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  1. Panic grips Kenya’s parliament after MP carries gun

    Kenya's parliament
    Image caption: MPs are required by law to leave their guns with the sergeant-at-arms

    There was a scare on Thursday when a Kenyan member of parliament said colleagues were unsafe during proceedings because one member was armed.

    The MP, Elisha Odhiambo, informed the speaker that he had seen what looked like a gun behind the coat of his colleague, Mohamed Ali.

    Speaker Justin Muturi asked Mr Ali to confirm if he was carrying a gun.

    "My apologies, I forgot to leave my things outside. I am a human being," he said.

    Speaker Muturi asked Mr Ali to confirm if he was carrying a gun.

    "Mr Speaker, allow me to surrender," Mr Ali said as the parliamentary broadcasting unit panned the camera away.

    He was asked to deposit it outside with the sergeant-at-arms as required by law.

    The speaker urged the sergeant to be vigilant and enforce the rules branding it a "terrible oversight".

    Mr Ali lashed out at his colleague for publicising the matter and said it was politically motivated, as both support different parties.

    An MP Millie Odhiambo said the country was politically volatile and urged more security measures enforced.

    Kenyan legislators have been divided by ongoing calls for proposed constitutional amendments. The president and his deputy are on different sides in the referendum push.

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    Video caption: The Vasa set sail in 1628 and sank after two hours. It lay under the sea until 1961.

    The Vasa set sail in 1628 and sank after two hours. The former Swedish military vessel would lay buried under the sea until 1961, when it was found and was brought to the surface.

  3. A bullet at the bus shelter

    Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing

    The shooting of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing has become a defining moment in the fight for democracy in Myanmar.

    Read the story of what happened.

  4. Ghanaian spelling champion reveals her strategy

    Eleven-year-old Naa Koshie Manyo-Plange who has won the latest Ghana Spelling Bee says she read a lot of books to broaden her vocabulary.

    Ms Koshie tells BBC Focus on Africa her parents encouraged her and she watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee to learn from the starring.

    "We had training and we were given a certain group of words to study, so we had to study them and come with about 100 words from that group," she says.

    The national finals were held last weekend with 60 competitors all hoping to win the coveted trophy and cash prize of around $1,700 (£1,200).

    "I think its important to take part in something like the spelling bee - because if you lose it helps you to be a good loser and when you win it helps you not gloat, and builds resilience because it makes you want to come back for more," she says.

    Listen in full:

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    Video caption: Eleven-year-old Naa Koshie Manyo-Plange speaks to the BBC
  5. Germany to halt border travel: Latest from around Europe

    Snow-covered ski buses are pictured at the Gerlosplatte near Gerlos in Tyrol, Austria on February 4, 2021
    Image caption: Austria has stopped short of locking down its Tyrol region

    Germany is to ban travel from Austria’s Tyrol region as well as Czech border areas from Sunday without a negative test, but commercial links will continue. Austrian police halted travel out of the Tyrol last night without a negative test, because of a surge in cases of the South African coronavirus variant. But Czech MPs have refused to back an extension of a state of emergency so it will end at midnight on Sunday.

    France is worried about an outbreak of South African and Brazilian variants in the north-east Moselle region. Health minister Olivier Véran says the situation is worrying and he’s heading there today.

    Poland is reopening swimming pools and ski slopes today and allowing hotels, cinemas and theatres to start up again at 50% capacity. Authorities already reopened museums and shopping centres on 1 February and they want to give the new relaxation two weeks to assess its effect. Another 7,008 infections were reported yesterday.

    Dutch policing unions are worried about a potential surge of skaters this weekend on the country’s frozen lakes and canals. Crowds were reported around some lakes yesterday – attracted by the big freeze - and some 500 people were told to leave a park in the eastern city of Nijmegen.

    But Portugal’s state of emergency is to stay until 1 March. And the lockdown will carry on at least until the end of next month, according to Prime Minister António Costa. He says the situation is extremely serious and it’s "premature" to talk about easing restrictions.

