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  1. Ugandan judge injured in road accident

    A Ugandan judge was injured in a road accident on Monday morning while travelling to a court in the western part of the country, according to the Uganda Red Cross.

    The Daily Monitor newspaper has identified the judge as Paul Gadenya. He was previously the chief registrar of the judiciary.

    The newspaper quotes a police spokesperson as saying the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

    A hospital official is quoted as saying the judge was in a life-threatening condition and will be air-lifted to the capital, Kampala, for further treatment.

    The Uganda Red Cross has tweeted photos of the wreckage of the judge's car:

  2. Three Kenyan lions die in bushmeat traps

    Three lions have died in Kenya’s Masai Mara national park after being trapped in snares laid by hunters try to catch bushmeat, the authorities say.

    Four hyenas and one eland were also killed.

    “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the tragic death of Rafiki, Lenkume [and] one of Lenkume’s sons,” the Mara Predator Conservation Programme said on its Facebook page, referring to the lions.

    All the animals “fell victim to a cluster of deadly bushmeat snares”, it added.

    It said that the eland must have been trapped in a snare “and we assume that this is what attracted the lions and hyenas to the site, where they also got trapped in snares”.

    The authorities are now clearing the site of other traps and investigating what exactly happened.

    The Mara Predator Conservation Programme also posted a series of grim pictures showing the dead animals but said: “Let's remember these beautiful lions when they were roaming the Mara.”

    Following years of poaching and a decline in their natural habitat, there were just 2,000 lions left in Kenya at the last count, in 2017.

  3. Ethiopia bans flights over mega-dam for security

    Quoting the head of Ethiopia's civil aviation authority, the Reuters news agency has confirmed that the country has banned aircraft from flying over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) in the north of the country for security reasons.

    We had published a post earlier on this story based on details from Ethiopia's Reporter newspaper.

    "All flights have been banned to secure the dam," Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw told Reuters without giving any more information.

    The Gerd dams the Blue Nile, the Nile's main tributary. Egypt, which is downstream, has called it "a threat of potentially existential proportions".

    The country almost totally relies on the river for its water supply.

    There have been increased tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over the dam, but the two countries, along with Sudan, are part of an African Union process to try and resolve the differences.

  4. Defendants in Kenya shopping mall attack case in court

    The three men charged with helping armed militants launch an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, in 2013 have arrived in court, according to a journalist covering the trial.

    Here are some key points about the attack:

    • The siege in September 2013 lasted for four days
    • Sixty-two civilians, five security officers and the four attackers died
    • Initially the authorities said there had been 10 attackers, but then revised the figure down to four. They said all of them had been killed but forensic tests on their remains have never been released
    • Rivalry between police and military forces was pointed out as a factor that hindered the response
    • Since the attack there has been better coordination and response
    • This helped in the response to the Dusit hotel and office complex attack in January 2019 when 21 people died
    • In April 2015 four gunmen stormed Garissa University College and killed 148 people, most of them students
  5. How the falling boys were saved

    Boy at window

    The rescue in July of two children from a burning apartment in Grenoble, southern France, captivated the world.

    For the first time six of the seven men injured in the rescue explain what happened in those critical moments. Read more

  6. Ex-top police woman in South African court

    The former head of police in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province has appeared in court in connection with a corruption case.

    A warrant for the arrest of Mmamonnye Ngobeni had been issued on Friday after she failed to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court, but she did show up on Monday.

    She faces corruption charges relating to bribes that were allegedly paid to her to try and get an inquiry into a tender issued for the 2010 Fifa World Cup stopped, local outlet EWN reports.

    A journalist tweeting from the court says Ms Ngobeni's lawyer said that she was "confident" that she will be exonerated.

  7. Malawi leader marks 100 days in office

    Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera
    Image caption: President Lazarus Chakwera vowed to unite the country and fight poverty

    An event presenting an audit of the first 100 days in office of Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera is under way in the capital, Lilongwe.

    The secretary to the cabinet, Zangazanga Chikhosi, has outlined the initiatives approved by the cabinet to ease the cost of production for farmers.

    Vice-President Saulos Chilima said the new administration is in the process of reforming public service to ensure improved service delivery.

    President Chakwera is expected to address the nation during the event and highlight the policies his administration will undertake.

    He vowed to unite the country and fight poverty during his inauguration in June.

  8. Virus torpedoes Juventus v Napoli

    Juventus staff, 4 Oct 20
    Image caption: Juventus were all set to kick a ball around

    A top-flight Italian football match - Juventus v Napoli - descended into chaos on Sunday when Napoli failed to turn up in Turin because of coronavirus.

    After two team members tested positive this week, Napoli say they were ordered not to travel by their local health authority in Naples, the ASL. However, Italy's Serie A football league refused to call the game off. Napoli now face an automatic 3-0 defeat.

    The league says the ASL overruled a protocol agreed between the country's health and sports ministry and the football authorities. The protocol states that, if players test positive, the rest of the squad can still train and play again providing they are tested again and return negative results.

  9. Weah blasts Liberian youth for asking him for money

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Liberian president, George Weah
    Image caption: George Weah became Liberian president in January 2018

    Liberia’s President George Weah has revealed in a church sermon that he receives a barrage of insults via text message from people claiming to be his supporters who are angry that he is not helping them.

    The 54-year-old ex-footballer is approaching the half-way point of his term in office and some are complaining that his government has failed to create the job opportunities that Mr Weah had promised when running for president.

    In a sermon transcribed by the FrontPage Africa newspaper, the president is quoted as telling worshippers that out of every 1,000 messages he receives, 999 are insults.

    The president declared that he will not offer any help or assistance to people who continuously show him disrespect through text messages.

    “You are arrogant and you’re asking me for something small; I will not do it. You can’t be asking for help and disrespecting the president,” Mr Weah is quoted as saying.

    He blasted young people 19-20 years old who desire to live on their own instead of remaining with their parents.

    “You know I was 18 years sleeping on the floor? Why are you rushing life?” he asked.

    The president was raised by his grandmother in a slum in the capital, Monrovia, from where he rose to stardom and went on to become one of the greatest African soccer players of all time, winning the Fifa Player of the Year title in 1995.

    He said young people should be thinking about going into business and not living on their own.

    “Some of you telling me to pay your rent; you get your ma and pa and you asking me to pay your rent; “why you can’t go live with your ma. The money you want to pay your rent [with]; you can use it with your mother to do business.”

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