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  1. Nigerian singer 'to answer' for alleged spitting on police

    Nigerian musician Buju BNXN will have questions to answer after boasting on Twitter of how he spat on a police officer's face, police have said.

    The musician, real name Daniel Benson, has since deleted the tweet.

    A spokesman of Lagos state police said the star "will surely answer for his assault on a police officer".

    "The police officers will be sanctioned for their misbehaviour if established," Benjamin Hundeyin said in a tweet.

    Local outlets report that the musician was involved in an altercation with police officers on Wednesday afternoon - which may have led to the tweet.

    A video of the confrontation has been circulating on social media.

  2. Rwanda genocide suspect Kabuga to appear at hearing

    Félicien Kabuga

    A former businessman suspected of being one of the masterminds behind the genocide in Rwanda is set to appear in court on Thursday at the Hague.

    Eighty-seven year old Félicien Kabuga was arrested in France two years ago after escaping arrest for more than two decades.

    In the 1990's, Mr Kabuga was president of the radio station Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines, which broadcast calls for the killing of Tutsis.

    He stands accused of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

    The 1994 genocide in Rwanda led to the killing of 800,000 Tutsis and thousands of moderate Hutus.

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  3. Teenage boy killed in Guinea anti-junta protests

    Cat Wiener

    BBC World Service Newsroom

    Guinea anti riot policemen fire teargas as protesters block roads and hurl rocks in Conakry on July 28, 2022,
    Image caption: There have been opposition against Guinea's military government

    At least one person has been killed in Guinea during a day of protests against the ruling military junta.

    Reports from the capital, Conakry, say a teenage boy was shot dead by the security forces as the motorcade of the military leader Col Mamady Doumbouya passed through the city.

    An opposition group says a second young man was also shot.

    Police deny this.

    Clashes broke out during the day, as demonstrators hurled stones at officers, who retaliated with tear gas.

    Several people were arrested.

    Guinea's military, which seized power last September, has banned all demonstrations. It has pledged to move to civilian rule within three years.

  4. Mali accuses France of sending weapons to militants

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    Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop
    Image caption: Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop accuses France of violating Mali's airspace

    Relations between France and Mali have continued to deteriorate, with the west African country accusing its former colonial power of supplying arms and intelligence to anti-government militants.

    In a letter to the UN Security Council, Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop says France has violated its airspace on multiple occasions and delivered arms to Islamist fighters in an attempt to destabilise his country.

    France categorically rejects the accusations.

    Relations between the two countries have broken down following two coups and a decision by Mali's military rulers to work closely with mercenaries from Russia.

    On Sunday, France said all its soldiers had now left Mali, where they had been fighting Islamist militants for nearly 10 years.

  5. At least 26 dead in Algeria forest fires

    A general view of the wildfire in Setif, Algeria on August 17, 2022.
    Image caption: Firefighters fought to contain several blazes on Wednesday

    At least 26 people have been killed and dozens more injured in forest fires that have devastated northern Algeria.

    Kamel Beldjoud, the country's interior minister, said 24 died in El Tarf, near the border with Tunisia, as well as a mother and daughter in Setif.

    Firefighters, supported by helicopters, were still trying to contain several blazes on Wednesday evening.

    Reports say some 350 residents have been evacuated in various provinces.

    Helicopters are being used to dump water on the flames.

    Algeria suffers from wildfires every year, but the problem has been exacerbated by climate change.

    A Russian water bomber plane chartered by the Algerian authorities has broken down and is not expected to be in service again until Saturday.

  6. Nigerian workers shut national power grid over pay

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    A technician with electricity distribution company stands on ladder and repairs a faulty line in Lagos, on September 29, 2020
    Image caption: Electricity sector workers accuse the government of ignoring their welfare

    Workers in Nigeria's electricity sector have shut down the national grid as part of a strike they called over pay, causing a nationwide blackout.

    Their union said it wanted to compel the government to honour an agreement from 2019 to pay former employees of a state-owned electricity company.

