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Myanmar hosts rare international marathon

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Hundreds of runners streamed through Rangoon on Sunday for Myanmar's first international marathon in decades, in another sign of the dramatic changes sweeping the former army-ruled country. 

Runners take off at the start of Myanmar's first international marathon in decades in Yangon, on January 27, 2013. Hundreds of runners streamed through Yangon on Sunday for Myanmar's first international marathon in decades, in another sign of the dramatic changes sweeping the former army-ruled country.

Gathering before dawn in the shadow of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, runners flashed victory signs as they pounded the streets of the former colonial capital, the scene of several bloody military crackdowns in the past.

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