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Emmanuel Onyango, Evelyne Musambi and Farouk Chothia

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  1. About 500 pupils quarantined in South Africa

    BBC World Service

    Phila Sonke Wellness Initiative in partnership with WITS University and South African Society of Physiotherapy and Pharmacy Department hand out masks to shoppers entering the Maponya Mall on June 04, 2020 in Soweto
    Image caption: Covid-19 has severely disrupted the education of children

    About 500 pupils have been put into quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak at a school in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.

    A total of 98 pupils tested positive at the secondary school in the town of Burgersdorp, and officials say they fear the virus may have spread more widely into the community.

    The authorities say the outbreak started when two students who had tested positive failed to inform the school, and blame a lack of mask wearing and social distancing.

  2. Nigeria bandits free 40 hostages

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Abuja

    A picture taken on May 10, 2016 in Okokolo-Agatu in Benue State, north-central Nigeria shows a burnt house following attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
    Image caption: The conflict has caused much destruction in northern Nigeria

    Armed bandits have freed 40 people they had abducted from a village in north-western Nigeria's Zamfara state on Saturday, police have said.

    The gunmen freed the villagers following the intervention of security agencies and a separate group of bandits who were involved in peace talks with the state government, police spokesman Muhamma Shehu told the BBC.

    No ransom was paid, he added.

    Bandits have stepped up attacks across north-western Nigeria in recent months, but Saturday's abductions in Zamfara's Mwaru area were on a scale rarely seen.

    In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara, according to the International Crisis Group.

    The attacks are rooted in decades-long competition over resources between ethnic Fulani herders and farming communities.

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  3. Museveni's voice affected by mask worn in Tanzania

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli
    Image caption: Tanzania's leader John Magufuli did not wear a mask when he meet his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is recovering after a "strong" face mask he wore on his trip to Tanzania more than a week ago made him lose his voice.

    Mr Museveni said that while face masks protect people against the coronavirus, he "had to put on a very strong one" in Tanzania and "when I came back my voice was affected".

    He did not elaborate, but it led to him calling off a trip to Jinja district in eastern Uganda on Saturday. He sent Vice-President Edward Ssekandi instead.

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has played down the threat posed by the disease, and has previously said that the country is "coronavirus-free" and God has "spared" it from the virus.

    When he welcomed Mr Museveni to the country, Mr Magufuli did not wear a face covering. He had guests laughing when he quoted the Ugandan president as telling him that he would be wearing a mask and he replied that "you can even come with a blanket".

    The two leaders signed an agreement allowing for the construction of a 1,445 km (898 miles) crude oil pipeline.

    The $3.5bn (£2.7m) project will connect Uganda's oil fields to Tanzania's port of Tanga.

  4. Ethiopian media mogul 'proud' of terror charge

    Jawar Mohammed (C), a member of the Oromo ethnic group who has been a public critic of Abiy, addresses supporters that had gathered outside his home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa after he accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him October 24, 2019
    Image caption: Jawar Mohammed returned from exile in the US after Abiy Ahmed became prime minster

    Detained Ethiopian media mogul turned opposition politician Jawar Mohammed says he is proud to be charged with terrorism for the second time in his life.

    He made the comments at a court appearance in the capital, Addis Ababa, following his arrest in July in a security force crackdown to curb the violence that hit Ethiopia after the killing of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa by unknown gunmen.

    It is the most high-profile political case since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018, with a promise to end decades of authoritarian rule.

    On Saturday, Mr Jawar's lawyer dismissed the charges as baseless.

    During his appearance, Mr Jawar also accused the ruling party of arresting opponents ahead of landmark elections that were due this year, but have now been postponed to next year.

    Mr Jawar has been charged with 23 others under anti-terrorism laws, as well as legislation related to telecom fraud and the possession of firearms.

    Four of the accused have been charged in absentia.

    Having returned from exile in the US after Mr Abiy took office, Mr Jawar initially supported the prime minister after he embarked on a series of reforms that saw the unbanning of opposition groups, the release of thousands of political prisoners, and the dropping of terrorism-related charges against exiles, including Mr Jawar.

    But the two later fell out, and Mr Jawar became a fierce critic of the prime minister.

