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  1. Heavy rain causes schools to shut in Egypt

    Schools and universities across Egypt are closed because of heavy rain.

    The decision was taken to help people cope with the rainfall, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said, according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua.

    The downpours, which started on early Monday morning, have caused flooding on key roads and have created massive traffic jams.

    The Egyptian Meteorological Authority forecast that many parts of the country would continue to be hit hard by three-days of unstable weather, Xinhua added.

    Social media users have shared photos and videos showing the effects of the rain:

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    Some also criticised the government’s lack of preparedness as flooding cripples the capital and other major cities almost every year.

    In October, eight people, including four children, were killed by the extreme weather conditions.

  2. Four killed in Burkina Faso ambush

    Police in Burkina Faso say four people have been killed in an ambush on a police patrol in the north of the country.

    Three of the dead were police officers. Another five people were injured.

    Monday's attack happened on the Pissila-Gibga axis of the Sanmatenga province in Centre-Nord Region, northeast of Burkina Faso.

    Last Tuesday three soldiers were killed in a region near the Mali border.

    Like Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso is caught up in an Islamist insurgency in which more than four thousand people died last year.

  3. BreakingEgypt's former President Hosni Mubarak dies

    Egyptian state media reports that Hosni Mubarak has died aged 91.

    Former President Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades.

    After being forced from office during the protests that engulfed parts of the Arab world in 2011, he was tried and found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising.

    That conviction was overturned and he was freed in March 2017.

  4. Kenya bans slaughter of donkeys as China demand soars

    Peter Mwangangi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Donkeys pulling a cart filled with jerrycans of water
    Image caption: Donkeys are used for transport and agriculture

    Kenya’s agriculture minister has banned the slaughter of donkeys and ordered the closure of all donkey abattoirs in the country.

    Peter Munya gave the owners of the Kenya’s four donkey abattoirs a month to transition to slaughtering other livestock such as cattle and goats. The minister said those who did not comply would have their businesses closed.

    Mr Munya’s announcement came late on Monday, after speaking to a group of farmers who had been protesting outside the agricultural ministry's offices.

    Farmers say an increase in demand has led to rampant theft of their donkeys.

    In rural Kenya, donkeys are an essential part of life, relied on to fetch firewood and water among other uses, and it is a taboo to eat donkey meat in some communities.

    There are fears in Kenya that the country's donkey population could be wiped out if nothing is done to stop the slaughter rate.

    It is estimated that as many as 1,000 donkeys are being slaughtered every day, and that the population could be wiped out in 10 years.

    Exports to China have driven the demand as the gelatine produced from boiling donkey skins is the essential ingredient in Chinese "ejiao" products - popular health foods and traditional medicines.

    When the first donkey abattoir was set up in 2016, an adult donkey sold for about $50 (£39), but prices have skyrocketed to about $200, according to a recent report by the Africa Network for Animal Welfare.

  5. Guinea-Bissau's poll body to recount votes

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    Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission is to recount the votes from the second round of the presidential election that took place on 29 December.

    The commission will today convene permanent and non permanent members of the National Electoral Commission, as well as the representatives of President-elect Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Domingos Simões Pereira.

    The electoral body said Mr Embaló had won 54% of the votes against Mr Pereira's 46%.

    State-run Guinea-Bissau News Agency (ANG) said the recount is meant to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that has raised uncertainty about the president-elect's swearing in on 27 February.

    The electoral commission had previously said that it had exhausted its authority in the matter of the electoral process, adding that there was nothing else it could do.

  6. Zimbabwe to get Big Brother-style reality show

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    Image caption: Zambian Cherise Makubale was the first winner of Big Brother Africa in 2003 in South Africa

    The organisers of Zimbabwe's upcoming One House, a local version of the successful Big Brother reality TV programme, say they are confident they will make it a success.

    "We are ready to host it," Taona Oswald Chipunza, the head of Teemak Promotions told, the state-run Chronicle newspaper.

