News in the Humanosphere: More Burmese migrant deaths reported by rights group

One IDP camp near Sittwe can only be accessed by sea with boats transporting vital aid supplies such as rice and cooking oil. Photo Credit: Mathias Eick, EU/ECHO

Yet more horrid wews from the Bay of Bengal
“Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims trying to escape trafficking ships, while others were Bangladeshi.” (AP http://yhoo.it/1QpJzEq)

El Niño is Spanish for
Farmers in Africa and East Asia are expected to suffer crop losses as extreme weather linked to the El Niño phenomenon alters rainfall patterns, scientists told a conference on climate change in Bonn on Wednesday. (TRF http://yhoo.it/1FTK5YN)

Quote of the day
“His intention in setting up this review is to ensure that the United Nations does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.”
—U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on the decision by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up an independent external review of its handling of the sex abuse scandal in the Central African Republic. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1JlnLLB)

Africa

Three senior officials from Nigeria’s central bank and two others from a commercial bank have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with currency fraud. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Jl97nm)

A U.N. panel accused Senegalese authorities of arbitrarily detaining the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade, and called on the government to hand over unspecified compensation, a draft report showed. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Jl9cHR)

Women in Zimbabwe are starting to venture out at night without fear of being arrested on prostitution charges after the Constitutional Court ruled it was illegal and sexist for police to indiscriminately arrest women on the streets and in public establishments. (AP http://yhoo.it/1QpJHUr)

African leaders will meet later this year in Togo to discuss drawing up a continental charter against maritime piracy, the country’s authorities have announced. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1QpJzV2)

Growing optimism over Africa’s economic future is set to draw more than 1,250 delegates from governments and international corporations Wednesday to the three-day “African Davos” in Cape Town, the World Economic Forum said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1HKQVhd)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo’s forests, undermining efforts to protect the world’s second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1JqweeO)

Patient and leading health organizations in South Africa have now joined a Fix the Patent Laws campaign launched in 2011 by Treatment Action Campaign and Doctors Without Borders to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws. (IPS http://bit.ly/1QpTrOG)

MENA

Conflicts and instability are hampering the fight against hunger in the Middle East at a time when undernourishment is on the rise, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warned Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1QpJFMu)

Libyan politicians and activists resumed talks on Wednesday, aimed at forming a unity government to end the power struggle between two rival administrations that mediators fear could turn the North African country into a failed state. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1QpJBwc)

British pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca plc signed Tuesday a deal with private Algerian firms Salhi and Hasnaoui to build a $125 million plant in the North African country, the partners announced. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1JqwdaB)

Asia

Death threats to academics in Bangladesh, including the junior home minister, are fueling a climate of fear following the killings this year of three online critics of religious nationalism in the Muslim-majority nation. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1QpJz7w)

An independent Afghan anti-corruption body warned Wednesday that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Jl976N

Dozens of family members walked in protest on Wednesday to the rescue site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River, asking for news of their relatives who are missing after the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1JqwgTY)

Myanmar brought ashore more than 700 “boat people” it had kept at sea for days aboard a seized vessel, as the United States on Wednesday called on the country to help solve a migrant crisis by recognizing the rights of its Muslim Rohingya minority. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HKQOST)

The Americas

About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABCs of journalism: how to craft a news story, write a headline and check sources. (AP http://yhoo.it/1HKQRy3)

A commission called Tuesday for increased funding for education of Canada’s aboriginal population to repair the damage caused during the last century by Christian-run boarding schools for Indians, Inuits and mixed-race children. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Jqw9b5)

El Salvador recorded a grisly milestone with 635 homicides in May, believed to be the most killings for a single month since the Central American nation’s civil war ended in 1992. (AP http://yhoo.it/1HKQMdL)

Lawmakers in Colombia passed a bill imposing tough sentences for hate crimes against women. The bill was passed with 104 votes in support and three against. It still needs to be signed by the president to become law. (BBC http://bbc.in/1KEbUVW)

Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1JqwdYe)

A prolonged drought in the Caribbean has left farmers vulnerable and worried. (IPS http://bit.ly/1HKQjrY)

...and the rest

An international commitment to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to help vulnerable countries tackle climate change is unlikely to be met if only government funding from rich nations is counted towards it, researchers said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1IhtpxV)

The world economy risks being bogged down in a low growth spiral unless measures are taken to spur demand and incite businesses to boost their stubbornly sluggish investments. (AP http://yhoo.it/1IhtBNF)

A new study by the Geneva-based Global Sanitation Fund, says 2.5 billion people, or 40 percent of the global population, lack access to decent sanitation, including more than a billion who defecate in the open. (IPS http://bit.ly/1QpT6eU)

Opinion/Blogs

Map of the Day: Can Sierra Leone Kick Ebola? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1JqIWtW)

Are landslides Nepal’s next big killer? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1Fu7jkW)

Tijuana: From Sin City to Mexican tech hub? (CNN http://cnn.it/1JqDJ5v)

The U.S. Indictments of FIFA’s Corrupt Officials Are Legally, Morally, and Politically Justified (Global Anticorruption Blog http://bit.ly/1FubM6Z)

How looking through a doughnut can test if South Africa is on track for inclusive and sustainable development (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1Jlti4M)

21 ways the SDGs can have the best impact on girls (Guardian http://bit.ly/1KEc6Vh)

Are The Vaccine Court’s Requirements Too Strict? (Shots http://n.pr/1QpXM4k)

The War Story We Need Right Now (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/1JqIDPN)

Why isn’t Guinea-Bissau prepared for Ebola? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1Fu7gW1)

Agriculture will drive Africa’s rise to economic power (Guardian http://bit.ly/1KEcdA7)

In CAR, data is not enough (Devex http://bit.ly/1Qq35Rj)

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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]humanosphere.org.