AMNESTY

U.S. Restores Diplomacy With Burma

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday that the U.S. will send an ambassador to Burma, the first step in normalizing a diplomatic relationship. Almost all of Burma's most prominent political dissidents have been set free, as the thawing government released 651 prisoners Friday in another move toward democracy. Those freed include leaders of the 1988 student protest movement, Army dissidents jailed in 2004, and monks arrested in 2007 demonstrations. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the move was a "positive sign."