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Celebrity: Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt has been appointed visiting professor of the London School of Economics’ Center for Women, Peace and Security, the university announced on Monday.

Jolie Pitt is scheduled to teach a course on the impact of war on women as part of a masters degree program. The course is scheduled to begin in 2017.

The Hollywood star and director and a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was appointed “professor in practice” along with William Hague, a former First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

Jolie Pitt has been a vocal campaigner on refugee rights, and against female genital mutilation and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

Encouraged by the creation of the master program, Jolie Pitt said, “It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict.”

What other celebs have been college professors? CNBC takes a look here:


Egypt: EgyptAir Flight 804, an Airbus A320 heading for Cairo, disappeared after entering Egyptian airspace early Thursday.

The twin-engine jetliner departed from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on Wednesday night and was carrying at least 66 people of various nationalities, including Egyptians, French, Iraqis, and others.

The victims also included two babies and one child.

The Guardian reported that Egypt’s military had found personal belongings and parts of the wreckage 180 miles north of the coastal city of Alexandria.

The plane and its black box recorders have not been located.  So far, no trace of explosives has been detected.

Egypt’s aviation minister, Sherif Fathy, has suggested that Flight 804’s crash was more likely caused by a terrorist attack than technical failure.  But so far, no group has claimed responsibility for the disaster.

The loss of the flight was the second civilian aviation disaster to hit Egypt in the past seven months.

CNN brings you the following report:


U.S.: President Barack Obama announced in Hanoi on Monday that the United States had fully lifted “the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years.”

Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, said the end to the embargo was “clear proof that both countries have completely normalized relations.”

It is widely held that Washington’s decision is partly a response to China’s buildup in the South China Sea.

But the President refuted the suggestion as he said that the lifting of the embargo on military equipment was based on the desire of the two countries “to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving toward normalization with Vietnam.”

Here are the two leaders, in their own words:


Middle East: A strike by an unmanned American aircraft killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, U.S. officials announced on Saturday.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Mullah Mansour was involved in planning attacks in Kabul and across Afghanistan.

The White House confirmed the death of the Taliban leader on Monday.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, a deputy to Mullah Mansour, was selected as the new leader of the Taliban.

Haibatullah is a prominent religious scholar and a former Taliban chief justice and heads their religious Ulema council.

The Pakistani government was not pleased with the attack, calling it “totally illegal, not acceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of the country,” according to the Guardian.

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