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Fear and loathing in Israel, Palestine

JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV/GAZA CITY, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - With renewed hostilities between Israel and militants in Gaza and ongoing Palestinian protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem, relations between Palestinians and Jewish communities are becoming ever more fraught full report

Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali

GAO, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger. full report

Sri Lanka’s rehabilitated ex-combatants struggle to adjust

PUTUKKUDIYIRUPPU, 4 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Five years after the end of a 26-year civil war, most former combatants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka have been rehabilitated and re-entered civilian life, but whether war-disabled or not, many are finding genuine integration difficult, according to rehabilitees, government officials and humanitarian workers. full report

Analysis: 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

Increasing drug use strains Yemen’s services

SANA'A, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - An influx of cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, coupled with rising unemployment and an increasingly disillusioned society, is driving substance abuse in Yemen, placing a growing strain on already stretched health and policing services. full report

Lingering trauma impact of Timor-Leste’s violent past

DILI, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste’s recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions. full report

Analysis: Should Uganda withdraw from South Sudan?

KAMPALA, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As South Sudan’s peace process stalls, questions are being raised about Uganda’s military involvement, with some analysts saying it is impeding regional efforts to broker a peace deal. full report

Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate

YANGON, 26 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013. full report

Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia

BANGKOK, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say. full report

Kenyan police operation strands 300 children

NAIROBI, 20 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian. full report

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