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Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - As Australia moves on with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its legislature is also debating a bill that would eliminate most references to the 1951 Refugee Convention from domestic legislation - a move critics say could bolster the government’s asylum seeker deterrence efforts. full report

Meet the Israelis picking Palestinian olives

JERUSALEM, 28 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As Palestinian olive pickers again face violent threats and restrictions on their work, some Israelis are going out of their way to protect them. full report

Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare

MONROVIA, 27 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. full report

Germany struggles to house rising number of asylum seekers

HAMBURG, 24 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - When a video emerged last month of security guards physically abusing a resident of a refugee housing facility in the German town of Burbach, the ensuing media furore shone a light on an asylum system straining under the weight of an unprecedented caseload. full report

Without fuel subsidies, aid to displaced Iraqis in jeopardy

ERBIL, 24 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The prospect of a fuel bill five times higher than last year has left already overstretched aid agencies in Iraq worried they will be unable to help many of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in tents and shelters, just as winter approaches. full report