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Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry

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THANDWE, Myanmar - Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy. 

This picture taken on Oct 4, 2013 shows tourists walking on the beach in Ngapali, the country's remote major resort near Thandwe, in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy. (AFP photo)

Several days of tension spilled into bloodshed on Oct 1 in the western state of Rakhine, where Buddhist mobs killed six Muslims and burned dozens of homes in the latest outburst of violence in the strife-torn region.

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