Myanmar President Thein Sein has declared a state of emergency in a central town where at least 20 people have been killed in violence between Buddhists and Muslims.
Burning fires from two days of
Buddhist-Muslim violence smoldered across Meikhtila on Friday as
residents cowered indoors amid growing fears the country's latest bout
of sectarian bloodshed could spread.
The government's struggle to
contain the unrest is proving another major challenge to Thein Sein's
reformist administration as it attempts to chart a path to democracy
after nearly half a century of military rule that once crushed all
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