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Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. full report

Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments

DAKAR, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause. full report

Australia’s new migration bill shifts task to security

BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - This week's passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Time for re-think on humanitarian funding?

DUBAI, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is among many agencies struggling to raise enough money to support the growing number of vulnerable people caught up in crises around the world. Aid experts say the humanitarian funding system needs an overhaul. full report

Burning issues facing Sri Lanka ahead of January polls

COLOMBO, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion, the country, especially the war-scarred north, faces a raft of unresolved chronic problems. Analysts regard many of them as long-term drivers of conflict. full report

Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

KAMPALA, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015. full report

Afghanistan: Uphill struggle for female aid workers

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - NGOs in Afghanistan are working hard to counter the male-dominated work place and give jobs to women. This is both to empower the women as well help widen organisation's outreach and give them access to more women in the community. full report

Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma

DILI, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas. full report