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Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. full report

Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted. full report

Israel/Gaza – how does it end?

DUBAI, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal? full report

Business and humanitarian action: Overcoming the language barrier

LONDON, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cloud of mistrust hangs over relations between business and the humanitarian community, the result of decades of mutual suspicion. Aid workers stereotype the private sector as profiteering and unscrupulous; business people write off international agencies as bloated and inefficient. full report

Gaza: Nowhere to go

GAZA CITY, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - With over 85,000 Palestinians now displaced in Gaza, the UN shelters housing them are near capacity. Yet for the displaced fleeing violence between Israel and militant groups, there are few alternatives. full report

Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice

DHAKA, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack. full report

Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators

BANGUI, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups. full report

Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process

BUJUMBURA, 17 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective. full report

Gaza breathes briefly, then holds its breath

GAZA CITY, 17 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A five-hour ceasefire on 17 July provided the besieged residents of Gaza a brief reprieve. In the ensuing rush, banks and shops were overwhelmed as families prepared for the worst. full report

Selective treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan

ERBIL, 16 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines. full report