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Summary

  1. Kenya doctors union officials jailed for not stopping strike
  2. Trump and Buhari hold 'cordial' phone conversation
  3. The US president has also spoken to SA leader Jacob Zuma
  4. Senegal star's family 'targeted' after Afcon penalty miss
  5. Ivory Coast journalists in court over mutiny story
  6. Khartoum manhunt after bomb-making materials found
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 13 February 2017

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By Tom Spender and Hugo Williams

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.    

A reminder of today's wise words:   

People aren't different from where they live."

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And we leave you with this photo of an elephant under a night sky, which came third in this year's World Press Photo awards.   

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Zanzibar’s famous music festival - back for good?

Zanzibar's famous Sauti za Busara music festival, which translates as the 'Sound of Wisdom', wrapped up over the weekend.

Widely regarded as the best event of its kind in East Africa, the festival nonetheless failed to take place last year, due to lack of funds. 

So what might the future hold? Sammy Awami went along to find out.   

Sammy Awami reports from Sauti za Busara music festival.

Cameroon must restore internet to English-speakers - UN

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Cameroonian Google coding champ Nji Collins Gbah was cut off by the disruption

A UN expert has called on Cameroon to restore internet access to English-speaking parts of the country.

Web services in the south-west and north-west regions of the nation were cut on 17 January.

The move was described as an "appalling violation" of the right to freedom of expression, UN special rapporteur David Kaye.

He said the move also broke international law and called for internet services to be restored.

Read the full BBC story here

Anglophone activists trial opens in Cameroon

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The anglophone city of Bamenda has seen months of protests

The trial of three English-speaking protesters facing the death penalty opened at a military court in Cameroon on Monday, Reuters reports.

Since October, people in Cameroon's two western English-speaking regions have joined protests against what they say is their marginalisation by the French-speaking majority under President Paul Biya's 35-year rule. 

At least six protesters have been shot dead and hundreds of others arrested, prompting criticism from human rights groups and concern from the African Union.

The three civil society figures and political activists - Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Aforteka'a Neba and Mancho Bibixy - pleaded not guilty in a court in the capital Yaounde as dozens of security officials stood guard. 

They face multiple charges including complicity in hostility against the homeland, secession and civil war, and campaigning for federalism following their involvement in the English regions' protests. 

One of the defendants, Mr Bibixy, made a speech in the regional hub of Bamenda in November while standing inside an open casket meant to show his willingness to die for his beliefs.

"You can see clearly that these are all hyper-political offences which...means you have no chance, none," said Alice Nkom, a lawyer and president of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, who is representing Agbor Balla. 

The differences in language - and the cultures those languages stem from - were evident during the court hearing.

The English-speaking defence lawyers wore the elaborate British-style wigs in the French-speaking court, while government lawyers went bare-headed. 

The Anglophone lawyers waited for the translation of proceedings but the quality was so poor that they asked for the interpreter to stop, a Reuters witness said. 

In a speech last week, President Biya blamed the unrest on extremist and separatist groups.

"The government had to take measures to maintain order, protect citizens and their property and hand over to the judicial authorities those who committed or were suspected of committing these criminal acts," he said. 

The hearing was adjourned and the next one is scheduled for March 23.

Ghanaians mourn death of football legend 'Mr Multi System'

Ghanaians have been paying tribute to Sam Arday, the legendary coach who took Ghana's Olympic team to a bronze medal at the Barcelona in 1992, who has died aged 71.

Former Black Stars international Jonathan Mensah tweeted his condolences:

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Arday earned the nickname Mr Multi System for the special tactics he employed when leading the U-17 national team to victory at the World Cup in 1995, where they beat Brazil in the final, local media report.

The Ghanaian president has also paid tribute on his official Twitter feed: 

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#HealthCrisisKE outcry over doctors treatment

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It's fair to say that - on social media at least - many Kenyans disagree with the court decision to jail seven doctors union officials (see earlier posts for more details).

Some of the most heavily retweeted posts observe that while the doctors are now in prison, politicians accused of corruption remain free.

Others have praised the doctors' battle for better healthcare as well as more pay and even compared the jailed union reps to Nelson Mandela.

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Kenya doctors expand strike after leaders jailed

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The jail sentences have sparked fury among doctors

The doctors union in Kenya says doctors in private and faith-based medical organisations are to join striking public doctors in protest at the jailing of seven union officials.

The seven were jailed for a month for contempt of court after failing to comply with an order to end the strike, which has paralysed public medical facilities for weeks.

