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News in the Humanosphere: Syria ceasefire is apparently over

A man walks between destroyed buildings after heavy shelling by regime forces in Aleppo, Syria on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Karam Almasri/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

Syria’s ceasefire was on the brink of collapsing Sunday after a U.S.-led coalition strike killed dozens of regime soldiers and Aleppo city was hit by its first raids in nearly a week. The barrage of strikes on rebel-held districts of Aleppo risks reigniting battlefronts there and could be the most serious threat to the ceasefire so far. A halt to fighting around Aleppo and the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid were key components of the fragile deal that took effect on Monday evening. The ceasefire’s co-sponsors, Russia and the United States, have traded accusations over its fraying, with relations strained even further after the U.S.-led raid killed scores of Syrian soldiers on Saturday. (AFP

U.N. week kicks off…World leaders are making their way to New York for the biggest week of the year for international diplomacy. There are a number of key stories to follow this week, including two big summits on the refugee crisis, Syria, a first-ever high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance, a check-up on the Sustainable Development Goals at one-year-old, Paris Climate Agreement ratification…and speeches – So. Many. Speeches. – including the last address to UNGA by Ban Ki -moon and Barack Obama. If you want a quick rundown of the some of the key stories that will drive the global agenda this week, read this from U.N. Dispatch

Top of the agenda…World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will try to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda – the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year that has claimed over 300,000 lives. (AP

Key live streams to follow...For U.N. events go here, and for the action across town at the Social Good Summit go here.


At least 20 people have been killed in fighting between rival rebel groups in the Central African Republic, the U.N. mission in the country says. (BBC

Around 10 people have been killed in northern Mali in fighting between a pro-government militia and a rebel coalition dominated by ethnic Tuaregs, the deputy secretary-general for the pro-government Gatia militia said on Sunday.  (Reuters

The brother-in-law of Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who was a leading suspect in the disappearance of a French-Canadian journalist, died Sunday, a source close to the country’s former president. (AFP

Zimbabwe police on Sunday denied using bullets to disperse protests against President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, as activists called for electoral reforms ahead of general elections in 2018. (AFP

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from critics after admitting part of his recent “Change Begins With Me” speech was copied from U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech. (AFP

A Somali general and at least seven of his bodyguards were killed on Sunday when their vehicle was rammed by a car bomb driven by an al-Shabab suicide attacker in the capital, police and the Islamist group said. (Reuters


The governor of Homs said hundreds of Syrian rebels would be evacuated from the last rebel-held area of the city on Monday, prompting rebels to warn that would amount to Damascus declaring the end of a truce. (Reuters

Yemen’s exiled president sacked the head of the central bank on Sunday and ordered it relocated to the southern city of Aden, a move that would ramp up pressure on the Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital but also bring increased hardship to millions of Yemenis living under their rule. (AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday Israel was boosting security ahead of the upcoming Jewish high holidays after the past few days saw a surge in violence. (AFP  

Turkey’s state-run news agency says 137 migrants have been stopped trying to cross from Turkey’s Aegean coastline to the Greek islands. (AP


India accused Pakistan of being behind Sunday’s separatist attack on an army base near their disputed frontier that killed 17 soldiers, in one of the most deadly attacks in Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency. (Reuters

The Abu Sayyaf armed group has released three Indonesian hostages in the southern Philippines a day after freeing a Norwegian captive held for a year and repeatedly threatened with beheading. (Al  Jazeera  

At least 13 people have died in a boat accident on Thailand’s Chao Phraya river after it slammed into a bridge and sank. (Al Jazeera  

In India, poor women serve as surrogate mothers. They are lured by the financial reward of carrying babies for other parents, but must navigate the perils of an unregulated, lucrative industry. (NPR

A Norwegian former hostage on Sunday described his psychological torture as he heard his friends being beheaded by Islamic militants during a year-long captivity in the southern Philippines. (AFP

The forest around Manjau in Borneo once reverberated with the scream of chainsaws, as gangs of illegal loggers felled ancient hardwood trees for sale to timber merchants downstream. But many loggers in the remote Indonesian village are hanging up their chainsaws in return for affordable healthcare, through a community incentive scheme that aims to save lives and protect Borneo’s fragile rainforests. (AFP

The Americas

Crisis-hit Venezuela’s economic and political problems are keeping world leaders away from a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement that was supposed to hit its full stride on Saturday. Only 12 heads of state have arrived for the two days of meetings taking place on the Caribbean island of Margarita, including the leaders of Iran, Cuba and Zimbabwe. More than 30 world leaders attended the last summit of the Cold War-era group, held in Iran in 2012.  (Fox News

The trial of a federal lawsuit filed by a Guatemalan man alleging police brutality and prosecutorial misconduct is scheduled to begin this week in Connecticut. (AP

The leader of Colombia’s FARC rebels said Sunday a historic peace accord with the government has received the guerrillas’ “total support” at a conference where they will vote on the deal. (AFP

The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. (Reuters

…and the rest

The Global Fund raised over $12.9 billion from international donors as part of a campaign aimed at effectively eradicating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030, conference organizers said on Saturday. (Reuters

Members of the Non-Aligned Movement are calling for the United Nations to give more influence to developing countries. (AP

Gordon Brown has described funding education in the world’s poorest countries as “the civil rights struggle of our generation”. (Guardian


Is Islamic State Losing Ground But Winning the War of Ideas? (VOA

Eritrea is a prison state – no wonder so many are desperate to escape (Guardian

Tuberculosis and the mystery of the invisible solutions (Dev Policy

Mapping the spread of cash transfers in Africa (Rachel Strohm

Can Colombia Finally Fix Its Split Personality? (Goats and Soda

At a global gathering of feminists, one thing is clear: it’s where you live that counts (Guardian

Flood resilience and accurate data (Devex

What I learned from curating thousands of #globaldev articles (Aidnography


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