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Myanmar launches probe into deadly fire at school

WILD RUMORS:Local authorities were allaying fears that the fire had been started deliberately, with a Muslim leader saying he believes that it was a ‘tragic accident’

AFP, YANGON, Myanmar

Yangon has been tense, but mostly peaceful following the religious clashes which broke out in the town of Meiktila and later spread.

The conflict poses a major challenge for Burmese President Thein Sein, who has won international praise for his reform efforts since taking office two years ago.

The situation has calmed in recent days after the former general last Thursday vowed a tough response to the violence, which he blamed on “political opportunists and religious extremists.”

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