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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

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. 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

Syrian aid groups seek greater role

DUBAI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust. full report

Stranded Syrians at "serious risk" of losing refugee status in Lebanon

SAIDA, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Lebanon are at risk of losing their refugee status due to new visa rules, the United Nations has warned. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid worker anxiety, conflict pollution and DRR

LONDON , 13 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

Syria four years on - an unimaginable toll

BEIRUT, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - As Syria's conflict heads towards its fifth year, the extent of human suffering is almost unimaginable. full report

The technology behind Syria's lights out campaign

NEW YORK, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - Widely published satellite images of Syria’s steady loss of night-time light during its four-year civil war cost only $300 to produce. Can they help humanitarians assess crises better? full report

As Islamic State retreats, aid workers uncover human toll

BAGHDAD/LONDON, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - As the Islamic State loses ground to pro-government forces in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, aid agencies that have been unable to access the region for months are expecting to find thousands in need. full report

UN has failed Syria: NGOs

BEIRUT, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council has “failed” the Syrian people, some of the world’s largest NGOs have said. A “report card” by more than 20 aid organisations working in and around Syria – including Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision – gives the UN Security Council (UNSC) and wider world a fail grade in its attempts to stop the killing and to get aid to those most in need. full report

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