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Myanmar to free most political detainees in year-end amnesty

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is expect to release most of its prisoners of conscience on Tuesday and scores more awaiting trial, activists said, after the government announced a year-end amnesty for those held for political reasons. State-run MRTV announced the presidential amnesty in a bulletin late on Monday but did not reveal the number due for release, but an organization that tracks political detainees and assists the government said it expected 230 to be freed and the rest in mid-January.

Myanmar to free most political detainees in year-end amnesty

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is expect to release most of its prisoners of conscience on Tuesday and scores more awaiting trial, activists said, after the government announced a year-end amnesty for those held for political reasons. State-run MRTV announced the presidential amnesty in a bulletin late on Monday but did not reveal the number due for release, but an organization that tracks political detainees and assists the government said it expected 230 to be freed and the rest in mid-January.

Myanmar announces broad prisoner pardon

Myanmar on Monday announced a sweeping amnesty for prisoners who were charged under draconian laws used to imprison activists, after the reformist president vowed to free all political inmates by the end of the year. The move is the latest in a series of prisoner releases since the long-isolated nation embarked on dramatic reforms as it emerged from junta rule nearly three years ago.

Myanmar's NLD party to contest 2015 elections

Myanmar's main opposition National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will take part in the country's next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2015, the party's spokesman Nyan Win said Saturday. "To be exact, we will definitely run in 2015 election," Nyan Win said after a meeting of the party's central executive committee.

Myanmar's NLD party to contest 2015 elections

Myanmar's main opposition National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will take part in the country's next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2015, the party's spokesman Nyan Win said Saturday. "To be exact, we will definitely run in 2015 election," Nyan Win said after a meeting of the party's central executive committee.

Three dead in Myanmar explosion

At least three people died in an explosion in Myanmar's Shan state, police said Tuesday, in a part of the country where a tentative ceasefire exists between ethnic rebels and the army. "Three people were killed and two others wounded in a blast this afternoon in Kong Long township in northern Shan state," police Colonel Min Aung at national police headquarters told AFP, without confirming that the explosion was caused by a bomb. "We are still investigating," he added. Myanmar was rattled by a series of mysterious bomb attacks in October.

SEAGames: Myanmar fans riot after footballers knocked out

Police fired water cannon to disperse rioting Myanmar football fans who tore up seats, burned shirts and hurled stones at officers after the hosts were dumped out of the Southeast Asian Games. Monday night's one-goal loss to Indonesia at the games -- an event seen as a "coming out" party for Myanmar after major reforms -- devastated local fans who have filled the 50,000 Yangon stadium to capacity during the group stage.

SEAGames: Myanmar's women boxers land blows for equality

Tough, stocky and packing a withering left hook, Myanmar's gold medal-winning boxer Nwe Ni Oo cuts a surprising image in a conservative nation where women are expected to be demure rather than combative. But the 19-year-old won hearts with a teary-eyed podium celebration at the Southeast Asian Games in the capital Naypyidaw, after a bruising points victory over her Philippine rival in the 57 kilogramme class. "It's very exciting because I have never fought foreigners before... I'm happy to fight in front of Myanmar fans too," she said after Saturday's win.

Japan to extend fresh aid of 63 bil. yen in loans to Myanmar

Japan pledged fresh aid worth about 63 billion yen in loans to Myanmar on Sunday, mainly to help the Southeast Asian country's infrastructure-building projects. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the aid during talks at his office in Tokyo with Myanmar's President Thein Sein, who came to Japan to attend the regional summit between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Japan, Myanmar sign investment pact to nurture business ties, improve protections

TOKYO - Japan and Myanmar on Sunday signed an investment treaty to nurture closer business ties as the once secluded Southeast Asian country opens its fast-growing economy to more foreign commerce. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein signed the deal in summit talks following a gathering of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Tokyo.
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