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Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence. full report

Photo Feature: Bulgaria repels asylum seekers at Turkish border

EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten. full report

As Yemen crumbles, civilians brace for the worst

SANA'A, 24 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As Yemen slides closer to civil war, across the country civilians are preparing. In the southern city of Taiz, thousands have been protesting against the takeover by Houthi rebels while in the capital Sana'a civilians are stocking up on food and water. full report

Syrian aid groups seek greater role

DUBAI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust. full report

Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study

NAIROBI, 12 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command. full report

Selective justice fears revived in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, 11 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The sentencing of Côte d'Ivoire’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, could reignite longstanding tensions in the country, where social, ethnic and religious divides have run deep for more than a decade. full report

What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?

NAIROBI, 10 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean? full report

No shortage of recruits for Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North

FAR NORTH, CAMEROON, 5 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Young people in northern Cameroon, who lack access to school and employment, are increasingly joining the ranks of Boko Haram. full report

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

NAIROBI, 4 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than 1.2 million people have been driven from their homes in northern Nigeria, the vast majority as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the latest figures released by the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). full report

UK detention report calls for "radical shift"

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Following a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, a cross-party panel of MPs has released a hard-hitting report calling for major reforms of a system it describes as “expensive, ineffective and unjust”. full report

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