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News in the Humanosphere: No known cases of Ebola in Africa

Dr. Peter Githua heads towards the patient ward inside the red zone of an Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount, Liberia. (UNMEER/Martine Perret)

The last known Ebola patient in Guinea, a 21-day-old baby girl, made a full recovery at a treatment center in the capital, Conakry, health officials say. A spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit said two tests on the baby were negative. Guinea will be declared officially free of Ebola if no new cases are reported in the next six weeks. (BBC

Many feared  killed in in Nigeria blast: Heavy casualties were feared on Tuesday when a bomb blast ripped through packed crowds in Yola, northeast Nigeria, just days after President Muhammadu Buhari visited declaring that Boko Haram was close to defeat. Tuesday’s blast was the first in Nigeria this month, indicating the army’s strategy to cut off the Islamists’ supply lines and target their camps was paying off. (AFP

Ban Ki-moon to North Korea? U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea’s capital Pyongyang this week, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, though there was no confirmation from either the United Nations or the South Korean foreign ministry. (Reuters

Migrant tragedy at sea: A plastic boat carrying migrants capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Kos, killing at least nine people including four children, authorities said, as thousands of people continued to risk the short sea crossing from Turkey in unseaworthy vessels. (AP

Syrian refugee family diverted from Indiana at 11th Hour: A Syrian refugee family, after waiting for three years in Jordan to be approved to come to the United States, was diverted from settling in Indianapolis to New Haven. Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana joined dozens of other governors across the U.S. declaring he would no longer accept Syrian refugees in his state. (NYT

There’s mounting evidence that no Syrian refugees were responsible for the Paris attacks.

Latest on the Paris Attacks:


Five Tanzanian gold miners have been rescued after spending 41 days trapped deep underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive, the mining ministry and survivors said. (AFP

A severe fuel crisis has hit Nigeria with long queues of angry motorists waiting for hours outside petrol stations in major cities to fill up. (BBC )

South Sudan’s rebels said that government soldiers had launched attacks against their positions in oil-rich Unity State in what they said was a violation of a peace deal signed in August. (Reuters

Rwanda’s senate unanimously approved a draft constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office, the head of the senate said, clearing the path for a referendum that is not expected to face much opposition. (Reuters

A Kenyan court charged the former head of the state-run Geothermal Development Company and other senior executives with abuse of office arising from the award of a contract for transporting drilling rigs. (Reuters

African birth registration officials meeting in Cameroon say more than half of births in Africa are not registered, which can make it hard for children to enroll in school or access health care. Experts say legal reforms and education for parents and registration authorities are key. (VOA

A Burundian civil society leader has called on the international community to help strengthen Burundian civil society groups so that they can effectively play their role as the voices of the people. (VOA

Officials of the International Criminal Court warned member states not to compromise judicial independence as Kenya began a renewed diplomatic push against charges faced by its deputy president. (Reuters

With droughts wreaking havoc in vast areas of Zimbabwe, a majority of people are fast falling in line with climate-smart agriculture as food deficits continue. (IPS


A cease-fire between Syria’s government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said as he visited Paris to show solidarity with France after last week’s attacks. (AP

France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the Islamic State group and launched new airstrikes on the militants’ stronghold in Syria. (AP

Israel outlawed an Islamist group accused of inciting violence among Arab citizens amid a two-month wave of unrest, and in a separate development approved the construction of hundreds of homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem. (AP

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to his country for the second time since advancing Houthi fighters forced him to flee to ally Saudi Arabia in March. (VOA


Tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in Thailand are more optimistic about returning following the Nov. 8 election wins of the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi. However, many who fled decades of conflict in Myanmar remain cautious. (VOA

India has deployed the army and air force to rescue flood-hit residents in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where at least 71 people have died in around a week of torrential rains. (AFP

China needs to deepen its fight against separatists, intensify “de-radicalization” efforts, and increase global cooperation to defend against terrorism, the country’s domestic security chief wrote. (Reuters

An organization that promotes leadership in Pakistan, a network that helps girls and young women working in the sex industry in Hong Kong and a project that supports Palestinian refugees in the West Bank are among 20 groups from 19 countries awarded grants of up to $50,000 each. (Guardian

A new nationwide survey of public opinion in Afghanistan reports 58 percent of Afghans say the country is headed in the wrong direction. (VOA

The Americas

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for a pause in Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks and said the House will vote on the issue this week. (AP

A news report is citing a lawmaker who estimates that the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in central Brazil caused $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in damages. (AP

Colombia’s second largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, has released two soldiers it kidnapped three weeks ago. (BBC

The leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, accused the United States of kidnapping two nephews of first lady Cilia Flores. (BBC

A parliamentary investigative panel is questioning Brazil’s one-time richest man about the estimated $2.5 billion in loans the country’s national development bank made to his oil, mining, logistics and ship-making empire. (AP

…and the rest

U.N. Human Rights expert says Paris attacks ‘may constitute crime against humanity.’ (AP

France invoked the European Union’s mutual assistance clause for the first time, asking its partners for military help and other aid in missions in the Middle East and Africa after the Paris attacks. (Reuters

The discovery that one of the suicide bombers involved in the attacks in Paris last Friday was carrying a Syrian passport – and apparently had arrived on the shores of Greece last month on a refugee boat — has intensified the already heated debate over the migrant influx into Europe. (VOA

Hungary’s parliament authorized the government in a law passed to turn to the courts to challenge an EU decision on mandatory migrant relocation quotas for EU members. (Reuters

The United Nations urged states not to “backtrack” on pledges made to host migrants and refugees, including from Syria, in the wake of the attacks in Paris. (AFP


Radicalized French citizens come and go as the door slams on refugees (Humanosphere

Lesser Known Apocalypses – the crisis of antibacterial resistance (UN Dispatch

Why Germany is probably doing more for Syria than the UK (Roving Bandit

Development From Below (Jacobin

Terrorism continues to rise – what do the numbers tell us? (Dev Policy

Will Paris Attacks Act as Game-Changer in War Against ‘Islamic State’? (VOA

Challenges for African Agriculture (Africa can end poverty

Without rule of law, conflict-affected areas will become poverty ghettoes (Guardian

The good and the bad: Urbanization’s effect on food supply chains (Devex

Could more women in power promote development? (Development that Works

What does Argentina’s election mean for South America? (BBC

The Power of a Dollar (Jacobin



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