    The show, which sees strangers living together in a house fitted with cameras and microphones, will kick off later this year and the winner will take away $50,000 (£42,000).

    "The show will be broadcast live just like Big Brother. We want to give the younger generation an opportunity to shine," Mr Chipunza said.

    There are concerns the attempt to pull off this show will not be successful, as the small southern African country is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a decade.

    Zimbabwe has had frequent shortages of foreign currency, food, fuel, electricity and medicine.

    But the organisers remain hopeful/

    "We’re capable as we have the money," Mr Chipunza told the Chronicle.

  7. Malawi sets date for fresh elections after annulment

    A voter casts their ballot in May 2019.
    Image caption: Widespread irregularities marred last year's poll

    Malawi's parliament has passed a law that sets 19 May 2020 as the date for fresh presidential elections.

    Last May's polls, which handed victory to President Peter Mutharika, were nullified earlier this month by the Constitutional Court citing widespread irregularities.

    The challenge was brought by two opposition candidates - Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima - whose lawyers said some tallying forms had been doctored with Tipp-Ex, and that some polling officials sent in the wrong copy of the results sheet to the main tallying centre.

    The new law passed on Monday includes provision for a run-off presidential election to be held if no candidate wins a 50% plus one majority, Malawi24 reports.

    It also reports that parliament passed a bill to ensure that the electoral commission's chairperson is first nominated by the Judicial Service Commission, then appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Public Appointments Committee.

    Other members of the electoral commission will be appointed on recommendation of the Public Appointments Committee following nominations from political parties represented in parliament, Malawi24 adds.

  8. 'Welcome to the matatu barbershop'

    John Maingi and his sister have gained fans with their creative barbershop replicating Kenya’s vibrant matatu culture.

    Matatus are minibus taxis used by many Kenyans to navigate the capital, Nairobi. They are often embellished with graffiti and modified with extra-loud horns.

    "This barbershop is very unique, from a distance you may actually think it's a real bus coming," John told BBC News Swahili:

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    Video caption: A brother-sister duo fuse their hairdressing and transport expertise
  9. Two Turkish soldiers killed in Libyan civil war

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country has lost two soldiers killed in Libya, where Turkish troops are supporting the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

    The GNA is fighting forces led by Gen Khalifa Haftar, based in eastern Libya.

    Gen Haftar is backed by Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan, while the UN-backed government is supported by Turkey and its ally Qatar.

    "We have two martyrs there in Libya," President Erdogan said.

    Meanwhile, the two sides in the conflict are both reported to have pulled out of planned UN-sponsored negotiations.

    Libya has been torn by conflict since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

  10. Naomi Campbell models at Nigerian designer's debut

    British model Naomi Campbell walks the runway during the Kenneth Ize show
    Image caption: Kenneth Ize's collection was inspired by childhood memories of "Sunday best" clothes

    British supermodel Naomi Campbell closed the debut show of Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize at the Paris Fashion Week on Monday.

    The Lagos-born fashion designer's collection in the French capital is inspired by his childhood memories of going to church with his mother, the state-owned France 24 reports.

    Vogue magazine reports that the sight of Campbell striding down Ize’s runway in a traditional Nigerian fabric, known as Asoke, caused a media frenzy.

    The show's organisers shared a video on Twitter of the moment:

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  11. Nigeria state declares holiday ahead of Buhari visit

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
    Image caption: President Muhammadu Buhari will open two projects during the visit

    Nigeria's Ondo state government has declared Tuesday a holiday as it hosts President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The state's communications office announced that all state workers would not have to report to work so they would have the time to welcome the president.

    Ondo Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu invited Mr Buhari to open various projects as part of festivities to mark his third year in office.

    He tweeted that the industrial hub the president would be opening already had six factories - one of which was a cassava-to-ethanol facility.

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    The president is also expected to open a flyover.

    The festivities to celebrate Governor Akeredolu's anniversary started on 21 February and are scheduled to end on 1 March, according to a programme of events shared on social media.

