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Sudan's Ruling Military and Civilians Have Signed a Power-Sharing Deal

After months of deadly protests, both parties have finally reached an agreement.

The BBC reports that a power-sharing deal has been signed between the ruling Transition Military Council (TMC) and protest leaders representing the Sudanese people. The deal, which confirms an agreement made earlier this month, will see the military ruling for the first 21 months and power then transferred to civilians for the 18 months leading up to elections.


This power-sharing deal comes just a few days after thousands of protesters took to the streets in "Justice First" rallies and held night vigils in remembrance of over 100 protesters who were killed during the military-led deadly crackdown of June 3rd.

There have been continued talks between the TMC and protest leaders after civilians demanded that the military cede power over to them. However, the military has controversially stood by their stance that their rule is only to ensure that "order is maintained" and that threats to the country's security are minimized.

Back in April, protesters rejected the two-year power-transfer deal and resumed protests which ultimately saw the violent dispersal of protesters in Khartoum by the military.

According to IOL, General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo of the TMC has referred to the signing of the deal as a "historic" moment and Ethiopian mediator Mohamoud Dirir called it a "great moment for the people of Sudan", some protesters feel aggrieved by the fact that the same military which has killed well over 100 Sudanese civilians, will retain power at the beginning of this deal.

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President Yoweri Museveni Has Called Bobi Wine 'An Enemy of Progress in Uganda'

The Ugandan president has accused the opposition leader of thwarting foreign investment into the country.

Ugandan opposition leader of the People Power Movement (PPM), Bobi Wine, continues to be the proverbial thorn in President Yoweri Museveni's side. The head of state, who's been in power for a little over three decades, described Wine as an "enemy of progress in Uganda" during a recent interview with the BBC. President Museveni has accused Wine of standing in the way of Uganda's prosperity by dissuading people from investing in the country. He also refuted claims made by Wine that his government is repressive.

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Several People Have Been Killed During Protests in Guinea

Guineans are protesting against changes to the constitution which will allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third term.

At least five people have died during protests in Guinea's Conakry and Mamou after police opened fire on them, according to Aljazeera. The protests come just after President Alpha Conde instructed his government to look into drafting a new constitution that will allow him to remain in power past the permissible two terms. Conde's second five-year term will come to an end next year but as is the unfortunate case with many African leaders, the 81-year-old is intent on running for office yet again.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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