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News in the Humanosphere: Pope hints CAR trip may be canceled

Muslim refugees rest inside the Catholic church in Carnot, Central African Republic. (Credit: AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Kenya and Uganda are on the Pope’s itinerary, but the Central African Republic leg is now in question. “Pope Francis indicated on Sunday that his planned visit to the Central African Republic this month could be canceled if violence between Christians and Muslims there worsens. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, he called for an end to the ‘cycle of violence’ in the country he is scheduled to visit Nov. 28-29 as part of a trip that will also take him to Kenya and Uganda. Francis spoke of the ‘trip I hope to be able to make to that nation.’ He has previously simply said he would go. A senior Vatican source said the phrasing was chosen because of the violence in the capital Bangui, where the pope is scheduled to visit a mosque in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods.” (Swiss Info

Turkey elections
The Islamist party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday regained its majority in Parliament in a snap election that represented a stunning electoral comeback, and ensured another period of single party government in Turkey and the continued political dominance of Mr. Erdogan.” (NYT )

Al-Shabab strikes again in Mogadishu
“At least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded in a dawn attack Sunday at a hotel in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, a police official said. Al-Shabab, a group fighting against Somalia’s weak U.N.- backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that was delivered by their spokesman, Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu-Musab, on the group’s radio station, Andulus.” (Al Jazeera


Fourteen aid workers were kidnapped Sunday in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, their employer said. (AFP

Denmark will partially fulfill the United Nations’ request and send at least 45 soldiers and a Hercules military transport to Mali. (The Local–Denmark

South Sudan’s rebels have released 13 United Nations contractors held captive for nearly a week, the U.N.’s mission in the country said. (AP

At least one man was killed and a dozen injured in clashes involving police and people in a bus who had been attending a funeral near Burundi’s capital, the police and witnesses said. (Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo is not ready for a presidential vote and other elections due to be held over the next year and they should be delayed by up to four years, a ruling coalition spokesman said on Saturday. (Reuters

With no terrorism or geo-strategic importance, Madagascar slips off lists of global causes despite widespread hunger and harsh impact of climate change. (Guardian

South Africans don’t want a future where rhinos become extinct and the only rhinoceros they see is on the back of a banknote or postage stamp, South Africa’s president said Sunday. (AP


Israel is refusing to return the bodies of Palestinians killed during a month-old surge of violence unless the Palestinian side agrees to keep their funerals “modest,” the Israeli defense minister said on Sunday. (Reuters

Thousands took to the streets in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier late on Saturday to protest over high prices for water and electricity, in the nation’s largest protest since pro-democracy marches in 2011 demanding political reforms. (Reuters

President Obama’s decision to send special forces to Syria is too little and too late, say critics, who accuse the U.S. president of lacking a strategy for the war-torn country.  (AFP

Iran’s supreme leader has warned against importing American consumer goods as the Islamic republic prepares for the lifting of sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal. (VOA

Libya’s elected government has accused the Italian navy of violating the country’s territorial waters after authorities said they spotted three Italian warships off the eastern coast, but Italy’s government on Sunday dismissed the claim. (Reuters


Japan and China agreed on Sunday to restart mutual visits of their foreign ministers and hold bilateral high-level economic dialogue early next year, a Japanese senior government spokesman said, as ties between Asia’s two biggest economies warm. (Reuters

Two separate violent attacks on the lives of publishers and bloggers in the Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka made it clear that there is no end in sight for the culture of fear these deaths have helped cultivate. (Daily Beast

A powerful Buddhist ultranationalist group is helping Myanmar’s ruling party win votes in next Sunday’s election after the government pushed through laws seen as anti-Muslim, the co-founder of the group said. (Reuters

Delhi on Sunday introduced a toll for all trucks and commercial vehicles in an attempt to improve air quality in the world’s most polluted capital ahead of Diwali celebrations. (AFP

French President Francois Hollande hopes to use a state visit to China to boost difficult climate negotiations, a month before a U.N. conference in Paris aimed at slowing global warming. (AP

The Americas

Colombia’s FARC rebel group said its 3-month-old unilateral ceasefire, declared amid peace talks with the government to end 51 years of war, may be at risk because of a rise in military actions against its fighters. (Reuters

At least six people have died in Texas in storms that lashed parts of the state with heavy rains, causing flooding and the cancellation of dozens of flights as twisters were reported near Houston, authorities said. (Reuters

The Colombian Attorney General’s Office says it has arrested a man who was sentenced earlier this year in the killing of a well-known journalist. (AP


Could you live on $1.90 a day? That’s the international poverty line (Guardian

What Does Poverty Look Like? A Photo Contest Has Surprising Answers (Goats and Soda

How the global humanitarian system is failing Yemenis (Development Policy

What is the university for? (Africa is a Country

In case you thought most foreign aid went to poor people, let me depress you with one great map (Chris Blattman

SDGs, according to Google Trends (Devex

What Bad Backs Can Teach Us About Development Work (Across Two Worlds

7 Facts about Population in Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa can end poverty


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