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  1. Nigerian protesters demand end to SA xenophobic attacks
  2. Zimbabwean trampled to death for 'elephant selfie'
  3. Malawian Agriculture Minister George Chaponda sacked over 'maizegate' scandal
  4. Gambian police arrest ex-head of former President Jammeh's feared spy agency
  5. South African court orders government to reverse decision to leave ICC
  6. Zimbabwe deploys 'army medics amid doctors' strike'
  7. Kenyan woman attacked over childless marriage 'pregnant'
  8. Nigeria army accuses Amnesty of fabrication
  9. Body of 'Blind Sheikh returned to Egypt'
  10. Pope calls for urgent South Sudan famine aid
  11. Libyan women solo travel ban frozen
  12. South Africa budget targets the rich
  13. Somalia's president warns al-Shabab at inauguration
  14. Two more students die in Guinea protests
  15. Email stories and comments to - Wednesday 22 February 2017

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  1. UK to give £200m to tackle Africa hunger crisis

    Women carrying food aid in South Sudan
    Image caption: UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan

    The UK is to give £100m ($124.3m) each in overseas aid to South Sudan and Somalia to help alleviate famine conditions. 

    International Development Secretary Priti Patel has called on the global community to step up their support for the two nations as she announced the cash injections for 2017-8. 

    The Department for International Development said parts of South Sudan were now in famine, adding that in 2017 there was a credible risk of another three famines in Yemen, north-east Nigeria and Somalia. 

    The extra funding will help provide food, water and emergency healthcare which is hoped will save more than a million lives. 

    Quote Message: The world faces a series of unprecedented humanitarian crises and the real threat of famine in four countries. These crises are being driven by conflict and drought and we must respond accordingly. Our commitment to UK aid means that when people are at risk of dying from drought and disaster, we have the tools and expertise to avoid catastrophe. In times of crisis, the world looks to Britain not just for our work on the ground, but also for our leadership internationally." from UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel
    UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel

    The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Landale says the problem is that these crises have been caused as much by conflict as by drought.

    And no amount of aid will end the violence that has brought so much suffering to these countries, he says.

  2. 'Al-Shabab cannot defeat 12 million Somalis'

    Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed has warned Islamist militants al-Shabab that they cannot defeat 12 million Somalis.

    He made the declaration during in his speech at his inauguration ceremony, which is being held in an airport hangar in the capital, Mogadishu. Some journalists have been live tweeting his remarks:

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    The militant group, which controls large swathes of land, has launched several deadly attacks to destabilise the UN-backed government. 

    Mr Mohamed said his administration would accept al-Shabab recruits if they wanted to leave the group:

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    He also endorsed the presence of African Union troops, saying that they had done a good job. 

    The president talked about restoring trust to state institutions and tackling the ongoing drought. 

    He also promised to deal with unemployment, which he said led to hopelessness and caused many young people to flee the country.  

  3. SA xenophobia: 'Social media inflaming tensions'

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    A vigilante mob attacks a Nigerian man outside a church in Pretoria, South Africa -18 February 2017
    Image caption: The attacks on foreigners started over the weekend

    South Africa’s state security authorities have condemned “inflammatory remarks” on social media after recent attacks on homes and property occupied by foreigners in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

    In a statement the government said:

    Quote Message: We would like to assure all people in our country, including citizens and foreign nationals, that the security agencies are aware of the threats that are being circulated on social media. Security measures have been put in place to mitigate against any potential threat.”

    Meanwhile a night vigil will be held tomorrow for the victims of the xenophobic attacks.

    It is aimed at countering a march planned for Friday in the capital, Pretoria, by South Africans accusing foreigners of drug peddling and prostitution.

    They also claim that they are losing jobs to foreign nationals.

  4. Somalia new president 'a charismatic and humble man'

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    A profile of the new Somalia's president Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed by the Buffalo Times newspaper in the US says that he was active in his community when living in New York state.

    Mr Mohamed has joint American and Somali nationality, and returned from the US only last year to stand for president.

    The paper interviewed people who knew him who said he was a charismatic and humble man who befriended fellow immigrants, political figures and sports celebrities. 

