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Outrage over UAE's new terror list

DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 13 November 2014 (IRIN) - IRIN's reading list highlights some of the recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles in the humanitarian field, as well as key upcoming conferences and policy debates. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Briefing: Holding ISIS to account

DUBAI, 16 October 2014 (IRIN) - The international outcry to the openly advertised atrocities committed in Iraq by the Islamic State has led to calls for justice. But what mechanisms exist to turn investigations into court cases and formally hold them to account? full report

Gulf countries: growing aid powers

DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness. full report

Darwesh, refugee from Iraq: “I am thankful we are alive”

Al-MALIKIYAH (SYRIA), 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Darwesh, 65, and his extended family were among thousands who fled the predominantly Yazidi town of Tel Azer in northern Iraq a few weeks ago when Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces attacked. They have now made it over the border into a camp in Syria. full report

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

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