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  1. Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli
    Image caption: President Magufuli has always cast doubt on the severity of the pandemic

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world.

    "This year there is a possibility of a severe famine in the world because many people are in lockdown because of corona, but this should not discourage us because even if they are imprisoned they still need to eat. We will grow crops that we will sell to them," he told a gathering in the north-western town of Bukoba.

    The Tanzanian president has been criticised for downplaying the pandemic in the country, he has repeatedly said the health crisis had been exaggerated and mocked those who wear masks.

    In June he declared that the country was "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the government's strategy on Covid-19.

  2. Twelve Chinese miners trapped underground

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    Video caption: The miners are still alive after an explosion in a gold mine a week ago

    The miners are still alive after an explosion in a gold mine a week ago and are in need of urgent supplies.

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    Video caption: Melania's farewell message as First Lady

    Outgoing First Lady Melania Trump released a farewell message asking Americans to "lead by example" in caring for others.

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    Video caption: Tunisia protests: More than 600 hundred arrested

    Crowds of mainly young demonstrators gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police.

  5. Nigerien soldiers killed while pursuing jihadists

    Lalla Sy

    BBC News, Abidjan

    A Nigerien soldier
    Image caption: Niger's army is struggling to contain the spread of armed groups

    Four soldiers were killed on Monday in Niger and eight others seriously injured after an explosion at an artisanal mine in the south-eastern part of the country near the border with Nigeria.

    According to the ministry of defence, the soldiers were pursuing jihadists who had attacked Chetima Wangou military post in the south-eastern region of Diffa on Sunday.

    At least eight soldiers were killed when the post was targeted on 7 March last year.

    In 2019, an attack in the same locality killed seven Nigerien soldiers.

    Attackers linked to the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) group are suspected to be behind Sunday's attack, though the authorities often say the attackers are Boko Haram militants.

    Niger is due to hold its presidential election at the end of February.

    One of the main challenges for the next leader will be to curb jihadist attacks.

  6. Italian vote and German lockdown decision: Latest across Europe

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte looks on in the Lower House of the Parliament in Rome, Italy, 18 January 2021
    Image caption: Italy's Giuseppe Conte says the future of the country depends on the vote

    The Italian government faces a crunch Senate vote of confidence this morning, after ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his ministers out of the cabinet in a row over how to spend EU Covid funding. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was backed by MPs last night but needs opposition support to survive in the Senate and he’s appealed for stability in the grip of the pandemic.

    Germany is set to extend its lockdown today and probably tighten it too, when Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a video meeting with 16 state premiers. One possible measure, brought in by Bavaria yesterday, is the use of FFP2 masks in shops and on public transport. They’re safer but more expensive – Austria is bringing them in later this month too.

    French officials have said this morning that home-made fabric masks don’t offer the “necessary guarantees” in public – but Health Minister Olivier Véran says most industrially made masks do provide up to 80% filter protection.

    Spain has recorded the highest number of weekend infections – 84,287 – and now has an infection rate of 689 cases per 100,000 people. Top health official Fernando Simón believes the peak of Spain’s third Covid wave has either already been reached or is very close.

    Norway says no link has been established between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the deaths of 33 elderly people after vaccination. But it’s urged doctors to assess the health of those who are most frail before they are vaccinated.

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    Video caption: Namibia SGBV: Shannon Wasserfal's death sparks protests against femicide

    The death of Shannon Wasserfal sparked protests in Namibia against sex and gender based violence.

  8. Covid: Nigeria defends opening schools

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    Video caption: Schools were closed for more than six months last year due to the pandemic.

    Schools were closed for more than six months last year due to the pandemic.

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