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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

Children need more support at Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp

Kakuma, 19 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Physical space and timely protection support for children are among the most pressing needs in northwestern Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp amid a continuing flood of people, for the most part minors, fleeing conflict in South Sudan. full report

Could climate change spread kala-azar?

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 8 May 2014 (IRIN Global) - Climate change and increased population movements could see the spread of kala-azar (also known as visceral leishmaniasis or black fever) to hitherto unaffected locations, scientists warn. full report

Somalia at “risk of relapse”

NAIROBI, 7 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Three years after a famine claimed 260,000 lives in Somalia, 2.9 million people there are still affected by a multifaceted but desperately underfunded humanitarian crisis, and communities are just “one shock away from disaster”, a host of aid agencies have warned in a joint campaign entitled “Risk of relapse.” full report

Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus

DUBAI, 5 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu-like bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA. full report

Climate adaptation at village level

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - While some of the world’s poorest countries are still waiting for funds to help them adapt to climate change, others are implementing sophisticated plans without any funding, it emerged at the ongoing Eighth Community-based Adaptation International Conference in Kathmandu (24-30 April), which is focusing on finance. full report

Climate adaptation advice for cities in global South

JOHANNESBURG, 28 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. full report

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