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Refugee rescue ship enters rough waters in Southeast Asia

YANGON, 13 October 2015 (IRIN) - After spending the summer rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, a ship owned by an American millionaire will attempt to do the same in Southeast Asia. But the Migrant Offshore Aid Station could find itself sailing into a sea of trouble in a region where rules governing the rights of migrants and refugees are harsher and less clear-cut than in Europe. full report

Mapped - the world's conflicts

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - An interactive map showing all the ongoing conflicts around the world. full report

Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers. full report

After killer heatwave, will India take action?

NEW DELHI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN) - Temperatures are slowly falling in India with the approach of the cool monsoon rains, but a heatwave that left more than 2,300 people dead has raised questions about how prepared the government will be for the next one. full report

Kept afloat by hope - the endless odyssey of the Rohingya

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Faizal Ahmad has just spent six months at sea, in an open boat crammed with 450 people, praying that Allah would deliver him to safety and a future free of persecution. full report

All at sea: what lies behind Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis?

OXFORD, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue. full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Scale of Vanuatu cyclone disaster complicates aid response

NAIROBI, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. full report

Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam

NAIROBI, 14 March 2015 (IRIN) - The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage. full report

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