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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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94366/SECURITY-Mixed-report-on-mine-action-progress
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94233/ASIA-Boosting-cities-food-resilience
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93939/DISASTERS-A-bigger-role-for-Asia-in-humanitarian-response
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/92590/GLOBAL-Stillbirths-could-be-halved
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/91180/HIV-AIDS-MSM-groups-hail-pill-to-prevent-HIV
ASIA: Taking the taboo out of the loo
19 November 2010 (IRIN ), Entrepreneur turned toilet crusader Jack Sim from Singapore wants to turn the toilet into the new gold standard of status in Asia, which would signify “making it” - as mobile phones have for years and as 24-karat gold did before that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/91130/ASIA-Taking-the-taboo-out-of-the-loo
ASIA: Why snakebites matter
17 November 2010 (IRIN ), Despite an age-old widespread fear and distrust of snakes, their bites have only recently been added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of “neglected tropical diseases”. Snakes bite an estimated five million people each year worldwide, seriously injuring or disabling up to three million and killing an estimated 125,000, according to WHO and the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/91107/ASIA-Why-snakebites-matter
GLOBAL: Corruption hampers MDGs - Transparency International
27 October 2010 (IRIN ), Corruption siphons off 20-30 percent of funding for basic services, estimates non-profit Transparency International (TI), and tackling it should be higher on the international development agenda.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90898/GLOBAL-Corruption-hampers-MDGs-Transparency-International
GLOBAL: Taking on the land-grabbers
26 October 2010 (IRIN ), Property developers in Indonesia and Thailand moved in quickly after the 2004 Tsunami, snapping up land from those relocated into resettlement camps to build luxury resorts, further squeezing the livelihoods of the poor.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90885/GLOBAL-Taking-on-the-land-grabbers
ASIA: How Typhoon Megi got its name
18 October 2010 (IRIN ), As one of the strongest typhoons in five years rips through the Philippines, some might be wondering why it is called Megi - the Korean word for catfish.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90804/ASIA-How-Typhoon-Megi-got-its-name

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