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    Video caption: Sunflower farming blooms in Kenya after khat export ban

    Some farmers are growing sunflowers to boost their incomes after a ban on exports of the khat plant.

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    Video caption: The women fighting infertility stigma in Nigeria

    Three Nigerian women confront the prejudice they have faced on their fertility journeys.

  3. Bomb kills four footballers in southern Somalia

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    At least four football players have been killed after a bomb hit their team bus in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, state-owned TV reports.

    It added that 10 others were injured in the attack.

    The report says the bus carrying the players was completely destroyed.

    The team was heading to a stadium in Kismayo to play a match.

    Radio Mogadishu said government officials were expected at the stadium where a local league competition was scheduled to launch today.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the government blamed it on al-Shabab.

  4. Kuminga NBA pick excites Congolese

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Jonathan Kuminga

    Basketball fans in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been celebrating news that Goma city-born Jonathan Kuminga has been signed by the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

    The Warriors picked the 18-year-old during a draft session on Thursday night at an event in Brooklyn, New York.

    Back home, former basketball player Emmanuel Mwango remembered: "He was the best of the kids of his age here, I could tell he would become something… He just makes DR Congo and his home here in Goma so proud.

    Kuminga moved to the US in 2016 where he played for his high school and in the G-League, which is for developing players, before he was drafted.

    Analysts say he was "the most athletic player and rawest talent" during last night's draft, averaging 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game last season.

    Kuminga hasn’t returned home since he left for the US, but in May when his hometown was hit by volcanic eruption, he organised a fundraising to help those affected.

    He becomes the sixth DR Congo-born player to play in the NBA after Dikembe Mutumbo, Bismack Biyombo, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Christian Eyenga, Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay.

  5. Critic of Tunisia president arrested

    BBC World Service

    The security forces in Tunisia are reported to have arrested a member of parliament, who has accused President Kais Saied of carrying out a coup.

    The wife of Yassine Ayari confirmed his detention, saying that about 20 members of the security forces came to their home.

    She accused them of using violence as they arrested him.

    Mr Ayari represents a small party in the Tunisian parliament - he made his name as a blogger criticising politicians, including Mr Saied.

    He reportedly has outstanding legal charges against him but his lawyer has said that he doesn't believe that his arrest is related to them.

  6. Libya re-opens major road after two years of conflict

    BBC World Service

    Sirte has been devastated by the years of fighting
    Image caption: The civil war has damaged infrastructure in the north African country

    The main coastal road in Libya between the east and west of the country has re-opened after being closed for two years because of conflict.

    The re-opening of the road is a key element of the ceasefire between the warring sides.

    The road has been closed since Khalifa Haftar - the leader of eastern-based forces - launched an offensive to try to take the capital, Tripoli, in 2019.

    Last year, a ceasefire was agreed to end the attack and to try to bring stability and unity to the country through a UN-backed process.

    The coastal road was briefly re-opened last month, but had to be closed again after only one day.

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    Video caption: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta criticises 'vaccine nationalism'

    Uhuru Kenyatta says nationalism is why more Kenyans have not been vaccinated.

  8. Ghanaian boy's letter pleading for treats goes viral

    The name Oswald is trending in Ghana after a nine year-old boy's wish list for an end of school party went viral.

    The letter to his mum tugged at heartstrings after it was posted on social media.

    View more on twitter

    Oswald asked for biscuits, sweets and sodas, including a “big Coke" for his favourite teacher.

    "I didn't disappoint you in the exams so please disappoint me," he pleaded with his mother.

    People pitched in for treats for Oswald, including musician, Kidi, who visited the school after promising a free performance.

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  9. Stuck aid convoy now heading for Tigray - WFP

    Peter Mwai

    BBC Reality Check, Nairobi

    Displaced people receiving aid

    The World Food Programme (WFP) says part of a convoy of 200 aid trucks that had been held up while heading for Ethiopia's northern war-torn region of Tigray has now been allowed to leave.

    The WFP had earlier warned that its food stocks in the region would run out on Friday.

    A convoy of 44 trucks left Semera, the capital of the neighbouring Afar region, on Wednesday but is yet to reach Tigray.

    It is not yet clear where it has got to.

    The remaining trucks - left behind in Semera “pending security clearances” - have also now been cleared to leave for Tigray

    A spokesperson for the WFP told the BBC they hope the arrival of the convoy, which is carrying over 900 tonnes of food, will replenish stocks although it “is just a drop in the ocean”.

    The WFP says at least 100 trucks are required each day in Tigray to supply aid to those in need.

    More than five million people need humanitarian assistance in the region, with 400,000 living in famine conditions following months of conflict, the UN says.

    Read more: What's stopping aid getting in?

  10. Oxygen shortage angers Algerians

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Algerians have taken to social media to express outrage as hospitals run out of oxygen amid a spike in coronavirus infections.

    People from several parts of the country made appeals for oxygen to save the lives of Covid patients experiencing breathing difficulties.

    Pictures shared on social media show chaotic scenes in hospitals - some capture people gathered near lorries delivering oxygen cylinders.

    The government has put in orders to bring in 15,000 oxygen concentrators with 2,250 expected to be delivered early next week.

    Algeria has registered 1,537 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours with 29 deaths.

    Despite starting a vaccination campaign in January, only two million out of a population of 45 million have received the jab because of delays in vaccine deliveries.

    The country is expected to start producing Chinese jab Sinopharm and the Russian vaccine Sputnik from September.

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    Video caption: Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'I'm Nigerian and Ghanaian, but I compete for Ghana'

    Triple jumper Nadia Eke talks dance, jollof and wellbeing as she prepares to compete at Tokyo 2020.