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Myanmar to free thousands of prisoners

Myanmar announced a mass prisoner amnesty Tuesday, raising hope for the imminent release of hundreds of political detainees in what would be a major sign of change in the authoritarian state. More than 6,300 prisoners will be pardoned from Wednesday “on humanitarian grounds”, state television announced, without saying whether political…

Security forces kill at least 49 during Syria protest: activist

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead dozens of protesters on Friday, rights activists said, the bloodiest day in a month of escalating demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Activist Ammar Qurabi said at least 49 people were killed in unrest which swept the country, mainly from…