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    Video caption: South African variant: What is behind the Covid-19 surge in southern Africa?

    Coronavirus cases have been on the increase across countries in southern Africa.

  7. Africa Daily: Behind Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis

    Alan Kasujja

    Africa Daily podcast

    A member of the Afar Special Forces stands in front of the debris of a house in the Tigray Region, Ethiopia.
    Image caption: There have been allegations of war crimes during the conflict

    It’s been 100 days since fighting broke out in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

    In that time, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes. Many are going hungry.

    "I'm sheltered at my friends and I rely on them... I have no work," one of the victims told the BBC's Africa Daily podcast.

    He’s in Tigray and the picture he paints of life on the ground is a bleak one.

    When it all began, the Ethiopian government said it was carrying out a "law-enforcement operation".

    But, amid allegations of war crimes and other atrocities by all sides in this conflict, it’s been hard to find out what’s actually going on there.

    So, what do we really know about the situation in Tigray?

    I’ve been looking for answers in Friday's edition of the Africa Daily podcast.

    Subscribe to the show on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts.

  8. Rwanda's military chief dies

    Rwanda's head of the military, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, died a "natural death" on Thursday at a military hospital, according to the Rwanda Defence Force.

    "Yes, General Musemakweli has died, he was ill," a senior Rwandan army official told the BBC.

    Gen Musemakweli was appointed head of the Rwanda Defence Forces general inspectorate in November 2019.

    He previously held the positions of army chief of staff, head of presidential guard, and reserves forces commander.

    He was a member of Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel force commanded by Paul Kagame that rose to power in 1994.

  9. Opposition leaders in Ethiopia on hunger strike

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    Video caption: They were jailed during violent protests over the death of an Oromo musician.

    They were jailed during violent protests over the death of an Oromo musician.

  10. 'When are you getting married?'

    The Comb podcast

    Tulanana Bohela
    Image caption: Be "softer" and "more humble", a work client told happily single Tulanana

    The pressure to marry is something many people know only too well.

    “It's coming from family, friends, people you work with, people you go to church with - and It can be quite intrusive," says 27-year-old lawyer Ebunoluwa Tengbe.

    Colleagues in her office in Freetown often tell her she spends too much time working and should be out meeting people instead.

    “I am happy - I don’t feel incomplete, until those questions start coming up so often that you start to doubt yourself," says the young Sierra Leonean.

    It's a similar story in Tanzania, says journalist and media entrepreneur Tulanana Bohela.

    On one occasion after a workshop, a client questioned why Ms Bohela wasn't married and suggested she become "softer" and "more humble" to bag a husband. She’s also had an aunt publicly pray for her to find a husband at a family reunion.

    "I’m one of very few cousins or family members to have not moved from my father's house to another man's house," she tells The Comb.

    Instead the 33-year-old lives alone, which she says raises eyebrows in her "conservative" country. She'll often tell people she lives with her brother to put them at ease.

    Hear more from both women on our podcast The Comb, presented this week by 29-year-old BBC journalist Damilola Odulowu who's facing similar pressures to marry in Nigeria.

  11. CAR army recaptures border town from rebels

    Central African Republic soldiers in the town of Beloko

    The Central African Republic (CAR) says its army - along with Russian and Rwandan allies - has recaptured the western border town of Beloko from rebels.

    Several groups that have controlled most of the country for the last eight years formed an alliance in December, and started a rebellion to try to seize power.

    The recapture of Beloko opens a key supply route that had been blocked since December, the AFP news agency reports.

    "After the towns of Boali, Bossembele, Bossemptele, Yaloke and Bouar, the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) and their Russian and Rwandan allies liberated the town of Beloko, thereby opening the national road to Cameroon," the government said on Facebook.

    "We will therefore ensure the movement of people and goods in both directions on the Bangui-Beloko axis in complete safety," Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada said on Facebook.

    A map of Central African Republic and Cameroon

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