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An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Meet the Israelis picking Palestinian olives

JERUSALEM, 28 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Palestinian olive pickers again face violent threats and restrictions on their work, some Israelis are going out of their way to protect them. full report

Analysis: Donors threaten to withhold Gaza aid

JERUSALEM/DUBAI, 7 October 2014 (IRIN) - Days ahead of a key meeting in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza in the wake of last summer’s bombardment by Israel, the prospect of forking out more millions has left international donors with a frustrating sense of déjà vu: they were in the same position in 2009 and 2012. This time, there’s a real risk their funding will be meager in the absence of real commitments from both Israel and the main Palestinian factions. full report

Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The UN has announced a new deal to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. While many of the exact details remain unclear, IRIN summarises the major themes. full report

Back to school in Gaza amid fear, hope

GAZA, 13 September 2014 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian pupils in Gaza are heading back to school on 14 September keen to start a delayed new academic year, and all too aware of the impact of the recent conflict. full report

Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening

DUBAI, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards. full report

Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak

DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.” full report

Gaza diary: Life under Israeli assault

GAZA CITY, 7 August 2014 (IRIN) - A resident of Gaza shares his experience under Israeli bombardment: what it feels like in those 10 seconds between the launch of a missile and the explosion upon impact; and what it is like to watch the landmarks of a life's worth of memories reduced to rubble before your eyes. full report

Palestinians may struggle to pursue Israeli abuse claims

JERUSALEM, 6 August 2014 (IRIN) - The chances of Palestinians in Gaza being able to sue the Israeli state for alleged human rights abuses during the current conflict are slim, say experts, who stress that the best hope for redress in the longer term is the meticulous gathering of evidence. full report

Practicing peace in wartime

JERUSALEM, 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. full report

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