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News in the Humanosphere: Ebola reaches Liberia’s capital

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Ebola Reaches Monrovia…At least seven people are believed to have died from Ebola in the Liberian capital city.  (Boston.Com)

Another World Cup Bombing, This Time in Nigeria…An explosion has hit northern Nigeria’s Yobe state at a venue televising a World Cup football match, residents and security officials say…(BBC)

Doctors Without Borders says an aerial bombing run over a Sudanese village hit one of its medical facilities, partially destroying a hospital. (AP)

A senior UN official says millions of people caught in crises are unable to get the aid they need due to a lack of funding. The UN says most of these crises are potentially explosive and could erupt into regional conflicts. (VOA)

Female genital mutilation, the excision of the clitoris practiced widely in African and many Muslim countries, is a means for men to maintain control of women and must be eradicated, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said. (Reuters)


Officials in Nigeria say more than 20 people were killed when gunmen believed to be Boko Haram militants attacked a village in the country’s northeast. (VOA)

The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement, for poor progress in meeting democratic norms, is threatening the livelihoods of tens of thousands of worker in a country where unemployment is already above 40 percent. (IRIN)

The International Committee of the Red Cross has begun distributing seeds and farming equipment in the Central African Republic. The ICRC said the aid is vital to the survival of families who fled rebel attacks and now are returning home to find their farms and granaries destroyed. (VOA)

Hundreds of South Sudanese children marched through the streets of Juba, carrying hand-painted posters and placards calling on grown-ups in the country to stop six months of fighting so that they can lead normal lives again. (VOA)

A week after yet another peace deal was signed for South Sudan, the threat of famine still stalks the world’s youngest nation, where more than seven million people are at risk of hunger and disease, a top U.N. official has warned. (VOA)

The Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern Region where a recent meningitis outbreak has already caused at least 52 deaths since the beginning of the year. (UNICEF)


An outbreak of deadly MERS virus infections remains a serious public health problem, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, but an upsurge in cases is abating and the disease does not constitute a global emergency. (VOA)


Thai government officials are defending their country’s rights record as the US State Department prepares to issue its annual human trafficking report. Thailand faces a possible downgrade to the worst offenders’ category. (VOA)

Cambodian workers are streaming home from Thailand by the tens of thousands, prompting a situation that observers say will create problems as well as opportunities in their home country. (VOA)

Solomon Islands flood victims still say they won’t leave evacuation centers until the government comes through with its promise to resettle them. (ABC)

Families of asylum-seekers killed in a shipwreck off Australia’s Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the government, arguing it breached its duty of care in a move Canberra Tuesday blasted as “shameful.” (AP)

The Americas

Thousands of children never make it as far as the United States. This year alone, 4,500 unaccompanied minors from Honduras have already been detained in Mexico and deported. (CNN)

Argentine leader says she won’t honor $1.3 billion debt ruling despite US Supreme Court loss. (AP)


‘What’s Wrong With an African Spring?’ (RNW)

Global Prosperity Wonkcast: If China Sneezes, Will Latin America Catch Pneumonia? (CGD)

Is Tanzania Stepping Into Energy Trap? (EA Business)

Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity (Policy Innovations)

Do We Practice Climate-Smart Agriculture? (Development that Works)

Of Temples, Toilets and Tendencies: New Survey from RICE (Development Horizons)

Aid transparency hits a new low (Development Policy Centre)

The legacy of the ‘German Bob Geldof of development aid’ (Africa is a Country)


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]