Refugees fleeing into China from fighting between Myanmar troops and Kokang rebels say the exodus is far greater than reported by official media on both sides, and that the full extent of civilian casualties has not yet been tallied.
Red Cross volunteers will no longer provide assistance to people displaced by the intense fighting that erupted in northern Shan State, Myanmar Red Cross secretary general U Khin Maung Hla has announced.
The government has ruled out opening negotiations with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a Kokang armed group, following clashes that have left scores of soldiers dead on both sides.
Final arguments in the “Buddha bar” court case are expected in early March, with the bar’s New Zealand manager and two Myanmar nationals facing more than four years’ prison.
Earthquake experts met in Yangon this week to draw up plans to limit the damage that a seismic event could inflict on the city and its inhabitants.
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team has delayed informal peace talks that were due to start in Chiang Mai today, in a move that is likely to push back the next formal meeting – and any chance of signing a nationwide ceasefire – to at least early March.