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Pope’s visit highlights CAR’s deep scars

BANGUI, 29 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Pope Francis' visit to Bangui is, in his own words, motivated by his desire to “contribute to the dressing of the wounds and opening of the way to a more serene future for Central African Republic and all its citizens.” His trip comes almost three years after a rebel coup that continues to reverberate violently in different parts of the country. full report

New border regime in the Balkans “inequitable and illegal”

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, Jeff Crisp, former policy chief at UNHCR and now an advisor with Refugees International, condemns new border policies that only admit certain nationalities. full report

EU starts to slam doors on asylum seekers

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. full report

Nepal unlocks quake funds: It only took 7 months!

KATHMANDU, 26 November 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has taken preliminary steps to begin spending billions pledged for reconstruction. full report

COP21: A turning point?

NAIROBI, 26 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Paris will not be a magic bullet, but can it at least be a turning point? Can there be agreement on the emissions cuts necessary to stop runaway global warming? Can the financing be put in place to help the majority of the world adapt, and find a sustainable development path? This IRIN special feature explores these critical issues. full report

NRC kidnap ruling is ‘wake-up’ call for aid industry

LONDON, 25 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a case with far-reaching implications for security in the aid industry, a court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence in its handling of the kidnapping of Steve Dennis and three other staff members in Dadaab, Kenya in 2012. full report

Aid to Syrians: how far does it go?

BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do. full report

Food prices rise sharply after fighting disrupts Afghan harvest

CHARDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan, 24 November 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives. full report

Old problems in Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM, 23 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The issues Palestinians face in Jerusalem are on full display inside the walls of the Old City, where the latest violent flare-up began. full report

Unsustainable Development Goals: Are 222 indicators too many?

NEW YORK, 23 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Are the Sustainable Development Goals in danger of collapsing under the weight of their own lofty ambitions? full report