News in the Humanosphere: 9 June 2014


A Liberian-flagged oil tanker has gone missing off the coast of Ghana and a senior port official told Reuters the captain sent a distress call to say the vessel was attacked by pirates… (Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram militants from Nigeria attacked a town in Cameroon’s far north but local security forces fought them off, killing at least two gunmen, Cameroon’s government said. (Reuters

Up to 37 people including women and children were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern province of South Kivu in an attack that government officials blamed on a dispute over cattle. (Reuters

South Sudan’s presidential spokesman says Sudan is undermining the legitimacy of President Salva Kiir’s government and bilateral relations between the two nations after representatives of rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar were allowed to hold a news conference in the neighboring country during the weekend. (VOA

Some Non-Governmental Organisations in Zambia have threatened legal action against the government over threats of deregistration for refusing to register under the new NGO Act. (Times of Zambia

One person was killed Sunday in the Sudanese capital as police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration over water shortages, police and witnesses said. (AFP


The US is sending two senior diplomatic officials to Geneva for rare direct talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program. (VOA

A couple and their four children, the youngest just six months old, were killed Sunday in Syrian army air raids in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said. (AFP


10 gunmen infiltrated Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi, waging an extended firefight against security forces and shaking the country’s already fragile sense of security. (NYT

China’s foreign minister has held talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi on ways to boost diplomatic ties between the two governments. (VOA

More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said Sunday. (AP

Thai police arrested seven anti-coup protesters after a flashmob rally held Sunday outside a Bangkok shopping centre in defiance of thousands of security forces deployed city-wide to enforce a ban on political gatherings. (AP

The Americas

Metro workers in Sao Paulo vote to remain on strike in a dispute that could disrupt the opening match of the football World Cup on Thursday. (BBC

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels declared a ceasefire on Saturday for a three-week period covering a tight presidential election race on June 15, campaigning for which has centered on how to end five decades of war with the guerrilla group. (Reuters

Officials are working to improve conditions at a makeshift holding center in southern Arizona where immigration authorities are housing hundreds of unaccompanied migrant minors. (AP


New online magazine DevBalls holds aid industry to account (Humanosphere

Universal health coverage – but mind the equity gaps (ODI

Q&A: Developing World Leads in Advancement of Climate Change Laws (IPS

Why I wear the Mexican education minister’s watch (BBC

Help yourself: How do poor women and men understand their right to food? (From Poverty to Power

A model for development built on indigenous foundations (SciDevNet

Categorizing the poor (Pieria

SIBs, DIBs and Ad-Libs (Stanford Social Innovation Review

Madam Secretary Made a Difference (NY Times


Over the past week, the United Nations Development Programme has delivered 500 tons of concentrate animal feed, fertiliser and seeds to farmers in 15 flood-affected municipalities, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (UNDP

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]