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GLOBAL: Thai rice policy sows worldwide uncertainty
6 October 2011 (IRIN ), A new paddy-pledging programme in Thailand that has already pushed up the cost of rice globally will go into effect on 7 October, amid uncertainty and scepticism.
THAILAND: Neonatal care for refugees by refugees
15 September 2011 (IRIN ), Just as staff at the maternity clinic in the Mae La refugee camp began learning about special care for newborns, a baby was born six weeks premature, weighing 1.3kg. The medics and nurses - all ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar - were anxious about treating the tiny boy.
In Brief: Thailand braced for further flooding
14 September 2011 (IRIN ), Authorities in Thailand are preparing for more monsoon flooding, with 23 of the kingdom's 76 provinces already affected. "The flood is worse than last year as it is more prolonged and affects more people," Pavinee Yupiasert, head of the relief division of the Thai Red Cross Society Relief and Community Help Bureau, told IRIN.
In Brief: 12 million people still stateless
30 August 2011 (IRIN ), Fifty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness 12 million people remain without citizenship, most living in Asia, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
CAMBODIA-THAILAND: Men trafficked into "slavery" at sea
29 August 2011 (IRIN ), Taing Ky* and his cousin were told they would be gardeners in Thailand, but instead they were forced to work on Thai fishing boats.
THAILAND: North Koreans escape from hunger
9 August 2011 (IRIN ), Thailand is fast becoming a transit country for North Koreans fleeing severe food shortages and poverty, authorities say.
In Brief: Thai elections peaceful, say observers
5 July 2011 (IRIN ), Thailand's general elections were held in a peaceful and orderly manner, say observers, despite deep social divisions and recent political violence, with the opposition Pheu Thai party winning an absolute majority in the country's 500-seat parliament.
Analysis: High hopes - and concerns - for Thai elections
1 July 2011 (IRIN ), Thai voters go to the polls this weekend in what many see as a decisive step in the country's road to peace and reconciliation.
THAILAND: Cultural mainstreaming leaves MSM at high HIV risk
30 June 2011 (IRIN ), Gay rights activists in Thailand say a unique combination of muted discrimination and cultural mainstreaming of the gay and transgender community is to blame for a dangerous lack of knowledge about HIV among gay and transgender persons, especially the youth.
GLOBAL: Developing countries hardest hit by wildfires
28 June 2011 (IRIN ), Wildfires burn several hundred million hectares of vegetation around the world each year and appear to be growing in number and extent, but their impact on developing countries is particularly worrying, experts say.

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