View of a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni on the Greek - FYR of Macedonia border where thousands of refugees, mainly from Iraq and Syria, are stranded. © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

Refugees Teargassed

The situation in Idomi is becoming increasingly untenable. “The Macedonian police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday to disperse hundreds of migrants who tried to break through a border fence in a large refugee camp in the northern Greek town of Idomeni, the latest in a series of increasingly frequent uprisings by migrants stuck in Greece after countries sealed the main route they had been using to get to Germany. Greek television showed migrants running from clouds of tear gas and falling to the ground as the wind blew toxic fumes into the encampment, where more than 12,000 people, mostly women and children, have been stuck for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.” (NYT

Hundreds dead in fireworks accident…“The Hindu temple in southern India was packed with thousands for a religious festival early Sunday when the fireworks began – an unauthorized pyrotechnic display that went horribly wrong. Explosions and a massive fire swept rapidly through the Puttingal temple complex about 3 a.m. in the village of Paravoor, killing 102 people and injuring 380 others, officials said…The fire started when a spark from the fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored in the temple complex, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the top elected official in Kerala state. Most of the 102 deaths occurred when the building where the fireworks were stored collapsed, Chandy told reporters. About 60 bodies have been identified so far, he added.” (CBS )

Quote of the day: “If you are asking whether the secretary of state came to Hiroshima to apologise, the answer is no,” a senior U.S. official, to reporters as John Kerry visited the site of the first use of an Atomic bomb. (Reuters


Sierra Leone called Sunday for increased vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus after new cases in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea, but cautioned against shutting off borders between the west African states. (AFP

Angolan police briefly detained dozens of protesters in the capital Luanda after they tried to march in support of a group of activists jailed for planning a rebellion, witnesses said late on Saturday. (Reuters

The African Union said Sunday that Djibouti’s presidential election, won by a landslide by incumbent Ismail Omar Guelleh, was “free and credible,” despite opposition protests over the outcome. (AFP

Nigerian secret police have accused a Biafra separatist group of killing 55 people after discovering their bodies in shallow graves in a thick forest in the country’s southeast. (AFP

More than a quarter of a million people in Burundi have fled in terror as opposition militias plot their return. Without international assistance a humanitarian disaster looms. (The Observer

Chad voted in a presidential election on Sunday at which incumbent Idriss Deby is running for a fifth term in office arguing that only his government can maintain stability in the face of a threat from Islamist militants. (Reuters


Fighting has broken out north of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and in the centre of the country, killing more than 20 people, hours before a truce was due to come into force to facilitate peace talks. (Al Jazeera

The ceasefire in Syria “is about to collapse,” an official from the opposition said in an interview published Sunday, just days before the resumption of peace talks in Geneva. (AFP

Syria airdrop works...A total of 20 metric tons of urgently needed food supplies – mainly beans, chickpeas and rice, and enough to feed 2,500 people for one month – were dropped from high altitude by a WFP-chartered aircraft on Deir Ezzor. (WFP

A Syrian journalist who opposed Islamic State group jihadists was in intensive care Sunday after being shot in the head by a masked gunman in southern Turkey, reports and activists said. (AFP )

Israel’s cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. (Reuters


Protesters opposing the construction of a Chinese-backed, coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh agreed on Sunday to halt their activities for 15 days, defusing tensions after four demonstrators were killed last week. (Reuters

A powerful earthquake rattled Pakistan’s capital and other cities on Sunday, killing one person in the northwest and wounding 30 others, officials said. (SF Chronicle

Voters were heading to the polls in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros on Sunday in a likely face-off between the current vice president and a former coup leader who ruled the country for seven years. (AFP

The Americas

The law firm at the center of the Panama offshore accounts scandal routinely usurped the name of the Red Cross and other charities to help obscure the origin of millions of dollars in questionable funds, two newspapers involved in the investigation reported Sunday. (AP

JBS, the world’s largest meat-processing company, has denied organising a Google advertising campaign to attack Brazil’s most prominent anti-slave labour campaigner. (Guardian

Peruvians voted Sunday on whether Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, should become their first female leader in an election marred by alleged vote-buying and deadly attacks. (AFP

Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four years before a change in the White House next year that might bring a weakening of Washington’s long-term commitment. (AP

…and the rest

EU ministers visited Turkey on Sunday, urging the country to carefully implement a deal on returning migrants and warning they would be keeping a close eye out for potential abuses. (AFP

For the first time in the United Nations’ 70-year history, candidates vying to become secretary-general will make their pitch for the job to world governments in hearings beginning next week. (AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron took the unusual step on Sunday of publishing his tax records to try to end days of questions about his personal wealth raised by the mention of his late father’s offshore fund in the Panama Papers. (Reuters


Africa’s great opportunity for reform (Guardian

Three awesome African street artists you should know about (GlobalPost

Justice for Post-Election Violence in Kenya – An Obituary (Justice in Conflict

5 things to know about G-7 foreign ministers’ meeting (AP

Who’s who in the race to be UN chief (AFP

Brazilian Doctor Crafts System Hailed As ‘Way Forward’ For Combating Zika (Goats and Soda

Analysis: Nuclear deal puts US between Iran and a hard place (AP

Inspiring research email of the day (Rachel Strohm

Climate Change and Food Security in Southern Africa: A Humanitarian Crisis (CIHA Blog

Kenya got oil: what next? (Africa Can End Poverty