South Sudanese Rebel Leader Refuses To Sign Peace Deal

South Sudan’s oppositional groups, including rebel leader Riek Machar, are refusing to sign peace treaties. A peace deal could spell an end to the country’s brutal civil war. “The main South Sudanese opposition groups, including the SPLM-IO (Machar faction), refused to sign the final document demanding that their reservations be guaranteed in it,” Sudan‘s Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed told reporters in Khartoum on Tuesday. While a peace deal would be a great step forward for the country, previous attempts at peace agreements have failed within months. For example, an agreement…

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Meet South Africa’s Wax Sculptor

Famed French artist Madame Tussaud is known for her wax sculptures and, of course, for founding London’s wax museum in 1835. Artists today are inspired by her vision. The London native draws fans from all over the world to see their favorite figures brought to life. Most recently, her legacy has landed in Africa. Lungelo Gumede of Durban is making a name for himself as a visual artist after being inspired by Madame Tussaud’s work. Gumede visited the wax museum in New York in 2012 and discovered a new passion.…

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Tennessee Mom Discovers Hidden Camera in Her Child’s Teddy Bear

A Tennessee mother recently discovered a camera inside a stuffed bear which her daughter won at the Wilson County Fair. The Lebanon Police Department was called to investigate after the mother reported the discovery. After proper examination, the police do not suspect any wrongdoing. The camera inside the toy was similar to a “nanny cam,” according to the Lebanon Police Department. Investigators believe that the toy may have functioned as a surveillance cam. However, while the camera inside the bear contained a lens and board, it was not functional and…

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Man Apologizes After Going on Racist Rant

Last week, a man went on a racist rant on a South African beach, immediately sparking outrage on social media. The man in question is reportedly named Adam Catzavelos. Catzavelos used a racial slur known as “the K-word” in a video which has since been uploaded to Twitter. The incident has prompted a conversation on racism and its repercussions. Since the video went viral, the hashtag #AdamCatzavelo has started trending. Twitter users have begun to share his information, which includes details about his wife. According to South African media reports,…

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Airbnb is Investing in Africa

Home-sharing platform Airbnb is investing $1 million to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. Airbnb will host the Africa Travel Summit at the Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Center in Langa, Cape Town from September 11th through September 13th. One hundred and seventy delegates will examine more possibilities for tourism and technology for the African continent. Hosting the event gives Airbnb a chance to both empower communities and expand its marketplace. Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s global head of public policy and public affairs, stated: “With Africa poised to become an…

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