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  2. Mauritius oil spill: Captain accused of drinking

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Captain Nadeshwar entering court
    Image caption: Capt Nadeshwar, left, promised he would not leave Mauritius

    Voice recordings from the ship that spilled hundreds of tonnes of oil off the coast of Mauritius show that the captain had been drinking alcohol, an expert witness has said in court.

    Information captured by the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), which took an audio recording in the MV Wakashio, was revealed in a court in Port Louis on Tuesday.

    The MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef in July while carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, causing an ecological emergency.

    Capt Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, a 58-year-old Indian man, was charged with endangering safe navigation. He has not commented on the case.

    The VDR expert said in court that the recordings confirmed suspicions of a birthday party little more than an hour before the ship ran aground and that the captain had consumed alcohol.

    Capt Nandeshwar was also aware that the depth under the ship was decreasing considerably, the court heard.

    The court also heard that the ship's voice recorder did not record any call with the Mauritius National Coast Guard.

    In a press conference on Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent of Police Roshan Kokil gave several hypotheses for the boat's failure to contact the coast guard, which included the marine radio being off, the ship's frequency not being on the same frequency as the coast guard, a disconnection of the antenna or a low volume.

    Capt Nandeshwar has requested bail, insisting that he has no intention of leaving Mauritius.

    “I have a reputation to maintain and I must clear my honour by staying here until the investigation is completed," he told the Intermediate Court in Port Louis on Tuesday.

    However, police objected.

    “The suspect may ask the three crew members, in this case the second officer, the chief engineer and the cook, to change their version, if he is free," the police told the magistrate.

    “The suspect, as a person familiar with marine routes and a very influential captain, may easily be tempted to leave the Mauritian territory to escape a severe sentence from the court, if he is convicted.”

    Magistrate Neeshal Kumar Jugnauth will rule on the bail motion on 20 October.

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    Hurricane Delta underwent rapid intensification and made landfall on the north-east coast of Mexico as a category 2 storm early on Wednesday morning.

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    Hurricane Delta underwent rapid intensification and made landfall on the north-east coast of Mexico as a category 2 storm early on Wednesday morning.

  5. Workers strike in South Africa amid record job losses

    BBC World Service

    Rallies have been taking place in cities across South Africa as part of a nationwide strike called by the main trade union body Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

    Members of Cosatu marched to the National Treasury in Pretoria:

    Members Cosatu marched to the National Treasury in Pretoria:
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    It has asked most of its members to stay at home to avoid undermining efforts to contain the coronavirus.

    The strikers have various demands, including pay rises for civil servants, better protection for health workers, and an end to corruption.

    South Africa has lost a record number of jobs because of the pandemic.

  6. Kenya to distribute masks to needy students

    A deputy headmistress in Kibera sits in a classroom
    Image caption: Masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus

    Kenya's education ministry has said masks will be distributed to needy students.

    The Education Minister George Magoha said the government would begin sending funds to public schools starting on Thursday.

    Face coverings reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.

    They should mainly be worn to protect other people from coronavirus, rather than yourself.

    When worn correctly, they should cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission.

    They can help to reduce the spread of the virus from people who are contagious, including those who have no symptoms, or are yet to develop them.

  7. Kidnapped Cuban doctors freed in Somalia

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    The authorities in Somalia say two Cuban doctors, kidnapped in neighbouring Kenya and held in the country for about a year and a half, have been released.

    The two doctors were abducted in April 2019 in the northern Kenya town of Mandera by suspected members of the al-Shabab Islamist militant group.

    They were then taken across the border to Somalia where they have been held since.

    Reports say senior Somali intelligence officials have negotiated for their release at the request of the Cuban government.

    Reuters news agency has quoted Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, as confirming the release and thanking Somalia’s government for its intervention in freeing the hostages.

    The Cuban doctors were in Kenya under an exchange programme signed in 2018 that saw more than 100 Cuban doctors deployed to help Kenya’s health ministry while dozens of local doctors were sent to the Caribbean nation for training.

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