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Al-Qaida’s North African affiliate has claimed an attack by six heavily-armed assailants on an Ivory Coast resort that killed 14 civilians and two soldiers on Sunday. Twenty-two people were wounded. (VOA News)

Sierra Leone‘s President Ernest Bai Koroma has again refused to sign a bill legalising abortion, saying it should be put to a referendum. (BBC)

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will hold a news briefing on Monday where he will be joined by business and labour leaders who accompanied him on an investor roadshow to London and the United States, the Treasury said on Saturday. (CNBC Africa)


Check out this list of 16 organizations that will help fund any startup in Africa. (African leadership blog)

A study of over 2 million businesses in the UK shows something interesting: businesses that faced tough competition early on in life have a higher survival rate. Justin Irabor (@TheVunderkind) gives African start ups tips on how to react to competition. (Teachable)

Generation Next

Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC)  and Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo)  are two of the most talented people in today’s film industry, one a director, the other an actress. The two may now be coming together to work on Amblin Entertainment’s “Intelligent Life” sci-fi film, according to Indiewire. (Black Youth Project)

Identity & Culture

Pax Jones, a Black student at the University of Texas, created a photo series aimed at fighting back against global colorism and the media that perpetuates it. Titled “Unfair and Lovely,” it featured her classmates, South Asian sisters Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah. Now the series has inspired the #UnfairAndLovely hashtag campaign, which features people of color—primarily South Asians—flexing their melanin. (Colorlines)

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