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In photos: A day in the life of Benghazi's war

BENGHAZI, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - In 2011, the Libyan city of Benghazi was the capital of the revolution that toppled President Muammar Gaddafi. Four years on, the city is a front line in a brutal civil war. Those residents who haven't escaped are practicing escapism. full report

The Med: One final danger in a migrant's odyssey

OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes on its way to Europe, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher. full report

Displaced Iraqis blocked from Baghdad

BAGHDAD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Thousands of Iraqis fleeing the so-called Islamic State are being prevented from entering Baghdad and other cities because local officials fear IS sleeper cells could be among them. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more. full report

Prison or poverty: Impossible choice for Israel deportees

JERUSALEM/KAMPALA, 16 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel’s Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence in Uganda or no freedom of movement in Rwanda. full report

Shipping ban deepens Yemen’s fuel crisis

AMMAN/SANA'A, 16 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - A ban on shipping in Yemeni waters is worsening a severe fuel shortage that has already had a major impact on public health as the country endures a Saudi-led bombing campaign and intense fighting on the ground. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: What can be done?

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way. full report

Young Iraqis bridging the sectarian divide

BAGHDAD / DUBAI, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Islamic State militants play on sectarian division as they tear Iraq apart, but a group of young Iraqi “citizen ambassadors” is trying to mend the damage by promoting a message of tolerance and peace. full report

In Pictures: On the migration road in Serbia

BELGRADE , 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Serbia has been hosting refugees from Croatia and Bosnia for the past 20 years, but was unprepared for a recent influx of new asylum seekers, the majority of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. full report