    A former ice hockey player Rick Martin liked to call him "Mohamed Squared" as his first name and surname were Mohamed.

    Here are some highlights from the profile: 

    • Mr Mohammed arrived in the US in 1985
    • In 1993, Mohamed earned a bachelor's degree in history from University at Buffalo
    • In 2009 he received his master's degree in American studies. His thesis was entitled US Strategic Interest in Somalia: From the Cold War Era to the War on Terror
    • He identifies as a member of the Republican party and participated in political campaigns 
    • He has four children.
    • Mr Mohamed's 24-year-old daughter says her father inherited the nickname "Farmajo", a reference to Italian for cheese, from his father as they both loved Italian food
    • He ran the Somalia Turnaround Project that trained local Somali immigrants in construction trade skills. 
  5. Kenyan woman attacked over childless marriage 'pregnant'

    Jackline Mwende
    Image caption: Jackline Mwende was attacked when at her parents' home in a village in southern Machakos County

    A Kenyan woman whose husband attacked her and chopped off her hands after relations allegedly broke down over their childless marriage is reportedly pregnant. 

    Shortly after the attack, Jackline Mwende said that doctors had told the couple that she was fertile and her husband, Stephen Ngila, was impotent.

    In an interview in today’s private Daily Nation newspaper she said this drove her into another relationship.

    She says she was desperate to have children and decided to have the affair “to save my marriage”, but her husband - who is now facing attempted murder charges - found out.

    Quote Message: It was after the attack that I found out that my husband had asked my neighbours to spy on me. They were the ones who told him of my trip to Machakos with the man on the Saturday I conceived.
    Quote Message: I wanted a child. I was desperate and it is that yearning... and probably the devil too... that made me stray out of my marriage.
    Quote Message: It was wrong to do it and I know people will judge me harshly for it, but I am remorseful because I was desperate.
    Quote Message: "Knowing that am alive today, and that I will be a mother soon, is the silver lining in the middle of all the heartache and gloom.”
  6. Pope calls for urgent South Sudan famine aid

    Pope Francis head of the Catholic Church
    Image caption: Pope Francis said many children were being "condemned to death by hunger"

    Pope Francis has called for aid to be sent to millions of people facing famine in South Sudan.

    Addressing tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly audience, the pontif said:

    Quote Message: Now more than ever there should be a commitment by everyone to not just talk but contribute food aid and allow it to reach suffering populations."

    Pope Francis said millions of people, including many children, were being "condemned to death by hunger", suggesting that rhetoric alone was not enough. 

    The basic cause of the famine in South Sudan is conflict, which the pope called "fratricidal".

    The country has now been at war since 2013 and more than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. 

  7. 'A peaceful Somalia benefits the region'

    Heads of states from neighbouring countries are in Somalia's capital Mogadishu for the inauguration of Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed. 

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently speaking at the event and has commended the country for conducting peaceful elections: 

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    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in his speech that Somalia's stability was key to peace in the region: 

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    Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is currently speaking and has also hailed the peaceful elections:

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  8. Malawi minister fired over 'maizegate' scandal

    Malawi's Agriculture Minister George Chaponda has been fired over a scandal that has been dubbed "maizegate".

    Last month, President Peter Mutharika ordered an investigation into a $34.5m (£27.7m) maize order from Zambia.

    Part of the consignment is alleged to have disappeared as did some of the money that was budgeted for the importation.

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    Mr Chaponda told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme last week that he would not leave office until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, which he denied.

    Information Minister Nicolaus Dausi told the Reuters news agency this morning:

    Quote Message: The president has removed from cabinet Hon George Chaponda as agriculture minister with immediate effect following after he was found with millions of money at his residence yesterday."
  9. US blames South Sudan famine on leaders

    South Sudanese queuing for food aid
    Image caption: Queuing for food aid - civil war and economic collapse are being blamed

    The US says the famine declared in parts of South Sudan is a man-made humanitarian crisis which it blames on South Sudanese leaders. 

    An estimated 5.5 million people in the country are said to face life-threatening hunger this year. 

