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JORDAN: Iraqi asylum-seekers fall victim to resettlement scams
6 December 2007 (IRIN ), Many Iraqi asylum-seekers in Jordan have fallen victim to resettlement scams in which they are approached by individuals claiming to guarantee their resettlement in a third country with the help of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), according to UN officials and Iraqi residents.
ISRAEL-OPT: Fewer resources for a worsening situation - UNRWA
6 December 2007 (IRIN ), The UN agency supplying basic services for Palestinian refugees is in a funding crisis, and is facing a difficult year as the political situation continues to hamper its work in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
ISRAEL-OPT: Only 41 percent of Gaza's food import needs being met
6 December 2007 (IRIN ), Food imports into the Gaza Strip are only enough to meet 41 percent of demand, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said, though critical UN humanitarian food supplies are being allowed in.
AFRICA: Building capacity to attract carbon markets
6 December 2007 (IRIN ), Industrialised countries can earn greenhouse gas emission reduction credits by investing in projects that lower emission levels in developing countries, but little of this money has found its way into Africa.
GLOBAL: Positive fatwas - using religious rulings in the AIDS struggle
6 December 2007 (IRIN ), To most Westerners, a fatwa, or Islamic ruling, evokes the imposition of a death sentence on author Salman Rushdie and the wearing of head-to-toe coverings, or burkas, on women.
ISRAEL-OPT: Gaza's medical sector feeling impact of Israeli sanctions, restrictions
5 December 2007 (IRIN ), Health officials in the Gaza Strip say they are concerned about hundreds of patients unable to travel to Israel or other countries for vital treatment, and that local hospitals lack essential medical equipment, drugs and fuel.
LEBANON: Human Rights Watch highlights plight of Iraqis
5 December 2007 (IRIN ), Many Iraqi asylum-seekers in Lebanon face the choice of jail or deportation to their homeland, where their lives could be at risk, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on 4 December.
AFRICA: Safety nets help to climate-proof the poor
5 December 2007 (IRIN ), A unique safety net programme being piloted in Ethiopia, which attempts to break away from the traditional humanitarian model, is being punted in the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report 2007/2008 as a "bold attempt" to tackle food security threats posed by an uncertain climate.
GLOBAL: No silver bullets? The online funding revolution and micro-finance sector
5 December 2007 (IRIN ), When Mohammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, which revolutionised credit for the poor, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, micro-finance became a household concept. Now, online lending sites such as Kiva and NamasteDirect, give everyone a chance to help fight global poverty and, in the words of one new investor, “teach people how to take a small investment, grow their business and eventually become self-sufficient”.
SOMALIA-YEMEN: Over 80 African migrants die as boat capsizes off coast
4 December 2007 (IRIN ), Scores of African migrants, mostly from Somalia, died on 29 November when their boat capsized off the Yemeni coast, the Somali consulate in Yemen’s southern province of Aden has said.

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