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Police in Burundi arrested eight people Saturday for allegedly circulating defamatory anti-government statements on social media. The Burundi case is not unique. The list of African countries trying to cut or control social media keeps growing, particularly during elections or periods of unrest. (VOA)

Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face “severe acute malnutrition” due to drought and a seven-year violent campaign by the armed group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF has warned. Of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Nigeria’s Borno state, Boko Haram’s heartland, will die this year if they do not receive treatment, the UN children’s agency said on Thursday.  (Al Jazeera)

The death toll in the Italian earthquake stands at 241 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors. Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy. (BBC)

Meet & Tweet Ghana

Join the Africa Rizing team for a 2-day training workshop at Impact Hub Accra where attendees will have the opportunity to hear from successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, and activists featured in our Rizers to watch campaign of 2016. Come out and meet the journalists behind the brand, and learn important skills like social media branding, smartphone reporting, field reporting and event coverage. Meet & Tweet Journalist & Entrepreneur Training Session is free  and open to the public. Register today.

Biz Development

aKoma Media, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, is organising a paid fellowship program for talented African writers and storytellers. The programme is called Amplify and it’s launching in Kigali (Rwanda), Nairobi (Kenya), and Lagos (Nigeria) this September. (Techcabal)

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The First African Fashion and Art Festival (AFAF), described by organisers as, “the greatest African cultural show on earth in the 21st Century, will be held in Lagos soon. AFAF ’16, described, as “an extraordinary demonstration of the richness, diversity, and vitality of black art- both contemporary and traditional- throughout the world” will have the most talented art and fashion designers in Nigeria and other African countries participating in the festival. (AllAfrica)

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