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Jim Mee, right, and Nilar Thein, center, activists of the 88 Generation Students Group, are welcomed by their daughter, left, at Yangon airport after being released from prison Friday in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar freed many of its prominent political prisoners Friday in a long-awaited step toward national reconciliation.

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Myanmar frees many prominent political prisoners

Myanmar freed some of its most famous political prisoners Friday, sparking jubilation among their supporters and signaling the government’s readiness to meet Western demands for lifting economic sanctions.

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