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Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99590/Helping-Africa-s-urban-poor-gain-from-modernization
Island nation takes on the world’s polluters
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), A Russian film crew arrived in Palau at the end of 2013 to shoot the reality show ‘Octpob’ on one of the archipelago’s more than 500 islands. The show leaves contestants in isolated locales with limited water and food to test their survival skills. In 2004, the US version of the show, Survivor, was also shot in Palau.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99578/Island-nation-takes-on-the-world-s-polluters
Minorities targeted in Bangladesh political violence
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), Following attacks on religious minorities, mostly Hindus, activists in Bangladesh are calling for increased protection to forestall further violence in the majority Muslim country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99565/Minorities-targeted-in-Bangladesh-political-violence
Politics undermining Côte d’Ivoire trials, activists say
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), With just a single trial concluded out of the 86 cases arising from Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 post-poll violence, concerns are emerging that justice is being undermined by political compromises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99549/Politics-undermining-Côte-d-Ivoire-trials-activists-say
Getting away with sexual abuse in Jordan
27 January 2014 (IRIN ), Shop cleaner Nawal* from East Amman regrets the day she accepted an offer of extra work from her employer, who said he wanted her to clean his wife’s home. It was a trap; he took her home and raped her.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99544/Getting-away-with-sexual-abuse-in-Jordan
Abuses lead to calls for accountability in South Sudan
21 January 2014 (IRIN ), The UN warned this month that acts committed by both sides in the South Sudan crisis could amount to crimes against humanity, and urged parties engaged in peace talks to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability for the violence.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99512/Abuses-lead-to-calls-for-accountability-in-South-Sudan
Deported from Saudi Arabia, Ethiopian migrants find dilemma at home
9 January 2014 (IRIN ), They went in a bid to escape poverty, but few really succeeded, even if they did find work. Many were abused by their employers. Now, 144,000 Ethiopians have returned home, deported from Saudi Arabia, which began a crackdown on undocumented foreign workers in November 2012.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99444/Deported-from-Saudi-Arabia-Ethiopian-migrants-find-dilemma-at-home
West Africa: West African livelihoods weakened by graft
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99422/West-Africa-West-African-livelihoods-weakened-by-graft
Israel sends migrants to new "open" detention centres
25 December 2013 (IRIN ), Hundreds of African migrants and human rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December to protest the Israeli government’s policy of detaining irregular migrants, the majority of them asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99388/Israel-sends-migrants-to-new-open-detention-centres
New law a setback for Uganda’s HIV response
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), A draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Uganda’s parliament will deliver a major blow to the response to HIV/AIDS if it is enacted by President Yoweri Museveni, activists have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99380/New-law-a-setback-for-Uganda-s-HIV-response

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