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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

Left behind in North Waziristan

PESHAWAR, 25 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind. full report

Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock

KHOST (AFGHANISTAN)/BANNU (PAKISTAN), 23 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty. full report

Yemen deal brings little solace*

SANAA, 23 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - With northern rebels claiming the capital Sana'a and Al-Qaeda militants increasing their attacks in the south, Yemen's security crisis is likely to continue, experts believe. While a new agreement between the Houthi rebels and the government may have temporarily reduced fears of all-out civil war, the country's political, security and economic crises are unlikely to ease, leading NGOs to fear increasing humanitarian needs. full report

Displaced Iraqis plug response gaps

ERBIL, 22 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As Iraq’s 1.8 million internally-displaced persons (IDPs) realize they may not return home for many months, growing numbers are looking for voluntary or paid work to help their fellow homeless. full report

UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR

LONDON, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political process & conclude the country's transition”, setting off alarm bells among those who thought the new force's number one priority was supposed to be protecting civilians. full report

Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea. full report

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees

MAROUA (CAMEROON), 17 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe. full report

SLIDESHOW: Life after death in Iraq

Al-MALIKIYAH (SYRIA), 17 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nearly 1.8 million Iraqis are estimated to have fled their homes since January 2014, with most fleeing the rapid advance of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) as it swept through much of western and northern Iraq in June, destroying towns, attacking communities, and sowing fear across vulnerable sectarian lines. full report

South African move on child trafficking

JOHANNESBURG, 17 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The announcement yesterday that parents would have another nine months to comply with new regulations for travelling into and out of South Africa with their children has been met with a collective sigh of relief. full report

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