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News in the Humanosphere: Aid agencies struggling to keep up with refugee increases, says U.N.

Syrians throw snow at each other at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, January 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, warns that the number of people being displaced worldwide by conflict and persecution is spiraling at a time when aid agencies are too broke to help them. Speaking in Geneva, he opened the annual refugee conference with a plea for more financial support to tackle the myriad global refugee crises. (VOA

Global health Nobel Prize winners
Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases including malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. (Reuters

Quote of the day:
“Their description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government. The reality is the U.S. dropped those bombs. The U.S. hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff.”
—Official Doctors Without Borders statement on Kunduz bombing

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership drive up cost of medicine worldwide?
A helpful explainer on one of the more consequential aspects of the just-completed trade deal. “The sprawling deal would affect a variety of issues, including tariffs, labor rights and international investment. But the deal’s most controversial provisions are the ones limiting competition in the pharmaceutical industry. According to Doctors Without Borders, ‘The TPP will still go down in history as the worst trade agreement for access to medicines in developing countries.’” (Vox


The Central African Republic said Monday more than 60 people died in violence in its capital last month and stepped up accusations that the clashes were part of an attempted coup. (AFP

Dozens of people in Guinea were hurt during fighting over the weekend between rival political groups, before a presidential election scheduled for Oct. 11, local authorities said on Monday. (Reuters

South Sudan rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar say President Salva Kiir’s decision to establish 28 new states is a violation of the recently signed peace agreement and indicates he is not committed to the peace process. (VOA

South Africa asked the International Criminal Court on Monday for more time to explain why it allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to evade an arrest warrant and leave the country when he visited in June. (Reuters

New report: Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday. (Reuters

With the years of turmoil over, the Ivorian government of President Alassane Ouattara is preparing to re-exert state authority by expelling tens of thousands of farmers from parks and reserves in an attempt to save the dwindling forests. (Reuters

Mobile phone ownership has has a significant impact on Tanzanian women’s businesses and lives, a recent study led by the United States’ College of William and Mary found. (Reuters


Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can’t survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can’t afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick. (AP

The bodies of 85 migrants have been found washed up on the coast of Libya, a major departure point for the sea crossing to Europe, the Red Crescent said Monday. (AFP

Russia is escalating Syria’s civil war by targeting the moderate opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, comparing Moscow’s effort to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to tethering itself to a sinking ship. (Reuters

The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish airspace along its frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries. (Reuters

ISIS has reportedly demolished another iconic element of Palmyra, an ancient city in the heart of Syria. The so-called Arch of Triumph dated back to Roman times and formed the gateway to the city’s colonnaded ruins. (Nat Geo


The United Nations has evacuated staff from areas of northern Afghanistan where a suspected American airstrike hit a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, forcing it to leave Kunduz Province – the latest in a growing number of humanitarian agencies withdrawing from the north as violence increases. (IRIN

The main group protesting against a new constitution in Nepal has agreed to sit down for talks with the government in the first step toward easing the lingering crisis in the Himalayan nation. (AP

Authorities in Hong Kong have charged its former chief executive, Donald Tsang, with two counts of misconduct while serving in public office, a development many analysts say will help the city regain its reputation in combating corruption. (VOA

Strikes, blockades and protests against Nepal’s new constitution have cost the economy more than $1 billion, according to the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry – just months after the country was struck by a series of devastating earthquakes. (Guardian

The Americas

At a major international conference on the world’s marine ecosystem, U.S. President Obama on Monday announced, via video message, the creation of two new marine sanctuaries in the states of Maryland and Wisconsin. (VOA

…and the rest

The badly decomposed bodies of two children were found washed up on the Greek island of Kos on Sunday, the latest victims of a crisis that has seen 630,000 people enter the EU illegally this year. (AFP

Uber Inc.’s aggressive global expansion is looking costlier and riskier than ever as the company struggles with regulatory and competitive obstacles in major markets. (Reuters


At the age of 21, he was pistol whipped and left for dead in the trunk of his car. Now, he’s a top war crimes prosecutor. A podcast conversation with Ambassador Stephen Rapp, who just resigned as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. (Global Dispatches Podcast

The SDG Challenge: Q&A with Graca Machel (UN Dispatch

Congo, Elections, and the West: Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better? (Eyes Wide Open

Can Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay make the global goals famous? (Guardian podcast

Africa Rising? No, Africa Stalled (AllAfrica

Africa’s ‘Light Bulb Moment’ and its Lead Role in the Global Renewable Energy Transformation (Huffington Post

The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret (NY Times

How eBay Could Be Messing Up the World’s Ecosystems (The Atlantic

Plan to Be Nimble for the Next Health Crisis (SciDevNet

Q&A – ‘We Need to Do Development Differently in the Post-2015 Era’ (IPS

YouTube and aid: How NGOs can harness the power for good (Guardian


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