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News in the Humanosphere: Trump signs refugee and migrant ban, lawyers fight back

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (George Skidmore/flickr)

A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an executive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe. The judge’s ruling blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions. The high-stakes legal case played out on Saturday amid global turmoil, as the executive order signed by the president slammed shut the borders of the United States for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Massachusetts, a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio and countless others across the world. (NY Times

African Union to select new leader…The African Union, the 54-member state continental body, will on Monday elect a new commission chairperson to replace outgoing leader Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is not seeking a second term after finishing her four-year-tenure. Heads of states and dignitaries have been arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where the AU is based, to attend the continental summit and to lobby for their preferred candidate for Africa’s top job.”  (Al Jazeera

Refugee ban fallout

A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered pace on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive. (Reuters

Dozens of people were stopped from flying to the United States from Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Sunday, Turkish airport officials said, after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. (Reuters

A Syrian Christian Orthodox family was turned back from Philadelphia International Airport after traveling to the United States from Lebanon, airport sources in Beirut said on Sunday. (Reuters

Philippine activists will protest on Monday against a tough immigration order by U.S. President Donald Trump and Washington’s decision to upgrade some military bases in the Philippines. (Reuters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution on Saturday even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply with an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. (Reuters

Around the world

Elite US forces launched a dawn raid against Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 14 suspected jihadists in an operation in which an American soldier also died. (AFP

Authorities found the decapitated bodies of three municipal police officers on Saturday in a suspected gang-related slaying in southeastern Mexico, an official from the area said. (Reuters

A legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy was shot dead outside the country’s busiest airport on Sunday, in a rare outbreak of what appeared to be political violence in the commercial capital, Yangon. (Reuters

Al Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when the Islamist group attacked a remote military base in Somalia, while Kenya’s army said nine soldiers died and 70 militants were killed. (Reuters

Children detained by Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government on suspicion that they have connections to the Islamic State group are alleging they were tortured, according to a report from an international human rights group published Sunday. (AP

The Thai government is considering what could be the world’s first prison facility exclusively for LGBT inmates. While the plans are still being discussed, in Pattaya and other prisons across Thailand LGBT prisoners are kept apart to prevent violence, officials say. (AP

Mexico’s government rebuked Israel on Saturday for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that appeared to applaud U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants. (Reuters


Three Ways the Proposed Trump Refugee Ban is TOTALLY Unprecedented (UN Dispatch

Podcast: After the women’s marches, what’s next for the fight for equity? (Humanosphere

Should the Muslim Brotherhood be designated a terrorist group? (PRI

How Trump’s abrupt immigration ban sowed confusion at airports, agencies (Reuters

The Extraordinary Courage Of Acid Attack Survivors (Goats and Soda

Why Trump’s draft executive order to slash UN funding should be treated seriously, though with caution (Devex

Challenges for Indonesia in addressing malnutrition in all its forms (Development Horizons

Opinion: The election that matters for the health of the world (Devex


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