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The first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in 25 years has arrived in Mogadishu and presented his credentials to the Somali government. Ambassador Stephen Schwartz, who met Tuesday with Foreign Affairs Minister Abdisalam Omar Hadliye, is tasked with helping Somali officials stabilize the country after decades of civil war and the al-Shabab insurgency. (VOA)

Kenyan police have arrested the country’s athletics manager who was sent home from the Rio Games and is being investigated after allegations he was asking for cash in return for warning athletes before drug tests, officials said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

South Sudan‘s government has agreed to allow the deployment of a regional protection force in the country, according to an East African bloc, after renewed fighting between rival groups last month put a fragile peace deal in danger. Such a force has been a key demand of former vice president Riek Machar, who fled the capital, Juba, after the outbreak of violence. (AlJazeera)

Civic Tech

The search is on to find the best startups in Africa for this year, and AppsAfrica is currently taking applications for their 2016 Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards celebrates the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, providing winners with global publicity across multiple channels, recognition and networking with 500+ industry peers and investors at the Awards party. (Techcabal)

Biz development

Just eight weeks after raising $24 million in a funding round led by Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation, Andela, one of Nigeria’s best-known startups, is saying goodbye to its co-founder Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji.

Aboyeji, the face of the high profile Lagos-based coder training company, is now starting a new startup called Flutterwave, a digital payments infrastructure platform that will aggregate various payment methods for merchants, banks, and money transfer operators across Africa. (Quartz)

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Brazil played to a 0-0 draw against South Africa on Match Day 3 in the Olympic women’s soccer tournament. Brazil had the first scoring chance in the 6th minute when Andressa Alves found herself with the ball in the box, but her shot was saved by South African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker. Neither Brazil nor South Africa could convert any of their chances the rest of the way and the match concluded 0-0. (NBColympics)


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