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Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets Clinton in Washington

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  • Myanmar opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Sunday on her first U.S. trip since she was put under house arrest in1990. She will be feted in Washington this week and presented Congress's highest award, the latest milestone in her journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman. The Nobel Peace laureate's 17-day U.S. tour, starting Monday, comes as the Obama administration considers easing its remaining sanctions on the country also known as Burma.

      Myanmar opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Sunday on her first U.S. trip since she was put under house arrest in1990. She will be feted in Washington this week and presented Congress's highest award, the latest milestone in her journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman. The Nobel Peace laureate's 17-day U.S. tour, starting Monday, comes as the Obama administration considers easing its remaining sanctions on the country also known as Burma.
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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi to the State Department at the start of the Myanmar democracy leader's landmark tour of America.

They are expected were to discuss the political changes in the country, also known as Burma, and whether Washington should ease its remaining economic sanctions in response to the reforms.

Myanmar announced Monday a new round of prisoner releases. According to Suu Kyi's party, at least 87 political detainees were freed but activists say they are disappointed that hundreds more remain behind bars.

Since Suu Kyi herself was freed from house arrest in late 2010, she has transitioned from dissident to parliamentarian. On Wednesday, she will be presented Congress' highest award.

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