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    I have hope that we still have independent judges, the ex-Democratic Party chair Emily Lau says.

  2. Malawi president seeks more time for cabinet reshuffle

    Malawian president Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday postponed the announcement of a new cabinet line-up, saying he needed more time.

    His office said he had received cabinet assessment reports from Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Wednesday and could not make the changes immediately - as the reports were substantial and needed the president's "thorough review".

    "Given that the reports are as substantial as the President’s review is thorough, the completion of the task will take a few more days longer than anticipated," a statement by the presidential press secretary Brian Banda noted.

    The president had on Monday told Malawians that there would be a cabinet reshuffle in 48 hours.

    He has now asked for patience, saying he will announce the Cabinet "the instant he completes this sacred duty in a manner that conforms with the constitution".

    Some local media have however pointed to a picture of the president and the vice-president posted on Malawi State House Facebook page on 19 February, with a caption that they were jointly assessing the performance of the Cabinet.

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    Video caption: Traditional healers are now joining forces with medics in parts of rural South Africa

    Once condemned as witch-doctors, traditional healers are now joining forces with medics in parts of rural South Africa.

  4. Mauritius extends lockdown amid new Covid deaths

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis

    A Mauritanian police officer
    Image caption: Not wearing a mask could now land you in jail

    Mauritius has extended its lockdown for another month starting Thursday, and police will enforce a new Temporary Restrictions of Movement Order.

    Failure to wear a mask can now result in a fine of up to Mauritian rupees 500,000 ($12,400; £8,900) and also a jail term. Previously, the fine was 50,000 rupees.

    Police say 2,674 people have been fined for not wearing face masks and another 7,127 fined for breaching the restriction of movement order.

    No public gatherings will be allowed and markets and fairs will remain closed.

    People aged 18 and under will not be allowed to leave their homes except for examinations or medical emergencies.

    Walking and going out for physical exercise is still prohibited.

    Some economic activities will resume under strict conditions.

    Supermarkets, grocery shops and other food sectors will continue to operate. And other shops, hardware stores and hairdressers that had been closed will be able to reopen gradually.

    Only pharmacies and petrol stations will be allowed to open on Sundays.

    Civil marriages are permitted with a maximum of 10 guests.

    Mauritius has so far recorded 12 deaths as a result of coronavirus, two of those having been announced on Wednesday.

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    Video caption: India Covid vaccination: 'Everybody should get jabs as cases are rising'

    India has opened Covid vaccination for those above the age of 45

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    Video caption: Brexit: The impact on Dutch food exports to the UK

    BBC reporter Anna Holligan explains how Brexit has affected the way the Netherlands exports fresh food to the UK.

  7. French pandemic peak 'days away': Latest across Europe

    A healthcare worker administers a dose of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination center in Antibes
    Image caption: France's vaccination campaign is currently seeing more than 300,000 vaccines administered a day

    France is set to go under a limited lockdown for four weeks from Saturday night, with travel restrictions extended from 19 areas to the entire country. Non-essential shops will close and schools will close next week, previously seen as a last resort. Prime Minister Jean Castex has been addressing the National Assembly this morning and the health minister, Olivier Véran, says the peak of the epidemic is only seven to 10 days away. President Emmanuel Macron has said the vaccine provides a way out and some cultural venues and café terraces will reopen in mid-May.

    Eurovision is to take place in Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena in May as well, and the Dutch government wants to use the event as a test with 3,500 spectators allowed for all the rehearsals and the three big shows. There’ll be extensive safety measures for the 39 countries taking part. The Dutch have already experimented with a World Cup qualifier against Latvia, by allowing 5,000 spectators into the stadium.

    As infections surge in Belgium, a Brussels court has ruled that all the country’s Covid measures have to be lifted within 30 days because the legal basis isn’t good enough. The court backed a lawsuit from the League for Human Rights. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden has appealed against the ruling.

    Spain is seeing a new rise in cases with the average incidence up to 152 cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks. Madrid and Navarre in the north are among the areas seeing a spike. Cases are also rising in Germany, with 24,300 in the past 24 hours. Almost 90% of infections involve the UK (Kent) variant.

    The Austrian capital, Vienna and two other provinces the east have imposed an Easter lockdown to help ease the pressure on hospitals. Austrians have been told to stay at home, except for necessary activities such as food shopping, work, exercise and helping their families.

    A new German survey suggests only 25% of people have faith in the government’s vaccination strategy. The Oxford-AstraZeneca has been limited to over-60s in Germany and 40% of those surveyed said they did not want it.

  8. Missing Nigerian Air Force plane 'off the radar'

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    The Nigerian Air Force says it has lost radar contact with one of its aircraft while on a routine mission in the country's north-east.

    The Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the plane had been supporting troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state on Wednesday.

    It’s not clear why the aircraft went missing and how many officers were on board. Boko Haram militants have in the past hit military aircraft in the region.

    The fleet has also had numerous accidents in recent years.

    Seven air force officers were killed in a crash in February after reporting engine failure during a support mission.

    And in 2017 a military plane mistakenly bombed a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence in Borno state killing more than one hundred civilians.

  9. Three killed in attack on Nigerian former bank chief

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Former Nigerian central bank governor Charles Soludo.
    Image caption: Prof Charles Soludo was the governor of Nigeria's central bank

    Gunmen have attacked the former head of Nigeria's central bank, Prof Charles Soludo, killing three policemen guarding him.

    It happened at a campaign rally organised by Prof Soludo who is now running to become the governor of his native Anambra state in south-eastern Nigeria.

    Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the rally in Isuofia community town hall and opened fire on the gathering.

    Three policemen were gunned down while a close aide of Prof Soludo was abducted.

    It is not yet clear if the attack is connected to the gubernatorial election coming up in November.

    In the last three months, more than 15 policemen have been killed in south-eastern Nigeria following attacks by suspected criminal gangs.

    In some of the attacks, police stations were burnt down and guns and ammunition carted away.

    Nigeria is currently in the grip of widespread insecurity especially in the north-east and north-west regions of the country.

  10. Madagascar to join Covid vaccine global initiative

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    President Andry Rajoelina holds a bottle of Covid-Organics
    Image caption: President Andry Rajoelina had touted Covid-Organics as a cure

    Madagascar has changed tack and decided to join the global Covid-19 vaccine initiative Covax.

    "There are still many steps to be taken before access to the vaccines, but the registration is already an important step in the process," Minister of Public Health Prof Jean Louis Rakotovao said in a video posted on the ministry's official Facebook page.

    Madagascar had initially indicated that it would not participate in the Covax initiative. It said it would rather use a locally produced remedy known as Covid-Organics.

    The unproven remedy is available in tea and pill form and was touted as a cure for Covid-19 by President Andry Rajoelina.

    There is no cure for coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization.

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