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South Sudan‘s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar has left the country, weeks after his forces were involved in deadly clashes with government troops. He had initially fled the capital, Juba, during the violence in July, demanding a neutral force be deployed to keep peace and guarantee his safety. (BBC)
Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred protesters calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down, a week after the longtime ruler warned that protests “don’t pay”. Some 200 people had gathered in central Harare on Wednesday, carrying flowers for peace and holding posters reading “Mugabe Must Go”, when baton-carrying police moved in. (Al Jazeera)
South Africa‘s radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has said it will vote with the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in its bid to take control of key cities from the governing African National Congress (ANC) following local elections earlier this month. This opens the way for the cities to have a non-ANC mayor for the first time since apartheid ended in 1994. (BBC)
The number of technology hubs across Africa have more than doubled in less than a year as more investors and innovators grow the local startup ecosystem beyond the most popular cities. A total of 314 tech hubs and incubation centers were recorded in July by the global telecoms industry body GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator, a program that works to enable partnerships between operators and developers in the continent. (Quartz)
Kenya‘s Conseslus Kipruto stormed to an Olympic record breaking victory in the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase on Wednesday, ensuring the East African nation maintained its iron grip on an event it has monopolised since 1984. (Reuters)
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