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  1. Kenya ratifies trade deal with UK

    Peter Mwangangi

    BBC News

    A worker cuts roses in a greenhouse at a flower farm in Kiambu County, Kenya, on March 24, 2020
    Image caption: Kenya will maintain its duty and quota-free access for its agricultural products

    Kenyan legislators have ratified the country’s trade deal with the UK, despite concerns by some MPs on lack of room for further amendments and an ongoing court case against the deal.

    Under the agreement, Kenya will maintain its duty and quota-free access for its agricultural products such as tea, coffee, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables to the UK market.

    On the other hand, import taxes on 82.6% of products originating from the UK will be abolished after 25 years.

    A court case has been filed by small scale farmers who have complained of lack of public participation.

    The passing into law of the deal named the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), came a day after the UK MPs did the same, paving the way for the pact to be implemented.

    In endorsing the deal, Kenya’s parliament will now require the country’s industrialisation minister to submit to it an annual progress report and an economic assessment on the gains, losses and developments arising from the implementation of the deal.

    The annual value of trade between Kenya and the UK is estimated at between $638m-820m (£459m-590m).

  2. UN agency demands access to migrant fire victims

    BBC World Service

    Smoke billows above the residential area following airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi-held military positions on March 07, 2021
    Image caption: It's not clear how many were killed or injured in the blaze

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has demanded urgent humanitarian access in Yemen to migrants - mostly Ethiopians - wounded in a deadly fire at an overcrowded holding facility.

    The IOM says that as many migrants are in a critical condition, meeting their health needs must be an urgent priority.

    "We are facing challenges accessing the injured due to an increased security presence in the hospitals,” IOM Middle East and North Africa director Carmela Godeau said in a statement on Tuesday.

    It is not clear how many of the hundreds of people were killed or injured in the fire at a centre in Sana'a.

    The IOM says more than 170 have been treated for injuries - with many still in a critical condition.

    A Yemeni human rights group, Mwatana, has issued a report suggesting that the number of those who died is far higher than the figure of eight given so far.

  3. US envoy to visit conflict-hit Tigray in Ethiopia

    The US ambassador to Ethiopia will on Wednesday visit the northern Tigray region where a government-led military campaign against regional forces left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

    The visit comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week urged Ethiopia to allow an international investigation into alleged atrocities in the region.

    It is unclear what access Ambassador Geeta Pasi will be granted in Tigray, but the embassy said in a tweet that the US was "committed to providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations in Ethiopia".

    The Tigray region descended into conflict on 4 November 2020 when Ethiopia's government launched an offensive to oust the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) after its fighters captured federal military bases in Tigray.

    Allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity have since emerged, with the UN human rights commissioner calling on Ethiopia to allow independent experts into the region.

    More on the Tigray conflict:

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    Video caption: Senegal protests: What you need to know about Ousmane Sonko and his arrest

    Who is Ousmane Sonko, why was he arrested and why are people on protesting in Senegal?

  5. Equatorial Guinea blasts death toll rises to 105

    The death toll from explosions at a military base in Equatorial Guinea has risen to 105, the health ministry says.

    Some 133 people were still in hospital, the ministry said in a tweet.

    A total total of 615 people were injured in the blasts.

    The death toll rose after seven more corpses were discovered on Tuesday, the AFP news agency reports, quoting the state television.

    The blasts on Sunday hit the Nkoantoma military base in the country's main city, Bata, and caused huge damage to buildings and homes.

    President Obiang Nguema said they had been caused "by the negligence of a unit charged with the care and protection of stores of dynamite and explosives".

  6. Europe latest: Czech MP dies and hospitals under pressure

    An ambulance with the first patient suffering from Covid-19 who was brought from the Czech Republic to the County Hospital in Raciborz, Poland
    Image caption: Some Czech patients are now being treated in neighbouring countries such as Poland

    A paediatric neurosurgeon has become the first Czech MP to succumb to coronavirus in the Czech Republic. Jiri Ventruba, 71, set up a specialist centre at Brno children’s hospital after working in the US. The surge in cases has prompted the Czech Republic to ask hospitals in neighbouring countries to take in some of its patients.

    The situation in Hungary is “very serious” according to surgeon general Cecilia Muller, who says hospitals there are coming under increasing strain because of coronavirus.

    Greece has seen a big rise in cases and that’s affecting hospitals in the Attica area around Athens. Two private hospitals in the region will start taking patients from tomorrow.

