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  1. Schools reopen in Rwanda after eight months

    Yves Bucyana

    BBC News

    Students in a private school sit one per desk

    Restrictions have been put in place as schools in Rwanda gradually reopen from Monday, but social distancing will likely prove difficult.

    Students must wear masks and follow strict hygiene rules - their temperatures are taken and they wash their hands before being allowed in.

    Authorities have ordered a maximum of 23 children per class, but this is quite impossible in many affordable public schools that usually have huge numbers.

    In Kigali’s Remera Catholic Primary School, at least 46 pupils were in a classroom today.

    "Because of the big number of pupils, now we have two by a desk," the school's headteacher Odette Mujawamriya tells the BBC.

    Students in Remera public school sitting two per desk

    Esperance Mukagasana of Rusizi, west of the country, used to cross the border to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for casual work. Covid-19 has affected her life and the reopening of schools isn’t good news.

    "The border was closed since March, now I am not able to send my children to school because I couldnot go across to work," she says.

    Many households and private schools were hit financially by the pandemic.

    A headteacher of a private school in Kigali Vianney Nzabamwita says they discuss an easy payment plan with parents who can’t afford fees, "because we have all suffered", he tells BBC.

    Coronavirus cases, and tests, have remarkably reduced in Rwanda, 5,146 cases have been reported since March and only 190 are now active cases according to the health ministry.

    A students washes hands on arrival to school
  2. Germany's 'lockdown light' and other news from Europe

    Cologne streets, 29 Oct 20
    Image caption: Cologne: Small businesses are taking the biggest hit

    Germany hasn’t suffered as much from coronavirus as some of its European neighbours, but now it is in “lockdown light” for at least a month.

    The shutdown mainly affects catering, sports and entertainment. Food outlets can still provide takeaways, but social lives is taking a hit: 10 people maximum from two households can meet up in public. Small businesses can apply for state compensation for their losses.

    Schools, shops and workplaces remain open - with Covid hygiene rules, of course. This lockdown isn’t as tough as those now in force in France and Belgium.

    Those two countries have night curfews and shops can only sell essential goods. France requires its citizens to download permits - as in the March-April lockdown - to show why they are outdoors: for essential shopping, medical needs, school, work or limited exercise.

    Belgium is among the worst-hit European countries. With a population of 11.5m it has seen more than 11,000 deaths and, in the past week, its new infections have averaged nearly 15,850 cases daily. Its hospitals are under severe strain.

    Italy is also preparing tighter restrictions, to curb its rising infections, but there is resistance to any new national lockdown. The northern Lombardy region, including Milan, is the biggest hotspot.

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    Video caption: Turkey earthquake: Girl, three, pulled alive from rubble

    A three-year-old girl is pulled alive from rubble in Turkey's port city of Izmir.

  4. Snack bar explosion injures four in Cameroon

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    A map of Cameroon showing the location of Yaoundé

    Four people have been injured in Cameroon's capital after an explosion at a snack bar on Sunday.

    Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack in the Nsam neighbourhood of Yaoundé, which police say was carried out with a homemade bomb at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

    Witnesses tell the BBC they saw a man enter, buy a drink and sit alone before walking away, leaving his drink and a bag behind.

    Christine, who was in the bar, told the BBC she only remembers something exploding in the bag, before the force of it threw her against the wall.

    Police say two of the four people who were wounded have serious injuries. All are receiving treatment at a clinic in the area.

    In August, a similar explosive device went off in Yaoundé's crowded Mokolo market, injuring a number of people. Two months earlier, the country’s capital recorded three explosions in different localities.

    Two people had been arrested in connection with those previous explosions, no arrests have been made in relation to Sunday's incident.

  5. Wanted Kenyan surrenders to ICC

    A Kenyan lawyer has surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) five years after it issued a warrant for his arrest, relating to post-election violence in Kenya.

    The court had charged Paul Gicheru and two others with obstructing the course of justice, accusing them of interfering with the prosecutors' witnesses in the case against alleged organisers and funders of the violence in 2007.

    More than 1,000 people were killed, 900 acts of rape and sexual violence were documented, and approximately 350,000 people were displaced, Kenyan news site The Star reports.

    The ICC accuses Mr Gicheru and others of operating a scheme to approach witnesses, corrupt them, and get them to withdraw from the cases.

