A Shia movement in Nigeria is threating to sue Kaduna state’s government after it released a statement defending the recent move to ban the group and put its leader on trial.
The statement gave the recommendations of a state parliamentary committee after an investigation into last December’s clashes in which 349 Shia Muslims were killed.
The military first blamed the unrest in the northern city of Zaria on the Shia sect, which it accused of trying to assassinate army chief - but a judicial inquiry in August said that troops should be prosecuted for the killings.
A spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Musa, told the BBC Hausa Service, their recommendations were “unjust” and would be challenged it in court.
The Mozambican authorities have seized 1,300 containers of logs worth $800,000 (£631,000) in the northern port of Nacala before they could be exported illegally to China.
The director of the national agency for environmental quality control, Olivia Amosse, said this was the largest single seizure of illegal timber in Mozambican history.
Those caught would have to pay more than $900,000 in fines and would also be charged.
The logs would be confiscated and sold at public auction, Ms Amosse added.
Last IS area falls in Libyan city of Sirte
BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis
Libyan forces battling so-called Islamic State in Sirte say they have now taken over the last remaining area in the city where the militants were holed up.
It has been a long and deadly battle, but it will be welcomed by thousands who had to flee their homes and by the international community.
Although this does not spell the end of the radical group's presence in the country, it does significantly weaken them.
It is likely that its members will increasingly resort to staging more deadly, isolated attacks; they still have cells operating under their banner in different parts of Libya.
Libya’s complex network of local armed groups, who have simultaneously been the root cause of IS’s rise and fall, and its continued dysfunctional politics provide ripe territory for for any extremist group with guns, and convenient alliances with others, to stage a comeback.
In the weeks and months ahead, Libya’s vast array of politicians and rival administrations will need to start finding tangible solutions to the on-going civil conflict, which led to Sirte’s dramatic fall into IS hands to begin with.
DR Congo journalist freed after six days in custody
A journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was arrested at an anti-government demonstration in the north-east of the country has been released without charge, her lawyer Augustin Yaongonda has told the AFP news agency.
Adele Uvon, who works for the private Lobiko media group, was detained on 1 December in Bunia, the main city in Ituri province.
The protest she went to report on was organised by the Lucha youth group, which is demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down on 19 December after two terms in office.
Voters in the DR Congo were due to go to the polls on 27 November to elect his replacement, but the election has been postponed until April 2018.
The UN mission in the country has warned that the official end of Mr Kabila's term is likely to be marked by violence.
Activities by Lucha and other pro-democracy groups have been banned in the lead up the official end of his mandate.
The ruling party has done a deal with one faction of the opposition to allow Mr Kabila to continue in his job until 2018 because the voters' roll is not ready.
What would convince Ghanaians abroad to return hom?
As Ghanaians vote in presidential elections on Wednesday, British-Ghanaians tell the BBC what may tempt them to return to the West African state.
How Dominic Ongwen came to be on trial at the ICC
Ledio Cakaj, an expert on the Lord's Resistance Army, tells BBC Newshour about how Dominic Ongwen, abducted by the rebels as a child, came to be on trial at the ICC for war crimes, which he denies (see earlier posts):
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has released a statement made by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda today at the trial of LRA commander Dominic Ongwen at The Hague.
Mr Ongwen, now in his early 40s and who was a boy when he was abducted by the notoriously ruthless Ugandan rebel cult, has pleaded not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
These are a few key quotes:
Quote Message: He commanded attacks which destroyed innocent civilians' livelihoods. He presided over a systematic use of child soldiers and sex crimes on young girls in the units he commanded.
He commanded attacks which destroyed innocent civilians' livelihoods. He presided over a systematic use of child soldiers and sex crimes on young girls in the units he commanded.
Quote Message: The circumstances in which he himself was abducted and conscripted into the LRA many years before may perhaps amount to some mitigation of sentence in the event that he is convicted of these crimes. They cannot begin to amount to a defence, or a reason not to hold him to account for the choice that he made; the choice to embrace the murderous violence used by the LRA and to make it the hallmark of operations carried out by his soldiers.
The circumstances in which he himself was abducted and conscripted into the LRA many years before may perhaps amount to some mitigation of sentence in the event that he is convicted of these crimes. They cannot begin to amount to a defence, or a reason not to hold him to account for the choice that he made; the choice to embrace the murderous violence used by the LRA and to make it the hallmark of operations carried out by his soldiers.
Quote Message: The victims of Mr Ongwen's brutal crimes have waited too long to see justice done. It is past time we deliver to them what they are owed."
The victims of Mr Ongwen's brutal crimes have waited too long to see justice done. It is past time we deliver to them what they are owed."
A link to her full statement is in the tweet below:
A man whose brother is a patient at a Kenyan hospital has told the BBC's World Have Your Say programme that the ongoing doctors' strike is "inhumane".
He says his brother is in need of constant care and asked the health workers, who are protesting against the government's delay in implementing a pay package, to "show more love":
The strike, which is in its second day and has crippled operations in public hospitals across the country, was called because doctors say the government has refused to honour a 2013 pay deal.
