News in the Humanosphere: Trump steps in as 45th U.S. president

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/flickr)

Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, ushering in a new and more unpredictable era in which he vowed to shatter the established order and restore American greatness. From the West Front of the Capitol, overlooking a crowd of hundreds of thousands as rain began to fall, Trump presented a dark vision of a nation afflicted by division and dislocation, exploited and forgotten by a group of Washington elites and diminished around the world. His arrival, he promised, would finally turn it around. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he declared in a forceful 16-minute Inaugural Address. “The time for empty talk is over,” he added later. “Now arrives the hour for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you it cannot be done.” (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2k9kLrD)

New Gambian president sworn in….in Senegal…Gambian President Adama Barrow has taken the oath of office in neighboring Senegal, while the country’s defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down from power, deepening a political crisis. Barrow was inaugurated on Thursday in a hastily arranged ceremony at Gambia’s embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. “This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in a lifetime,” Barrow said in a speech immediately after being sworn in. The small embassy room held about 40 people, including Senegal’s prime minister and the head of Gambia’s electoral commission. Also at the event were officials from West Africa’s regional bloc, ECOWAS, which is threatening a military intervention to force outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, who lost an election last month, to step down. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2iXiEtc)

Stat of the day…According to a new U.N. report Nearly 58 percent of Latin Americans or close to 360 million people, is either overweight or obese. (Reuters http://reut.rs/2k7I3lv)

Top Stories

Uganda detained more than 100 former M23 rebels trying to return to neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, breaking a deal to demobilize after their defeat in 2013, the government said on Thursday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2k84o2r)

A prominent Mexican environmentalist has been shot dead in his home state of Chihuahua after receiving death threats. (BBC http://bbc.in/2k7LlW4)

Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected 20 feet over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said on Thursday, based on clues from an ancient warm period. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2iY9zQP)

Colombia has extradited to the U.S. a prominent Panamanian businessman accused of running a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP https://yhoo.it/2iY5psh)

Afghan journalists say they are facing more risks than ever as both insurgents and unscrupulous government officials increasingly threaten, assault, and even murder reporters. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2jdq0X2)

Sudan is ready to sign a peace agreement with a major rebel group in the long-standing Darfur conflict, a government official said on Thursday, just days after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended a unilateral ceasefire. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2jdpHf1)

Bahraini authorities have lifted a ban preventing independent newspaper Al-Wasat from publishing online. (AP https://yhoo.it/2jdimMt)

The European Union gave Zambia about $69 million to expand electricity supply in the continent’s second-biggest copper producer, which faces a power deficit that has hit mining and agriculture. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2jdlpnD)

More than 40 percent of Syrian child refugees are missing out on education in Turkey raising the risk of a “lost generation,” U.N. children’s fund UNICEF said Thursday. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2k87nrL)

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Pakistan to free two local journalists who were convicted on defamation charges. (AP https://yhoo.it/2jdqo7Q)

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, the most dangerous form of TB, is on the rise in South Africa, according to a new study. So-called XDR-TB does not respond to four or more drugs typically used to treat tuberculosis, making the condition potentially lethal. (VOA http://bit.ly/2k7IIU2)

The U.N. refugee agency, International Organization for Migration and 72 other partners are appealing for $691 million to implement a new plan to relocate and help ease the plight of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe this year. (VOA http://bit.ly/2jdcOS8)

Opinion/Blogs

What’s next for Israel and Palestine? (Global Dispatches podcast http://bit.ly/2k7BO18)

The problem with photojournalism and Africa (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2iPe8cE)

African women form a united front in the battle for equality (Guardian Podcast http://bit.ly/2k8cYyo)

Is Globalisation Reversible? (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/2k8bvrw)

Three unconventional places to look for humanitarian solutions in 2017 (ODI http://bit.ly/2jQZt2o)

The ingredients of aid transparency: political commitment, consumer pressure, the right tools (Dev Policy http://bit.ly/2iGIH9i)

African inequality rising (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2jEdXW3)

What to do with a successful partnership? End it (Devex http://bit.ly/2jRel0U)

Where Does Support for Female Genital Cutting Come From? (Marc Bellemare http://bit.ly/2iY3CU4)

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