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Civilians caught up in Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations
10 December 2013 (IRIN ), As Egyptian security forces wage their campaign against militants in the restive North Sinai governorate, some residents say they have paid a heavy price: civilian deaths; destruction of homes, property and livelihoods; displacement; and little hope for compensation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99299/Civilians-caught-up-in-Egypt-s-counter-terrorism-operations
Sinai: Destined to suffer?
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Long a neglected region of Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula has been home to an intense military campaign for months, as security forces try to root out increased militancy in the area. This IRIN series takes you to seldom visited villages of North Sinai to speak to civilians who have been caught in the middle.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99295/Sinai-Destined-to-suffer
Analysis: Pakistan's judges and military clash over rule of law
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan's Supreme Court nearly every day last week. Shah's four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan's civilian government over its military.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99293/Analysis-Pakistan-s-judges-and-military-clash-over-rule-of-law
Nelson Mandela's activism remembered at AIDS and STIs conference
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), AIDS conference opening ceremonies are usually a buzzing cacophony of noise, protest and activity. But the 17th International Conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Africa, held in Cape Town, South Africa, has kicked off on a more sombre note. The death of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and noted AIDS activist, had speakers at the opening ceremony reflecting on his contribution to the global AIDS response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99288/Nelson-Mandela-s-activism-remembered-at-AIDS-and-STIs-conference
Outrage, scepticism at Uganda U-turn on LGBTI clinics
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Eighteen months after slamming activists who opened a clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Kampala, Uganda’s health ministry has decided it was a good idea after all and has begun setting up similar facilities, prompting outrage from the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity and scepticism from some in civil society.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99289/Outrage-scepticism-at-Uganda-U-turn-on-LGBTI-clinics
Myanmar’s Kachin IDPs seek land justice
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), Even if a nationwide ceasefire is signed between the Burmese government and armed opposition groups, people displaced by fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State may face land tenure problems when they return to their homes, say rights groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99271/Myanmar-s-Kachin-IDPs-seek-land-justice
The hidden crisis in urban slums
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), In Mathare, a sprawling slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, children in tattered clothes play with raw waste flowing from a burst sewage pipe. In the alley, crowded with tin-and-wood shanties, a food kiosk filled with people feasting on smoked fish stands on the burst pipe. Close by, a woman fries chopped potatoes on an open fire.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99263/The-hidden-crisis-in-urban-slums
Help the people, save the trees
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99248/Help-the-people-save-the-trees
Mass returns from Saudi risk instability in Yemen
2 December 2013 (IRIN ), Around 200,000 Yemeni expatriate workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since June, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), amid a sharp escalation in deportations as Saudi authorities crack down on those breaking labour laws - developments that risk increasing poverty and destabilizing the transition in Yemen, say analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99243/Mass-returns-from-Saudi-risk-instability-in-Yemen
Chin State’s food insecurity has many causes
2 December 2013 (IRIN ), Bamboo has a dark history in Chin State, on the borders of India and Bangladesh in Myanmar’s northwest. Roughly every 50 years the bamboo forests flower and produce masses of fruit. The abundant food supply draws in rats to eat the fruit, but they stay to cause widespread crop damage and even consume stored food.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99245/Chin-State-s-food-insecurity-has-many-causes

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