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Recent years have seen a dramatic re-engagement with Africa, especially the Nile Basin countries.
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Nigeria child abduction: Kidnappers demand millions for a child's life
Kidnappers have seized more than 1,000 students and staff in raids on schools in northern Nigeria since December.
Heavy casualties reported in Ethiopia air strike
Eyewitnesses tell the BBC the Ethiopian air force struck a market, which it denies.
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Watford complete the signing of Nigeria forward Emmanuel Dennis from Club Bruges.
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Ivorian ex-PM given life sentence for coup plot
Lalla Sy
BBC News, Abidjan
Guillaume Soro has been living in exile for the last two years
A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment for undermining national security by plotting a coup against President Alassane Ouattara.
Mr Soro, who has been living in exile for two years, was sentenced in absentia, along with five of his supporters.
The 49-year-old is a former rebel leader and was a close ally of President Ouattara before being accused of plotting to overthrow him.
Ahead of last year's presidential election - which Mr Ouattara was contesting for a controversial third term - Mr Soros, seen as his main challenger, was ruled out of the race after being convicted in absentia for money laundering.
He was accused of buying a house with public money and sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined $7.6m (£6.1m).
Claim that SA woman gave birth to 10 babies false
Gosiame Sithole was not recently pregnant and is receiving psychological support, officials say.
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Fourteen killed in South Sudan cattle raid
Nichola Mandil
Cows are a source of pride to the Nilotic communities
At least 14 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a cattle raid in South Sudan's Lakes State, local media report.
The state police spokesperson, Capt Elijah Mabor Makuac, said armed youths from the Pakam community attacked a cattle camp in Gok village on Monday night and stole an unidentified number of head of cattle, the Dawn newspaper reports.
It added that in the last four months an estimated 105 civilians in the state have been killed in similar incidents which often spark inter-communal violence.
According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), South Sudan has over 31 million heads of cattle, sheep and goats, making it one of the world’s leaders in animal wealth per capita.
For the Nilotic community of South Sudan, cows are important sources of cash and prestige – young men frequently go on daring cattle raids to capture animals they can use as a bride price.
On Monday, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, told the Security Council in New York that inter-communal violence continued to cause insecurity and obstructed the realisation of a “durable and sustainable” peace in South Sudan.
Mr Haysom said that more than 80% of civilian casualties so far this year were attributed to inter-communal violence and community-based militias.
Regional nations to join Mozambique jihadist fight
Mary Harper
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Mozambique has deployed troops to fight militants in it's northern province
Southern African countries have approved the deployment of troops to Mozambique to help fight an Islamist insurgency in its northern province of Carbo Delgado.
The regional bloc, Sadc, said it would send its standby force, however it did not provide details of numbers or when they would be deployed.
Portugal said a European Union military mission to support and train Mozambican troops could be approved next month.
Sixty Portuguese soldiers have already been deployed.
Nearly 3,000 people have been killed and 800,000 displaced in the four-year insurgency.
The conflict attracted more international attention after the militants seized the northern town of Palma in April, killing foreigners and bringing a $20bn ($24bn) natural gas project to a halt.
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Second Covid case for Team Uganda in Japan
The Uganda Olympic Committee announces a second member of its delegation in Japan for the Olympic Games has tested positive for Covid-19.
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US calls for withdrawal of foreign fighters in Libya
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The North African country has been riven by conflict since 2011
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the ceasefire agreement in Libya must be fully implemented and all foreign forces withdrawn from the country.
Mr Blinken was speaking in Berlin, where he is attending a second round of UN-sponsored Libyan peace talks.
He is taking part alongside representatives from Russia, Turkey, France and Egypt.
The meeting comes months after a new national unity government was formed in Libya.
Some 20,000 foreign fighters are still thought to be in the country.
Their presence is seen as a threat to the UN-backed transition leading to elections scheduled for December.
How can drones help Togolese farmers?
Alan Kasujja
BBC Africa Daily podcast
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Drop your hand hoes, the drones are here!
Some Togolese farmers have begun using specialist drones to help them with simple tasks, like spraying chemicals on their crops.
