has been under intense pressure to take steps to end the quagmire that has left an estimated 1,100 civilians dead since the army took power and locked up ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others, igniting widespread peaceful protests as well as armed resistance.

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