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  1. Tigray crisis: '$100m needed to fight hunger'

    Grant Ferrett

    BBC World Service

    Ethiopians fleeing the Tigray crisis crossing into Sudan in January 2021
    Image caption: At least two million people have fled their homes in Tigray because of the conflict

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has made an urgent appeal for more than a $100m (£72m) to ease severe shortages in the Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray.

    The UN agency says three million people - about half of Tigray's population - need food aid.

    Much of the region has remained cut off to humanitarian workers since Ethiopian government forces ousted the local leadership of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

    The WFP says its response was requested by the government in Addis Ababa.

    Aid agencies have issued increasingly shrill warnings of widespread hunger in Tigray, despite official denials.

    Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross described the scale of need as overwhelming.

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  2. US reopens child migrant detention facility

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    Video caption: This resurfaces the issue of how the US looks after unaccompanied minors

    This resurfaces the issue of how the US looks after unaccompanied minors.

  3. Hotel Rwanda hero’s bid for Belgian trial fails

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Paul Rusesabagina in court in Rwanda
    Image caption: "I am not Rwandan, I am a Belgian hostage. I was kidnapped," Mr Rusesabagina said at the start of the trial

    Rwanda’s high court has rejected a request by the man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the Rwandan genocide to move his trial on terrorism charges to Belgium.

    Paul Rusesabagina had said at the opening of the trial earlier this month that he was being held illegally as he was Belgian, and no longer held Rwandan nationality.

    But the court in the capital, Kigali, has ruled that Mr Rusesabagina did not legally renounce his Rwandan nationality, it does not view him as a “Belgian hostage” and so the trial should continue.

    Mr Rusesabagina became famous after Don Cheadle played him in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, which depicts his efforts to save hundreds of people from being murdered during the 1994 genocide.

    He left Rwanda in 1996 and sought asylum in Belgium. He later obtained a green card for the US, becoming involved in opposition politics in exile.

    The 66-year-old was detained in unclear circumstances in Dubai last August. He says he was illegally abducted and flown to Rwanda. The authorities say he was arrested under an international warrant.

    Human Rights Watch, the EU Parliament and a group of US senators have all condemned Mr Rusesabagina’s arrest and rendition.

    On Thursday, the US State Department said it was engaged in “high-level” talks about the case with the Rwandan government.

    A fierce critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Mr Rusesabagina is accused of sponsoring deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019 by the FLN, the armed wing of the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), a coalition of opposition parties which he heads.

    His lawyers have denied the charges against him and say they will appeal Friday's ruling.

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    Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau patrols the rainforest to stop land grabbers but now some of the precious spots are for sale on Facebook.

  5. Africa's science laureate: 'Women are as good as men'

    BBC Focus on Africa radio

    Hulda Swai, a Tanzanian professor of life sciences and bio-engineering, has been declared the 2020 winner of the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Awards for Scientific Excellence.

    Her work with nanotechnology has helped to study more effective anti-malarial medicines, and through the World Bank, she has helped to secure millions of dollars to fund African researchers.

    "I'm using nanotechnology, which is my training and expertise, to improve the availability of existing herbal extracts which are very potent but are lacking for example solubility," she told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme.

    Prof Swai earned the prestigious award together with a cash prize of $20,000 (£14,000).

    She told BBC Focus on Africa's Esau Williams about what motivated her to take up a career in science and how she hopes to inspire other women in the field.

    "Science is not that difficult, it's just a myth. Women are as good as men," she says.

    Here is her full interview:

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    Video caption: Prof Swai wins AU Science Award after securing millions of dollars for African researchers
  6. Nigeria: Reports of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped

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    Video caption: A teacher says over 300 girls have been taken in Zamfara state

    A teacher says over 300 girls have been taken in Zamfara state.

  7. US in 'high level' talks over Hotel Rwanda hero

    Paul Rusesabagina in court
    Image caption: Paul Rusesabagina (front right) appeared in court in Kigali last week

    The US has urged Rwanda to guarantee the man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide a fair trial as it is set to resume.

    Paul Rusesabagina has been charged with terrorism, murder and other crimes. His lawyers have denied the charges against him.

    The US state department said it had engaged with the government of Rwanda at the "highest levels" in "Washington as well as in Kigali".

    "We believe that the legal process adjudicating his case should be fair and transparent, should respect the rule of law, and it must be consistent with Rwanda’s own commitments and human rights obligations internationally," US State Department spokesman Ned Price told journalists.

    He had been asked whether a fair trial was possible and if President Joe Biden's administration was planning to join a bipartisan group of US senators calling for Mr Rusesabagina's release.

    The 66-year-old became famous after Don Cheadle played him in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, which depicts his efforts to save hundreds of people from being murdered during the 1994 genocide.

    He left Rwanda in 1996 and sought asylum in Belgium. He later obtained a green card for the US, becoming involved in opposition politics in exile.

    A fierce critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, he says he was illegally abducted in Dubai last year and flown to Rwanda. The authorities say he was arrested under an international warrant.

  8. Tigray: Amnesty International describes massacre in Aksum

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    Video caption: It reports on killings in November in the sacred city in Ethiopia, involving Eritrea

    It reports on war crimes in November in the sacred city in Ethiopia. Eritrean troops are accused of killing hundreds of civilians.

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    Video caption: Syrian mother and son offered places on Nottingham university course

    A Syrian refugee mother is offered a place on the same British university course as her teenage son.

  10. Mali denies junta's ex-spokesman has been kidnapped

    Col Ismael Wague
    Image caption: Col Ismael Wague is among military personnel holding ministerial posts

    The government in Mali has denied reports that its minister for reconciliation had been kidnapped, according to local media.

    Col Ismael Wague was reported to have been kidnapped on the Badiangara axis in the central Mopti region.

    A statement from the ministry is quoted as saying the reports were spread by people opposed to the peace process.

    Col Wague was last year presented as the spokesman of a group of soldiers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    The military junta was dissolved in January 2021 but senior military personnel still hold several key posts in a 25-member transitional government.

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