Refugees were mostly in a state of weakness and pain due to a lack of food and water
President Win Myint, who took office last month after his predecessor suddenly resigned, said the pardons would be granted on humanitarian grounds during the Buddhist new year festival known as Thingyan.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men were massacred in remote village of Inn Din last September
A live video on Facebook showed flames billowing up from the crash site near Kyunkone village about an hour away from the capital Naypyidaw.
Win Myint, former house speaker, was elected as new president by parliament on Wednesday
Military-nominated Vice President Myint Swe will assume the role until parliament can confirm a replacement in seven days
At least 319 villages were partially or totally destroyed after 'clearance operations' since last August, says UN expert
Foreign Office minister Field urges Myanmar to 'establish a credible investigation into these horrifying accusations'
Security bases are being built, bulldozing of Rohingya land, including mosques is being carrying out: Amnesty International
Suspects all are ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.
13 others injured after explosion rocks branch of local Yoma Bank
Nobel laureate State Counselor Suu Kyi stays silent on Ko Ni's first death anniversary
Myanmar will need 6,000 MW of energy to function efficiently by 2020-2021, says Ministry of Electricity and Energy
Dhaka had been due to start the huge process on January 23, after agreeing a two-year timescale with Yangon.
The arrest came after seven people were killed and a dozen injured when police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists trying to seize a government office late Tuesday.
State Department urged Myanmar to release two journalists immediately
2 state TV journalists and 2 freelancers served time for flying drone over parliament; they said Myanmar knew their plans
House of Representatives condemns 'murderous ethnic cleansing and atrocities' against Rohingya in Myanmar
Myanmar's military denies accusations by the UN and US that it has committed ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine state.
In the UK category, the Islamophobe of the year announced as former EDL leader Tommy Robinson
Pope Francis will meet State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Rohingya refugees