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Sri Lanka war crimes in the spotlight as UN rights chief visits

YANGON, 9 February 2016 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's president is unlikely to cave in any time soon to pressure for international participation in a war crimes tribunal, as the United Nations rights chief urged today. But he could turn the situation to his advantage by offering up less controversial reforms to win back domestic political support and satisfy the international community. full report

Books not bombs for Sudan refugees

YIDA, 9 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan. full report

When shit happens

NEW YORK, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Everyone defecates, but ‘how’ and ‘where’ are questions that highlight class, gender and cultural differences between us. full report

Turkey’s refugee smugglers adapt and prosper

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Turkish and German leaders may be ramping up the rhetoric and hardening their resolve to crack down on the people smugglers pushing a steady stream of Syrians and others out into the Aegean, but the illicit trade is still booming and the criminal networks are finding new ways to avoid detection. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Protecting civilians, rebuilding Gaza, and a vanishing island

GENEVA, 5 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Zika: Are mosquitoes the cure as well as the curse?

OXFORD, 5 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As the Zika virus continues its relentless spread through Latin America and beyond, causing anguish for would-be parents and leaving a trail of children with severe and lifelong developmental problems, the search to find a way of stopping the pandemic in its tracks could not be more urgent. But an effective vaccine will likely take years to develop and current methods for eliminating the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus are only partially effective. full report

Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

139 children die in one month in drought-hit Pakistan district

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Asia) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013. Civil society groups and opposition politicians say the Sindh provincial government’s response to the crisis has been insufficient to prevent widespread hunger and disease. full report