The union has been tweeting from its official account:

1.Doctors in private and faith based organizations have resolved to join the family in struggle for better H/care for all #doctorsJailed

2. Specialist doctors are going to withdraw their services from ALL hospitals for 24 hours as directed by @KenyaMedics_KMA #DoctorsJailed

3. The #CBA7 will remain to be our leaders, there is no vacuum or interim officials. No engagements until we #FREECBA7 #DoctorsJailed

4. The 30 days will come and go but doctors in Kenya will not go back to work until their labour dispute is solved. #DoctorsJailed

5. Doctors and wananchi of goodwill with have #NightVigil for 30 days starting tonight in prisons in solidarity with #CBA7. #DoctorsJailed

Kenya's Channel 1 is reporting that doctors belonging to the Kenya Medical Association are also joining strike action:

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The Africans trudging through snow across US-Canada border

The BBC's Hanan Razek meets people from Djibouti and Somalia who trudged through the snow to cross the US border into the small Canadian town of Emerson:

The Africans trudging through snow across US-Canada border

Trump and Zuma hold their phone call

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Mr Zuma and Mr Trump discussed trade during their call
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The South African presidency said in a statement:

President Jacob Zuma and President Donald Trump of the United States of America held a telephone conversation this afternoon, 13 February 2017 at the request of President Trump.

President Zuma congratulated President Trump on his election as the 45th president of the United States of America.

The two presidents reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the already strong bilateral relations between the two countries. There are six hundred US companies in South Africa and strong trade relations between the two countries.

The two Presidents also discussed the need to work together on multilateral issues as well especially the quest for peace and stability on the African continent."

What you would ask Trump...

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Hundreds of readers on the BBC Africa Facebook page have been pitching in with their ideas for important issues to be raised during the phone calls between US President Donald Trump and the leaders of Nigeria and South Africa. 

The Nigerian presidency has confirmed that Mr Trump and Mr Buhri have already spoken (see previous entry).  

Many people on our Facebook page have picked up on Mr Trump's travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries, which includes the African nations Sudan, Somalia and Libya:

Jacob Dior in Juba, South Sudan says: I would just ask Mr. Trump simple question, are you sending back Africans to their homelands so that we begin the same to the whites?

One user criticises what she sees as a double standard in the laws governing the movement of people: 

When they move from Europe & America to Africa = Voyages of discovery. 

When we move from Africa to Europe & America = Illegal immigrants. 

Theophilus Gblorkpor in Accra, Ghana, has this question for the new US president: 

What is his foreign policy towards Africa? Because, as I write, there's no such clear plan laid out for my great African continent by the Trump Administration.

James Daniel says: Trump should encourage and support Buhari in fighting corruption in Nigeria, also return all looted funds that are kept in US banks and repatriate all corrupt Nigerians wanted by EFCC [Nigeria's anti-corruption agency].  

Daphne Magidi says: The Nigerian president should ask Trump to assist in the fight against terrorism - Boko Horam and Daesh [IS]. 

Daphne came closest to guessing the actual subject of the conversation, as presidents Trump and Buhari did discuss counter-terror co-operation. 

BreakingTrump and Buhari in 'cordial' conversation

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Mr Trump told Mr Buhari to "keep up the good work"

The phone call between Donald Trump and Muhammadu Buhari has taken place, the Nigerian government says.

In a statement, the Nigerian presidency said:

The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.

The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

President Trump assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.

President Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date."

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Mr Buhari has been invited to visit the US

Why has the UAE chosen Somaliland?

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

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Development at Berbera port could also open up economic opportunities

The Horn of Africa is strategic for Gulf nations because of ongoing military operations in Yemen and in the long term to protect their shipping interests in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Djibouti has been the regional hub for foreign military bases, but now faces competition from its next-door neighbour.

In Somaliland, the UAE has an alternative and less controversial location for a military base than Eritrea, which is under UN sanctions.

The Emiratis will also provide much-needed training and equipment for Somaliland forces. 

The threat posed by militant Islamist group al-Shabab in Somalia has been largely kept at bay in the breakaway region - having a stronger local force backed by an international partner will shore up this stability.

Its port in Berbera is not solely for military use. Expansion could provide Somaliland with more robust economic opportunities, particularly targeting its landlocked neighbour Ethiopia.

But as Somaliland is not internationally recognised, the authorities will need to be wary of any legal complications that could arise, given the UN-backed government of Somalia was not party to the base or expansion of Berbera.

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Red roses for Nairobians

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Flower shops in Nairobi are getting ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow. 

The owner of this shop says says he has been taking orders all day today and expects even better sales tomorrow

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You might also like: Pakistan capital bans Valentine's Day

Guterres 'regrets' US block on Libya envoy

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Mr Guterres said the block on Mr Fayyad was a "loss for the Libyan people"

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said he "deeply regrets" the US decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the UN's political mission in Libya. 

