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Fire In Burmese Muslim Orphanage Kills Thirteen Boys



RANGOON - Thirteen children were killed in a fire at an Islamic building housing orphans in Burma’s biggest city early Tuesday morning.

Sectarian violence has shaken Burma, also known as Myanmar, during the past week and the authorities were quick to blame the blaze on an accidental electrical short, writes Burmese paper The Irrawaddy.

According to the BBC, all of the victims were boys. The children were in a dormitory on the first floor, trapped behind a locked door. The Burmese police wrote on their Facebook page that the boys died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

Reuters spoke to a resident who said, “It seemed the boys didn’t get a chance to get away as the doors were locked because of the unstable situation.” Most of the other children in the building were asleep on the ground floor and were able to flee to safety.

Security forces, riot police, and almost 200 Muslim residents gathered outside in a tense scene, writes the AP, with many of the residents doubting the official version of events. “The children are innocent, someone burned the mosque,” said a member of the Muslim youth organization to The Irrawaddy.

The fire comes amidst an upsurge of violence between Muslims and Buddhists in the country, with a state of emergency being declared in the town of Meiktila on March 22. Last year there were clashes in the state of Rakhine between the Buddhist community and the Muslim Rohingya -- a stateless minority group who the Burmese state does not recognize.

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France Leaves Niger: Exposing The Empty Shell Of Post-Colonialism

Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday evening the recall of the French ambassador to Niger, and the departure of the 1,500 French soldiers stationed there: the end of a dangerous impasse. France is being forced to wholly review its African policy.

France Leaves Niger: Exposing The Empty Shell Of Post-Colonialism

Soldiers from the French army board a helicopter during a mission in Mali.

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PARISFrance will leave Niger, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday evening on French television.

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