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News in the Humanosphere: The world is finally reversing the course of the Ebola outbreak, maybe

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The Security Council held an unprecedented emergency meeting on the ebola outbreak. That could be the moment the world finally turns the tide against the outbreak. “For the first time in the history of the organization, an emergency UN Security Council meeting was held to deal with a public health emergency. This unprecedented meeting yielded an unprecedented result: the resolution, which passed unanimously, had 131 co-sponsors — the most ever for a UN Security Council resolution. What can the resolution do? Much of the resolution is a generalized call for greater international solidarity and international contributions to the fight against ebola. But it also contains some specific provisions that could accelerate the international community’s response to the crisis. In particular, the resolution calls on countries to lift travel restrictions to and from affected countries. This has been an ongoing problem for the United Nations and NGOs.  Airlines have cancelled flights, and countries in the region have prevented the use of their airports to deliver personnel and assistance to affected countries. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/ZsrqCS)

But… Ebola Outreach Workers Killed in Guinea…”The bodies of eight officials and journalists who went to a remote village in Guinea to dispel rumors about the deadly Ebola outbreak gripping the region were discovered after a rock-hurling mob attacked the delegation, claiming that it had come to spread the illness, a government spokesman said Thursday. The delegation had left for the village on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a community event to raise awareness about the Ebola virus, said the spokesman, Albert Camara Damantang. When the angry crowd descended on them, he said, several officials managed to escape and alert their colleagues in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, who sent out a search party. (NYT http://nyti.ms/1r4sLKv)

Africa
Young Africans are leading the call for stand-alone goals for young people in the post 2015 development agenda, which will be discussed at the UN General Assembly this month. (Key Correspondents http://bit.ly/1wHrcWi)

The announcement yesterday that parents would have another nine months to comply with new regulations for travelling into and out of South Africa with their children has been met with a collective sigh of relief. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1BPF1St)

An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist’s church complex has risen to 80. (AP http://yhoo.it/1wHupoD)

The European Commission is increasing by €5 million its humanitarian funding in Mali. This will bring new European support to the victims of extreme food insecurity and renewed violence in the north of the country. The new assistance package brings the total humanitarian aid funding to Mali in 2014 to €40 million. (ECHO http://bit.ly/1wHxLYL)

UNHCR issued an urgent joint call for $34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. (UN News Centre http://bit.ly/1wHyr0m)

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could receive an additional $127 million from the International Monetary Fund to help them deal with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the IMF said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1BPKjgI)

A French volunteer working in Liberia for MSF at the ELWA-3 Ebola Treatment facility in Monrovia has contracted the Ebola virus, the medical charity said in a statement. (FrontPageAfrica http://bit.ly/1BPKx7z)

As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown, Sierra Leone residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1wHAdyp)

A wireless sensor that sends text message alerts to healthcare workers could help better protect temperature-sensitive vaccines and provide crucial data on storage, transport and distribution infrastructures in developing nations, following a successful pilot in Kenya. (SciDevNet http://bit.ly/1wHBsxL)

MENA
A top United Nations humanitarian official says he will have to slash food rations to Syrian refugees 40 percent next month because of a lack of funds. (VOA http://bit.ly/1BPIz7a)

Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country, an international charity group said Thursday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1BPGaJO)

Commitments to protect Syrian women and girls from sexual abuse, exploitation and early marriage have not been backed by practical action, which has had devastating consequences, according to a report (Guardian http://bit.ly/1BPL9Kp)

Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to bring prosperity to Asia and create opportunities for the world as he and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi began talks Thursday to deepen cooperation through investment and trade. (AP http://yhoo.it/1wHtTqS)
The Americas
Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1wHvPiU)

Two doctors and a midwife went on trial in Argentina on Wednesday accused of delivering political prisoners’ babies and helping the country’s former military regime steal them from their parents. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1BPFBzI)

Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people. (IPS http://bit.ly/1BPK59l)

Opinion/Blogs
Why Scottish Independence Matters for Africa (ISS http://bit.ly/1wHrtbN)

Want to fight Ebola? Don’t do it like Sierra Leone (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1wHsdNV)

The state of REDD+ finance (ODI http://bit.ly/1wHssZr)

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient (NPR http://n.pr/1wHxYuW)

Is Africa Losing the Battle Against Corruption? (ISS http://bit.ly/1BPJm87)

Aid: Not Unimportant, but Less Important (Addis Fortune http://bit.ly/1uWqTCW)

The road to hell is paved with brightly coloured bubble maps (Zara Rahman http://bit.ly/1uWr4xS)

Research/Reports
Sweden plans to announce at the U.N. climate summit next week funding of around $14 million for a new body that will provide grants and expertise to help indigenous peoples and forest communities secure rights to their land. (TRF http://yhoo.it/1BPHE6K)
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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]humanosphere.org.