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    Video caption: How food waste can be recycled to make a filter that cleans water

    Stuff that normally gets thrown away like discarded meat bones and vegetable peelings can be used to make clean drinking water

  2. Ex-Ugandan ethics minister Lokodo dies at 64

    Ugandan politician Simon Lokodo, who was best-known outside the country for his promotion of anti-homosexuality measures, has died in a hospital in Switzerland at the age of 64.

    The one-time Catholic priest served as the country's ethics and integrity minister for a decade until June last year.

    His backing of a bill that advocated the death penalty for people in same-sex relationships angered pro-LGBT rights campaigners both inside and outside the country.

    The measure never made it to law.

    In 2015, he was condemned after calling for police to raid guesthouses used for "lunchtime sex" - a euphemism for people engaging in extramarital affairs.

    A social media campaign began when he appeared to suggest in 2013 that mini-skirts should be banned.

    But Father Lokodo defended himself by saying he did talk about other issues like corruption but no-one focused on those because they did not grab the headlines.

    He also believed in safeguarding what he saw as family values which were fundamental for Uganda's future.

    In a twee, President Yoweri Museveni said Father Lokodo "served the nation gallantly... his firmness against immorality and his desire to enforce culture exceedingly stood out".

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  3. Some progress in Ethiopia diplomacy - Tigray leader

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia, which has been at war with government forces for over a year, says shuttle diplomacy has led to some progress.

    In a rare interview Debretsion Gebremichael told the BBC that indirect talks with the government had been taking place.

    The war has led to the displacement of millions of people and the UN says nearly 40% of people in Tigray are suffering from an extreme lack of food.

    Mr Debretsion suggested that the shuttle diplomacy was having an impact and said there had been signs of improvement after indirect talks with the Ethiopian government.

    The TPLF chairman told the BBC he wanted a peaceful resolution but added that if necessary they would fight on to protect the rights of the Tigrayans.

    Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has shown signs that he may be considering an alternative to military action.

    He has freed prisoners and no longer seeing the TPLF as a threat to his power he has lifted a state of emergency.

    But what complicates the road to peace are land claims by the Amhara and the desire of Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, to crush the TPLF.

    It is not a simple two-way negotiation.

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