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  1. White people and dogs 'rescued first' in Mozambique

    A Mozambican woman
    Image caption: Attacks in Mozambique have displaced many from their homes

    Rescuers in Mozambique gave priority to white people in an evacuation during an attack by jihadists in March, the Amnesty International alleges, citing survivors' accounts.

    Two dogs were also airlifted to safety, leaving people behind in a hotel where they had sought refuge, survivors told the rights group.

    "These are alarming allegations that the rescue plan was racially segregated, with white contractors obviously receiving preferential treatment," said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s regional director.

    Amnesty said it spoke to 11 survivors out of the 220 who had been in the hotel, including five who survived an attack as they attempted to flee.

    "We were about 220 people trapped there in the hotel – we [local Black people] were the majority, and the whites were supposed to be about 20. After the rescue and escape, we were about 170 people still alive. Most of the whites were rescued by helicopters, before we left the hotel by car," one survivor told the rights group.

    Amnesty noted that those who were left behind and attempted to leave the hotel in a ground convoy were attacked in an ambush.

    It has called for investigations over the "alarming allegations".

    “Abandoning people during an armed assault simply because of the colour of their skin is racism, and violates the obligation to protect civilians. This cannot go unanswered,” Ms Muchena said.

    Dyck Advisory Group, the private company which was involved in the rescue operation, told the AFP news agency that the allegations were "not at all accurate" - adding that it would issue a statement later.

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  2. Kenya court annuls plan to amend constitution

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Kenyan MPs in parliament, Nairobi
    Image caption: The government-sponsored amendment would have expanded the executive and parliament

    Kenya’s High Court has declared a government-sponsored bill to amend Kenya’s constitution irregular, illegal and unconstitutional.

    It has also ruled that President Uhuru Kenyatta violated the constitution by initiating a process which ought to be driven by the ordinary citizen.

    The constitution amendment bill, popularly referred to as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would have expanded the executive and parliament.

    It is arguably the most significant judgement by the Kenyan courts since President Kenyatta's election win was nullified in 2017.

    Kenya appeared headed for a referendum before next year’s general election, backed by state resources, the president and powerful opposition leader Raila Odinga.

    But the five-judge bench unanimously declared the constitution amendment process illegal, and also ruled that the president had failed the leadership and integrity test.

    The judges said that by initiating the constitutional changes, President Kenyatta usurped the powers of ordinary citizens.

    That declaration creates grounds for impeachment by Kenyan law, but it is unlikely that parliament, which had already passed the bill, will dare to impeach the president.

    The proposed changes under BBI reintroduced the office of the prime minister, the creation of 70 new constituencies, and an affirmative action clause that could have created at least 300 new unelected MPs.

    President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, who have been pushing for the reforms, say the proposed constitutional changes will end the winner-take-all structure of current Kenyan politics, which is often followed by deadly violence.

    But critics have said the BBI is a selfish initiative to reward political dynasties, and that it will lead to a bloated parliament and executive which Kenya - a country already burdened by debt - cannot afford.

  3. Friday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: As long as I don’t have a donkey, I wouldn't quarrel with a hyena." from An Amharic proverb sent by Kaleb Bolssa in Ethiopia.
    An Amharic proverb sent by Kaleb Bolssa in Ethiopia.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  4. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We'll be back on Friday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now - there will be an automated news feed until we're back on Friday morning.

    Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast, or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: What ails the farmer is what amuses the partridge in the forest." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Yusuf Hammed in Ganmo, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Yusuf Hammed in Ganmo, Nigeria

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this painting posted by Nigerian artist Collins Obijiaku:

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  5. Mozambique Muslims pray for peace on Eid

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Some Muslim families in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, have called for unity among Mozambicans. This comes at a time when armed violence is plaguing some provinces of central and northern Mozambique.

    Dressed in colourful evening clothes worshippers gathered together to celebrate the day.

    For the Sau family, Eid is more than celebration. It is also a time to reflect on what is going on around them.

    Zaira Sau described this moment as one of joy and also of great sadness because of the armed violence and the Covid-19 pandemic.

    She prayed for the displaced families of Cabo Delgado province, who, becaue of militant attacks, cannot fully enjoy Eid.

