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MIDDLE EAST: Jordan, Syria adopt differing approaches to cholera threat
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), As cholera awareness posters have been going up in Baghdad, countries bordering Iraq have also taken measures to prevent an outbreak of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been advising countries in the region to boost their defences against cholera, after reports that cholera had crossed the Iraqi border into Iran.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74714/MIDDLE-EAST-Jordan-Syria-adopt-differing-approaches-to-cholera-threat
AFRICA: WHO predicts worst meningitis epidemic for decade
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), The end of the rainy season in Africa could trigger the worst meningitis epidemic to hit the continent in a decade, which the international community is poorly prepared to handle, the World Health Organization warned on 9 October.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74722/AFRICA-WHO-predicts-worst-meningitis-epidemic-for-decade
ISRAEL-JORDAN: Pollution in Jordanian port exacerbated by Israeli sewage leak
8 October 2007 (IRIN ), Environmentalists and residents from the port city of Aqaba, 300km south of Amman, say they fear a recent sewage leak in the nearby city of Eilat in Israel, which spilled into the Red Sea, could kill marine life in the Gulf of Aqaba and threaten public health.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74688/ISRAEL-JORDAN-Pollution-in-Jordanian-port-exacerbated-by-Israeli-sewage-leak
IRAQ-SYRIA: Fire ravages border camp for Palestinian-Iraqi refugees
8 October 2007 (IRIN ), A raging fire swept through the Al-Tanf refugee camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border on 6 October injuring 25 Palestinian-Iraqi refugees and burning down 53 tents in the isolated camp, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on 7 October.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74694/IRAQ-SYRIA-Fire-ravages-border-camp-for-Palestinian-Iraqi-refugees
JORDAN: US$600 million project to end water shortage
7 October 2007 (IRIN ), Jordan has launched a US$600 million project to pump water from its Disi aquifer in the south, signaling an end in sight to the kingdom's chronic water shortage, experts and government officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74679/JORDAN-US-600-million-project-to-end-water-shortage
IRAQ-IRAN: Fear among refugees as cholera crosses border
7 October 2007 (IRIN ), Despite the efforts of the Iraqi government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to contain a recent cholera outbreak, the disease has already spread to half of the country and has also crossed the border into Iran, according to WHO and Iranian authorities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74682/IRAQ-IRAN-Fear-among-refugees-as-cholera-crosses-border
IRAQ: Shortage of cancer treatments puts thousands at risk
4 October 2007 (IRIN ), Hospitals specialising in cancer treatment have urged the Iraq authorities to replenish supplies because they say a shortage of essential medicines is putting the lives of thousands of patients at risk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74632/IRAQ-Shortage-of-cancer-treatments-puts-thousands-at-risk
IRAQ: Rayhan Nasir, Iraq: “We never saw my father again”
4 October 2007 (IRIN ), The last time we saw my father was on 23 August 2005. We never saw him again. Since that date we have been searching for him but cannot get any information. Police officers tell us that probably he has been killed...
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/74634/IRAQ-Rayhan-Nasir-Iraq-We-never-saw-my-father-again
IRAQ-JORDAN: First death registered among refugees at border
4 October 2007 (IRIN ), A woman from a group of 193 Iranian-Kurd refugees who have been stranded at the border of Jordan and Iraq for the past two and a half years became the first fatality there after she died on 2 October as a result of a disease complication, according to refugees at the camp and international and local relief organisations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74637/IRAQ-JORDAN-First-death-registered-among-refugees-at-border
OPT: Few legal options for abused Palestinian women, say activists
3 October 2007 (IRIN ), Palestinian female victims of domestic violence have little chance of escaping their situation or bringing the perpetrators to justice as they face a legal system stacked in favour of the accused and a prevailing attitude that places blame on the victim, women's rights experts said.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/74610/OPT-Few-legal-options-for-abused-Palestinian-women-say-activists

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