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Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak

DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.” full report

Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced

NAJAF/ERBIL/DUBAI, 22 August 2014 (IRIN) - In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support. 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

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

Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home. full report

Access to education an added challenge for refugees in Egypt

CAIRO, 8 April 2014 (IRIN) - As the number of Syrians in Egypt rises, refugees say it has become increasingly difficult to find places for their children in already overstretched government schools. In addition, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Egypt complain of unaffordable school costs in private and public schools, bureaucratic enrolment procedures, and a growing atmosphere of suspicion, xenophobia and discrimination in the classroom. 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

Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years

DUBAI, 24 March 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in the country in 14 years. full report

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