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IRAQ: Lawyers accuse government of concealing information about detainees
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), Lawyers representing families of Iraqi detainees have accused the government of concealing information about detainees, including their whereabouts.
IRAQ-SYRIA: Iraqis stream into Syria ahead of visa clampdown
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqis are once again crossing into Syria in large numbers, taking advantage of the Syrian government’s relaxation, for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, of newly-introduced visa regulations that prevent asylum seekers from Iraq entering the country.
OPT: UN moves to counter deteriorating Gaza education levels
17 September 2007 (IRIN ), In an attempt to curb deteriorating standards of education in the Gaza Strip over the past year UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, has announced a plan to reverse the high failure rates of students.
IRAQ: New cholera cases in north, says Health Ministry
17 September 2007 (IRIN ), The number of suspected cholera cases in northern Iraq continues to rise, but the outbreak has so far been limited to three provinces, a Health Ministry official said on 15 September.
IRAQ: Youssef Ahmed, Iraq, “Now I understand how hard life is for people living with HIV”
17 September 2007 (IRIN ), My father started to beat me, telling me I was a homosexual and that I got a ‘dirty disease’ from a man. My sister, who is a pharmacist, started shouting at me and warned my father to stop beating me because, she said, he too would be infected.
IRAQ: Ethnic violence forces more Arabs to flee Kirkuk
16 September 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqi Arab residents of the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, some 250km from Baghdad, say scores of Arab families are fleeing the city as ethnic violence increases there.
IRAQ: Diyala the worst province for basic services
16 September 2007 (IRIN ), Diyala province, on Iraq’s eastern border with Iran, is the scene of some of the worst violence in Iraq today, making the province’s shortages of basic services worse than anywhere else in the country, according to the local council and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
ISRAEL-OPT: Rocket attacks from Gaza hampering aid deliveries, Israel says
13 September 2007 (IRIN ), Palestinian militant groups' rocket fire and mortar attacks on crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel are forcing the temporary closure of crossing points and thus restricting the delivery of aid and basic supplies, according to the Israeli government.
IRAQ: Baghdad residents call for protection of homes from militant raids
13 September 2007 (IRIN ), Some families in Baghdad have asked the Iraqi government to do more to protect their homes as raids by militants in local neighbourhoods become more common, and defensive neighbourhood checkpoints are themselves targeted.
JORDAN: Project launched to fight violence against women
12 September 2007 (IRIN ), Jordanian officials have joined hands with the private sector to fight violence against women by launching a five-year project that will attempt to rectify misconceptions about this phenomenon and provide badly needed aid to victims, say women rights activists.

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