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4 things to know as Mosul relief unfolds

A month into the military campaign to retake Iraq’s second city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, the humanitarian challenges are becoming clear. Devex presents four areas of particular concern for groups working on the ground.

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Trump and the PNG 2017 elections

Papua New Guinea’s 2017 National Elections will be an event to watch closely. Social media has increased the availability of information to voters in both urban and rural areas. Will we see the same demonstration of the 'power of the people' that led to Brexit and the election of Trump?

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The Eastern Aegean is becoming Europe’s Nauru

As refugee camps on Greek islands are faced with continued overcrowding and rising tensions, EU decision-makers remain staunch in their refusal to open borders. Fotini Rantsiou for IRIN argues that the treatment of refugees on Greek islands should meet with the same condemnation as Australia's actions in Nauru.

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The small African region with more refugees than all of Europe

Since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency, north-east Nigeria has been hit by a displacement crisis that dwarfs any migration flows seen in Europe in recent years.

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Water supply cut off for half of Mosul

Water was cut to 650,000 people when a pipeline was hit during fighting between ISIL and the Iraqi government forces trying to crush them in their northern Iraq stronghold of Mosul, affecting 40 percent of residents.

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Migration facts in a post-truth world

Post-Brexit and post-Donald Trump’s election, it’s hard to argue with the notion that we’re now living in a “post-truth” era in which objective facts often hold less weight than emotional appeals and “fake news” when it comes to shaping public opinion. Nowhere have post-truths gained more currency than in debates around immigration. IRIN presents a few of the most influential post-truths about migration and refugees, and the facts that contradict them.

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‘Africa is tired of being in the dark’: bank chief on plans to boost energy

At COP22 at Marrakech, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change.

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Aid groups grapple with stigmatization in HIV prophylaxis roll-out

Health officials in Kenya are finding that one of the most promising methods of HIV/AIDS prevention hinges on providers involves walking a fine line between reaching marginalized communities and ensuring treatment doesn't stigmatize them further.

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Environment suffers in Battle of Mosul

Experts and officials have warned of the consequences of the ongoing battles in Mosul, reporting catastrophic and severe negative impact on air, water, soil, and the health of the Iraqi people.

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PIANGO press release: Pacific civil society challenged to leave no one behind in implementing SDG agenda

As part of the 8th Council meeting of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Suva, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been challenged to push for urgent action in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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