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Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Sudan's military leaders and civilian protestors have agreed to share power, reports the New York Times.

What's next: The military and civilian leadership are forming a joint legislative council, and they will be rotating control until democratic elections are held in about 3 years, says the NYT. Once a new president is elected, the military is expected to resume its traditional role and cease involvement in the nation's leadership.

  • A military general will lead a joint council for the first 21 months of the transition period, followed by a civilian leader who will be in charge for 18 months, per the Times.
  • The military and civilian groups will each nominate 5 members to the council, and will jointly nominate an 11th member, according to Al Jazeera.
  • An independent investigation will be launched looking into the violence that broke out during a civilian protest in June, per Al Jazeera.

Backdrop: "The uprising in Sudan began in December and brought down Sudan’s brutal dictator Omar al-Bashir, who ruled for 30 years, in April. Since then the army and the opposition have grappled over the future of the country," writes Axios' Dave Lawler.

  • On June 5, paramilitary forces attacked protestors and killed at least 100 civilians, raped women and threw the bodies into the Nile River.

Go deeper: How Sudan's pro-democracy uprising was beaten back

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.

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