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Suu Kyi Picks up Overdue Honor in Rome

28 October 2013

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has picked up an overdue honor from Rome, a city she visited 40 years earlier. The Nobel Peace Prize winner received Rome’s honorary citizenship on Sunday night in City Hall on the ancient Capitoline Hill. Rome had conferred the honor in absentia on Suu Kyi in 1994. She and her National League for Democracy party were frozen out of politics by the military regime that governed until 2011, and last year she and several dozen party members won parliamentary seats. In picking up the honor Sunday, she recalled visiting Rome while a student at Oxford. On Monday, Suu Kyi meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican.—AP

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