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In Burundi, a group of generals and senior officers accused of being behind a failed coup in May, began their trial on Monday. Bujumbura’s capital is still ‘tense’ after last week’s attacks by insurgents that left as many as 90 people killed (Reuters Africa).

At least 6 people are wounded after reports of fighting and gunfire on Sunday in Bangui, as voters cast ballots in a referendum on a new constitution for the Central African Republic to try and end more than 3 years of violence (VOA News).

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says at least 100 of its Shiite followers were killed by the Nigerian army and its shrine in Zaria demolished (BBC Africa). Some witnesses said the Shiites blocked a main road with burning tires and ‘pelted’ army General Tukur Buratai’s convoy with stones. An army spokesman called it, “a deliberate attempt to assassinate” the general (U.S. News). The Muslim Rights Concern, a Muslim human rights group in Nigeria, is calling for an independent investigation saying the attack was, “reckless, lawless and barbaric”.

What We Need

Ernest Danjuma Enebi (@thedanjuma) shares his list of the ‘top 10 African philanthropists’ working throughout the diaspora (Africans in the Diaspora).

And University of Cape Town professor at the Red Ox Lab, Lester M. Davids says, ‘it’s time all African countries banned’ skin lightening creams (Quartz Africa).

Our Environment

ICYMI over the weekend, delegates from 195 countries agreed on a ‘landmark climate accord’ at the COP21 summit in Paris (NY Times). The 31-page agreement (pdf) commits nearly every country to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and changing the way the world uses fossil fuels to help stop ‘human-caused’ climate change (BuzzFeed News). We curated these links to some of the best coverage from around the world on Africa’s impact at the summit.

Generation Next

2 new Nigerian startups and 1 from Ghana are joining the the global female-focused accelerator program, at the S Factory. The women-led startups will all receive $15,000, 3 months of support and mentorship and a 12-month working visa to the S Factory’s accelerator campus in Chile (Tech Cabal).

Identity & Culture

Episode 2 of Cecile Emeke’s (@cecileemeke) ‘Strolling Series: Strolling USA’ is out with a look at the, ‘Dominican Republic, Haiti, class, survivor’s guilt, anthropology’ and more… (Strolling Series / Youtube).

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