** Republican VP Candidate Ryan Promises Fixes, Not Excuses**
U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has promised an end to "excuses and idle words" when it comes to the economy if voters elect the party's presidential candidate Mitt Romney in November election.
Ryan gave a strongly-worded acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.
Ryan told the convention that "fear and division" is all the Democratic party has left, chastising U.S. President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for spending the past four years blaming others for problems instead of finding solutions.
Ryan said he and Mr. Romney will "meet serious challenges in a serious way" but warned the country's economic problems are so big that there is not much time to fix them.
The 42-year-old lawmaker from Wisconsin has energized conservative activists, even though he has come under fire for his proposals to impose deep cuts in social programs.
**US Waives Visa Restrictions For Burma's Leader**
U.S. President Barack Obama has waived visa restrictions for Burma's president, Thein Sein, to allow him to visit the United States during next month's United Nations General Assembly in New York.
President Obama Wednesday ordered an exception in a visa ban to let Thein Sein travel freely during the U.N. General Assembly. Otherwise, Thein Sein would be confined to a narrow area around the U.N. headquarters due to a U.S. travel ban on Burmese leaders.
U.S. officials say Mr. Obama's decision signals U.S. interest in closer engagement with Burma's government, which is shifting away from decades of authoritarian rule.
U.S. legislation from 2008 bans U.S. investment in Burma and the import of certain goods from the country. It also restricts visas for government and military officials who have been involved in human rights abuses.