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Congolese ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been jailed for 18 years following a landmark conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and sexual violence. Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was convicted in March of crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003. (BBC)

Nigerian militants Boko Haram have fractured internally, with a big group splitting away from shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq- and Syria-based Islamic State, a senior U.S. general said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Kenya‘s NIC Bank has been appointed as a consultant to assess the assets and liabilities of Imperial Bank, which was put into receivership in October after fraud was uncovered, the central bank said on Tuesday. The appointment of NIC Bank, a mid-tier bank, would ensure customers receive more of their deposits after the closed bank’s shareholders failed to support a proposal for swiftly reopening Imperial, the central bank said in a statement. (CNBC)

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Twitter has announced that the video limit has been extended from 30 seconds to 140 seconds. That’s 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Vine videos are going to be longer too; moving from 6 seconds to 140 seconds. Twitter really does like the number 140. (Techweez)

Biz Dev

Kenya-based tech startup Paygo Energy, which has developed a smart energy meter, was named one of the three winners of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ISHOW in Washington DC, United States (US) last week, winning US$50,000 in prize money. (Disrupt Africa)

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Check out for a look at our new photo series Lens on…. Our reporters journeyed to some of  the less traveled areas in West Africa to bring you compelling stories about the every day people who often times  go unnoticed. Through these photos, you will meet individuals who reflect the diversity found within our shared culture and experiences. Their personal testimonies exhibit their passion for their everyday life which demonstrates their ability to be extraordinary in a not so ordinary world.

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