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  1. Judge rejects Zuma's request to stand down

    Judge Raymond Zondo
    Image caption: Raymond Zondo is the second most senior judge in South Africa

    South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has failed in his attempt to have a judge recuse himself from the inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

    Judge Raymond Zondo ruled that claims that he was biased against Mr Zuma had not been made. He also denied being "friends" with the former president.

    Mr Zuma's lawyers say they will file for a review.

    The so-called State Capture inquiry is investigating claims that Mr Zuma - and his friends, the wealthy Gupta family - illegally gained access to lucrative government contracts.

    All have denied the allegations of wrongdoing during Mr Zuma's nine years as head of state; he was removed as president in 2018.

  2. More Kenya arrests over alleged baby-stealing

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

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    Four more suspects have appeared in a Kenyan court on suspicion of child trafficking after a BBC investigation uncovered evidence of a network of the illicit trade in Nairobi earlier this week.

    This brings to seven the number of people arraigned in court.

    Court documents show that the suspects who appeared today include two hospital administrators, a nurse and a social worker.

    They have not been formally charged and were not asked to plead.

    Investigators told the court that the four worked at a government hospital in Nairobi, and were suspected of engaging in child trafficking.

    The court was also informed that a BBC broadcast had exposed a well-planned plot to sell a child who had been abandoned at a government hospital.

    The prosecution was granted its request to detain them for two more days, along with three others who were arraigned before the same court yesterday.

    Earlier this week, a BBC Africa Eye documentary uncovered a series of illegal networks in which children were stolen from homeless mothers and sold on the streets for as little as $400 (£300).

    The BBC investigation also uncovered evidence of babies offered for sale in illegal private clinics as well as at a public hospital.

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    Video caption: Pompeo: 'US regards BDS movement as anti-Semitic'

    The US secretary of state condemns the pro-Palestinian movement that calls for a boycott of Israel.

  4. Kenya wildlife service pilot dies in a crash

    A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) pilot has died after a plane crash during a routine training exercise.

    The service said the autogyro aircraft crashed on Thursday morning at the Orly airstrip, Kajiado, near the capital Nairobi.

    The cause of the accident is still unclear and KWS said they are conducting "thorough investigations".

    A photo of the crash site were shared by the Star newspaper:

  5. Bail-skipping Bushiris forfeit South Africa home

    Shepherd Bushiri
    Image caption: Shepherd Bushiri has a huge following in South Africa

    A magistrate in South Africa has order the seizure of a home of millionaire Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary after they skipped bail.

    The home, which is near the capital Pretoria, is valued at 5.5m South African rand ($350,000: £260,000), according to local media.

    A magistrate had ordered them to hand over the title deed of the property when they were granted bail on charges of money laundering and fraud.

    The couple deny the charges. It emerged last week that they had fled to their home country of Malawi. The pastor said the had made a "tactical withdrawal" because they feared for their lives.

    South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for the couple, and wants Malawi to extradite them.

  6. Air strike hits mountainous area near Tigray's capital

    There has been an air strike in a mountainous area on the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, BBC Africa Live has been reliable informed.

    No casualties have been reported.

    It is unclear who carried out the air strike.

    Makelle - which has a population of between 400,000 and 500,000 - is the headquarters of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

    The federal government has launched a military offensive to dislodge it from power in the region.

    The TPLF has vowed to defend itself, and controls the region's security forces.

  7. Ethiopia accuses WHO chief of backing TPLF

    BBC World Service

    Dr Tedros
    Image caption: Dr Tedros Adhanom served in the previous Ethiopian government

    Ethiopia's army chief has accused the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) of lobbying in favour of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting federal troops.

    General Berhanu Jula said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had "left no stone unturned" to support the TPLF and help get them weapons. The BBC has contacted the WHO for comment, but there has been no response so far.

    He was health minister in the previous Ethiopian government, which was led by the TPLF, and is the highest-profile Tigrayan abroad.

    Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the military operation against Tigray is essential to restore law and order in the country.

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    Video caption: Poland: EU budget comes with caveats we cannot accept

    We want the budget passed quickly, but need our rights protected, the deputy foreign minister says.

  9. Tear gas fired to disperse protesters in Uganda

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Ugandan riot policemen fire tear gas canisters to disperse supporters of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, in Luuka district
    Image caption: Bobi Wine’s supporters are calling for him to be released from police detention

    Teargas and live bullets have been fired in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to disperse people protesting against the arrest of Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

    There is a heavy police presence in different parts of the city.

    In some of the streets in the central business district, roads have been blocked with burning tyres and piles of rubbish on some streets in the central business district

    Traders were closing their premises and coming out in their hundreds, hands in the air, trying to make it past the security forces.

    A plain-clothed, stick-wielding squad was also seen chasing and beating people.

    Security forces were entering some of the shopping malls to chase people out, or firing tear gas inside to smoke them out.

    Bobi Wine’s supporters are calling for him to be released from police detention. He was arrested at a campaign rally in the east of the country on Wednesday and the police are accusing him of flouting coronavirus prevention guidelines against drawing crowds.

    He has not yet been charged.

    Police have said that seven people died, and dozens were injured, in protests on Wednesday.

  10. Nearly 50,000 Australian rugby fans pack stadium for match

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    Video caption: It's believed to be world's biggest mass sports gathering since the start of pandemic

    It's believed to be the world's biggest mass sports gathering since the start of the Covid pandemic

  11. Mozambique Islamist insurgency displaces 500,000

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Mozambique's Prime Minster Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has said that more than 500,000 people have been displaced by the militant Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

    He told parliament on Wednesday that the displaced people had sought refuge in the neighbouring provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia, Sofala and Inhambane.

    The government had activated the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE) to offer humanitarian assistance to the displaced, he said.

    Defence Minister Jaime Neto told lawmakers that the military was pursuing leaders and financiers of the insurgency.

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