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News in the Humanosphere: Migrants evicted from Calais ‘Jungle’ not welcome elsewhere in France

Required by the French government to welcome 87 migrants evicted from the sprawling Calais “Jungle” this week, this rustic hilltop community of ancient stone houses and 1,800 people erupted in outrage. Before the migrants even arrived, protesters had scrawled graffiti on its scenic streets, and the mayor had already submitted his resignation in the name of liberty. As authorities sent more than 6,000 migrants from Calais to more than 400 “welcome centers” throughout France, small, quiet towns like Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois have found themselves thrust onto the front lines of Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis. But in these environments, the flash point becomes intensely intimate, dividing ordinary people over what to make of the black and brown young men who arrive nearly every day. (WaPo

Meanwhile…The number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen by at least a third since the start of the week when the “Jungle” shanty town in Calais was evacuated, officials said on Friday. (Reuters

Halloween quiz of the day: How Much Do You Know About Global Disease Costumes? (Goats and Soda


A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday. (Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday to reconsider its plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court in October next year. (Reuters

France’s Operation Sangaris will formally end on Monday, almost three years after the military mission was launched in December 2013 to quell inter-ethnic unrest in Central African Republic. (AFP

Violence erupted at around 100 polling stations in Ivory Coast on Sunday as voters decided whether to approve a new constitution that President Alassane Ouattara argues will ensure peace in the wake of years of political turmoil. (Reuters

The Islamist group al-Shabab seized a town northwest of Somalia’s capital from government forces on Sunday, the latest small center taken by the militant group trying to topple the country’s Western-backed government. (Reuters

Top Kenya’s Ministry of Health officials have been asked to take responsibility over the loss of $50 million, part of which was meant to fund free maternity services in public hospitals. (The East African

The U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali is facing a growing shortage of helicopters after the Indonesian Army Aviation withdrew its three Mi-17V-5s that were deployed in Timbuktu for 12 months. (Janes

Political violence in Zimbabwe has increased dramatically in 2016, with record levels of assault, abduction and torture recorded as opposition to Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule escalates.

Zimbabweans know the risks of worthless money all too well after hyperinflation between 2007 and 2009 gave them the 100-trillion-dollar banknote that barely bought a loaf of bread. Now they fear that the government is about to create another devastating crisis by printing its own “bond notes” that will officially be worth the same as the US dollar. (AFP


The bodies of 16 migrants have washed up on shore at the western Libyan city of Zuwara, a Red Crescent spokesman said on Sunday. (Reuters

Dozens of prisoners and security officers were killed after airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition struck a security facility in western Yemen, local security officials and news reports said on Sunday. (NYT

Syria’s regime and rebels engaged in fierce fighting Sunday in Aleppo’s western edges, where 41 civilians have been killed in an opposition offensive the U.N. warned could amount to war crimes. (AFP

Yemen’s Huthi rebels said Sunday that a new U.N. peace plan was a “basis for discussion” despite containing “fundamental flaws”. (AFP

Bahrain authorities prevented the wife of a Bahraini dissident and their infant son, a U.S. citizen, from boarding a flight to London after he staged a protest against a visit by the Gulf state’s king to Britain, human rights groups said. (Reuters


A U.S. report says weak capacity, corruption, funding issues, and insecurity are limiting the Afghan Ministry of Public Works’ ability to maintain Afghanistan’s road infrastructure. (AP

South Korean President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignations of her top presidential aides, including the chief of staff, the presidential office has said, amid a deepening political crisis. (Al Jazeera )

Pakistani police Sunday arrested more than 100 supporters of opposition politician Imran Khan who entered Islamabad days before a planned protest shutdown of the capital, the interior minister said. (AFP

China rebuked India for inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit a contested stretch of land on the India-China border, warning that it would harm relations between the neighbors. (Al Jazeera

By government accounts, four foreign-backed cellphone operators owe $500 million to Bangladesh in unpaid taxes. By the companies’ accounts, the figure is closer to $50 million – if it isn’t zero. As the legal row drags into its fourth year without resolution, telecommunications analysts warn it is putting pressure on the industry that is Bangladesh’s single largest source of revenue, providing $1.43 billion in tax revenues in 2015. (AP

The Americas

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview Sunday that he hoped to secure a new deal with FARC rebels by Christmas, warning that any further delay could make the peace process “explode.” (AFP

Venezuela’s government and opposition leaders were set to meet Sunday for Vatican-backed talks in a bid to settle the country’s deepening political crisis. (AFP

El Salvador’s former President Antonio Saca was arrested Saturday on corruption charges alleging misuse of public funds, the attorney general’s office said on Sunday. (Reuters

Authorities were looking into the cause of a blaze that burned through about 400 acres near where Native American leaders are protesting against a North Dakota oil pipeline they say threatens water and sacred lands, officials said on Sunday. (Reuters

…and the rest

Turkey expanded its sweeping post-coup crackdown over the weekend, issuing two new governmental decrees that dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants and shutting down 15 mostly pro-Kurdish media outlets. (NYT

The European Union and Canada signed a long-delayed landmark free trade agreement Sunday in Brussels aimed to boost growth and jobs. (VOA

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued an appeal on Sunday to overcome the legacy of slavery, dismissing claims for financial compensation while acknowledging the “horror” of the slave trade. (AFP


Can Poverty Lead To Mental Illness? (Goats and Soda

International court hit by planned exit of 3 African states (AP

Kenya: Has Ruling Party Taken Wrong Path in Fight Against Corruption? (Nation

Transferring HIV treatment to the PNG government: a good idea? (DevPolicy

Nigeria: Can it be a driver of nutrition progress? (Development Horizons

“What can we do for ‘the worst place in the world’”?  Surely this play, is not the thing. (Africa is a Country

The Case for Restrictions on New Charities (Roving Bandit


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