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AFGHANISTAN-IRAN: Mehdi, “My hands were hurting because the handcuffs were too tight”
27 February 2012 (IRIN ), In an attempt to find long-term solutions for the estimated 1.4 million unregistered Afghans living within its borders, Iran adopted a legalization scheme last year that paved the way for Afghans to enter Iran legally with work visas.
INDONESIA: Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif, "I'm ready to die at sea"
14 February 2012 (IRIN ), Egyptian asylum-seeker Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif, married with six children, says he is ready to risk everything to reach Australia - even his family.
ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population
14 February 2012 (IRIN ), With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn.
MIGRATION: Asylum-seekers in Australia suspend hunger strike
25 January 2012 (IRIN ), About 150 asylum-seekers in Australia have suspended their hunger strike after accusing the government of reneging on a promise for community detention and bridging visas for long-term detainees who posed no risk, activists confirm.
HEALTH: How "totally drug-resistant" is a misnomer - for now
17 January 2012 (IRIN ), The "totally drug-resistant" tuberculosis (TDR-TB) reportedly emerging in India is actually an advanced stage of drug-resistant TB, which researchers called totally drug-resistant for lack of a better term.
SECURITY: Mixed report on mine action progress
2 December 2011 (IRIN ), Landmine clearance and donor support for mine action reached an all-time high in 2010, but more countries – four – deployed antipersonnel mines than in any year since 2004, according to NGOs.
ASIA: Boosting cities' food resilience
18 November 2011 (IRIN ), From rooftops to railroad tracks, Asia's largest cities will need to maximize every bit of space to feed one of the world's fastest-growing populations, said experts at a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) workshop in Bangkok on resilient food systems in Asia.
DISASTERS: A bigger role for Asia in humanitarian response
12 October 2011 (IRIN ), A top UN official says Asia can, and should, play a more prominent role in the humanitarian response to major natural and man-made disasters.
GLOBAL: Stillbirths could be halved
27 April 2011 (IRIN ), Preventing stillbirths can cost just US$2.32 per mother if governments, the private sector and international institutions adopt a package of 10 health interventions, rather than allowing stillbirths to be an almost invisible problem.
HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV
24 November 2010 (IRIN ), Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact.

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