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News in the Humanosphere: Pressure on Nigerian leader to take medical leave

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (Wikimedia Commons)

A group of prominent Nigerians has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, to take medical leave, amid growing concern about his health. The 13-member group included some of the Nigeria’s most influential civil society figures, including lawyer Femi Falana, political analyst Jibrin Ibrahim, and Transparency International Nigeria head Anwal Musa Rafsanjani. In their statement, they said the president had not been seen in public for the last week, and his absence from the cabinet meetings, as well as the weekly Friday Muslim prayers, “has fuelled further speculation and rumors” about his medical condition. The 13 said they felt “compelled” to ask Mr Buhari “to heed the advice of his personal physicians by taking a rest to attend to his health without any further delay. (BBC

New report on violence in CAR…Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human Rights Watch said in a report. The violence pitted armed groups against one another in the central province of Ouaka, which is at the border of the mainly Muslim north and the mainly Christian south of the country. “As factions vie for power in the Central African Republic, civilians on all sides are exposed to their deadly attacks,” said Lewis Mudge, Africa researcher at the U.S-based human rights watchdog. (Reuters

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Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack at a crossing frequently used by Iraqi and Syrian civilians seeking safety in northeastern Syria, killing at least 37 people, mostly civilians, Kurdish officials and activists said. (AP

The human rights group Amnesty International condemned what it called “draconian” internet laws being used in Bangladesh to silence government critics. (VOA

The European Union clashed with the visiting leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, by publicly supporting an international mission to look into alleged human rights abuses by the country’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims. (VOA

African military expenditures have finally slowed down after more than a decade of steady increases, according to a new report on global defense spending. The main reason, the report found, is a drop in oil prices. (VOA

Dutch prosecutors say police arrested a Dutch man with a Somali background on suspicion of “involvement with a terror organization” in Somalia. (VOA

Hundreds of thousands of young girls across Mexico are being driven into relationships and marriages with older men, denying them a childhood and an education, new research reveals. (Guardian

An HIV activist in Uganda has come up with a novel approach to encourage young people to protect themselves against the disease. She calls it “pill power.” (VOA


This Broadside from a US Diplomat is Going Viral on Facebook: “I’m asking people stop blindly criticizing us and put away the shoes they’re polishing to dance on our graves” (UN Dispatch

Chart of the Day: How the US Funds the United Nations. (UN Dispatch

The Habré trial: The future for African justice? (African Arguments

Journalist Killings in Sri Lanka Predicated on a Deadly Irony (Inter Press Service

Climate Skeptics Always Assume the Risks Are Overhyped (Bloomberg View

One beige bus. A city tour. And a shift in thought on Mexican corruption. (CSM

Trump’s Environmental Policies Are a Disaster for U.S. Foreign Policy (Foreign Policy

A Free and Diverse Media is Essential to Protecting Democracy in the 21st Century (Inter Press Service

Turkey-Kurd feud distracts from Islamic State fight in Syria (IRIN

Five Things to Know about the ICC’s Latest Target in Libya (Justice in Conflict

Australia: New opinion data on aid spending, and 2017-18 Federal Budget preview (Devpolicy

Where were the women at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference? (Devex

Why I think NZ aid spending on Munda runway was a bad idea (Waylaid Dialectic


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