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LAOS: Decision expected on controversial Mekong dam
25 February 2011 (IRIN ), The proposed Xayabury Dam on the lower Mekong River promises to supply much-needed energy to the region, but at a "devastating" environmental and personal cost to surrounding communities, say activists and environmental experts.
THAILAND-CAMBODIA: Conflict-displaced returning home
14 February 2011 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents displaced by recent fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border have begun returning homes, aid officials say.
THAILAND: Citizenship hope for thousands of stateless people
9 February 2011 (IRIN ), About 20,000 stateless people living along the southern Thai-Burmese border look set to receive Thai nationality when amendments to the Thai nationality bill are reviewed by parliament on 15 February.
ASIA: Medical tourism strains health systems
31 January 2011 (IRIN ), From hip replacements to hysterectomies, southeast Asian countries have seen a rapid growth in medical tourism, with about two million international patients a year seeking bargains there.
THAILAND: Concern over Rohingya boat people
25 January 2011 (IRIN ), Human rights groups have expressed concern over the plight of 158 Rohingya men being detained by authorities in southern Thailand. The men, of varying ages, reportedly came ashore over the weekend, after fleeing their native Myanmar and experiencing engine trouble on their way to Malaysia.
THAILAND-MYANMAR: Thousands still displaced along border
25 January 2011 (IRIN ), About 10,000 people are displaced and in hiding along the Thai-Burmese border, having fled artillery fire in eastern Myanmar where fighting between the Burmese military and armed groups is expected to continue for several months, aid groups say.
In Brief: "Unprecedented" chronic disease growth in Southeast Asia
25 January 2011 (IRIN ), Chronic disease could kill up to 4.2 million people annually in Southeast Asia by the year 2030, according to new research published in the UK medical journal, The Lancet.
In Brief: Burmese refugees in Thailand face ration cuts
24 January 2011 (IRIN ), Rising food prices may prompt the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), an umbrella group of 12 humanitarian organizations working with more than 139,000 Burmese refugees in Thailand, to cut rice rations by up to 20 percent. Additional cuts will be made to salt, suger, oil and chili rations.
In Brief: Concern over detained Ahmadis in Thailand
21 January 2011 (IRIN ), The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), an umbrella group of some 116 civil society rights organizations, has expressed concern over the plight of 85 detained Pakistani Ahmadi asylum-seekers in Thailand.
ASIA: Pick of the year 2010
31 December 2010 (IRIN ), On this last day of 2010, IRIN asks: When the end comes, where will you get your last meal? In addition to covering the perennial natural disasters that rip through Asia annually, IRIN reported in 2010 on doomsday food vaults designed to protect biodiversity from disaster. Read on to find one near you.

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