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 four ethnic armed groups that launched a joint offensive in northern Shan State last month should be formally declared terrorist groups, the defense minister says.
In the decades of military rule, millions of Myanmar citizens left the country in search of better opportunities abroad. Since reforms began many have returned in the hope of contributing to their country’s continued growth – but most still face challenges in their homeland.