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  1. Meet the Ugandan making anti-mosquito soap

    Joan Nalubega
    Image caption: Joan Nalubega says many people have given up on mosquito nets

    A Ugandan entrepreneur who's now in the running for a "business hero" award has told the BBC her struggle with malaria as a child gave her an idea.

    Joan Nalubega, who grew up in an orphanage, has developed an organic soap that repels mosquitoes.

    "In 2016 I realised that the interventions that people use locally are the same interventions that had been in use for decades," she told BBC's Focus on Africa.

    Ms Nalubega also saw that malaria cases were still on the rise in rural Uganda despite government campaigns.

    "A lot of people have tried to do what the governments are telling them, gotten mosquito nets and sleep in them but then because they still get malaria they have given up on them," she said.

    Ms Nalubega decided to incorporate mosquito repellent in a soap which can be used every daily.

    The soap is available in shops and hospitals and has been subsidised for poor communities.

    Her invention has seen her reach the final list of the Jack Ma Foundation award for African entrepreneurs that helps start-ups to grow their ventures.

  2. Burundi's ex-leader given life sentence for successor's death

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Pierre Buyoya
    Image caption: Mr Buyoya is currently the African Union envoy to the Sahel.

    Burundi's Supreme Court has handed a life sentence to former president Pierre Buyoya for having a hand in the assassination of his successor Melchior Ndadaye.

    Mr Buyoya, now 70, is currently an African Union envoy to the Sahel. He has not attended the trial, which he last year dismissed as "politically motivated".

    A copy of the judgment seen by the BBC also gave life sentences to 15 other people – many of them former senior army officials – and a 20-year sentence to former vice-president Bernard Busokoza.

    In 2018, Burundi's government issued an international arrest warrant against Mr Buyoya, who led the country twice (from 1987 to 1993, and again from 1996 to 2003), for the assassination of Mr Ndadaye in 1993.

    The anniversary of his death is commemorated each 21 October in Burundi. He was the country's first democratically elected president and is considered a national hero.

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    Fungie the dolphin has lived in Dingle Harbour in Kerry for 37 years

  4. Violent mobs hijack #EndSARS protests

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Abuja

    This is what the peaceful protesters have always feared, mobs hijacking the protests to unleash mayhem.

    The announcement by Lagos authorities is on the heels of thugs reportedly setting fire to a police station in the Orile part of the state, as widespread protests continue in Nigeria over police brutality.

    Videos posted on social media show the police station burning, with people standing outside cheering.

    It is not clear if there were officers inside the building at the time or how the thugs managed to set the building aflame.

    In one video, some people can be seen throwing objects at the police station moments before the fire breaks out.

    Authorities in the state had ordered schools to shut from Tuesday as violence escalated in some parts of the state amid peaceful protests against police brutality.

    On Monday, hoodlums attacked police in the Yaba area of Lagos, destroying police trucks and chasing officers away. Hoodlums have also been sighted in some areas, erecting roadblocks and charging motorists a fee.

    This is the second successive day that a police station has been torched in Nigeria, as organisers of peaceful protests say their demonstrations have been taken over by sponsored thugs.

    In the southern Edo state on Monday, police say two police stations were attacked with hoodlums burning cars and stealing police equipment. There were also jailbreaks at two prisons in the state, leading the government to declare a curfew there.

    In the capital, Abuja, protesters accuse the police of backing armed thugs who attacked peaceful demonstrators, leading to the death of three persons and burning several cars.

    The police have not yet commented on the accusation.

    Protesters, who have largely been peaceful since demonstrations broke out two weeks ago, accuse authorities of sponsoring the armed thugs to disrupt the protests and promote violence, to justify sending in the military and use of force by security.

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    Video caption: Taliban conflict: 'The violence must come down' says US Gen Miller

    In a rare interview US General Scott Miller says that the violence in Afghanistan must stop, as the US prepapres to withdraw in May 2021.

  6. BREAKINGLagos imposes 24-hour curfew blaming protest 'anarchy'

    The governor of Nigeria's most populous state, Lagos, has announced a 24-hour curfew starting 16:00 local time.

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said anti-police brutality protests in the city had turned violent after being infiltrated by criminals.

    "As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state," he said in a statement.

    Under the terms of the curfew, "nobody except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets," the governor said.

  7. Social media influencer who denied Covid dies of it

    Dmitriy Stuzhuk - Instagram pic

    A Ukrainian fitness influencer who denied the existence of Covid-19 has died of the disease, leaving behind his bereaved ex-wife – who is also a social media celebrity in their country - and their three young children.

    Dmitriy Stuzhuk, 33, died of heart failure at the weekend and was kept in a sealed coffin – contrary to Ukrainian tradition – with numbers of mourners restricted to avoid infection.

    In his final Instagram post he told his 1.1m followers he wanted to “firmly warn everyone: I too thought that there was no Covid, that it was all relative – until I got sick”. Then he wrote “COVID-19 IS NOT A PASSING SICKNESS! It’s serious”.

    On the second day of a trip to Turkey, he wrote, he woke up with a swollen neck and difficulty breathing.

    On returning to Ukraine, he tested positive for the virus, but decided to stay at home with an oxygen supply rather than go into hospital, as he feared poor-quality treatment in the struggling health service.

    His ex-wife Sofia Stuzhuk, a fashion guru with 5.2m Instagram followers, paid him warm tribute. She wrote: “We went through so much together – you were by my side through sadness and joy, you taught me so much."

  8. Armed fighters free 900 inmates from DR Congo prison

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News

    Armed fighters released at least 900 prisoners in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the local mayor.

    Among the inmates who have escaped from Kangbayi central prison are convicted militia members.

    Some 110 inmates remained at the prison.

    The attackers were equipped with welding equipment.

    Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha has blamed an armed group operating in the area for the attack.

    He has asked residents to denounce escapees who may be hiding in the city.

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