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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told reporters on Saturday that leaders from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, had reached no deal after mediation efforts in the Gambia. The bloc has said it would consider military action if Jammeh does not step down. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not give up power after 22 years, despite a December vote that saw the opposition coalition’s Adama Barrow win.


Environment
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Using insurance to protect the poorest against climate change risks

For this week’s Humanosphere podcast we’ll be talking about how climate risk insurance can protect the world’s poorest communities against climate risks which can cost them their livelihoods and wider development. We talk with Stewart McCulloch, global insurance director of Vision Fund, the microfinance operation of World Vision, to find out how the world’s poorest farmers can thrive and not just survive after climate shocks.

World Politics
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Jailed World Vision aid worker faces more charges, rejects plea deal

Israeli authorities brought new charges against an aid worker accused of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. Mohammad El Halabi, the World Vision operations manager in Gaza, was charged with “aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war” and “passing information to the enemy” in addition to other terrorism-related charges, Agence France-Press reported.

News Rounds
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News in the Humanosphere: U.S. moves one step closer to cutting U.N. funding

Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham introduced legislation yesterday that would prohibit the United States from funding any United Nations entity unless or until the Security Council rescinds last month’s resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion. The resolution would affect every U.N. specialized agency or affiliate, including (but not limited to) UNICEF, peacekeeping, the World Bank, the World Food Program the International Atomic Energy Agency and more.

Human Rights
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Pakistan faces allegations of ‘enforced disappearance’ of activists

The government of Pakistan is under fire for the suspected abductions of at least four social media activists in the last week. Amid gathering protests and mounting pressure from human rights advocates and journalists, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan assured lawmakers on Tuesday that intelligence agencies are looking into the disappearances. Meanwhile, one more activist was reported missing today.

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