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Syria pledging conference: Three key trends

KUWAIT CITY, 1 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - On Tuesday, International donors pledged a record US$3.8billion towards humanitarian relief for the Syrian crisis, now into its fifth year. Here are three key trends from the conference. full report

Donors asked to dig deep for Syria

KUWAIT CITY / DUBAI, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - High-level officials from 78 countries and more than 40 international organisations are gathering in Kuwait City to take part in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, amid major concerns of funding shortages. full report

Nigerians the winners in tense election

KADUNA, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Nigeria's presidential election has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who becomes the first opposition leader ever to unseat an incumbent. Will an election whose result has been accepted by the defeated president, Goodluck Jonathan, help to heal Nigeria's deep divisions? full report

UN calls for probe of asylum deaths on EU border

OXFORD, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - The UN Refugee agency has called for an investigation into the mistreatment of asylum seekers at Bulgaria’s border with Turkey following the deaths of two Iraqis. full report

What Jews, Syrian refugees and a Swedish King have in common

GENEVA, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - With 1.7 million Syrians, Turkey is now the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world. But this so-called “Turkish hospitality” dates back much further – from Jews fleeing the Inquisition in the 15th century to asylum-seekers from Kosovo in 1999. full report

Map: Which countries are doing their fair share for Syria?

BEIRUT, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - On Monday Oxfam released a report outlining what each country ought to have given to Syria in 2014 based to the size of their economies. It called this amount their 'fair share' of the $7.7 billion sought for the over three million refugees in neighbouring countries plus millions in need inside the country. full report

Civilians killed as Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen

SANA'A, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia and its allies may be hitting civilian targets in its bombing campaign in Yemen, residents and rights groups have warned. full report

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. full report

Record-breaking year for asylum claims: 8 key trends

OXFORD, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - 2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world's industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report