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Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing

COLOMBO, 29 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures. full report

Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”

DUBAI, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned. full report

Fighting, fuel fires and fear in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution. full report

South Sudan’s child soldiers - a step backwards

NAIROBI, 25 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved. full report

Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced

NAJAF/ERBIL/DUBAI, 22 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support. full report

Warning over rampaging youth gangs in Abidjan

ABIDJAN, 18 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Children and teenagers who were drawn into Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 post-election conflict are joining armed gangs in the commercial capital Abidjan after being abandoned by politicians and others who exploited them at the time, according to local officials who blame the government for not taking action. full report

Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey

SILOPI, TURKEY, 18 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety. full report

Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon

DAKAR, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers. full report

Iraq aid response “inadequate” despite funding boost

DUBAI, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have yet to receive aid despite funding pouring into relief efforts, according to NGOs. full report

Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State

YANGON, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment. full report

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