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    Video caption: Cher on Kaavan the 'lonely' elephant's rescue, Joe Biden and Mamma Mia 3

    The singer helped to relocate Kaavan from a Pakistani zoo to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia.

  2. Russia to set up naval base in Sudan

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Ships at Harbour of Port Sudan, Red Sea, Sudan

    Details have emerged of an agreement between Khartoum and Moscow for Russia to establish a naval base on Sudan's Red Sea coast.

    The deal, signed last week, will allow Russia to keep up to four navy ships, including nuclear-powered vessels, in Port Sudan for the next 25 years.

    Analysts say the move is part of Russia's attempt to reassert its geopolitical influence.

    It's suffered a series of setbacks this year in its backyard, including the defeat last month of its traditional ally Armenia by Turkey-backed Azerbaijan.

    In 2017, on his first visit to Russia, Sudan's former president, Omar al-Bashir asked President Vladimir Putin to "protect" his country from United States' aggression.

    Mr Bashir has since been ousted from power and is being held in prison in Khartoum.

  3. HRW urges the UN to continue watching Burundi

    Didier Bikorimana

    BBC Great Lakes Service

    Evariste Ndayishimiye
    Image caption: President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power in June after his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza died suddenly

    Human Rights Watch has called on the UN Security Council to continue watching the security situation in Burundi.

    The call comes just days after the council called for the termination of regular assessment reports on Burundi, citing the "improved security situation" under new President General Evariste Ndayishimiye.

    The move follows attempts by "Burundi and its allies on the Council... to quash much-needed scrutiny of the situation in the country", according to Louis Charbonneau, HRW director at the UN.

    "In practice, the Security Council’s limited monitoring of Burundi is likely to continue as before, but for many Burundians, the symbolic message this sends at a critical juncture for the country is worrisome," he said.

    "Reversing Burundi’s descent into lawlessness will require systemic reform and strong political will," he added.

    The UN security briefing resolution on Burundi was adopted in 2016 following the worsening security and human rights situation after the failed coup attempt the year before and a controversial third-term bid by the late President Pierre Nkurunziza, which led to mass protests and violent crackdown by security services.

    Since then every three months, the UN secretary general would give an update on Burundi to the Security Council.

    In its latest report, HRW says killings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests still happen in Burundi, though there were hopes for change when the new president came to power in June.

    The Burundi government is yet to make a public comment on the report, but it has previously said such allegations are baseless and politically motivated.

    Last Friday's call by the Security Council to terminate the briefings was welcomed by Burundi authorities, with President Ndayishimiye tweeting it "allows for Burundi, its friends and its partners to focus on the development and wellbeing of the citizens".

  4. Ethiopian opposition party calls for release of its leaders

    Bekele Atoma Boru

    BBC News Afaan Oromoo

    Jawar Mohammed
    Image caption: Popular politician Jawar Mohammed is among OFC leaders in detention

    Ethiopia’s main opposition party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has called for the release of its jailed leaders, saying it was difficult to prepare for elections without them.

    In a statement, the party also demanded its closed offices be opened and for the right to freely campaign across the country before the elections.

    The general election had been planned for August but was postponed to next year but a date has not been announced.

    The OFC said those in prison include potential candidates, organisers and election observers.

    Senior party leaders including its vice-chairperson Bekele Gerba and prominent member Jawar Mohammed were arrested in July following violence that rocked the country after the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer and activist.

    They are now facing terrorism charges.

    Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met and discussed plans for the election with opposition and civic society leaders.

    He re-affirmed his government’s commitment to free and fair elections.

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  5. Uganda 'allows Chinese nationals to import Covid-19 vaccine'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Uganda has reportedly allowed Chinese nationals living in the country to import Covid-19 vaccines on "compassionate grounds".

    According to the Nile Post website, Uganda has allowed the importation of 4,000 doses of Sars-Cov-2 inactivated vaccine (VeroCell) to be "strictly" used by the Chinese community at Kapeeka Industrial Park in the central Nakaseke district.

    The Chinese nationals had reportedly requested Uganda to help them import the vaccines from China.

    Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the move would help Uganda curb Covid-19 infections from the Chinese community affiliated with the park.

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