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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”.
Development work and the private sector - open for business?
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), The relationship between businesses and non-profits has traditionally been an adversarial one, with no shortage of mistrust between the two, who pursue seemingly contradictory goals: profits on the one hand and solving the world’s problems on the other. But many players in the health sector now see a shift in the way businesses, non-profits and governments are working together.
The politics of preventing genocide
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), A new book, Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action, edited by Adam Lupel and Ernesto Verdeja, argues that a lack of political will and an overly stringent definition of genocide are major challenges to preventing, intervening and stopping mass atrocities and genocide.
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.
Stock-outs rock world's biggest HIV treatment programme
29 November 2013 (IRIN ), The world's largest antiretroviral (ARV) programme is in crisis. One in five health facilities in South Africa reported a stock-out of antiretroviral (ARV) or tuberculosis (TB) medication in the past three months, putting the lives of many patients in jeopardy, according to activists.
How safe is going home to Somalia?
28 November 2013 (IRIN ), Not so long ago, Somali asylum seekers were arriving in South Africa at a rate of about 1,500 a month. Even a year ago, about 100 a week were still trickling in, according to the Somali Association of South Africa. These days, many more are departing than arriving, and most of them are leaving on flights bound for Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
Voter priorities following Mauritania elections
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), As votes come in following Mauritania's 23 November general and local elections, the party of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Union for the Republic, looks likely to emerge the winner, with Islamist party Twassoul in second place. Voter participation estimates range from 46 percent, according to Twassoul, to 60 percent, with many voters describing the elections as being only about candidates' connections rather than policy or real change.
Religious violence and the seeds of hate in CAR
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), Shocked by an escalation of killings, rapes and other abuses committed by Muslims against Christians, and vice versa, in the Central African Republic (CAR), leading clerics from both faiths recently travelled together to preach peace and listen to tales of horror.
Spike in AIDS-related adolescent deaths raises alarm
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), The life of a teenager is difficult enough without the added burden of living with HIV, keeping it hidden from friends and sticking to antiretroviral treatment. But new data has revealed that while AIDS-related deaths globally have fallen in the general population over the last seven years, deaths among adolescents rose by 50 percent in the same period and UN agencies are raising the alarm.
Is Africa ready for GM?
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), Even as food insecurity continues to afflict impoverished and disaster-affected populations around the continent, African policymakers and consumers remain deeply divided over the potential harms and benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods, which advocates say could greatly improve yields and nutrition.

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