“The products that we use are dangerous and so, using drones protects our health, aside from making [the process] more efficient,” says Carlos, a rice farmer in Kovie, in the Maritime region.
Believe it or not, this could actually be a big deal for the Togolese economy.
Agriculture contributes about 40% of the country's GDP. So, if drones are indeed making farmers more productive and successful, then the broader economic repercussions could be huge.
“It takes away the hard work of treating farms and crops, but also saves money that allows farmers to invest elsewhere,” says Edeh Dona Etchri, a tech entrepreneur who runs a school that teaches farmers how to fly drones.
But with a hefty price tag, are drones really the answer to farmers’ problems?
Find out in Wednesday’s episode of the Africa Daily podcast.
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Mauritius deploys nanosatellite into orbit
Yasine Mohabuth
BBC News, Port Louis
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has hailed Tuesday's deployment of a nanosatellite that was designed and made by the country's experts.
“[It's] undoubtedly a technological advancement for the country and reflects our vision of a knowledge and innovation-based economy," said Mr Jugnauth.
The MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radiocommunications Satellite) was deployed into low orbit from the International Space Station (ISS).
It is equipped with an X-CAM-C3D camera which will capture images and collect data about the island nation.
The data captured will be used for various purposes, including maritime surveillance of Mauritius’ vast exclusive economic zone, climate change adaptation, weather forecasting and road traffic management.
MIR-SAT1 cost 15 million Mauritian rupees ($366,000;£261,000) and was fully funded by the government.
Scandal-hit Mozambican police school gets female boss
Jose Tembe
BBC News, Maputo
The appointment of a woman to head a police training school in Mozambique accused of sexual exploitation has been praised by a leading group of female lawyers.
The naming of Beatriz Tichala was “a small step towards restoring confidence” in the Matalane Police Training School, said Eulália Ofumane, the executive director of the Mozambican Association of Women in Legal Careers.
She said she felt it would make the institution in southern Maputo province "safer for young women".
Sexual abuse often reduced when women were in a position of power because female leaders had "greater sensitivity to inequalities", Ms Ofumane explained.
Four female trainees at the school were reportedly made pregnant by their instructors, raising concern among government officials including President Filipe Nyusi.
Two of the suspected instructors were expelled but civil society organisations have called for more action.
Three weeks ago, police chief Bernardino Rafael was quoted as saying that the two instructors had been transferred to other services but he did not provide more details.
Covid: Uganda parliament shut for disinfection
Patricia Oyella
BBC News, Kampala
Uganda’s parliament will be temporarily closed for two weeks as the country continues to battle a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last week, officials said more than 100 people in parliament had tested positive for the disease.
A statement said the closure will take effect from 28 June to 11 July to allow for disinfection of the parliamentary buildings.
Chris Obore, parliament’s director of communications and public affairs, said the decision was taken to prevent the facility from becoming a hotspot.
The institution has had four major public events since May among them the budget reading, election of the speaker, and the state of the nation address.
Uganda is facing a second coronavirus wave, prompting President Yoweri Museveni to re-impose a lockdown earlier this month.
There has been a surge in infections in other parts of East Africa.
In Kenya's western city of Kisumu, 23% of those tested last week were positive.
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SA opera star accuses French airport of racism
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Pretty Yende is due to star in a Bellini opera in Paris
South Africa opera singer Pretty Yende has thanked fans for their support after being subjected to what she called “outrageous racial discrimination” by French immigration authorities.
In a Facebook post Yende said she was "stripped and searched like a criminal offender" and put in a cell at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
She said the experience made her worried about her life: “I was filled with so many negative thoughts. I’m still shaken thinking that I am one in a million who managed to come out of that situation alive."
Yende said she was then left alone in a dark room and told to write down phone numbers of family and friends on a piece of paper.
“I asked, 'Am I a prisoner?' He rudely said, 'Yes,' and I decided to comply and just do what they say," she wrote about her exchange with a police officer, who also denied her request to get a charger for her phone.
Yende, an acclaimed soprano, had arrived on Monday to take her starring role in La Sonnambula, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, in Paris, the UK Guardian news site reports.
