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    Video caption: Merkel avoids handshake with EU's von der Leyen

    Germany's Chancellor Merkel awkwardly avoids shaking hands with EU leader Ursula von der Leyen.

  2. Goodbye Nigeria - why are so many young people leaving?

    The Comb podcast

    In recent months, social media has been flooded with messages of Nigerians leaving or planning to leave the country.

    The trend even has a name #japa - the Yoruba word for running away or running off.

    Benjamin, who works in the tech industry in Lagos, told The Comb podcast that he had to reschedule his wedding because of the number of his friends who would have been unable to attend because they were not in the country.

    "It's sad, like do you know how big of a deal it was for me to consider moving my wedding? That was really heartbreaking."

    Tolu, a young research student currently based in Abuja, is in a similar situation.

    "Between August and now I can't count how many of my friends are still in the country," she says.

    But while she also feels a great pressure to leave, she says there’s something holding her back.

    "I really love being in Africa. I enjoy the air that I breathe in Africa... It's almost like an emotionally abusive relationship where I really want to get out, but I also can't get out because I love where I am."

    Listen to these thoughts and more on this week’s episode:

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  3. Top Kenyan athletes carry body of Agnes Tirop

    Michelle Guda

    BBC Sport Africa, Eldoret

    A photo of Friday's procession, with marchers carrying a banner
    Image caption: The world record-holding long-distance runner was murdered last week

    A host of leading Kenyan athletes have conducted a peaceful procession in honour of the late Agnes Tirop, while escorting her body from Eldoret Hospital to her home ahead of her burial on Saturday.

    Faith Kipyegon, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Eunice Sum and Mary Keitany were among the 300 or so marching behind a banner reading "End gender-based violence".

    Several leading male athletes - including Ezekiel Kemboi, Julius Yego and Conseslus Kipruto - also attended.

    Ms Tirop was stabbed to death at her home earlier this month, and police have detained her husband Ibrahim Rotich in jail as the prime suspect.

    He is being held for 20 days, during which time he will be assessed to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

    Ms Tirop's murder has sparked other Kenyan athletes to talk about what they have faced when it comes to gender-based violence.

  4. Boy killed after sneaking into girls' school - Kenyan police

    A 17-year-old Kenyan schoolboy has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked after sneaking into a girls’ school, police say.

    The final-year secondary school student was among six students who had reportedly entered a neighbouring girls’ school in Kiambu county, which neighbours the capital Nairobi.

    Police said the students entered a dormitory at around 04:00 local time before they were spotted by some of the girls who raised the alarm.

    This reportedly attracted the attention of the school security, staff and the head teacher.

    Five of the boys escaped, and police the remaining one was confronted by angry students and members of the staff.

    "Sadly, they descended on him causing him life threatening injuries. The boy later succumbed to his injuries…," the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said in a tweet:

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    Crime scene detectives later visited the scene and said they recovered planks of wood suspected to have been used to beat the student.

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    Video caption: South Sudan: Three consecutive years of severe flooding

    South Sudan has seen severe flooding for the third year in a row, destroying crops and homes.

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    Video caption: DR Congo students march into parliament demanding better teacher pay

    Students march into parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo demanding better pay for teachers.

  7. Fourth air strike on rebel-held Ethiopian city this week

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    A house in the wider Tigray region that was damaged by shelling in 2020.
    Image caption: Activists and anti-government fighters say civilian homes were hit (archive photo from Tigray region)

    Ethiopian authorities have confirmed the national air force shelled the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle on Thursday afternoon, its fourth strike on the city this week.

    The ongoing struggle in Ethiopia's Tigray region has killed thousands of people and displaced more than two million.

    The government says its latest aerial attacks targeted Tigrayan rebels who are controlling the city, but the fighters in Tigray have claimed civilians were the target.

    Some human rights activists in Tigray are suggesting high-rise residential buildings had been bombed - but the military says it was targeting manufacturing and armament repair sites belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Front, as well as destroying illegal caches of heavy weaponry.

    Tigray media has also shown footage of what appeared to be child soldiers allegedly fighting on the government’s side. Meanwhile the Ethiopian government has been accusing the Tigrayan fighters of using child soldiers since they recaptured Mekelle in June.

  8. Somali president and PM agree to end row

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    Somali President Mohamed Farmajo
    Image caption: Their rift was threatening to further stall Somalia's delayed election

    Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble have reportedly agreed to end a bitter rift that had threatened to derail the country's long-delayed elections.

    The row between the two leaders had also risked splitting Somali security forces.

    It was sparked by the government’s handling of the disappearance in June of a female spy, Ikran Farah, leading to the appointment of parallel intelligence chiefs and security ministers.

    On Thursday, President Farmajo and Mr Roble held their first face-face meeting in several weeks in Mogadishu.

    According to a statement read by government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, they agreed that Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, who was appointed by the prime minister as security minister, would stay in the post.

    Under the agreement, Yasin Farey, who was picked by the president as the acting spy chief, would continue to hold the role until a replacement is named.

    The two leaders also agreed that the case of missing female intelligence agent would be left to the courts to decide.

  9. Zambian journalist surrenders $4m stashed in house

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    A Zambian journalist has surrendered $4m (£3m) found in her house last month as part of a corruption amnesty deal, officials have announced.

    Margaret Chisela Musonda, alias Faith Musonda, has also forfeited her house located in an upmarket suburb in the capital, Lusaka, where the amount in local currency and US dollars was found.

    Officials have not disclosed how she acquired the money and the nature of her wrongdoing, but said she had admitted culpability.

    Ms Musonda is a well-known journalist who had a stint at the state broadcaster. She has not commented on the matter.

    In a statement, a joint investigative team said the deal would see Ms Musonda avoid criminal proceedings.

    It said the law allows the state “to grant amnesty to accused persons in certain instances on condition that they admit wrongdoing and return what they wrongfully acquired through corrupt practices”.

    The team comprised officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Zambia Police Service, the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Financial Intelligence Centre.

    Zambians on social media have expressed divided opinions to the deal:

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