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MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 65 for 10-16 March 2006

DUBAI, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - CONTENTS: EGYPT: Ship disaster compensation inadequate, say...Full report

EGYPT: Health activists censure government’s bird flu response

CAIRO, 23 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Government measures to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus are insufficient, according to independent Egyptian health experts.Full report

MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 62 for 17 - 23 February 2006

DUBAI, 23 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - CONTENTS: EGYPT: Government appeals for calm after appearance of bird flu among poultry Full report

YEMEN: Two killed in flash floods

SANA, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Two people were killed and a number of houses destroyed in flash floods that hit the village of Ma’abar, in the southwestern Thamar governorate, on the night of 20 February.Full report

YEMEN: Measles vaccination campaign launched to prevent children’s deaths

SANA, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A massive vaccination drive against measles began this week in an effort to stamp out a disease that kills between 5,000 and 10,000 Yemeni children ever year. For the first time in the country, the campaign is targeting children over 18 months old as part of a global campaign to eradicate the contagious disease.Full report

IRAQ: New suspected bird flu infection cases being tested in Iraq

BAGHDAD, 19 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The Ministry of Health has said it is testing 13 new suspected human cases of the H5N1 virus, known as bird flu, in the southern governorate of Missan and 12 in Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq.Full report

EGYPT: Government appeals for calm after appearance of bird flu among poultry

CAIRO, 19 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The government appealed for calm after poultry infected with the H5N1 virus, known as bird flu, were detected in three different Egyptian governorates, including the capital, Cairo. “There is no immediate danger,” said a source at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, who requested anonymity. Full report

IRAQ: Insurgency little understood by coalition forces, says think-tank

DUBAI, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The Iraqi insurgency, which is increasingly organised and coordinated, is little understood by those trying to fight it, according to the Brussels-based think-tank, International Crisis Group (ICG).Full report

MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 61 for 10 - 16 February 2006

DUBAI, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - CONTENTS: EGYPT: Rights groups slam interior ministers’ call to close websites Full report

YEMEN: UNHCR warns of danger of illicit sea passage from Horn of Africa

DUBAI, 15 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned would-be migrants from the Horn of Africa against making the sea passage to Yemen by way of illegal smugglers.Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Early warning

LEBANON: Year in Brief 2005 – A chronology of democratic developments

JORDAN: Year in Brief 2005 – A chronology of democratic developments

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Early warning

MIDDLE EAST: Interview with Middle East water expert

SYRIA: Bridging the gap between Muslims and Christians

IRAQ: Growing frustration among returnees

YEMEN: Focus on child labour

IRAQ: Interview with the UN Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi


IRAQ: Briefing paper on food security

IRAQ: Briefing paper on power

IRAQ: Briefing paper on water and sanitation

IRAQ: Briefing paper on Education

IRAQ: Briefing paper on health

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