Nepal Quake, Again…

Aid agencies are  extremely concerned that a second major quake in Nepal may undermine relief efforts which were already struggling. “The second quake to hit Nepal in just over two weeks killed more than three dozen people and injured more than 1,000 in the Himalayan country, as many buildings already weakened by last month’s quake were brought down. The impoverished nation is still picking up the pieces from the devastation caused by last month’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the country’s worst in more than 80 years, which killed at least 8,000 people and injured more than 17,800. The new quake triggered three major landslides in Nepal’s eastern Sindhupalchowk district, and the Red Cross said the damage would make it even more difficult to reach remote areas already devastated by last month’s earthquake.(TRF

Obama’s Plans for Pacific Free Trade Bill Hits a Senate Snag…A huge free trade bill being pushed for by the Obama administration failed to gain the requisite number of votes in the Senate, owing to opposition from his fellow democrats. “The trade legislation failed an afternoon test vote, 52 to 45. Sixty votes were needed to begin formal debate of measures that would pave the way for approval of a complex Pacific trade accord and provide relief to unemployed workers affected by trade deals.” (WaPo )

Another Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh…A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of an online critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months. (Reuters


Map of the Day: The latest earthquake struck a region where no cars go. (UN Dispatch

A U.S. military helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese Army soldiers went missing during a mission in Nepal delivering aid to earthquake victims, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday, but so far there have been no indications that the aircraft crashed. (AP

Britain said on Tuesday it was negotiating with the Nepalese authorities after three British military helicopters sent to help the earthquake relief effort were denied entry because of fears they could damage buildings while landing. (Reuters

Buildings wrecked by Tuesday’s earthquake in Nepal, already weakened by last month’s huge quake which killed over 8,000, will take years to rebuild. But another type of infrastructure will bounce back much sooner: communication networks. (Reuters


Police fired guns and teargas towards protesters throwing stones in a suburb of Burundi’s capital on Tuesday during a demonstration against the president’s bid for a third term. (Reuters

Exhausted and terrified, the refugees from Burundi keep coming to Rwanda, with tens of thousands fleeing political violence and targeted attacks by the ruling party’s youth wing militia. (AFP

The United Nations mission to South Sudan has received credible reports of kidnappings of boys as young as 10 and the rape and abduction of girls and women amid killings in a northern region that the U.N. and aid agencies had to abandon because of the danger. (AP

With Ebola nearly stamped out in West Africa, vaccine trials will probably fail to provide enough useful data on how well they protect people against the deadly virus, the WHO said on Tuesday. (Reuters

Bavarian Nordic has received a $56 million loan from the European Investment Bank to help it develop a vaccine against Ebola, which has claimed 11,000 lives in a pandemic in Western Africa. (Reuters

Hundreds of people protested in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday after a machete attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in which a local activist said at least six people were killed. (Reuters


The lives of more than five million Syrians, including two million children, are at risk from explosive weapons used in the conflict, a non-governmental organisation said on Tuesday. (AFP

United Nations agencies are preparing a massive humanitarian aid operation in Yemen as soon as a planned ceasefire in the conflict-torn country takes effect later Tuesday. (AFP

The United States and five European countries warned on Tuesday that Libyan state institutions which control billions of euros of national assets risked being exploited by rival forces wrestling for control of the country. (Reuters

The United Nations cultural agency on Tuesday condemned “severe damage” caused to heritage sites in Yemen, such as Sanaa’s old city, during intense bombing of the rebel-held capital. (AFP


Indonesia will suffer the deepest cut from Australia’s plans to slash foreign aid by almost 20 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP

A military court has acquitted two soldiers on trial for the shooting death of a freelance journalist, according to Myanmar’s human rights body. (AP

Several thousand migrants, many of them hungry and sick, are adrift in boats in Southeast Asian seas and governments of the region must rescue them quickly to avert a “massive humanitarian crisis”, the United Nations said on Tuesday. (Reuters

India has named private banker K.V. Kamath as the first head of a new development bank being set up by the BRICS group of emerging market economies, Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters. (Reuters

The Americas

The fate of a pregnant 10-year-old has not only become a national debate in Paraguay but has underscored what activists say is a problem with child rape in this poor South American nation and led other victims to speak out. (AP

Global Migration

Britain said on Tuesday it would not participate in any European Union plan to resettle refugees using country quotas, saying it preferred to focus its efforts on tackling people traffickers instead. (Reuters

The profits are huge, the risks limited and the demand virtually inexhaustible: trafficking illegal migrants to Europe is increasingly becoming the domain of organised crime groups attracted by the multi-billion-dollar pay-off, experts say. (AFP

Niger has approved a law against the smuggling of migrants in an effort to stem the deadly flow of vulnerable Africans across its vast desert north, many of them headed toward Libya and on to Europe. (Reuters

A ship carrying hundreds of Rohingya Muslims sent out a distress call asking to be rescued Tuesday, saying they were abandoned by their captain without fuel and have been without food or water for three days. (AP

South African authorities say they have arrested about 750 immigrants staying illegally in this country, prompting rights groups on Tuesday to criticize the sweep for alleged violations that include preventing detainees from seeing lawyers. (AP


Bill, Melinda, and the SDGs (Global Dashboard

Will Yemen truce allow aid in at last? (IRIN

How inequality limits reproductive rights (BBC

Australian aid: the way we were (DevPolicy

Which bits of advice do developing country decision makers actually listen to? Great new research (From Poverty to Power

This US-backed Pacific trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds (GlobalPost

How Nepal can avoid the mistakes of Haiti, fighting violence against women in Brazil – and maternal healthcare (Guardian

Beyond quotas: What else is new in EU migration policy? (IRIN

The Resolve and Invisible Children Release New LRA Crisis Tracker Report (Enough Project

What does it mean to do policy-relevant research and evaluation? (People, Spaces, Deliberation