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Talking to the Taliban, again

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation. full report

Abandoned in the borderlands

KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan’s Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Outrage over UAE's new terror list

DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. full report

Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005). full report

Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action

LOANGO, SOUTHERN CONGO, 10 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives. full report

ISIS’s latest threat: laying landmines

SULAYMANIYAH, 6 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Militants from the group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are booby-trapping land and buildings with improvised explosive device (IEDs), creating new misery for displaced Iraqi families trying to return home and adding to dangers for government forces working on the front line. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 6 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to IRIN's new reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents will share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles while also highlighting key upcoming conferences and policy debates. full report

Conditions worsen in Benghazi as fighting intensifies

DUBAI, 5 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Medical conditions are under severe strain in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where government forces are grappling to regain territory from Islamist rebels, and residential streets have become battle zones patrolled by self-appointed local committees. full report

No easy solution for Myanmar's Rakhine crisis

SITTWE, 4 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State look bleak. full report

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