News in the Humanosphere: Doctors Without Borders opens new French refugee camp

(Richard Roche)

Doctors Without Borders has so far built around 200 of 375 planned cabins at the Grande-Synthe site to house 2,500 people – based there in the hope of reaching Britain. Most of these migrants – mainly Kurds from Iraq – have been living for months in atrocious conditions in the boggy, rat-infested camp of Grande-Synthe. Among them are 60 women and 74 children. (Telegraph http://bit.ly/1W4gaE3)

Huge U.S. bombing in Somalia…The United States has carried out an airstrike in Somalia, killing more than 150 fighters with the al-Qaida-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, following U.S. intelligence on preparations for a large-scale militant attack, the Pentagon said on Monday.The weekend strike using both manned and unmanned drone aircraft targeted al Shabaab’s “Raso” training camp, a facility about 120 miles north of the capital Mogadishu.  (Reuters http://yhoo.it/24Mmaak)

Infographic of the day…”Women’s Rights to Land” pulls together data from FAO, ILO, OECD, and from studies around the world to show the systematic barriers women face with regard to land and inheritance rights. (Landesa http://bit.ly/1W4fsXs)

Africa

Millions of Ethiopians, hit by the country’s worst drought in 50 years, need seeds to plant food crops and animal fodder during the current spring rains, the Food and Agricultural Organization said on Monday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1YnBCp4)

Human Rights Watch is calling for the African Union to establish a court to try the most serious cases of abuses in South Sudan where it says both the army and rebels have committed serious violations. (VOA http://bit.ly/1TmQCEh)

Nigeria’s former chief of defense staff pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of alleged fraud, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving around $15.1 million. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1YnBvK7)

Indonesia defended on Monday its decision to allow Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a suspected war criminal, into the country for a summit of Muslim nations. (AP http://yhoo.it/21Te6pc)

MENA

Dozens of militants stormed through a town in eastern Tunisia early Monday morning, attacking police and military posts and starting a firefight with security forces that left at least 53 people dead. (NYT http://nyti.ms/1puDjFc)

Russia’s defense ministry on Monday said it would open up its military facilities in Syria to international aid deliveries in a bid to bolster humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country. (AFP http://yhoo.it/21Www50)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday criticized the European Union for a four-month delay in disbursing a promised 3 billion euro fund for refugees agreed under a November deal. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1YnBxl2)

A member of the main Syrian opposition council indicated on Monday it will go to talks that the United Nations aims to convene in Geneva, though another opposition official said they had yet to make a decision. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/21Te0ho)

Asia

Sri Lanka will receive a loan of $1.5 billion from the International Monetary Fund to boost foreign exchange reserves and avert a balance of payments problem, a government minister said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1R3oDZZ)

Indonesia’s anti-graft commission on Monday said government agencies have agreed on a plan to combat corruption in the forestry industry that costs the state billions of dollars in lost revenue and is behind fires that pollute Southeast Asia. (AP http://yhoo.it/1R3oBBs)

The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations, providing relief to farmers and importers worried that any delay would spark a food crisis. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Qyct7T)

Twelve people were killed in a coal mine accident in China, state media reported Monday, the latest incident in the country’s notoriously dangerous industry. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1QycEQC)

The Americas

Oregon officials this week will release test results on soil from neighborhoods near two Portland glass factories accused of spewing toxic metals into the air for years, a revelation that has led to a class-action suit and demands for more oversight.(Reuters http://yhoo.it/1YnBx4I)

…and the rest

Three Syrian boys suffered electric shocks on Monday, with one seriously hurt, whilst playing atop a railway car at the Greek border camp of Idomeni, local police said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1R3oBBl)

Hungary plans to cut subsidies for refugees and radically reduce the space available in migrant detention centers in a move that a human rights body says is aimed at forcing refugees to leave the country. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1R3ouFP)

Thousands of refugees stranded on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia were anxiously awaiting news Monday from a European Union summit with Turkey that will seal their fate, as the chokehold on their route into Western Europe tightened. (AP http://yhoo.it/1R3oDcy)

Extreme downpours are increasingly hitting both the wettest and driest regions of the world and global warming will raise the risks of bigger cloudbursts for the rest of the century, a study showed on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1R3ovcY)

Opinion/Blogs

Meet a man who survived the Rwandan genocide to become Africa’s youngest billionaire. (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/1W4hzug)

Will Member States Finally Stop Peacekeeper Sex Abuse? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1nsb1d0)

How Africa Could Leapfrog Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy Alternatives (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1R3muxi)

Don’t dismiss, or panic over, N. Korea threats (AP http://yhoo.it/24MkrSh)

It’s Africa’s time to rise: let’s end our academic isolation (Guardian http://bit.ly/21WwFFC)

What’s Driving Sub-Saharan Africa’s Malnutrition Problem? (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1TmGWcH)

Outflanking the War on Drugs? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1TmH1wY)

Development finance in 2016: eight steps forward (Guardian http://bit.ly/21T42wu)

Book Review: The Self-Help Myth (Aidnography http://bit.ly/24MKM2R)

The politics of wages & violence in the FARDC (Rachel Strohm http://bit.ly/1R3IJmR)

These 9 crops are in climate change trouble (Devex http://bit.ly/1R3ILv0)

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