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International Story Blog 9/30 U.N. envoy meets Myanmar

A United Nations news release said that U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari was unable to meet with top military junta leaders in Myanmar, who have come under fire for violent crackdowns on anti-government protesters, particularly when Buddhist monks joined the cause. Gambari was able to meet with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years.

Although multiple sources have reported on this story, some of them have taken contributions from the Associated Press, an interesting move considering the investigative nature and worldwide impact of the protests.

Speaking of the Associated Press, this is a pretty clear example of the inverted pyramid format. Much detail is given on Ibrahim's visit, followed by Myanmar's biggest world influences, including Russia and China. At the very end of the article, Pope Benedict XVI is given some space to express his concern, with the AP citing that 1% of Myanmar's population is Catholic. The lead is direct, but much longer than a typical lead for a news story.

CNN does come up with a few things of their own though. Through an interview with a witness who requested anonymity, any tell-tale sign of military violence on the streets was swept clean before Ibrahim arrived. To add to the chaotic situation, CNN informs its readers that it cannot independently verify some of the facts given to them due to media and oppositional reports.