Mr Guterres said Salam Fayyad was "the right person for the right job at the right moment".

The US blocked Mr Fayyad's appointment on Friday, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel. 

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Mr Fayyad is a former Palestinian prime minister

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the UN was "unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel".

Speaking at the annual World Government Summit in Dubai, Mr Guterres said:

It is a loss for the Libyan peace process and for the Libyan people that I am not able to appoint him.

I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important."

Libya has been gripped by war and unrest since the 2011 overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Read more: Why is Libya so lawless?

Trump's call to Buhari

New US President Donald Trump is due to speak to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari soon, Nigeria's foreign minister tweets:

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Tanzania tourist guide charged over 'twisted translation'

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The guide and the tourist said they were doing a joke for Facebook friends

A Tanzanian tourist guide has been charged in court with breaching cybercrime legislation after he wrongly translated a tourist's comments in a video he put on Facebook.

Saimon Sirikwa was not asked to plead and was remanded in police custody.

A second video selfie of him and tourist has emerged in which they say they were joking in the original one.

He was arrested last week for casting the tourism ministry in a "bad light", police said.

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Africa shots feature as World Press Photo award winners named

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This is a cropped version of the photo of an assassination that won this year's competition

A Turkish photographer for the Associated Press has won this year's World Press Photo Competition. 

Burhan Ozbilici was covering a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital, Ankara, in December, when an off-duty policeman drew a pistol and shot dead the Russian Ambassador, Andrei Karlov. 

There were also several Africa-related photos honoured by the competition judges.

This shot of two Nigerian refugees at a detention centre in Libya took third prize in the contemporary issues category.

In this image released Monday Feb. 13, 2017, by World Press Photo titled "The Libyan Migrant Trap" by photographer Daniel Etter which won third prize in the Contemporary Issues, Singles, category of the World Press Photo contest shows two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya, on 17 Aug. 2016
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Other photos depicting different aspects of the migration crisis were also on the shortlist:

Two men panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Their rubber boat was in distress and deflating quickly on one side, tipping many migrants in the water. They were quickly reached by rescue swimmers and brought to safety
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And then there were some surreal shots, like this one of Libyan forces inside a damaged conference centre in Sirte, which they had recaptured from so-called Islamic State militants:

Fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government walk around the gigantic chandelier of the conference room in Ouagadougou Congress Complex
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Read: World Press Photo 2017: Russia envoy killing picture wins award- WARNING, it contains pictures that some readers may find disturbing  

SA paedophile given 32 life sentences

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A South African court has sentenced a convicted paedophile to 32 life sentences.

Car salesman Warren Troy Knoop will also spend 170 years behind bars after being convicted of 870 charges of rape and possession of child abuse images.

Knoop was caught when US authorities found him sharing dozens of videos on a website commonly frequented by paedophiles.

Laptops, hard drives, memory cards, mobile phones, a spy camera and many other electronic items were seized during a raid in his house east of Johannesburg.

The anti-abuse lobby group Women and Men Against Child Abuse said Knoop tried to distribute images internationally.

One of his victims was a child born in 2011.

Prosecutor Riana Williams said the child was just one year old when Knoop began to molest her.

“I can’t take back everything I have done to all those people,” Knoop told the court on Friday.

"I need help. This has been a cry for help and from here on, I can make a difference. It hurts me, but I deserve this. I need help," he added.

Foreigners targeted in SA vigilante violence

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At least 12 houses were torched during a weekend of violence in Rosettenville in Johannesburg, with locals saying that the properties were being used as drug dens and brothels. 

Many of the burned houses were occupied by foreigners. 

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has been condemned for making comments in the past linking crime to illegal immigrants. He denies inciting anyone to violence. 

His Twitter account has retweeted an appeal sent on Sunday by a resident of another neighbourhood who said "these foreigners don't have respect for South Africa". 

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Mr Mashaba joined police raids on suspected brothels in Rosettenville last Wednesday.

A government delegation is expected in the area on Monday afternoon, including Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Somaliland agrees to host UAE military base

The parliament for Somalia's breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has passed an agreement that allows the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish a military base in its territory. 

The Emirati government submitted a formal application in January seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in the port town of Berbera. 

Somaliland is not officially recognised as an independent country and this agreement may put it at loggerheads with Somalia’s federal government, which has just elected a new president.  

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed - known by the nickname Farmajo - was chosen last week. He is a technocrat and a former prime minister who served just eight months in office.