    The union reportedly suspended the strike later on Wednesday after a meeting with the government.

    "A committee chaired by the Minister of State for Power has been set up to work out modalities on resolution of the issues. Power would be restored either this night or tomorrow in the morning," the Reuters news agency quoted the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) general secretary Joe Ajaero as saying.

    The workers earlier held a protest on Tuesday accusing the government of failing to address staff welfare issues.

    The ministry of power, which is in charge of electricity, had asked to be given two weeks to resolve the outstanding issues.

    Frequent power cuts due to the unreliable national grid have forced many Nigerians to rely on their own generators to produce electricity for their homes and businesses.

  7. Insecurity threatens Nigeria 2023 vote - ex-army boss

    Nigerian military
    Image caption: Nigeria is facing a growing security problem

    Nigeria's former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, has released a stark warning that insecurity is a major threat to Nigeria's presidential election next year.

    Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday he said "terrorists would likely continue attacks on soft targets" and demanded proper security must be put in place to protect people.

    "The security threats against the 2023 elections are not limited to the activities of terror groups in the north but also the prescribed (separatist movement) Ipob in the south-east," he continued.

    However, Ipob has previously denied any connection with violence it has been accused of.

    Nigeria is facing a growing security crisis from armed bandits who carry out kidnapping for ransom, as well as growing separatism sentiment in the south-eastern region of the country.

    Just a few weeks ago, the capital, Abuja, was rocked after all schools were forced to close because of security threats from various armed groups.

    The frontrunners in Nigeria's upcoming elections are ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Bola Tinubu and opposition candidate for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.

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  8. Sudan flood death toll rises to 77

    BBC World Service

    Sudan floods
    Image caption: There are fears of disease after whole areas have become submerged in water

    The authorities in Sudan have said that the number of dead due to flash floods in several parts of the country has risen to 77.

    A spokesman for the emergency services, Brigadier Abd al-Jaleel Abd-al-Haleem, told BBC Arabic that thousands of homes have been completely destroyed, with the River Nile and al-Jazirah states worst affected.

    Thousands of square kilometres of arable land are under water.

    The local administrations are providing tents and food, but have appealed to the Khartoum government and international organisations for aid to prevent water-borne diseases.

  9. Rain batters Freetown on deadly mudslide anniversary

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Man talking to an audience

    Survivors of a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone,which left more than 1,000 people dead, have gathered for a commemorative event, as torrential rainfall has been battering the country’s capital, Freetown, leaving many homes submerged in water and cars stuck on the road.

    There have been no casualties so far, but authorities have issued a warning to those living in low-lying areas.

    The 2017 mudslide, which is still a trauma for many, buried its victims alive – many of whom were sleeping at the time.

    One survivor, Mariama Sawanneh, told the BBC she has struggled to make ends meet since the incident.

    “The house went, my husband went, my nephew went. I was left with our four children,” Ms Sawenneh said.

    “We live on vegetable gardening – from hand to mouth. Someone felt sorry for us and gave us a tin shack where we sleep. My children and I need help,” she continued.

    One of those present at the commemorative event was five-year-old Moses Thullah, who was one month old at the time of the tragedy.

    The water tossed him around, leaving him floating in a neighbouring house where he was miraculously found alive – several hours later. However, his father did not survive.

    Young boy

    The mudslide followed a torrential downpour of rain, much like that of today, but it also came amid the unregulated construction of houses.

    Emotions are still high, years later, with a religious leader crying at a commemorative event on Wednesday.

    Many still feel lessons have not been learnt and doubt the capacity of the newly established national disaster agency, to deal with any major incident amid warnings of further downpours.

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  10. Tigray peace talks hasten to end war - committee

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    A committee set up by the Ethiopian government to negotiate with Tigrayan forces in an effort to end the civil war said it is working with the African Union (AU) to ensure peace talks begin quickly.

    A venue and the time for the talks will be set, the group said.

