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By Mildred Wanyonyi, Emmanuel Onyango and Lucy Fleming

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  1. Algeria announces December date for presidential vote

    An Algerian protester holds a placard reading: "I won't vote", during a demonstration in the capital, Algiers - 13 September 2019
    Image caption: Demonstrators say any vote under the current system would reinforce the status quo

    Algerians will vote for a new president on 12 December to replace long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in April aged 82 after 20 years in power amid street protests.

    Mr Bouteflika, who has been ill since suffering a stroke six years before, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term but the demonstrations continued against towards him and those in his circle.

    The election announcement was made by Abdelkader Bensalah, the interim leader who has been unable to quell continuing protests by those demanding the creation of fresh institutions before any elections.

    They say any vote under the current system would reinforce the status quo.

    But army chief Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, who is currently seen as the real power in the country, has been insisting that polls take place before the end of this year.

    Presidential polls initially planned for 4 July were postponed because of a lack of candidates, plunging the country into a constitutional crisis as the 90-day mandate for Mr Bensalah expired in early July.

  2. Fears for 'kidnapped' strike doctor' in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s minister of health has asked the security services to search for Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor's union, who disappeared on Saturday.

    Union officials and human rights activists fear that he has been abducted by the security forces.

    Dr Magombeyi was the organiser of doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions in the country where inflation is making it impossible for his colleagues to get to work as their salary has shrunk to $100 (£80) a month.

    Health Minister Odabiah Moyo said the state security agencies would leave no stone unturned in their search for acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospitals Association (ZHDA).

    “We are taking this matter very seriously and we condemn illegal acts by whosoever with the revulsion it deserves,” he said in a statement tweeted on Sunday evening.

    The ZHDA says Dr Magombeyi has not been heard from since he sent a message on Saturday to his girlfriend saying he had been kidnapped by three men.

    Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa tweeted that Dr Magombey's only crime was to "ask for a living wage for his profession".

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    The abduction is an attack on the health profession and the right of workers to picket, the Zimbabwe's Association of Doctors For Human Rights said.

    The police say they are investigating the matter but have cautioned there was a possibility it was a use to tarnish the country's reputation.

    There have been a spat of recent abductions in Zimbabwe by those who are seen as critical of the government.

    Comedian Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name "Gonyeti", was abducted and beaten up in August by armed men who she said told her that she was "too young to mock them".

    Before that activists who were planning anti-government protests being abducted and tortured, human rights groups say.

    The Zimbabwean authorities denied any involvement in those abductions.

  3. Two newcomers 'make it to Tunisia's run-off vote'

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    An independent outsider, Kais Saied, and the party of the jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui say they are through to the second round of the Tunisian presidential election.

    Kais Saied kissing the Tunisia flag
    Image caption: Kais Saied, a 61-year-old law professor, kissed Tunisia's flag, saying he was in pole position
    Supporters of Nabil Karoui celebrate
    Image caption: Supporters of Nabil Karoui, the 56-year-old media mogul detained last month on charges he denies, celebrated

    If correct they would have seen off challenges from more than 20 other candidates.

    But the Tunisian electoral commission said turn-out was down by nearly 20% compared to the last election in 2014 standing at only 45%.

    The run-off has to take place by 3 November.

    In the aftermath of the Arab Spring revolution, democracy took root in Tunisia, but the deep economic problems that led to the revolt remain unresolved, and many Tunisians are deeply disappointed in their politicians.

    The election was brought forward after the death in July of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president, who took office in 2014.

    Moncef Marzouki, Tunisia's post-revolution provisional president, has admitted his defeat in the first round.

  4. River Nile dam talks 'in four-year deadlock'

    Construction site of the Renaissance Damn in Ethiopia
    Image caption: Hydroelectric power stations do not consume water, but the speed with which Ethiopia fills up the dam will affect the flow downstream

    Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri has said that three-way talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over operating the Grand Renaissance Dam and filling its reservoir have made no progress in four years.

    Speaking at a news conference in Cairo with his Kenyan counterpart Monica Juma, Mr Shoukri said Egypt recognised Ethiopia's right to build the dam as long as it did not impact massively his country's share of the River Nile's waters.

    The Blue Nile waterfalls in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
    Image caption: The dam is being built on the Blue Nile

    The dam - on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia - should provide 6,000 megawatts of power, but has faced opposition in Egypt because it will worsen water shortages.

  5. Monday's wise words

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    Quote Message: It is only a thief who can identify the footprints of another thief on the mountain top." from A Yoruba proverb from Nigeria sent by F Sampson
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  12. Sampa The Great: No ordinary rapper

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