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  1. Mozambique needs over $114m to reconstruct Palma

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    A woman carries her belongings in Palma
    Image caption: Thousands of people have fled the coastal town

    The Mozambican government says it needs more than $114m (£82m) for the socio-economic reconstruction of the district town of Palma, in northern Cabo Delgado province, recently vandalised by Islamist terrorists.

    The Minister of State Administration and Public Service Ana Comoana described the situation in Palma as "extremely difficult, shocking and violent".

    She said "infrastructure and financial resources" had been destroyed in the attack.

    Mrs Comoana said the government has to prepare to rebuild the town but she did not say how the funds will be raised.

    Read more: Why IS is so hard to defeat in Mozambique

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    Video caption: Brazil coronavirus: Inside the crisis

    Research suggests more than half of patients being treated in intensive care last month were under 40.

  3. Somali states and opposition reject term extension

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Somali opposition leaders and the regional states of Jubbaland and Puntland, as well as the country's senate, have rejected parliament's decision to extend the presidential term by two years.

    The Somali Lower House of parliament on Monday overwhelmingly extended President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office, and that of the federal parliament by two years.

    Jubbaland state government said parliament's move was a setback to rebuilding the country’s governance.

    A spokesperson for Puntland’s President Sa’id Abdullahi Deni tweeted that the “it was an illegal move by the out of mandate Lower House".

    Somalia’s senate’s First Deputy Speaker Abshir Ahmed questioned the power by the Lower House to take such a controversial decision without the senate's approval.

    In a tweet, former Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said the president “will solely be held responsible for what happens today or will happen”.

    President Farmajo praised the decision and called on the Somali people to take advantage of the opportunity and participate in the country’s political process.

  4. Ethiopia criticises Sudan and Egypt over dam row

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    Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
    Image caption: Ethiopia's mega dam has led to a dispute with Sudan and Egypt

    Ethiopia has said that it has addressed "all of the concerns" Sudan had raised regarding its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) on the Nile river as talks regarding its operation collapsed.

    "#Ethiopia has addressed all of the concerns of #Sudan on #Gerd as they're technical. Data exchange has been offered and dam safety is an issue that's well taken care of by Ethiopia for its own safety in the first place. Who profits by Sudan's rejection of the filling of Gerd?" the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted on Twitter.

    The ministry questioned why Sudan should complain about the dam after "lauding" it for years.

    Sudan and Egypt have increasingly been making similar statements concerning the dam that they see it as a threat to their share of the Nile river waters.

    The ministry also accused Egypt of failing to recognise Ethiopia's "generosity and understanding."

    Following the failure of the latest negotiations this month, Egyptian and Sudanese officials have heightened rhetoric against Ethiopia's intention to fill the dam next July.

    Years of tripartite negotiations have failed to solve the dispute over the construction of the dam which Egypt and Sudan fear would reduce their share of the Nile waters.

  5. Romanian oxygen tragedy and Belgian threats inquiry: Latest across Europe

    Three elderly Covid patients have died in Romania after a malfunction in a mobile intensive care unit’s oxygen supply. The ventilators stopped working because oxygen levels rose too high, officials in Bucharest said.

    Belgian prosecutors have launched an investigation into threats made against virologist Marc van Ranst,who fronts Belgium’s anti-Covid campaign. Mr van Ranst says he’s fed up with constant death threats – the latest is allegedly from a dance manager. The virologist has had to have police protection for months.

    Italian rugby will today pay its final respects to Massimo Cuttitta, a national rugby hero who played 70 times for his country and has died of Covid aged 54, days after his mother.

    Massimo Cuttitta was for several years Scotland's specialist scrum coach (2015 file pic)
    Image caption: Massimo Cuttitta was for several years Scotland's specialist scrum coach

    Cuttitta also played in England for Harlequins. His twin brother said Massimo had recently come back to Italy to spend more time with his mother after his father died.

    Ireland has become the latest European country to limit the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca drug to over 60s. Extremely rare blood clots have been linked to the drug but the EU’s medical regulator say the benefits outweigh any risk.

    French Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to tell parliament today that regional elections will take place on two weekends running in the second half of June. The government asked 35,000 local mayors what they thought and most of them agreed they should go ahead.

    The German government is set to agree changes to the country’s infections control law that hand more powers to the central government. Berlin has struggled to implement Covid measures on the 16 states and this change would enable imposing curfews and school closures.

  6. Rebels attack area near Chad's border

    The Chadian army has said rebels attacked an area near the northern border on Sunday, the day of the country's presidential election.

    The army said on Monday that "steps had been taken to neutralise" the incursion at Zouarké, about 1,000km (620 miles) north of the capital N'Djamena.

    A political-military group, the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (Fact) founded by dissident army officers in 2016, claimed responsibility for the attack, the Reuters news agency reported.

    It reported that the group, which blamed President Idriss Deby for repression over the elections, had disputed the government's portrayal of the attack.

    President Deby is expected to extend his 30-year year rule in the election whose results have not yet been announced.

  7. Botswana halts Covid vaccination in some regions

    A woman gets vaccinated in Francistown, Botswana
    Image caption: Some 17,808 people have been vaccinated so far

    The authorities in Botswana have stopped vaccination in some regions saying doses allocated to them have been depleted.

    The country has so far vaccinated 17,808 people, according to data from the health ministry.

    People in affected regions have been advised to wait for the next vaccine shipment which is expected to arrive in weeks, ministry said.

    Meanwhile President Mokgweetsi Masisi has moved a night curfew to start at 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT) from the earlier start time of 20:00 local time.

    Botswana has reported 40,998 Covid-19 cases including 663 deaths.

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