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  1. Zanzibar flags to fly at half-mast after VP's death

    Seif Sharif Hamad
    Image caption: Seif Sharif Hamad is likely to be buried on Thursday

    The president of Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar has announced seven days of national mourning following the death of first Vice-President Seif Sharif Hamad.

    Flags would fly at half-mast during the mourning period, Hussein Mwinyi said.

    The 77-year-old Zanzibari politician had been receiving treatment at Muhumbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, a few weeks after contracting coronavirus.

    He is likely to be buried on Thursday.

    Mr Hamad, popularly known as Maalim Seif, was a giant figure in opposition politics in Zanzibar - and Tanzania in general, reports the BBC's Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam.

    He had joined a government of national unity in Zanzibar following last October's elections.

    He was the leader of the ACT Wazalendo party and was the most prominent official in Tanzania to openly declare that he had contracted Covid-19.

    The authorities have repeatedly declared that the East African nation is free from coronavirus or that the virus is under control - and stopped publishing official Covid-19 data in June last year.

  2. SA's president to be vaccinated against Covid

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa
    Image caption: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead health care workers in getting immunised

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is set to rollout in the country.

    The president and the health minister will be immunised on Wednesday afternoon alongside health care workers at Khayelitsha, west of the country.

    He says it will "demonstrate our confidence in this vaccine and help allay any fears that people may have".

    President Ramaphosa said some provincial heads and other leaders will also take the vaccine in different provinces.

    "It is expected that most vaccination centres will be ready from today [Wednesday] to begin the vaccination programme," the president tweeted.

    South Africa received 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday.

    The country halted its vaccination after doubts over the AstraZeneca vaccine's efficacy against the variant in the country.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says even countries with the variants should use the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    Studies have shown that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is more effective in preventing severe disease, compared to the AstraZeneca doses which arrived in South Africa from India last week.

    So far the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the only one that requires just one shot, making it considerably easier to administer.

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    Video caption: USA deep freeze. How long will it last?

    Over 100 million Americans continue to be under winter storm warnings or advisories with further snow and ice in the forecast. How long will this deep freeze last?

  4. A UN view on Myanmar's military coup

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    Video caption: Thousands of people are demanding the release of elected leaders

    Thousands are demanding an end to military rule and the release of elected leaders

  5. BREAKINGZanzibar's first VP dies after contracting Covid

    Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad
    Image caption: Seif Sharif Hamad was known for his eloquence and charisma

    Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, the first vice-president of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, has died at the age of 77, a few weeks after contracting coronavirus.

    He had been receiving treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has offered his condolences in a tweet.

    A few weeks ago Mr Magufuli warned health officials against acquiring Covid-19 vaccines, saying - without giving evidence - that they could harm the population.

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    Video caption: Winter storm leaves millions without electricity in Texas

    Texas is experiencing record low temperatures, with some places dipping to 0F (-18C).

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Pablo Hasel: Spanish protests break out over jailed rapper

    Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain.

  8. Spanish protests break out over jailed rapper

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    Video caption: Pablo Hasel: Spanish protests break out over jailed rapper

    Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain.

  9. ‘I was judged for marrying a disabled man’

    Anne Ngugi

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    Susan Njogu Eling and Philip Eling
    Image caption: The couple were engaged six months after they met

    A Kenyan woman who married a disabled Australian man has told the BBC how people called her a gold-digger after photos of their wedding were shared online.

    Susan Njogu Eling said people judged her love for Philip Eling without knowing that she had always worked with disabled people.

    She moved to Australia and enrolled for a diploma in working with the disabled after which she applied for a job at Mr Eling’s workplace.

    Mr Eling asked her out by email after the interview and they exchanged contacts and later went out on their first date.

    “Ours is a story of love at first sight. Nothing about him bothered me, especially because I had related with many disabled people while studying,” she says.

    The couple became engaged exactly six months later. The bride’s parents approved of their marriage plans.

    “They gave me their blessings at once. They were completely alright with our decision, and especially because they knew how passionate I was about helping the disabled. I was ecstatic,” she said.

    Susan Njogu Eling and Philip Eling
    Image caption: Susan and Paul are celebrating three years since their marriage

    The couple married in a red-themed garden wedding in Adelaide and photos were widely shared online, eliciting mixed reactions.

    “People said I only did it because I wanted to get money from him, but I sort of expected that reaction from them. I was very relaxed and prepared for it. I got comfort from knowing that our union was ordained by God,” she said.

    As they celebrate their third wedding anniversary, Mrs Eling describes their marriage so far as fantastic.

    “Phillip takes care of me like any other husband would, and I take care of him too. People always assume that I am the one who takes care of him,” she says.

    Mr Eling was born with muscular dystrophy - a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

  10. Hotel Rwanda 'hero' in court for terror trial

    Paul Rusesabagina in court

    Paul Rusesabagina, the man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Rwanda, has appeared in court for the start of his trial.

    He is facing terrorism charges with 20 others and his lawyers have in the past denied the charges.

    Mr Rusesabagina, a critic of President Paul Kagame, is accused of supporting the activities of the National Liberation Forces (FLN), which is the militant wing of his Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) party.

    He was arrested in August 2020 while in the United Arab Emirates and taken back to Rwanda to face various charges including terrorism, kidnap and murder.

    Paul Rusesabagina arrives in court for his trial

    The US and the European Union Parliament have criticised his detention and the charges he faces.

    The EU Parliament described the manner of his arrest as "kidnap" and urged the Rwandan authorities to uphold his rights as an EU citizen.

  11. The 1970's Somali 'super band' getting a new lease of life

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    Video caption: 4 Mars, which was set up 'unify the country', counted Muammar Gaddafi amongst its fans

    4 Mars, which was set up 'unify the country', counted Muammar Gaddafi amongst its fans

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