    He joined the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and stepped down as the chief executive of an influential television station run by the Oromo Media Network (OMN).

    The OMN has also been charged with terrorism.

  5. Nobel laureate launches peace campaign in Liberia

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    Video caption: Leymah Gbowee is calling for non-violence ahead of elections in December

    Leymah Gbowee is calling for non-violence ahead of senatorial elections in December.

  6. 'Toxins' killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana

    Two elephants lie beside a watering hole
    Image caption: Botswana is home to a third of Africa's elephant population

    The deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water, but there were still many unanswered questions, wildlife officials have been quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

    The deaths in the Okavango Delta sparked widespread alarm and left conservationists and veterinary surgeons baffled, especially as there was no sign of other animals dying at the same time.

    Dead elepehant
    Image caption: Conservationists destroyed the deaths as "completely unprecedented"

    Reuters quoted Mmadi Reuben, a senior veterinary officer in Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks, as saying that latest tests had "detected cyanobacterial neurotoxins to be the cause of death".

    "These are bacteria found in water. However, we have many questions still to be answered such as why the elephants only [died] and why that area only. We have a number of hypotheses we are investigating," he added.

    Cyril Taolo, the deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said the number of dead elephants had risen from 281 reported in July to 330, Reuters reported.

  7. Bishop says South Sudan churches may close again

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    St Theresa Catholic Cathedral, Kator, in Juba.

    The Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan, Stephen Ameyu Martin, has warned that Catholic churches in the country may close again if Covid-19 cases increase.

    Catholic churches across the country re-opened on Sunday for the first time in six months, but under strict safety measures.

    President Salva Kiir and senior government officials were among worshippers who attended mass in Juba, the capital,on Sunday.

    The archbishop said they had waited for permission from the Vatican before resuming mass.

    “If the pandemic increases again we may close our churches because our intention of coming to pray is that God gives us longer life. But if we pray and we are infected more - that is not keeping life, that is just donating life to pandemic. As Catholics we must take care of life,” he told worshippers.

    Mosques and other Christian churches re-opened two weeks ago after the government taskforce on Covid-19 lifted restrictions.

  8. Nobel laureate launches peace campaign in Liberia

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Roberta Gbowee
    Image caption: Leymah Roberta Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011

    Liberia's Nobel Peace Prize winner and peace activist, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, will on Monday launch a campaign against election-related violence.

    Liberia is scheduled to hold mid-term senatorial elections in December.

    The campaign will involve hundreds of young people who will be peace ambassadors, Ms Gbowee told the BBC's Newsday programme.

    "These young people will take the peace message into the streets, into communities, into churches where they will sit their colleagues and talk about the impact that having violence or getting involved with violence will have on their futures," she said.

    Ms Gbowee urged young people not to get paid by rival politicians to propagate violence.

    "We definitely need to move away from the infamous $20 (£16), because the $20 has led a lot for our young people who were supposed to be doctors, lawyers, scientists - today they walk in the streets of Monrovia and different parts of Liberia with one leg amputated or one arm amputated. That is what we want to remind these young people," she said.

    The campaign will also encourage voters to ask questions to those seeking elective positions.

  9. Algeria gets a new central bank governor

    Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad (L), Finance Minister Aymane Benabderrahmane (C) and Governor of Bank of Algeria (Central Bank) Rosthom Fadli
    Image caption: Rosthom Fadli (R) is taking over after Ayman Abderrahmane (C) became finance minister

    Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has appointed Rosthom Fadli as the new central bank governor.

    The position fell vacant in June after its holder, Ayman Abderrahmane, was appointed as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

    Mr Fadli was one of the three vice-governors in the bank.

  10. Uganda eases restrictions despite virus surge

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Uganda's immigration office in Malaba, a town bordering with Kenya
    Image caption: International borders will be reopened for tourists

    Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country as the infection rate continue to rise.

    The health ministry blames the rise in infections on the public’s complacency to social distancing and wearing of masks.

    Mr Museveni said the country cannot remain under restrictions indefinitely, citing the economy's weakened health in the wake of the pandemic.

    The president said international borders will be reopened for tourists, while returning Ugandan citizens who have tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to self-isolate at home.

    He said tourists should have taken a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before arrival and they will be taken straight to their holiday destinations.

