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Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned back since start of Operation Sovereign Borders

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The Federal Government has revealed that 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used the first anniversary of the launch of Operation Sovereign Borders to make public the details of "on-water" operations that have until now largely been kept secret.

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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia


• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Liberia + 5 others
Handing-over ceremony of contribution from the Government of Malaysia to Ebola affected countries

In response to the rapid outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in several African countries, the Government of Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian private sector will contribute medical rubber gloves to the affected countries. Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia is scheduled to hand over the consignment of 20.9 million medical rubber gloves in 11 containers at a ceremony on Monday, 15 September 2014, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

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World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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World + 4 others
Child Protection Issue Brief: Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Children

The insecurity experienced by displaced and refugee children can have damaging physical, social and psychological consequences affecting their well-being and development. In contexts of forced displacement, parents and caregivers may have difficulties in caring adequately for their children when livelihoods options have diminished and essential services are no longer operational. Parental distress greatly affects and impacts the well-being of their children.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.


No update available

French Polynesia

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Emirates Red Crescent starts new phase of support for flood victims in Malaysia

The Emirates Red Crescent has started a new phase of supporting victims of floods in Malaysia, including the maintenance of affected homes in Pahang state, Malaysia, the most affected area in the floods that swept a number of Malaysian states last year.

Chaired by Fahad Abdelrahman bin Sultan, the Emirates Red Crescent delegation in Malaysia has set up the arrangements and mechanisms of maintenance work in coordination with local government and other competent departments.

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Thailand + 3 others
Challenges faced by Pakistani asylum seekers

Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti has expressed serious concerns over the arrests of Christian Pakistanis seeking asylum in Bangkok. Based on reports received in the past days, hundreds of homes of Pakistani refugees, awaiting hearings for the recognition of their right to asylum, were searched by police in the Thai capital.

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Myanmar + 4 others
UNHCR concerned about growing abuse as more people sail from Bay of Bengal

Two years after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, thousands of people are still leaving. Reports of abuse and exploitation as people seek safety and stability are meanwhile increasing.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 3 June 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. The recent trend for dengue is increasing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore. Compared to 2013, Malaysia was the only country of these four where 2014 was substantially higher compared to the same period in 2013.

Dengue virus infection in the Pacific Region

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Myanmar + 3 others
Rohingya Crisis: An Agenda for the Regional and International Communities

During the 2014 ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw, the first one to be held in Myanmar, the plight of the Rohingya Muslims was left off the agenda. The failure to discuss the issue and the deliberate attempts by Myanmar to not recognise the Rohingyas in the recently held Census has once again brought the uncertain fate of the Rohingyas to the forefront.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Malaysia 27-May-2014

Rice production in 2014 increased from the previous year’s reduced output

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Malaysia + 1 other
Refugees Returned From Malaysia at Grave Risk

Return of 3 At-Risk Tamils Violates Malaysia’s International Obligations

(Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2014) – Sri Lankan authorities should ensure the safety of two refugees and an asylum seeker whom Malaysia forcibly returned to Sri Lanka in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. All three were under the protection of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, which recognized two as refugees and was in the process of determining the claim of the third for refugee status.

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Australia + 4 others
People-smugglers offering deals on Australia route

05/16/2014 02:34 GMT

SYDNEY, May 16, 2014 (AFP) - People-smugglers have resorted to slashing prices and offering special deals for boatpeople seeking a new life in Australia, including children travelling for free, as the country's tough asylum-seeker policies hurt their profits, a top official said.

The number of boats arriving in Australia has dried up under the government's policy of turning them back to Indonesia and denying would-be refugees resettlement by sending them to Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Agence France-Presse:

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 April 2014) [EN/AR]

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 776 million, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 434 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 152 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 20.5% funded with a 79.5% shortfall.

2 The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.5 billion (23%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.03 billion (77%).

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Malaysia + 1 other
In Malaysia, Rohingya arrivals hope to end cycle of abuse, exploitation by smugglers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is increasingly worried about the terrible conditions and acute needs of Rohingya arrivals in Malaysia after long periods of abuse and deprivation in the hands of smugglers.

Since last November, some 120 Rohingya have approached UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur suffering from varying stages of paralysis possibly caused by poor diets and long-term confinement. Their poor physical condition hints at the long and arduous journey they've taken to escape the harsh situation in Myanmar.