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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).
WEST AFRICA: Forced mass deportations, violence against migrants on rise
5 September 2008 (IRIN ), Participants wrapping up the two-day "Stakeholders in Migration" conference on migration in West Africa organised by non-profit Open Society Institute (OSI) said clandestine migration from sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and Europe has prompted increased border crackdowns, abuses and killings of migrants.
WEST AFRICA: Do high food prices warrant a cash response?
3 September 2008 (IRIN ), Experts say many of the right conditions are in place across West Africa to make cash distributions work in the current global food price crisis.
BURKINA FASO: Six killed and thousands affected by heavy rains
1 September 2008 (IRIN ), Heavy rains and violent winds in Burkina Faso have killed six people, wounded 18, and left 4,200 homeless according to the government’s National Council for Emergency Aid (CONASUR).

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