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GLOBAL: "Hot topic" - special journal issue on climate and migration reviewed
29 September 2008 (IRIN ), The October issue of the Forced Migration Review (FMR), a journal published three times a year by Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, is a 38-article buffet on climate change and displacement, a “hot topic” according to Jean-Francois Durieux, a lecturer at the centre.
AFRICA: Call to ban cluster bombs
29 September 2008 (IRIN ), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called cluster munitions "an abomination whose manufacture and use should not be tolerated by any government", amid calls for African countries to do more to ensure the weapons are banned.
GLOBAL: Charity coffers face credit crunch
26 September 2008 (IRIN ), With the US going through the most significant financial restructuring since the great depression, international aid agencies and NGOs have reason to be wary, observers said.
GLOBAL: Leadership determines AIDS performance
25 September 2008 (IRIN ), As South Africa prepared to swear in a new president on 25 September after the dramatic ousting of Thabo Mbeki four days before, attempts by commentators to summarise the former president's mixed legacy have not failed to mention his controversial stance on AIDS.
GLOBAL: Govts urged to recognise the right to affordable food
23 September 2008 (IRIN ), The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has called on governments to draw up national laws obliging them to take action when there is a threat of famine or food insecurity.
WEST AFRICA: Mixed report card in 2008 corruption index
23 September 2008 (IRIN ), Nine West African countries shot up while nine others sank lower in the 2008 Transparency International (TI) ranking of perceptions of corruption in 180 countries.
AFRICA: Cervical cancer vaults to WHO priority list
22 September 2008 (IRIN ), With cervical cancer cases rising across Sub-Saharan Africa, and 80 percent of women diagnosed too late to stop the cancer’s deadly spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending screening and vaccination programmes throughout the region.
AFRICA: Humanitarian Air
19 September 2008 (IRIN ), Often the forgotten heroes of humanitarian assistance, pilots play a critical role in making sure that aid gets to where it is needed most around the world - and sometimes they pay the ultimate price.
BURKINA FASO: European Union pledges more aid to fight malnutrition
15 September 2008 (IRIN ), The European Commission (EC) is ready to increase its aid to fight malnutrition in Burkina Faso if current EC nutrition projects prove to be "success stories," said its humanitarian chief Louis Michel.
WEST AFRICA : Thousands affected by floods
8 September 2008 (IRIN ), Floods from heavy rains across West Africa have damaged infrastructure, and destroyed the homes or crops of up to 130,000 people, and caused more than 20 deaths, according to Hervé Ludovic De Lys, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

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