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The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State
2 March 2015 (IRIN ), As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants.
Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?
27 February 2015 (IRIN ), Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying.
Yemen's power shift a setback for child soldier plan
18 February 2015 (IRIN ), The coming to power of Houthi rebels in Yemen could derail moves to end the use of child soldiers there, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has said.
Emergency aid projects in Iraq face closure due to funding shortfall
18 February 2015 (IRIN ), Close to two thirds of emergency aid operations in Iraq could be shut down or cut back if new cash does not come through in the next few weeks. The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for more funding and set out how it plans to prioritise its spending to cover the shortfall.
Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza
16 February 2015 (IRIN ), Five months on from a conference that pledged over $5.4 billion to support the Palestinians and rebuild Gaza, just a fraction of the money has appeared. IRIN goes in search of the missing millions.
Embassy closures put Yemen aid at risk
12 February 2015 (IRIN ), The political chaos that has seen the US, UK and other embassies withdraw their staff in Yemen could also lead to the suspension of aid that is the lifeblood of the country's economy.
No-man's land: the Iraqis trapped between IS and the Kurds
12 February 2015 (IRIN ), A growing number of displaced Iraqis are being refused entry into the safety of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. For some, they now face the prospect of being trapped in no-man's land.
Briefing: Syria’s "freeze zones" and prospects for peace
10 February 2015 (IRIN ), After two of his predecessors quit in frustration, the UN’s third envoy to Syria has been working for several months on a new approach to ending a war that is about to enter its fifth year. This complex and fluid conflict has cost more than 200,000 lives and prompted more than 10 million people to flee their homes.
A map of female genital mutilation rates globally
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), Female Genital Mutilation is a surgical procedure performed on the genitals of girls and women in many parts of the world. To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, IRIN has mapped out rates of FGM across Africa and the Middle East.
Briefing: How the world's top donor spends its aid
4 February 2015 (IRIN ), The United Arab Emirates spent the highest percentage of its Gross National Product on aid in 2013 of any country globally. How and where did it spend that money?
Has Syria really beaten polio?
2 February 2015 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization has announced that Syria had seen no new cases of polio in the past year. But some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion.
Fresh blockade at Palestinian camp in Syria
2 February 2015 (IRIN ), A year ago the world's attention was grabbed by the flight of the 18,000 Palestinians in the Yarmouk camp in Syria. A campaign was fought to lift the Syrian government's siege. One year on, the blockade is back.
What next for Libya?
29 January 2015 (IRIN ), As UN-led talks continue between Libya's various political factions in Geneva, a bomb attack in Tripoli by the group calling itself the Islamic State serves as an important reminder of how close the country is to slipping into chaos.
Inside Libya's ghost town
27 January 2015 (IRIN ), As talks to end the Libyan civil war continue in Geneva, IRIN visits the frontline of the fight between the country's two governments.
The real winners of Greece's elections: refugees
26 January 2015 (IRIN ), The coming to power of a far-left party in Greece threatens to cause havoc for Europe's economy. But the landmark election could have a very positive effect for the thousands of refugees who arrive in the country every year.
Yemenis living "hour to hour" amid power struggle
20 January 2015 (IRIN ), Yemen's Houthi rebels have seized control of the presidential palace, launching the Arab world's poorest country into yet more uncertainty.
ICC and Palestine - a long way to go
19 January 2015 (IRIN ), The ICC has opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes during last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off.
Syria envoy plays the ISIS card, but will it work?
16 January 2015 (IRIN ), The UN's special envoy to Syria is trying to use the fear of ISIS to push for peace. It is likely to be a hard sell.
Turkey introduces tough new border policies for Syrians
14 January 2015 (IRIN ), Turkey has quietly increased travel restrictions for Syrian refugees that could very negatively affect aid agencies working in the country.
Spain's Moroccan enclave: The story behind the picture
9 January 2015 (IRIN ), Late last year an image of two golfers playing on lush fairways a few hundred yards in front of a dozen migrants climbing a fence went viral, with many saying it captured the state of the modern world. The location was the Spanish enclave of Melilla, part of Morocco. IRIN visited to look deeper at how Spain is trying to cut itself off.

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