News in the Humanosphere: Deadly attacks across Afghanistan

Afghans help an injured man at a hospital after an explosion struck a protest march, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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. Wahidullah Majrooh, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry, said 80 injured people and 30 bodies were taken to Kabul hospitals. Many officials feared that the number of casualties would rise. The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility for the Parliament bombings. (NYT http://nyti.ms/2j56gbn)

Elections have consequences, vaccine preventable illness edition…Donald Trump met Tuesday with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent skeptic of vaccines for children, and asked him to head a new commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, suggesting that the president-elect continues to believe a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. (WaPo http://wapo.st/2j4ZTVt)

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A Congolese opposition leader who unsuccessfully challenged President Denis Sassou Nguesso at the polls has been arrested, a police source said. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2ifn2Dz)

Flash floods in southern Thailand washed out a bridge on the country’s main north-south highway on Tuesday, backing up traffic for 125 miles as the death toll from days of unseasonable rain rose to 25, media reported. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2j1ZTF8)

The United Nations reports increasing numbers of civilians are fleeing Mosul as Iraqi military operations to wrest the city from Islamic State control intensify. (VOA http://bit.ly/2icNvOJ)

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara named former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice-president, a new post created under a constitution approved by referendum late last year. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2icPClr)

A Gambian court has postponed a decision on the ruling party’s challenge to the presidential election results until Monday, just days before President-elect Adama Barrow expects to be inaugurated on Jan. 19. (AP https://yhoo.it/2iffMHG)

Kenya’s government is threatening to fire the more than 5,000 doctors who have been on strike for more than a month if they don’t return to work on Wednesday. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ifxcnp)

Indigenous groups and river dwellers are battling the government and big corporations over the huge dams being built to meet Brazil’s energy needs. (BBC http://bbc.in/2jf8vpL)

Eleven health facilities in Sudan, funded by the U.N. and serving people displaced by conflict in the region, have been forced to close due to lack of money. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2j1XVF7)

South Sudan’s president says a peace deal signed to end his country’s civil war is alive and being implemented. (AP https://yhoo.it/2ifkzJl)

Afghanistan now a ‘continual emergency’ as war drives record numbers from their homes, warns U.N. (IRIN http://bit.ly/2jzQANN)

Opinion/Blogs

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world. She knows how to stop them. (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/2jfiATs)

The struggle for moral authority in Zimbabwe (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2jfiRpB)

Tom Hiddleston At Golden Globes: Maybe Not The Best Charity Spokesman (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2icS8bu)

Experimental Conversations: New Book on Randomized Controlled Trials (Marc Bellemare http://bit.ly/2jf9OVO)

X-Factor style accountability contest boosts integrity among government officials (Devex http://bit.ly/2j1S3LR)

What is Fiscal Justice? A rationale and some great examples (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/2id0bVE)

A closer look at the 2016 Australian aid transparency audit (Dev Policy http://bit.ly/2ifD5B5)

How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS (The Conversation http://bit.ly/2icZHyX)

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