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Myanmar jade mine tragedy linked to larger political roadblocks

Migrant miners live next to a jade mine near Hpakant in Kachin state. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Landslides happen with grim regularity in Myanmar's jade mines, yet the latest one on July 2, which left more than 170 people dead, was particularly shocking.

With Myanmar's next general election due on Nov 8 this year, the disaster is mirroring the malaise still afflicting the country, five years after a civilian government was swept to power.

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