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News in the Humanosphere: Obama at UN; Ebola health workers attacked in Guinea

Red Cross Ebola team attacked…Injuries were sustained when people attacked a team of Red Cross workers who were collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea. “The attack is the most recent in a series that have plagued teams working to bury bodies safely, provide information about Ebola and disinfect public places. The most shocking was the abduction and killing last week in Guinea of eight people, health workers educating people about Ebola and the journalists accompanying them.” (AP

UNGA: Obama asks allies to join fight against ISIS…“Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can,” Mr. Obama said in a blunt declaration of his intentions. “We will neither tolerate terrorist safe-havens, nor act as an occupying power. We will take action against threats to our security, and our allies, while building an architecture of counterterrorism cooperation.” (NY Times

Developing country plea at the UN…Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told the United Nations on Wednesday that developing countries should be better represented in international financial institutions that otherwise are in danger of losing legitimacy. “The delay in the expansion of voting rights of developing countries in these institutions is unacceptable,” she said. (Reuters

International Criminal Court prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of murder, rape and recruiting of child soldiers in the Central African Republic over the past two years. (Reuters

West African nations hit by the Ebola virus epidemic will need international help to rebuild for years to come and it is time for mining companies and business to get involved, the head of the African Development Bank said. (Reuters

Droughts and heavy fighting have brought Somalia close to another bout of famine, just three years after food shortages killed 260,000 people in the troubled Horn of Africa country. (VOA

The 47,000 people who have fled to the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, lack most things. In some parts of the camp, 158 people are forced to share one latrine. (IRIN

With the Ghanaian currency having lost value recently and Ivory Coast more secure. Now, Ghanaian farmers are smuggling their cocoa beans into Ivory Coast, where they get more money for them. (VOA

A new study by the US Broadcasting Board of Governors and Gallup on women and media in Africa says education and language skills play a big role in influencing which platform women access most frequently. (VOA

The Guinean government says it is sending 2,000 young people door to door to educate families about Ebola. The initiative comes after the brutal killings of eight health workers and journalists as they traveled in the southeast as part of a government convoy to raise awareness about the virus. (VOA

With health clinics closed and people afraid to come in for treatment, Liberia’s national AIDS commission says they are now going door-to-door to get people to come take their antiretroviral medications. (VOA

More than two in three South African mothers in private hospitals give birth by caesarean section, way above the international average, research has shown. (Guardian

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s health minister who saw expanded care for people with HIV now has his sights set on noncommunicable diseases. (NPR

Aid agencies are tightening security measures in the Middle East and increasingly outsourcing work to local organizations to limit their exposure to multiplying risks across the region. (VOA

The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty. (IRIN

While a new agreement between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government may have temporarily reduced fears of all-out civil war, the country’s political, security and economic crises are unlikely to ease, leading NGOs to fear increasing humanitarian needs. (IRIN

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy will go into next year’s parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president and might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party, NLD officials said. (VOA

US Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly slammed North Korea’s human rights record and called on the reclusive state to close its labor camps. (VOA

At least 43 people have died and many are missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed India’s remote northeast, officials said. (Reuters

Cambodia announced Wednesday that it will sign a deal with Australia this week to resettle people who were denied asylum there. (AP

After a season of record-breaking drought across China, groundwater levels have hit historic lows this year in northeast and central parts of China where hundreds of millions of people live. (AP

The Americas

The Cuban state-owned pharmaceutical and chemical company Labiofam plans to build a complex in Bolivia that would help the South American country meet 100 percent of its demand for basic medicine, the company said. (VOA

The National Institute of Health of Colombia confirmed more than 1,600 cases of Chikungunya in 11 departments. (Prensa Latina

The US, Canada and European Union nations were among 30 states that agreed to halve forest loss by 2020 and work towards a 2030 goal. But Brazil, which owns the largest continuous rainforest on the planet, refused to sign because it could contravene national law. (BBC

After a steady rise during the past decade, Latin America’s middle class growth is moderating and ratings agency Moody’s believes the slowdown in middle class growth will likely have a broad economic impact as well affecting particular industries. (FTSE

Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, is getting ready for an unprecedented debate on the legalisation of therapeutic abortion, which is expected to be approved this year. (IPS

Markets in San Salvador sell abortion pills to women who need them, despite the fact that abortion is still illegal in the El Salvador. (NPR


Why are affected West African states so spectacularly ill-prepared to deal with Ebola (Africa is a Country

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi’s Jammed Traffic (NPR

How the CDC uses social media to inform Americans about Ebola outbreak (Humanosphere

Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling (Guardian

What the fall of Raqqa might mean for those threatened by IS rule (GlobalPost

How Can We Fight the Pandemic of Global Violence against Women? (CGD

Ebola’s children: here in hospital for a week and then gone forever (Guardian

Without Innovative Action, Ebola Could Be Entrenched In West Africa (NPR

The Fight Against the Long-Term Affects of Child Hunger Reaches Fever Pitch (IPS

Why rich countries worry more about climate change than poor ones (Vox


Children worldwide are subjected to multiple forms of abuse on a daily basis, but UNICEF says these forms of physical and psychological violence pale in comparison to what children are forced to endure in situations of conflict. (VOA

A new report predicts the world’s population is likely to increase to almost 11-billion by 2100. The new estimates are based on the most modern statistical tools. (VOA

A moral crusade similar to the campaign to abolish slavery will be needed if the world’s latest attempt to bring clean water and sanitation to hundreds of millions of people is to succeed, a global expert has warned. (Guardian


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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]