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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar clashes fuel Thai border tensions, trading of artillery fire

Thousands cross frontier after security forces battle anti-regime Karen group

Thai military personnel secure an evacuation area for Myanmar villagers who fled across the border following clashes between troops and an ethnic Karen rebel group on Dec. 17 in Mae Tao, in northern Thailand's Tak Province.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Myanmar military attacks on villages close to the Thailand border have driven a wave of refugees into Thai territory in recent days and triggered a rare exchange of artillery fire between the Myanmar and Thai militaries, signifying new tensions between the neighboring countries.

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