You should know

Facebook users are questioning why the company apparently failed to turn on its Safety Check feature after an attack in Côte d’Ivoire on Sunday, the latest in a series of controversies over the way the tool has been implemented. (Quartz Africa)

Russia has shocked the world twice in the last 24 hours – first, by announcing that it was to withdraw most of its forces from Syria and second, by appearing to implement such a move. (CNBC)

The Republic of Congo heads to a presidential election next Sunday amid deepening distrust as President Denis Sassou N’guesso seeks to extend his already three decades in power. (VOA)

What We Need

Feyi Fawehinmi (@DoubleEph) calls Made in Africa potentially the most important book concerning Africa that will be released this year. He says the book is timely, given the collapse in commodity prices that has left many African economies in disarray.

Generation Next

The Los Angeles Times spoke to the Latino, Black and Muslim students who shut down a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Colorlines)

In an increasingly digitized world, cultivating a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mindset is crucial to mint a new generation of makers who understand unmet global needs. One partnership is looking to do that by building bridges between U.S. and southern African kids to give STEM skills a boost. (VOA)

Identity & Culture

The web TV series An African City (@AnAfricanCity) follows the lives of independent young women in the Ghanaian capital Accra. The series explores sex, sassiness, and what it means to go home again. (Hyperalergic)

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