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08 Feb 2016 description
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Nairobi, 8 février 2016 (IRIN) - Depuis quelques semaines, les forces de l’ordre sont sur le qui-vive dans la capitale sénégalaise, Dakar. La police et l’armée, présentes dans les rues, procèdent à des fouilles de voiture et appréhendent les militants islamistes présumés.

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By Shira Rubin

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN) - In the main square of Aksaray, a neighbourhood in Istanbul densely populated by refugees, Haroun Yamani tries to placate potential clients who are seeking a future in Europe but are anxious about the treacherous boat journey that will take them there.

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05 Feb 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants.

04 Feb 2016 description
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By Kamila Hyat

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013.

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03 Feb 2016 description
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By Ben Parker

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - As a major funding conference opens in London, IRIN has run the numbers. Which countries can claim to be doing the most for the Syria crisis? We compare 29 aid donors (to Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan) and refugee-hosting countries. See the most generous countries here.

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03 Feb 2016 description
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By Jodi Hilton

DIYARBAKIR, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - Kurdish human rights organisations say fighting across southeastern Turkey has displaced 200,000 people in the last two months alone. Turkish authorities put the number at 93,000. Either way, it’s a mass displacement. There are no camps, little aid, and almost no international awareness of what’s actually going on.

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02 Feb 2016 description
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By Fotini Rantsiou

MYTILINE, 2 February 2016 (IRIN) - Fotini Rantsiou is a volunteer aid worker and field advisor for Greek NGO, Solidarity Now. She is based on Lesvos while on a leave of absence from the UN’s emergency aid coordination body OCHA.

As the Greek islands continue to receive around 2,000 migrants and refugees every day, despite treacherous winter sea conditions, many other European countries are trying to prevent their onward movement. Greece is increasingly isolated and under pressure.

02 Feb 2016 description
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By Mohamed Omar Mulla

GARDO, 2 February 2016 (IRIN) - Somalia is the new home for 30,560 people who have fled the fighting in Yemen and are trying to adjust to life in a country that – while no longer written off as a “failed state” – certainly has its challenges.

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29 Jan 2016 description
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Nairobi, 29 janvier 2016 (IRIN) - Cette année, l’Afrique australe est confrontée au risque de mauvaises récoltes, car les précipitations ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas dans une région où 29 millions de personnes vivent déjà sans un accès fiable à une alimentation bon marché et nourrissante en quantité suffisante.

« Les perspectives sont alarmantes, car plusieurs zones n’ont connu que peu ou pas de précipitations et la fenêtre de plantation des céréales se ferme rapidement ou s’est déjà fermée dans certains pays », a mis en garde le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

29 Jan 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 29 January 2016 (IRIN) - It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country.

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28 Jan 2016 description
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By Annie Slemrod

JERUSALEM, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - “Five years of conflict have been too much. The horror is in front of everyone’s eyes…. You have seen enough conferences, two of them already taken place. This one cannot fail.”

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28 Jan 2016 description
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ANGON, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - People are dying of malnourishment and disease in remote, drought-stricken communities in Papua New Guinea, which will need food aid for the next few months to prevent more deaths.

Sally Lloyd, an Australian who grew up in Western Province, has been raising the alarm after returning to her childhood home where she saw severely malnourished people. At least two people died in the community of Mougulu during her visit from 29 December to 19 January, but she said there have been more deaths in the area that have gone unreported.

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By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.

“With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming,” the World Food Programme has warned.

27 Jan 2016 description
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OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.

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By Annie Slemrod

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - Between 400,000 and two million Syrians (depending on who’s counting) are living under siege. Madaya forced their plight onto the international stage. Since then, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder.

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26 Jan 2016 description
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NAIROBI, 26 January 2016 (IRIN) - There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash.

In the southern province of Cunene, 800,000 people – more than 70 percent of the population – are threatened with food shortages due to last year’s poor harvest. The drought has also affected the neigbouring provinces of Cuando Cubango and Huila, where the rural poor do not have enough in their granaries to tide them over to the next harvest in June.

25 Jan 2016 description
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IDOMENI, 25 January 2016 (IRIN) - Refugees and migrants attempting to pass through the tiny village of Idomeni near Greece’s border with Macedonia are paying the price for the introduction of ever more restrictive border policies by countries further north. Over the weekend, thousands were forced to sleep outside in temperatures that dipped to -8 degrees Celsius as Macedonia admitted only small numbers of refugees for a few hours a day.

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22 Jan 2016 description
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By David Boyle

PHNOM PENH, 22 January 2016 (IRIN) - A disagreement between Cambodian and global health officials that followed a corruption scandal and froze millions of dollars in funding for the fight against malaria has been resolved, the World Health Organization has told IRIN.

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TAPACHULA, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - As gang violence has spread across the so-called “Northern Triangle” region, increasing numbers of children from El Salvador and Honduras are crossing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala.

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DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived.

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