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By Evelyne Musambi, Clare Spencer, Emmanuel Onyango and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Tributes paid to top South African photographer

    Artist Santu Mofokeng attends the opening of The 55th International Art Exhibition at Giardini on May 29, 2013 in Venice, Italy
    Image caption: Santu Mofokeng took part in the Venice Biennale international art exhibition in 2012

    Tributes are being paid to one of South Africa's most-celebrated photographers, Santu Mofokeng, following his death at the age of 64.

    The Soweto-born Mofokeng started his career as a street photographer in his teens, before becoming one of the greatest chroniclers of the struggle against the racist system of apartheid.

    In 1985, Mofokeng co-founded Afrapix, an agency which defied the apartheid regime's restrictive media laws and supplied mainly black newspapers with photographs rarely published in the white-dominated media.

    Here are some of the tributes paid to him:

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  2. Almost 500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean Sea

    BBC World Service

    Aid agencies operating in the Mediterranean Sea say they are looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy for nearly 500 migrants rescued during the last 72 hours after sailing from Libya.

    The agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée, said some of those rescued were suffering from hypothermia and dehydration.

    Others had been exposed to fuel, which can develop into burns.

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    A spokesman for MSF said that despite the bad winter weather, boats were continuing to leave Libya.

    The migrants have spoken of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

    An internationally brokered truce between the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli and the rival military commander, Khalifa Haftar, has broken down.

  3. Bat spit: the new hit for coffee lovers

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    Image caption: Ordinary coffee beans (no bat spit added)

    Bat spit is becoming a hit with coffee fans.

    Apparently coffee beans nibbled by bats end up with a uniquely smooth flavour sending their prices soaring, according to a Reuters report.

    It says prices for the speciality bourbon pointu coffee grown in central Madagascar’s Itasy province have soared to nearly $110 per pound (£84.17).

    Bourbon pointu beans without bat spit sell for around $101 per pound, more than 50 times the price of commodity-grade coffee, the report says.

    “It’s very special,” Ronald Van der Vaeken, a local Belgian hotelier told Reuters. “Normal coffee, after two minutes, you forget the taste - but this coffee stays a very long time in your mouth."

    It's not the first animal-enhanced coffee trend: southeast Asia’s Kopi Luwak coffee is made from beans salvaged from civet cat poop; Thailand has elephant dung coffee; and there’s a Costa Rican bat coffee.

  4. Foreign students desperate to leave coronavirus-hit city

    A Ghanaian student has told the BBC about the terrifying ordeal of foreign students in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is in lockdown following the deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus.

    On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and centre of the outbreak. The number of people killed in China by the virus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill.

    In a BBC Newsday interview, the student, who asked not be named, said:

    Quote Message: We are scared because the numbers keep increasing. At the dormitory if you meet somebody they go to the other sie of the corridor. Nobody wants to meet anybody.
    Quote Message: Ladies are crying. They want to go home. They are panicking. They are losing hope. We don't want to stay here."

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    Video caption: "Every foreign student here wants to go home"
  5. Abducted Nigerian girl's dad: 'I need my daughter back'

    The father of Nigerian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu, who was taken captive by militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2018, has told the BBC that he just wants her back, amid unconfirmed reports that she has given birth.

    "I have nothing to say, I leave everything to God. I only need my daughter, whether she is with baby or she is alone. I need my daughter only, that is what I want," Nathan Sharibu told BBC Pidgin.

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    His daughter was kidnapped two years ago along with more than 100 girls from Dapchi town in north-eastern Nigeria.

    The others were later freed but she was kept, reportedly because she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam.

    Her abductors released a 35-second audio recording of her voice in August 2018 in which she called on the government to help her.

    The Dapchi incident was similar to the abduction of 276 girls from another north-eastern town of Chibok in 2014, which sparked the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

  6. Renowned Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni dies

    Sebastian Usher

    BBC Arab Affairs Editor

    Lina Ben Mhenni (2013)
    Image caption: Lina Ben Mhenni was aged 36

    A key figure of the 2011 Arab Spring, Tunisian activist and blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, has died after suffering for years from a chronic illness.

    The 36-year-old shared her last post on her site A Tunisian Girl on Sunday.

    The blog was where for several years she documented the failings of the regime of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

    Visiting some of the poorest areas in Tunisia, she reported on the first signs of protest against the regime, which fell in 2011, setting off the Arab Spring.

    That year, her name was among those considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.

  7. Rare migratory bird from Finland dies in Kenya

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Osprey bird

    An Osprey bird rescued in Kenya after flying 6,948km (4,317 miles)from Finland has died due to systemic organ failure caused by starvation, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has said.

