Parts of the Persian Gulf Will Be Uninhabitable By 2100

It will be too hot for humans to even sweat. “By 2100, parts of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and others will experience combinations of temperature and humidity which make the deadly 2003 heat wave in Europe ‘look like a refreshing day’. A new study in the Nature Climate Change journal presented computer simulations of what will happen to global temperatures if carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace. It predicts a new breed of super-heatwaves affecting the Persian Gulf, the likes of which have not been seen on Earth while humans have been around.” (Independent

Another MSF hospital hit…A hospital in north Yemen run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres was bombed in a Saudi-led air strike, wrecking the facility and lightly wounding two staff members, the group said on Tuesday. (Reuters

Quote of the Day: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, opening up the prospect of more American troops on the ground in Iraq. “We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” (CSM

Stat of the day: More than 700,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe’s Mediterranean shores so far this year, amid the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War II, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. (AFP


Gunmen hurled grenades and battled with police in a series of deadly clashes in Burundi, police said Tuesday, the latest violence since the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. (AFP

The EU called in Burundi for “consultations” on rights violations in the impoverished central African country, a step that could lead to a suspension of aid. (AFP

South Africa’s left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters led a march on Tuesday calling for a fairer distribution of the country’s wealth, the latest sign of anti-government dissent following a wave of student protests last week. (Reuters

Uganda’s Minister of State for Internal Affairs has defended police treatment of opposition members, saying the treatment is in line with the police role under the constitution. (VOA

U.N. peacekeepers are lifting a security zone they imposed around the town of Kidal in northern Mali because fears of an attack have diminished after rival clans signed a peace deal earlier this month, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Tuesday. (Reuters

African warlord Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in Congo are killing elephants for their ivory, which they trade for supplies in Sudanese-controlled territory, according to a new report released Monday by the watchdog group Enough Project. (AP

The International Criminal Court said India should arrest and hand over Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges and expected to visit New Delhi for a summit this week. (Reuters

This year’s slump in commodity prices and the end of a flood of cheap dollars has pegged back African growth to its weakest in six years and things could get worse if the global economy continues to flounder, the IMF said on Tuesday. (Reuters


Counting the dead in a warzone as complex as Syria is so challenging that the UN abandoned the task in early 2014, saying it could no longer stand by the accuracy of its source material. But several other organisations are determined to keep tallying casualties to the best of their abilities, even if these are hampered in numerous ways by the continuing conflict. (IRIN

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas late Monday to discuss “concrete steps” to calm the surge of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. (AFP

Morocco’s progress on reducing poverty and eliminating hunger through a nationwide plan has received qualified praise from the UN special rapporteur on the right to food. (Guardian

The U.N. humanitarian chief says a humanitarian organization founded by Saudi Arabia’s king has signed eight agreements with the United Nations that will provide $244 million in aid for war-ravaged Yemen. (AP


Rescuers were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday as officials said the combined death toll from the previous day’s earthquake rose to 311. (AP

A Pakistani charity has declined a $150,000 donation from the Indian prime minister in recompense for 13 years of caring for a lost deaf-mute Indian girl whose quest to return home captivated the subcontinent, a charity spokesman said on Tuesday.  (Reuters

Heavy cross-border fire from Afghanistan killed seven Pakistani soldiers Tuesday at a checkpoint in a troubled tribal area, the army said. (AFP

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo cut short his trip to the United States on Tuesday to help deal with clouds of smoke large areas of his country. (AFP

Taiwanese officials are reporting their most severe outbreak of dengue fever ever. More than 100 people have died despite the efforts of a robust healthcare system, putting Taiwan on a level with poorer Asian countries that grapple every year with the mosquito-borne disease. (VOA

Malaysia increasingly resembles a “police state” as the government uses repressive laws to silence critics including those demanding the prime minister answer corruption allegations, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. (AFP

Cambodian civil society groups and an international human rights organization on Tuesday condemned the assault on two opposition lawmakers by protesters who were apparently supporters of the ruling party, and demanded an independent investigation. (AP

A United Nations regional economic commission says the Asia-Pacific region faces rising human and economic costs from natural disasters in the coming decades, unless regional governments take steps to invest in disaster mitigation. (VOA

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, speaking after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, said his country intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the United States has forged with 11 other countries. (Reuters

The Philippine president says his government is seriously studying an Australian proposal to send refugees to his country, but suggests it cannot provide permanent settlement. (AP

The Americas

A former United Nations General Assembly president accused of being part of a bribery scheme would likely face additional charges, a U.S. prosecutor said, hours before the diplomat was released from jail. (Reuters

Leftist rebels ambushed election workers transporting ballots from an indigenous reservation in Colombia’s Andean highlands, killing 12 security forces members who were protecting the group. (AP

The Honduran newspaper Tiempo says it is temporarily closing after the government seized businesses belonging to the paper’s owners, who are accused in the United States of money laundering. (AP

A Venezuelan prosecutor who called the conviction and imprisonment of a leading opposition leader a “farce” has been fired, the country’s attorney general said Monday. (AFP

Until a U.N.-backed body began exposing corruption at the heart of Guatemala’s government, Jimmy Morales was nowhere in the race to become president. (Reuters

A close ally of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested as part of a widening probe into the alleged payment of bribes and kickbacks in the purchase of an Italian-made radar system. (AP

…and the rest

A climate change deal to be agreed in Paris in December will not be able to come up with a global carbon price, the United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said on Tuesday. (Reuters

A report shows increasing numbers of migrants are moving to cities around the world to take advantage of the many opportunities urban centers offer. The International Organization for Migration’s World Migration Report 2015 focuses on both the risks and opportunities created by the rate of fast urbanization. (VOA

Romanian prosecutors have formally charged a former president with crimes against humanity over his role in violent protests 25 years ago, in which six people died and hundreds were wounded. (AP


Getting Cancer on the Global Health Agenda (UN Dispatch

Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio (Goats and Soda

Secret aid worker: Is there life beyond the field? (Guardian

Universal Health Coverage Means More Than Access and Affordability – Quality Matters Too (The Conversation

Can Nations Reach a Strong Agreement At COP 21? (Policy Innovations

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love SDG 16 (Global Anticorruption Blog

Easterly: The Trouble with the Sustainable Development Goals (Current History

Are we effective at saving lives on the roads? (Developnent that Works

​93% of deaths and injuries in Yemen are civilian – this must change (Guardian

Geek Heresy (book review) (Aidnography
The main reasons why you should never get a job at a charity (WhyDev