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  1. Ghana begins vaccine rollout in Covid hotspot

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    Ghana has started a mass rollout of the 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses it received last week.

    The vaccination drive is taking place in 43 districts, mostly in southern Ghana where a high number of Covid-19 cases have been recorded.

    Priority is being given to front line health workers, those with underlying health conditions and those aged over 60 years old.

    Pregnant women and children won’t be vaccinated, as authorities say they don’t yet have enough data on possible side effects for these groups.

    The country’s parliament, which was shut after 17 MPs tested positive for the virus, resumes on Tuesday and MPs are expected to get the jabs.

    There’s still a lot of scepticism even after President Nana Akufo-Addo received the vaccine on live television on Monday.

    About 20 million people are expected to have received the jab across the country before the year ends.

    The Ghanaian authorities have also approved the use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.

    Ghana received the vaccine through the Covax scheme, which hopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries in less than a year.

    Read more: Ivory Coast and Ghana begin mass Covid vaccination rollouts

  2. What's happening in Europe?

    A new Covid test centre in Saarbrucken, near the French border, 2 Mar 21
    Image caption: A new Covid test centre in Saarbrucken, near the French border
    • France has changed its stance on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – now it can be given to people with underlying health conditions in the 65-74 age group. Earlier France had restricted its use, saying there was not enough data from trials in older age groups. France now has 1.1m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but by Saturday just 273,000 people had received that jab, French LCI news reports
    • Germany is still not giving the AstraZeneca jab to the over-65s, but such a move is now under discussion. Germany also has large stocks of that vaccine waiting to be used
    • German border police are now carrying out spot checks on people entering from the French Moselle region. They must have proof of a negative Covid test no more than 48 hours old. About 16,000 Moselle residents commute to Germany daily. They face having to get tested three times a week – it takes time and there is a fee in Germany, unlike in France. Germany is worried about the Brazil variant – there have been many cases of it in Moselle
    • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced plans to develop Covid vaccines with Denmark and Israel. The countries’ leaders are to meet in Israel on Thursday. Mr Kurz said the EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) was too slow to approve vaccines, and it was vital to be prepared for further mutations of the virus
    • Slovakia – an EU member like its neighbour Hungary – is following Hungary’s example by accepting the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Slovakia says it has just received the first batch of what will be two million doses. Yet the EMA has not yet approved Sputnik V.
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    Iran targeted an Iraqi base hosting US troops to avenge the assassination of Gen Qasem Soleimani.

  4. First batch of Covax vaccines arrive in Nigeria

    The first batch of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived in Nigeria.

    The stocks were procured through Covax, a UN-backed programme that is trying to ensure Covid-19 vaccines are shared fairly among all countries.

    Nigeria is expecting a total of 16 million doses of the vaccine that will be delivered in batches over months.

  5. Zanzibar's new vice-president sworn in

    The new vice-president of Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar has been sworn in less than two weeks after his predecessor died.

    Othman Masoud Othman Sharif replaces Seif Sharif Hamad who died on 17 February, aged 77.

    No official reason has been given for his death but it came nearly three weeks after his party said he had contracted Covid-19.

    Mr Masoud has previously served in senior positions in Zanzibar government, including as attorney-general.

    His swearing-in ceremony at State House in Zanzibar was posted on YouTube:

  6. Churchill's Moroccan art sells for record price

    BBC World Service

    Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is seen as preparations are made behind closed doors ahead of Christie"s live streamed Modern British Art Auction on March 1.
    Image caption: Winston Churchill painted this picture of a mosque in Morocco

    A painting by the British wartime leader Winston Churchill has sold at auction for $11.6m (£8.4m) - a record price for his work.

    Churchill painted Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque in Morocco in 1943 and later gave to the US president Franklin Roosevelt.

    It is thought to be the only painting he completed during the Second World War.

    The two leaders were in Morocco for the Casablanca Conference, where they planned the defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of Western Europe.

    Read more: Angelina Jolie sells Winston Churchill painting for record £7m

  7. Nigeria governor: How I negotiated schoolgirls' release

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    Video caption: Hundreds of pupils who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria last week have now been freed

    Hundreds of pupils who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria last week have now been freed

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    Video caption: Migrating flamingos turn Mumbai lakes into 'sea of pink'

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  9. South Sudanese military generals die of Covid-19

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    Soldiers of the South Sudan People's Defence Forces (SSPDF)
    Image caption: Soldiers have been urged to adhere to public health measures

    The South Sudanese military has announced the death of three generals who died after becoming ill with Covid-19.

    It identified the three as David Manyot Barach, Elijah Alier Ayom and Mabior Maket.

    Burials would be organised by a committee in collaboration with the families of the deceased, the military said.

    Chief of Defence Forces Gen Johnson Juma Okot has urged all soldiers to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures, according to the military spokesman Brig Gen Santo Domic Chol.

    Over the last two weeks, two prominent scholars at the University of Juba have also died after contracting coronavirus - bringing the number of deaths from the pandemic to 95.

    In total, 8,144 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the world's newest nation.

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) say South Sudan is witnessing a surge in cases because of poor adherence to safety measures like social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

  10. Amnesty says 'war crimes' committed in Mozambique

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    War displaced people from central Mozambique in the shelter center of Chibuto that was hit by the passage of cyclone Eloise in January
    Image caption: Mozambique has been battling an insurgency since October 2017

    Amnesty International has published a report accusing Mozambique’s army, private military contractors and militants operating in the northern Cabo Delgado province of committing war crimes.

    “All three have committed war crimes, causing the deaths of hundreds of civilians," said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s regional director for east and southern Africa.

    "The international community has failed to address this crisis as it has escalated into full-blown armed conflict over the last three years."

    The watchdog urged all parties to immediately stop targeting civilians and called on the Mozambican government to investigate the abuses.

    Last year, several videos emerged showing alleged soldiers carrying out abuses against suspected militants and residents during counterinsurgency operations in Cabo Delgado.

    Mozambique has been battling an insurgency since October 2017 in which more than 2,300 people have been killed and over 600,000 others have been forced from their homes.

  11. Hollywood star celebrates African prints with gown

    Hollywood star Viola Davis' gown for the Golden Globes awards showcased the work of Cameroon-born designer Claude Kameni.

    Davis wore the attire during a virtual appearance at the awards from her home. It was made with fabric from Cameroon.

    The US actress was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

    She is on a mission to popularise the prints of Africa, according to British Vogue magazine.

    “Viola wanted a designer who spoke to her specifically as a black woman,” stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who has worked with the actress, is quoted as saying.

  12. Niger leader charged with plot to overthrow government

    Niger's anti-riot police officers arrive in a street with smoke and projectiles against opposition protesters
    Image caption: Protests followed after the declaration of the ruling party candidate as the winner

    Leading Nigerien opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is being held by the authorities, faces multiple charges including being involved in an organisation seeking to overthrow a democratic regime.

    The authorities have also brought charges of "regionalist propaganda" and "speech inclined to set people against one another" against the opposition leader.

    At least two people died last week during protests following the presidential election in which ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum was declared winner with 55.75%.

    Opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane contested the results, alleging fraud.

    Mr Amadou - who had once been considered the main opposition contender to run against Mr Bazoum but was banned from running - supported Mr Ousmane in the race.

    Last week, Mr Ousmane's supporters clashed with riot police in street confrontation following the announcement.

    The protesters set houses on fire, including that of Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Moussa Kaka.

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