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  1. Uganda's electoral body urged to suspend campaigns

    A Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has urged the country's electoral body to suspend ongoing election campaigns and issue fresh guidelines.

    He told the BBC's Newsday programme that the arrest of opposition candidates does not seem to be related to Covid-19 guidelines.

    Mr Opiyo said the ruling party had drawn huge crowds during ongoing campaigns and none of its candidates had been arrested.

    "We don't think this is about Covid guidelines, we think this is about politics and the election because government candidates have also been shown with large crowds and yet been escorted peacefully by police," he said.

    Mr Opiyo said candidates cannot control the crowds that turn out in their rallies and criticised the police for using violence against opposition supporters.

    "Police officers who we know, who we have documented shooting and killing innocent civilians, unarmed civilians, must be held to account and be prosecuted if government is to show its commitment to a peaceful and lawful electoral process," he said.

    Listen to the full interview:

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    Video caption: The authorities say the opposition candidate was arrested for violating Covid guidelines
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    Video caption: Spanish police arrest suspect in Dutch boy's 1998 murder

    Spanish police arrest a suspect in the death of schoolboy Nicky Verstappen, who vanished 20 years ago.

  3. Kenya's power firm worries about solar energy adoption

    Richard Kagoe

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) live line experts prepare to use an articulated lift to relocate power lines
    Image caption: Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) live line experts prepare to use an articulated lift to relocate power lines

    Kenya's main electricity supplier KPLC has sparked a huge talking point across the East African nation not because of the perennial power outages, but because, according to a local newspaper report, the company is blaming the increased adoption of alternative sources of energy such as solar for its financial woes.

    Many homeowners, industries and regional governments are now switching off KPLC because of two reasons: high power bills and irregular supply.

    KPLC has been a trending topic on Twitter with many people questioning how a company that enjoys a monopoly would post a $300m (£225m) loss in the financial year that ended in June.

    The firm recently applied to the energy regulator for an increase in tariffs by up to a fifth to enable it to return to profitability, but the state has halted a review.

    Kenya embarked on an ambitious energy programme in 2013 that saw it invest significantly in thermal and wind energy to supplement hydropower.

    A nationwide electrification initiative seems not to have paid off as uptake remains flat and the Covid-19 pandemic has not made things any better.

    The power distributor finds itself in an awkward position - stuck with idle power and unable to sell, according to the latest figures from the energy regulator.

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    Arnab Goswami's bombastic coverage has earned him both fans and critics.

  5. UN calls for ceasefire in Ethiopia

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    United Nations aid agencies are calling for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Ethiopia following more than two weeks of fighting between the army and regional forces in Tigray.

    They have had no access to the conflict zone and want humanitarian corridors to be set up.

    The UN fears hundreds, possibly thousands of civilians have been killed.

    More than 30,000 refugees have arrived in Sudan - many are hungry and frightened, over half of them are children.

    The UN has appealed for funding and is planning for the possible arrival of around 200,000 refugees over the coming months.

    There are fears the influx of more refugees could destabilise Sudan.

    Read more: Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: The long, medium, and short story

  6. Trump's lawyer names Tanzania to back poll fraud claims

    Rudy Guliani

    The lawyer for US President Donald Trump named Tanzania during a press conference on Thursday aimed at backing an unsubstantiated claim that the result from the 3 November election was fraudulent.

    Joe Biden is the president-elect but Mr Trump has not yet conceded alleging voter fraud that favoured Mr Biden.

    "Every state, almost every civilised country, even Tanzania, and places you wouldn’t think of, have rules about inspectors particularly for mail-in ballots," Rudy Guliani told journalists on Thursday.

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli won a second term last month in an election that was marred with violence and claims of fraud.

    Mr Giuliani used conspiracy theories and railed against the reporting of his team's legal challenges, saying the media had shown an "irrational pathological hatred for the president".

    Read more: US election 2020: The BBC's Reality Check has been looking into some of the allegations made.

  7. Whistle-blowing Zimbabwe journalist granted bail

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Hopewell Chin’ono

    The Zimbabwe High Court has granted bail to freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono following his arrest over a fortnight ago over a tweet.

    It’s the second time the prominent government critic has been arrested this year.

    His arrests have sparked an outcry from Western embassies and human rights groups.

    Amnesty International described his arrest as the latest tactic to target and harass critical voices through the misuse of the criminal justice system.

    Mr Chin’ono, who has spent just over two weeks in jail at the maximum security prison Chikurubi, was arrested over a social media post in which he suggested that he had been tipped off that a prominent woman charged with gold smuggling would be released on bail.

    He has been charged with obstructing justice.

    In July, Mr Chin’ono spent more than a month in jail for supporting anti-corruption protests. That trial for inciting violence begins early next month.

    Rights groups say he should never have been arrested in the first place and that he is being targeted for his criticism of government and exposing corruption.

    Mr Chin’ono’s social media posts have attracted a huge following. His bail conditions bar him from using social media to obstruct justice.

    Read more: 'I was jailed for a month after exposing corruption'

  8. Mexico reaches 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

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    Video caption: Experts say a resistance to masks and the informal economy has led to spread of disease

    Experts say a resistance to masks and the informal economy has led to spread of disease

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