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Egypt prosecutor orders activists arrested

Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of five prominent political activists pending an investigation into claims they had incited the recent violence near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters, a statement from the prosecutor said.

Those ordered arrested included Alaa Abd El-Fattah, a leading blogger who played a role in the protests that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The five were also banned from travel.

Myanmar riots stoke fears of widening sectarian violence

Myanmar has declared martial law in four central townships after unrest between Buddhists and Muslims stoked fears that last year’s sectarian bloodshed was spreading into the country’s heartland in a test of Asia’s newest democracy.

State television said President Thein Sein had declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law in the four districts, placing the military, rather than local police, in charge of security. Authorities imposed an overnight curfew on Wednesday March 20.