Here's a look at what you need to know about Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma.
Facts: Myanmar shares borders with China, India, Laos, Bangladesh and Thailand. (Prono: MEE'-an-mar)
The United States officially still calls the country Burma.
1962 - 2011 - Ruled by a military junta.
January 1948 - Gains independence from the United Kingdom.
About Myanmar: (from the CIA World Factbook)
Land Area: 676,578 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas)
Population: 55,167,330 (July 2013 est.)
Median age: 27.6 years old
Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%
GDP: $89.23 billion (2012 est.)
GDP per capita: $1,400 (2012 est.)
Unemployment: 5.4% (2012 est.)
Timeline: 1824-1886 - Burma becomes part of British India after fighting three wars with Great Britain over 62 years.
January 1947 - After negotiating with the Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League (AFPFL), Great Britain agrees to give Burma its independence.
July 1947 - AFPFL leader Aung San is assassinated.
January 4, 1948 - Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom.
March 1962 - The military government is established under Ne Win after a bloodless coup.
August-October 1988 - Mass anti-government demonstrations take place throughout Burma. The official Radio Rangoon figure is 450 dead; the actual number is believed to be much higher.
September 1988 - Gen. Saw Maung takes over in another military coup.
1989 - Burma changes its name in English to Myanmar and the name of the capital from Rangoon to Yangon.
May 1990 - General elections are called by the junta. Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins easily, but the military refuses to hand over power.
April 23, 1992 - Gen. Than Shwe replaces Saw Maung as head of the junta.