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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

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

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

Analysis: EU aid to Palestinians - help or hindrance?

JERUSALEM, 19 February 2014 (IRIN) - While EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) may be averting a major humanitarian crisis, some say it is playing into Israeli hands by supporting the political status quo and freeing Israel of its international obligations. Others say the aid would be better directed elsewhere. full report

A housing crisis yet demolitions in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - The threatened demolition of apartment blocks in East Jerusalem is adding new pressure to the city’s housing crisis, with hundreds facing the prospect of losing their homes and Palestinian residents saying they face discrimination in city planning. 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

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

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