News in the Humanosphere: Red Cross suspends Afghan operations following deadly attack

Red Cross car crossing convoy of Humvees, near Kabul, Afghanistan. (Credit: swiss.frog/flickr)

Suspected Islamic State fighters killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were carrying supplies to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials. Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday’s attack in the northern Jowzjan province, said ICRC spokesperson  Thomas Glass, adding that the group did not know who was responsible for the attack… ICRC put its activities in the country on hold following the attack, the group’s global operations head Dominik Stillhart said, “because we need to understand what exactly happened before we can hopefully resume our operations”. Lotfullah Azizi, Jowzjan’s governor, told Reuters news agency the aid workers were in a convoy that was carrying supplies to areas hit by avalanches when they were targeted by fighters belonging to ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. (AL Jazeera  http://bit.ly/2knpNRP)

Yemen bans U.S. forces… Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials. Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen. (NYT http://nyti.ms/2knio4L)

Top Stories

More than 1,000 troops are patrolling the streets of the Brazilian city of Vitoria after a police strike led to a crime wave that has left dozens of people dead. (BBC http://bbc.in/2kTIoYW)

The UN appealed Wednesday for $2.1 billion to provide desperately needed aid to millions of people in war-ravaged Yemen this year, warning the country could soon face famine. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kTAjmP)

More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior United Nations officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, suggesting the death toll has been a far greater than previously reported. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2kn8iko)

The Syrian Red Crescent said on its Twitter account four volunteers were wounded, one critically, by shellfire as they distributed aid in Aleppo on Wednesday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2lpbgoy)

A court in Zimbabwe on Wednesday released on bail the pastor who last year led a surge of protests against President Robert Mugabe and is now facing subversion charges. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2k463BB)

Tanzania’s government is considering legal action to force former colonizer Germany to pay reparations for alleged atrocities committed over a century ago, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. (AP https://yhoo.it/2kIoU7p)

Syria’s justice ministry on Wednesday dismissed as “completely false” an Amnesty International report alleging up to 13,000 people were hanged over five years in a Syrian government prison. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kTK3gK)

Hungarian NGOs will have to declare foreign funding or face suspension under a proposal to be submitted to parliament, an official from the governing right-wing Fidesz party said Wednesday. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kOTKxB)

Sri Lanka says it needs more time to fulfill promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crime allegations from the nation’s long civil war, which ended nearly eight years ago. (AP https://yhoo.it/2lp19jG)

Italy will boost deportations of migrants who do not have a right to stay in the country and open new detention centers for those being sent home, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said on Wednesday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2k44Qdr)

President Donald Trump is planning to issue an executive order targeting a controversial Dodd-Frank rule that requires companies to disclose whether their products contain “conflict minerals” from a war-torn part of Africa, according to sources familiar with the administration’s thinking. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2kTzM4l)

Opinion/Blogs

Drug Resistant Malaria Found in Europe. How Worried Should We Be? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2k469cE)

What a cut to its UN funding does to US leverage in the world (PRI http://bit.ly/2ll5Xut)

Tackling drought with emergency aid is not the answer (IRIN http://bit.ly/2knq4nF)

After 50 years of conflict: Why peace talks can begin in Colombia (BBC http://bbc.in/2kn9vs1)

‘Edutainer’ Hans Rosling, Who Taught Us About The World, Has Died (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2kP1Mqc)

Can Barrow deliver on the promise of a “New Gambia”? (IRIN http://bit.ly/2kTGbwA)

Court mulls travel ban: To compound whiplash, or calm it? (AP https://yhoo.it/2loSmOO)

Was Amina Mohammed ‘Betrayed’ By Her Sub-Region? (Monitor http://bit.ly/2k3Ttan)

How can we tackle abuse in the global garment industry? (Dev Policy http://bit.ly/2kOXn6P)

Financing healthy futures to meet the SDGs (Devex http://bit.ly/2kONfuw)

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