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  1. Tunisia court releases ex-prime minister Jebali

    BBC World Service

    Hamadi Jebali
    Image caption: Hamadi Jebali was prime minister from 2011 to 2013

    A lawyer for the former Tunisian prime minister Hamadi Jebali, says his client has been released by a judge, four days after he was detained on suspicion of money laundering.

    Mr Jebali had gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention and had been taken to hospital on Saturday.

    During his premiership from 2011 to 2013, Mr Jebali belonged to the Ennahda Islamist party - the largest in parliament until President Kais Saied dissolved the assembly and seized executive power in Tunisia last year.

    The party had said his arrest was part of a campaign of settling political scores.

  2. Ethiopia sets up team for Tigray peace talks

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News

    Cows walk past a tank damaged in fighting between Ethiopian government and Tigray forces, near the town of Humera, Ethiopia, March 3, 2021.
    Image caption: The Ethiopia peace process will be chaired by the foreign minister

    The Ethiopian government says it has set up a seven-member committee to hold peace talks with Tigrayan forces in a bid to end the 19-month civil war.

    It is to be chaired by the country's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Demeke Mekonen.

    Ethiopia's Justice Minister Gediwon Timothios - who is also a member of the committee - said the governing party would only agree to the African Union leading the peace process.

    Correspondents say this is a potential stumbling block for negotiations as Tigrayan forces have criticised the AU's efforts and have said they want the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to mediate.

  3. Dozens killed in clashes over land in Cameroon

    Guy Bandolo

    BBC News

    A map of Cameroon

    At least 30 people including women and children were killed during clashes over land between neighbouring communities in Cameroon's South West region, local authorities said on Monday.

    A spokesman for the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon said the fight between the Oliti and Messaga Ekol groups in Akwaya area was very violent.

    The church released pictures that showed bodies lying on the ground.

    The violence started when attackers stormed a funeral ceremony in the village of Bakinjaw on Saturday and continued on Sunday, according to the communication officer of Akwaya district, Okumo Angwa .

    He added that people were burnt in their homes while others were beheaded in the attack.

    A Member of Parliament, Aka Martin Tyoga, told the BBC that the attackers promised to return in two days.

    He said that investigations into the killings would take time as the area was remote.

    The South West and North West regions of Cameroon are caught up in a separatist conflict that has already claimed more than 6,000 lives, according to the International Crisis Group.

    On Monday, a Human Rights Watch report said separatist fighters have killed at least seven people and carried out scores of kidnappings since January.