Top of the Morning: Ebola Reaches Monrovia

At least seven people are believed to have died from Ebola in the Liberian capital city. This marks the first time ebola has reached crowded Monrovia. “Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told The Associated Press that brings to 16 the number of people believed to have died from the virus in the West African country. Four of the deaths were confirmed by tests to be Ebola, he said. The deaths, recorded since June 8, are worrying because no new cases had been confirmed in Liberia in about two months. Nyenswah said the new wave of cases was believed to have begun on May 30. The virus, which causes severe bleeding and high fevers, has continued to ravage neighboring Guinea in that time and has spread to Sierra Leone.” (Boston.Com

Another World Cup Bombing, This Time in Nigeria…This keeps happening. An explosion has hit northern Nigeria’s Yobe state at a venue televising a World Cup football match, residents and security officials say…There were reports of casualties being brought into hospitals, but it is not clear if there were any deaths.Yobe is one of three areas under a state of emergency amid attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants. (BBC

Doctors Without Borders says an aerial bombing run over a Sudanese village hit one of its medical facilities, partially destroying a hospital. (AP

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Officials in Nigeria say more than 20 people were killed when gunmen believed to be Boko Haram militants attacked a village in the country’s northeast. (VOA

The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement, for poor progress in meeting democratic norms, is threatening the livelihoods of tens of thousands of worker in a country where unemployment is already above 40 percent. (IRIN

The International Committee of the Red Cross has begun distributing seeds and farming equipment in the Central African Republic. The ICRC said the aid is vital to the survival of families who fled rebel attacks and now are returning home to find their farms and granaries destroyed. (VOA

Hundreds of South Sudanese children marched through the streets of Juba on Monday, carrying hand-painted posters and placards calling on grown-ups in the country to stop six months of fighting so that they can lead normal lives again. (VOA

A week after yet another peace deal was signed for South Sudan, the threat of famine still stalks the world’s youngest nation, where more than seven million people are at risk of hunger and disease, a top U.N. official has warned. (VOA

The Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern Region where a recent meningitis outbreak has already caused at least 52 deaths since the beginning of the year. (UNICEF


An outbreak of deadly MERS virus infections remains a serious public health problem, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, but an upsurge in cases is abating and the disease does not constitute a global emergency. (VOA


Thai government officials are defending their country’s rights record as the US State Department prepares to issue its annual human trafficking report. Thailand faces a possible downgrade to the worst offenders’ category. (VOA

Cambodian workers are streaming home from Thailand by the tens of thousands, prompting a situation that observers say will create problems as well as opportunities in their home country. (VOA

Solomon Islands flood victims still say they won’t leave evacuation centers until the government comes through with its promise to resettle them. (ABC

Families of asylum-seekers killed in a shipwreck off Australia’s Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the government, arguing it breached its duty of care in a move Canberra Tuesday blasted as “shameful.” (AP

The Americas

Thousands of children never make it as far as the United States. This year alone, 4,500 unaccompanied minors from Honduras have already been detained in Mexico and deported. (CNN

Argentine leader says she won’t honor $1.3 billion debt ruling despite US Supreme Court loss. (AP


‘What’s Wrong With an African Spring?’ (RNW

Global Prosperity Wonkcast: If China Sneezes, Will Latin America Catch Pneumonia? (CGD

Is Tanzania Stepping Into Energy Trap? (EA Business

Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity (Policy Innovations

Do We Practice Climate-Smart Agriculture? (Development that Works

Of Temples, Toilets and Tendencies: New Survey from RICE (Development Horizons

Aid transparency hits a new low (Development Policy Centre

The legacy of the ‘German Bob Geldof of development aid’ (Africa is a Country


A senior UN official says millions of people caught in crises are unable to get the aid they need due to a lack of funding. The UN says most of these crises are potentially explosive and could erupt into regional conflicts. (VOA
Female genital mutilation, the excision of the clitoris practised widely in African and many Muslim countries, is a means for men to maintain control of women and must be eradicated, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said. (Reuters