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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

Uproar over Harare demolitions

HARARE, 13 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures. full report

West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread

DAKAR/OUGADOUGOU, 22 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities. full report

Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens

FREETOWN, 18 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives. 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

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

Egypt’s rural poor watching Sisi’s policies

CAIRO, 11 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Two months since Egypt elected a new President, the rural poor are still waiting to find out if grand plans will become reality full report

Gaza diary: Life under Israeli assault

GAZA CITY, 7 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A resident of Gaza shares his experience under Israeli bombardment: what it feels like in those 10 seconds between the launch of a missile and the explosion upon impact; and what it is like to watch the landmarks of a life's worth of memories reduced to rubble before your eyes. full report

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