A Buddhist monk protects himself from sun as he waits for a bus in historical central Yangon April 12, 2012. Myanmar, also known as Burma, was a British colony until winning its independence in 1948 thanks to the late national hero General Aung San, the father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Yangon, also known as Rangoon, was the capital of British Burma and a major port between Calcutta and Singapore. It owes its current appearance to British planners, with streets laid out in a grid, interspersed with churches, temples and grand but neglected municipal buildings. British Prime Minister David Cameron will push for more reforms during a landmark visit to Myanmar on Friday, the first by a major Western leader in 50 years as countries jockey for business and influence in the long isolated state.
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