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Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents’ deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities. full report

Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

Talking to the Taliban, again

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation. full report

Creativity key to peace dividends in Myanmar

YANGON, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn. full report

Bringing Ebola tests up to speed

DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp

BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions. full report

Outrage over UAE's new terror list

DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. full report

Questions over Mali's Ebola response

BAMAKO, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease. full report

ICN2: Feast and famine - trends in nutrition

DUBAI/BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - More than 20 years on from the first ever International Conference on Nutrition, its successor is due to take place in Rome this week. Yet what do those in the nutrition sector think should be focussed upon? full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report