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A tentative ceasefire in CAR
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), While the ceasefire signed in Brazzaville on 23 July by the two principal armed factions in the Central African Republic (CAR), the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka, was widely greeted as a positive step forward, analysts are sceptical it can lead to lasting peace.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100416/A-tentative-ceasefire-in-CAR
Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died
28 July 2014 (IRIN ), More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100412/Gunned-down-in-Mombasa-the-clerics-that-have-died
Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State
25 July 2014 (IRIN ), Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100404/Ceasefire-but-no-demining-in-Myanmar-s-Kayah-State
Practicing peace in wartime
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100397/Practicing-peace-in-wartime
Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100401/Boko-Haram-steps-up-Cameroon-raids
NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100391/NGOs-against-MONUSCO-drones-for-humanitarian-work
Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100394/Analysis-Conflict-dynamics-on-Kenya-s-coast
Israel/Gaza – how does it end?
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100390/Israel-Gaza-how-does-it-end
Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100385/Briefing-Targeting-CAR-s-predators
Gaza: Nowhere to go
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), With over 85,000 Palestinians now displaced in Gaza, the UN shelters housing them are near capacity. Yet for the displaced fleeing violence between Israel and militant groups, there are few alternatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100382/Gaza-Nowhere-to-go
Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100363/Analysis-Why-Timor-Leste-s-stability-could-be-deceptive
Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100364/Tackling-Liberia-s-high-rape-rate
Gaza breathes briefly, then holds its breath
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), A five-hour ceasefire on 17 July provided the besieged residents of Gaza a brief reprieve. In the ensuing rush, banks and shops were overwhelmed as families prepared for the worst.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100362/Gaza-breathes-briefly-then-holds-its-breath
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100361/Burundi-s-troubled-peace-and-reconciliation-process
A deadly Ramadan in Somalia
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Militant group Al-Shabab has lived up to its promise to step up attacks in Somalia, mainly against government installations and personnel, during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on 29 June. Over 30 people have been killed in Mogadishu alone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100353/A-deadly-Ramadan-in-Somalia
Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100345/Grassroots-moves-to-quell-Myanmar-s-communal-violence
Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100348/Statelessness-invisibility-in-West-Africa
Fear and loathing in Israel, Palestine
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), With renewed hostilities between Israel and militants in Gaza and ongoing Palestinian protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem, relations between Palestinians and Jewish communities are becoming ever more fraught
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100327/Fear-and-loathing-in-Israel-Palestine
Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100329/Analysis-Adversity-in-northern-Mali
Sri Lanka’s rehabilitated ex-combatants struggle to adjust
4 July 2014 (IRIN ), Five years after the end of a 26-year civil war, most former combatants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka have been rehabilitated and re-entered civilian life, but whether war-disabled or not, many are finding genuine integration difficult, according to rehabilitees, government officials and humanitarian workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100303/Sri-Lanka-s-rehabilitated-ex-combatants-struggle-to-adjust

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