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Eco-friendly medical waste disposal in Nepal
6 February 2014 (IRIN ), Managing waste is one of the most complicated and risky tasks among the many challenges of running a hospital in Nepal. Few health facilities comply with the applicable waste disposal laws, which can jeopardize patient and practitioner health. But one government hospital is using eco-friendly methods to reduce its waste.
Final phase of Sri Lankan demining will take longer
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lankan military officials have confirmed that the “final phase” of landmine clearance in the conflict-affected parts of northern Sri Lanka will take another two or three years.
Inquiry urged into Bangladesh's "extrajudicial" killings
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Activists in Bangladesh have called for an investigation into a recent spate of killings described by many as ‘extrajudicial’. Activists claim most of those who died were affiliated to the opposition.
Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a “hotspot” for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through increased air travel, scientists say the threat level for new diseases is high.
Indonesian eruption displaces people, buries crops
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of people displaced by steadily falling ash from an active Mount Sinabung thought they would be able to return to their homes and resume their livelihoods, but those hopes have been dashed by a deadly eruption on 1 February.
Papua New Guinea’s battle over betel nut
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), Health officials in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are concerned over rising levels of oral cancer in betel nut chewers amid a controversial ban on its usage in the capital, Port Moresby. Upwards of 25,000 people die annually from mouth cancer, many more than the 15,000 just a few years earlier, according to the Department of Health.
Minorities targeted in Bangladesh political violence
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), Following attacks on religious minorities, mostly Hindus, activists in Bangladesh are calling for increased protection to forestall further violence in the majority Muslim country.
Uncertainty delays Afghan refugee return
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), A slowdown in the number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan is expected to continue in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as Afghans at home and abroad look to the year ahead with some uncertainty.
Life at the end of the world’s largest refugee repatriation
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), Just before his 18th birthday, Naik Mohammad relocated to Afghanistan, a country he only knew from family stories and the television news.
New displacements as Philippines nears final peace deal
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), More than 10,000 people fled their homes this week in Mindanao, southern Philippines, as government forces launched a major offensive against Muslim splinter groups opposed to a final peace deal to end decades of insurgency in the island. The country’s capacity to respond to emergencies has been stretched by a series of deadly disasters.

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