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Analysis: Israeli government challenges the law to embrace illegal settler outposts | IRIN Middle East

RAMALLAH/TEL AVIV, 14 May 2012 (IRIN) – Israeli settlers east of the separation barrier in the central West Bank occupy the land most critical for any future final status agreement under a two-state solution. But instead of limiting settlement expansion, critics say the Israeli authorities are setting a dangerous precedent by legalizing new outposts and undermining the law. God gave ...

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ASIA: Boosting cities’ food resilience | IRIN Asia

BANGKOK, 18 November 2011 IRIN – From rooftops to railroad tracks, Asia’s largest cities will need to maximize every bit of space to feed one of the world’s fastest-growing populations, said experts at a UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO workshop in Bangkok on resilient food systems in Asia. “Food-sensitive urban planning is now a necessity,” said Mariko Sato, chief ...

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COTE D’IVOIRE: Rebranding the army | IRIN Africa

ABIDJAN, 5 October 2011 (IRIN) – The Ivoirian government is rebranding the national army to change the force’s negative image as it undergoes major reforms, which include demobilizing 10,000 soldiers by the end of the year, training up troops, and restructuring existing posts. The name of the current army – Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI), set up in March ...

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IRIN Middle East | LIBYA: A protection challenge for the opposition

BENGHAZI, 24 August 2011 (IRIN) – The entry by Libyan opposition fighters into Tripoli clearly marks a turning point for the Libyan opposition after six months of fighting against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s government. But while the balance of power appears to have shifted decisively in Libya, some observers are raising strong concerns over the protection of civilians as Gaddafi’s successors ...

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KENYA: ‘Perfect storm’ brewing among urban poor | IRIN Africa

NAIROBI, 22 August 2011 (IRIN) – The food crisis that is devastating lives and killing children throughout the Horn of Africa is not restricted to the arid lands where media attention and donor dollars are now focused. In informal urban settlements, malnutrition affects thousands of children but remains largely overlooked. Over the past five months, Concern Worldwide has recorded a ...

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IRAQ: Preparing for a possible returnee influx | IRIN Middle East

The Iraqi authorities are bracing for a possible influx of returnees from neighbouring countries affected by violent protests, especially Syria, and say hundreds have already returned from Libya. “Although there has been no major threat against Iraqi families until now. We are closely monitoring the developments and are ready for any emergencies,” said Iraq Migration and Displacement Minister Dendar Najman ...

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LEBANON: Cameras for kids initiative in Palestinian refugee camps | IRIN Middle East

A Beirut-based NGO is training children in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps to take photographs of camp life in the belief that the exercise is cathartic for the children, will benefit the camps financially and lead some of the trainees to work professionally as photographers. The idea of getting children to photograph camp life struck Ramzi Haidar after a visit ...

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PAKISTAN: Unsafe water kills 250,000 children a year | IRIN Asia

After several weeks of severe sickness, with unrelenting diarrhoea and high fever, Shamshad Ali, aged five, from a village near the town of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, finally feels strong enough to venture out of his house again. “For a few days, when he was really sick and weak and could not even keep liquids down, we thought we might ...

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SUDAN: Managing the great trek southwards | IRIN Africa

KHARTOUM/KOSTI, 10 March 2011 (IRIN) – Southern Sudanese living in the North are on the move. More than 249,000 have left since October 2010, and thousands more continue the trek southwards, filled with hope and excitement at the prospect of starting life in their new country. The mammoth task of moving so many people – by bus, on barges along ...

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