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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

Yemenis rush to buy food and fuel as conflict escalates

SANA'A, 1 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemenis tried to stock up as the conflict continued to escalate on Wednesday, with Saudi-led airstrikes on most major cities and firefights across the country. 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

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

Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions

FREETOWN, 30 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Taxpayers and individual donors contributed some $18 million to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed almost 3,800 people. When public auditors examined how the money had been spent, they found that records for more than half of the money were incomplete or entirely missing. full report

Yemen camp bombing - what you need to know

BEIRUT/SANA'A, 30 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - At least 29 people were killed on Monday after a camp for displaced Yemenis was hit by an air strike. Here is what we do and don’t know. full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Yemen at War: Lifesaving aid blocked by airstrikes

BEIRUT, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Saudi Arabian-led assault has disrupted many vital life-saving aid programs, international aid agencies said. full report

Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases. full report

Top picks: Blackboards, zakat and currency dives

DUBAI, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of journalism and research about the humanitarian world that piqued our interest. This week how aid destroyed a culture, channeling Islamic duty into the humanitarian system and has 'development' run its course? full report