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Myanmar pardons prisoners, unclear if coup foes among them

UPDATED: Sat., April 17, 2021

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s junta on Saturday announced it pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional Thingyan New Year holiday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they included pro-democracy activists who were detained in the wake of the military’s seizure of power in February.
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Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

UPDATED: Fri., April 16, 2021

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing.
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Princes William, Harry won’t walk side-by-side at funeral

UPDATED: Thu., April 15, 2021

Prince William and Prince Harry won’t walk side-by-side Saturday as they follow their grandfather’s coffin into the church ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral, minimizing the chances of any awkward moments between the brothers who are grappling with strained relations since Harry’s decision to step away from royal duties last year.
News >  Military

US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

UPDATED: Thu., April 15, 2021

The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal.
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Iran’s supreme leader: Vienna offers ‘not worth looking at’

UPDATED: Wed., April 14, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site.
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Royal funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

UPDATED: Wed., April 14, 2021

When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William.
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St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

UPDATED: Tue., April 13, 2021

Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere.