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News in the Humanosphere: Teen girls suspected of massive Boko Haram suicide bombing

Screengrab from a Boko Haram video.

At least 30 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Maiduguri in northereastern Nigeria. The suspects are two teenage girls believed to be members of Boko Haram. “Abba Aji Kalli, a state security official, told The Associated Press that two girls dressed in headscarfs entered the marketplace and set off their explosives. The first detonated her bomb and killed about three people. The second girl waited until a crowd gathered and then detonated. ‘While the people were trying to help the injured, the second bomb blasted,’ a witness, Sani Adamu, told Reuters. ‘I saw lots of bodies.’ In July, a blast killed 56 people in the same market area in Maiduguri when a car bomb hit a group of traders and shoppers. Boko Haram has been blamed for at least five female suicide bombings in Nigeria since June, the BBC reports.” (CSM

Photo of the Day: The U.N.’s iconic headquarters, all lit up in orange for the international day to end violence against women. (U.N. Dispatch


The WHO confirmed two new Ebola cases in Mali. (WHO

China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly Tuesday by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention. (AP

Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims, in the latest strike to hamper the fight against the worst known outbreak of the virus. (Reuters

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus. (AP

Doctors Without Borders said that the  medical center in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, has not recorded new admissions in the past 10 days, and since Oct. 30 there have been no confirmed Ebola cases. Doctors Without Borders further disclosed that its teams are now reducing the medical center capacity from 25 to 10 beds and may close down by end of November. (New Dawn


Sudan has shut the human rights office of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, the foreign ministry said, amid tension over allegations of mass rape by Sudanese troops in the troubled region. (Reuters

Human rights organizations have filed a complaint on behalf of 80 survivors of rape and sexual violence during the occupation of northern Mali. (VOA

Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting “President, Stop the killings!” outside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s offices on Tuesday, in a protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. (Reuters

HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the leading cause of death among adolescents. (IPS

Cameroon officials say Boko Haram attacks have led to the closure of at least 130 schools near its northern border with Nigeria. Most students have left the area for safer places in the country’s interior. (VOA

Nigeria is on track to achieve sugar self-sufficiency in about 10 years’ time, which will enable Africa’s most populous country to sharply reduce imports of predominantly Brazilian raw sugar. (Reuters


Lawyers in Egypt are appealing to a higher court after two men accused of causing the death of a 13-year-old girl during an illegal circumcision were acquitted last week. (VOA

Libya’s rival government may forbid a U.N. official from entering the territory it controls, a move that could make it harder to negotiate an end to a violent struggle for power that threatens to tear the country apart. (Reuters


International health officials in Pakistan believe they can resolve the country’s polio crisis in the coming year, despite the number of cases of the crippling disease soaring to their highest level in 14 years. (Guardian

Myanmar’s army systematically uses sexual violence against women – including gang rape by soldiers – to “demoralize and destroy the fabric of ethnic [minority]communities” and establish control over resource-rich areas, according to a women’s rights group. (Guardian

Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India. (AP

The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. (Reuters

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal announced Tuesday it will suspend trial sessions until January, bowing to pressure from lawyers of one of the two defendants charged with genocide. (AP

China’s barriers to imports of some genetically modified crops from the United States are disrupting seed companies’ plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether. (Reuters

This week government ministers from Southeast Asia are meeting in Bangkok to discuss how to improve official registrations of births, deaths and marriages – critical measures for providing government services. (VOA

The Americas

Police in the United States are under pressure not only for the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., for which a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict the police officer, but also for the military-style response to the sometimes violent protests that followed. (Reuters

Colombia’s FARC rebels freed two captured soldiers on Tuesday, the first step toward resuming stalled peace talks which the government suspended after the insurgent group took five hostages, including an army general. (Reuters

A group of former political prisoners held captive on a Patagonian island are calling for the Chilean government to pay them compensation in a case that could help bring justice to thousands of victims of torture. (BBC

The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighborhoods. (IPS


World AIDS Day 2014: UNAIDS shifts its emphasis toward reducing new infections (CGD

‘No quick fix to gender inequality’ as activists highlight need for more cash (Guardian

Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps – promise or peril? (IRIN

Everyday activism against GBV (Gender Links

What I learned from building an app for low-income Americans (FastCompany

Philanthropic poverty (Jacobin

Were you paid by Monsanto? (AAEA Blog

Horrific pictures of dead bodies won’t stop wars (The 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]