    Hospitals in parts of Italy have come under pressure too, with infection numbers almost reaching 20,000 in the past 24 hours. The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, says the situation in the area’s hospitals is “very complicated”.

    Germany’s infection rate is down slightly over the past week to 65.4 cases per 100,000 people. Vaccine take-up is still slow so now the head of Germany’s health insurance scheme Andreas Gassen wants the network of 100,000 family doctors’ practices to spearhead a national campaign. He believes five million doses a week could be given and everyone could have a first dose by mid-June.

    The Bosnian capital Sarajevo will be locked down this weekend for the first time since last May. Almost all businesses will be closed and travel in and out of the region will be restricted. Sarajevo Canton will be restricted. Bosnia reported a record 48 Covid-related deaths yesterday.

  7. South Africa’s first black cricket captain: Temba Bavuma

    Video content

    Video caption: Temba Bavuma talks to Newsday about becoming the first black man to lead the national team

    Temba Bavuma talks to Newsday about becoming the first black man to lead the national team.

  8. Nigeria state plans pump-action guns for vigilantes

    BBC World Service

    Niger State governor Abubakar Sani Bello (L) talks with military personnel during a visit to the Government Science College where gunmen kidnapped students and staff in Kagara, Niger State, Nigeria 18 February 2021.
    Image caption: Niger state officials say they want to improve local security

    Officials in Niger State in north-central Nigeria have announced that they are going to arm vigilante groups with pump-action rifles.

    They say they want to improve local security in a state where attacks by bandits armed with AK-47 assault rifles have been on the rise.

    There is no police presence across much of the state, so it's hoped the vigilantes will fill the gap, but there are concerns that it will lead to a growing violence.

    "The rival bandits are using AK-47, GMPGS and more recently RPGs and then we are sending people with double-barred guns and pump-action guns to go face them," Nnamdi Obasi, International Crisis Group's senior adviser on Nigeria, told BBC's Newsday programme.

    "It is a very unequal match and it's going to lead to a more complicated situation than we have at the moment."

    He cited a "disconnect between federal government and state government efforts and most of the state government", which had led state governments to deal with the security situation "as the federal government is not as responsive as it ought to be".

  9. WTO mulls push to suspend Covid vaccine patents

    BBC World Service

    Launch of the Sisonke Vaccine Programme at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in South Africa
    Image caption: Pharmaceutical firms say waiving patents would not speed up production

    Member states of the World Trade Organization will on Wednesday begin talks on a joint proposal by India and South Africa to suspend patents on coronavirus vaccines to increase production.

    It's supported by more than 100 developing countries, many of whom have not yet made a meaningful start to their vaccination campaigns.

    But drugs companies say manufacturing capacity and ingredients shortages, not patents are proving to be the main bottlenecks.

    Britain, the EU and the US all oppose the proposal and are likely to block its passage in the WTO.

  10. Why are young Senegalese so angry?

    Alan Kasujja

    BBC Africa Daily

    Supporters of Ousmane Sonko block a road in Dakar on March 08, 2021.
    Image caption: Ousmane Sonko's detention last week sparked days of unrest

    Young Senegalese have had enough. They’re angry about the impact the pandemic has had on their pockets, but also at the way their president has been running the country.

    “There’s something that the youth are not happy about and the only way they found to express it is by violence”, says the BBC’s Lalla Sy. “And that means they feel that they’ve not been listened to.”

    So, when Ousmane Sonko, an opposition leader popular among young people, was temporarily arrested and charged with rape, their anger boiled over.

    They said the charges against Mr Sonko were nothing more than a high-level conspiracy to stop him from running in future elections.

    But is there any evidence to back that up? And what do these tensions tell us about Senegal today?

    Find out in Wednesday’s edition of Africa Daily.

    Subscribe to the show on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts.

  11. Family of 25 dies after Mozambique 'wild-plant meal'

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    A map of Mozambique

    Twenty-five people belonging to the same family were among 35 people who died in Mozambique's northern Muecate district after reportedly eating wild plants and fruits, the authorities say.

    Local officials say instances of people eating wild fruits, tubers and even wild grass have recently been reported in the region.

    According to a report on state television, TVM, residents have been grinding wild grass to cook xima - a traditional Mozambican porridge, usually made from maize flour.

    Food shortages in Nampula province have been attributed to low rainfall. Only five of the province’s 23 districts have experienced normal rains.

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