News in the Humanosphere: Al Shabaab carries out deadly attack in Puntland, killing more than 60

Troops Advance during Anti-Shabaab Operation in Somalia (UN Photo/Stuart Price)

Heavily armed al-Shabab fighters have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials say. Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the dual challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2s972ZE)

Stat of the day:  A U.N. study of neonatal mortality around the world found that Africa has the highest rate, at 28 deaths for every 1,000 live births. In a study pertaining to 14 sub-Saharan African countries, Grady and her student investigators found that neonatal mortality was significantly associated with, among other factors, home births, where babies are delivered without the supervision of a trained professional.(VOA http://bit.ly/2sjuL9c)

Top Stories

Up to 10,000 people have been evacuated from a scenic coastal town in South Africa that has been devastated by wildfires, officials have said. (BBC http://bbc.in/2sjvk2X)

Al Jazeera Media Network was the victim of a cyber attack on all of its systems, websites, and social media platform, the network announced on Tuesday. The entire system, based in Doha, was, according to Al Jazeera, threatened by “continual hacking attempts.” (Tribune http://trib.in/2s94PO8)

Myanmar journalists sporting “Freedom of the Press” armbands gathered on Thursday to campaign against a law they say curbs free speech, at the start of a trial of two journalists who the Army is suing for defamation over a satirical article. (CSM http://bit.ly/2r6tBhu)

The United Nations Human Rights Office said Thursday it has “credible reports” indicating Islamic State fighters in Iraq killed at least 231 civilians who were trying to flee western Mosul. (VOA http://bit.ly/2r0jNlh)

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel group said it has handed in 30 percent of its weaponry to the United Nations, part of a peace deal signed with the government last year to end more than 52 years of war. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2r08BoP)

The United Nations World Food Program scaled back plans for emergency feeding of 400,000 people in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria due to funding shortfalls, a top U.N. official said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2s0k8I6)

Major European countries pledged to keep the Paris climate agreement on track amid “wavering” world commitment in a new development consensus agreed between the EU’s member states and signed in Brussels. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2s0JO7r)

 

A temperature increase of less than one degree Fahrenheit over half a century raised the probability of mass heat-related deaths in India by two and a half times, a new study has found, in the latest sign that even a slight rise can have a grave effect on health. (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2rQlpiI)

Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets — a signal it is stepping back from its global leadership on climate change just as the United States is also retreating. (AP http://bit.ly/2r0p8Jn)

Kenya has become the latest African country to introduce HIV self-testing kits in a bid to get more people to know their status and seek treatment. (VOA http://bit.ly/2r0gb2z)

More medical training and equipment mean Liberia’s medical services have improved since the 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 4,800 people in the country. (World Bank http://bit.ly/2rQlva4)

Opinion/Blogs

Saudi Arabia moves against Qatar. The Newest Crisis in the Middle East, Explained (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/2rPBoha)

Can direct democracy reenergize West’s disillusioned voters? (CSM http://bit.ly/2rZWDig)

Surveillance for good? Facebook tracks disaster victims (IRIN http://bit.ly/2rQjgn2)

Why the future of Brazil’s leader hangs in the balance (BBC http://bbc.in/2rFJHgY)

It’s no longer possible to predict what’ll happen in the Congo (African Arguments http://bit.ly/2sXP8W7)

An economic strategy for The Gambia (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2siK4ze)

Operation Starvation (Reinventing Peace http://bit.ly/2r5PJJ8)

How will we know if the SDGs are having any impact? (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/2r5u7fH)

After Trump, can Europe fill the gap on climate action? (Devex http://bit.ly/2r5AxvB)

What Future for 700 Million Arab and Asian Youth? (IPS http://bit.ly/2r6qHJN)

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