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1. AID POLICY: Hitching social media to humanitarian assistance
2. AFRICA: AGOA uncertainty hurts textile workers
3. SOMALIA: Return to Mogadishu*
4. AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven

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AID POLICY: Hitching social media to humanitarian assistance



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NAIROBI, 17 July 2012 (IRIN) - From Tweets in Egypt to blogs in Syria
and Facebook campaigns in Sudan, the world has witnessed an
unprecedented upsurge in citizen journalism, which played a major part
in the 2011 "Arab Spring", a series of revolutions that saw long-term
leaders in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen deposed. But citizen
journalists say social media's impact is not limited to political
rabble-rousing and that it can also be a useful tool in humanitarian
emergencies.
Read report online

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AFRICA: AGOA uncertainty hurts textile workers



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JOHANNESBURG/MANZINI, 17 July 2012 (IRIN) - The livelihoods of tens of
thousands of textile workers in Africa is hanging in the balance amid
growing anxiety about whether a key provision of US trade legislation
will be renewed before it expires in September.
Read report online

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SOMALIA: Return to Mogadishu*



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MOGADISHU, 17 July 2012 (IRIN) - Thousands of people who fled
insecurity and fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu have returned
to the city since August 2011, after the departure of Al-Shabab
insurgents, say officials.
Read report online

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AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven



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NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (PlusNews) - Many sub-Saharan African nations -
traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are
gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against
the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs
according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released
on 18 July.
Read report online

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