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Dozens killed in Myanmar violence

At least 64 people have been killed in the latest surge of communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists in western Myanmar, a government official said Friday, revising down an earlier toll.

A spokesman for Rakhine State, where the fighting took place, had earlier on Friday put the death toll at 112, but later scaled that back, blaming "clerical errors".

Still, the United Nations warned that Myanmar's fledgling democracy could be "irreparably damaged" by the clashes, which come just five months after communal unrest killed more than 80 people and displaced at least 75,000 in the same region.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Thailand.