Read more: Somalia's 'Mr Cheese' president has a lot on his plate

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Somaliland is not officially recognised as an independent country

Doctors in chains

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The BBC's Abdinoor Aden in Nairobi has a photo of doctors union officials in handcuffs. 

Some officials have been jailed for a month for contempt of court after failing to act on an order to end strike action that has paralysed the public health service in recent weeks.

See earlier post for more details

Brutal domestic violence shocks Mozambique

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

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Gruesome crimes of violence at home over the past week have shocked Mozambicans. 

In one incident a man killed his wife before committing suicide, leaving two children behind. 

In another, a woman burned her husband on several parts of his body with boiling cooking oil and kerosene, including his face and genitals. 

A further case saw parents beat their 14-year old daughter to death after she told them she was in love with a 47-year-old man. 

These cases follows the high-profile murder of Valentina Guebuza, the daughter of a former president and one of the country's richest women, in December. 

Police said the killing appeared to be a case of domestic violence.

The government says the brutality is the result of an erosion of moral values.

Trump to speak with Zuma and Buhari

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Donald Trump is expected to speak with the presidents of Nigeria and South Africa later this afternoon. 

President Jacob Zuma is expecting the call, according to a tweet from his office:

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Nigerian authorities have not yet confirmed the call between Muhammadu Buhari and Donald Trump. 

But the Globe and Mail's Africa correspondent has suggested that Nigerians will be following the call closely, if only to get news of their own leader. 

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The 74-year-old Nigerian leader has extended his medical leave in the UK, amid concerns back home that his health may be worse than officials are publicly saying.   

What do you think the two leaders should raise with President Trump in their conversation? Get in touch via email on africalive@bbc.co.uk

Kiir defends army's ethnic make-up after deputy army chief quits

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

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President Kiir has been accused of favouring his own Dinka ethnic group in army recruitment

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dismissed accusations of ethnic bias within the country’s armed forces following the resignation of the deputy army chief, who said the military orchestrated violence in 2013 along tribal lines. 

Lt Gen Thomas Cirillo Swaka is highest-ranking official to resign since renewed clashes broke out between military factions last July. 

He described South Sudan’s conflict as “tribally engineered” - accusing the leadership of recruiting people from the ethnic Dinka group to strategic positions. 

Swaka was the highest-ranking army officer from the Equatoria region, which has seen ethnically targeted killings. 

He also accused the government of deliberately violating a 2015 peace agreement and prolonging the country’s civil war.

President Salva Kiir has denied the claims, saying the dominance of his Dinka group in the force was not a result of bias, but because others simply did not sign up during military recruitment. 

The UN Security Council has condemned the continued fighting in South Sudan, particularly in the Equatoria and Upper Nile regions. 

It has also accused both government troops and rebels of committing atrocities during the conflict.

More than 3.5 million people have been displaced since the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013.

SA minister to lead battle against crop-destroying Armyworms

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

South Africa’s Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana is planning to visit affected farms the northern province of Limpopo, to assess the damage caused by maize-destroying Armyworms, which have invaded farms in parts of Southern Africa. 

This has led to concerns about food supply in the region, where maize is a staple food. The worm also likes sorghum, potatoes and soybeans. 

Farmers have called for speedy intervention as scientists and other experts in the country consider how to combat the threat.

The worm is already causing havoc on crops in other maize-producing provinces.

Janny Voss from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) has explained why the worms can cause so much damage: 

The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade

Tanzania guide apologises for 'tourist translation joke'

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The guide and the tourist said they were doing a joke for Facebook friends

A Tanzanian tourist guide arrested last week for wrongly translating a tourist's comments has apologised.

The two have released a new video in which they say they were just joking and having fun in the original video.

In that video, the guide says in Swahili that the tourist wants Tanzanians to stop "complaining" about hunger when she, in fact, says Tanzanians are "fabulously wonderful".

Police arrested the guide for casting the tourism ministry in a "bad light".

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What can Africa gain from Trump's America?

Ashish Thakkar is one of Africa's most successful businessmen. 

His company - Mara Group - has grown from a small computer hardware trading firm in East Africa to a conglomerate branching out into fields like telecoms infrastructure, hotels, conference centres and shopping malls. 

His business operates in dozens of countries, mostly in Africa. 

He's been telling the BBC why he thinks the Trump administration in the US could present new opportunities for the continent: 

Mr Thakkar wants to clinch new deals with the US in the era of Donald Trump

Sadio Mane's family 'targeted' after Afcon penalty miss

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Sadio Mane's uncle says he fears for his family's safety following his nephew's missed penalty at the Africa Cup of Nations, which saw Senegal crash out at the quarter-final stage. 

