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IRAQ-JORDAN: Government introduces entry visas for Iraqis
13 December 2007 (IRIN ), In a bid to control the flow of migrants from Iraq, Jordan is now demanding that Iraqis wishing to enter the kingdom first secure entry visas, the official Jordanian news agency Petra said on 11 December.
IRAQ: Parliament finds spare cash for IDPs
12 December 2007 (IRIN ), The Iraqi parliament decided on 6 December to allocate 500 million Iraqi dinars (about US$410,000) to help displaced families nationwide. The money is unused attendance allowances for members of parliament (MPs), explained Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani.
IRAQ: Call for release of female detainees
11 December 2007 (IRIN ), Iraq’s parliamentary committee for women’s and children’s affairs has demanded the immediate release of female detainees in Iraqi and US-run prisons.
YEMEN: Some 30 percent of children aged 2-5 severely stunted - report
11 December 2007 (IRIN ), An international report has said child malnutrition remains a concern in Yemen as nearly one-third of children aged 2-5 are severely stunted.
GLOBAL: Poor countries fail in demand for control of new fund
11 December 2007 (IRIN ), The fund to help developing countries adapt to global warming has been approved at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali and will become operational in early 2008, a senior UN official announced on 11 December.
GLOBAL: More extreme weather in poorer countries
11 December 2007 (IRIN ), Developing countries top a 2008 Climate Risk Index released in the Indonesian island of Bali, where the United Nations climate change conference is taking place.
YEMEN: WFP to extend food aid programme in Saada region
10 December 2007 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen has said it will extend its food aid for displaced and insurgency-affected people in Saada Province in northern Yemen until March 2008. The improved security situation will allow food aid to reach many more people in region.
GLOBAL: Climate change - heating up conflict
10 December 2007 (IRIN ), Increasing pressure caused by climate change on essential resources like water could not only trigger domestic conflicts but also have a destabilising effect globally, warn UN officials.
LEBANON: Funds dry up for hospital in impoverished camp
9 December 2007 (IRIN ), A desperately needed hospital in Lebanon’s largest and most violent Palestinian refugee camp has been unable to open on time because funds to buy beds and other basic medical equipment have dried up.
IRAQ: Returning to destroyed, looted or occupied homes
9 December 2007 (IRIN ), In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees living in Syria have been coming back to Baghdad after a sharp decline in violence in the Iraqi capital. Many of the returnees have been shocked to find their homes destroyed, looted or occupied.

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