    Preparations are under way to “create conditions that will enable a ceasefire to be declared” and basic services are restored in conflict-affected areas, the committee said in a statement on Wednesday.

    A document detailing recommendations is prepared and will be submitted to the AU’s representative, the statement added

    Most of Tigray has been without basic services such as electricity, banking and the internet for more than a year.

    A humanitarian truce was agreed in March and the amount of aid reaching Tigray appears to have shown a steady increase since - however no cessation of hostilities has been declared.

    While the federal government said it will accept negotiations under the auspices of the AU, Tigrayan forces have favoured outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the talks.

    Tigrayan forces have not responded to the committee’s latest remarks.

    Members of the committee have also briefed diplomats on the expected talks in Addis Ababa.

  11. SA opposition seeks to oust Ramaphosa over farm scandal

    Lebo Diseko

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Ramaphosa
    Image caption: Mr Ramaphosa maintains that he did not do anything wrong after his farm was allegedly robbed

    South African opposition parties say they will apply for a motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa over allegations of kidnapping and money laundering.

    The claims were made by the country’s former spy chief, Arthur Fraser, who alleged that the president had covered up the theft of around $4m (£3.3m) at his Phala Phala farm in 2020.

    Mr Fraser also claimed the suspects were unlawfully pursued and detained.

    Mr Ramaphosa, who came to power promising straight dealing and to clean up corruption, denies any wrongdoing.

    Now the so-called "farm-gate" scandal threatens his presidency, as opposition leaders tell journalists he should answer to parliament.

    They also want a secret ballot, which would allow members of the ruling ANC to vote against their leader more easily.

    However the largest opposition party - the Democratic Alliance - has declined to take part, saying it would undermine an existing process looking at whether or not to impeach Mr Ramphosa.

    Without them, and crucially votes from the ANC, any such effort is unlikely to succeed.

    The robbery and its alleged aftermath were first brought to light in June, when Mr Fraser, seen as a close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, opened a case with police.

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  12. Spain court orders Dos Santos body to be handed to widow

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Jose dos Santos
    Image caption: José dos Santos was president of Angola for 38 years

    A court in Spain has ruled that the body of the former Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, be released to his widow and returned home for burial.

    He had been unwell for some years and died in Barcelona last month aged 79.

    Since then there has been a dispute within the Dos Santos family.

    His daughter, Tchizé dos Santos, wants a family burial in Spain.

    His widow prefers a state funeral in Angola - an event which could influence the country's imminent elections.

    A lawyer said Tchizé dos Santos would appeal against the decision that was made by a family court in Barcelona.

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    Video caption: Ethiopia: ‘We want future generations to have their own African heroes’

    A team of Ethiopian software engineers has created a virtual reality experience of the Battle of Adwa.

  14. Claim on voter turnout for Kenya election misleading

    Peter Mwai

    BBC Reality Check

    Online supporters of Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga have been incorrectly questioning results of the presidential election announced on Monday saying total votes were lower than the official turnout.

    William Ruto was declared the winner, but Mr Odinga has challenged the outcome.

    The main argument by Odinga supporters is that the national electoral commission chair, Wafula Chebukati, had announced the turnout was 65.4%, according to the electronic voter identification kits.

    They then calculate backwards using the total number of registered voters, to say 14.4m voters must have cast their ballots on Tuesday last week.

    The total number of valid votes, according to the final announcement, was 14.2m and when you add the rejected votes, you would get 14.3 million ballots having been cast.

    “Before even we add those who voted manually, you are short 140,028 votes. Where are these votes + [plus] manual register voters?” asks one of the supporters on Twitter.

    It is true that Mr Chebukati did mention a voter turnout of 65.4% during a media briefing on Wednesday last week but he did correct himself soon after saying the turnout was 64.6%.

    “Of course this figure will go up once we get the data of those who voted manually,” he said.

    The results announced on Monday this week show the voter turnout was eventually 64.8%.