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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Large-scale cattle smuggling has resumed in northern Shan State since the emergence of COVID-19, with armed groups heavily involved in the trade.
Yangon Region will host two of the most hotly contested ethnic affairs minister races in November, with prominent MPs and activists seeking election.
For years, residents of a conflict-blighted area of Shan State had ‘kept their anger inside’, but after the Tatmadaw gunned down a farmer, more than 10,000 villagers marched in protest.