Sick Kenyans were turned away from hospitals and patients left stranded in their wards, the AFP news agency reports.
David Mukabi, the superintendent in charge of Busia hospital in western Kenya, told AFP that patients had left:
Quote Message: "We have had a lot of patients leaving our facility because we have no services offered due to the ongoing strike."
"We have had a lot of patients leaving our facility because we have no services offered due to the ongoing strike."
He said a 24-year-old patient had died on Monday, the report adds.
Two other women are also reported to have died in western Kenya. The death of three patients in the coastal city of Mombasa on Tuesday was also attributed to the strike, AFP says.
Health Minister Cleopa Mailu has urged the health workers to return to work: "We continue to appeal to the health workers to resume duty as we continue with the negotiations."
But talks to end the strike collapsed earlier today (see previous report).
Ghana election: 'Opposition supporter killed at rally'
A supporter of the main opposition party in Ghana, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), has been killed when violence broke out at a campaign rally in north-eastern Ghana, a police commander has told the AFP news agency.
Ken Yeboaf, deputy police commissioner for the northern region, said supporters of rival candidates in tomorrow's presidential election were parading in bikes in the little town of Chereponi near the border with Togo when the incident happened.
In addition to the reported death, 14 people were injured, he said.
Campaigning has been largely peaceful ahead of polls when voters choose their next president from a line-up of seven candidates.
The two main candidates are:
- NDC candidate: John Dramani Mahama, 58
Vice-president under President John Atta Mills, who died in 2012. Completed his term
Now seeking re-election after serving his first term of four years
Political pedigree: His father was first minister of state for the Northern region
The New Yorker has published a feature story about the defection Eritrean footballers who went to play an international match in Botswana in 2015.
It was not the first time the Eritrean players had defected and the article says the authorities had tried to stop any more "embarrassing" defections, picking players based on loyalty rather than skill:
Quote Message: After the last defection, the government disbanded the team. Then, in the fall of 2015, it came up with a solution. It would form a team mostly of Eritrean athletes who lived abroad and held dual nationality, and therefore had no incentive to defect.”
After the last defection, the government disbanded the team. Then, in the fall of 2015, it came up with a solution. It would form a team mostly of Eritrean athletes who lived abroad and held dual nationality, and therefore had no incentive to defect.”
But the article tells the story of how defender Samson Arefaine convinced his teammates to defect on his first trip out of Eritrea: “There was no closeness among the 10 of us - we were not friends. I just took the risk.”
They made their escape at 04:00 local time from a hotel in Francistown.
A taxi they had called did not turn up, so they set off on foot, telling the security guards they were going for a walk to relax: “When we went out, there was nothing. It was dark, dark. We didn’t know where to go."
He said that Zimbabwe had imported 300,000 tonnes of grain to feed millions who face hunger as a result of the worst drought in decades.
SA university to increase fees
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
Students at South Africa's Wits University have expressed disappointed about the institution's decision to increase tuition fees, despite nationwide protests against it.
The university said the increase - which was capped by the government at 8% - would take effect next year and apply to both tuition and residence fees.
The university’s spokeswoman, Sharona Patel, said the hike was recommended by the university’s management and approved by its Financial Committee after consultation with the Students Representative Council (SRC).
Wits SRC President Kefentse Mkhari said the student council was shocked to learn of the university’s decision to increase fees, after the institution had claimed to support their call for free higher education during the #FeesMustFall protests.
Mr Mkhari said: “The university was very opportunistic, even the timing of them releasing the statement, they obviously waited for students to leave campus for end of year break.”
The university says the hike in fees is necessary for the institution to avoid a massive deficit.
People have been sharing a picture of a graduating student expressing solidarity with the #FreeMustFall campaign.
Egyptian authorities have arrested doctors, nurses and professors suspected of being involved in an international organ trafficking ring.
The arrests of at least 25 people on Tuesday also included organ buyers and middlemen, the country's Administrative Control Authority said.
Authorities also found "millions of dollars and gold bullion".
It is illegal to purchase organs in Egypt, but poverty drives some to sell their body parts.
The Administrative Control Authority, a powerful anti-corruption body, claimed the network targeted on Tuesday was "made up of Egyptians and Arabs taking advantage of some of the citizens' difficult economic conditions so that they buy their human organs and sell [them] for large sums of money".
More than 500 people are thought to have died in the sinking on 9 April, but there has been no official inquiry.
Newsnight has established that the boat set sail from Egypt - not Libya, as the UNHCR stated at the time.
The head of Europol, Rob Wainwright, said the case was "uncomfortable".
Reuters and BBC Newsnight spent months piecing together the story of what happened to the ship that sank on 9 April 2016 - speaking to survivors, to relatives of the victims, and eventually tracking down the smugglers, the brokers, and the details of the ship that sank.
Thirty-seven people survived the shipwreck, but more than 500 are believed to have died. Those who perished came from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria, Egypt and a number of other countries.
Each had paid around $2,000 (£1,600) to smugglers in the hope of reaching Italy.