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By Clare Spencer, Emmanuel Onyango and Evelyne Musambi

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  1. A weekend without YouTube in Burundi

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    An error message on the YouTube homepage
    Image caption: The website displayed an error message when people in Burundi tried to use it

    Internet users in Burundi have been unable to access YouTube since Friday.

    Melchior Manirakiza, a businessman in the northern city of Ngozi, told BBC he didn't believe it was true when he first heard the news from contacts on WhatsApp until he had a go and saw for himself.

    "It wasn't possible to open it - until Sunday it was a nationwide cry-out and people were lamenting. We don’t know what's going on."

    Burundi's telecoms regulator hasn't replied to BBC on this matter. Users say they still can't access YouTube.

    Félicité Muganwa, a university student in the capital Bujumbura, told the BBC she hopes the shutdown will be a one-off because she depends on YouTube a lot.

    Burundi's government recently enforced a shutdown on the YouTube comment section of independent news outlet Nawe, accusing it of "rumour mongering" and "abusing the culture".

    The authorities have also claimed that some YouTube channels are run from neighbouring Rwanda with the aim on tarnishing Burundi's image.

    After Google, YouTube is believed to the second-most visited website in Burundi.

    This comes a few months before the presidential elections which are scheduled for May.

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  2. Somalia installs CCTV cameras in terror-hit capital

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    Somalia's government has installed surveillance cameras on major roads in the capital, Mogadishu, to deter more attacks from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

    This is the first time that the government has installed surveillance cameras on key roads in Mogadishu to help prevent militant attacks.

    Al-Shabab often carries out bomb and gunfire attacks in Mogadishu. Last week, its fighters carried out an attack at the Somali Youth League (SYL) hotel that is located near the presidential palace.

    The SYL hotel in Mogadishu
    Image caption: Somali government soldiers killed two al-Shabab gunmen who attacked the SYL hotel on 11 December 2019

    The group carried out one of its deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in October 2017 after it detonated explosives packed in a truck. More than 300 people are believed to have been killed in the incident that was captured on CCTV.

    In May, the group ordered businesses in the capital to dismount CCTV cameras from buildings along the city's main roads.

  3. Liberia closes schools as civil servants' strike bites

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Pupils at Cecelia Dunbar Public school in the city of Freeman Reserved, north of Monrovia.
    Image caption: Schools to be reopened in January as government moves to deter student unrest

    Liberia's ministry of education has announced the closure of all government-run schools, as teachers and other civil servants started a nationwide strike on Monday to demand salary arrears.

    The ministry's spokesperson J Maxime Bleetahn told the BBC that public schools will be reopened on 3 January.

    He said they fear students will agitate if they go to school and find their teachers missing.

    “We didn’t want to be reactive so we thought to close schools until January 3 while we negotiate with the striking teachers,” Mr Bleetahn said

    The strike by Liberia’s 77,000 civil servants is indefinite.

    Their union leader Moibah Johnson said: “This action comes as a result of the government of Liberia’s failure… to have met our demands.”

    "Some of us are owing landlords rents, our children are not in school because there is no money to pay their tuition and we have nothing to offer them this Christmas,” he added.

    The Liberian economy has declined drastically in recent times, with banks unable to pay depositors.

    Presidential press secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh last week told the BBC that the government was “surprised” by the strike because it was meeting the civil servants' demands.

    He hoped for more negotiations with the union's leadership to convince them to call off the strike as government steps up effort to settle their demands.

  4. Uproar over Kenyan artist's song about corrupt leaders

    Kenyan artist King Kaka has triggered a huge debate in the country with his latest hit titled Wajinga Nyinyi, meaning "You are Fools".

    The artist's new release calls out leaders who have been implicated in corruption scandals, while also lashing out at the electorates for voting for them.

    King Kaka has reportedly received death threats and has tweeted asking for prayers.

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    In his new hit, King Kaka names several politicians, asking why they were elected.

    His lyrics also highlight the poor state of education, security and health in the country.

    The song's title has become a top trend on Twitter in Kenya.

    Two women representatives responded on Twitter about the lack of sanitary pads for Kenyan girls.

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    Some leaders have however lauded King Kaka, asking Kenyans to re-evaluate their leaders.

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  5. Dozens of headless sharks found dumped on Cape Town beach

    The authorities in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town are investigating how dozens of decapitated sharks were dumped at a beach where they were found on Sunday morning.

    A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the deep-water sharks were found at Strandfontein beach by law enforcement officials.

    "Our Inspectors uncovered that all the sharks had their heads, dorsal fins and tails severed," the organisation said in a Facebook post.

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    Shark fins are used as delicacies and fetch a high price in the black market, it added.

  6. Mo Farah's brother 'homeless' after being deported to Somalia

    Mo Farah
    Image caption: Mo Farah has won four Olympic gold medals for Britain

    The younger brother of Olympic champion Mo Farah has become homeless after being deported to Somalia, reports the UK's Mirror newspaper.

    Ahmed Farah was deported from the UK in 2016 after being released from prison, The Mirror revealed in an exclusive interview.

    The UK government can deport foreign nationals if they have been sentenced to prison for at least 12 months. More than 45,000 foreign offenders have been deported since 2010.

    Farah served four-and-a-half years over his involvement in a knife raid, according to the Mirror.

