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Pfizer identifies fake versions of Covid vaccine

  1. Medical personnel prepare a Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 during a day of applying second doses to the population, at the Manuel Jose Hurtado school, in the Chorrillo neighborhood in Panama City, Panama, 21 April 2021.

    The US pharmaceutical company says doses seized by authorities in Mexico and Poland were counterfeit.

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France backs stability in Chad after Déby's death

  1. Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno
    Image caption: Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, one of the late president's sons, is a 37-year-old four-star general

    France's foreign minister has said the immediate priority in Chad is for the military council to ensure the stability of the country.

    In an interview with French TV Jean-Yves Le Drian appeared to defend the suspension of the constitution, saying there were exceptional circumstances in Chad following the death of President Idriss Déby.

    The military said he died on the battlefield after being wounded by rebels trying to advance on the capital.

    Mr Déby's son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno - also known as "General Kaka - was named president by the military council.

    Many in Chad, including the opposition, will be disappointed by the minister's remarks as they had been hoping France would lead international calls for a fast return to civilian rule.

    Chad has been an long-time ally of France and other Western powers in the battle against jihadist groups in the Sahel region of Africa.

    But at least for now it seems France will not be putting much pressure on the generals to hand the country over to civilians.

    Not while rebels are still threatening to seize power.

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'Loopholes' found in Malta's golden passport scheme

  1. Maltese town of Bormla Cospicua, facing Valletta

    Investors rented empty properties to fulfil the one-year residence requirement, leaked files show.

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Deadly bomb blast hits luxury Pakistan hotel

  1. Smoke billows from the Serena hotel after a bomb blast in Quetta

    The Pakistani Taliban says it is behind the blast in Quetta, which killed five people and wounded 12.

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One of world's biggest arms traffickers recaptured

  1. Barbieri's wanted poster

    João Filipe Barbieri escaped from prison in November using fake court papers, Brazilian police say.

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India sees world's highest-ever daily Covid cases

  1. Health workers attend to a suspected Covid-19 positive patient

    The country records 314,835 new daily cases as Delhi hospitals fear running out of oxygen in hours.

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Syrian missile lands near Israeli nuclear site

  1. File photo from 20 July 2020 showing Syrian air-defence missile fired from near Damascus during Israeli air strikes

    Israel carries out air strikes near Damascus after a loud explosion was heard in the Dimona area.

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Morocco jails entertainers over 'insulting' video

  1. Brahim Bouhlel

    Actor Brahim Bouhlel and influencer Zbarbooking are seen swearing at children in a viral clip.

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Motorbike gunmen in deadly Nigerian village raids

  1. Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    A broken window of a dormitory is pictured at the Government Girls Secondary School in Zamfara
    Image caption: Attacks and kidnappings are common in Zamfara

    Motorbike-riding gunmen have killed dozens of people and burnt down a number of homes in a series of raids targeting remote villages in Nigeria's Zamfara state, reports from the north-western region say.

    A police spokesperson confirmed the attacks to the BBC but could not give any casualty figures, saying a team of officials was on its way to the area to assess the situation.

    Residents in Zamfara's Magami area say they have counted more than 50 bodies.

    They told the BBC that the gunmen first attacked the village of Yar-Doka on Wednesday.

    When local vigilantes from neighbouring villages moved in to help, the gunmen attacked several other communities.

    Some of the victims are said to be people displaced by previous attacks now returning home to prepare their farmland for this year’s rainy season.

    Armed criminal gangs have stepped up violence in the region in recent months - carrying out deadly raids and mass kidnappings for ransom, including the targeting of schools.

    On Tuesday, a group of gunmen abducted a number of students and shot dead a member of staff at a private university in neighbouring Kaduna state.

AI unlocks ancient Dead Sea Scrolls mystery

  1. Fragment of Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript

    "Cutting edge technology" reveals how scribes foiled modern scholars with one of the Biblical texts.

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Student starts relief campaign for volcano victims

  1. Shelana Artman

    Shelena Artman wants to help people on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, where her father was born.

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Police search for missing teenager

  1. Svetlana Murphy pictured from the shoulders, smiling

    Svetlana Murphy, 14, is missing from County Louth and is in the company of an 18-year-old man.