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  12. 'Deadly cholera outbreak' in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    A map of Mozambique

    At least 20 people have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in the northern gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado, the state-linked Noticias newspaper reports.

    The health authorities are reported to have declared an outbreak in three districts of Cabo Delgado: Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia and Ibo.

    The provincial director of health, Anastacia Lidimba, said the outbreak began on islands off the Cabo Delgado coast, where people had taken refuge in unsanitary conditions to flee from attacks by Islamist insurgents on the mainland.

    She said the situation was bad on Matemo and Congo islands.

    Dr Lidimba said so far 273 cases of the water-borne disease had been diagnosed.

    Teams of doctors and medicine have been sent to the affected areas.

  13. Cameroon protest over Macron's 'Biya insult'

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Protesters outside the French embassy in Yaoundé

    Scores of young people protested outside the French embassy in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, over what they say were "insulting" remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron about his Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya.

    It came after a video went viral on social media over the weekend of President Macron telling a Cameroonian activist in Paris that he had pressured Mr Biya to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto - who was eventually freed from jail after nine months in October 2019.

    In the video, the French president was also heard saying that there were "intolerable human rights violations" taking place in Cameroon where a deadly separatist insurgency in the English-speaking regions over the last three years has forced more than 700,000 people from their homes.

    "I will call President Biya next week and we will put maximum pressure so that the situation ends," Mr Macron told the activist.

    The remarks have not been taken kindly by authorities in Yaoundé.

    "We are comfortable with our president. He is a man of peace," shouted one protester.

    "France has no lessons to give Cameroon and Macron must apologise for insinuating that our president is his stooge," said another.

    On protester carried a placard asking Mr Macron to have respect for his elders, emphasising the fact that Cameroon was a sovereign state.

    Civil activist Yvone Mumah Biya said the authorities were behind the protest.

    "This is political manipulation. Somebody somewhere thinks they have not done their job well, and they think they can go and mobilise these youths," she told the BBC.

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  14. Libya warring rivals pull out of ceasefire talks

    BBC World Service

    Tripoli port was attacked by forces loyal to Gen Khalisa Haftar
    Image caption: Libya's capital, Tripoli, was attacked as representatives of both sides held talks

    The warring parties in Libya are both reported to have pulled out of planned UN-sponsored negotiations.

    The UN wanted to bring political representatives from the two sides together on Wednesday in Geneva.

    But politicians based in eastern Libya - which is controlled by Gen Khalifa Haftar - said they would not take part because the UN had not approved all the members of their delegation.

    Later their rivals - the authorities in the capital, Tripoli - said they would not participate in talks on political matters until progress was made in parallel discussions on military issues.

    The UN said it hoped Wednesday's gathering might still go ahead.

  15. One person dies after Bobi Wine event banned in Uganda

    Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyangulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine
    Image caption: Bobi Wine calls himself the "ghetto president"

    The Ugandan police and opposition politician Robert Kyangulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, have disputed who is responsible for the death of a woman during a stand-off in the capital, Kampala.

    Bobi Wine, an ex-pop star-turned-opposition leader, was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting on Monday, but police blocked it saying he had not met requirements agreed by the electoral commission.

    His supporters demonstrated after being barred from entering the venue and police responded by using tear gas and live bullets, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

    A supporter, Ritah Nabukenya, was reported to have been knocked down by a vehicle while riding on a motorcycle taxi, according to The Observer newspaper.

    Bobi Wine accused the police of causing the accident while police said they had nothing to with it.

    A police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said that the woman was seriously injured after falling off the motorcycle.

    He said that a police vehicle took her to the hospital where she died while receiving treatment.

    Bobi Wine, 37, has declared that he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni - who has been in power for 33 years, in next year's general election.

    He portrays himself as a champion of the poor and sings about social justice and democracy.

    Monday's event at the Pope Paul Memorial Community Centre in Kampala was meant to be the first of his countrywide consultative meetings.