    Mr Gicheru has not commented.

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were among six people indicted by the ICC for their role in the violence.

    After years in court the ICC prosecutor dropped the cases against Mr Kenyatta in 2015, and Mr Ruto a year later, blaming witness interference.

  6. 'Prophet Bushiri' arrested and bail hearing postponed

    A Malawian pastor based in South Africa, Shephard Bushiri, and his wife Mary are to remain in police custody after they were arrested over money laundering.

    The self-proclaimed prophet and his wife were arrested almost two weeks ago and their bail application hearing has been postponed again to Wednesday.

    The pastor's team tweeted thanking his followers for their support:

    The Bushiris are facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering of up to 100m South African rand ($6.1m; £4.7m).

    The state during bail application says the accused will abscond if freed on bail.

  7. Uganda's Museveni cleared to extend three-decade reign

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Uganda's electoral commission has cleared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to begin official campaigns for the elections scheduled for January 2021.

    Mr Museveni has ruled the country since 1986 when he rose to power through an armed struggle.

    A law passed in 2017 removed a constitutional age limit for presidential candidates making it possible for Mr Museveni - who is 76 - to run again.

    Small groups of his supporters dressed in the ruling party's colour yellow lined the streets on Monday singing and dancing, to welcome the president's motorcade to the nomination venue.

    The president has shared pictures of the event on Twitter:

    One of the president's challengers, the musician-turned-opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, is scheduled to be nominated by the electoral commission on Tuesday.

    So far, 10 aspirants are vying for the top job. Others include former army commander General Mugisha Muntu and former Security Minister General Henry Tumukunde.

    The electoral commission has banned public campaign rallies. Candidates are expected to campaign through mainstream media and on social media platforms.

  8. Buhari urges young Nigerians to end street protests

    Protesters in Ogun state on 20 October 2020

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged to young people to halt protests against police brutality and instead engage in talks on police reforms.

    He said the government wants to "hear concrete and practical ideas" from young people.

    It follows weeks of demonstrations by thousands of young Nigerians across the country to protest against police brutality and bad governance in the country.

    "Every successful protest movement the world over has understood that there comes a time when activity must move from the street to the negotiation table. That time for you has come. Do not be afraid of this reality. You should welcome it," President Buhari said in a speech said in a speech to mark the African Youth Day.

    He was represented at the event by the Federal Capital Territory Minister Muhammad Bello.

    The president's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, tweeted parts of the speech:

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  9. Whereabouts of Tanzanian opposition figure 'unknown'

    Tanzania's main opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, has told the BBC that his Chadema party has no information on the whereabouts of its chairman Freeman Mbowe.

    Mr Lissu said Mr Mbowe was arrested in connection with Monday's planned protests.

    He said the police were yet to give full information regarding the arrest of Mr Mbowe and other party offficials.

    "We are hearing reports of the arrest of other party leaders across the country. My home region Singida in central Tanzania and south-west in Mbeya and many other places our leaders are being arrested," he said.

    The opposition said last week's poll was fraudulent and called for peaceful demonstrations.

    Police have threatened to use force to detain anyone who takes part in street protests.

    Tanzania's National Electoral Commission has dismissed the opposition's claims of fraud.

  10. Zimbabwe's First Lady denies links to gold smuggling

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa with First Lady Auxillia
    Image caption: The country is a major gold producer

    Zimbabwe's First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, has denied links to gold smuggling and challenged police to produce "any incriminating evidence" against her.

    The first lady also denied illegal dealings with Henrietta Rushwaya - a suspect in a high profile gold-smuggling case who was arrested last Monday while carrying 6kg of gold in her hand luggage at Harare International Airport on her way to Dubai.

    Police said Ms Rushwaya did not have the necessary export permits, but she denied the charges in court and is awaiting a ruling on her bail application.

    Mrs Mnangagwa also absolved her son from links to gold smuggling.

    "It pains me that my son who is hard-working and an obedient son, is being attacked for no reason other than being a member of the first family. He is a hard working person and strives to improve himself day by day," she said.

    Zimbabwe's Secretary for Information, Nick Mangwana, said police investigations had found claims linking the president's family to gold smuggling to be "false and intended to intimidate law enforcement agencies".

    Zimbabwe is a major gold producer, and in the past many smuggling rings have benefited from the protection of powerful politicians.


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