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Obama to nominate envoy to Myanmar

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Wednesday said it would soon nominate an ambassador to Myanmar and ease some travel and financial restrictions on the formerly military-run Southeast Asian nation following historic elections that saw opposition gains in parliament.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the steps at the State Department, calling Sunday's election a "dramatic demonstration of popular will that brings a new generation of reformers into government" that deserved recognition.

"This is an important step in the country's transformation," she said, congratulating both government reformers and Nobel peace laureate and newly elected member of parliament Aung San Suu Kyi.

"While there is much to be done and significant tests lie ahead, we applaud the president and his colleagues for their leadership and courage, and we congratulate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her election to parliament," Clinton said, using her honorary title.

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Obama finds solace in Easter story

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama said Wednesday the Easter story of Jesus' agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of the presidency.

The president got "Amens" from religious leaders at a White House prayer breakfast in the East Room as he recounted Jesus saying, "In this world, you will have trouble."

Obama said he's among those who sometimes question God's plan for him. But he said that is precisely when he recalls the "triumph" of the Easter story, and Jesus overcoming his doubts and fears before the crucifixion.

This is the third year Obama convened a pre-Easter breakfast meeting.