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Chelsea Manning, ex-governor and Bowe Bergdahl among those seeking Obama pardon

Under mounting pressure to free convicts as a last act, President Barack Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks.

The list of well-known names appealing to Mr Obama for compassion in his final weeks includes accused leaker Chelsea Manning, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

White House officials say Mr Obama's final grants are expected to remain focused on the non-violent drug offenders he has sought to help during his second term.

That was a contrast with former presidents like Bill Clinton.

He ignited a major controversy in his final days when he pardoned fugitive financier Marc Rich, the ex-husband of a major Democratic fundraiser.

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