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Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died

MOMBASA, 28 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia. 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: 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

Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice

DHAKA, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack. 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

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured. full report

Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

NEW YORK, 3 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them. full report

Lebanon’s drought needs long-term solutions

BEIRUT, 23 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Michel Achkar-Daoud is getting used to dry conditions on his farm near the eastern Lebanese town of Zahle, but says changing weather patterns mean it is probably time to get out of farming altogether. full report

Kenya can lead on climate change adaptation

KISUMU, 21 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Research on the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity and food security in Kenya shows that the country can be a leader in adaptation to a warmer climate. full report

Rawalpindi’s high-tech flood warning system

RAWALPINDI, 20 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A dozen children toss a frisbee around in a park in Rawalpindi's Gawalmandi neighbourhood, under the shadow of a 30-foot-high tower capped with two loudspeakers. “When the alarm sounds, it means a flood is coming, so we should leave,” one explained. full report

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