While the opening of the first Myanmar-Laos Friendship Bridge brings economic benefits, it has also raised concerns over drug trafficking.
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The suspected lynchpin of a cross-border drug racket between Burma and Thailand has been arrested in Mae Sot when 100 Thai troops and police raided a house in the border town on Sunday.
An explosion at a cigarette factory in Namhkam township, northern Shan State, has left several people hospitalised and has raised suspicions that it was a planned attack. Meanwhile IDPs forced to flee the fighting are running out of food and shelter.