News in the Humanosphere: Suicide bomber strikes Mali military camp, kills more than 40

Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist group linked to al-Qaida, claimed a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali on Wednesday that killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 100 others, according to a Mauritanian news agency. The attack struck at the heart of still-fragile efforts by the government and rival armed groups to work together to quell the violence that has plagued the restive desert north for years. (Reuters http://reut.rs/2iK3FiN)

Inauguration day in Gambia…Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the country’s embassy in Senegal on Thursday afternoon, even though longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh has yet to concede power, a spokesman for his coalition said. The move is bound to inflame tensions in Gambia and could hasten a possible military intervention by other West African countries that have stationed troops at the country’s border with Senegal since Wednesday night. In previous interventions, the Economic Community of West African Countries, of which Gambia is a member, sent forces after a request from the president. (WSJ http://on.wsj.com/2jco69h)

Top Stories

A shooting at an American school in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey has left at least five people injured, officials say. (BBC http://bbc.in/2jAo51X)

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara ordered his defense minister and the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Wednesday to hold talks with members of the security forces to discuss grievances in a bid to end two weeks of unrest. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2joLW2A)

An Indian court has sentenced 39 people to 10 years in prison each for buying and selling girls in Karnataka state, signaling a rare victory for prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking cases ends in a conviction. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2jp4q2H)

Colombia’s second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician that it has held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday. (AP https://yhoo.it/2jypgPO)

Guatemala on Wednesday arrested the brother of the country’s president, who swept to victory with an anti-graft campaign, and ordered the leader’s son be detained for their alleged involvement in corruption. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2jp1i71)

The United Nations doubts the willingness of the South Sudan government to cooperate with the deployment of thousands more peacekeepers and urged the Security Council to apply “credible pressure,” according to a report. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2k57FzH)

Indonesian police on Wednesday said they were investigating whether the controversial leader of a hardline Islamist group insulted the country’s secular state ideology, as concern grows over the clout of fundamentalist groups. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2iSGO7S)

The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Somalia, which sparked outrage after a video of the alleged incident was posted on social media, will be the first substantial test of a law aimed at tackling pervasive sexual violence in the country. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2iCHLDb)

More than six months after Iraqi forces retook Fallujah from the Islamic State group, reconstruction is slow and the government risks alienating those residents who have returned to the city. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2joWKgU)

At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness – the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars. (AP https://yhoo.it/2ja9RSj)

International aid groups needs more than a half a billion dollars this year to help millions of Afghans struggling with increased violence and a bleak economy, as a humanitarian crisis worsens, a senior U.N. official said. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2joWwGA)

Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to represent America at the United Nations, faced little resistance Wednesday at a mostly friendly confirmation hearing. (The Hill http://bit.ly/2iKchGl)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is determined to reform the world body and to see a diplomatic “surge” to overcome obstacles in peace talks. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2jArT3l)

Europe’s top official for migration on Wednesday deplored the plight of thousands of refugees and other migrants in camps on Greece’s eastern Aegean island of Lesbos who face harsh winter conditions. (AP https://yhoo.it/2ja6xGP)

Opinion/Blogs

A woman who broke her leg in India then died from it in Nevada. She is the most important public health story of our era (UN Dispatch bit.ly/2iK8AAh)

What the critics get wrong about inequality and Oxfam (The Politics of Poverty Blog http://bit.ly/2jMt9Og)

How this torture survivor from Chad made good on ‘a pact with God’ (PRI http://bit.ly/2iBZ3jC)

What is the ‘global gag rule’, and why does Trump support it? (Guardian http://bit.ly/2k0Y5tv)

Breaking down the barriers to treating malnutrition (IRIN http://bit.ly/2jLBLEP)

Can Burundi Bury the Ghosts of Its Troubled Past? (ISS http://bit.ly/2iCavvM)

The Gambia: five things to know (AFP https://yhoo.it/2k5aCA1)

In Trade with Africa, US Is Playing Catch-up (VOA http://bit.ly/2k59kFr)

Why Is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB On The Rise? (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2jMGkir)

The Case Against Empathy (Tiny Spark http://bit.ly/2jMxnVY)

Modernize, don’t remove, Sudan’s sanctions (The Hill http://bit.ly/2jMvXed)

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