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The state of state-building in Somalia

NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Myanmar’s embattled Palaung minority call for aid partners

NAMKHAM TOWNSHIP, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Protracted fighting in northern Myanmar is displacing entire villages, including those of ethnic Palaung, who say they need more help to build up local civil society groups to allow aid to flow more effectively to their people full report

Analysis: Donors threaten to withhold Gaza aid

JERUSALEM/DUBAI, 7 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Days ahead of a key meeting in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza in the wake of last summer’s bombardment by Israel, the prospect of forking out more millions has left international donors with a frustrating sense of déjà vu: they were in the same position in 2009 and 2012. This time, there’s a real risk their funding will be meager in the absence of real commitments from both Israel and the main Palestinian factions. full report

Heavy toll in Iraq's “forgotten” Anbar

BAGHDAD/DUBAI, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nine months of shelling, airstrikes and street battles have taken a heavy toll on Iraq's "forgotten" province of Anbar, the first to be overrun by militants from the group now calling itself the Islamic State (IS). full report

Dire conditions for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

MAROUA, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of Nigerians who have fled attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are crowded into Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon’s Far North Region, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to relief agencies. full report

Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads

NAIROBI, 2 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of peace talks and the end of South Sudan’s wet season could unleash fresh fighting between government forces and rebel factions, propelling millions of people in the world’s youngest nation back towards a man-made famine, analysts and humanitarian workers warn. full report

Libya aid push constrained by insecurity

DUBAI, 1 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A wave of violence between militia groups vying for power is sweeping across parts of Libya, prompting international organizations to put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 people by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, given the security risks, access issues and communication problems. full report

Sana'a power vacuum hampers aid response

SANA'A, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A week after a ceasefire agreement that ended days of fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, ongoing political uncertainty and rights violations are making it difficult for people to get their lives back together. full report

Polio cases surge in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year. full report

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