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  1. Ugandan police arrest dozens at presidency nomination

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Bobi wine stands inside a car with crowds either side and uniformed men
    Image caption: Crowds turned up even though numbers had been restricted because of coronavirus measures

    About 50 people have been arrested in Uganda following dramatic scenes in the capital as opposition politician Bobi Wine was cleared to contest for the presidency in January's elections.

    After an hours-long stand-off, Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was forced out of a police van and into his compound.

    He had been forced into a police van as soon as his nomination was finished, and driven home.

    But he refused to get out of the vehicle, insisting that he needed to make his way to the party headquarters for the manifesto launch.

    Speaking to his supporters at home, Mr Kyagulanyi said that the police had pepper-sprayed him and his colleagues in the eyes.

    Three policemen and four other people were injured in the chaos.

    From early on in the morning, armed police and the army deployed heavily all along the route Mr Kyagulanyi used to get to the nomination centre.

    Presidential aspirants are required to take only small delegations with them, as a coronavirus prevention measure.

    But some of them have been holding processions, and drawing crowds.

    Mr Kyagulanyi’s supporters were dispersed with tear gas.

    Eleven candidates are vying for the top job, among them current President Yoweri Museveni and two generals who are his former bush-war compatriots.

    Uganda’s electoral body has banned public rallies, and candidates are expected to campaign through mainstream and social media.

  2. Tanzanian election: A critic's view

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    Video caption: Exiled journalist calls on international community to hold President Magufuli to account

    "I expect more voices from within and without the borders of Tanzania to say 'no, this is wrong'"

  3. Ethiopian authorities vow to deal with attackers

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    The Ethiopian authorities say they are taking measures to deal with an insurgent group - the Oromo Liberation Army - accused of carrying out attacks that killed dozens of members of the Amhara ethnic group in the country’s most populous state, Oromia.

    It was an incident that shook the country even amid recurrent ethnic unrest.

    Attackers dragged ethnic Amharas living in Oromia’s Guliso district from their homes to a school and killed them, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said.

    One of the survivors has recounted the tragedy.

    Quote Message: I was there. I lost my father and my daughter - who got married last year. I have lost my family members. What’s going to happen to me? My daughter’s body was on me. That’s how I [stayed] alive. Her blood was pouring down on me. And when they left, I got up.”

    Top government officials, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, quickly vowed to "take measures" against the perpetrators.

    But there are still questions over the military's actions.

    Some of the survivors told the BBC that the attackers arrived immediately after troops that had been stationed there left the area.

    They said that the abrupt departure of the soldiers that were based in the area to fight insurgency exposed them to the attackers.

    Quote Message: What had been protecting us was the military. They didn’t tell us that they were going to leave - and whether we should stay or leave the area. On Saturday, they suddenly left - on eleven trucks. And [the attackers] knew we were unprotected.”

    The official death toll is 32 but rights groups say the number of people killed in the attack could be much higher.

    Read more: Dozens 'rounded up and killed' in Oromia state

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    Video caption: Vienna shooting: 'I thought it was fireworks... then I saw a gunman'

    An eyewitness to the multiple gun attack that killed four people in Vienna describes the scene.

  5. EU 'deeply concerned' about tensions in Ivory Coast

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Electoral commission officials check the voter's roll as they count votes at a polling station in Abidjan on October 31, 2020, after Ivory Coast's presidential election.
    Image caption: The votes were counted at the end of last month

    The European Union says it is deeply concerned about tensions in Ivory Coast following the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara for a third term.

    The EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said provocations and incitements to hatred were continuing, and that deaths needed to be independently investigated.

    The electoral commission said Mr Ouattara won 94% of the vote, which was boycotted by the opposition. Turnout was 54%.

    The opposition says it is creating a transitional government, describing Mr Ouattara's third term run as an electoral coup.

    About 40 people were killed during campaigning and on election day.

  6. Poland struggles with second wave

    Adam Easton

    Warsaw Correspondent

    People take part in a strike against the tightening of abortion laws
    Image caption: Restrictions have not stopped protests against a near total ban on abortion

    The number of coronavirus infections in Poland has passed 400,000, with more than 6,000 virus-related deaths.

    Poland’s second wave is much bigger than the first. The number of new cases reported on Tuesday is 32 times higher than the highest daily number reported in the spring.

    The whole country is under the highest level of restrictions, with restaurants, cafes and bars only offering takeaway service.

    All schools have switched to online learning, apart from the first three years of primary school. Children under 16 are not allowed outside without an accompanying adult, and the over-70s are allowed out only to shop, carry out professional activities or attend church.

    But the restrictions have not stopped hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets across the country for 12 consecutive days to protest against a court ruling that introduces a near total ban on abortion.

    The outbreak is stretching the country’s public health care system to its limit, with individual hospitals having to turn patients away due to a lack of beds. Temporary hospitals are being readied in Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan and state companies are being asked to ready additional sites.

  7. Is intolerance impacting businesses in India?

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    Video caption: With religious polarization rising, are businesses beginning to face the heat?
  8. Ugandan opposition figure whisked away by police

    Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been taken away by the police after he was cleared to run by the electoral commission, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire.

    He was "grabbed and whisked away by police right after nominations and driven straight home" she says.

    The politician's supporters had gathered outside the nomination venue and along the road to the centre.

    Police had earlier announced strict restrictions on the number of supporters accompanying presidential aspirants to the electoral commission to submit their nomination papers.

    Supporters who had gathered at the National Unity Platform party headquarters for their manifesto launch were dispersed with tear gas.

    He will face off against nine other presidential candidates including the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in next year's election.

  9. Swedish regions tighten coronavirus restrictions

    Maddy Savage

    BBC News, Stockholm

    n almost empty shopping centre is pictured amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in Goteborg, Swede
    Image caption: New guidelines recommend avoiding non-essential shops

    Four Swedish regions, including those encompassing the country’s three largest cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, have introduced tougher coronavirus restrictions.

    The new guidelines vary slightly between areas, but include staying away from non-essential shops and avoiding malls, gyms, museums and public transport.

    People have been asked to avoid physical contact with those they do not live with. Officials have also warned against hosting or attending dinners or house parties.

    The new guidelines will remain in place until at least 17 or 19 November, depending on the region. Other existing recommendations remain in place, such as working from home if you can do so and staying in if you have any coronavirus-like symptoms.

    On 1 November, a legally-binding ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people was lifted. This allowed socially-distanced sporting and cultural events for up to 300 people to take place.

    But few are expected to go ahead, as all regions with tighter recommendations have chosen to keep the limit.

  10. AU Commission chair condemns Ethiopia ethnic killings

    The chairman of the African Union commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has condemned recent killings in Ethiopia following inter-communal violence.

    Ethnic violence has been on the rise in the country, with an attack on Sunday in Oromia state resulting in the death of 32 people.

    The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said members of the Amhara ethnic group, the country's second largest ethnic group, were targeted in the attack.

    Mr Faki Mahamat, in a statement, urged "refrain from inflammatory rhetoric" and called for dialogue on key issues.

    He stressed the need to "work towards deescalating tensions in the country".

  11. Uganda's Bobi Wine cleared to run for presidency

    Ugandan opposition figure Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been cleared by the electoral commission to start official campaigns for the presidency.

    He will face off against nine other contenders including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled the country since 1986.

    Bobi Wine has told his supporters in a tweet that they "now enter the most critical phase of our liberation struggle".

    Police had earlier fired tear gas to disperse his supporters who turned up to show support in the capital, Kampala.

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