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Myanmar pardons journalists

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/07/19, 10:25 am

Myanmar’s president on Tuesday pardoned two Reuters journalists who spent more than a year in jail for reporting on the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country also known as Burma. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were among 6,520 prisoners President Win Myint pardoned. Zaw Zaw, the chief of Insein Prison, confirmed their release.

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Powerful cyclone headed for India

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/02/19, 12:14 pm

Indian authorities on Thursday started to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people from villages along the country’s eastern coast ahead of a strong storm. Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall early Friday with winds of up to 124 mph and heavy rainfall, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Authorities worry the storm could become the strongest since 1999, when a cyclone killed about 10,000 people after raging through the eastern coastal areas of the state of Odisha.

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Journalists lose final court appeal in Myanmar

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/23/19, 12:28 pm

Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists who reported on the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country also known as Burma. The court upheld a seven-year prison sentence for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who, along with their colleagues, won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month for their work. Authorities arrested Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, in December 2017. They were sentenced last September over accusations of illegally possessing official documents. The journalists denied the charges and said they were framed.

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