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  1. Schools across Nigeria reopen despite virus fears

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Students wear protective face masks during a cleanup exercise, as schools reopen in Nigeria

    Schools have reopened in Nigeria despite concerns about rising cases of Covid-19.

    Pupils arrived wearing face masks and were instructed to wash their hands at the school gates.

    It’s the first time they’ve been back since mid-December, when the country declared a second wave of new infections.

    The academic calendar has been staggered after schools were closed for more than six months last year due to the pandemic.

    University students are also resuming face-to-face learning on Monday. They have been at home for nearly a year due to a strike by lecturers.

    Lawmakers had earlier asked the federal government to postpone the planned reopening of schools by three months because of the rising number of coronavirus cases.

    The country has recorded more than 10,000 new infections In the last seven days.

    A total of 110,387 cases have so far been confirmed, with 1,435 deaths.

    Across Africa, cases are continuing to rise, particularly in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  2. Four Nigerian police officers killed and one missing

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Nigerian police officers
    Image caption: Police denied reports that 18 officers were abducted

    The Nigerian police say four officers were killed and one is still missing after they clashed with an armed criminal gang in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state.

    Police Spokesperson Frank Mba in a statement on Sunday said the officers were ambushed by about 100 "bandits" as they returned from an operation in neighbouring Niger state.

    The police say "tens" of gunmen were also killed in the clashes on Friday.

    The police statement denies initial reports that 18 officers were abducted during the attack.

    It says "only 16" officers were involved in the incident and that the bodies of four of them and their weapons had been recovered, 11 survived while "efforts are being intensified to rescue the officer still missing".

    It’s not clear whether the missing officer had been abducted by the armed men.

    Meanwhile, in other separate attacks on Sunday also in Kaduna state, the authorities confirmed at least five people including an 80-year-old woman and a local traditional ruler were killed and several others wounded.

    The state commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, says the gunmen targeted three rural areas of Giwa, Igabi and Chikun.

    It’s not clear who carried out the series of weekend attacks in Kaduna state.

    But it is one of several states in north-western Nigeria where criminal gangs frequently carry out deadly assaults or kidnap people for ransom.

    In a previous attack within the week at least 18 people including mothers and their babies were kidnapped in a village in Birnin-Gwari area of the state. They’re yet to be released.

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  3. US wants probe into Uganda vote-rigging claims

    An election official starts to count votes after polling stations closed during the presidential elections in Kampala
    Image caption: Election results were declared on Saturday

    The US State Department has called for "independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations" into "many credible reports" of irregularities in Uganda's general election last week.

    Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni was re-elected for a sixth term amid accusations of vote fraud by his main rival Bobi Wine.

    The president said the poll could be the "most cheating-free" in the history of the African nation.

    In a statement, the US State Department said those found culpable of election irregularities should be held accountable.

    Its spokesman Morgan Ortagus also condemned "the continuing attacks on political candidates" and urged the government to "respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression".

    Opposition politicians Bobi Wine has told the BBC that he was not being allowed to leave his house which was surrounded by security forces. On Sunday he said his family had run out of food.

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  4. Internet restored in Uganda but not social media

    A woman uses a phone in Kampala, Uganda
    Image caption: Social media is only accessible through VPN (archive photo)

    The internet shutdown in Uganda that had entered its fifth day on Monday has ended.

    Social media is however still blocked and only accessible through VPN, the BBC's Patience Atuhaire says.

    The internet was shut down on Wednesday night with just hours to go before polling stations opened for Thursday's general elections.

    This was shortly after Facebook apparently suspended hundreds of pro-government Ugandan accounts.

    President Yoweri Museveni while commenting about Facebook's decision said there was no way anyone would come to Uganda and decide what was good or bad.

    Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told NBS television that the government was reviewing the security situation before restoring the internet.

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  5. Uganda elections: Military raids opposition party offices

    The spokesman for Uganda's biggest opposition party, National Unity Platform (NUP), says offices where agents were gathering material for an election petition were raided by military officers.

    Joel Ssenyonyi told BBC Newsday the party was in the process of collecting election results forms that show evidence of irregularities in last week's election.

    He said NUP party leader Bobi Wine's home remains cordoned by the military.

    President Yoweri Museveni - who won a sixth term - has denied reports of election irregularities.

    The internet blackout that is on its fifth day has made it difficult to communicate.

    "Each presidential candidate is provided with the DR [declaration results] form, why doesn't he want to present the DR forms that were given to us by his electoral commission?", Mr Ssenyonyi questioned.

    The opposition said they had photos and video evidence too.

    "Mr Museveni knows we have those things that is why he is shutting down the internet; he doesn't want us to put those things out there for the whole of Uganda and the international community to realise how much of a fraudster he is," he said.

    President Museveni said the poll could be the "most cheating-free" in the history of the African nation.

    The EU, United Nations and several rights groups have raised concerns. Aside from an African Union mission, no major international group monitored the vote.

    Here is the full BBC Newsday interview:

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    Video caption: Opposition candidate says he wants to dispute election - but is cut off from his advisors
  6. Rwanda closes schools in capital over Covid fears

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Students sit in a classroom in a school in Rwanda
    Image caption: Schools had reopened in November

    Rwandan authorities have announced the closure of nursery, primary and secondary schools in the capital, Kigali, as numbers of coronavirus cases continue to rise.

    They are all to close from Monday.

    Education Minister Valentine Uwamariya said schools in other provinces will also close if more cases are confirmed there.

    Schools were reopened in November after being shut eight months.

    Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the country, with more than 1,000 new cases and 22 fatalities reported in the last seven days.

    The country has so far confirmed 11,032 cases with 142 deaths.

    The government has ordered public hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients with their widely used community-based health insurance.

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    Video caption: Migrants headed for US beaten back at Guatamala border

    Thousands of US-bound migrants are met by security guards at the Guatamala border with Honduras.

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    Video caption: Isaac, one of 1,000s of Central American migrants walking to US border

    A caravan of migrants who claim they are fleeing poverty and violence is making its way to the US border.

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