Vital conservation activities have been suspended since the 2021 coup, while growing conflict and lawlessness have fuelled a reported rise in illegal fishing techniques that threaten the endangered species.
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Rohingya holed up one the Bangladeshi border after fleeing Myanmar will only accept repatriation to their home villages, a local leader said Sunday.
A secret meeting in China between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Organization has raised hope of further talks that could advance the quest for peace, but heavy fighting between the two sides is unlikely to end any time soon.