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Myanmar’s president grants amnesty to over 8,500 prisoners

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Yangon, Apr 17 (AP) - Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, re-portedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.
The amnesty, announced Tuesday, coincided with Myanmar's traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51 foreigners. A statement from presidential spokesman Zaw Thay said those released included the aged, people in ill health and drug offenders. None was individually named.
It also said 36 of those freed had...
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Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

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Beirut, Apr 17 (AP) - Syrian state-run media reported that the country's air defenses confronted a new "aggres-sion," shooting down missiles over the central region of Homs early on Tuesday.
The reports did not say who carried out the pre-dawn strikes. The government-run Syrian Central Media said...
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Protesters take apartment that put Brazil ex-leader in jail

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Guaruja, Apr 17 (AP) - About 100 members of a Brazilian homeless movement protesting the jailing of former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday briefly took over the beachfront apartment at the center of the corruption case against him.
After a deal with local police, they left after...
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Commercial and critical darling Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer

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New York, Apr 17 (AP) - Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.
The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically...
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ABC makes unusual decision to release all of Comey talk

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New York, Apr 17 (AP) - Before airing George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News made the unusual decision of releasing a full transcript of its nearly five-hour talk, includ-ing all the material that was not included in the broadcast.
ABC News President James...
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