    The KWS added that it had planned to release the four-year-old migratory bird of prey back into the wild after helping it to recover, but it died days after being rescued.

    The bird had flown from Finland where it had been ringed in 2017 and was rescued from a fishing net in western Kenya.

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  8. The Gambia bans group opposed to president

    Protesters take part in a demonstration against Gambian President, in Banjul, Gambia
    Image caption: Protesters have been calling for elections this year

    The Gambia has banned a movement opposed to President Adama Barrow's decision to renege on a promise to call elections this year.

    President Barrow came to power in 2017 as the head of an alliance of parties opposed to the autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh. The coalition agreed he would lead a provisional government for three years and then call elections.

    But some of his coalition's members last year agreed to support a five-year term, as allowed by the constitution - a move rejected by two parties.

    Thousands of Gambians, under the banner of the movement called Three Years Jotna (which means "enough" in the local Wolof language), have been holding protests against the president's continued stay in power as tension continues to build in the West African country.

    The government on Sunday banned the movement, which it described as "subversive, violent and illegal".

    A statement by government spokesman spokesperson Ebrima G Sankareh said the group was "determined to illegally unseat the constitutionally elected government".

    It said the group was never legally registered and warned the media against "promoting its agenda".

    The government has also suspended two radio stations - Home Digital FM and King FM - "for peddling incendiary messages" and "urging Gambians to join Jotna".

    The stations have not yet commented.

    Police have so far arrested some 137 people who participated in the demonstrations, the statement added.

  9. Maj Gen chosen as Burundi ruling party candidate

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Evariste Ndayishimiye

    Burundi's ruling party has named its secretary general, Maj Gen Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its presidential candidate in elections in May, as President Pierre Nkuruziza steps down after 14 years in power.

    Maj Gen Ndayishimiye is seen as moderate, and is generally respected by the opposition and public, despite his long-standing relationship with Mr Nkurunziza.

    He was not implicated in atrocities committed during the crisis which broke out in 2015 after Mr Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term.

    Maj Gen Ndayishimiye has been the secretary-general of the ruling CNDD-FDD party since 2016, making him the favourite to succeed Mr Nkurunziza.

    He survived the massacres on university students in June 1995 during the civil war that erupted after the assassination of President Merlchior Ndadaye in 1993.

    Maj Gen Ndayishimiye joined what was then the CNDD rebel group, and fought alongside Mr Nkurunziza.

    When the CNDD-FDD went into government following the Arusha peace accord in 2003, he had already climbed to the rank of Maj Gen in the rebel group and was transferred to work in the national army's high command.

    After the disputed 2005 election, Maj Gen Ndayishimiye became minister of interior until 2007 when he was appointed as Mr Nkurunziza's military adviser.

  10. Football leaker named as Isabel dos Santos whistle blower

    Rui Pinto
    Image caption: Rui Pinto is currently awaiting trial in Portugal on charges relating to unauthorised access to data

    An alleged Portuguese hacker has been named as the person who leaked the documents which revealed how Africa's richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country, and corruption.

    Last week some 715,000 leaked documents revealed how Isabel dos Santos amassed a fortune of more than $2bn (£1.53bn), allegations which she denies.

    The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said it was given the documents by Rui Pint of a whistleblower website called Football Leaks.

    PPLAAF chief William Bourdon said Mr Pinto was not politically motivated and wanted to expose activities that were illegal or contrary to the public interest.

    His lawyers have repeatedly defended him as a whistleblower and in a statement to Reuters news agency said: "Without the immense Luanda Leaks revelations, made possible thanks to our client, the regulatory, police and judicial authorities would have done nothing."

    Mr Pinto has been in detention since last year, awaiting trial in Portugal on charges relating to unauthorised access to data and attempted extortion. His football leaks uncovered alleged corruption taking place in professional football.

    The leaks provided millions of documents which were used as the basis for media reports that made damaging allegations against England's Manchester City and France's Paris St-Germain.

    These latest leaks show Ms dos Santos got access to lucrative deals involving land, oil, diamonds and telecoms when her father was president of Angola.

    The documents show how she and her husband were allowed to buy valuable state assets in a series of suspicious deals.

    Ms Dos Santos says the allegations against her are entirely false and that there is a politically motivated witch-hunt by the Angolan government.

    Read more about the investigation: Africa's richest woman 'ripped off Angola'

  11. African sportsmen and women pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

    African sportsmen and women have shared their tributes after the death of US basketball player Kobe Bryant.

