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New York Times researcher Zhao Yan to be released?

From the New York Times:

China May Release Jailed Times Researcher, Lawyer Says

By Jim Yardley

BEIJING, March 17 — Chinese authorities on Friday withdrew at least part of the case against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times, in a surprise legal maneuver that left unclear whether he would soon be released as President Hu Jintao prepares to visit the United States next month.

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