News in the Humanosphere: Refugees riot at Greece-Macedonia border

People hand in their documents for identification at the entrance of the transit center for refugees near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, after crossing the border from Greece. (Credit: AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

A riot broke out as hundreds of desperate refugees stranded at the Greece-Macedonia border smashed down a gate guarded by security forces on Monday. The razor-wire barrier was ripped open and border guards fired tear gas in response. Angry crowds shouted and pushed towards the barrier. Several men used a large steel post to ram the gate while trying to pry it open. “There was a state of panic and hope that finally those gates towards western Europe would open. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for these refugees and migrants who are here,” reported Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/1Sc8KPS)

Africa

The Somali president and leaders of countries contributing to the African Union force in Somalia are calling for the immediate resumption of military operations against the al-Shabab militant group. (VOA http://bit.ly/1n9j5Pt)

The electoral commission of Uganda is prepared to meet the legal challenges opposition presidential and parliamentary candidates plan to launch this week following the outcome of the February 18 general election, says Jotham Taremwa, spokesman for the electoral commission. (VOA http://bit.ly/1n9j1zs)

MENA

Syria’s opposition will stick to the cessation of hostilities despite what they said were 15 violations by Syrian government forces on Saturday and more breaches on Sunday, a spokesman for the High Negotiating Committee said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1LOth6o)

The United Nations and partner aid organizations plan to deliver life-saving aid to 154,000 Syrians in besieged areas in the next five days, the U.N. Resident Coordinator in Damascus Yacoub El Hillo said in a statement on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1KVZ76t)

The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1LoFHXK)

Palestinians have been barred from entering one of the largest Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank for five days after an attack that critically wounded a security guard, an official said on Sunday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1TLE1KF)

Aircraft attacked a convoy carrying suspected Islamic State militants near the northwestern Libyan town of Bani Walid early on Sunday, an official said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1QFy3Eo)

The International Organization for Migration said it is scaling up the repatriation of African migrants suffering abuse and exploitation in Libya, mainly at the hands of the police and the militias. (VOA http://bit.ly/1n9iY6A)

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday said Iran’s direct financial assistance to the families of Palestinians killed in a five-month wave of violence would be unacceptable. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1KVZ6iU)

Asia

South Korean opposition lawmakers seeking to block a government-backed “anti-terrorism” bill pushed their record-breaking filibuster into a sixth straight day of speeches in the parliamentary chamber on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1LoFFzi)

Hundreds of nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters rallied in Myanmar’s biggest city Sunday in support of retaining a constitutional clause barring Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the country’s recently elected ruling party, from becoming head of state. (AP http://yhoo.it)

Macau’s anti-corruption agency has begun an investigation into a former senior figure in the public prosecutions office, an official and lawmakers said on Sunday, the most high-profile graft case in the world’s largest gambling hub in a decade. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1LoFFPH)

The Americas

The Democratic Party released a video on Sunday slamming Republican presidential hopefuls for their opposition to action on climate change, suggesting the views clash with the reality of rising sea levels and shifting weather patterns. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1LoFGDc)

A Bolivian prosecutor on Sunday ordered President Evo Morales’s ex-girlfriend to be held in a public jail, saying she was a flight risk as she faces a string of corruption charges. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1n9j3Hy)

…and the rest

China and the New Development Bank BRICS concluded the legal proceedings with the signing of agreements on the bank”s headquarters before the start of operations. (Prensa Latina http://bit.ly/1TLE3SC)

Pope Francis on Sunday urged European countries struggling with the migrant crisis to “share the burden fairly,” amid growing divisions on how to handle the flow of people fleeing poverty and war. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1LoFGTS)

Germany wants North African countries to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers, its interior minister said ahead of a visit from Sunday to the region. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1TLE0q8)

A global scientific group on Sunday launched a three-year assessment of mankind’s impact on nature to help protect plants and animals from threats ranging from pollution to climate change. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1KVZ1vJ)

Opinion/Blogs

How South Africa’s Media Deny the Country’s Youth a Voice (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1LoFHHf)

Why An Ebola Body Collector Will Be Watching The Oscars Tonight (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/1QFy4s1)

Australia’s national interest statement on TPP neglects capital control risks (Interpreter http://bit.ly/1SaYeIB)

What Donald Trump teaches us about the stability of electoral democracies (Africanist Perspective http://bit.ly/1LOuHOf)

Want to Improve Education for Poor Kids Around the World? Here’s The Way (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1RyjO7S)

It’s the economy stupid, N°3 (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/1LOuL0v)

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