    He fled civil war in Somalia and moved to the UK in 1991 when he was three years old but never became a British citizen, the newspaper adds.

    He is quoted as saying in The Mirror that he did not know Somalia, and did not have any money to start a new life there:

    Quote Message: I was scared. I was being thrown into a place that was completely alien to me. It was a shock to the system. I had no plan whatsoever, not a penny, no family in sight.
    Quote Message: I slept in a hotel for a while. Eventually I found an uncle who took me in. I stayed with him for a while.
    Quote Message: Now I'm flowing about from sofa to sofa, but nowhere I could call home. I’m 4,000 miles from my family. I haven’t seen my family in three years. My mum, my brother, my blood."
  7. Ugandan marine officer 'drowns while on rescue mission'

    A Ugandan marine officer drowned over the weekend as he tried to rescue a civilian in the floods, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

    Sgt Godfrey Mwondha, a marine officer with the Uganda People's Defence Forces, was among five people who were washed away by floods in Kampala, the newspaper reports.

    The officer was swept away while on the mission and his body recovered at Mbuya Katoogo swamp, the Daily Monitor reports.

    Heavy rains continue to pound East Africa with hundreds reported to have died and thousands displaced.

    A Twitter user shared a video of the floods in Kampala on Saturday:

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  8. Dozens killed in attack on DR Congo village

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Officials in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least 22 people have been killed during a rebel attack on Saturday night in a village near Beni city.

    It is thought to have been carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    The Congolese military recently launched an offensive against the rebels but this has prompted more attacks against civilians.

    The suspected ADF rebels, armed with machetes and guns, attacked a village called Ntombi on Saturday night.

    Local officials say they are still searching for more bodies in the surrounding area of people who had tried to get away.

    The rebel group that originated in Uganda over two decades ago and now has no clear political agenda has been attacking many villages in North Kivu province.

    Since the Congolese military launched an operation against the rebels at the end of October more than a hundred civilians have been killed.

    In neighbouring South Kivu province the UN says the army has detained around 2,000 people in a military camp where conditions are so appalling, some of them have died.

  9. Victim in viral video forgives his tormentors

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    A South Sudanese refugee who was bullied by three Egyptian men in Cairo last month, has told the World Youth Forum that he's forgiven his tormentors and wants to move on from the incident.

    A video of 16-year-old John Manut went viral on social media app Tik Tok showing him being accosted by two Egyptian young men as he went to school.

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    A third person taking the video can be heard laughing as the men torment the student.

    The three men have since been arrested and released on bail.

    Mr Manut says he was picked on and bullied because of his skin colour.

    "It is wrong to bully someone because of the colour of their skin because at the end of the day all people are the same, they are equal. If I met them today, I bear no grudge as I have forgiven them but what they did was terribly bad," he said.

    The student was a special guest of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who invited him to the opening of the World Youth Forum.

    Mr Manut was seated next to the president as the Forum which brings together thousands of young people from across the globe, in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

    John Manut sitting next to Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Image caption: John Manut sat next to the Egyptian president
  10. Zimbabwe vice-president's wife due in court over fraud

    Zimbabwe vice president Constantino Chiwenga's wife Marry
    Image caption: Marry wanted to solemnise her marriage with the vice-president without his consent

    Marry Mubaiwa, the estranged wife of Zimbabwe's Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, will on Monday appear in court to face charges of money laundering and fraud.

    The fraud charges arise from an alleged attempt to forge a marriage certificate without her husband's consent while he was sick.

    The couple was customarily married after Mr Chiwenga paid a bride price to her parents in 2011.

    Ms Marry is being held at Rhodesville police station in the capital, Harare, after being arrested on Saturday.

    She has not commented on the charges.

    She will face six counts of exporting foreign currency in breach of the Exchange Control Act and five counts of concealing transactions involving proceeds of crime in violation of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act, according to the Herald newspaper.

    She is accused of exporting foreign currency to South Africa on the pretext of buying tents and instead bought a house and a luxury vehicle.

    Her husband Mr Chiwenga over the weekend announced a crackdown on corrupt leaders.

    In his address to delegates at the Zanu-PF conference, he was quoted by the Times newspaper as saying: “We will arrest corrupt people. We don't care who you are even if you know me personally we don't care.”

  11. Zambia asks US to withdraw ambassador over gay row

    Daniel Foote
    Image caption: Ambassador Daniel Foote criticised the jailing of the gay couple

    The president of Zambia Edgar Lungu says his government has asked the United States to withdraw its ambassador, after the diplomat criticised the jailing of two men for being in a gay relationship.

    Daniel Foote said he was "horrified" last month when a judge sentenced the men to 15 years in prison.

    He called on the government to review the case.

    Mr Lungu said he did not want people like Mr Foote in the country.

    He said he was waiting for a response from Washington, in a row which began three weeks ago. The US embassy has not replied.

    Homosexual relationships remain illegal in Zambia under British colonial-era laws.

  12. Monday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Those who do not have pots, often get a good harvest of pumpkins." from Maclaud Nchimunya in Lusaka, Zambia
    Maclaud Nchimunya in Lusaka, Zambia
    An illustration of pumpkins

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.

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    Video caption: Imported for my body: The African women trafficked to India for sex

    BBC Africa Eye uncovered an illegal network that lures women to India from Africa, where they are then forced into sex work.

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    Video caption: Dare to Dream: The organisation getting women into aviation

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