    A spokesperson for the State Department said in a statement: 

    Quote Message: [This] is the direct consequence of a conflict prolonged by South Sudanese leaders who are unwilling to put aside political ambitions for the good of their people."
    Quote Message: We call on President Kiir to expeditiously make good on his promise that humanitarian and developmental organisations will have unimpeded access to populations in need across the country."

    Read more: Why are there still famines?

  10. Airport ceremony for Somalia president

    The inauguration of the new Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed is taking place at a hangar at Aden Adde International Airport in the capital, Mogadishu. 

    Lawmakers gathered at the heavily guarded location two weeks ago to elect the president. 

    Our reporter Ibrahim Aden has snapped these photos from inside the hangar: 

    People gather for inauguration
    People gather for inauguration

    A local TV station is streaming the event and captured the arrival of Mr Mohamed:

    Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed
    Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed
  11. Fresh casualties in Guinea student protests

    Protesters burning tires during a demonstration in Guinea
    Image caption: A total of seven people have been killed in the violent protests

    Two more people were killed in student demonstrations on Tuesday in Guinea, bringing the number of casualties to seven since protests broke out on Monday. 

    Students have been protesting in support of striking teachers, who are demanding better pay. 

    As a result of the teachers' action, schools across the country have not opened for several weeks. 

    The government has announced it has reached an agreement with the main teachers' unions which have been leading the strike. 

    It renewed condemnation of the violent incidents, saying the demonstrations are illegal.

    Souleymane Sy Savane, a union official, is quoted by AFP as saying that schools would re-open on Wednesday as negotiations continue.

  12. Gambian ex-spy chief arrested

    Yahya Jammeh
    Image caption: Yahya Jammeh's NIA operatives were feared throughout his rule

    Police in The Gambia have arrested the country’s ex- spy chief, who headed an agency rights groups allege tortured and killed opponents of former President Yahya Jammeh.

    Yankuba Badgie was arrested along with another former employee of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Monday, a police spokesman said.

    Mr Jammeh set up the body the year after he seized power in a coup in 1994 and it gained a reputation as the state's most feared institution, the Reuters news agency reports. 

    The arrests are the first of senior Gambian officials since Mr Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea after regional leaders deployed troops to The Gambia to urge him to step down.

    He lost elections in December to Adama Barrow – after initially accepting the results he tried to get them annulled.

  13. Lockdown for Somali inauguration

    Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
    Image caption: The new president is popularly known as "Farmajo", from the Italian for cheese

    Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is in lock down today as Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed is being inaugurated as the new president.

    BBC Monitoring's Security Correspondent Tomi Oladipo says major roads in the city have been sealed off and there are increased military patrols. 

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Mogadishu and is expected to be is among heads of state from the region at the event.

    The ceremony is being held in a hangar at the city's airport, the most heavily guarded place in the whole country.

    Mr Mohamed defeated 21 candidates including the incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the election held on 8 February.

    He takes office as the country faces an increased threat from Islamist militants al-Shabab, who frequently attack Mogadishu, and a severe drought. 

    The event is being live streamed on YouTube 

  14. South African court blocks withdrawal from war crimes court

    ICC in Ivory Coast - 2013
    Image caption: The African Union is pushing for members to leave the ICC

    A South African court has ruled that the government had no right to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) without first consulting parliament. 

    Judge Phineas Mojapelo at the North Gauteng High Court is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying:

    Quote Message: The cabinet decision to deliver the notice of withdrawal to the United Nations secretary general without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid."

    The country began the formal process of leaving the global court last October.

    At the time a cabinet minister said South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to "regime change”.

    In 2015, another South African court criticised the government for refusing to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

    He is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes. 

    Mr Bashir was attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg, when the government ignored an ICC request to arrest him.

    He denies allegations that he committed atrocities in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region.   

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says today’s court ruling is another victory for the political opposition in South Africa, which has increasingly, turned to the courts to challenge the governing African National Congress (ANC).

  15. Wise words

    Today’s African proverb:

    Quote Message: When the farm owner is slow to catch the thief, the thief calls the farm owner ‘thief’." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Abubakar Mohammed Sani in Serdang, Malaysia
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Abubakar Mohammed Sani in Serdang, Malaysia

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