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New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers

HARARE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers’ organizations and analysts. full report

Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire

KAMPALA, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. full report

Innovation - What's new?

LONDON, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Alexander Aleinikoff, deputy high commissioner for refugees at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is frank about the challenge of innovating within what he refers to as “stodgy and sclerotic” UN organizations. He says: “I have not been to one of our operations where people aren't doing really new and interesting things; they just don't tell headquarters about it. Because they are sure that if they tell headquarters it'll be squashed.” full report

Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids

YAOUNDE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom. full report

Practicing peace in wartime

JERUSALEM, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity. full report

Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast

MOMBASA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come. full report

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict. full report

Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive

DILI, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced. full report

Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). full report

Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments

KISUMU, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) - treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite. full report