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IRAQ-SYRIA: UNHCR urges “humanitarian component” in new Syrian visa regime
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed hope that the Syrian government's decision to implement a visa regime to limit the number of Iraqi refugees pouring into the country at up to 2,000 per day, will not harm the plight of Iraqis fleeing danger.
IRAQ-SYRIA: Confusion over Syrian visa requirements for Iraqi refugees
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqi refugees in Syria have been thrown into a state of fear and uncertainty following the Iraqi government's announcement that Syria will be introducing new visa restrictions on Iraqis entering the country.
IRAQ: Blood sellers find market niche in Baghdad
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), As the Iraqi National Centre for Blood Donation (INCBD) urges Iraqis to donate more blood to help meet increasing demand, individuals wishing to sell their blood congregate at hospitals in the hope of being able to make some money. Those offering rare blood types are best able to cash in.
LEBANON: Southern Lebanese await compensation to repair damaged homes
2 September 2007 (IRIN ), Four walls and a roof bristling with concrete pillars are all that remain of Faten Muslimani’s house on the hill. Israeli bombs flattened her old home, in the village of Ghandourieh, southern Lebanon, in last summer’s war with Hezbollah’s armed wing. Government compensation arrived with the spring, but covered only the foundations and shell. For now, work has stopped.
OPT: Humanitarian aid to the Palestinians - walking the tightrope
2 September 2007 (IRIN ), Recent concerns that Hamas might profit from revenues of the Gaza power company prompted the European Union (EU) to cut funding to the plant. Parts of Gaza were plunged into the dark for several days until the EU agreed to resume its fuel payments. Heavily reliant on foreign aid for basic services, the Gazan economy continues to plumb new depths.
GLOBAL: Interview with Mike Davis, author of hard-hitting Planet of Slums (2006)
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Mike Davis, author of hard-hitting Planet of Slums (2006) gave an interview to IRIN in late June 2007 and discusses the importance of address the issue of urban poor and the inequalities that come with rapid urbanisation.
ISRAEL-OPT: Israelis, Palestinians see eye to eye on fly tipping in West Bank
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), The issue of illegally dumped rubbish in the West Bank, which is threatening the environment and people's health, is bringing together Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents, environmentalists say.
GLOBAL: Interview with Helene Gayle, CARE International president and CEO
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Excerpt of interview with Helene Gayle, CARE International president and CEO of CARE international, an international NGO that have for some years given specific focus and emphasis to urban risk and have various programmes in different countries working with the urban poor.
GLOBAL: Interview with David Satterthwaite, former head and current chief researcher for IIED
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Excepts of IRIN interview with David Satterthwaite, former head and current chief researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development.
GLOBAL: Rasna Warah, editor of UN-HABITAT's State of the World's Cities Report 2006/7
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Nairobi-based Rasna Warah writer, analyst and editor of numerous reports on urban risk as well as UN Habitat’s, “State of the World’s Cities 2006/7”, spoke with IRIN of some her concerns of the state of debate and engagement of the international community with the issues raised by urbanisation.

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