    In Mafalala, a neighbourhood with many Muslims, the Ali family decided to bring relatives together to pray for an end to wars.

    But they also thanked God for their health and for keeping them safe until today.

    Muslims pose for a photograph after performing the Eid prayers
    Image caption: Muslims across Africa, like these women in Kenya, have been marking Eid today
  6. Thousands 'flee clashes in eastern DR Congo'

    Recent fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to thousands fleeing their homes, the AFP news agency reports quoting security and militia sources.

    The clashes, which broke out on Wednesday, took place in South Kivu, near the border with Burundi, AFP adds.

    It says that the conflict is between a local militia, called Biloze Bishambuke, and combatants from the Tutsi Congolese community known as the Banyamulenge.

    One militia spokesman told the news agency that fighting continued on Thursday.

    A military spokesman said that 5,000 people have been forced from their homes.

    A fortnight ago, President Félix Tshisekedi announced a "state of siege" in two other provinces in the east - North Kivu and Ituri - which have been wracked by violence.

    This should allow a more forceful military response.

  7. Ugandan aid worker killed in South Sudan

    Nichola Mandil

    Juba

    The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned Wednesday's killing of an aid worker.

    The female aid worker was killed when gunmen fired at a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle.

    She was in a vehicle travelling in a convoy made up of employees of international NGOs and South Sudan government medical personnel traveling to a health facility.

    The incident happened in Budi County in Eastern Equatoria, an area that has seen several roadside ambushes this year.

    Local media in Uganda identified the slain aid worker as a 40-year-old Ugandan health specialist.

    “I am shocked by this violent act and send my condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased," Mr Noudéhou said in a press statement on Thursday seen by the BBC.

    "The roads are a vital connection between humanitarian organisations and communities in need, and we must be able to move safely across the country without fear. I call on the government to strengthen law enforcement along these roads."

    This is the first aid worker killed in South Sudan this year. Last year, nine were killed.

    This brings the total number of aid workers killed in South Sudan to 125 since the civil war broke out in December 2013.

    Most of them were South Sudanese killed in the line of duty.

    The UN estimates that 8.3 million South Sudanese need humanitarian help.

  8. Eurovision 2021: From child refugee to Swedish pop star

    A decade after being granted asylum in Sweden, 19-year-old Tousin Chiza is representing his adopted country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next week.

    "It's a huge honour for me," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. "It's like the biggest thank you I can give."

    Tousin - or Tusse, as he's known in Sweden - was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He fled to a refugee camp in Uganda aged five with his aunt, siblings and cousins, and lived there for three years until moving to Sweden aged eight.

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    Video caption: 'It's like the biggest thank you I can give.'
  9. Policeman dies in DR Congo Eid clash

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    A policeman has died in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as rival Muslim groups clashed over the location of Eid celebrations.

    The divided community had agreed to mark the end of Ramadan together in a show of unity. But tensions soon resurfaced and the leaders of the two groups appeared to change their minds about the joint celebrations.

    The police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands who had gathered outside the Martyrs' Stadium.

    The head of the Kinshasa police blamed extremists for the violence, which also saw several people wounded and one police vehicle set ablaze.

    The Muslim community in the capital is split over who should lead the country's Muslim federation, AFP news agency reports.

  10. Ivory Coast PM in hospital in Paris

    Patrick Achi
    Image caption: Patrick Achi became prime minister in March following the death of his predecessor

    Ivory Coast's Prime Minister, Patrick Achi, is in hospital in the French capital, Paris, sources close to his office say.

    He is said to be having medical tests.

    Mr Achi was appointed prime minister in March following the death of his predecessor Hamed Bakayoko, who had been receiving treatment for cancer in Germany.

    Mr Bakayoko, himself, was appointed following the sudden death of his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly last year.

    Reuters news agency says that Mr Achi went to France last week for health reasons but then returned to Ivory Coast to take part in talks about electricity problems. He then flew back to Paris on Tuesday.

    The Ivorian government has not commented

  11. Zimbabwe to restore rhinos to second largest park

    Rhinos
    Image caption: Zimbabwe's rhino population has soared in recent years

    Zimbabwe is planning to re-introduce rhinos to its second largest national park, 30 years after the last rhino there was killed by poachers.

