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Soldiers reportedly fired into crowds and beat Buddhist monks Thursday, and state media said nine people were killed as Myanmar's military rulers continued its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

Witnesses' accounts of other deaths, including a university student, could not be confirmed in this Southeastern Asian country formerly known as Burma, the site of massive protests this week led by Buddhist monks pushing for democracy.

One witness told CNN monks were at the front of a march in the capital, Yangon, as soldiers waded into it Thursday, while other reports indicated attempts to keep monks off the streets on Thursday. Read full article »

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