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NEW YORK, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Everyone defecates, but ‘how’ and ‘where’ are questions that highlight class, gender and cultural differences between us. full report

Turkey’s refugee smugglers adapt and prosper

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Turkish and German leaders may be ramping up the rhetoric and hardening their resolve to crack down on the people smugglers pushing a steady stream of Syrians and others out into the Aegean, but the illicit trade is still booming and the criminal networks are finding new ways to avoid detection. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Protecting civilians, rebuilding Gaza, and a vanishing island

GENEVA, 5 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, 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

Zika: Are mosquitoes the cure as well as the curse?

OXFORD, 5 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As the Zika virus continues its relentless spread through Latin America and beyond, causing anguish for would-be parents and leaving a trail of children with severe and lifelong developmental problems, the search to find a way of stopping the pandemic in its tracks could not be more urgent. But an effective vaccine will likely take years to develop and current methods for eliminating the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus are only partially effective. full report

Turkey's hidden humanitarian crisis

DIYARBAKIR, 3 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Kurdish human rights organisations say fighting across southeastern Turkey has displaced 200,000 people in the last two months alone. Turkish authorities put the number at 93,000. Either way, it’s a mass displacement. There are no camps, little aid, and almost no international awareness of what’s actually going on. full report

The axis of generosity

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As a major funding conference opens in London, IRIN has run the numbers. Which countries can claim to be doing the most for the Syria crisis? We compare 29 aid donors (to Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan) and refugee-hosting countries. full report

Where in the world is Zika?

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - The World Health Organization has declared that the strong links between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly should be treated as a global public health emergency. IRIN maps the range of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Zika virus it spreads. full report

Somalia offers Yemenis a safer home

GARDO, 2 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Somalia is the new home for 30,560 people who have fled the fighting in Yemen and are trying to adjust to life in a country that – while no longer written off as a “failed state” – certainly has its challenges. full report

Stop scapegoating Greece

MYTILINE, 2 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As the Greek islands continue to receive around 2,000 migrants and refugees every day, despite treacherous winter sea conditions, many other European countries are trying to prevent their onward movement. Greece is increasingly isolated and under pressure. full report

Zika virus takes hold in Colombia

Bogotá, 1 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Since being infected with the Zika virus a month ago, Wendy Johana Castillo has been experiencing pain all over her body, a recurring fever and a skin rash. But the 23-year-old Colombian is more concerned about her unborn baby. full report

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