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By Paul Bakibinga

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  1. Liberland leader discusses mutual recognition with Somaliland

    Liberland leader meeting Somaliland leaders

    The "president" of the unrecognised territory of Liberland, Vit Jedlicka, has been visiting another unrecognised republic, Somaliland, for talks about mutual recognition.

    The Somaliland foreign ministry tweeted that the two sides had discussed how to "strengthen cooperation".

    Liberland is a 7 sq km (2.5 sq mile) area of uninhabited marshland between Serbia and Croatia. In the summer of 2015, Mr Jedlicka, his girlfriend and a couple of friends planted a flag there. The other three elected him president.

    Since then, he has signed up hundreds of thousands of would-be citizens online. He has appointed a cabinet and ambassadors-in-waiting worldwide. He has money from crowdfunding and wealthy libertarian donors. He has printed diplomatic passports.

    But Mr Jedlicka, and anyone else, is banned from setting foot in Liberland.

    Liberland leader meeting Somaliland leaders

    In 2015, Liberland seemed to be a rare example of what the law calls terra nullius - land claimed by no state. It was once part of Serbia, but when the borders were redrawn at the end of the Yugoslav civil war in the 1990s, it ended up with Croatia.

    But Croatia didn't want it. If it had accepted it, it would have had to accept the new borders, which gave it less territory than before.

    The BBC met Czech-born Mr Jedlicka last year. Read more about his fight for Liberland.

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  2. Kenyan police deploy at election commission

    Government withdraws Odinga security

    Police outside IEBC HQ

    Kenyan police armed with batons and tear gas have been deployed outside the election commission's main office in Nairobi, ahead of a planned protest by the main opposition coalition.

    The opposition have been calling for the removal and prosecution of officials at the commission, the IEBC, following the annulled presidential election.

    Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will not take part in the re-run election next month unless officials are sacked and prosecuted.

    police outside IEBC nairobi

    Meanwhile, Kenyan newspapers have been reporting that the government has withdrawn security from Mr Odinga and his former running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka.

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  3. President Buhari returns to Nigeria

    President Buhari alights from plane on Monday

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is back in the country, several newspapers are reporting.

    Mr. Buhari had traveled to the United States where he attended the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

    His spokesman, Femi Adesina, had said the president would spend four days in London on his way back from New York.

    Mr Buhari was treated in London for an undisclosed illness for more than 100 days earlier this year.

    President Buhari returns to Nigeria after attending UNGA session in New York and spending a few days in London.
    Image caption: President Buhari was away for eight days
  4. Chad 'doesn't understand' US travel ban inclusion

    The government of Chad has said it doesn't understand why the US has included its citizens in the latest American travel ban list.

    Communications Minister Madeleine Alingué urged President Trump to reconsider the decision:

    Quote Message: The Chadian government expresses its lack of understanding of official reasons behind this decision. This move contrasts with Chad's constant efforts and commitments in the fight against terrorism at the regional and global levels.
    Quote Message: The Chadian government calls for a better appreciation of the situation and invites President Donald Trump to reconsider this decision which seriously undermines the image of Chad and good relations between both countries, particularly in the fight against terrorism.
    Quote Message: Chad remains available to any discussion in order to reinforce its collaboration with the United States of America on security and counter-terrorism issues. However, the government doesn’t want to be forced to use the principle of reciprocity, which could undermine interests of the two countries."
  5. Kenyan MP charged with insulting president

    Kenyan MP Paul Ongili, better known as Babu Owino, has been charged with insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Daily Nation newspaper is reporting.⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Mr Ongili has been charged with two counts of subversion and uttering abusive words against President Kenyatta.

    According to the Daily Nation, the prosecution says there are "compelling reasons" to hold the MP in custody.

    Mr Owino's lawyer said the prosecution's application was not backed by any document.

    The lawmaker was arrested by police on Monday after making derogatory remarks about President Kenyatta at an opposition rally in Nairobi.

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  6. SA Zulu king not getting 'financial recognition'

    The South African Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini has accused the provincial government of failing to pay him what he deserves, the Times newspaper is reporting.

    According to the paper, the king says he is not getting "financial recognition" although he receives an annual salary of more than 1m rand ($75,000; £56,000) and is entitled to a budget of nearly $4.5m from the premier of KwaZulu-Natal's office.

