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Myanmar exiles test government's promise of change
Wary but hopeful, handful of Myanmar exiles come home to test government's promises of change
By The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) ' Myanmar exiles living around the world are starting to come home to see for themselves if the country's campaign of reforms is real.

The vast majority are staying put so far, but those who have visited have found big changes in the Southeast Asian country that until last year was ruled by a military junta.

One recent visitor, Aye Chan Naing, leads the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma, which broadcasts independent news in Myanmar. The government once considered the organization a threat to national security, but Aye Chan says he had positive talks with government officials and found a sliver of hope during his five-day trip.

He says people are speaking out freely without getting followed, arrested or punished.

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