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By Emmanuel Onyango, Lucy Fleming and Clare Spencer

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  1. Brother of Algeria's deposed president starts trial

    Said Bouteflika
    Image caption: He was widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013

    The brother of Algeria's deposed president went on trial on Monday accused of plotting against the military, AFP news agency quotes Algerian television as saying.

    Two former intelligence chiefs and a political party head are also on trial with him at a military court in Blida, south of Algiers, according to private television channels Ennahar and El Bilad.

    Said Bouteflika faces allegations of "undermining the authority of the army" and "conspiring" against the state.

    He is accused by former defence minister Khaled Nezzar of considering declaring a state of emergency and firing the army chief in April when protests were mounting against Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his brother.

    The president was deposed in April after weeks of protest against him and the powerful people around him.

    Investigations started shortly afterwards and a wave of arrests of high-profile figures followed.

    Elections have been called for 12 December.

  2. Somalia suspends flights to key port of Kismayo

    Rage Hassan

    BBC Somali

    Somalia's Jubbaland state President Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, pictured in 2013
    Image caption: Madobe, who is a divisive figure in southern Somalia, is due to be inaugurated as Jubbaland state's president on Thursday

    Somalia's government has suspended flights to and from Kismayo, the main city in the country's southern Jubbaland state.

    The suspension is to last for three days and comes ahead of the inauguration of Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, who was re-elected to lead Jubbaland in a disputed election last month.

    The UN and the central government had wanted the vote to be postponed and have refused to recognise the results.

    The statement from the government did not give a reason for the suspension of the flights, but it is seen as an effort to stop politicians and other leaders from attending the inauguration of Madobe in Kismayo on Thursday.

    Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed talking to journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia - Monday 23 September 2019
    Image caption: Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a moderate Islamist who led Somalia from 2009 until 2012, lambasted the government for stopping him from travelling

    On Sunday, the authorities stopped Somalia's former President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed from travelling to Kismayo to attend the inauguration.

    He has accused the government of violating the constitution by “restricting the movement of citizens”.

    At a press conference in the capital, Mogadishu, on Monday morning he called for the government to reverse its “illegal decision".

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    Video caption: Rescue workers clear debris after Kenya school collapse

    Seven children died and dozens more were injured when a classroom collapsed in the capital, Nairobi.

  4. Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'died of cancer'

    Person walks past digital image of Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Memorials like this digital image have been springing up in tribute to the former president

    Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe died from cancer after his chemotherapy treatment was stopped, the country's state-run Herald newspaper quoted his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying.

    The president gave two reasons for why doctors in Singapore had stopped the treatment:

    Quote Message: Because of age and also because the cancer had spread and it was not helping anymore."

    The 95-year-old former leader, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years from independence until he was ousted in a coup in November 2017, died earlier this month in Singapore, where he had been in hospital for several months.

    He will be buried in a mausoleum still under construction at Heroes Acre - a hilltop shrine just outside the capital, Harare, where many of the country's most prominent liberation fighters have been laid to rest.

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  5. 'Militants' attack Burkina Faso villages

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Burkina Faso

    Suspected jihadist militants have attacked two villages in Burkina Faso, killing nine people.

    Security sources told the BBC that the attacks over the weekend took place near Bourzanga in the north of the country and some of the victims were killed in the fields where they were farming.

    Earlier this month at a summit in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, West African leaders announced $1bn (£804m) fund to fight the growing threat of jihadist violence in the region.

    Officials say in the past four years there have been more than 2,000 attacks that have killed more than 11,0000 people and displaced millions.

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  6. Kenya collapse: 'Most injured pupils now stable'

    Most of the 64 pupils rushed to Kenya's main hospital after a deadly classroom collapse at a private junior school in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are being treated for minor injuries and will soon be discharged.

