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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.

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News in the Humanosphere: Deadly attacks across Afghanistan

A double bombing by the Taliban near the Afghan Parliament office compound in Kabul on Tuesday killed dozens of people during the early evening rush hour, officials said. The assault in the Afghan capital was the deadliest of several high-profile attacks on Tuesday, including an explosion at a government guesthouse in the southern province of Kandahar that wounded the provincial governor and the visiting ambassador of the United Arab Emirates.

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News in the Humanosphere: Political crisis in Ivory Coast sees PM resign

Ivory Coast’s prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan resigned along with his government Monday, a day after the end of a short-lived army mutiny that raised security fears in the world’s top cocoa producer. Although the resignation is standard procedure as it follows legislative elections in December, it comes at a time of mounting speculation that former rebel leader Guillaume Soro engineered Friday’s mutiny as he is angling for the prime ministerial post or the vice presidency.

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News in the Humanosphere: Attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic leaves two dead

Two Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were killed and two others wounded by unknown attackers in the southeast of the country, the U.N. mission there said. The peacekeepers were escorting fuel trucks on Tuesday afternoon about 37 miles west of the town of Obo when they were attacked, the mission said in a statement, adding that the assailants fled into the bush.

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News in the Humanosphere: Syrians returning to homes in Aleppo, says U.N.

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city. In the last couple of days around 2,200 families have returned to the Hanano housing district, said Sajjad Malik, country representative in Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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