War Conflict

Iraq 10 years on: the humanitarian impact

BAGHDAD/DUBAI 23 April 2013 (IRIN) - Ten years after the toppling of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein, human development statistics – flawed as they are – paint a complex portrait of a country that has seen improvement over the last decade, but is still largely struggling.

Containing cholera in Niger

NIAMEY 22 May 2013 (IRIN) - Cholera has struck 248 people in Ayorou in the Tillabéry Region of northwestern Niger, killing six, two of them Malian refugees.

The returns challenge in Mali

GAO/DAKAR 04 March 2013 (IRIN) - Nearly 3,000 Malians who fled towns and villages in the north when armed men occupied their homeland have headed home, but the vast majority are staying put in the south or in neighbouring countries, for fear of insecurity, reprisal killings, and in the knowledge that basic services are still sorely lacking.

Sri Lanka: new partnership tackles fecal sludge management

Septage disposal. Sri Lanka/Nuwara Eliya sanitation project, 2008, Photo: Flickr/USAID.

An international research institute is helping the government of Sri Lanka to improve septage management in the country.

Cold War hope for bats under attack

 USFWSOriginally Published by The BBC - Cold War bunkers are the latest attempt to save bats from white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed up to 6.7 million bats in the US and Canada.

Maltese army polices hunting season

Originally Published by BBC News

– The Maltese government has had to draft in its armed forces to help police its controversial spring hunting season.

Water mismanagement in northern Sri Lanka

KILINOCHCHI 13 February 2013 (IRIN) - Water resources in northern Sri Lanka, which are coming under increasing pressure as returning farmers use wasteful water pumps to irrigate their crops, need to be better managed, say experts.

Australia to face Japan on whaling

Originally Published by BBC News

– The UN’s International Court of Justice sets dates for public hearings on Australia’s challenge against Japan’s whaling programme in Antartica.

Can repurposed cancer drugs counter bioterror threats?

Originally Published by ScienceDaily

– Scientists are investigating whether two cancer medications have the potential of protecting U.S. troops from biological agents that could be unleashed during an attack.

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