    "Most of them are stable, we thank God. Only two of them - a young boy and girl - are in critical condition. The boy has injuries to the lungs and kidneys and the girl has soft tissue injuries, but no internal injuries," said Dr Evanson Kamuri, the acting head of the Kenyatta National Hospital.

    Citizen TV tweeted a clip of him speaking to journalists:

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    Seven children died when the two-story structure at Precious Talent School collapsed at the start of the school day on the western outskirts of the city.

    Parents whose children were injured have rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital and are camped outside awaiting news.

    According to TV broadcaster K24, most are frustrated about being denied access to their children.

  7. Nigerian Islamist militants release execution video

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    A splinter faction of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram released a video on Sunday night appearing to show two men in orange jumpsuits being executed.

    The so-called Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) claims the victims are “Christian soldiers” of the Nigerian army.

    It said the soldiers were captured on 5 September in an attack on army barracks in the state of Borno in north-eastern Nigeria.

    The video was released on the messaging app Telegram by the group’s news agency Amaq.

    The authorities have not yet confirmed whether the men in the video are indeed Nigerian soldiers.

    In May the Islamic State group released a video showing the execution of nine men allegedly from the Nigerian armed forces.

  8. Kenya classroom collapse: 57 pupils in hospital

    Fifty-seven pupils have been admitted to hospital for treatment after the deadly collapse of a classroom at a private primary school in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna says.

    Seven students died when the top floor of the wooden structure at Precious Talent School collapsed on those studying on the ground floor.

    NTV tweeted a clip of Mr Oguna speaking to reporters at the scene of the collapse, assuring parents that the government would pay for medical bills of those injured:

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    Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross has tweeted that it has set up an information desk to help parents and guardians trace pupils who went missing after the incident.

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    Most pupils ran away into the neighbourhood of Dagoretti, in the west of the city, after the collapse, according to the school's manager Moses Wainaina Ndirangu.

    There are not many government-run schools in the area, so most parents opt to send their children to private ones, which should still be monitored by the education ministry.

    The school is located near the Ngong Racecourse, the main venue for horse racing in Nairobi.

  9. WHO 'rationing Ebola vaccines in DR Congo'

    A nurse preparing an Ebola vaccine in Goma, DR Congo
    Image caption: MSF says the current Ebola outbreak has a mortality rate comparable to the one in West Africa despite new vaccines

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has been accused by a medical charity of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Natalie Roberts, emergency co-ordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said in a statement:

    Quote Message: It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out a fire, but only allowing them to use one cup of water a day.”

    The WHO denies the allegation, but says there have been shortages of the vaccine, manufactured by Merck, which is currently in use.

    Congolese health officials have said they will start using a second vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson, to improve the situation.

    However, the MSF has called for independent monitoring of vaccine stocks.

    Isabelle Defourny, MSF director of operations, said that “upping the pace of vaccination” was feasible:

    Quote Message: At least 2,000-2,500 people could be vaccinated each day, instead of 500-1,000 people as is currently the case.
    Quote Message: We have a vaccine that is proven to be safe and effective; we have teams ready to be deployed; there is no problem with the cold chain; there are enough doses to cover the current needs and to allow for an extension of vaccination coverage, as recently confirmed by Merck, the vaccine manufacturer; and when people are aware of the vaccine, the vast majority of them want to be vaccinated.”

    Ebola has killed more than 2,100 in the DR Congo over the past year.

    MSF says the current Ebola outbreak has a mortality rate comparable to the one in West Africa, despite new treatments and the availability of vaccines.

  10. Seven pupils die in Kenya classroom collapse

    People gathered outside the Precious Talent School in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: A school official says many pupils are still unaccounted for as they ran away from the scene

    Seven pupils have died after a classroom collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

    Police commander George Seda and the area's MP, John Kiarie, confirmed the death toll after the structure at Precious Talent School - made of wood and corrugated iron sheet - collapsed on Monday morning.

