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Myanmar election -- what it looks like to break on through to the other side
A young woman in front of the Yangon headquarters of the National League for Democracy looks up as results of the party's historic electoral victory start coming in on Nov. 8.
These are some of the supporters of the Union Solidarity and Development Party who gathered for a rally on Nov. 6, the last day of Myanmar's two-month-long election campaign. The energy was reminiscent of that of a stadium full of people for a big sports event or music concert.
These women are not musicians blasting tunes for their fans. They are on a campaign car of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, adorned with a photo of President Thein Sein, that was driving around central Yangon to make the party and its candidates known through song, not campaign promises.
People keep an eye on a Yangon polling station after voting had been closed on Nov. 8.
More supporters of the Union Solidarity and Development Party gather for a rally on Nov. 6.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party, smiles after making her first post-election speech.
T-shirts, seals, calendars -- anything with Aung San Suu Kyi's face printed on it -- sell like hotcakes in front of the headquarters of the National League for Democracy on Nov. 6.
Young Buddhist disciples walk through central Yangon on Nov. 10.
Cranes near Sule Pagoda, in the heart of downtown Yangon, are busy creating a new skyline for the city on Nov. 6.
Construction work goes on into the night in central Yangon on Nov. 15.
A "saykar" driver sleeps on his tricycle taxi at a bus station in central Yangon on Nov. 10.
As night falls on Yangon, cars crowd a street near the Shwedagon Pagoda, on a hilltop in Yangon on Nov.9.
Later, once all the drivers have made it home, boys make a soccer pitch out of the street.
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Mourners from all over Thailand have gathered in Bangkok to pay their final respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October after a 70-year reign.
Hundreds of thousands of Thais looked on in silence as the late king's funeral cortege made its way from the Grand Palace to a specially built crematorium at Sanam Luang, a large open area in front of the palace, early on Oct. 26.
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