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UN Warns of Looming Famine in Yemen

Famine does not just mean a lack of food. Rather, it’s a specific designation that is triggered when child malnutrition and mortality rates reach a certain threshold. The World Food Program is now warning that such conditions are developing in Yemen. “WFP said a study it carried out showed food security was at its most precarious for Yemen’s 1.3 million internally displaced people. The agency, in a statement, said it has reached 3.5 million people with food supplies since the conflict erupted, ‘but fighting makes deliveries difficult and dangerous.’ More than 1.2 million children are suffering from moderate to acute malnutrition and over half a million children are severely malnourished, it said.” (AFP

Our Hot, Hot World…Last month was the warmest ever on record worldwide as many countries and the world’s oceans experienced heat waves, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report. (Reuters

UN peacekeepers allegedly commit rapes in CAR, again…New allegations of rape involving the U.N. peacekeeping unit in the Central African Republic were revealed.. “A new series of disturbing allegations of misconduct have recently come to light,” U.N. spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters. “The events allegedly took place in recent weeks. These new allegations concern a report that three young females were raped by three members of a MINUSCA military contingent.” (Reuters

Meanwhile…The French government considers withdrawing more of its troops from Central African Republic by the end of the year. (AP

Tom and Mark talk #WormWars…Actually, Tom does most of the talking and Mark does most of the asking in this new episode of Global Dispatches Podcast featuring yours truly. If you have 15 minutes and want to understand why a somewhat arcane academic debate is so important to global health and development, have a listen — >

Photos of the day: Fashion and flair at Eritrea’s largest metal market (Guardian

Quote of the Day: Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza warned rebels Thursday that they would be crushed by God. ““They will be scattered like flour thrown into the air — as the God of heaven is a witness, the Burundians will be at peace,”  (AFP


South Sudan’s warring rivals will bring “disaster” on themselves and the region if no peace deal is signed, the African Union warned. (AFP

Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz named a new prime minister on Thursday in a bid to end a power vacuum after he dismissed Domingos Simoes Pereira last week, according to a presidential decree read on state radio. (Reuters

Tanzania has suspended about a quarter of its recruitment agencies in a bid to crackdown on human trafficking after complaints that girls sent as domestic servants to the Middle East were used as sex slaves and forced to work without pay. (Reuters

International envoys urged a rapid resolution to a move by Somali lawmakers to impeach President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud – the latest crisis to threaten the country’s stability as it struggles to rebound from two decades of chaos and war. (Reuters

A South Sudanese journalist was shot dead while leaving a newspaper’s office late on Wednesday, his colleagues said. (Reuters

A drought and a surge in demand for electricity have left the residents of Equatorial Guinea’s economic capital of Bata virtually without power for two weeks, authorities and residents said. (AFP

Mauritania became the last country to abolish slavery 34 years ago, but despite ever harsher laws which now declare the practice a crime against humanity, a deeply ingrained resistance has made the shackles hard to break. (AFP

U.S. philanthropist Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren, is pouring millions of dollars into power projects in war-torn Congo, betting that private investment can bring development where the United Nations and aid agencies failed. (Reuters

For nearly two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army stalked the grasslands of north Uganda, abducting children as soldiers and sex slaves in its war against the government. Now at peace, the land is being put to a new use: large-scale agriculture. (TRF

Sub-Saharan African countries are increasingly issuing hard-currency bonds with staggered rather than one-off repayments, seeking to minimise the risk that volatile commodity prices will play havoc with their finances. (Reuters


The United Nations said that Israel’s decisions to impose up to 20 years prison for people throwing stones and to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike threatened to worsen an “already-precarious human rights situation.” (Reuters

MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, killing three people and forcing a Riyadh hospital to close its emergency ward, officials and newspapers said Thursday. (AFP

A car ferry carrying just over 2,400 Syrian refugees arrived on the Greek mainland on Thursday as a wave of migrants fleeing conflict and poverty continued unabated, straining a country which is already in economic crisis. (Reuters

The cash-strapped U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) promised to start the school year on schedule, allowing over 500,000 kids in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria to return to their classrooms between Aug. 24 and Sept. 13. (IPS


Indian authorities detained and later released two key Kashmiri separatist leaders Thursday ahead of talks between Indian and Pakistani security advisers, while a third remained under house arrest. (AP

Lawmakers decided Thursday to delay voting on a bill that could have resulted in the removal of parliament’s embattled speaker, temporarily easing a political crisis gripping Myanmar ahead of national elections. (AP

The Americas

At least 125 people have been killed in El Salvador in the last three days, authorities said Wednesday as a wave of violence continues to plague the Central American nation. (AP

Indigenous protesters wielding spears in southeastern Ecuador sent police and soldiers fleeing Wednesday in a clash that Interior Minister Jose Serrano said injured eight security force members. (AP

Colombia’s new law on femicide is a key step to combat violence against women, but forensic experts and prosecutors will need to change the way they investigate gender-related killings to win convictions, officials said. (TRF

Haitian election authorities disqualified two more candidates for disruptions during legislative elections earlier this month, bringing the total of barred candidates to 16 so far. (AP

Up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gases would be kept out of the atmosphere if the U.S. government stopped leasing federal lands to fossil fuel companies, according to a study. (TRF

Colombia’s Marxist rebels indefinitely extended a month-old ceasefire on Thursday as peace talks resumed in Havana, with the government still pledging not to conduct air raids on rebel camps. (Reuters

…and the rest

Sweden is urging Amnesty International to study its pioneering prostitution law, amid disappointment over the human rights group’s vote to back the decriminalisation of the sex trade, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said. (AFP

An anti-corruption watchdog says only four of 41 countries that signed an anti-bribery convention 16 years ago are actively investigating and prosecuting companies that bribe foreign officials to win contracts, or dodge taxes and local laws. (AP

Britain and France announced new measures on Thursday to prevent undocumented migrants entering the Channel Tunnel, while stepping up joint police operations against the people-smugglers who profit from their desperation to reach Britain. (Reuters

The European Union is urging major emerging industrialized powers to make public their emissions targets ahead of a key climate conference in December. (AP


UN peacekeepers who rape and abuse are criminals – so treat them as such (Guardian

EU pays price for lack of migration planning (IRIN

Talking about war makes it more likely. Look at South Sudan. (Monkey Cage

The World That Is Not Fair On Climate Change (The Observer

Propaganda or proper journalism? China’s media expansion in Africa (African Arguments

Why Applying a Gender Lens Is Key to Addressing Africa’s Challenges (The Conversation

Whatever happened to those heroes? (IRIN

Obama Too Failed to Recognise That Africa Is Not a Homogenous Entity (New Times

The AP’s controversial and badly flawed Iran inspections story, explained (Vox