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HIV funding worries in Kenya

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 30 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programmes in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease. full report

Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?

BANGKOK, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations. full report

Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities

MELBOURNE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists. full report

A tentative ceasefire in CAR

BRAZZAVILLE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While the ceasefire signed in Brazzaville on 23 July by the two principal armed factions in the Central African Republic (CAR), the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka, was widely greeted as a positive step forward, analysts are sceptical it can lead to lasting peace. full report

Better management of dead and missing migrants needed in Europe

JOHANNESBURG, 28 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb - to about 75,000 at last count - so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats. full report

Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire

KAMPALA, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. full report

Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids

YAOUNDE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom. full report

Innovation - What's new?

LONDON, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Alexander Aleinikoff, deputy high commissioner for refugees at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is frank about the challenge of innovating within what he refers to as “stodgy and sclerotic” UN organizations. He says: “I have not been to one of our operations where people aren't doing really new and interesting things; they just don't tell headquarters about it. Because they are sure that if they tell headquarters it'll be squashed.” full report

New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers

HARARE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers’ organizations and analysts. full report

Practicing peace in wartime

JERUSALEM, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity. full report