Rioters burn shops, homes in Myanmar

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Anti-Muslim rioters burned shops and homes in a fresh outbreak of communal unrest in Myanmar on August 25, as the former army-ruled nation grapples with destabilizing religious violence. Some 38 houses, 9 businesses and a rice mill were torched during the unrest Saturday night, August 24, which erupted after a Muslim man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to rape a Buddhist woman in a village at Kanbalu in the central region of Sagaing, according to a regional police official. Several episodes of religious unrest — mostly targeting Muslims — have exposed deep rifts in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, casting a shadow over widely praised political reforms since military rule ended two years ago.

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