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Vietnam Releases Prominent Dissident Ahead of Obama Visit

Vietnam released one of the country's longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, two days before President Barack Obama’s arrival for a state visit. Family members of dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest for advocating democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, confirmed his release, which occurred around 8 a.m. local time. "He returned to the mother diocese on Friday...

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