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  1. Four kidnapped in Burkina Faso attack

    BBC World Service

    A map showing Burkina Faso

    Security officials in Burkina Faso say four people have been kidnapped near the Pama nature reserve on the eastern border with Benin and Niger.

    The four - a soldier in Burkina Faso's army, two Spanish nationals and a conservation worker from Ireland - were ambushed on a road near the reserve.

    Burkina Faso is facing a deepening security crisis, like many of its neighbours, as Islamist armed groups carry out raids and kidnappings across much of the region.

    Officials at Ireland's foreign ministry said they were liaising with local authorities over their missing citizen.

  2. Tear gas fired at Chad protesters after protest ban

    BBC World Service

    Police in Chad have broken up several demonstrations in the capital, N'Djamena, in protest against last week's military takeover.

    They fired tear gas at the demonstrators who burned tyres in several neighbourhoods of the city.

    The violence started a few hours after the military banned all protests in the country.

    The ban came a week after Chad's military seized power following the killing of President Idriss Déby as he visited troops fighting an insurrection by rebels based in Libya.

    The ruling military council is headed by the dead president's son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Kaka, who said he would oversee an eighteen-month transition period until elections would be held.

  3. The Superpower and the Saudis

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    Video caption: Ros Atkins on Joe Biden’s first foreign policy test - how to deal with Saudi Arabia.
  4. Biden’s Border Problem

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    Video caption: Ros Atkins on the challenges President Biden faces over migrants at the US-Mexico border.

    Ros Atkins on the challenges President Biden faces over migrants at the US-Mexico border.

  5. Is Malawi really done with tobacco?

    Alan Kasujja

    BBC Africa Daily podcast

    Malawian workers prepare tobacco leaves to be packed and stored ahead of an auction at a tobacco farm on May 20, 2014 in Zomba Municipality, Malawi.
    Image caption: Tobacco accounts for about 60% of Malawi's export revenue

    Tobacco is by far Malawi’s most lucrative export - which is why, over the years, it came to be known as the country’s “green gold”.

    “Without tobacco, the economy cannot stand,”,# says reporter James Chavula in the capital, Lilongwe. “We’re talking about a crop that contributes about 60% to the export revenue.”

    And yet, President Lazarus Chakwera says farmers need to turn to crops other than tobacco.

    The world is changing, moving away from smoking - and farmers need to change with it, he says.

    “This has been said before by previous leaders,” says Patrick Kuyokwa, who runs a social enterprise called Agricentre, supporting farmers’ efforts to diversify their businesses. “It’s time to act.”

    But which other crops can allow Malawi to prosper like tobacco did? And how easily can farmers adapt to a new economic model?

    Find out in Tuesday’s edition of Africa Daily.

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  6. Macron’s Covid-19 Crisis

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    Video caption: Ros Atkins on France's third lockdown and what it means for Emmanuel Macron's leadership.
  7. Portugal reports no deaths: Latest across Europe

    People sit and socialise outside a typical dive bar "Alfredo Portista" as Portugal enters the third phase of easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions by allowing clients inside restaurants, bars and cafes, in Porto, Portugal, April 19, 2021
    Image caption: Portugal has been reopening gradually and the prime minister said he hoped the worst was now over

    For only the second time since the start of the pandemic, Portugal has reported no deaths in the past 24 hours. A strict lockdown imposed in mid-January, which is gradually being eased, has helped bring infection rates down to the lowest in the EU per capita. PM António Costa says if all goes well then the Portuguese are a week from entering a definitive phase in reopening.

    Italian MPs will today vote on a €222bn package, mainly of EU grants and loans, presented to parliament by PM Mario Draghi yesterday. Some of the money will be earmarked for training staff to remove asbestos from buildings and phase in electric buses and high-speed railways. Mr Draghi told MPs last night the package represented "above all the destiny of our country.”

    France now has more than 6,000 people being treated in intensive care, but President Emmanuel Macron has been outlining a gradual reopening of society in the coming weeks. After older children return to school and travel restrictions are lifted on 3 May, outdoor dining will return in mid-May and restaurants will reopen indoors at the end of May or the start of June in areas with lower infection numbers.

    Spanish reports say officials are working on plans for crowds to be allowed back for the final matches in the La Liga season. Spectators haven’t been allowed in grounds since March 2020 – but they could be allowed back for the second weekend in May. France’s RMC Sport reports that discussions are also under way to allow 35% of supportersto watch the French cup final on 19 May.

    German leaders concluded a vaccination summit last night with an agreement to make vaccinations open to all ages in June at the latest. Chancellor Angela Merkel says at that point anyone can try to get an appointment,which will be granted according to vaccine supply. The northern city of Hamburg has started vaccinating the homeless with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson drug.

  8. Kenya avocado farm loses case on elephant territory

    A 49-year-old elephant that is considered having the longest tusks among others in the Amboseli ecosystem, grazes with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background at Kimana Sanctuary in Kimana, Kenya, on March 3, 2021.
    Image caption: Conservationists say movement of elephants would be disrupted by an avocado farm

    A commercial avocado farm located near a key wildlife park in Kenya has lost a bid to have its licence reinstated and resume operations.

    The national environmental regulator had suspended Kiliavo Fresh's licence last year and ordered all work on the farm to stop.

    It followed concerns by conservationists and some landowners it would interfere with wildlife habitats as well as affect some of the residents' pastoral livelihoods. The conservationists argued that the farm would disrupt the movement of elephants into and out of the Amboseli National Park.

    The farm appealed against the decision.

