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Myanmar to free 452 prisoners before Obama visit
Myanmar to free 452 prisoners before Obama visit

Myanmar is set to free hundreds of prisoners Thursday, officials said, just days ahead of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama to a country emerging from decades of military rule.

Myanmar to free 452 prisoners before Obama visit
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Media freedom to be discussed in Astana

On October 31 Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov will meet with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović.

Media freedom to be discussed in Astana
A member of punk band Pussy Riot Yekaterina Samutsevich. ©RIA Novosti
Freed Pussy Riot member vows more protests

A member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot freed unexpectedly from prison on Wednesday vowed defiantly hours later that the group's protest actions would continue.

Freed Pussy Riot member vows more protests
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film

Muslim leaders demanded international action to stop religious insults in a challenge to US President Barack Obama's defense of freedom of expression at the UN General Assembly.

Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
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US 'deeply troubled' by fate of Vietnamese bloggers

The US voiced concern Monday at the jailing of three Vietnamese bloggers for "anti-state propaganda" and urged that they be freed.

US 'deeply troubled' by fate of Vietnamese bloggers
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US report on religious freedom 'unjustified': China

China's official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday there was "no justification" for a US report signalling a marked deterioration in the country's religious freedom in 2011.

US report on religious freedom 'unjustified': China
Clinton urges Egypt's military to support transition
Clinton urges Egypt's military to support transition

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Sunday with Egypt's top military leader urging him to support a transition to civilian rule amid fears that the promise of hard-won freedoms could be slipping away.

Clinton urges Egypt's military to support transition
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American human rights organization called Kazakhstan Senate to reject Religious Law

Draft Religious Law will “grossly curb Kazakhstani citizens’ right to freely practice and express their faith": Freedom House.

American human rights organization called Kazakhstan Senate to reject Religious Law
Kazakhstan allowed France military transit to Afghanistan
Kazakhstan allowed France military transit to Afghanistan

The coal of the agreement is to strengthen Kazakhstan’s role in the international effort to stabilize and restore Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan allowed France military transit to Afghanistan