Tuesday, 13 August 2013

IRIN Africa English reports, 8/12/2013




Severe drought taking heavy toll in northern Namibia

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OPUWO, 12 August 2013 (IRIN) - The arid hills of Namibia’s northwestern Kunene Region make for a harsh environment at the best of times. With agriculture limited by the region’s dry, sandy soil, most of the local population rely on livestock farming, leading a semi-nomadic existence dictated by the search for fresh pasture for their cattle and goats. But following two years of failed rains, pasture is almost non-existent; where there used to be grass, there is now little more than dust.
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Should the UN be doing more to fight organized crime?

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NEW YORK, 12 August 2013 (IRIN) - The globalization of organized crime poses a growing threat to fragile states that lack the ability to resist it, putting pressure on the UN to find solutions.
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Can the DRC army stop abusing human rights?

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KAMPALA, 12 August 2013 (IRIN) - Stamping out human rights abuses by the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo entails more than classroom training sessions, according to analysts, who recommend a wide range of ambitious reforms.
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