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The Gambia and Tanzania have banned child marriage, with tough penalties for those who breach the rulings. Gambia’s President Yayha Jammeh announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years. (BBC)

At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan‘s rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians, a government source said on Sunday (July 10), as heavy gunfire erupted again in parts the city. The fighting broke out on Thursday and Friday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers who support vice president Riek Machar. (The Strait Times)

Seeking to bolster their ties, India and Kenya on Monday decided to deepen and expand cooperation in a wide range of areas as they signed seven pacts, including in the field of defence and security and avoidance of double taxation. (Times of India)

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The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile from police officers’ bullets inspired criticism and calls to end state violence and racism against Black communities. Many of those calls came from prominent Black celebrities, including those who are typically silent on social justice issues. (Colorlines)

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Startup teams formed during the training programme at Ghana’s Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) have pitched to the organisation’s board of directors for funding. A total of 28 Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) from Ghana and Nigeria successfully completed the MEST programme, which has recently started accepting applications from Kenya and South Africa as well. (Disrupt Africa)

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The third annual Regina AfroFest took place Saturday in downtown Regina, Canada. The event is free and open to all ages and cultures. Both dancing and drumming workshops took place at Victoria Park. The Regina Public Library has also joined in on the festivities by hosting a movie screening of African films for children. (Global news)

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