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IRIN’s Top Picks: Journalists, fragile states and remote management

LONDON, 19 February 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Two charts showing that 'deterring' migrant boats is failing

LONDON, 19 February 2015 (IRIN) - The European Union has cut its migrant rescue service on the basis it will 'deter' potential migrants and criminals. So far it is clearly not working. 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

No-man's land: the Iraqis trapped between IS and the Kurds

KIRKUK, 12 February 2015 (IRIN) - A growing number of displaced Iraqis are being refused entry into the safety of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. For some, they now face the prospect of being trapped in no-man's land. full report

Briefing: Syria’s "freeze zones" and prospects for peace

LONDON, 10 February 2015 (IRIN) - After two of his predecessors quit in frustration, the UN’s third envoy to Syria has been working for several months on a new approach to ending a war that is about to enter its fifth year. This complex and fluid conflict has cost more than 200,000 lives and prompted more than 10 million people to flee their homes. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Development dependency, Invisible Children and refugees

DUBAI, 5 February 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of this week's recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Fresh blockade at Palestinian camp in Syria

LONDON, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - A year ago the world's attention was grabbed by the flight of the 18,000 Palestinians in the Yarmouk camp in Syria. A campaign was fought to lift the Syrian government's siege. One year on, the blockade is back. full report

Has Syria really beaten polio?

GAZIANTEP/DUBAI, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has announced that Syria had seen no new cases of polio in the past year. But some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Gates Foundation, Afghanistan and the Holocaust

DUBAI, 29 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

The real winners of Greece's elections: refugees

ATHENS, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - The coming to power of a far-left party in Greece threatens to cause havoc for Europe's economy. But the landmark election could have a very positive effect for the thousands of refugees who arrive in the country every year. full report

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