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Stories You Need to Know Now: Morocco Cracks Down on Protests, Presidential Health Scares and New Ebola Vaccine

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Morocco Cracks Down on Protestors After Months of Unrest

According to Moroccan human rights organizations, police have arrested up to 70 people connected to the protest movement in the ethnically Berber region of Rif. The protests, which began as a call for justice after a fishmonger, protesting the seizure of his fish, was crushed to death by a garbage truck snowballed into a greater movement demanding jobs and economic development in a region that has long felt marginalized. Despite many of the leaders having been arrested, crowds continue to protest every night in the city of Al-Hoceima

Nigerian First Lady Aisha Buhari Joins Her Ailing Husband in London

It might be nothing, but in the current climate of intrigue around the health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari the first lady flying to England to be by her husband's side inevitably sparks rumors about a possible turn for the worse. Earlier this year, Buhari spent seven weeks on medical leave mostly out of sight sparking intense speculation. He returned to England on May 7th for a "follow-up" and has been there ever since.

President dos Santos returns home after health checks

While Buhari received medical attention in England, Angola's 74 year-old President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was in Spain receiving care for what some in Angolan media reported as a stroke. Rumors of his death were enough to prompt his daughter, Isabel to publicly deny that he had died while in Spain. On Monday, Angola's Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti told RFI,

"You know that there are moments in everyone's lives when we don't feel well. But he is fine. He is in Spain but when he is better he will return."

Dos Santos has been President of Angola for 38 years won't be contesting an upcoming election in August suggesting a transfer of power to his chosen successor Defence Minister Joao Lourenco.

An Experimental Ebola Vaccine Lands in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On Monday, the Congolese government approved a vaccine to help combat an ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in Northeastern Congo. Developed after the devastating West African outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in 2015 that killed 11,000 people, the vaccine has been shown to be quite effective at preventing transmission of the virus during trials in Guinea according to prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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