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Foreign travel briefing

November 18, 2012|Los Angeles Times

1. President Obama will visit Myanmar this month, the first sitting president to do so. The U.S. has eased some sanctions against the country to encourage further democratic progress.

2. Estonia has been showing off its vote by computer system. Tunisia, Ukraine and the Palestinian Authority are interested in adopting Estonia's system.

3. In Rio, 16 girls from Mangueira slum were treated to a debutante ball by local police. It's part of a program that aims to improve security before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

4. Marilyn Monroe photos by Milton H. Greene raked in $750,000 at a recent auction in Warsaw. Only one of the 238 photos remained unsold among 500 bidders.

5. Chinese officials have accused the Dalai Lama of prompting a recent wave of self-immolation. Sixty-eight ethnic Tibetans have died after setting themselves afire.

6. Pope Benedict XVI called organ trafficking "barbarian," noting its increased link to organized crime. He made the remarks to members of Interpol at their audience with him.

Source: McClatchy News Service, Associated Press

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