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News in the Humanosphere: DR Congo president’s term comes to an end without successor nor elections

Democratic Republic of the Congo president Joseph Kabila speaks at the United Nations General Assembly. (Credit: MONUSCO Photos/flickr)

Security forces patrolled the streets of Kinshasa on Sunday after the suspension of last-ditch talks seeking a peaceful end to a crisis sparked by the end of Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s mandate. Negotiations to agree on a way forward after Dec. 20, when Kabila’s second term finishes, were halted on Saturday with no significant progress made. Fears of fresh political violence in mineral-rich but unstable Democratic Republic of the Congo were running high, with no elections planned and Kabila showing no inclination to step down. Talks are due to resume on Wednesday when Catholic bishops acting as mediators return from a long-planned trip to Rome – a day after Kabila’s term ends. AFP reporters saw security forces posted in large numbers in opposition strongholds and other flashpoints around Kinshasa, the teeming capital of 10 million. (AFP

Aleppo agreement, again…The removal of residents from besieged communities in Syria bogged down again on Sunday after rebels opposed to the agreement set fire to buses that were supposed to carry evacuees, while Security Council diplomats signaled that they had reached a compromise deal to send United Nations monitors to oversee the evacuations. (NYT

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 soldiers and wounded another 84 in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. (BBC

Forty-two migrants were hospitalized after police in Croatia found a van crammed with 67 people, including children, traveling through the country, authorities said Sunday. (AP

The West African regional bloc said on Saturday it would take all necessary actions to uphold the result of a Dec. 1 election in Gambia, where veteran President Yahya Jammeh says he will not step down after losing to Adama Barrow. (Reuters

A number of buses containing fighters from east Aleppo and their families have started to leave the last rebel-held sector of the Syrian city, Syrian state television, citing its correspondent in the city, said on Sunday. (Reuters

Gunmen killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and police officers Sunday in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers. (AFP

A smog-shrouded Chinese city canceled airline flights Sunday because of poor visibility, and parents took children to hospitals on the second day of a pollution alert across the country’s north. (VOA

Mali’s president said Sunday he could let Burkina Faso forces pursue jihadist fighters when they flee across the border into his country, days after militants massacred 12 Burkinabe soldiers. (AFP

Wheat imports into rebel areas of Yemen have become difficult after the central bank moved from the insurgent-controlled capital, a U.N. official said Sunday, in a war-torn country heavily dependent on food imports. (AFP

The United States said Sunday that it would work with the Philippine president to address any concerns after he threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines. (AP

Venezuela’s government Saturday extended the use of its 100-bolivar bill until Jan. 2, after its decision to pull the banknote out of circulation left the country largely without cash, and sparked protests and looting. (VOA


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A few blocks from Trump Tower another global leader is assembling his cabinet. So far, it’s all women. (UN Dispatch


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