**Kerry En Route to Middle East for Talks on Egypt, Syria**
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East amid rising tensions in Egypt and deteriorating conditions in Syria.
Kerry departed Monday for the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he is due to meet with Arab League officials to discuss developments in Egypt since the army's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi earlier this month.
He also is expected to discuss the crisis in Syria.
It is not clear if Kerry will hold talks during his trip on reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. But U.S. officials say he may meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman.
This is Kerry's sixth trip to the Middle East since becoming secretary of state earlier this year.
**Burma Promises To Free All Political Prisoners By Year's End**
Burmese President Thein Sein is promising to release all political prisoners in his country by the end of this year.
Mr. Thein Sein made the pledge Monday during a speech in London as he visited Britain for the first time.
He was given a warm welcome by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two leaders discussed increasing trade links and military cooperation. Mr. Cameron also urged the Burmese president to defend human rights.
President Thein Sein said thousands of prisoners already have been released from Burma's jails. He said a committee is working through the cases of those still in prison.
The Burmese leader also said he is close to brokering a nationwide cease-fire to end long-running conflicts between the government and various ethnic groups.
Mr. Thein Sein's visit was met by some protestors in London who demonstrated against Burma's human rights record.