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  1. Impostor allegedly took Egyptian footballer's exam

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    Egypt's forward Mostafa Mohamed reacts during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match between Egypt and Sudan at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 19, 2022
    Image caption: Mostafa Mohamed is in Cameroon for Africa's main football tournament

    Prosecutors in Egypt are questioning a man alleged to have taken an exam in the place of Mostafa Mohamed - a footballer currently playing for the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Local media say security services were alerted to a suspected case of fraud at a private educational institute in Giza.

    A man was detained - he is reported to have said he was a friend of Mohamed and was trying to help him out.

    There has been no comment from Mohamed so far.

  2. Tunisia president's top aide resigns

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    Nadia Akacha in 2020.
    Image caption: Nadia Akacha said she was stepping down because of differences of opinion

    The chief of staff to the Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed has said on Facebook that she has resigned.

    Nadia Akacha said that she had made the decision over differences of opinion.

    There has been no official confirmation as yet.

    Ms Akacha has been one of President Saïeds closest aides - and is believed to have played an important role in his decision to suspend parliament and take full executive power last year.

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    Video caption: Search for survivors after Saudi-led air strike on Yemen prison

    More than 70 people have been killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a Yemen detention centre.

  4. Four people drown in migrant boat off Tunisia coast

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    A map showing Tunisia and the Mediterranean Sea.

    At least four people have drowned off the coast of Tunisia as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

    A Tunisian army spokesman said 21 others were rescued.

    Tunisia is a major transit point for migrants trying to reach Europe.

    According to the UN High Commission for Refugees more than 2,500 people died or went missing last year attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

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  5. Algeria closes schools amid rise in Covid cases

    A medical worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Algiers, Algeria, January 17, 2022.
    Image caption: Algeria has recorded more than 220,000 cases of coronavirus infections

    Algeria has closed schools for 10 days and enhanced screening at airports and other control measures following a rise in coronavirus cases.

    It has also encouraged people to get vaccinated to counter the spread of the virus.

    The decision by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to shut schools starting from Thursday followed an emergency meeting of ministers, top health and security officials.

    A statement from the presidency however said that it was up to the universities to determine whether to close or reschedule their classes.

    The country has recorded more than 220,000 coronavirus cases and over 6,000 deaths since the pandemic began.