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President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history. A White House official said there was no connection between Manning's commutation and renewed U.S. government concern about WikiLeaks' actions during last year's presidential election, or a promise by founder Julian Assange to accept extradition if Manning was freed.
Venus Williams rolled back the years on Wednesday with a straight-sets demolition of Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele to move smoothly into the third round of the Australian Open. Williams, the oldest player in the women's draw at 36, will next play either China's Duan Yingying or fellow American Varvara Lepchenko. The draw has opened up for Williams with fourth seed Simona Halep, whom she was scheduled to meet in the fourth round, already out.