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News in the Humanosphere: Kabul bombing leaves more than 80 dead and hundreds wounded

Afghans help an injured man at a hospital after an explosion struck a protest march, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, killing at least 90 people and wounding 400, Afghan officials said. The blast, which came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest to hit the capital in recent years. The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school, and the blast appears likely to result in a high civilian death toll. (CNN

Meet the next President of the UN General Assembly… Slovak foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak to be its next president. He will succeed Fiji’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, in September and chair the assembly’s 72nd session that month. The post lasts a year. (First Post

The best (and worst) place to be a child is…Norway and Niger, respectively. From the new “end of childhood” report and rankings from Save the Children. (Save the Children

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Heavy rains and highway obstructions are hampering efforts to get food, water and medicine to thousands of flood survivors in Sri Lanka, government officials and aid workers said. (VOA

The United Nations said that 200,000 Iraqi civilians could flee an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul in the coming days. (VOA

Germany’s top security official ordered the re-examination of up to 100,000 decisions granting asylum to migrants after uncovering mistakes in a smaller probe undertaken after a German soldier was able to pass himself off as a Syrian refugee in a bizarre far-right plot. (AP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte denounced Chelsea Clinton in a vulgar speech for her criticism of remarks he made last week about rape. (VOA

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that he would sign deals for U.S. goods and services worth $15 billion to $17 billion during his visit to Washington, mainly for high-technology products and for services. (VOA

As the number of children fleeing gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras soars, UNHCR is launching a campaign for US$18 million in vital aid. (UNHCR

A top South Sudan army official used his position to accumulate millions of dollars through his personal business, while helping to orchestrate a conflict that has resulted in famine, according to a new report by a Washington-based human rights group. (VOA

Solar power is lighting up the night sky in Jordan and making life easier for the 20,000 Syrian refugees at a camp that once had no reliable source of electricity. (VOA

A string of high-profile crackdowns on gay rights in Indonesia has the country’s LGBT community on edge. (VOA


Trump is Pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Here’s what will happen. (UN Dispatch

The Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (IPS

Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me (African Arguments

Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives (Bloomberg View

It’s Time for the United States to Lean In to Climate Change (Foreign Policy

We Asked, You Answered: Does U.S. Foreign Aid Raise Living Standards? (NPR Goats and Soda

With few memories of Biafra War, young Nigerians renew calls for independence (CSM

The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan (Guardian

Africa: Could Big Data Help End Hunger on the Continent? (VOA

A UN of the Future to Effectively Serve all Member States (IPS


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]