Sana Toure said that a 4x4 bought for him by his nephew, who is Africa's most expensive player, was vandalised and that his home was targeted. 

Speaking to local media, he said: 

The day after the Lions [Senegal] were knocked out, some people with bad intentions wanted to ransack my home in Malika. It's thanks to my neighbours, and the intervention of prominent locals.... that the worst was avoided."

On the pitch, the £36m ($45m) Liverpool striker appears to have put his Afcon woes behind him, scoring a double to see off top-four rivals Tottenham this weekend. 

Tunisia 'brutality' threatens reform - Amnesty

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Police and security forces have been accused of torture

A rise in "brutal tactics" used by Tunisian security forces to counter terrorism are threatening reforms, rights group Amnesty International says.

Islamist attacks in the country have killed soldiers and police, civilians and tourists and the country has been under a continuous state of emergency since 2015.

Amnesty says the security forces are resorting to torture, arbitrary arrests, detentions and restrictions on travel of suspects as well as harassment of their family members. Some 5,000 people have been blocked from travelling abroad to prevent them joining jihadist groups, Amnesty said.

Victims spoke of being "brutally beaten with sticks and rubber hoses... subjected to electric shocks, deprived of sleep or had cold water poured on them". 

One man told Amnesty he had been "raped with a wooden stick" in police detention.

The organisation said the accounts were a "grim reminder" of rule under the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising.

Amnesty's Heba Morayef said:

Giving security agencies a free hand to act above the law will not deliver security. This report exposes how entrenched impunity has fostered a culture in which violations by security forces have been able to thrive."

The United Nations' special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson spent five days in Tunisia earlier this year to assess the country's human rights progress. 

He praised Tunisia's efforts to counter terrorism but said the fight should be "grounded in human rights to serve as a model for the region and beyond" and expressed concern about prison conditions.

How women become suicide bombers in Nigeria

Thousands of girls and women have been kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria in recent years.

The group often uses female suicide bombers and there have been cases in which girls as young as six were sent to their deaths. 

Dr Fatimu Akilu is the director of the Neem Foundation, a non-profit group which takes care of women and children rescued from Boko Haram: 

'You either carry the bomb or we will kill you' - women told by Boko Haram

Kenya jails union reps over doctors strike

A Kenyan student doctor shouts slogans as he participates in a strike to demand fulfilment of a 2013 agreement between doctors" union and the government that would raise the medical practitioners pay and improve working conditions in Nairobi, Kenya, January 19, 2017.
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Kenyan doctors are calling for better pay and working conditions

A Kenyan court has jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. 

High Court Judge Hellen Wasilwat had handed down suspended sentences to the officials a month ago after they ignored an earlier court order to end the strike.

Jailing them for contempt of court, the judge said they had provided no reason for the punishment to be deferred. 

The seven officials were handcuffed and driven to jail past placard-waving supporters gathered outside the court. 

The nationwide strike involving thousands of doctors and nurses began on 5 December and has left public hospitals closed and patients unable to get basic medical care.

Ivory Coast journalists in court over mutiny story

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Members of the special forces are rarely seen in public and considered loyal to the government

Six journalists are expected to appear in court in Ivory Coast, charged with spreading false information following a mutiny last week by more than 2,000 soldiers demanding bonus payments. 

The journalists - who work for three opposition newspapers - reported on Saturday that the Ivorian government had agreed to pay the mutineers about $11,000 (£8,800) each to persuade them to go back to work. 

This contradicted an official statement that the troops had apologised and no money was involved. 

The newspapers said the cash was expected to be handed over on Monday. 

During the mutiny, members of an elite unit fired into the air at their base in the south-eastern town Adiake near the border with Ghana.

Residents stayed indoors and shops and schools closed.

The Ivorian special forces, who report directly to the president's office, accused their commanders of stealing part of their salaries.

It comes a month after regular soldiers staged a mutiny over pay and conditions.

Khartoum manhunt after bomb-making materials found

Security forces in Sudan have found bomb-making materials and foreign passports after an explosion at a flat in the capital, Khartoum.

Police said a man had been wounded as he tried to assemble a bomb. They said he went to a nearby hospital but left when staff refused to treat him unless they informed the authorities. 

A hunt is now on for the man and several other people. 

Local residents said many Egyptians, Somalis and Syrians live in the apartment block where the explosion took place. 

Tens of thousands of Syrians have arrived in Sudan since the civil war in their country began in 2011.

Wise words

Today's African proverb:

People aren't different from where they live."

An Ishan/Esan proverb sent by Ise Okhueleigbe, Lagos, Nigeria

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