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News in the Humanosphere: Medical workers attacked in Afghanistan

A midwife checks a young woman in a health clinic located in Tajikhan Village, Jabalseraj District Parwan Province, Afghanistan. (Credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank/flickr)

Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed a military hospital in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, leaving at least 30 people dead and scores injured after a bombing and a six-hour gun battle. The assault was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the front gates, then gunmen opened fire on guards stationed inside the fortified medical compound. Several attackers were able to reach the second floor, where they fought police special forces much of the day. Military officials said the attack was quelled by about 4pm local time. (SMH

Major NGO booted from Turkey…In the increasing welter of warfare in northern Syria, one of the biggest U.S.-based humanitarian organizations operating in the area has become collateral damage, at least temporarily—and perhaps a sign of worsening relations between the government of Turkey and the Trump Administration. Mercy Corps, based in Portland, Ore., and one of the biggest non-government relief organizations in the world, was abruptly told on March 7 to shut down all its operations in Turkey, which are overwhelmingly aimed at providing cross-border aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighboring northern Syria. The shutdown affects some 300 relief workers. (Fox

Taking the World Bank to court…Peasants in Honduras have sued a branch of the World Bank over its financing of the corporation Dinant, which has vast palm oil plantations in Bajo Aguán valley in the country’s north. Lawyers for the farmers say they are seeking compensation for alleged attacks and killings, including actions by the company’s private security forces. (Guardian

Backing out of backing out of the ICC…South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court on April 7 over the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during a visit two years ago, a senior official said on Wednesday. (Reuters

Top Stories

Three mass graves have been discovered in central Democratic Republic of Congo, where hundreds have been killed since July in clashes between security forces and a local militia, the top U.N. rights official said. (Reuters

Almost 400 people have fled their homes in Colombia’s northwestern Choco region in fear for their lives, after a criminal gang entered the area, Amnesty International said. (VOA

The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage. (AFP

Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world’s oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, threatening fish that are the main source of food for a billion people, scientists said. (Reuters

Officials in Madagascar say a cyclone that made landfall in the northeast of the country has killed at least three people, left nearly 500 people homeless and damaged schools and other buildings. (VOA






Rights activists and groups are welcoming a Thai government decision to drop legal cases against three rights activists who authored a report last year accusing Thai security forces of abuse and torture in restive southern Thai provinces. (VOA

A blaze has swept through a crowded children’s care home in Guatemala, killing at least 19 girls, according to officials. (Al Jazeera

UN human rights experts called for an international investigation into horrific abuses committed in South Sudan, reiterating warnings of “ethnic cleansing” in the war-ravaged country. (AFP



Brazil’s President Michel Temer launched an infrastructure concessions program on Tuesday that he said should raise $14.43 billion in investment in building and operating roads, port terminals, railways and power transmission lines. (VOA



Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 (Inter Press Service

It’s time for donors to embrace women’s equality. Here’s how. (Devex

Rebuilding Syria’s rubble as the cannons roar (IRIN

How hard is it to elect a female head of state? Liberians made it look easy. (PRI

10 Bold Things Women Have Done to Challenge and Change the Status Quo (This is Africa

Neglected under ISIS, schools in eastern Mosul overflow with students once again (CSM

Another Somalian Famine (Inter Press Service

Age No Bar: Elderly Indian Women Go to School for First Time (VOA

How women farmers are battling climate change in Zimbabwe (IRIN


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