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  1. Mozambicans warned of another cyclone

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Mozambican cross a flooded section
    Image caption: This is the third cyclone affecting Mozambique this rainy season

    Mozambican authorities have warned of an upcoming cyclone that will affect the central provinces of Zambézia and Sofala and the southern province of Inhambane.

    The National Meteorological Institute (Inam) predicts the cyclone will land on 13 February.

    This will be Mozambique's third cyclone in the current rainy season after Cyclones Chalane and Eloise.

    Inam says the situation is the result of a low pressure system that was formed in the Mozambique Channel on Sunday.

    The current projections indicate that this meteorological system has a strong chance of reaching the stage of tropical depression on Thursday, Inam said in a statement.

    The institute says it continues to monitor the phenomenon and urged the public to adhere to warnings that will be issued by other government agencies.

    Mozambicans have in the past been caught up in flooding despite warnings from the government to move to higher grounds.

  2. EU calls for withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Troops in Ethiopia's Tigray state
    Image caption: Ethiopia's federal troops clashed with Tigray regional state forces

    The European Union has joined the US in calling for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from neighbouring Ethiopia’s Tigray state - the presence of whom, it said, was fuelling that the conflict in the state.

    Both Ethiopia and Eritrea have previously rejected accusations of Eritrean presence in Tigray but their denial has sometimes been contradicted by remarks from officials within the Ethiopian government.

    In its statement, the EU said it remained "very concerned by the tragic humanitarian crisis unfolding" in Tigray and urged Ethiopia to ensure unrestricted humanitarian access as well as protection of civilians and refugees.

    In response Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel called the statement “appalling for the fundamental issues that it glossed over”.

    A map of Ethiopia and Eritrea

    The Norwegian Refugee Council said that buildings and facilities it had set up to provide services within the Hitsaats camp have been burned down. Satellite imagery indicates the damage occurred within 5 and 8 January, the council said.

    The camp - together with the Shimelba camp - was home to more than 20,000 Eritrean refugees but it is now inaccessible. Ethiopia’s refugee agency had earlier said that “sporadic shootings” and “remnants of the TPLF fighting in guerrilla tactics” have made it difficult to reach the two camps.

    Fighting broke out between the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government in November last year.

    Services are slowly returning to the state. The state owned telecom provider Ethio Telecom said that it has restored mobile and landline phone service to the more than 300 sites within the state.

    Meanwhile 25 UN staff members have been allowed to Tigray by the government as 60 more aid workers are awaiting approval.

  3. More virus cases at British military camp in Kenya

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Military exercise at the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK)
    Image caption: The camp was reopened last month

    The number of positive Covid-19 cases at a British military training camp in Kenya has risen to 11 from 4, amid concerns from locals about its spread.

    The British army says all soldiers who arrived at Nanyuki base last month were still in isolation.

    An army spokesman says 320 military staff since been placed in quarantine.

    A Kenyan employee at the Nanyuki base told the BBC they were informed to remain at home over the weekend following the confirmation of several cases in the base.

    He also said that Kenyan staff had not been close to the new arrivals from the UK, but that some local staff had been temporarily hired to work at the base in the meantime.

    The army says all operations at the camp follow strict Covid safety measures.

    The main concern from the workers is the possible stigma from locals in the area, north of Nairobi, who they say are now eyeing them suspiciously after the announced outbreak.

    Last year the British Army camp shut down for over three months following the worldwide outbreak, and only reopened last month.

    Employees have been assured they will get their pay.

  4. Colombia's 'historic act' to protect migrants

    Video content

    Video caption: Almost a million undocumented Venezuelans resident there will get legal status

    Almost a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants resident in Colombia will get official papers in order to work and access health services.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Lewisham Hospital: One year after ‘patient zero’

    On 9 February 2020, London’s first Covid-19 patient arrived at Lewisham Hospital in the back of an Uber.

  6. Fela Kuti: His legacy lives on in his son and grandson

    The legendary activist and Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti, used his music to lament social injustices and political corruption in his native Nigeria.

