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East Timorese firefighters attempt to put out house fire, torched by gangs June 4, 2006 in Dili. East Timor, one of the world's youngest nations descended into chaos as rival gangs took over the capitol city of Dili torching homes, battling with each other for control in a effort to oust the Prime Minister. Australian peacekeepers took control but in the process hundreds of homes were destroyed. East Timor remains in a fragile state of peace with a struggling economy. Australian peacekeeping soldiers walk through the smoke while an entire block of homes burn June 5, 2006 in Dili, East Timor.


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