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News in the Humanosphere: Ethiopia declares state of emergency to quell protests

Protesters in Oromia region, Ethiopia, December 2015. (Credit: HRW)

The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. In a televised address on Sunday morning, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the state of emergency was declared because there has been “enormous” damage to property. “We put our citizens’ safety first. Besides, we want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, education institutions, health centers, administration and justice buildings,” said Desalegn on the state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. “The recent developments in Ethiopia have put the integrity of the nation at risk,” he said. (AP

Donation of the day: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday that he would donate his $925,000 in Nobel Peace Prize money to victims of the conflict that has roiled his country for half a century. (AFP

Veto of the day: Russia on Saturday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution seeking to end the deadly bombing of Aleppo, Syria. It was the fifth time in five years that Moscow has used its veto to block U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed. (VOA

Stat of the day: Haiti started burying some of its dead in mass graves in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a government official said on Sunday, as cholera spread in the devastated southwest and the death toll from the storm rose to 1,000 people. (Reuters


A Tuareg militant leader in the volatile north Malian city of Kidal was killed on Saturday when his car exploded barely 300 meters from a U.N. base where he had been talking with French and U.N. troops, a Reuters witness and officials said. (Reuters

A Gabonese doctor who compiled a “damning report” on the post-electoral violence that rocked the oil-rich central African nation has been arrested, a civil society group said on Sunday. (AFP

Nigeria’s security agency has seized $800,000 in cash found during raids targeting senior judges in corruption investigations, the Department of State Services said on Saturday. (Reuters

The presidential candidate for Ghana’s opposition All People’s Congress is promising an all-inclusive government, which, he says, is the only way to solve the myriad of problems Ghanaians face. (VOA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday left for Mali, the first stop on a three-day Africa tour focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. (AFP


U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called Sunday for a swift, independent probe into the air raid that killed more than 140 people at a funeral in Yemen, demanding the perpetrators face justice. (AFP

Yazidi women and girls who survived being held as sex slaves by Islamic State urgently need better care and support to recover from the horrific abuse they suffered in captivity, which has led some to attempt suicide, Amnesty International said on Monday. (Reuters

Officials in Bahrain say a man has been detained for writing a post on Twitter that may have contained “defamatory statements” against one of the country’s main Muslim sects. (AP


An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the defense ministry said, citing technical failure. (AFP

Thousands of young Afghan men in Serbia and elsewhere in the region are determined to reach wealthy EU nations, despite closed borders and an agreement between their government and the EU that will more easily send home Afghan citizens who have been rejected for asylum. (AP

Myanmar said at least nine police officers were killed and four were wounded Sunday in multiple assaults on border guard posts along the Southeast Asian nation’s troubled frontier with Bangladesh. (Reuters

The Americas

Cholera has killed at least 13 people in southwest Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, officials said on Saturday, as government teams fanned out across the hard-hit southwestern tip of the country to repair treatment centers and reach the epicenter of one outbreak. (Reuters

The havoc wreaked by Hurricane Matthew has strengthened the resolve of thousands of Haitians stuck on the U.S.-Mexico border to make it to the United States even though new rules mean they will likely be deported to their shattered homeland. (Reuters

…and the rest

The closure of Hungary’s main opposition newspaper is a “huge blow” to the country’s media diversity and press freedoms, a European advocate for media said Sunday. (AP

London police are asking for help finding two men who pulled off the headscarf of a Muslim woman in what is being called a racially-motivated attack. (AP


Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet? (Guardian

Give Us the Courage to Change the Things We Can (CGD

The dark side of economic globalisation: politics, organised crime and corruption in the Pacific (DevPolicy

Healthcare innovations won’t cure global health inequality – political action will (Guardian

14 reasons to fall head over heels for the new UN Secretary General (WhyDev

One year in, how the SDGs are taking shape (Devex


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