Boko Haram Attacks School Children, Once Again

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Some victims were as young as 11. “At least 47 people were killed and 79 were wounded Monday by a suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria, police said. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum, police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said…The explosion took place at 7:50 a.m. local time outside the principal’s office, where students had gathered for a daily speech…In February, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 40 students when they opened fire and threw explosives in student hostels in a government boarding school in the town of Buni Yadi, in Yobe state. And last year, 42 students were killed when Boko Haram gunmen attacked dormitories with guns and explosives in a government boarding school near Potiskum.” (CNN

Tweet of the Day: Actually a series of tweets from the the founder of the (excellently acronymed!) Diaspora African Women’s Network, Semhar Araia. Upon news that artists were planning to re-record the horribly patronizing “Do They Know that it’s Christmas” to raise funds for ebola relief she tweeted: “You know how#BandAid30 could celebrate its anniversary? By NOT doing another BandAid & instead supporting existing Africa#Ebola campaigns.”

Local Malala Backlash…The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, which claims to represent 150,000 schools across Pakistan, declared that Monday would be “I am not Malala” day and urged the government to ban her memoir, “I Am Malala,” because it offended Islam and the “ideology of Pakistan.” (NYT

Cuban Twitter fallout…USAID is preparing internal rules that would effectively end risky undercover work in hostile countries, such as the once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program it orchestrated. (AP

Vaccine clues from WWI…The elusive dysentery vaccine might be possible, thanks to a soldier who fought in World War One, according to researchers in a study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet. (VOA

Community Bulletin: The ASTMH Annual Meeting has wrapped. Looking for the big news and highlights? The Society along with its partners has pulled together original and curated content from the meeting, including: 10 Ebola Insights from the Annual Meeting (this is the stuff you’re not hearing anywhere else) Full audio of the Ebola media briefing and Why malaria is rebounding in Tanzania


The United States has opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia. (AP

A pretty amazing story of how the outbreak in Mali was successfully contained. (NYT

The U.N. atomic agency said on Monday it had sent Sierra Leone equipment first used in nuclear processes that can help it quickly diagnose the deadly Ebola virus and it was also in contact with other West African states about their needs. (Reuters

Doctors Without Borders called Monday for a change of strategy in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, to fund rapid response teams rather than huge isolation units. (AFP

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered four soldiers and their commanding officer to be punished for their actions during a protest over an Ebola quarantine in August, a government statement said. (Reuters

Do they still not know it’s Christmas, in Africa? Musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof, who in 1984 inspired a generation of rock stars to record a charity single for Africa, will raise money to combat Ebola with a new version of the song. (Reuters

More than 100 Filipino peacekeepers returning from almost a year in Liberia will be put in quarantine on an isolated island on arrival this week to check for Ebola, the military said on Monday, adding there were fears how the public might react. (Reuters

Google launched a campaign Monday to raise money to fight Ebola, tossing $10 million into the pot and saying it will match donations to the fund two to one.


The United Nations said it has sent its first aid convoy from Sudan into South Sudanese territory, with enough supplies to feed 45,000 people for a month. (AFP

A U.N. team investigating allegations of a mass rape in Sudan’s North Darfur say they have found no evidence of the reported attack. But a senior U.N. official says it is not yet possible to confirm that no rapes took place. (VOA

Human Rights Watch has criticised a draft agreement to bring peace to conflict-hit Mali, saying Monday the deal would not provide justice for abuses committed by all sides. (AFP

Residents of war-torn South Sudan are enduring “unspeakable abuse and violence” as well as the threat of famine, said a report from the International Rescue Committee. (Yahoo

Forty-eight hours after the latest ceasefire deal in South Sudan, a battle broke out on Monday between government troops and rebel fighters in which 29 combattants died, said a military spokesman. (AP

Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, after a popular uprising forced longtime president Blaise Compaore from power. (Reuters

With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States says its Multinational Force for Central Africa, is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives. (IRIN

Ethiopia’s policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors is encouraging human rights violations, ruining livelihoods and disturbing a delicate political balance between ethnic groups, a think tank report has found. (Guardian


An Israeli soldier and an Israeli woman were killed on Monday in separate stabbing attacks that the authorities attributed to Palestinian men, rattling Israelis and intensifying the political pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (NYT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a board of inquiry to investigate deaths, injuries and damage to United Nations premises during this summer’s Gaza war as well as the discovery of weapons in vacant U.N. schools. (AP

The FAO warns that an additional $38.5 million in support is urgently needed to prevent Iraq’s agricultural sector from collapsing and an already-worrisome food security situation from further degenerating.

Egypt’s most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, according to an audio clip posted on its Twitter account. (Reuters

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Monday that the U.N. envoy’s proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo was “worth studying.” (AP


After a struggle lasting decades, Aung San Suu Kyi is now losing a fight to erase a constitutional clause, authored by Myanmar’s generals, designed to permanently block her from leading the nation. (GlobalPost

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour. (Reuters

More than 200 boat people held in southern Thailand will be pushed back out to sea, police said on Monday, despite calls by rights group to stop a policy that puts would-be asylum seekers at risk. (Reuters

WFP says it has enough donations to stay open in North Korea for the rest of this year but is uncertain whether it will be able to operate there beyond next March. (AP

People covered their bodies with mud to protest against the Philippine government’s ineptitude and abandonment; others lit paper lanterns and candles and released white doves and balloons to remember the dead, offer thanks and pray for more strength to move on; while many trooped to a vast grave site with white crosses to lay flowers for those who died, and to cry one more time. (IPS

The Americas

Colombians are being kept off their farms by armed groups and illegal businesses. Those fighting for land restitution have a blunt message for British firms and politicians. (Guardian


A wide-ranging conversation with ONE Campaign executive director Tom Hart on topics from PEPFAR, to the MCC to the Jubilee Campaign to his Alaskan upbringing. (Global Dispatches Podcast

A Cambodian Journalist Was Killed Trying to Cover Illegal De-forestation (UN Dispatch

Ebola cases fall in Liberia, rise in Sierra Leone, and concerns persist (Humanosphere

What do 600 papers on 20 types of interventions tell us about how much impact evaluations generalize?  (World Bank Development Impact

Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa (NPR

An aid loan is not just a throw of the dice (David Roodman

The Lesson of London’s Sewers for Clean Government (CGD

Poll: is it time for a woman to lead the UN? (Guardian

Could Addis Deliver a Global Deal Around Sustainable Infrastructure Finance? (CGD

Famous founders: A blessing or a curse? (WhyDev

Fighting Impunity: The Role of Sanctions in Ending Conflict in Congo (Enough Project

Who do you think you are? (Wait…What?

The Bullshit Files: The “Mandela” Ray Ban “Sculpture” in Cape Town (Africa is a Country