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Morning Briefing: Fire at Islamic school in Myanmar kills 13 boys

A woman of a mosque fire victim cries during the burial of her son on the outskirts of Yangon, April 2, 2013.

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A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe's news desk on April 2, 2013.

School fire kills 13 boys in Myanmar

A fire caused by faulty electrical equipment killed 13 boys at an Islamic school in Rangoon today, the fire service said, although some Muslims voiced concern since it came after a wave of anti-Muslim violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, Reuters reports. The children were to be buried later today.

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Canadian men implicated in Algeria attack

More details are expected to emerge today about two dead Canadian men who have reportedly been implicated in an al-Qaeda attack on a natural gas complex in Algeria in January. The men, who are from London, Ont., were placed under scrutiny years ago by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, according to the CBC.

North Korea vows to restart nuclear reactor

North Korea vowed today to restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb's worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by near daily warlike threats against the United States and South Korea, The Associated Press reports. "North Korea is keeping tension and crisis alive to raise stakes ahead of possible future talks with the United States," Hwang Jihwan, a North Korea expert at the University of Seoul, told the wire service.

Blue Jays open highly anticipated season

The Toronto Blue Jays are opening the season today with a game against the Cleveland Indians. The team is facing high expectations of a winning season, especially because of the acquisition of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Blue Jays last won the American League East and the World Series 20 years ago and fans are hungry for a winner in Toronto, The Globe's Tom Maloney reports.

Baird continues Mideast visit

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird continues his 12-day tour of the Middle East. So far, he has visited Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. For more on Mr. Baird's historic Baghdad visit, click here to read a piece by The Globe's Campbell Clark.

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