A French official told the AP news agency that the singer was detained because she did not have a visa.
“The documents she was showing did not allow her to enter French territory,” the official said, saying that the singer was questioned for an hour and later allowed in the country.
Another police source told news agency AFP that the singer was held for 30 minutes for "verification" purposes that had nothing to do with the colour of her skin.
The AP agency reports that it could not reach Yende's agent for comment.
Several people killed in Ethiopia airstrike
Teklemariam Bekit
BBC News Tigrinya
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The Ethiopian army has denied targeting civilians
Several people were killed and others injured in an airstrike in a town in Togoga, about 25km (15.5 miles) south of Mekelle in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
An eyewitness told the BBC from Aider referral hospital that he was struck in the hand by shrapnel – and saw several people fall on the ground. He said the airstrike killed a man he knew.
Another injured woman from the hospital said the situation was chaotic following the airstrike, and that she had seen several bodies on the ground.
A doctor in the hospital said he was treating seven injured persons and added that they had been barred from travelling to the incident area to assist the injured.
The Reuters news agency quoted a medic saying that 43 people had been injured by the airstrike but did not indicate the number of those killed.
Eyewitnesses said the airstrike in a marketplace was carried out by the Ethiopian army – but the Ethiopian military denied carrying out airstrikes targeting civilians.
”The army is capable of accurately hitting its targets…It is completely incorrect to claim that it was carried out at a market," an army spokesperson said.
He added: “It took out airstrikes to neutralise members of a terrorist group, but not on innocent people."
The Ethiopian government recently designated the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the former ruling party in Tigray, as a “terrorist” organisation.
Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the war that started in Tigray almost eight months ago.
Fighting has escalated in the past week with Tigray fighters capturing some towns and villages.
Carter Center consultant dies in Ethiopia
Catherine Byaruhanga
BBC News
US pro-democracy organisation Carter Center has confirmed the death of John Marsh, an American citizen who was contracted to manage its social media monitoring project in Ethiopia.
The organisation says Mr Marsh died unexpectedly in Addis Ababa on Monday – when regional and federal elections took place in the country.
According to the National Election Board of Ethiopia, Mr Marsh was a special guest of the election and not an observer.
The Carter Center did not mention any cause of death or whether it was being treated as suspicious.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr Marsh also led the organisation's efforts to support elections and democratic dialogue in Ethiopia.
Zimbabwe delays reopening of schools over Covid
Zimbabwe has recorded increased coronavirus cases
Zimbabwe has postponed the reopening of schools and other learning institutions by two weeks following a surge in new Covid-19 cases.
The schools were set to reopen on Monday.
Teachers' unions and health professionals had called for a postponement to prevent the spread of the virus.
This is the second time Zimbabwe has deferred the reopening of schools this year.
Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa also announced a lockdown in the south-western city of Bulawayo, with security forces being deployed to enforce the regulations.
The country has been recording an increase in virus cases and the government has blamed complacency.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded 42,714 confirmed cases, including 37,288 recoveries and 1,691 deaths. A total of 706,158 people have been vaccinated, according to data from the health ministry.
Ramaphosa's missing iPad excites social media
A video of South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa that shows him asking where his missing iPad is has been shared widely online.
A seemingly distraught Ramaphosa kept saying it had been stolen, adding "this is the problem of always handing your gadgets to other people".
"They stole it... I had my iPad I had it in my hand, it's gone," he said.
He had risen to address an event but did not have his speech with him.
Here is the two-minute video of the president at that moment:
The president was asked to sit down and wait as officials tried to locate the gadget.
He afterwards made his speech - and the presidency's head of digital communications tweeted that the "first ipad has been found".
The presidency later said he was making a "light-hearted point while waiting for his iPad".
South Africans online reacted to the lost iPad moment:
Simon Grindrod tweeted: “In many countries, presidents and prime ministers travel around with the nuclear codes for their missile systems. In SA, our own president’s team can’t even safeguard his private iPad.”
“The president had the same expression of despair as many of us whose stuff gets stolen daily,” Tumi Nkosi wrote.
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