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Turkey’s ambitions as a rising donor

ANKARA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - From humble beginnings, Turkey is maturing into a major player in international humanitarian aid, becoming the world’s fourth largest government donor of humanitarian aid in 2012. And as it has grown, Turkey’s aid has taken its own form - largely bilateral and on the frontlines - arousing both critics and admirers. full report

Fear stalks Beirut’s Shia suburbs

BEIRUT, 26 March 2014 (IRIN) - A wave of bomb attacks in the last nine months in Beirut’s southern suburbs, where the Shia Hezbollah movement have a strong following, have left residents fearful of a fresh round of conflict and insecurity. full report

UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger

DUBAI, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp. full report

Aid workers adjust to increasing violence in Lebanon

BEIRUT, 3 March 2014 (IRIN) - A few weeks ago, the head of security for a charity in Lebanon got the kind of call you never want to get. “One of our staff has been kidnapped,” the voice on the other end said. “She was at a checkpoint an hour ago and no one has heard from her since.” full report

Child labour climbs among Iraqi refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - A new report by the NGO Caritas, which has been providing support for Iraqi refugees in the country for over a decade, says a growing number of children are being forced into labour. full report

Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector

LONDON, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty. full report

Lebanon wary as Hague trial begins

BEIRUT, 15 January 2014 (IRIN) - These are worrying times for Lebanon; in late December a bomb exploded in the capital, Beirut, killing a former finance minister as well as at least four others. Days later, on 2 January, a car bomb in a southern suburb of the city killed five. full report

Property rights scarce for Palestinians in Lebanon

Qasmiyeh, 24 December 2013 (IRIN) - The Ghadbaans are facing the prospect of their homes being destroyed. Like many of Lebanon’s estimated 280,000 Palestinian residents, the family came to the country in 1948 after being evicted from their homes. Now, 65 years later, they are presented with the prospect of a second eviction. full report

Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

Syrian aid in the tech age

AMMAN, 14 November 2013 (IRIN) - Innovative use of technologies like satellite imagery, QR codes, tablets and biometric identification is helping aid workers deliver a better, more dignified response to Syrians in need. full report

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