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  1. Algerian president transferred to Germany for 'checkups'

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    President Abdelmajid Tebboune

    The Algerian President, Abdelmajid Tebboune, has been transferred to Germany for what state TV says are "medical checkups".

    Mr Tebboune had been admitted to hospital in Algeria on Tuesday.

    The nature of his condition has not been revealed, but there has been speculation that he's been infected by the coronavirus.

    On Saturday, Mr Tebboune went into five days of voluntary self -isolation at the advice of his doctors after many of his aides and government figures tested positive for coronavirus.

    Mr Tebboune's hospitalisation has come just days before a referendum on proposed changes to Algeria's constitution, which the president very much wants to see approved.

  2. Liberia's Weah 'will not seek third term in office'

    Liberian President George Weah
    Image caption: President George Weah was elected in 2018

    Liberian President George Weah will not seek a third term in office, his chief of staff has said.

    The West African country in preparing for a referendum on proposed changes to the constitution to reduce the number of years in a presidential term from six to five.

    The opposition says the constitutional change will allow President Weah to seek to extend his presidency like other regional leaders.

    But the president’s chief of staff, Nathaniel McGill, told journalists in the capital, Monrovia, that the president had not yet even finished his first term.

    "It is not good for one man to be president for a long time... The president is not thinking about a third term," he said.

    President Weah was elected to office in 2018.

  3. 'Liberation Day' for Sierra Leone's journalists

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    Video caption: President repeals a 55-year-old 'repressive' media law used to imprison journalists

    President repeals a 55-year-old 'repressive' media law used to imprison journalists

  4. Zambian journalists 'summoned over leaked budget speech'

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Police in Zambia have summoned two journalists from a privately owned TV station for questioning over a reportedly leaked budget speech presented to parliament last month.

    Diamond Television said its chief executive, Costa Mwansa, and head of news, George Chomba, have been asked to appear before police today.

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    The authorities want to know how they accessed the speech hours before it was read in parliament by the finance minister.

    Traditionally, the ministry of finance gives media houses embargoed copies of the budget speech for expert analysis before it is read.

    This will be the second round of questioning after the duo appeared before police last week. Their cell phones and a company owned laptop have been confiscated, according to their employer.

    Local media watchdog, Media Institute for Southern Africa - Zambia chapter, has condemned the summons as an affront to media freedom.

    Zambia's ruling party has often been accused of suffocating critical media after the closure of privately-owned Post newspaper and Prime TV. The government denies the accusations.

  5. US concerned over 'inconsistent' Guinea poll results

    Opposition supported clash with the police in post-election protests
    Image caption: Opposition supporters have taken to the streets

    The US has expressed concern over "inconsistencies" in preliminary results of Guinea's presidential election.

    In a statement, the US embassy spoke of a "lack of transparency in vote tabulations and inconsistencies between the announced results and tally sheets results from polling stations".

    Guinea's 82-year-old leader Alpha Condé won a controversial third term in office, according to preliminary results, amid violent protests across the country.

    The US has urged all parties to peacefully resolve electoral disputes through established institutions. It said it supported diplomatic efforts by the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, the African Unions and the UN.

    The main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, had declared himself winner and was prevented from leaving his house until Wednesday when he said the security officers outside his home had been withdrawn.

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  6. Day of mourning for Cameroon's school shooting victims

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Schoolchildren, their parents and teachers hold a protest in Kumba, Cameroon October 25, 2020.
    Image caption: Demonstrations have been held to protest against the killings

    Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, has declared Saturday a day of national mourning for seven students brutally murdered in Kumba, in the restive south-west region.

    The children were killed last Saturday at the Mother Francisca International Academy by gunmen who stormed the school.

    The government and separatists have been blaming each other for the attack.

    On Saturday flags will fly at half mast across the country.

    In a decree, President Biya instructed the security services to take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Parts of Cameroon have been gripped by unrest since Anglophone groups stepped up their push for independence in 2016.

    Anglophone activists say the country's French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

  7. Senegal's president dissolves government

    President Macky Sall

    Senegalese President Macky Sall has dissolved his government, according to a statement from the presidency.

    President Sall has signed four decrees to that effect.

    No reason was given for the move or when the new cabinet is likely to be formed. The dissolved government had 32 ministers and three state secretaries.

    "While awaiting the putting in place of a new government, outgoing ministers and secretaries of state are charged with carrying out their ongoing affairs," the statement read.

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    President Sall won a second term of five years in March 2019, but opponents accused him of preventing some of his main rivals from running.

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    Video caption: 'Our kids died in the Parkland school shooting, but we don't agree on guns'

    The parents of two Parkland victims share different views on the issue of gun violence in the US.