    He has passed that legacy on to his son Femi and grandson, Made.

    The two have released their first two albums working together, and the impact of Fela’s musical as well as social influence is definitely present.

    One track from the aptly named Legacy+ double-album, is "Pà Pá Pà", which Femi says is meant to rail against dishonesty in Nigerian politics and politicians who fail to do their job and waste time.

    "My first album my father didn't like it, no cause for alarm, he loved the second album everybody thought Fela wrote it, he never helped me musically in that respect," Femi told Focus on Africa.

    He was motivated to work harder by identifying a special tone of music that would set him apart.

    "The government has failed us the healthcare system has failed, education has failed, electricity does work, bad roads. These are the things Fela stood for," Femi says.

    Femi spoke more about the new album calling for accountability from the government:

    Video content

    Video caption: Femi and Made continue Fela Kuti's art of attacking Nigeria’s corruption through music
  7. Jack Leach

    Fixtures, results, scorecards and squads from England's tour of India, featuring four Tests, five Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs.

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  8. Somalia in limbo: opposition want interim government

    Video content

    Video caption: The president's term has ended and no election has been held

    The president's term has ended and no election has been held

  9. WHO 'concerned' about SA vaccine rollout halt

    Samples being collected for coronavirus testing
    Image caption: South Africa has recorded more than 1.4 million Covid cases

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against jumping to conclusions about the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.

    This is after a South African study suggested that the AstraZeneca jab was less effective against a local variant of the virus.

    But experts are hopeful that the vaccine will still be effective at preventing severe cases.

    Head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said data used in the study was from a "limited sample size" and the participants were "younger and healthier".

    "It is important to determine whether or not the vaccine remains effective in preventing more severe illness," he said in a statement.

    But he acknowledged that manufacturers of vaccines will have to adopt to mutations of the coronavirus.

    "It seems increasingly clear that manufacturers will have to adjust to the evolution of the virus, taking into account the latest variants for future shots, including boosters.

    "We know viruses mutate and we know we have to be ready to adapt vaccines so they remain effective," he said.

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  10. Myanmar coup: a Rohingya Muslim's fear

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    Video caption: Protests continue against the coup, but what is it like for this minority group in Yangon?

    Protests continue against the coup, but what is it like for this minority group in Yangon?

  11. Somalia's Farmajo quiet as term ends amid poll row

    Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has not addressed the nation since his term ended on Monday.

    His last speech was on wanting to facilitate free and fair elections in Somalia. That was after talks on how to proceed with elections collapsed on 5 February.

    There has been no communication from his office since Monday and uncertainty remains.

    His office has not responded to enquiries from the BBC.

    The UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the political crisis in the country, according to AFP news agency.

  12. Trump's second impeachment: what drives the Democrats?

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    Video caption: The trial begins in the Senate of the ex-president following the Capitol riots

    The trial begins in the Senate of the ex-president following the Capitol riots.

  13. Ebola contact tracing starts in DR Congo

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    Ebola virus
    Image caption: Ebola virus can spread rapidly, through contact with even small amounts of bodily fluid of those infected

    Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have started tracing those who came in contact with a patient who died from Ebola.

    The 42-year-old woman died last Wednesday in North-Kivu province just two days after developing symptoms of the disease.

    A team of epidemiologists are on the ground investigating the case and authorities have announced that the disinfection of the sites visited by the patient was underway.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has already identified more than 70 contact cases of the disease.

    The country had three months ago declared the end of its 11th Ebola outbreak that killed 55 people

    Health Minister, Eteni Longondo, says doctors are determining whether the latest cases are from a new strain of the disease.

    He also called for calm in the affected community.

    The 10th Ebola epidemic, and the deadliest to hit the country, killed more than 2,200 people between August 2018 and June 2020.

    What is Ebola?

    • Ebola is a virus that initially causes sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat
    • It progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea and both internal and external bleeding
    • People are infected when they have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids of someone with Ebola
    • Patients tend to die from dehydration and multiple organ failure

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