MYANMAR - Myanmar has freed 153 Chinese facing life sentences for illegal logging. Their release was part of a larger presidential amnesty deal which freed close to 7,000 prisoners.
Last week's sentencing strained the country's relation with neighboring China. News reports say a life sentence like that given to the 153 loggers, is typically equal to 20 years. An additional two Chinese loggers, both said to be minors, were given 10 years.