The surprise decision to fix the rate of the kyat has harmed the competitiveness of Myanmar’s rice exports, traders say, and orders from abroad are already beginning to decline.
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Health authorities have issued stay at home orders for all of Rakhine State as they struggle to control a COVID-19 outbreak that has grown from 80 to 179 confirmed cases in barely 24 hours.
Almost a million Rohingya refugees stuck in Bangladesh marked three years since escaping from Myanmar on Tuesday, with coronavirus forcing them to hold a day-long "silent protest" inside their flimsy, leaky huts.
This hilly township in southern Shan State has everything from pagoda-dappled mountains and waterfalls to prehistoric artwork.