The United States said on May 27 Myanmar’s junta missed a chance to start a dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by extending her house arrest but this would not affect post-cyclone aid efforts. Despite strong international pressure, Oxford-educated Suu Kyi, 62, has been under house arrest or in prison for nearly 13 of the last 18 years. The extension has disappointed Western donor nations that have pledged tens of millions of dollars in aid since Cyclone Nargis hit on May 2. The storm left up to 2.4 million people destitute in Myanmar. (Reuters)

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