    King Zwelithini who was speaking at a King Shaka commemoration in the town of Stanger, in Kwazulu Natal province on Sunday said:

    Quote Message: I do not get a stipend. There is no money I get from the government. I do not get paid because the provincial government does not recognise me and the stipend I deserve as the king."

    According to the Times, the King's royal household received $4.3m this year, of which $1.2m went towards staff salaries and the queens' expenses.

    Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini (R) gestures as he delivers a speech during a traditional gathering called Imbizo at the Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban on April 20, 2015.
    Image caption: King Goodwill Zwelithini (R) says he deserves more
  7. 'I escaped from Boko Haram with a commander's wife'


    Mohamed was forced to fight for Boko Haram until a commander's wife, Aisha, persuaded him to escape and a four-year-old boy tagged along.

    The BBC's Stephanie Hegarty met them in an army base in north-east Nigeria. Her report begins:

    A young boy is sitting under the shade of a wide neem tree, playing with sticks in the sand. A man, not his father, is watching him closely. And a woman, not his mother, picks him up to go inside.

    This mismatched family of three has been brought together by the most tragic of circumstances.

    Until very recently they were total strangers. But they have one thing in common, they were living with Boko Haram in a camp deep in the Sambisa forest before they escaped, just over a month ago.

    Read more.

  8. Huge Botswanan diamond sold for $53m

    Lesedi la Rona

    A rough diamond about the size of a tennis ball, recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana in November 2015, has been sold by Canadian-based Lucara Diamond Corp for $53m (£39m).

    The 1,109-carat stone, at present the world's largest uncut diamond, was bought by British diamond business Graff Diamonds for $47,777 per carat, and will now be cut and polished, Lucara said.

    The Canadian firm had previously tried to sell the diamond at a Sotheby's auction in June 2016, but bidding failed to reach the reserve price.

    The stone, called Lesedi La Rona, or Our Light in the national language of Botswana, is said to be 2.5bn-3bn years old.

    Laurence Graff said: "We are thrilled and honoured to become the new custodians of this incredible diamond.

    Quote Message: The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut, and we will take the utmost care to respect its exceptional properties.
    Quote Message: This is a momentous day in my career, and I am privileged to be given the opportunity to honour the magnificent natural beauty of the Lesedi La Rona."
  9. Nigeria's top policeman orders roadblocks dismantled

    Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate removal of all roadblocks on the country's highways, the Vanguard newspaper is reporting.

    Mr Idris has also instructed all officers involved in vehicle patrols to ensure that they wear uniforms, clear name tags and service numbers.

    A statement issued on Monday night, widely reported in the Nigerian press, said the directives were necessary to make it easy for business to be conducted freely as well as to safeguard the free passage of travellers and goods.

    According to the statement, no police department or unit should mount a roadblock without express permission of the Inspector General of Police.

    Reports say teams of the special X-Squad of the police force have been deployed around the country with instructions to arrest and investigate any police personnel violating this directive.

    The squads have also been ordered to be on the lookout for - and remove - and roadblocks set up by illegal revenue collectors, road transport unions, labour or trade associations.

    The statement added: "For avoidance of doubt, the Taxes and Levies act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 section 2 (2) disallowed any person, including a Tax Authority from mounting a Road block in any part of the Federation for the purposes of collecting any Tax or Levy."

  10. Angola to get new president

    João Lourenço
    Image caption: João Lourenço is a former defence minister

    Angola will swear in a new president later today, the first time there has been a change in leader for nearly four decades.

    João Lourenço, a former defence minister, will replace Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who stood down in August after 38 years in power.

    BBC Africa editor James Copnall says that while there is a real desire for change, a radical shift is unlikely as Mr Lourenço has been at the heart of the governing MPLA (Popular Liberation Movement of Angola) party for decades.

    Mr Dos Santos will retain control over the party with the right to choose the police chief and head of the army.

    Critics say his children - including Africa's richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos - have been positioned to control the economy.

    Despite Angola's oil wealth, inequality remains striking. The new president - and the old system - will face a desire for real change, our correspondent says.

    The MPLA has governed Angola since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

  11. Today's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: You can't climb two trees at a time even if you have two legs." from An Oromo proverb sent by Getinet Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    An Oromo proverb sent by Getinet Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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