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  1. Blast kills Cameroon soldiers and official

    Four soldiers and a government official have been killed in Cameroon's North-West region after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, officials say.

    The five were travelling in a military convoy when the blast occurred on the road leading to the town of Mbengwi, about 450km (280 miles) from the capital, Yaoundé, Reuters news agency reports.

    No group has said it carried out the attack, but the government has blamed armed secessionists.

    Cameroon's mainly English-speaking regions have been hit by conflict since 2017, with militias fighting for their secession from mainly French-speaking regions.

  2. US strikes $1.2bn loan deal with Sudan

    The US has agreed to give Sudan a bridge, or short-term, loan of $1.2bn (£880m) to help it clear its arrears with the World Bank, Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin has said.

    He made the announcement following his first visit to Sudan since the US removed it from its list of "state sponsors of terrorism" last month.

    Mr Munchin met Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan who are in a power-sharing deal since long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019.

    Mr Munchin tweeted that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government "to provide a bridge loan that will enable Sudan to clear its approximately $1.2bn arrears to the World Bank once the agreed conditions are met".

    Steven Munchin and Abdallah Hamdok
    Image caption: Steven Munchin and Abdallah Hamdok also met in Khartoum in October
  3. South Africa blasts tourists for defying Covid beach ban

    Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa.

    South Africa's Police Minister Bheki Cele has accused mostly European tourists of defying a ban on going to beaches along the famous Garden Route.

    The ban was introduced last month to curb the spread of coronavirus after the beaches were identified as a hotspot for infections.

    Speaking to journalists following a tour of the area, Mr Cele said that overall compliance with Covid-19 regulations was much better than he had expected, but some surfers had been arrested on the beach in Langebaan for defying the ban.

    "What really irritates about those people is that they are foreign nationals - most of them come from Europe and their beaches are closed and there's lockdown there and they come here to do the mess," he added.

    Mr Cele said soldiers would be deployed to help enforce the ban as police numbers in the area were down - about 350 officers had been infected with the virus and about 800 were in isolation.

    The Garden Route is one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, and popular with tourists. It runs along the coast in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.

    Police have been patrolling the beaches on foot, in quad bikes and in boats.

  4. Moderna vaccine approved for EU states

    Image shows development of the Moderna vaccine

    The European Union's medicines regulator has recommended the vaccine made by the US company, Moderna, for use in the bloc's 27 states.

    It is the second vaccine to be given the green light by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), after it approved the Pfizer-BioNTech jab last month.

    "This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency," EMA executive director Emer Cooke said in a statement.

    The Moderna vaccine will need to be formally signed off by the European Commission, and this is expected to happen later today.

    It requires temperatures of around -20C for shipping - similar to a normal freezer. The Pfizer-BioNTech jab, meanwhile, requires temperatures closer to -75C which makes transport logistics more difficult.

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    Video caption: Nicaraguan zoo shows off white tiger cub Nieves

    Nieves was born to a black-and-yellow mother carrying the recessive gene that causes white fur.

  6. US Treasury Secretary in Sudan to discuss debt relief

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Sudanese bakers prepare bread at a bakery in the town of Atbara, an industrial town northeast of Sudans capital Khartoum, on December 16, 2019.
    Image caption: Sudan's economic crisis has led to a sharp rise in the cost of living

    The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is in Sudan for talks on the economy, following last year's decision to remove Khartoum from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    The Sudanese government said Mr Mnuchin would discuss debt relief and future US aid to Sudan worth more than $1bbn (£970m).

    Sudan’s economy is deteriorating, with high inflation and shortages of currency.

    The US removed Sudan from its terror list in December following Khartoum’s normalisation of relations with Israel.

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