    The retired LA Lakers player died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, aged 41.

    His daughter Gianna was among other passengers on the plane who died in the crash.

    Democratic Republic of Congo's basketball player Bismack Biyombo tweeted:

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    Retired Congolese basketballer Dikembe Mutombo tweeted:

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    Ivory Coast's retired footballers Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba wrote:

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    Tunisian tennis player currently playing at the Australian Open tweeted:

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  12. Nigeria mosque attack death toll rises to five

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Five people have died from Sunday's attack at a mosque in Nigeria's town of Gwoza in the north-eastern Borno state.

    Two suicide bombers and two victims died on the spot, while a fifth victim died while receiving treatment.

    Nine other people are being treated for injuries, according to an aid worker involved in the rescue operations.

    The aid worker said both bombers were girls.

    Initial reports had indicated that one bomber ran into a group of worshippers in the mosque during early morning prayers.

    It is not clear whether the bombs went off inside or just outside the mosque.

    No group has said it had carried out the attack but the militant groups Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State West Africa Province are active in the region.

  13. Buhari orders air strikes against bandits

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
    Image caption: The air strikes will target areas with tough terrain

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered air strikes against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers in forested areas bordering three major states in the north and centre of the country.

    On Saturday gunmen killed 11 people and kidnapped four women during door-to-door attacks in Niger state, reported Sahara Reporters and The Daily Sun.

    President Buhari described the repeated attacks in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara as a "disaster", and said air raids "remain the best approach given the lack of motorised roads in the areas constantly under attack".

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    The air strikes would support troops already deployed on the ground.

    The Nigerian air force is already setting up refuelling facilities in Minna, Niger's capital, to support the operations.

    Earlier this month gunmen killed six people, injured five and kidnapped others in Kaduna state.

  14. Eritrean tribute for rapper in Grammys

    John Legend and Kirk Franklin perform a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle

    American artists paid tribute to American-Eritrean rapper Nipsey Hussle while wearing Eritrean traditional attire during the Grammy Awards.

    Singer John Legend and the male dancers wore the habesha kemis white matching suit while female dancers wore the zuria traditional dresses.

    The tribute started with a rap from Meek Mill then DJ Khaled went on to sing with John Legend their song, Higher which they collaborated with the late Hussle.

    Singer Kirk Franklin later joined in the tribute that was described as beautiful online:

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  15. Outrage as Zimbabwe seeks Uganda's help on corruption

    Zimbabweans are protesting after Chief Justice Luke Malaba invited a Ugandan judge to train judges ahead of the establishment of anti-corruption courts.

    The chief justice said Uganda had waged war against corruption and the head of its anti-corruption court, Justice Lawrence Gidudu, would run a training course for Zimbabwean judges, magistrates and other officials, Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reported.

    Zimbabwe's decision to establish special courts to deal with corruption cases comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared corruption as the country's biggest enemy, the newspaper reported.

    The Zimbabwean information ministry's permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana, tweeted the article. However, the news was not received well by Zimbabweans online who said Uganda was not the best country to learn from:

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    "Please stop wasting people's resources. Do we actually need the assistance of Uganda to eradicate corruption in Zimbabwe?" Leonard Koni wrote.

    "Uganda, anti-corruption.... How did you manage to put the two words in the same sentence NICK? Look at the countries you looking at for advice and help," TB Mandlazi wrote.

    "Uganda is not a good example of countries fighting corruption Maybe Rwanda, Singapore, Netherlands, Malaysia etc not these Museveni chaps. We're very far from fully launching the fight against corruption," Takudzwa Munangwa wrote.

    "But why Uganda why not Rwanda or Kenya or South Africa," Nelson Tuwadya wondered.

    "Africa's Least Corrupt Countries 1. Seychelles 2. Botswana 3. Cape Verde 4. Rwanda 5. Mauritius 6. Sao Tome and Principe 7. Namibia 8. Senegal. Source: Transparency International Corruption Perception Index," Tarrysnun wrote.

    Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Luke Malaba told journalists that Justice Lawrence Gidudu, who heads Uganda's anti-corruption court, will conduct a week-long training course in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

    Justice Malaba said Zimbabwe has a lot to learn from Uganda that has prosecuted and jailed corrupt people for years.

    Uganda was ranked better that Zimbabwe in Transparency International's 2019 corruption perception index.

    Uganda was number 137 out of 180 countries while Zimbabwe was number 158. But Zimbabwe's neighbouring countries - Botswana, Namibia and South Africa - were ranked better than Uganda by far.