An American journalist jailed for six months by Myanmar's military rulers returned to the United States on Tuesday, saying it felt "incredible" to be reunited with his family. Danny Fenster hugged his parents after landing at New York's JFK airport with former diplomat Bill Richardson, who secured his release from prison. Mr Fenster, 37, told reporters he would briefly celebrate his release with relatives before turning his attention to other journalists and "prisoners of conscience" jailed in Myanmar. "There are a lot of citizens, doctors, teachers that are in prison. This will be a short celebration. Let's keep focused on what the actual story is here," he said.
A Chinese envoy has lobbied Southeast Asian nations to let Myanmar's military ruler attend the China-Asean summit being hosted today by President Xi Jinping, but the effort has met stiff opposition, diplomatic sources told Reuters last Thursday. Asean leaders barred Senior General Min Aung Hlaing from their summit earlier this month after he failed to honour pledges to allow an Asean envoy to meet lawmakers overthrown in the Feb 1 coup in Myanmar. Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore all want Min Aung Hlaing banned from today's meeting, sources told Reuters. READ MORE >