News in the Humanosphere: Deadly bombing in Somalia

Al Shabaab members in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2010. The spread of the extremist group into Kenya has prompted a vicious crackdown. --AP

A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president. The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened. “We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured,” Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance Service, told Reuters. Madina hospital took in 47 injured people, Dr Mohamed Yusuf, the manager, said. Witness Abdulle Omar said the market was destroyed. “I was staying in my shop when a car came in into the market and exploded. I saw more than 20 people lying on the ground. Most of them were dead,” he said. Al Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent group that is fighting the U.N.-backed Somali government, did not immediately claim responsibility.” (Reuters http://reut.rs/2lxfyxE)

Gaffe of the weekend: U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Sweden experienced an immigration-related security incident prompted a baffled response from the Scandinavian country on Sunday as diplomats asked for an explanation and citizens responded with amusement. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2laJnU1)

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Gambia’s President Adama Barrow vowed on Saturday to revive the country’s faltering economy with sweeping reforms as he sought to draw a line under the erratic 22-year rule of his predecessor. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2laWfJZ)

Dozens of people have been injured in an explosion in the Colombian capital Bogota, the mayor’s office has said. The explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march. (BBC http://bbc.in/2m1DeYT)

With military operations to retake western Mosul beginning, humanitarian organizations are warning that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risk. (OCHA http://bit.ly/2m1wH09)

Pakistan’s decision to close two border crossings with Afghanistan following a wave of deadly attacks has forced cross-border trade to grind to a halt. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2lxa1r3)

The last 300 members of Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, have arrived in their transition zone to disarm. (BBC http://bbc.in/2laz1DQ)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2laKzXy)

As the world’s oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. Those closest to Mugabe, who has led this southern African nation for nearly four decades, appear to be finally looking ahead to a future without him, amid uncertainty. (AP http://apne.ws/2m1Atqt)

Opinion/Blogs

What We Know About Ebola’s “Superspreaders:” The tiny fraction of infected people who caused the most infections (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2kNYKOL)

Lessons on Democracy From Gambia (The Conversation http://bit.ly/2kXdhbK)

Is German Development Aid Policy Out of Date and Out of Touch? (DW http://bit.ly/2kX7wLm)

Shaping the future of work in a digital world – why should development organizations care? (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/2lxbHAN)

Can crunchy caterpillars help tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso? (TRF http://bit.ly/2kNWpDx)

Ending TB requires global support (Dev Policy http://bit.ly/2lwZg7U)

On President Trump’s Call with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (Sahel Blog http://bit.ly/2kNZaoj)

3 changes the OECD needs to make to guard the poorest in new aid rules (Devex http://bit.ly/2kNUv67)

How to achieve the SDGs by 2030 – lessons from 50 case studies (ODI http://bit.ly/2lA3hJ2)

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