An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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A large engineering firm is proposing a deep-sea port and industrial zone in a hard-to-reach part of Ayeyarwady Region’s western coast, bringing with it road and rail connections to Yangon.
In the same week that the Rakhine assembly launched an investigation of last month’s violence in the ancient city, four suspects in the killing of the former Mrauk U administrator have been arrested in Yangon.