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story.lead_photo.caption President Barack Obama is presented with flowers as he and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right) arrive today at Rangoon International Airport in Rangoon, Burma. - Photo by AP / CAROLYN KASTER

Launching a landmark visit to long-shunned Burma, President Barack Obama said today that he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But his praise and personal attention came with an admonition to those in charge: The work of ensuring and protecting freedoms has just begun.

Photo by CAROLYN KASTER / AP
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tour the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha with Chaokun Suthee Thammanuwat at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok on Sunday.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 11/19/2012

Print Headline: Presidential visit a first for Burma

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