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Two blasts hit main Burmese city

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Reports from Burma say there have been two explosions in the country's main city, Rangoon.

An eyewitness told the BBC Burmese Service that the first blast was near a park close to Myaynigone junction - a busy western area with a bus terminal.

A second explosion an hour later was reported by eyewitnesses at Hledan junction, near Rangoon University.

No casualties were reported in the blasts, which came after an Asia summit failed to chastise Burma's rulers.

It is not clear what caused the blasts, which occurred on Tuesday.

Small explosions have taken place since early 2008.

Regional stalemate

The latest explosions came two days after the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) closed an annual summit, where Burma's neighbours offered support to the United Nations mediation efforts in Burma but failed to make any statement of its own.

Pro-democracy activists outside Burma described Asean's emphasis on UN mediation as an exercise in "washing its hands" of the Burma problem, and a "shedding of its responsibilities".

The summit opened with efforts to implement Asean's new human rights charter, but Burma and Cambodia refused to meet members of civil society groups.

Reports emerged from the summit that Burma's military rulers would be open to UN observation of elections it plans for next year.

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