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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
Donors giving more but needs are greater than ever
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the UK-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100339/Donors-giving-more-but-needs-are-greater-than-ever
Hundreds of foreigners holed up in South Sudan camps
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Among the 100,000 civilians holed up in UN bases in South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between supporters and opponents of President Salva Kiir are several hundred citizens from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100343/Hundreds-of-foreigners-holed-up-in-South-Sudan-camps
Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100326/Breaking-the-poverty-trap-the-power-of-cash-grants
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
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Calls for media freedom to be included in post-2015 development goals
4 July 2014 (IRIN ), In the debate over the inclusion of media freedom and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda, it is perhaps fitting that it all comes down to language.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100301/Calls-for-media-freedom-to-be-included-in-post-2015-development-goals
Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa
3 July 2014 (IRIN ), Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100298/Analysis-Understanding-organized-crime-in-Africa
Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers
3 July 2014 (IRIN ), Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100300/Analysis-Targeted-assistance-needed-for-DRC-s-former-child-soldiers
Increasing drug use strains Yemen’s services
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), An influx of cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, coupled with rising unemployment and an increasingly disillusioned society, is driving substance abuse in Yemen, placing a growing strain on already stretched health and policing services.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100272/Increasing-drug-use-strains-Yemen-s-services

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