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News in the Humanosphere: Protests turn deadly in western Kenya

At least two demonstrators were killed in police firing on Monday, as opposition supporters in Kenya blocked key roads and set fire to tires in a “Day of Rage” protests aimed at overhauling the country’s election commission. The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy alliance, which alleges that the electoral body is biased towards the president, has been staging weekly protests every Monday. Protests took place in several towns but in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya, police opened fire before using tear gas and water cannons to quell the protests. (Al Jazeera

Is there a Sudanese spring afoot? A new protest movement is gaining momentum in Sudan as thousands of young people across the country unite against the government. Last week two students joined dozens others currently being held in detention after fresh protests against attacks on civilians in west and south Darfur. … Coordinated via the encrypted messaging service, WhatsApp, and on social media, waves of unrest first swept the capital after the killings of two young men in separate campus attacks by forces loyal to Omar al-Bashir’s government. (Guardian


Gunmen suspected of belonging to Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab group shot and killed a female journalist working for state-run radio on Sunday, police said. (Reuters

Food shortages are growing worse in Malawi as the yield from this year’s disappointing harvest runs out for many small farmers. Across southern Africa, El Niño-induced drought and flooding since last year have left over 30 million people in need of food aid. (VOA

The Central African Republic will restart diamond exports three years after its stones were found to be funding armed groups in an inter-religious conflict and placed under embargo, the mines minister said on Monday.  (Reuters

South Africa on Monday sought to allay fears after Washington warned Americans of a possibly imminent terror attack by Islamic extremists in the country’s major cities. (AFP


A U.S.-backed offensive to retake the Islamic State-held northern Syrian city of Manbij has displaced some 20,000 civilians and could uproot about 216,000 more if it continues, a U.N. humanitarian agency said on Monday. (Reuters

Seventeen civilians including eight children were killed in airstrikes on a market in eastern Syria on Monday, the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, a monitor said. (AFP

Three Jordanian intelligence officers and two other security personnel were killed in an attack on a security office in a Palestinian refugee camp outside the Jordanian capital Amman, a government official said on Monday. (Reuters

Yemen’s warring parties have pledged to free all child prisoners but have failed to reach agreement on a wider release for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the U.N. envoy said on Monday. (AFP

Egypt’s statistics authority says the population has grown by 1 million over the last six months, reaching 91 million. (AP


Police in Vietnam’s capital have broken up a protest over what critics charge is the government’s delayed response to massive fish deaths which they believe are linked to industrial pollution. (AP

A court in Myanmar jailed a reporter for the BBC Myanmar language service for three months with hard labor on Monday after convicting him of attacking a policeman when covering student protests last year, his defense lawyer said. (Reuters

China on Monday rejected an offer by Taiwan’s new president to share the island’s experience of democracy, saying it was confident of the path it had chosen. (Reuters

The former head of the supervisory board at China Development Bank, one of the country’s policy banks, is under investigation for suspected corruption, the anti-graft watchdog said on Monday. (Reuters

Women are leading protests in Tamil Nadu state against a power plant – yet few people in India know the village they’re from, let alone support their cause. (Guardian

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is urging China and its Asia-Pacific neighbors to “find a diplomatic solution” to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (VOA

The Americas

Brazil’s Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani has told the BBC Rio de Janeiro is ready for the Olympic Games. He dismissed concerns over unfinished building work, the outbreak of the Zika virus and political uncertainty following the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff. (BBC

…and the rest

France will set up an emergency fund to help those who lost everything after the worst floods in three decades caused the Seine River to burst its banks. (AP

Brexit backers moved into a lead in the polls Monday for the first time in weeks, putting pressure on the pound and raising pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of Britain’s EU referendum. (AFP

Greek authorities are investigating a possible Islamic State link behind the discovery of a huge quantity of synthetic opiates destined for Libya. (Reuters

A new global standard for measuring food loss and waste will help countries and companies step up efforts to store, transport and consume food more efficiently, its backers said on Monday. (Reuters


An exploration of countries where the Arab Spring neither failed nor succeeded, but muddled through in interesting ways, with Analyst Shelly Culbertson. (Global Dispatches Podcast.

Chad’s ex-leader Hissene Habre convicted – Can Africa solve its own problems? (New Times

What will happen to Zika babies with microcephaly? (CNN

Uganda: Can president’s middle-income dream be achieved by 2020? (Monitor

From beer to bananas: 8 lessons for business and government partnerships (Guardian

Issues of overdevelopment (IPS

Can fragile peace hold in South Sudan? (VOA

What would a Brexit mean for EU development assistance? (Devex

Golden rice: the malnutrition fighting crop (IPS


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