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Myanmar leader frees dissidents ahead of US visit

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Myanmar released about 20 political prisoners on Friday, a top official said, hours before its reform-minded leader was due to leave on a landmark visit to the United States to meet President Barack Obama. 

Myanmar President Thein Sein delivers a speech in Bangkok, on April 29, 2013. Myanmar has released more than 20 political prisoners, hours before Thein Sein is due to leave on a landmark state visit to the United States.

President Thein Sein, a former general, has freed hundreds of political detainees since coming to power in early 2011 as part of sweeping changes that have led to the end of most Western sanctions.

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