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News in the Humanosphere: Unrest in Ethiopia delays aid, U.N. says

A policeman attempts to control protesters chanting slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, August 6, 2016. (Credit: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri)

“Political violence in Ethiopia has delayed the distribution of aid to four million people hit by drought and floods, including malnourished children, the United Nations said on Monday. Anti-government protests over disputed provincial boundaries and allegations of human rights violations have riven Ethiopia’s north-central Amhara province and central Oromiya province over the past three months. “The ongoing situation in Oromiya and Amhara has slowed down dispatches and distributions of targeted supplementary feeding commodities from the Government’s main warehouse in Nazareth, Oromiya,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update.” (Reuters: http://reut.rs/2bSgwzn)

U.S. and Russia work on Syria truce, as ISIS blasts kill dozens: The United States and Russia will work in the next few days on a deal to curb fighting in Syria and build cooperation in the fight against terrorism, their leaders said on Monday, as blasts claimed by Islamic State killed dozens across the Arab nation. The former Cold War enemies have been trying to broker a new truce after a ceasefire agreed in February unravelled in weeks, with Washington accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces – which are backed by Russia – of violating the pact. (Reuters: http://reut.rs/2cdoXWS)

Africa

South Sudan to allow more peacekeepers: Under intense pressure, South Sudan’s beleaguered government has relented and will allow more United Nations peacekeepers into the country. In the two and a half years since civil war erupted, South Sudan has been the scene of atrocities including civilian massacres, the forcing of children into militias, the burning of emergency food supplies and the widespread rape of women and girls, including Western aid workers. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. (New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2bZXq7y)

A.N.C.’s combative response to election losses startles South Africa: In the weeks since the Aug. 3 municipal elections, the A.N.C, which remains in power at the national level, has brushed aside calls from inside and outside the party to replace the scandal-tainted president, Jacob Zuma, before the end of his term in 2019. Instead of introspection, Zuma and his allies have moved aggressively to tighten their grip on the state’s coffers, surprising opponents and allies alike with their undisguised moves. (New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2bYMc4S)

MENA

British warship sent to Libya to stop people smugglers: A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean for Italy reaches record levels. (The Guardian: http://bit.ly/2bUzthS)

Houthi leader says U.S. provides Saudis political cover: The leader of Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi faction accused the United States of providing logistical support and political cover for Saudi-led air strikes in the 18-month Yemeni conflict. In his first published interview since the start of the civil war, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi also told the Houthis’ quarterly magazine his group was open to a peaceful solution of the conflict, in which at least 10,000 people have died. (Reuters: http://reut.rs/2c6tsTb)

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