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  2. Cabo Delgado residents decry rise in attacks

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Internally displaced persons gather for a community meeting in the Tara Tara district of Matuge, northern Mozambique
    Image caption: Internally displaced persons gather for a community meeting in the Tara Tara district of Matuge, northern Mozambique

    People in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado are complaining that the security forces are not doing enough to protect them from Islamist attacks.

    About 10 communities have been affected in the past two weeks, with some villages attacked several times.

    They said Mozambique's military refused to help them because they had not been authorised by their commanders to go into the field.

    The army chief of staff said the population of the port city of Mocimboa da Praia, which was taken over by the militants last year, would soon be able to return.

    Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced during the past three years of Islamist violence in northern Mozambique.

  3. Tunisian court jails relative of ousted president

    BBC World Service

    Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

    A court in Tunisia has sentenced the brother-in-law of the ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to 10 years in jail for corruption.

    The court found that Belhassen Trabelsi and the owner of El Hiwar TV had set up a private company where they siphoned off advertising revenues from state television.

    The men were fined $15m (£11m).

    President Ben Ali fled abroad, after months of protests, 10 years ago.

  4. Nigerian state extends schools' closure in hijab row

    A map of Nigeria

    Nigeria's Kwara state has extended the closure of 10 public school founded by Christian missions where the wearing of hijab is disputed.

    The schools were scheduled to reopen on Monday but will remain closed "for safety reasons", the state government said.

    It directed schoolchildren and teachers in the affected schools to remain at home until when an announcement will be made.

    "The government remains committed to fairness, pluralism, and respect for the law and rights of every citizen at all times," it said in a statement.

    Local media say the crux of the controversy revolves on the right of schoolchildren to wear hijabs in public schools.

    The Christian missions reportedly want the government to revert control of the schools that they founded back to them, and have insisted they will not allow pupils to wear hijabs.

  5. Mauritius puts oil barriers near stuck Chinese boat

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    An aerial view of the Chinese fishing vessel
    Image caption: The boat's crew was rescued on Sunday evening

    The authorities in Mauritius have deployed an oil boom near a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel that ran aground over the weekend near the capital, Port Loius.

    The 310 metres of boom - a temporary floating barrier meant to contain an oil spill - is a precautionary measure after traces of oil were detected on Monday on reefs of Pointe-aux-Sables where the boat is stuck, according to Fisheries Minister Sudeer Maudhoo.

    He said that the boat is still "intact".

    The Chinese trawler, LURONGYUANYU588, is carrying 130 tonnes of diesel.

    Chinese trawler, LURONGYUANYU588

    "The oil does not come from the boat's tank. It may have come out of the propeller, but there was no leak," he said.

    The minister added that a Greek company, Polyeco, will oversee the sucking up of the spilt oil and setting the boat afloat again.

    "A member of the Polyeco team is already on the boat to prepare the pumping operations. The pumping and removal of the boat should take four to five days," Mr Maudhoo said.

    Mauritius police and shipping officials have already gone on board to seize documents needed for investigations.

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