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  1. Woman dies after falling into Tunisia manhole

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

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    The authorities in the Tunisian city of Sousse are investigating the death of a woman who fell into an open manhole following heavy rains.

    Myriam Dhahbi was walking home from work when the incident happened.

    The 20-year-old died before arriving at hospital, the civil protection brigade which conducted the rescue said.

    The fatal accident comes six months after a 14-year-old girl fell to her death in a manhole in the area of Bhar Lazreg in the north-east coastal city of Marsa.

    The child’s body was recovered two kilometres (one mile) away from the site of the accident.

  2. Ethiopia ex-PM: Tigray leaders seeking 'world sympathy'

    Hailemariam Desalegn
    Image caption: Mr Hailemariam led the country between 2012 - 2018

    The leaders of Ethiopia's Tigray region are using the ongoing conflict to seek international sympathy and to get pardons for their past crimes, the country's former prime minister has said in an article in the Foreign Policy Magazine.

    "The key problem in the international community’s approach to Ethiopia is the assumption of moral equivalence, which leads foreign governments to adopt an attitude of false balance and bothsidesism," said Hailemariam Desalegn, who led the country from 2012 to 2018.

    The African Union and a growing list of countries around the world have called on the government to hold talks with Tigray leaders to end the conflict which has entered its third week.

    Mr Hailemariam backed his successor Abiy Ahmed who has snubbed calls for dialogue and referred to the military offensive as a necessary "security operation".

    The former prime minister was a member of Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, a coalition of ethnically based parties that ruled Ethiopia for 27 years. This included the TPLF, which government forces are trying to oust from Tigray.

    He was forced to resign in 2018 following months of anti-government protests which turned violent.

    During his time in office his government was accused of overseeing a series of human rights abuses including the jailing of journalists, political activists and killing of protesters.

    In his article Mr Hailemariam called his former TPLF colleagues "criminals".

    "The TPLF leadership, as it stands, is nothing more than a criminal enterprise that should not be included in any dialogue meant to chart the future of Ethiopia," he said.

    Prime Minister Abiy has said the operation was going well and the army was preparing for a final advance to the Tigray capital Mekelle, which is under TPLF control.

    TPLF leaders have dismissed the army's claims of battle successes saying its fighters have inflicted major losses on the army.

    It's been difficult to verify the claims made by the two sides because communication services in Tigray have been severely hampered.

    Hundreds of people have however been reportedly killed and thousands have been displaced.

    The UN has warned that the conflict could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

  3. Egyptian activists placed on terrorism list

    BBC World Service

    Alaa Abdel-Fattah
    Image caption: Alaa Abdel-Fattah was one of the key figures in the 2011 uprising

    One of the most prominent pro-democracy activists in Egypt has been put on a terrorism list, along with more than 20 others, accused of having joined the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Alaa Abdel-Fattah was one of the key figures in the uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.

    He has since served a five year jail sentence and is currently back in detention after being re-arrested in September as the authorities mounted a new campaign in response to small-scale government protests.

    A well-known Islamist politician, Adel-Monaem Abul Fetouh, is also among those put on a terrorism list for the next five years.

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  6. Sexual assault against children 'on the rise' in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    A map of Mozambique

    Christian charity World Vision says one Mozambican child was raped every six hours in the period between January and September this year.

    At least 99% of the cases involved girls, it said citing the police.

    The provinces of Maputo and Gaza in the south and Nampula in the north recorded the highest number of cases.

    World Vision also said a recent survey had shown the escalation of violence against children during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The unemployment of parents, caregivers and guardians had also contributed to the rise in child exploitation, it said.

  7. UN: Relief supplies in Tigray are running out

    Displaced children playing
    Image caption: Children play next to a market in the northern city of Humera which the army took over from Tigray fighters

    United Nations aid workers have warned that emergency relief supplies are running out in the Ethiopian region of Tigray after weeks of fighting there.

    A spokesman for the UN humanitarian affairs agency, Saviano Abreu, said it had been blocked from sending staff or supplies.

    In a BBC interview, he called for freedom of movement to be restored for aid workers as well as for civilians fleeing the conflict.

    The UN refugee agency says the number of people who've crossed into Sudan has climbed to 40,000.

    The UN Security Council is due to hold its first meeting later on Tuesday to discuss the fighting in Tigray.

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