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News in the Humanosphere: Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship in 5 years

European navy members board ship held by suspected Somali pirates. (Credit: European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta/flickr)

Pirates hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012. “The pirates hijacked the oil tanker and they brought it near Alula,” Mohamud Ahmed Eynab, the district commissioner for Alula, told Reuters on Tuesday by phone. Pirates in the town confirmed they were expecting the ship. The tanker was believed to have eight crew on board, said Steed, an expert on piracy who is in contact with naval forces tracking the ship. “The ship reported it was being followed by two skiffs yesterday afternoon. Then it disappeared,” he told Reuters. (Reuters

Dutch election day… “Dutch voters head to the polls Wednesday to elect members of their 150-member House of Representatives, they do so in an environment of perhaps unprecedented international attention. While many in the Netherlands pride themselves on their renowned tradition of tolerance, the country faces a rising tide of discontent and xenophobia, with the far right candidate Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) narrowly trailing the ruling conservative party in most polls. For many observers, Wednesday’s elections are a harbinger of how European electorates will respond to surging movements led by radical right, nationalist, and xenophobic politicians in 2017.” (UN Dispatch

Top Stories

Health experts say more than 700 people have died of malaria so far this year in Burundi, prompting the government to declare the disease an epidemic. (VOA

Police in riot gear stood guard as Nepali civic officials used bulldozers to tear down a relief camp in the capital for victims of the 2015 earthquake, in a bid to force people to return to their home villages. (VOA

Fighting in Libya’s oil coastline region this month has been marked by human rights violations while attacks are likely to worsen in coming days, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Tuesday. (Reuters

Mutilated bodies are being found once again in Burundi where politically-motivated violence will soon enter its third year, according to a U.N. human rights inquiry. (Reuters

The former campaign manager for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos acknowledged for the first time that a scandal-tainted Brazilian construction company illegally paid costs related to the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s 2010 campaign. (VOA

As UN calls for coordinated global efforts to help Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, humanitarian aid is slow to reach some of those on brink of famine. (Guardian

Syrian opposition fighters will be allowed to leave the last rebel-held neighborhood in the city of Homs under a Russia-backed deal, a Syrian official and an activist said. (AP

Poor sanitation meant Bangladesh’s Surma valley workers and their families were often sick, but a hygiene project has brought them a healthy water supply and safe toilets. (Guardian

Aid workers in South Sudan should be exempt from a 100-fold hike in work permit fees so they can respond to famine in the country, the United Nations said as humanitarian agencies struggle to reach those in need amid fighting and looting. (Reuters


Who Is New AU Head and What Does He Stand For? (DW

Bill Gates wants to give the poor chickens. What they need is cash. (Vox

Most Financial Inflows Not Developmental (IPS

It’s starting to look like ‘Home Alone’ at the State Department (PRI

Why do countries become donors? Assessing the drivers and implications of donor proliferation (ODI

How far will Erdoğan go in fanning Turkey’s diplomatic crisis with Europe? (CSM

When and Why Do Corrupt Politicians Champion Corruption Reform? A Character Study (Global Anticorruption Blog

Despite Assurances, South Sudanese Government Continues to Impede Aid Efforts (Enough Project

#Feminism: digital technologies and feminist activism in Fiji (Dev Policy

Can economic growth really be decoupled from increased carbon emissions in Least Developed Countries? Ethiopia’s Story (From Poverty to Power

Tackling NCDs in Bhutan requires a different kind of aid (Devex


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