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Nigeria‘s government has resumed cash payments to militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta, officials have said. The move is seen as an attempt to curb a new attacks which have severely affected oil production in Nigeria.  The government stopped the payments in February, resulting in militants accusing it of breaching an amnesty deal negotiated in 2009. (VOA)

The United States pledged $407 million aid to Tanzania on Monday, months after cancelling a similar payment due to an election that it said had violated the country’s commitment to democracy. (Reuters)

Facebook has signed up almost half the countries in Africa – a combined population of 635 million – to its free internet service in a controversial move to corner the market in one of the world’s biggest mobile data growth regions. (The Guardian)

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Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) say they have found a new anti-malaria compound “with potential for both treatment and prevention of malaria.” The compound, which is set to be developed and is referred to as ‘UCT943’, is the second candidate selected for development after the drug center (H3D) in 2012 selected the MMV048 compound for assessment. (Quartz)

Biz development

For the first time ever, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Ghana has accepted entrepreneurs from South Africa to be trained in their facility for one year. Previously, MEST accepted applications from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, however this year, they announced they were accepting applications from South Africa. (Techcabal)

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Africa took over Downtown Brooklyn with style, fashion, music and culture. Upfront & Personnel hosted their first African concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Friday, July 22. One Africa Music Festival is also the first concert to have numerous African musicians performing in the states. This concert featured some of the biggest names in Afrobeat, such as Wizkid, Davido, Flavour and Tiwa Savage.  (Amsterdam news)

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