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On Nov. 7 and 8, Karen Buddhist guerrillas attacked Burmese troops in and around Myawaddy town, killing several people and prompting 15,000 civilians to cross eastern Burma’s border, briefly getting shelter in Thailand.

Neither Mrs. Suu Kyi nor the military has announced a plan acceptable to the ethnic minorities, while the regime demands the rebels agree to a cease-fire or face more military assaults.