    Places of worship have been allowed to reopen but the number of congregants will be limited to 70.

    Final-year students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will resume learning in mid-October, but a decision on the other categories of learners will be made by January next year.

    A ban on private and public transport has been lifted in districts bordering neighbouring countries.

    Outdoor sports activities have been allowed to resume but with no spectators. Participating teams will be quarantined for the season, with players tested 72 hours before games and after every 14 days.

    A ban on public gathering and a night-time curfew still remain in force.

    The country began easing restrictions in May but rate of infection continues to rise. Some 6,000 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed with 63 deaths.

    The country’s central bank governor warned in June that further restrictions would disrupt the economy. The tourism sector that earned the country about $1.4bn (£1.08bn) in 2017 is among the worst-hit.

  11. Nigerian state governor re-elected in tense polls

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Officials count votes cast after the Edo State governorship elections in Benin City

    The governor of Nigeria's southern state of Edo has been re-elected for a second term of office.

    Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated his closest rival, Pastor Laze lyamu, who ran on a ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress party.

    There were reported tensions and threats of violence in the run up to the governorship election.

    Concerns of violence and malpractice led the US and the British governments to announce they will impose travel restrictions on individuals planning to undermine the election.

    There are indications the warnings may have forced parties to soften positions in Saturday's elections.

    The re-elected governor has been closely involved in a project to build a museum to host the famous Benin Bronzes, which were taken from what is now Edo state in the 19th century.

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  12. Covid-19: Ghana lifts ban on football league

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    A ball in a net
    Image caption: Ghana's domestic football season was banned in March

    Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted a ban on contact sport including football.

    The Ghana Premier League and the Division One league are expected to resume on 30 October.

    All players, technical teams and management staff of clubs will be tested regularly for Covid-19.

    Spectators will be allowed to fill only 25% of the seating capacity in match venues. Wearing of masks will also be mandatory.

    No spectators will be allowed at training facilities.

    President Akufo-Addo said the decision was based on the drastic decrease of Covid-19 active cases and the need for national teams to prepare for international competitions.

    Ghana currently has 507 active Covid-19 cases and has confirmed nearly 300 deaths.

    The restrictions were imposed in March to stop the spread of coronavirus.

  13. Nigeria's Emir of Zazzau dies aged 84

    The Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, one of Nigeria's traditional leaders, has died in the state of Kaduna.

    Mr Idris died in hospital on Sunday after a short admission, according to media reports. He was 84 years old.

    He spent 45 years on the throne after being installed on 16 February 1975.

    Traditional leaders in Nigeria hold little constitutional powers but are able to exert significant influence as they are seen as custodians of both religion and tradition.

    Kaduna Governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufai attended the emir's burial:

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  14. Ivorian opposition call for protests against Ouattara

    BBC World Service

    Henri Konan Bédié  meeting of the main opposition parties in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 20 September 2020

    Ivory Coast's main presidential election challenger has called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term in office in next month's elections.

    Henri Konan Bédié - a former president - declared that the opposition parties were united to protect the stability of the nation.

    At least 10 people have been killed since riots broke out last month after Mr Ouattara declared he would run again following the sudden death of his handpicked successor.

    The election is seen as a major test of the stability of the West African state since a disputed election led to civil war 10 years ago.


  15. Sudan to hold talks on removal from US terror list

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
    Image caption: General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is leading the Sudanese delegation

    Sudan has sent a high level delegation to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate with American officials as the country tries to get removed from the US list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

    The Sudanese delegation is headed by the country's leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

    The US added Sudan to the list in 1993 due to its support for Islamist militants including Osama Bin Laden – who lived in the country for five years.

    As part of the negotiations, the US has asked Sudan to pay more than $300m (£232m) as compensation to the families of victims of terror attacks.

    The US government is also trying to persuade Sudan to normalise its relations with Israel.

  16. Monday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: What comes from the eye must be seen by the eye before it is cast away." from A proverb sent by Musa D Sesay in Monrovia, Liberia.
    A proverb sent by Musa D Sesay in Monrovia, Liberia.
    A drawing of an eye
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    Video caption: Lagos Inferno: The explosion that rocked Nigeria

    An explosion in Lagos, Nigeria kills 23 people and destroys a girls’ boarding school. But what caused it?