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  1. Nigeria schools to reopen in a week's time

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    A student of Agidingbi senior grammar school washes her hands as she resumes back to school in Lagos, Nigeria
    Image caption: Some states had reopened schools

    The Nigerian government has ordered the reopening of all schools in the country.

    The Education Minister Adamu Adamu made the announcement on Friday morning.

    The minister's spokesperson Bem Goong clarified to the BBC that post primary schools owned by the federal government - locally known as unity schools - would reopen on 12 October.

    States and private schools will determine their own modalities of reopening, according to Mr Goong.

    He said the bodies regulating the various tertiary institutions including universities, colleges and polytechnic in the country will come up with their own resumption schedules after putting in place structures for adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.

    Some states reopened primary and secondary schools last month.

  2. Meningitis outbreak in parts of Nigeria

    Video content

    Video caption: The number of deaths is now over 260

    Over 260 people have now died from meningitis in northern Nigeria.

  3. Kenya's deputy leader banned from ruling party's office

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his Deputy William Ruto
    Image caption: President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his deputy William Ruto formed a coalition in 2012

    Kenya’s ruling party - Jubilee - has banned Deputy President William Ruto from accessing the party’s headquarters as the rift between the president and his deputy widens.

    The Secretary General of Jubilee, Raphael Tuju, claimed the deputy president ceased being a member of the party after he launched "his own headquarters" to bolster his bid to become president in 2022.

    Publicly, the president and his deputy have dismissed reports about a rift between them but their top aides have issued statements that confirm their differences.

    This week, the deputy president snubbed a national conference attended by the president - with his seat was left vacant throughout the event.

    Their differences have raised concerns about a repeat of the 2007 post-election violence that claimed more than 1,000 lives.

    This is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s last term in office but Mr William Ruto has already declared an intention to run for the top office in the elections in two years time.

  4. Judges named for Rwanda genocide suspect's trial

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Félicien Kabuga
    Image caption: Félicien Kabuga was once one of Rwanda's richest men

    The UN tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, has appointed three judges to conduct the trial of Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga.

    Scottish Judge Iain Bonomy will preside the chamber assisted by Uruguayan Judge Graciela Susana Gatti Santana and Ugandan Judge Elizabeth Ibanda-Nahamya, the UN court said in a statement.

    On Wednesday French top court backed Mr Kabuga extradition to the UN court. But his lawyer wants him to be tried in The Hague, citing the coronavirus pandemic and his client's health and age.

    France's extradition law says that Mr Kabuga needs to be transferred to Arusha within a month.

    Mr Kabuga is alleged to have backed and armed ethnic Hutu militias who slaughtered about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. In May, he described the accusations as "lies".

    He was arrested near Paris in May after evading capture for 26 years

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  5. Zimbabwe leader wishes Trump full recovery

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent his best wishes to US President Donald Trump and his wife after they tested positive for Covid-19.

    Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced on Friday that they are self-isolating, with their physician saying they will "remain within the White House during their convalescence".

    President Mnangagwa tweeted his message:

    Relations between the two countries have been tense since the US imposed financial and travel restrictions on individuals and companies it accuses of gross violations of human rights.

    Some of the restrictions started 20 years ago.

    President Mnangagwa is among those sanctioned.

  6. Uganda to discharge Covid-19 patients without testing

    A medic washes his hands at the border of Uganda and South Sudan
    Image caption: Covid-19 patients had complained over long wait for negative test results

    Uganda's health ministry has revised its protocol for discharging Covid-19 patients that will see asymptomatic patients leave hospitals without a retest.

    Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said patients who have been in isolation for 10 days will be discharged without testing if they do not show symptoms.

    "If PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction test] is positive at day 10, a repeat after five days will be done and discharged if PCR is negative. If PCR is still positive at day 15, discharge at day 20 without further PCR testing will be done," she said.

    This will reduce the number of days that patients wait to be discharged after the first test.

    Previously patients could only be discharged after having two negative tests. But some patients had complained about the time spent waiting for the confirmatory test despite not showing symptoms.

    Uganda has to date confirmed 8,287 coronavirus cases including 4,430 recoveries and 75 deaths.

  7. Teens code an award-winning dementia app

    A group of Nigerian-Irish teens have developed an app, called Memory Haven, which uses music to comfort those living with dementia.

    Rachel, Margaret and Joy were worried about how people with dementia were coping during lockdown, so they decided to design and code Memory Haven.

    The app has already won a prize at the prestigious technology competition,Technovation, beating 1,500 other entries from across 62 countries worldwide.

    They told the BBC that they hope the app can go global and reach millions of people who are affected by dementia.

    Watch the full interview:

    Video content

    Video caption: Nigerian-Irish teens have developed an dementia app which uses music
  8. Mali junta publishes transition roadmap

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Mali's interim president Bah Ndaw (R) with vice-president Colonel Assimi Goita in Bamako, Mali

    Mali's junta has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have paved the way for its leader to replace interim President Bah Ndaw.

    This is contained in a roadmap for restoring civilian rule after the 18 August coup published by the junta.

    The publication was one of the demands by the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, to lift the sanctions imposed on Mali following the coup.

    The junta had proposed that its head, Colonel Assimi Goita, would replace the president of the interim government if the latter were incapacitated.

    But this clause has now been removed.

    Ecowas had indicated the need for clarifications on the transitional charter and the role of Col Goita before sanctions are lifted.

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