News in the Humanosphere: Deadly clashes in Kashmir

Kashmiri Muslim student Hilal Ahmed Hajam, left, and Nasir Ahmed Mir inspects the damage of a partially burned government high school in Goripora, outskirts of Srinagar, India controlled Kashmir, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir Sunday, a police spokesman said. It is the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. (VOA http://bit.ly/2kHcuOx)

Bye bye Bibi? Police are likely to recommend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted following an investigation into bribery allegations. … The leader is accused of accepting of tens of thousands of dollars in gifts – including suits and cigars – from wealthy businessmen. He has vigorously denied any wrongdoing. Details of the probes into Netanyahu have been scarce, and it was reported in June that the Chief of the Israeli Police Roni Alsheikh had demanded they be conducted in total secrecy.  (The Independent http://ind.pn/2l3FZv2)

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A South Sudanese general has resigned while telling President Salva Kiir “you have disgraced yourself” by subjecting the civil war-torn country to ethnic bias and “unacceptable cycles of violence.” (News 24 http://bit.ly/2l3MZrH)

Mexicans held what is shaping up to be their largest protest yet against U.S. President Donald Trump, hitting back Sunday at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and vows to make the country pay for his “big, beautiful” border wall. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kHRKWZ)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.N. envoy to Yemen had his full support, days after Yemen’s Houthi group asked him not to renew the diplomat’s term due to what it said was bias against the Iranian-aligned movement. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2kX3Slx)

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on all armed ethnic groups to sign a cease-fire agreement during a speech Sunday in the same place where her father, an independence hero, signed a peace deal 70 years ago. (AP https://yhoo.it/2khj0Ni)

Syria’s opposition on Sunday announced its 21-member delegation, including 10 rebel representatives, for a new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva scheduled for Feb. 20. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kHSMlG)

Philippine authorities have begun to restore electricity and water supply to areas hit by a powerful earthquake in the south that killed six and damaged public infrastructure. (TRF http://tmsnrt.rs/2kH9Kk8)

In an abrupt about-face, the Trump administration suddenly vetoed former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s appointment to lead the U.N. mission in Libya, shocking U.S. partners on the Security Council and some career U.S. diplomats, according to those diplomatic sources. (Foreign Policy atfp.co/2kTTxGP)

A top militant and three others were killed in Central African Republic when a U.N. helicopter fired on fighters advancing towards the town of Bambari, a rebel group said on Sunday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2kX3PWT)

Famine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2kheb70)

Opinion/Blogs

Is Gross National Happiness the new GDP? (Global Dispatches podcast http://bit.ly/2l7MRqT)

From the World Government Summit: Can Governments Make You Happy? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2l3tDTv)

CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick – What Now? (AllAfrica http://bit.ly/2lFj3zw)

How long can Ethiopia’s state of emergency keep the lid on anger? (Guardian http://bit.ly/2kHRS92)

The gender woes of Australian NGOs (Dev Policy http://bit.ly/2khnN1p)

The UK’s aid commitments are under threat. It’s time to defend them (Guardian http://bit.ly/2kzUza1)

Thirty-Six Years of Mugabe and Why He Remains (Africa at LSE http://bit.ly/2lDKHw6)

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