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    Myanmar Signs Cease-fire, But Some Groups Refuse

    A “historic gift” for posterity. That’s how President Thein Sein sees his government’s signing of a cease-fire with armed ethnic groups that have been fighting for decades. The declaration follows two years of peace talks, but only eight of 15 rebel groups, excluding the most active ones, have signed. While politicians hope this is a path toward peace — and that they’ll be rewarded in national elections on Nov. 8 — critics point to continued violence along the Chinese border that won’t end until all groups come to the table.

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