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PAKISTAN: Afghan refugees weigh their dwindling options

PAKISTAN: Afghan refugees weigh their dwindling options

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 24, 2012 0

ISLAMABAD 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - At 70 years old, Mohammad Issa is already struggling to survive in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, where he sought refuge from war in Afghanistan years ago. Suffering from

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MIGRATION: New Australian refugee quota welcomed

MIGRATION: New Australian refugee quota welcomed

August 24, 2012 0

BANGKOK 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee rights groups have welcomed a decision by the Australian Government to increase its annual refugee quota to 20,000, a key recommendation in a recent panel report

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COTE D’IVOIRE: Universities reopen after political unrest

COTE D’IVOIRE: Universities reopen after political unrest

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 24, 2012 0

ABIDJAN 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - When Côte d'Ivoire's five public universities reopen on 3 September, 61,000 students will arrive for the first time after almost two years since they were closed in

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YEMEN: Women die as violence impedes antenatal care in Abyan

YEMEN: Women die as violence impedes antenatal care in Abyan

August 24, 2012 0

ABYAN 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - In June, after spending 11 months in a makeshift camp for people displaced by violence, 19-year-old Dawlah Muslih, then seven months pregnant, returned to her home in

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THAILAND: Rice pledge scheme one year later

THAILAND: Rice pledge scheme one year later

August 23, 2012 0

BANGKOK 23 August 2012 (IRIN) - Almost one year after Thailand’s government promised farmers a fixed price for their rice harvests, early concerns the system would boost world rice prices may be unwarranted

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Analysis: A tunnel-free future for Gaza?

Analysis: A tunnel-free future for Gaza?

August 23, 2012 0

GAZA CITY 23 August 2012 (IRIN) - This month’s border attack in the Sinai Peninsula, which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers, has bolstered calls to shut down a network of underground tunnels between Egypt

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How to: Predict vaccine coverage by modelling

How to: Predict vaccine coverage by modelling

August 22, 2012 0

LONDON 22 August 2012 (IRIN) - Researchers in Canada are combining mathematics with “social learning” to predict how epidemics are affected by fears - usually unfounded - that a vaccine can harm, so

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HIV/AIDS: Religion not a barrier to HIV treatment

HIV/AIDS: Religion not a barrier to HIV treatment

August 22, 2012 0

NAIROBI 22 August 2012 (IRIN) - Preachers who promise divine healing have often been blamed for turning desperate HIV-positive people against their life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication and risking their health, but recent research

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ISRAEL-SYRIA: Could a new regime in Syria be good for the Golan Heights?

ISRAEL-SYRIA: Could a new regime in Syria be good for the Golan Heights?

August 21, 2012 0

MAJDAL SHAMS 21 August 2012 (IRIN) - The Syrian Druze communities of the occupied Golan Heights have traditionally supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But they are increasingly divided over the conflict in their

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SRI LANKA: Water conservation “desperately” needed

SRI LANKA: Water conservation “desperately” needed

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 20, 2012 0

COLOMBO 20 August 2012 (IRIN) - Rising temperatures, a late monsoon and dwindling rivers in parts of Sri Lanka are straining the energy sector and threatening crop yields. Local experts say water conservation

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