    Officials say the rhino population in the country has increased, which is why some are being moved to Gonarezhou national park.

    They say the move could have taken place last year were it not for the coronavirus pandemic.

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa termed it a "momentous conservation achievement":

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    The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says the rhino population in the country has grown from 100 in 1991 to 1,000 currently, according to a Bloomberg report.

    It is unclear how many of those would be moved to Gonarezhou national park.

    Rhino horn is prized in China where it is used in some traditional medicine, even though it is made of the same material as fingernails and has no proven medicinal properties.

  12. Kenya police fire tear gas at pro-Palestinian protest

    Protesters in Nairobi

    Police in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration of people expressing solidarity with Palestinians.

    They marched behind a banner which said: "Kenyans stand with Palestine."

    People marching in Nairobi

    A number of people have also been detained, witnesses have told the Reuters news agency.

    "I stand with my brothers and sisters in Palestine and I pray day and night that my sisters and brothers get peace," Rayan Sheikh told Reuters.

    Violence between Israel and the Gaza strip has escalated since Monday.

    At least 67 people in the Gaza strip and seven people in Israel have been killed.

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  13. Buhari calls for Nigerian unity in Eid message

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the nation to come together in his Eid message as the country deals with numerous security issues, including kidnapping and militant violence.

    "Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one," he tweeted.

    He urged people to "jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry":

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    There has been growing criticism of the president as it appears that the security forces have been unable to contain the trouble.

    Mr Buhari's Twitter settings do not allow people to respond to his comments.

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  14. SA-born entrepreneur pledges $200m for African vaccines

    Patrick Soon-Shiong
    Image caption: Patrick Soon-Shiong hopes the money will boost self-sufficiency and innovation

    South Africa-born pharmaceutical entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong has said that his family's foundation will spend $211m (£151m) to help develop vaccine production in South Africa.

    Dr Soon-Shiong, who is now based in the US, made his fortune in drug development in the US.

    But he told a meeting of the World Health Organization on access to the means to fight the spread of Covid-19 that he wanted the donation to transfer the know-how around vaccine development and build self-sufficiency and innovation.

    At the moment, the continent is not able to produce its own Covid vaccines and has only a received a small fraction of what is needed to cover the majority of the population.

    Dr Soon-Shiong said he was concerned about the variants that have been prevalent in India and says second generation vaccines now need to be developed.

    He added that he was motivated to act as a South African-born Asian American.

  15. Cameroon cancels national holiday celebrations over Covid

    Cameroon has cancelled celebrations marking this year's National Day due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    A statement by a state minister Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh said President Paul Biya had called off all official ceremonies to commemorate the day when the country became a unitary state in 1972.

    The president asked Cameroonians to observe measures to limit the spread of Covid during the national holiday as well as during the Eid celebrations.

    He said Covid was a "tragic reality" despite the country's commendable performance in the fight against the pandemic.

    State-run CRTV shared the news on Twitter:

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    The country has so far confirmed 74,946 cases of Covid infections and 1,152 deaths.

  16. Petra Diamonds to pay $6m to Tanzania rights abuse victims

    George Joseph Bwisige
    Image caption: George Joseph Bwisige sys he has been waiting a long time for the settlement

    Petra Diamonds has agreed to pay people who were beaten and detained by officials working in its Williamson mine in Tanzania.

    A total of $6m (£4.3m) will be shared among 71 workers at the mine as compensation for the violation of their rights.

    In a statement the company said it "acknowledges that past incidents have taken place that regrettably resulted in the loss of life, injury and the mistreatment of illegal diggers".

    But as part of the settlement there was no admission of liability.

    The investigation into the mistreatment ofworkers at the mine was initiated by a British charity, Rights and Accountability in Development (Raid).

    The victims were represented by the British human rights law firm Leigh Day.

    The settlement should enable survivors to access much-needed medical care.

    Raid Executive Director Anneke Van Woudenberg said she hopes this will ensure no human rights violations take place in the future.

    A local activist George Joseph Bwisige said he had been "waiting a long time" for this.