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  1. Kenya to reopen schools next week

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    Image caption: Schools closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic

    Final year students in primary and secondary schools in Kenya are set to resume learning next week.

    The Minister for Education George Magoha said grade four, class eight and form four students will resume learning to begin preparing for national examinations.

    Primary school finalists will sit for their examinations on 22-24 March 2021.

    Form four students will sit for their examinations from 25 March to 16 April 2021.

    The education ministry had scrapped the entire 2020 academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic and said schools would resume in January 2021.

    The minister later said after consultations the it had been agreed that reopening should begin progressively starting 12 October.

    Final year students in colleges and universities were ordered to return on 5 October.

    The institutions' administrators were told to come up with a plan on when the rest of the students would resume.

  2. Ecowas lifts Mali sanctions

    Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (C) was the Ecowas mediator
    Image caption: Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (C) was the Ecowas mediator

    The West African regional group - Ecowas - has lifted sanctions imposed on Mali following a coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August.

    This comes after military authorities formed a transitional government comprising of army officials and civilians.

    "Taking into account the notable progress made towards a constitutional normalisation, and the support the process, the heads of states have decided to lift the sanctions on Mali, and called on partners to support Mali," Ecowas said in a statement.

    Mali's transitional leaders announced a new government on Monday, with some of the top posts going to military officials.

    Col Bah Ndaw was named as interim president, and Moctar Ouane as prime minister.

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  4. Tanzania police block Lissu's campaign convoy

    Police in Tanzania have blocked the convoy of opposition presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu, after he defied a ban not to campaign for a week.

    The ban by National Electoral Commission (NEC) was imposed following complaints from the ruling CCM party and the opposition NRA party.

    The parties accused Mr Lissu of falsely claiming that President John Magufuli had held a secret meeting with district bosses with the intention of influencing the outcome of the polls.

    The ban ends on Friday.

    The opposition Chadema party has tweeted photos of police blocking the convoy:

    The election will be held on 28 October.

  5. Naira Marley cancels protest against Nigerian police unit

    Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola, popular as Naira Marley, has cancelled his planned protest against a police unit accused of harassment and brutality.

    The protest was to be held in the commercial capital, Lagos, from 09:00 local time.

    But he has tweeted that "there's a lot of changes being made right now":

    The Special Anti Robbery Squad (Sars) was on Sunday banned from carrying out stop and search duties and setting up roadblocks.

    The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said "far-reaching reforms to reposition Sars and other tactical squads for better service delivery" are being undertaken.

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