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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.
Insecurity still engulfs northern Mali, hampering humanitarian effort
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), While security in some northern Mali towns has improved, continued sporadic attacks by militant groups in Timbuktu and Gao, as well as fighting between separatist Tuareg groups and Malian forces in Kidal, are still hampering some aid operations and keeping refugees from returning home.
When fear of being criminalized locks out healthcare
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), Drug users will avoid a needle exchange programme if they spot a police car cruising nearby, and sex workers will readily toss their condoms in the trash if they risk getting arrested for soliciting. Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society – from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users – are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment.
Bats dangle anti-malaria clues
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), Researchers are broadening studies on recent findings that a vast range of parasites, including plasmodium, are carried by bats inhabiting West African forests, with the mammals’ pathogenic tolerance seen as opening new potential for a malaria vaccine.

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