Another jump in fuel prices since Russia invaded Ukraine has brought extra suffering for the people of Myanmar as they struggle with economic fallout from the coup and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Security is tight for journalists visiting the Union Solidarity and Development Party headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw, and loquacious staff members can expect a scolding.
Artists and other creatives are demanding modern safeguards for their intellectual property, but rights groups fear a new copyright law may imperil free expression.
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.