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The Red Cross is launching its first search and rescue ship on Monday in an effort to save the lives of people crossing the Mediterranean in search of refuge and safety in Europe. The Responder will patrol the central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy, where most of the 3,100 drownings of migrants have happened this year. (VOA)

The United States proposed on Sunday that the United Nations Security Council authorize a 4,000-strong force to ensure peace in South Sudan’s capital Juba and threaten to impose an arms embargo if the transitional government does not cooperate. (Reuters)

206 countries and the Refugee Olympic Team are participating in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games that opened on Friday, August 5 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Over 11,000 athletes are participating in 306 events of 28 sports. The 54 African countries participating in the Olympic Games are expected to garner a number of medals by the end of the event on August 21. (AfricaNews)

Civic Tech

An innovative mobile technology is helping countries in Sub-Sahara Africa access vital data on family planning and reproductive health every six months. Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), which uses the mobile technology, provides information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions and advocacy at the community, country and global levels. (SciDevNet)

Biz development

Ellen Chilemba founded  Tiwale, a for-profit social enterprise in Malawi when she was just 17. In the past three years, the organization has supported 150 women with business and vocational training, and helped 40 women start businesses or find employment. Recently named by Forbes as one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs under 30, her vision is to help women create paths out of poverty and to break the cycle of child marriage and lost potential. (Forbes)

Arts &
Culture &

When Chierika Ukogu pulls up to the starting line in green and white this Saturday in Rio, she’ll go down in history as the first Nigerian to row on Olympicwaters. The 23-year-old Stanford grad and soon-to-be medical student is about to become Nigeria’s very first Olympic rower. (OkayAfrica)

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