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Communal violence rocks Myanmar, many dead

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Surging sectarian violence in western Myanmar has left at least 64 people dead and scores more wounded, a local official said on Friday, as conflict cast a shadow over the government's reform drive. 

People have fled their homes in droves following the latest clashes in Rakhine state, where months of communal tensions have torn apart communities and left tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya living in squalid camps.

"The total death toll is 34 men and 30 women," Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing told AFP.

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