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War and peace in northern Mali
7 August 2014 (IRIN ), Continued violence in northern Mali which saw three separatist rebel groups retake control of much of the north, has put peace talks set for August, and the July roadmap to peace signed by rebel groups and the Malian government, on shaky ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100458/War-and-peace-in-northern-Mali
Briefing: Somaliland, oil and security
7 August 2014 (IRIN ), The proposed deployment of armed contingents to protect oil installations in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland risks further destabilizing a region rife with disputes over sovereignty, boundaries and oil concessions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100460/Briefing-Somaliland-oil-and-security
Cholera surges in Cameroon
6 August 2014 (IRIN ), Rains and insecurity caused by Nigerian Islamist militants are aggravating a cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon which has killed at least 75 people and infected some 1,400 others since April. Water scarcity, poor public health care and risky hygienic practices have rekindled the disease which badly hit the country between 2009 and 2011, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100447/Cholera-surges-in-Cameroon
Time to investigate abuses in Nigeria
6 August 2014 (IRIN ), Rights groups in Nigeria are calling for an independent investigation into evidence of abuses as video footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International appears to show members of the Nigerian military brutally beating and murdering suspected militants in the country's north.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100450/Time-to-investigate-abuses-in-Nigeria
Burundi flood victims need more help
6 August 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of people displaced by floods and a mudslide in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and surrounding areas in February 2014 need more help to reconstruct their homes and livelihoods, aid workers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100453/Burundi-flood-victims-need-more-help
Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), More donor support is needed to help close the US$1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100442/Donor-support-to-Sahel-anaemic
Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), In mid-June UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reassigned the special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, to special envoy for climate change. IRIN spoke to her about her time working on the Great Lakes region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100444/Interview-with-outgoing-Africa-Great-Lakes-Special-Envoy-Mary-Robinson
Ebola - softly, softly on bush meat
1 August 2014 (IRIN ), Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in West Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100428/Ebola-softly-softly-on-bush-meat
Poor sanitation, poverty behind Swazi diarrhoea outbreak
1 August 2014 (IRIN ), A nationwide outbreak of diarrhoea attributed to rotavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 40 young children in Swaziland during the past month and highlighted the need for better sanitation and clean water in schools and homes.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100430/Poor-sanitation-poverty-behind-Swazi-diarrhoea-outbreak
Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100421/Tobacco-curing-eats-up-Zimbabwe-s-forests

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