1. ETHNIC STRIFE

    Burma Death Toll Tops 100

    An injured Rakhine Buddhist man leans on his father at a hospital in Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 26, 2012, after they were recently injured at the four different districts outside Sittwe. At least 112 people have been killed and thousands of homes torched in Buddhist-Muslim violence in western Myanmar, casting a shadow over the reformist government's attempts to remake the country's international image.  AFP PHOTO/ Soe Than WIN        (Photo credit should read Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Burmese government is pleading for an end to the ethnic strife in the region, as mob violence between the Buddhist Rakhine community and the Muslim Rohingya has caused the death toll on Friday to surge to 112, including 10 children. An additional 72 people have been reported injured during the conflict. The government warned that continued clashes could harm the country’s reputation as it attempts to transition to democratic rule. As entire villages are torched in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the violence “deeply troubling,” calling on authorities to “take urgent and effective action to bring under control all cases of lawlessness.”

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