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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The Yangon Region government made resolving the squatter problem a priority but low-cost housing projects are scarce and remain too expensive for many.
The outflow of Muslims from Rakhine State has slowed in recent days – but with more than 430,000 having crossed the border in less than a month humanitarian actors are struggling to catch up, with shelter, food and healthcare resources in short supply.
The ouster of Nay Pyi Taw Football Club from the Myanmar National League over unpaid players is another problem for efforts to promote the sport, especially among the young.