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Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die this year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Bad jokes, innovation and apathy

DUBAI , 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?

NAIROBI, 10 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean? full report

Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?

TRIPOLI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

What next for Libya?

TRIPOLI, 29 January 2015 (IRIN) - As UN-led talks continue between Libya's various political factions in Geneva, a bomb attack in Tripoli by the group calling itself the Islamic State serves as an important reminder of how close the country is to slipping into chaos. full report

Inside Libya's ghost town

BIN JAWAD, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - As talks to end the Libyan civil war continue in Geneva, IRIN visits the frontline of the fight between the country's two governments. full report

ICC and Palestine - a long way to go

JERUSALEM, 19 January 2015 (IRIN) - The ICC has opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes during last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off. full report

Libya's sidelined IDPs

TRIPOLI, 10 December 2014 (IRIN) - Displaced families from Libya's Tawergha minority say they have been sidelined by their government and forgotten by the international aid community. More than 35,000 Tawergha who were displaced by the 2011 uprising are still living in temporary camps and shelters with only limited support. full report

Middle East/North Africa HIV Rise

DUBAI, 1 December 2014 (IRIN) - Rates of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are rising faster in the Middle East and North Africa than anywhere else globally but treatment and patient support remains limited. full report

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