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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An election marred by controversy over voting procedures has seen incumbents hold on to 38 of the 58 central executive committee positions on the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the nation’s peak industry body.