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Myanmar leader releases prisoners on eve of US visit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s president pardoned at least 20 political prisoners on Friday, just ahead of a historic state visit to the United States that will highlight the two sides’ improved relations brought about the country’s democratic reforms.

Ye Aung, a member of the government’s political prisoner scrutiny committee, said 20 prisoners had been freed so far Friday, with more releases expected.

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