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Ethnic Karen from Myanmar take refuge in makeshift villages

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Ethnic Karen from Myanmar take refuge in makeshift villages

A Worldfocus contributing blogger based in Bangkok describes her encounter with Karen refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border. In the wake of Myanmar army attacks on ethnic Karen rebels, thousands of Karen refugees have fled to Thailand and some half a million others are displaced within Myanmar.

Posted: August 13, 2009 13:24   Comments: 2
World governments try to fast-track H1N1 flu vaccine

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World governments try to fast-track H1N1 flu vaccine

According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 flu virus has killed just under 1,500 people worldwide. Right now, it is spreading through India's sizeable population. Dr. Martin Blaser of New York University's School of Medicine discusses the risks of the flu pandemic from a global perspective.

Posted: August 13, 2009 13:05   Comments: 0
Cambodian monks save remote forests, tree by tree

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Cambodian monks save remote forests, tree by tree

In Cambodia, there is an unusual effort underway by Buddhist monks to replant forests devastated by war and clearing by loggers. This is important to them for both religious and environmental reasons. The monks, like others, believe that trees may help counter the effects of climate change.

Posted: August 13, 2009 12:12   Comments: 2
Villagers in Nepal face drought as glaciers melt

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Villagers in Nepal face drought as glaciers melt

Water -- too much or too little -- is a growing problem for communities worldwide. In Nepal, villagers are struggling with severe drought as rising temperatures melt away the glaciers that supply their fresh water.

Posted: August 12, 2009 14:09   Comments: 4
Climate forces Nepal’s farmers to abandon rice for bananas

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Climate forces Nepal’s farmers to abandon rice for bananas

Climate change is forcing farmers in Nepal and the world over to consider growing crops they've never grown before. Bo Lim of the United Nations Development Program discusses problems resulting from climate change.

Posted: August 11, 2009 15:31   Comments: 0
Typhoon and earthquakes devastate Asia

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Typhoon and earthquakes devastate Asia

In Asia, Typhoon Morakot has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before it caused widespread destruction in several countries, from China to the Philippines. Meanwhile, Japan has been hit with a series of powerful earthquakes.

Posted: August 10, 2009 10:35   Comments: 20
Indonesian sulfur miners toil in smouldering volcanoes

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Indonesian sulfur miners toil in smouldering volcanoes

Indonesian workers on the island of Java brave harsh conditions to mine sulfur, an essential mineral used in items that many people take for granted, like fertilizers, insecticides, gunpowder and matches.

Posted: August 7, 2009 14:04   Comments: 0
Thousands mourn Philippine “mother of democracy”

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Thousands mourn Philippine “mother of democracy”

Tens of thousand of Filipinos turned out in Manila on Wednesday for the funeral of the woman they called the mother of democracy -- Corazon Aquino. Aquino led the pro-democracy People Power revolution in the 1980s and was president of the Philippines for six years.

Posted: August 5, 2009 16:34   Comments: 0
Swat refugees strain humanitarian resources in Pakistan

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Swat refugees strain humanitarian resources in Pakistan

More than a million refugees who fled Pakistan's Swat Valley remain in neighboring regions, overwhelming humanitarian services. Dominic MacSorley of Concern Worldwide joins Martin Savidge to discuss the humanitarian crisis.

Posted: August 5, 2009 12:16   Comments: 0
Bombings rock Afghanistan ahead of national elections

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Bombings rock Afghanistan ahead of national elections

In western Afghanistan on Monday, a deadly bombing aimed at a district police chief left at least 10 people dead and some 30 injured. Karin von Hippel of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses the growing casualties in Afghanistan and the upcoming elections.

Posted: August 3, 2009 13:45   Comments: 0

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