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  1. Who was Jerry Rawlings?

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Rawlings
    Image caption: Jerry Rawlings speaks in Libya in 1987

    Jerry Rawlings - the former leader of Ghana who has died aged 73 - was the son of a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother.

    He led two military coups. He was an authoritarian leader who was tough on corruption.

    Flight Lieutenant JJ Rawlings was also accused of human rights abuses.

    He headed the military council which in 1979 executed eight senior officers, including three former heads of state.

    Later the execution by firing squad of Supreme Court judges also left a stain on Mr Rawlings’ legacy.

    He went on to set up the National Democratic Congress (NDC) political party and, commanding huge support, was elected president in 1992.

    After stepping down eight years later he continued to play an influential role on Ghana's political scene.

  2. Tributes pour in for Ghana's Rawlings

    Jerry Rawlings
    Image caption: Jerry Rawlings (centre) is seen in 1995 with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini

    Tributes are being paid to Ghana's former leader Jerry Rawlings following his death at the age of 73.

    Liberia's President George Weah said "Ghana, Liberia and Africa will miss a great leader.

    "Liberia remembers his immense contribution to the attainment and sustainment of peace during our dark days of our own history," he added in a tweet.

  3. BREAKINGGhana's former leader Jerry Rawlings dies aged 73

    Jerry Rawlings
    Image caption: Jerry Rawlings is seen in this photo at a summit of African leaders in Libya in 1979

    Ghana's former military ruler and president Jerry Rawlings has died at the age of 73.

    He took power twice through coups and won two presidential elections following the restoration of democracy in the West African state.

    As a senior officer in the Ghana Air Force, he led a coup in 1979, before handing over to a civilian government. He again staged a coup two years later.

    He headed the junta until introducing multi-party elections in 1992, when he was elected president. He stepped down in 2001 after serving two terms.

    A charismatic figure, he came to power in 1979 railing against corruption.

    Reports from Ghana say that the former president died in hospital in the capital, Accra, after a short illness.

    In the few months that he led the country in 1979, he was responsible for executing several former heads of state and army generals after accusing them of corruption and mismanagement.

    He was also seen as a champion of the poor and began his leadership of the country as a committed socialist.

    Ralwings later introduced free-market reforms and ushered in a long period of political stability, that continues today, after a tumultuous series of coups in the 1960s and 1970s.

  4. Covid-19 peaked in Kenya 'earlier than thought'

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC Africa Health, Nairobi

    Artwork is seen on the wall of a house in Mathare slums with a man wearing a facemask and words saying coronavirus is real.

    Covid-19 had already infected 1.3 million Kenyans by June - a far higher number than previously thought.

    That is the finding of a landmark study by the Kenya Medical and Research Institute (Kemri).

    Scientists analysed national blood donations given between May and June - and found that more than 4% of people had antibodies, which is a sign of having Covid-19 and recovering.

    More than 3,000 people gave blood over a period of six weeks at the start of the pandemic. None of them were showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

    Samples of their blood were analysed by scientists at Kemri.

    They discovered more than one in 25 had already been infected with the virus - and recovered, most of them without showing any symptoms.

    In the capital Nairobi and the coastal city Mombasa - the early hotspots - that figure was one in 12.

    Researchers say this means that Kenya most likely reached its first peak far earlier than initially thought.

    This is the first accurate picture of the pandemic in Kenya. Similar studies have been done in Mozambique and Malawi.

    More than 65,000 people in Kenya have contracted Covid-19, with over 1,000 deaths.

  5. Buses torched in South Africa protests

    Three buses and a delivery truck have been torched by protesters in poor neighbourhood in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town.

    Major roads in the Khayelitsha area, the epicentre of the demonstrations, have been closed after protesters stoned motorists.

    Local media outlets report that the protests are linked to demands for water and electricity supply.

    The South African Police Service has tweeted photos of the damage caused by the protesters.

  6. Feathers fly in vote rigging scandal

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    Video caption: 1,500 votes for the Little Spotted Kiwi were all traced to the same IP address in Auckland

    The Little Spotted Kiwi shot into the lead in New Zealand's annual Bird of the Year competition - until 1,500 votes were all traced back to the same IP address in Auckland

  7. More than 170 Covid cases at European Parliament

    MEPs in the European Parliament, 11 November 2020
    Image caption: MEPs in the European Parliament

    The European Parliament has suffered a significant Covid outbreak: 171 cases among MEPs and staff at the end of October, a spokesperson told the BBC.

    She did not have a more recent figure, saying the numbers were evolving, but were decreasing as most parliament meetings were now taking place online.

    Most were asymptomatic cases, detected because of the track and trace system, the spokesperson said.

    MEPs no longer travel to Strasbourg each month, as they used to. And the Brussels meetings have fewer participants than previously.

    In total, there are 705 MEPs and nearly 4,000 MEPs' assistants, plus about 7,500 other staff at the European Parliament.

  8. Whistle-blowing Zimbabwean journalist denied bail

    Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chinono arriving at court in Harare, Zimbabwe - 7 August 2020
    Image caption: Hopewell Chin’ono has exposed alleged corruption in the government

    A magistrate in Zimbabwe has denied bail to whistle-blowing Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, saying he has "a propensity to continue committing offences", state media is reporting.

    Mr Chin’ono was re-arrested more than a week ago after being accused of violating his bail conditions, which bar him from putting up posts on social media.

    He was released from a maximum security prison in September, following his arrest in July on charges that he helped to foment anti-government protests. He denies the charges.

    In May, he helped highlight a corruption scandal about the government's procurement of coronavirus supplies that led to the dismissal of the health minister.

  9. Covid-19: The Danish mink farmer who's lost everything

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    Video caption: Denmark has said it will cull up to 17 million mink because of the spread of coronavirus.

    Denmark has said it will cull up to 17 million mink because of the spread of coronavirus. Farmers like Simon Vesterholm will lose livelihoods and years of building up their farm.

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