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    Pakistan's former finance minister denies allegations of corruption by his country's authorities.

  2. Islamic State says it kidnapped Red Cross staff in Nigeria

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    A member of the Nigeria Red Cross Society of Nigeria distributes walk pass boxes of Emergency kits of food and essential supplies to residences in Lagos State on April 25, 2020
    Image caption: The group claims it kidnapped the Red Cross worker at a fake checkpoint

    The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed it has kidnapped a Red Cross employee in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno State on Tuesday.

    In a brief statement on Wednesday, the group said the aid worker was taken at a fake checkpoint on the road linking the towns of Kareto and Gubio in Borno.

    It gave no details about the purported abductee's identity nor made a demand or threat.

    So far, no mainstream media reports have been observed on this alleged incident. The Red Cross Society has also not commented.

    IS had declared war on aid agencies in Africa in August and its leadership reiterated the message in October, accusing humanitarian workers of implementing anti-Islam agendas.

    IS released its latest claim via its account on the messaging app RocketChat.

    The alleged attack comes a day after another Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for an attack on 28 November that killed dozens of farmers in Borno.

    The two jihadist groups are active in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

  3. Top TPLF official 'surrenders'

    Keria Ibrahim (L) the former speaker of the House of Federation
    Image caption: Keria Ibrahim (L) is one of the TPLF party's nine executive committee members

    A top official from the conflict-hit Ethiopian northern region of Tigray has surrendered, state media reports.

    Keria Ibrahim is one of nine executive committee members of Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), whose forces have been fighting government troops for the past month.

    Ms Keira served as speaker of the House of Federation, Ethiopia's upper parliamentary chamber, before resigning in June after the planned August election was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    At the time she accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of running a "dictatorial regime" and violating the constitution.

    In September TPLF went on and held its local elections, a move that angered the federal government.

    Mr Abiy launched a military offensive in Tigray on 4 November accusing TPLF leaders of treason after its fighters attacked a federal government military base.

    The month-long conflict has killed hundreds and displaced thousands of people.

    Despite Mr Abiy announcing over the weekend that the military campaign was over and successful, fighting is reportedly still ongoing in parts of Tigray region.

    It has been difficult to verify claims from the federal and Tigray regional government because communication is heavily hampered.

  4. Four killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    lightning

    At least four people have been killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique's western province of Tete, which shares a border with neighbouring Malawi.

    Meanwhile, a rainstorm accompanied by strong winds has left a trail of destruction in southern Mozambique.

    Those killed by the lightning strikes include an elderly woman and a toddler.

    One person was injured and some houses were set alight, according to Tete's National Disaster Management Institute delegate Alex Angelo.

    In the country's southern province of Maputo the Tuesday night rainstorm destroyed some infrastructure.

    The storm also destroyed homes, uprooted trees and electricity poles and blew away the roofs of some schools and a local prosecutor’s office.

    The destruction occurred mainly in four districts within the province.

    The meteorological authorities predict the bad weather may continue for four more days.

    The situation is likely to cause flooding in the cities of Beira and Dondo, which were devastated by cyclone Idai last year, and cause erosion in Chimoio.

    Meteorologist Acacio Tembe says the torrential rains are beginning a week earlier than expected and they will continue for long, something, he says, is likely to cause the flooding of the Buzi and Pungue rivers.

  5. Nigerian police make arrests in 'baby factory'

    Pregnant woman
    Image caption: "Baby factories" are run for the purpose of getting girls pregnant and selling the babies

    Police in Nigeria's Ogun state have arrested two suspects at a so-called "baby factory" run by a woman who was released on bail.

    The state police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said a girl who had been lured by the baby factory operator escaped and reported the matter to the police.

    Officers raided the premise and rescued 10 girls with four of them already pregnant, according to TVC news.

    Media reports did not reveal how old the girls were.

    One of those arrested is the daughter of the woman running the facility who had been charged with human trafficking and released on bail.

    The other suspect is a man who police suspect could be responsible for impregnating girls.

    Stories of these so-called "baby factories" are not uncommon in Nigeria.

    They are run for the purpose of getting girls pregnant and selling the babies.

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