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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Rohingya in Myanmar's conflict-wracked Rakhine State expressed fears Sunday of a coronavirus outbreak reaching their overcrowded camps, after a spate of infections sent the state capital into lockdown.
Fifty-three confirmed cases in less than a week has left many scared and NGOs fearing the virus will spread to IDP camps.
This week’s Panglong peace conference – the last before the election – is likely to see agreements on a wide range of issues, but negotiators and analysts warn that much of the language is vague and could create to difficulties in the future.