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"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border

PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges. full report

Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing

COLOMBO, 29 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures. full report

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. full report

Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”

DUBAI, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned. full report

Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak

DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.” full report

Silver lining in Ebola gloom

DAKAR, 27 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Amid the horror of Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,400 people have died of the disease, a few have found reason to celebrate after recovering from the virulent infection which has no known cure. full report

Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs

NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full report

Fighting, fuel fires and fear in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution. full report

South Sudan’s child soldiers - a step backwards

NAIROBI, 25 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved. full report

Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned. full report