Myanmar

Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon

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Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon on Friday. Myanmar celebrates Thingyan during the month of Tagu, which usually falls around mid-April.

Labourers display fish for sale at a night market in Yangon early on April 10, 2013.  A World Bank official said earlier this year that Myanmar has "enormous potential" as it undergoes reforms.

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Labourers display fish for sale at a night market in Yangon early on April 10, 2013. A World Bank official said earlier this year that Myanmar has “enormous potential” as it undergoes reforms.

Muslim men clean debris in front of a mosque heavily damaged in recent violence in town of Gyo Bin Gauk

Muslim men clean debris in front of a mosque heavily damaged in recent violence in the town of Gyo Bin Gauk. Reuters/Damir Sagolj

President Thein Sein of Myanmar pledged this week to step up the pace of reform and crack down on religious and racial violence