    On Monday, the National Environmental Tribunal, the special court hearing the appeal ruled against Kiliavo - which had already fenced off and cleared part of the over 100 acre (40 hectares) land for avocado farming in Kimana, in Kenya's south-west near the Amboseli park.

    Kiliavo has not issued any statement after the ruling.

    Biglife Foundation, one of the organisation's opposed to the farm - welcomed the decision, while noting that the decision may not mean the end of the issue.

    "This is likely not the end of this battle, but the ruling is an indication that Kenya will take seriously the health of environment, and wishes of local communities, when faced with negative consequences of corporate-led ‘development’", it said in a statement.

    The agricultural company had argued that it had legally acquired the farm after buying it from a group ranch and got government approval - and noted that local residents would also benefit.

    Kenya is one of the biggest avocado exporters in Africa with exports having grown rapidly in the last decade

  9. Nigeria fines TV station over Biafra interview

    BBC Monitoring

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    Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television £13,000 ($9,300) for airing an interview with a banned group, breaching the broadcast code.

    It also suspended one its popular shows, Politics Today, which did the interview.

    "The commission referred to Channels 7.00 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25 April 2021, in which it accused the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, (Ipob) to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by the station," the Vanguard newspaper website said.

    Ipob campaigns for the independence of Nigeria's south-eastern region, where the ethnic Igbo people form the majority. It is outlawed in Nigeria, which labelled it a terrorist organisation in 2017.

    In a statement signed by Acting Director General Prof Armstrong Idachaba, NBC also accused Channels TV of allowing the leader to make derogatory, false and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, the Daily Nigerian news website reported.

    On Saturday, security forces killed Commander Ikonso Don and six other militia members of Ipob's armed wing, the Eastern Security Network, during an early morning raid on their hideout in the southern Imo State.

    In October last year, Channels TV was one of three privately owned television stations that were fined by NBC for “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSars protests against police brutality and the crisis that followed.

  10. Two more university students killed in Nigeria

    Naomi Scherbel-Ball

    BBC News, Lagos

    A map showing Kaduna state in Nigeria

    The Kaduna state government has announced that two more university students have been found dead in northern Nigeria.

    Three students had already been killed by kidnappers on Friday.

    Twenty students were kidnapped last Tuesday along with three non-academic staff from the privately owned Greenfield University in the Chikun area of the state.

    The state government has said it is saddened by what it calls "evil perpetrated against innocent students abducted while pursuing their education for a glorious future".

    Unlike some neighbouring states, Kaduna state government has a policy of not negotiating with abductors or paying a ransom. Governor Nasir el-Rufai instead wants kidnappers arrested and prosecuted.

    Mass kidnappings of students for ransom payments have been on the increase in Nigeria with authorities struggling to cope with poor security infrastructure.

    Most states in the north-west have shut down schools to allow authorities time to come up with a solution to the crisis.

  11. US pushes Ethiopia over 'humanitarian disaster'

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Ethiopians carry their belongings after crossing the Setit river, to flee  fighting in Tigray region
    Image caption: Thousands of Ethiopians have been displaced by the conflict

    The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Ethiopia to address what he described as an impending humanitarian disaster in the northern region of Tigray.

    In a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, he said troops from neighbouring Eritrea should be withdrawn immediately, in full and in a verifiable manner.

    He expressed concerns about ethnic tensions elsewhere in the country.

    The Ethiopian government hasn’t said anything about the call yet.

    The State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that during the conversation with Mr Abiy, the secretary of state had stressed his support for Ethiopia, but also expressed concerns about human rights abuses in Tigray.

    He said although the Eritrean government had said that it would withdraw its troops it hadn't actually done so.

    "We have heard the Eritrean government's public statement that it will withdraw its forces from Tigray but that must still be implemented in practice. There is no evidence that such a withdrawal is underway and any such withdrawal must be immediate and verifiable," he said.

    Mr Blinken’s comments may dampen the mood inside the Ethiopian government as they happened on the same day that the government announced with great fanfare the interest of international telecom giants to enter Africa’s biggest untapped market.

    The secretary’s comments also serve as a reminder that the conflict in Tigray began almost six months ago and that there still isn’t an end in sight.

  12. Chad's opposition calls for protests

    The opposition in Chad has urged the public to turn up on Tuesday for a protest against the ruling military council.

    The chairman of the Transformateurs party, Succès Masra, and other members of the Wakit Tama coalition want an inclusive dialogue and transfer of power to civilians.

    The military council on Monday appointed a civilian prime minister - Albert Pahimi Padacké who had once been in the same post under President Idriss Déby - but the opposition wants a fully civilian government.

    The coalition members and civil society organisations met on Monday morning, French public broadcaster RFI reported.

    Chad's President Idriss Déby died on the battlefield a week ago and a military council led by his son took over.

  13. South Sudan risks return to large-scale conflict - UN

    BBC World Service

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir
    Image caption: President Salva Kiir's supporters have clashed with rival Riek Machar's even after a peace deal was signed

    The UN has warned that the slow implementation of the peace accord in South Sudan is putting the country at risk of a return to large-scale conflict.

    A new report calls for the arms embargo to be extended, and for new sanctions against people who hinder the implementation of the peace deal.

    Since it was signed three years ago, South Sudan has seen many bouts of violence between supporters of President Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar, who under the terms of the agreement was reappointed vice-president.

    The report says the conflict has prevented humanitarian aid being delivered, putting the people of South Sudan in urgent need of assistance.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Nigeria: The community that trades by barter instead of money

    This Nigerian community still practices trade by barter, where goods are exchanged instead of money.

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