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EGYPT: Fourth suspected human case of avian flu stable, government says

CAIRO, 22 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The fourth suspected human case of bird flu is steadily recovering, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Full report

EGYPT: First human bird flu death confirmed

CAIRO, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - After confirmation of Egypt’s first human death from the H5N1 avian virus, the government stepped up awareness drives aimed at preventing the further spread of the potentially deadly disease.Full report

YEMEN: Appeal for more aid for flood victims

SANA, 26 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - More aid is needed for people displaced by floods in the southwest of Yemen, government officials have said.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

IRAQ: Thousands of families still displaced after flooding

BAGHDAD, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Nearly 6,000 families forced to leave their homes in the wake of heavy flooding in northern and southeastern Iraq earlier this month remain displaced, mostly due to the destruction of their houses.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

IRAQ: Aid agencies struggle to help flood affected people

BAGHDAD, 12 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Relief workers are struggling to assist more than 7,500 families in northern and south-eastern Iraq who have been forced to leave their homes due to heavy flooding.Full report

EGYPT: Human rights groups investigate shipping disaster

CAIRO, 8 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Alongside an official government investigation, local human rights groups have launched a parallel inquiry into the circumstances under which a ferry sank in the Red Sea on 3 February.Full report

IRAQ: Continued flooding causes displacement

BAGHDAD, 5 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Continuous rainfall over the past three days in the capital, Baghdad, as well as in Tikrit and Mosul in northern Iraq, has forced 600 people out of their homes, according to government officials.Full report

MIDDLE EAST: Gulf support for quake likely to continue into reconstruction

MUZAFFARABAD, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Sajad Ahmad, 12, found himself an only child after his brother was killed in the earthquake that devastated northern Pakistan last October.Full report



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