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A marriage of convenience: the UK military and NGOs

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - It's an interesting moment for the UK armed forces. Currently their biggest overseas deployment is not military at all, in the normal sense of the world, but humanitarian, as part of Operation Gritrock, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. There they are working alongside civilian health staff and NGOs, and under the leadership of a civilian official from the overseas development ministry. full report

Disaster warnings ignored in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Lives and livelihoods are being lost unnecessarily in Sri Lanka because local communities are ignoring disaster warnings. More than 70 people died in the last two months of 2014 as a result of floods and landslides while the earlier part of the year was marked by a prolonged drought, severely impacting the rice harvest. full report

The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State

BAGHDAD, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants. full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. full report

Turf wars or teamwork? The rise of regional aid organisations

DUBAI, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Regional humanitarian organisations are playing an increasingly active role in disaster response and aid delivery.But how do these new groups fit into the system, and are there tensions with so-called traditional humanitarian operators likes the United Nations? full report

Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

GOMA, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change

DUBAI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

The World Humanitarian Summit: Talking shop or game changer?

LONDON, 25 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - With just over one year to go until the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, aid workers say the consultations so far have broadly succeeded at engaging an unprecedented spectrum of voices, but many fear the process still lacks any clear framework for turning talk into action. IRIN takes a look at the WHS preparations and some of the key issues emerging from the consultation process. full report

Boko Haram takes aim at Nigeria's elections

NAIROBI, 25 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Three bomb explosions in the space of two days in northern Nigeria signal a resumption of urban terror tactics by Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to demonstrate it is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent military setbacks, according to analysts. full report

India-Pakistan: The new victims of an old border dispute

SIALKOT, 25 February 2015 (IRIN Asia) - India and Pakistan’s decades-old territorial dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir is often portrayed as a dormant conflict. But for the people of the region it is anything but. full report