NO YELLOW BRICK ROAD: A brick factory on the outskirts of Yangon. Myanmar was once known as the "rice bowl of Asia", but economic mismanagement during nearly 50 years of military rule left the country deeply impoverished. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)
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