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  1. Liberia row over ex-football boss's political career

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Musa Hassan Bility
    Image caption: Musa Bility is also an influential petroleum importer and dealer

    A controversy has broken out in Liberia over the decision of a leading opposition political party to elect as its chairman a former football association official who was banned for breaching the code of ethics.

    Musa Hassan Bility, once head of the Liberia Football Association, was slapped with a 10-year Fifa ban and fined $500,000 (£365,000) in 2019. The international football governing body found Mr Bility guilty of misappropriating Fifa funds.

    An influential petroleum importer and dealer, Mr Bility was elected unopposed as chairman of the Liberty Party at its convention last weekend.

    His election has dominated radio discussions in the capital, Monrovia, for days, with callers lashing out at the party for choosing a man they say has a tainted character internationally.

    Efforts to get Mr Bility on phone for comment failed. A party spokesperson, Daniel Sando, said the criticism was a conspiracy by the ruling party and said the Liberty Party was unapologetic for electing Mr Bility.

    After the Fifa ban was announced, Mr Bility said he was going to challenge the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports. It is not clear how the case has proceeded since then.

  2. Philippines: "Thriving black market" for Covid-19 vaccine reported

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    Video caption: Reports say that vaccines have been available to buy before the official programme begins

    There are reports that some people in the Philippines have been able to access vaccines ahead of the government programme that is planned for February.

  3. Shell ordered to compensate Nigerian farmers

    Nigerian farmers Fidelis Oguru (L) and Eric Dooh sit in the law courts in The Hague - October 2012
    Image caption: The farmers have been fighting for compensation for 13 years

    A Dutch appeals court has ordered oil giant Shell to pay compensation to Nigerian farmers who allege widespread pollution of their land because of oil spills.

    "Shell Nigeria is sentenced to compensate farmers for damages," the AFP news agency reports the court as saying.

    Its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, is not liable for compensation but is for installing equipment to prevent future damage.

    The case was brought against Shell by the four farmers and the Dutch arm of the environmental group Friends of the Earth, Milieudefensie.

    It tweeted its great joy at winning the case after 13 years:

    Milieudefensie said the amount of compensation would be decided at a later date.

    The ruling could affect other Nigerians who have been affected by the oil spills, it added.

    Two of the farmers have died since the case was first filed in 2008, according to AFP.

    The case is linked to three spills in the southern Niger Delta:

    • Goi in the Ogoniland region of Rivers State
    • Oruma in Bayelsa State
    • And Ikot Ada Udo in Akwa Ibom State.
  4. Moroccan King goes first in vaccine drive

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    Video caption: It's one of the biggest countries yet in Africa to start a vaccination campaign.

    The large-scale national vaccination campaign seeks to give free jabs to all citizens.

  5. Arrested Tigray leaders appear in Ethiopian court

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Abay Woldu in 2014
    Image caption: Abay Woldu, pictured here when he was president of Tigray, is among those who was in court

    More than 15 members of the former ruling party in Ethiopia's Tigray state have appeared in court.

    They include a founding member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a former head of the state and a former speaker of the country’s upper house of parliament.

    They were arrested earlier this month following a short but bloody conflict between the TPLF and the Ethiopian federal army.

    The government says they are being investigated for treason, launching attacks against the army and engaging in armed uprising. They have not been formally charged.

    This is the second court appearance for some of the TPLF’s most high-profile members, such as:

    • Sebhat Nega - one of the founders of the group and has long been seen as its chief ideologue, and
    • Abay Woldu - who spent eight years as president of Tigray, serving until 2018.

    TPLF party leaders vowed to continue to fight after the regional capital was captured by the army at the end of November.

    Militias head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigray - November 2020
    Image caption: Fighting between pro-government troops (pictured) and the TPLF ended in November

    Since then some of the TPLF’s most senior figures have died - including Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia’s longest serving foreign minister, who supposedly refused to surrender.

    The whereabouts of the group’s current head, Debrestsion Gebremichael, is still unknown

    Two months since the federal government declared victory in Tigray, aid agencies say millions of people there remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

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