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  1. Zimbabwe arrests 10,000 for not wearing face masks

    A man wearing a hazmat suit and a face mask sits on a cut tree stump in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 January 2021
    Image caption: Zimbabwe has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases since Christmas

    Police in Zimbabwe have arrested 10,000 people over the last week for failing to wear face masks in public and 16,000 others for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, the authorities say.

    Most of the offenders were ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine, the privately owned NewZimbvbawe.com website reported.

    A hard lockdown came into force on 5 January after cases doubled last month because of festive season gatherings and traffic from neighbouring South Africa, which is experiencing a severe second wave of the virus.

    The highest number of daily deaths from coronavirus - 38 - were recorded on Wednesday. Currently more than 9,000 people have Covid-19.

    The surge in cases has threatened to overwhelm health services, and health care workers have been hit by a shortage of protective gear as they battle to cope with an increase in the number of patients, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    Healthcare workers have been hit by shortages of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) as the number of patients increases.

    In total, there have been more than 34,000 Covid-19 cases and almost 600 deaths since the first case was detected in March.

  2. Uganda elections: Bobi Wine speaks of 'accomplishment'

    Bobi Wine at Freedom Square polling station

    Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine has spoken to journalists about feeling "accomplishment" when he saw his face on the ballot paper.

    He was accompanied with his wife at the Freedom Square polling station, outside the capital, Kampala, where he cast his vote.

    Quote Message: It felt humbling, it felt a huge responsibility on my shoulder, but again it was accomplishment. "
    Quote Message: When I looked at that ballot paper and saw my face my mind ran back to the ghettos, it ran back to the village, it ran back to all my friends... all of us who never used to see ourselves as consequential."
    Quote Message: It such a big honour to represent my generation in such a monumental election."
  3. Western Ethiopia: reports of a massacre

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    Video caption: The Human Rights Commission says there was an early morning attack in which children died

    The Human Rights Commission says there was an early morning attack in which children died.

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    Video caption: Uganda elections 2021: 'We want peace'

    The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga speaks to voters as they wait to cast their ballots.

  5. Guinea activists jailed for protest against president

    Lalla Sy

    BBC News, Abidjan

    A court in Guinea's capital, Conakry, has sentenced two activists to one year in prison after they were arrested during pre-election demonstrations.

    Souleymane Condé and Youssouf Dioubaté were also fined 20m Guinean francs ($1900:£1300) each.

    They were arrested in September 2020 during protests against President Alpha Condé's bid for a third term and accused of producing, disseminating and making available data likely to disturb public order and security.

    The prosecutor said the pair had called for the arrest of President Condé and had accused the authorities of murdering children.

    The defendants denied making such statements.

    Mr Condé and Mr Dioubate had already spent four months in prison. Their lawyers said they will appeal against the verdict.

  6. Pussy Riot activist and blogger held in South Sudan

    A day in detention over drone mix-up

    A group of several high-profile Russian tourists spent an uncomfortable day in detention in the town of Kapoeta in South Sudan on Wednesday in a mix-up over a drone.

    They included Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot and the publisher of the MediaZona news site, and prominent blogger Ilya Varlamov.

    Before going to South Sudan, the travellers had been touring in Uganda, where Mr Varlamov’s drone was confiscated - but not its remote control, which remained in his luggage.

    When their bags were searched at Kapoeta airport, where they were due to take a plane to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, security officials demanded to know the location of the drone when they found the remote.

    Most African countries have strict laws either banning or restricting the use of drones.

    Attempts to explain that they didn’t have the drone fell on deaf ears, and the group were hauled off to a ramshackle room where they were placed under arrest.

    But the group insisted on keeping their phones so they could contact their embassy and others for help - and tweeted and blogged about their day.

    As they kicked their heels in the heat waiting for the misunderstanding to be resolved, Mr Varlamov posted photos of their cell, counting 43 hornet nests and many spiders.

    Amongst the other things he catalogued were three machine gun cartridges, three condoms, a view of the loo and the food they were given.

    Later in the day, they were eventually released. According to Mr Varlamov’s blog, an army general apologised to them and for the treatment of their guide, who says he was tortured to find out more about the drone.

    It was with relief that they were able to drink some beer afterwards - as they tried to work out how to get to Juba as their plane had long gone.

  7. Uganda elections: Bobi Wine votes

    Opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has voted.

    He was welcomed at the Magere Freedom Square polling station by his supporters.

    Mr Kyagulanyi was accompanied by his wife Barbie.

    Supporters chanted as he walked into the polling station as seen in this video shared on Twitter:

  8. Gunmen 'kidnap mothers and babies' in Nigeria

    Is’haq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A map of Nigeria

    At least 18 people, including four mothers and their babies, have been abducted in a raid by gunmen on their village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, the local community association has said.

    It’s the latest in a wave of kidnappings in the region.

    The gunmen on motorbikes stormed Mando village in Birnin Gwari area in the early hours of Wednesday.

    Residents say the abductees were taken to a bush.

    The attackers also looted food items from the village.

    A police spokesperson told the BBC that they’re investigating the incident.

    It’s not clear who carried out the attack but kidnapping for ransom is rampant across Nigeria - particularly in that region.

    Last month gunmen abducted more than 300 schoolboys from their dormitory in neighbouring Katsina state. They were later released following days of negotiations.

    Despite the deployment of thousands of troops, criminal gangs continue to carry out attacks in the region.

  9. Covid political crisis in Italy: Latest around Europe

    Leader of "Italia Viva" party Matteo Renzi gives a press conference in the group room of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Italy, 13 January 2021
    Image caption: Matteo Renzi's party had three ministers in the Italian government

    Former Italian PM Matteo Renzi has triggered a political crisis in the middle of the pandemic, by pulling his ministers out of the government in a row over how to spend billions of euros of EU Covid recovery funding. The current Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte now has to find a way to prop up his coalition.

    Germany’s public health agency has reported a new daily high of 1,244 deaths in a 24-hour period. The south-western state of Bavaria will next week try to reduce the spread of cases by requiring shoppers or anyone going on public transport to wear an FFP2 facemask, which is both thicker and more expensive.

    The Dutch cabinet is considering imposing a first Covid curfew to reduce the spread of the virus. A lockdown was imposed last month but a 20:00 to 04:00 ban on movement could come into effect from the weekend, particularly with the aim of stopping young people moving around.

    Tight curfews are already in place in 25 areas of France, beginning as early as 18:00, and French ministers will consider later whether that should be extended. Prime Minister Jean Castex will reveal the latest strategy at 17:00 GMT today.

    Spain last night registered a record 38.869 new infections in 24 hours – 53% higher than the day before. The Balearic Islands, Extremadura and Madrid are among the areas with high rates of infection. Heavy snow has added to the crisis in recent days, with staffing problems and increased medical emergencies.

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