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Ebola: Liberia's long road to recovery

BO-WATERSIDE, LIBERIA, 4 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Liberia has lifted nationwide curfews and reopened its land borders with key trading partners Sierra Leone and Guinea, but a full recovery from the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak will take time. Many people have lost their jobs and more than 80 percent of rural families and three-quarters of urban households now report being food insecure. full report

Pakistani polio campaign under threat

PESHAWAR, 4 March 2015 (IRIN Asia) - As Pakistan arrests 470 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children from polio, aid workers are describing increasing hostility to the jab. full report

A marriage of convenience: the UK military and NGOs

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - It's an interesting moment for the UK armed forces. Currently their biggest overseas deployment is not military at all, in the normal sense of the world, but humanitarian, as part of Operation Gritrock, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. There they are working alongside civilian health staff and NGOs, and under the leadership of a civilian official from the overseas development ministry. full report

UK detention report calls for "radical shift"

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Following a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, a cross-party panel of MPs has released a hard-hitting report calling for major reforms of a system it describes as “expensive, ineffective and unjust”. full report

Preventing the next Ebola - the world's worst healthcare systems

BEIRUT, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An interactive guide to the world's worst health systems full report

Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states. full report

Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?

TRIPOLI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - 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

Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

GOMA, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined. full report

Will Washington surrender in the War on Drugs?

NAIROBI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - The news this week that Jamaica is decriminalizing marijuana for personal use is the latest step in a global trend towards rethinking drug policy. For decades the international consensus has focused on criminalization and interdiction, but the approach has not only failed to stem drug production and use, it has also had a devastating impact on communities and individual lives. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change

DUBAI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - 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