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Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh was sworn in for a fourth term in office Sunday in a ceremony attended by several regional heads of states and dignitaries. (VOA)

South Africa‘s unemployment rate rose to 26.7 percent of the labour force in the first quarter of this year from 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, data from the statistics office showed on Monday. (Reuters)

A court in South Africa has ruled that a 2009 decision to drop 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational and should be reviewed – another setback for the scandal-ridden leader. The decision to set aside the charges seven years ago allowed Zuma to run for president. (Al Jazeera)

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Student protests in Sudan usually center on politics. But something different is driving protests at the country’s historic University of Khartoum in 2016: architecture and heritage. Students are outraged after claims emerged that the university’s historic premises on the Nile Avenue have been sold off to private developers. (Quartz)

Generation Next

Benin-born musician Angelique Kidjo has won a major human rights award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, along with three African youth activist movements. The three time Grammy Awards winning activist has worked to support free expression, education for young women and birth certificates for children. (VOA)

 

Arts & Culture

Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta recently used their power couple status for good. The couple of more than 30 years held an event at their L.A. home to raise money for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. According to Variety, they raised upwards from $17 million for the project, $10 million of which came from Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. (BET)


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