Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?

TRIPOLI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying. full report

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The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State

BAGHDAD, 2 March 2015 (IRIN) - As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants. full report

Emergency aid projects in Iraq face closure due to funding shortfall

LONDON, 18 February 2015 (IRIN) - Close to two thirds of emergency aid operations in Iraq could be shut down or cut back if new cash does not come through in the next few weeks. The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for more funding and set out how it plans to prioritise its spending to cover the shortfall. full report

Yemen's power shift a setback for child soldier plan

SANAA, 18 February 2015 (IRIN) - The coming to power of Houthi rebels in Yemen could derail moves to end the use of child soldiers there, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has said. full report

Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza

JERUSALEM, 16 February 2015 (IRIN) - Five months on from a conference that pledged over $5.4 billion to support the Palestinians and rebuild Gaza, just a fraction of the money has appeared. IRIN goes in search of the missing millions. 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

Embassy closures put Yemen aid at risk

SANAA/LONDON, 12 February 2015 (IRIN) - The political chaos that has seen the US, UK and other embassies withdraw their staff in Yemen could also lead to the suspension of aid that is the lifeblood of the country's economy. 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

A map of female genital mutilation rates globally

LONDON, 6 February 2015 (IRIN) - Female Genital Mutilation is a surgical procedure performed on the genitals of girls and women in many parts of the world. To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, IRIN has mapped out rates of FGM across Africa and the Middle East. full report

Briefing: How the world's top donor spends its aid

DUBAI, 4 February 2015 (IRIN) - The United Arab Emirates spent the highest percentage of its Gross National Product on aid in 2013 of any country globally. How and where did it spend that money? 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