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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on South Sudan, where violence has resumed. (VOA)

The United States on Monday pledged $410 million towards ending the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, the country hardest hit. South Africa has the world’s largest population of people living with HIV, at 6.8 million, and the funds will help expand its antiretroviral programme, which provides treatment to more than 3 million patients. (Reuters)

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites across the country after questions from end-of-year university exams were posted online last month, sparking a national scandal. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber have been inaccessible in the Horn of Africa’s most populous country since Saturday morning, and will continue to be so until the national school examinations are concluded on Wednesday, according to government officials.  (AlJazeera)

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eBay will partner with e-Commerce startup MallforAfrica in a bid to expand their footprint on the African continent.  The partnership will involve a logistical, financial and marketing symbiosis between the two companies. eBay is looking to get a foothold on the African continent, whose online spending habits are expected to grow to over $75 billion by 2025.  (Dignited)

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Brazilian public defenders have recommended to Rio de Janeiro’s city hall and Olympic organizers that religions of African origin be represented in the ecumenical center of the Athletes Village. Public defender Edison Santana told The Associated Press on Monday that his recommendation is based on the fact that only Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism are currently included. Rio Games organizers said other services could be provided. (LacrosseTribune)


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