    The school's manager, Moses Wainaina Ndirangu, told Kenya's Citizen TV that the structure had been weakened by the construction of a nearby sewer.

    He said around 800 pupils attended the school, but only 20 could be accounted for in an emergency roll call after the incident.

    Most pupils had ran into the neighbourhood of Dagoretti, in the west of the city, after the collapse, he said.

    A senior official in the education ministry, Belio Kipsang, has arrived at the scene.

  11. Kenyan pupils trapped in classroom after collapse

    An unknown number of pupils are trapped in a classroom that collapsed on Monday morning in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

    The wooden structure at Precious Talent Top School collapsed minutes after the start of the school day.

    The Kenya Red Cross has confirmed the incident in a tweet, saying that four pupils have been taken to the city's Kenyatta National Hospital:

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    A Kenyan blogger, who has been tweeting photos from the scene, says the rescuers have had difficulty getting to the school because crowds have gathered nearby:

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  12. Gabon to get $150m for preserving its rainforests

    A forest guard uses a chainsaw in Ivindo National Park near Makokou - April 2019
    Image caption: Gabon, which is mostly covered by forest, has managed logging responsibly

    Gabon will become the first African country to be rewarded with international funds for preserving its rainforests in an effort to fight climate change, the UN says.

    Norway will pay Gabon $150m (£120m) over a 10-year period for both reducing deforestation and preserving its natural forests so they can absorb carbon dioxide.

    "The agreement we're signing with Norway is a, sort of, a confirmation of the efforts that Gabon has made over the last 10 to 15 years of getting deforestation under control and of using sound, sustainable forestry both to preserve the Congo Basin forest, but also to reduce carbon emissions," Gabon's Environment Minister Lee White told the BBC.

    This was down to logging responsibly, he said.

    According to details of the contract signed on Sunday, Norway will pay Gabon $10 for every tonne of carbon not emitted, relative to the central African nation's annual average between 2005 and 2014, and up to a maximum payout of $150m over 10 years, the AFP news agency reports.

    Almost 90% of Gabon is covered with rainforest and the country has been leading environmental efforts in the region to preserve forests, creating 13 national parks since the year 2000.

    These forests are among the most important in the world as by soaking up large amounts of carbon dioxide produced by human activities they slow down the pace of global warming.

    But Gabon was recently involved in a major scandal involving illegally logged tropical hardwood.

  13. Burundi calls for Catholic bishops to be defrocked

    Some of Burundi’s Catholic bishops should be defrocked for denouncing intolerance and political violence ahead of next year's elections, the country’s authorities have said.

    Presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said in a tweet that the bishops were “spitting venomous hatred” with their incendiary words.

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    On Sunday, churches read out a message from Burundi's Conference of Catholic Bishops, which said those with differing opinions from the government were being persecuted and that some political parties were being suffocated.

    "Criminal acts go as far as murders with political motives... perpetrated against those with different opinions to the government", the AFP news agency quotes their message as saying.

    A UN team earlier this month warned that crimes against humanity were being perpetrated ahead of the polls.

    The country was plunged into a political crisis in 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza's ultimately successful bid to run for a third-term sparked protests by opposition supporters.

    More than 1,000 people were killed in the unrest and 400,000 fled the country.

    Burundians voted in a referendum last year to change the constitution that would allow Mr Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034, although he has said he will not seek re-election next year.

  14. Monday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: The person who sits under a tree knows the strength of the wind." from Sent by Meriga Sambong in Sunyani, Ghana
    Sent by Meriga Sambong in Sunyani, Ghana
    An illustration of a person sitting under a tree

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

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    Video caption: Leaving Africa for Kent meant Chris Garner could be his real self

    When a drag act at the bar where he worked was a no-show, Chris discovered his on-stage alter ego.

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    Video caption: The Displaced: Uganda refugee camp transforming into a city

    Uganda, a country with more than a million refugees, has become renowned for the way it welcomes those fleeing violence.