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  1. Uganda army chief apologises for beating of reporters

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Journalists are assaulted by Uganda military police outside the UN Human RIghts offices
    Image caption: The UN condemned the attack on journalists outside its office in Kampala

    Uganda’s army chief, Gen David Muhoozi, says the beating of journalists by military police was neither sanctioned nor justified, and the army would pay their medical bills.

    The incident occurred outside the UN Human Rights office where the opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine was delivering a petition over human rights abuses.

    Six journalists were injured after being beaten with sticks.

    In a media briefing at the army headquarters, Gen Muhoozi said the public would be informed of the action taken against the soldiers.

    The UN condemned the attack and called for action to be taken against those responsible.

    Last week the European Union called on the Ugandan government to stop police and military attacks on journalists ,human rights defenders and opposition politicians.

    Six of them were injured. The army said it would pay their medical bills.

    At a media briefing at the army headquarters, Gen Muhoozi said the public would be informed of the action taken against the soldiers.

    The UN condemned the attack and called for action to be taken against those responsible.

    Last week the European Union called on the Ugandan government to stop police and military attacks on journalists ,human rights defenders and opposition politicians.

  2. Senegal receives China's Covid vaccine

    Seydina Alioune Djigo

    BBC News, Dakar

    Community volunteers distribute hand sanitiser as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in Dakar on January 22, 2021
    Image caption: A night-time curfew is in place in Senegal's capital, Dakar

    Senegal has received 200,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese company Sinopharm.

    President Macky Sall said the government bought the vaccine, and did not wait to receive doses from the World Health Organization's Covax scheme, which aims to make it easier for developing nations to buy them.

    Frontline health workers, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are first in line for the shot.

    Mr Sall said that Senegal aimed to get another 6.5 million doses in the coming weeks to widen its vaccination campaign.

    Senegal has seen a spike in Covid cases and deaths in recent weeks. To date, the country has recorded 31,771 confirmed cases and 769 deaths.

    To curb the second wave, the authorities have tightened restrictions, including banning gatherings, requiring people to wear masks in public places and imposing a curfew from 21:00 to 05:00 in the hardest hit areas - the capital, Dakar, and the city of Thies.

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  4. Somali president in fresh bid to end election impasse

    Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has called for a meeting in the capital, Mogadishu, to deliberate the elections stalemate.

    The proposed two-day meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday.

    Opposition leaders have called for protests against the government's failure to hold elections.

    The demonstrations are planned for Friday in Mogadishu.

    The president's office tweeted that Thursday's meeting will discuss the 17 September elections agreement:

    Somalia missed a December 2020 deadline to hold elections and the president's term ended in February 2021.

    A resolution by parliament allows the president to stay in office until a successor is elected, but the opposition has accused him of illegally holding on to power.

    The September 2020 agreement between federal government and regional leaders approved an indirect election model for both parliamentary and presidential elections.

  5. Nigeria minister: Don't be 'cowards' when attacked

    Nigeria's Defence Minister Bashir Magashi has urged citizens to be alert in the wake of rising attacks on villages by armed gangs.

    He told journalists that people should not be "cowards" when confronted by gunmen who "at times carry few ammunition".

    He added:

    Quote Message: It is the responsibility of everybody to keep alert and find safety when necessary. But we shouldn't be cowards. At times the bandits will only come with about three rounds of ammunition, when they fire a shot everybody runs... I don't know why people run away from a minor thing like that. They should stand.
    Quote Message: Let these people know that even the villages have the competencies and capabilities to defend themselves."

    The minister's comments came a day after gunmen killed a school pupil and abducted 27 other children in a night-time raid at a boarding school in north-central Niger state.

    Three members of staff and 12 of their relatives were also abducted, according to state governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

    On Monday, about 20 people who were returning from a wedding ceremony were abducted after an attack on their bus in Niger state. Their fate is unclear.

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  6. Gang vandalises luxury cars at Cape Town showroom

    A gang’s raid at a car dealership in Cape Town, South Africa, has gone viral after footage of the incident captured by CCTV cameras found its way to social media.

    It shows the gang entering the showroom, damaging vehicles and assaulting some staff members.

    Local media have identified the dealership as The Toy Shop in Woodbridge Island, quoting the police spokeswoman.

    A Twitter handle that monitors crime in Cape Town has shared the footage:

    "The possibility that the incident is extortion-related cannot be ruled out," Western Cape police spokeswoman Noloyiso Rwexana told news site news24.

  7. Haiti's Foreign Minister reacts to the protests

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  8. Mourners gather at funeral of Zanzibar vice-president

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Zanzibar

    Soldiers carry the body of Seif Sharif Hamad

    The deceased vice-president of Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar will be buried on Thursday at his home village in Pemba Island.

    Seif Sharif Hamad, popularly known as Maalim Seif, died on Wednesday - nearly three weeks after his party said he had contracted Covid-19.

    He is the most prominent political figure in Tanzania to have openly declared that he had contracted Covid19 .

    Prayers have been held in Dar es Salaam where he died while undergoing treatment. Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete was in attendance.

    Mourners at the funeral

    Many people in Zanzibar are still in disbelief. On social media he has been described as a visionary leader who brought unity to the island.

    In his home village many shops remained closed for the better part of Wednesday after news broke of his death.

    Transport services were overwhelmed as people rushed to travel to Pemba to pay their last respect.

    Hearse on stand-by
  9. Somalia bans public events ahead of poll protests

    People with no face masks as protection walk on a crowded street amid coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 22, 2020
    Image caption: The authorities say there have been more virus cases in February

    The Somali government has suspended public gatherings citing a rise in Covid-19 cases.

    The move is likely to affect Friday's planned protests against the political uncertainty in the country after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's term ended before elections were held.

    The council of ministers met on Wednesday and was briefed by the health minister on the coronavirus situation in the country.

    The ministry of health has recorded more positive cases and fatalities this month.

    The ministers directed that all non-essential workers work from home to reduce the spread of the virus.

    Movement between regions and unnecessary travel will also be limited, according to the new directives.

    Somalia has 5,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 172 deaths.

    The country is expected to receive a shipment of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine later this month.

  10. Priyanka Chopra Jonas on her 'Unfinished' memoir

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