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News in the Humanosphere: trouble in Lesotho and a new Ebola vaccine shows potential

Katse Dam, Lesotho. (Credit: Andrew Ashton)

Big Trouble in Tiny Lesotho…There was a failed coup. Now, there threatens to be chaos. “Tlali Kamoli, who was removed from his post as army chief by Prime Minister Tom Thabane a little over a week ago, has refused to step down. Instead the military under his command attacked a host of police stations and his successor, Mahao, was the target of an attempted assassination. Thabane was also sent fleeing to neighbouring South Africa, where he spent days in talks before returning home last Wednesday under the protection of police provided by Pretoria. Kamoli had since refused all attempts to negotiate, Mahao said.”

Some Positive News About a Potential Ebola Vaccine. An experimental Ebola vaccine is now being tested in people, according to scientists who say the drug has shown promising results when it was tested on monkeys. The small clinical trial is using healthy human volunteers in the U.S.The Ebola vaccine is the subject of a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. Researchers say the vaccine treatment includes a booster shot to help the immune system fight off the virus for months after it’s first administered. (NPR) The study in Nature.

The world’s major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions needed to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report published on today shows. (Reuters)

Somalia replaced its national security director on Sunday and put its army on alert for retaliation after the Islamist militant group al Shabaab confirmed its leader had been killed in a US air strike. (Reuters)

The Ebola caseload continues to grow in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, even as more people accept the disease and try to stay safe. Yet the outbreak has paralyzed the country’s public health system, and existing Ebola treatment units are having to turn suspected cases away. (VOA)

Boko Haram has seized more towns along Nigeria’s northeastern border with Cameroon and is adopting a strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses said Sunday, as the militants pursue their new aim to carve out an “Islamic caliphate” under their black and white flag. (AP)

China has agreed to send about 700 combat forces to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, the government said. (Sudan Tribune)

President Barack Obama said he will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his strategy to deal with and ultimately defeat the Islamic State militants, whom he said could eventually become a threat to the United States. (VOA)

Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country’s first gay marriage, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals. (Reuters)

Despite ongoing violence and displacements across Iraq, UN agencies and humanitarian partners are responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis with lifesaving programs, from Basra in the southeast of the country to Anbar province west of Baghdad, to Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (IOM)

Yemeni riot police using tear gas and water cannons failed to break up a protest by Shi’ite Houthi rebels who are blocking the main road between the capital, Sana’a, and the airport. One report says a protester was killed while others were treated for inhaling tear gas. (VOA)

Qatar has confirmed it is holding two Britons who went missing while researching migrant labor issues, saying the men are being questioned for alleged illegal activity in the Gulf nation that is due to hold the 2022 World Cup. (AP)

Monsoon rains and flash floods across large areas of northern Pakistan and India have killed more than 300 people, while hundreds have been injured and tens of thousands have lost homes. (VOA)

Myanmar’s election commission says it is canceling by-elections that were planned for later this year. Myanmar announced in March that it would call by-elections before the end of the year to fill 35 seats in parliament that were vacated for various reasons. (VOA)

In a city known for its vertiginous inequalities, the water shortage in New Delhi, India affects people from both upscale gated communities and dust-blown slums, as every day, the city’s supply falls more than 160 million gallons short. (AP)

Amnesty International accused rival fighters in the Ukraine conflict of war crimes including indiscriminate shelling, abductions, torture, and killings, in a report compiled ahead of the ceasefire deal.

The Americas
The third US medical missionary to become infected with the Ebola virus was showing signs of improvement at a Nebraska hospital but was still very ill, his wife said. (Reuters)

A truce declared two years ago between gangs and the government of El Salvador briefly tapered the bloody gang war, but the cease-fire had an unintended consequence: It gave the gangs breathing room to grow even stronger. Now, violence is on the rise again. (AP)

Volunteer Recap: Megaphones, Machetes And Unexpected Tears (Goats and Soda)

Is the US ‘losing’ Latin America? (Al Jazeera English)

Mission Creep #3: ALS, boob aid and the White Helmets of Syria (WhyDev)

MDGs and gender in the Pacific: have we achieved anything? (Dev Policy)

Confessions of an exposed foreign agent (David Roodman)

Ebola has up to an 18% chance of coming to America. Here’s why you don’t need to panic. (Vox)

Why you shouldn’t start an orphanage (from a woman who did) (Lessons I Learned)

Al Qaeda’s new Indian subcontinent branch: What it means for Myanmar (The Interpreter)


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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]