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Myanmar pardons political offenders
Released political prisoner Yan Naing Tun, listens to a reporter's question outside Insein Prison, in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Dec.31, 2013. Myanmar freed five prisoners Tuesday and more are expected to be released next week as part of pledge by the country's president to free all political prisoners by the end of 2013. President Thein Sein granted a pardon Monday to those convicted of or charged with a variety of political offenses, such as unlawful association, high treason, contempt of government and violations of the peaceful assembly law. The placard in the background reads: “We warmly welcome Ko Yan Naing Tun and Ko Aung Min Naing from the group that staged the march to Laiza.” (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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