News in the Humanosphere: Peace deal in Mali

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The accord gives greater autonomy to the Tuareg homeland region in northern Mali. It has been many, many months in the making. “Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal on Saturday to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency.The Algiers Accord aims to bring stability to the country’s vast northern desert, cradle of several Tuareg uprisings since the 1960s and a sanctuary for Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaida. The agreement had already been signed in May by the government and loyalist militias but the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), a coalition of rebel groups, had been holding out until amendments were agreed.(AFP http://yhoo.it/1JcK1r3)

Germany detains Al Jazeera journalist, pending possible extradition to Egypt
”The detention of Mr. Mansour is the latest salvo in a two-year confrontation between Egypt and Al Jazeera. The network, owned by Qatar, was notably supportive of Mr. Morsi, the deposed president, and his Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. Since Mr. Morsi’s ouster, Al Jazeera has been sharply critical of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who as a general led the military takeover.An Egyptian-British journalist working for the television news network Al Jazeera remained in German custody on Sunday pending a court ruling on the validity of an Egyptian arrest warrant that served as grounds for his detention at a Berlin airport over the weekend. His lawyers said the charges were politically motivated. The journalist, Ahmed Mansour, 52, is one of a long list of figures whose arrest and extradition the Egyptian government has demanded since the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi almost two years ago. “ (NYT http://nyti.ms/1dYrHUP)

Africa

Angolan police arrested more than a dozen people on Saturday for allegedly planning to organize protests threatening “order and public security”, a statement by Angola’s Ministry of the Interior said on Sunday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LnU4Kg)

Heavy rains in Ivory Coast have killed at least 16 people so far in June in the economic capital Abidjan, including six this weekend, civil protection said Sunday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1TGlpde)

Three Kenyan soldiers were wounded on Sunday when their truck hit a make-shift bomb that police said had been planted by insurgents from Somali Islamist group al-Shabab. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1H7gYF1)

The United Nations on Sunday appointed a Senegalese diplomat to facilitate talks between rival factions in Burundi’s political crisis after the opposition accused the previous mediator of bias. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1Ltmakm)

Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half, the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes fade for peace in the world’s newest nation. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LnU78W)

South Africa’s main opposition on Sunday called for a full investigation into the government’s failure to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who is due to face charges of genocide at the International Criminal Court. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LtmijG)

Chad’s decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1GBcl2u)

Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana’s capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month’s deadly floods. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LtmhfC)

The newly elected head of South Africa’s biggest mine union said on Sunday that his members were still being paid “apartheid” wages, signaling a hard line ahead of gold sector wage talks due to start on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1GBcx1Y)

Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been advised by his transition committee to end a fuel subsidy program and privatize Nigeria’s four refineries, senior sources said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1TGlqOz)

The minerals in the southeastern Katanga region represent potential riches for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a lack of electricity is preventing the country from fully exploiting them. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1GBclQd)

MENA

An international medical aid agency on Sunday voiced alarm over a fuel blockade imposed by the Islamic State group in northern Syria that it says is badly hindering relief efforts. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1GBcnaT)

The Washington correspondent of a major Turkish newspaper said on Sunday he was under investigation for libel and allegedly insulting President Tayyip Erdogan, in what may be Turkey’s latest crackdown on media coverage critical of the authorities. (Reuters http://reut.rs/1dYrQHO)

Asia

Deadly clashes were raging Sunday in northern Afghanistan where Taliban insurgents have seized a key district, but lost control of another to Afghan national security forces. Meanwhile, the United Nations condemned the overnight killing of 19 Afghan civilians in a roadside blast in a southern province. (VOA http://bit.ly/1LnUmAV)

South Korea reported three new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Sunday, bringing the total to 169 in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia, but Thailand said it had no new infections. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1TGl9Lu)

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that senior Obama administration officials had raised U.S. concerns with him about India’s handling of intellectual property rights during his U.S. visit this week. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1GBckMe)

Indonesian companies are shedding jobs as they grapple with the weakest economic growth in six years, adding to the troubles facing President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year on pledges to dig the country out of a rut. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1TGlayV)

Ten more people died in Mumbai from drinking tainted liquor, raising the death toll to 94 in the worst such incident in India in more than a decade, police said Sunday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1GBclzA)

The Americas

A 62-year-old man in Guatemala has received a hero’s welcome after a 125-mile march in protest against government corruption. (BBC http://bbc.in/1H7gONN)

Marchers hit the Caracas streets Saturday to demand elections and the release of jailed Venezuelan opposition activists including figurehead Leopoldo Lopez, who has been on hunger strike since May 24. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1TGl3Ds)

...and the rest

More of Britain’s overseas aid budget should be used to discourage mass migration from Africa so that the U.K. does not have to “fish” refugees out of the Mediterranean, Michael Fallon, the defense secretary, has suggested. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1H7gKxv)

Turkey’s nationalists closed the door this weekend on forming a coalition with the country’s main opposition party, seemingly setting the stage either for new parliamentary elections or for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party to remain in power with nationalist support. The price for that, however, could be the end of peace talks between Ankara and the Kurds. (VOA http://bit.ly/1LtmYFL)

Opinion/Blogs

World Refugee Day 2015: The Urgent Need For A Fresh Perspective On Global Migration (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1da3uKy)

Making Human Rights Violations Visible: The UN Commission of Inquiry on Sri Lanka (Justice in Conflict http://bit.ly/1LnWM2v)

Exploring solutions journalism with David Bornstein (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/1LnWNU1)

A first glimpse into Finland’s aid cuts (Devex http://bit.ly/1da3w5f)

Not just a domestic problem: everyday discrimination against women in urban Timor-Leste (Development Policy http://bit.ly/1da39re)

Humanitarian funding is not enough: we must increase people’s resilience (Guardian http://bit.ly/1MY7OZA)

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia: life after the boat journey (ODI http://bit.ly/1LnWU28)

Sparking Our Interest: Nepal Relief, Big Money and Beating Hunger (Tiny Spark http://bit.ly/1LnX1uB)

Why Ebola Won’t Go Away In West Africa (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/1da3tpW)

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