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Lebanon’s fractured city of Tripoli starts to rebuild after tentative peace

TRIPOLI, 28 May 2014 (IRIN) - Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli has long been divided along sectarian lines, with tensions increasing as a result of the Syrian conflict next-door. A new government security plan has brought a tentative peace to the area. Civil society is now trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild this fractured town - physically, psychologically and economically. full report

Lebanon’s drought needs long-term solutions

BEIRUT, 23 May 2014 (IRIN) - Michel Achkar-Daoud is getting used to dry conditions on his farm near the eastern Lebanese town of Zahle, but says changing weather patterns mean it is probably time to get out of farming altogether. full report

Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus

DUBAI, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu-like bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA. full report

Rough guide to Islamic rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started. full report

Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. full report

Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers. full report

Islamic law and the rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics. full report

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

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