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Fear in Khatumo ahead of Puntland polls

Friday, 27 December 2013, 11:02 am | IRIN News

Hargeisa, 26 December 2013 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in northern Somalia’s two-year-old Khatumo state remain displaced for fear of a repeat of the armed violence in late November that forced them to flee their homes in the state capital, Taleh. More >>

Hundreds escape fighting, thousands still trapped

Monday, 9 February 2009, 4:48 pm | IRIN News

COLOMBO, 6 February 2009 (IRIN) - Some 1,600 civilians escaped fighting in the combat zone in northeastern Sri Lanka on 5 February, and fled to government-held areas, according to the Sri Lankan army. Another 600 civilians were waiting to cross over ... More >>

Int'l Team Helps Philippines Tackle Toxic Ferry

Monday, 14 July 2008, 8:44 pm | IRIN News

With more storms forecast, the Philippine authorities have brought in international help to fast-track the salvaging of a ferry that sank off the central island of Sibuyan amid fears its cargo of toxic pesticides could contaminate the area. More >>

Blair's Climate Plan: Easing The Way To A G8 Deal?

Sunday, 6 July 2008, 8:35 pm | IRIN News

"Cutting emissions will cost money, but may not cost as much as is thought - perhaps less than the current oil-price spike, for instance. Developing countries have to be involved, but this is also where emission cuts are cheapest." - Think-Tank Researcher. More >>

Crisis In Zimbabwe: Crackdown Hits New Intensity

Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 7:51 am | IRIN News

Despite furious international criticism of political conditions in Zimbabwe ahead of this week's presidential poll, riot police on Monday picked up around 60 people - mostly women and children - sheltering at the headquarters of the opposition party. More >>

Somalia: Alliance Divided Over Djibouti Peace Plan

Wednesday, 11 June 2008, 9:15 pm | IRIN News

Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and a faction of an Eritrea-based opposition alliance who have been holding talks in Djibouti, have signed an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, with all sides expressing optimism about the outcome. More >>

Afghanistan: Hurdles, Insecurity Delay Food Aid

Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 8:49 am | IRIN News

Five months after a joint appeal by the UN and the Afghan government for US$77 million to provide emergency food assistance to 2.55 million Afghans affected by soaring food prices, relief has reached only about 38 percent of the targeted population. More >>

Burma: Diarrhoeal Risk Increasing, No Outbreak Yet

Wednesday, 28 May 2008, 8:00 pm | IRIN News

More than three weeks after deadly cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, killing some 78,000 people and leaving 56,000 others missing, health experts warn that the risk of diarrhoeal diseases will increase unless help is urgently provided. More >>

South Africa: The Downside Of Banning Mercenaries

Wednesday, 28 May 2008, 7:51 pm | IRIN News

South Africa's sweeping Prohibition of Mercenary Activities legislation to outlaw mercenary activities might also hamper peacekeeping efforts and affect non-governmental and aid organisations while targeting private military/security companies (PMCs). More >>

Burma: Assessment Hard In Wake Of Cyclone Nargis

Monday, 5 May 2008, 1:57 pm | IRIN News

According to UN officials, the water supply is unfit to drink in the aftermath of the destruction, raising fears of water-borne diseases. Electricity is not working, landline communications are disrupted, mobile phone communications work sporadically. More >>

Sri Lanka: Flooding Subsides, Needs Under Review

Tuesday, 1 January 2008, 10:37 pm | IRIN News

Eastern Sri Lanka is beginning to dry out from heavy flooding brought on by monsoon rain during much of December which at its height caused the displacement of 250,000 people, according to government officials. More >>

Nigeria: Laptops-in-Schools Debate Turns Messy

Friday, 28 December 2007, 9:31 am | IRIN News

A scheme to give one million low-cost laptops to Nigerian schoolchildren has stalled because some policymakers say the money would be better spent on other educational projects. More >>

Greater Awareness "Key To Ending Discrimination"

Tuesday, 25 December 2007, 9:55 am | IRIN News

In a recent report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says governments and relief organizations require greater awareness to help reduce discrimination of such vulnerable groups during humanitarian emergencies. More >>

Cote D'ivoire: River Blindness Is Back

Tuesday, 25 December 2007, 8:45 am | IRIN News

The parasitic disease river blindness, once thought to have been eradicated from Côte d'Ivoire, has re-emerged in some regions following years of armed conflict that wiped out mechanisms for surveillance and control, health officials say. More >>

Uganda: Experts Fear Ebola Re-Emergence In Congo

Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 6:15 am | IRIN News

Ugandan health officials said they had an outbreak of a rare Ebola stain under control in their country but expressed concerns that the disease could resurface in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More >>

Burma: Int'l Humanitarian Aid In A Tight Space

Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 5:41 am | IRIN News

Myanmar is not yet in the throws of a classic humanitarian crisis, Petrie says. But malnutrition and poverty are pervasive and conditions are worsening, with growing displacement from land seizures and conflict. More >>

Negotiation Vs. Palestinian Right Of Return

Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 10:26 pm | IRIN News

For most Palestinians, the right to return of the up to six million refugees who can trace their origins back to the exodus from Palestine that followed the creation of Israel in 1948, is an absolute. More >>

Poor States Fail In Demand For Control Of New Fund

Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 7:53 am | IRIN News

The fund to help developing countries adapt to global warming has been approved at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali and will become operational in early 2008, a senior UN official announced on 11 December. More >>

More Extreme Weather In Poorer Countries

Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 7:53 am | IRIN News

The index shows that less developed countries often suffer more from storms, floods and extreme weather than industrialised countries, according to Germanwatch, the development non-governmental organisation that produced the study. More >>

Aid Focus Shifts To Recovery In Northern Uganda

Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 7:52 am | IRIN News

Much of the infrastructure in the villages abandoned during the war with the Lord's Resistance Army lies in ruins. Schools require repairs, water points and sanitation facilities are non-existent, and health centres are not in place. More >>





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