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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Despite soaring tuition fees, enrolments are growing strongly at Yangon’s international schools as Myanmar parents seek a pathway to a prestigious foreign university for their children.
There is confusion about the reasons behind this month's attack by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, but one thing is certain – it is yet another blow to the government's peace process.