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Billionaire Dyson moves residency back to the UK

  1. James Dyson

    Sir James faced criticism in 2019 over relocating his company's global headquarters to Singapore.

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Armed group 'takes control' in Ethiopian conflict

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    The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says an armed group has taken control of an area zone in the western region of Benishangul-Gumuz.

    The Sedal district in the Kamashi area, which has a population of about 25,000, was under "near full control of an armed group", a statement from the state-linked commission said.

    Local security officials had been outnumbered, and additional forces who had been deployed had not yet arrived, it said.

    Reports had been received of civilians being killed and civil servants being kidnapped, the EHRC said.

    Residents had told the EHRC that the armed group razed and looted property, with many people including the police, fleeing the area.

    "This escalation of the insecurity plaguing the area is alarming," the commission said, while calling for an immediate reinforcements.

    Survivors of a massacre in Benishangul-Gumuz between a displaced persons camp and the city of Chagni - 31 December 2020
    Image caption: Many people fled their homes after more than 100 civilians were killed in a massacre in Benishangul-Gumuz in December

    Benishangul-Gumuz has witnessed a number of deadly attacks since September, with hundreds killed in an ethnic conflict over land and resources.

    The controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will be Africa's biggest hydropower project, is also located in Benishangul-Gumuz.

Zambia's Banda undaunted by Olympics draw

  1. Zambia women's football captain Barbra Banda

    Zambia women's football captain Barbra Banda is not scared of the Copper Queens draw for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

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No sign of Eritrea withdrawing from Ethiopia - US

  1. Soldiers fighting in Ethiopia have been accused of human rights violations
    Image caption: Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have been accused of committing atrocities

    The US State Department says it hasn't seen any evidence to show that Eritrean troops are withdrawing from Ethiopia.

    This is despite the commitments that both countries had made that the troops would pull out, spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday during a briefing with reporters.

    "We urge their immediate full withdrawal, as we believe it is critical to restoring peace and security and critical to that issue of humanitarian access," he said.

    The Eritrean soldiers have been in Ethiopia backing the government as it fought a group that challenged the central government's rule.

    Troops from both countries have been accused of committing atrocities, with thousands dying from the conflict, according to human rights groups.

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Zuma's lawyers withdraw ahead of corruption trial

  1. Former South African President Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: Mr Zuma has denied corruption charges against him

    Lawyers for former South African President Jacob Zuma have filed a notice of withdrawal from representing him.

    The lawyers have not given reasons for doing so.

    The notice filed on Wednesday follows last week's ruling in which the former president lost an appeal against the state's bid to recover money that it had spent on his legal fees.

    It also comes before a a corruption trial due to begin on 17 May.

    Mr Zuma faces 16 charges over a $2bn (£1.4bn) state arms deal, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering - all of which he denies.

Indonesia has 72 hours to find submarine, navy says

  1. A KRI Nanggala-402 submarine performs an exercise in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, in 2014

    Indonesia is racing against time to rescue the 53 crew of a missing submarine before the oxygen runs out.

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  1. Video caption: The bus that could change your life

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Kenya seeks more vaccines as Covax supply falters

  1. Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC health reporter, Nairobi

    Kenyans wait in line to register to receive their first injection of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19
    Image caption: Kenya has so far vaccinated more than 700,000 people

    The Kenyan government wants to acquire two million doses of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to bolster its vaccination campaign.

    Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe says the additional doses will be used to supplement the vaccines supplied through the UN-led Covax scheme.

    Kenya has so far vaccinated more than 700,000 people with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

    The East African nation received just over a million doses through Covax in early March.

    But pharmaceutical manufacturing giant India recently decided to halt vaccine exports in order to prioritise its citizens – throwing Covax supply chains in doubt.

    Many African governments have been forced to look elsewhere for their next batches.

    AstraZeneca was an ideal choice for many as it is easier to store. The Pfizer vaccine might prove difficult to roll out in Kenya as it does not have enough cold-storage facilities.

    Mr Kagwe says Kenya plans to buy special fridges required to store them once the vaccines have been acquired.

    Data from the government shows that more men are taking the vaccines compared to women - though many members of the public are sceptical about being vaccinated.

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