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    The city of Boulder searches for answers while remembering the victims of Monday's deadly shooting.

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  4. Key Mozambique gas hub 'under attack by gunmen'

    A Mozambican woman works in a rice paddy in Palma, where large deposits of natural gas were found offshore, February 2017
    Image caption: A rice paddy near Palma, where large gas deposits have been found offshore, pictured in 2017 before the insurgency began

    Gunmen have attacked Mozambique's northern town of Palma, which is close to a multi-billion dollar gas project led by French oil giant Total, sources say.

    The raid comes on the day it was announced that construction would soon resume on the scheme. Work was halted in December because of insecurity blamed on the Islamist insurgency in the north of country which began in 2017.

    Automatic gunfire could be heard in the town and then communication was cut off, Reuters quotes sources telling Portugal's state news agency Lusa.

    A security source told the AFP news agency that troops were fighting insurgents.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted by the violence in northern Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

    Infamous for beheading residents in the resource-rich area, the jihadists have also managed to take control of towns in the last year.

    These are used as transit points for goods and workers related to the gas developments, Reuters reports.

    Many firms have moved into the region hoping to cashing in on one of the biggest gas finds in decades, it says.

  5. Gay man fights to get Namibia to recognise his twins

    Esther Ogola

    Women's affairs reporter, BBC News

    Phillip Lühl and his twin daughters
    Image caption: The twins were born in Durban to a surrogate mother on 13 March 2021

    A Namibian high court is to decide whether a gay man can return home with his twin daughters, who were born to a surrogate mother in neighbouring South Africa.

    Phillip Lühl says his daughters are stateless after Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs refused to issue emergency travel authorisation papers for them last week.

    Under South Africa’s surrogacy laws, a child born to a surrogate mother takes the citizenship of its parents.

    In this case, the twins’ South African birth certificates recognise Mr Lühl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado, as the parents.

    In a sworn affidavit, Mr Lühl says the home affairs ministry asked him to prove that the children were his.

    He believes this was done because of his same-sex marriage, a move he believes is discriminatory.

    Moreover, he says, the Namibian constitution does not require a biological link for citizenship by descent between parents and their children.

    Same-sex relationships are illegal in Namibia, though those involved in one are not prosecuted.

    There are also no specific legal guidelines regarding surrogacy in Namibia.

    Activists have planned a march outside the high court on Thursday to protest at what they say is inequality against members of LGBTQ community.

  6. Late Zulu king's third wife appointed regent

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu pictured in about 1973 when she was a princess of Swaziland, now known as Eswatini
    Image caption: The queen pictured in the early 1970s before her marriage

    Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu has been appointed regent of South Africa’s Zulu nation following the recent death of her husband.

    King Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential traditional ruler, had been on the throne for five decades when he died earlier in March.

    Queen MaDlamini Zulu is the late king’s third wife and sister to Mswati III, the monarch of neighbouring Eswatini.

    Prime Minister of the Zulu nation, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said her appointment was in line with King Zwelithini’s wishes.

    His lawyers and some 200 members of the royal family met on Wednesday for the reading of the will.

    The royal family would observe a three-month mourning period and further decisions about the king’s successor would be taken after that, Chief Buthelezi said.

    “The loss of his majesty the king has been a tremendous blow and the family must be allowed to grieve,” he said.

    King Zwelithini is survived by six wives and at least 26 children.

    He was buried last Thursday at a private and secretive ceremony attended by a few select men from the royal family.

    The days leading up to his funeral made for a colourful display of Zulu culture as hundreds gathered to commemorate the king’s life and legacy through song and dance in his hometown of Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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  8. Mozambican bakers warn of steep rise in bread prices

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Loaves of bread pictured in Nampula province, Mozambique
    Image caption: In the capital, Maputo, the cost of a loaf of bread is to rise by 25%

    There will be a steep increase in the price of bread from 1 April because of the rising cost of flour, the head of the Mozambican Association of Bakers (Amopao), Victor Miguel, has announced.

    The cost of flour has increased by 27% - a 50kg sack now costs about $29 (£21) instead of $23, leaving bakers with no choice, Mr Miguel said, adding that some were operating at a loss and others had had to close because of debts.

    His association had tried several times to communicate with the government to let them know about this problem.

    There were deadly riots across cities in Mozambique in 2010 sparked by a 30% rise in the price of bread. At least a dozen people died and more than 400 people were injured.

    To quell the unrest, the government subsidised the price of flour for some time - and since then price rises have always been small.

    The price rise from April would not be uniform - varying from province to province, Mr Miguel said.

    In the capital, Maputo, it is to rise by 25% to 17 US cents a loaf.

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