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NIGER: Constitution crisis turned coup
18 February 2010 (IRIN ), Small vendors abandoned their stalls as the typical lunch hour break opened with gunfire at the presidential palace shortly after 1pm local time in Niger’s capital, Niamey. Firing continued intermittently with the military blocking all roads leading to the palace. Government helicopters were circling the city and fired in the afternoon, according to residents.
GUINEA: Medical supplies, humanitarian flight blocked after clashes
8 February 2010 (IRIN ), Tensions following clashes in N’zérékoré, southeastern Guinea, are hampering the movement of some humanitarian workers and supplies, according to the UN.
WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA: Communities on the edge
5 February 2010 (IRIN ), Natural disasters, epidemics and political unrest deal a particularly heavy blow to communities in West and Central Africa, where people live in a “fragile” state daily, UN Children’s Fund said on 4 February.
GUINEA: Timeline - toward peace and prosperity?
5 February 2010 (IRIN ), Guineans say they are daring to hope for a peaceful transition to civilian rule, as the military junta – now with a new leader – has vowed to step down and a civilian prime minister has been sworn in to organize elections.
In Brief: How to end natural resource-fuelled conflict?
1 February 2010 (IRIN ), The international community should draw up a comprehensive strategy to tackle conflicts fuelled by natural resources especially in fragile African states, US campaign group Global Witness says.
AFRICA: Rotavirus data must propel immunization - experts
27 January 2010 (IRIN ), Health experts hope the release of data showing the success of rotavirus vaccine will help compel policymakers to ensure all children will be immunized.
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (IRIN ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
GLOBAL: UN gives $100 million to ‘neglected emergencies'
19 January 2010 (IRIN ), The UN on 18 January allotted US$100 million to 14 “neglected emergencies”, where significant humanitarian needs remain but funding is scarce.
WEST AFRICA: Learning how to stop children dying
14 January 2010 (IRIN ), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “accelerated child survival programme” in 11 West African countries did not save significantly more lives than in areas that were not targeted, says an evaluation published in The Lancet this week - but analysts say this does not mean UNICEF was doing the wrong things.
GUINEA: Vaccine drive set as yellow fever strikes
8 January 2010 (IRIN ), Guinean health officials plan this month to vaccinate more than 250,000 people in the northeast against yellow fever after one confirmed and several suspected cases emerged in the region.

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