FREED. Catholic priest NGUYEN VAN LY, 59, democracy activist NGUYEN DAN QUE, 63, and THICH THIEN MINH, 51, a member of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam; as part of a mass amnesty for 8,325 prisoners by Vietnam's communist government to mark the Lunar New Year; in Hanoi. Amnesty International applauded the release of the human-rights figures, some of whom have been jailed for as long as 25 years.

APPOINTED. BILL CLINTON, 58, former U.S. President, as the United Nations' special envoy for tsunami relief; by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan; in New York City. Clinton, along...

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