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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We'll be back on Wednesday morning

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now - there will be an automated service until Wednesday morning.

    Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to one of our podcasts - Africa Today, The Comb, Africa Daily - or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: You can only see the back of other people's head; it is other people that can see the back of your head." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Suara Abideen in Ibadan, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Suara Abideen in Ibadan, Nigeria

    And we leave you with this picture from Gondar in northern Ethiopia during epiphany celebrations:

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  2. Trump imposes visa restrictions on un-named Tanzanians

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The US has imposed visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials it says were responsible for undermining the general elections last October.

    The outgoing Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, said those targeted subverted the electoral process and violated human rights.

    He said the intimidation and arrest of opposition candidates, widespread voting irregularities and internet disruptions meant the polls were neither free nor fair.

    The October election was won by the incumbent John Magufuli with more than 80% of the vote.

    A state department statement on the visa directive did not name the sanctioned Tanzanian officials.

    Today is the last full working day for President Donald Trump, his successor Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the US.

  3. Mozambique arrests five suspected drug dealers

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    The Mozambican police have arrested three Nigerians, a South African and a local on suspicion of belonging to an international network of traffickers of cocaine.

    According to the spokesperson for the Maputo City Police Command, Leonel Muchina, the five alleged drug traffickers were detained in the in the neighbourhood of Albasine after a tip-off from members of the public.

    They have not yet been charged in court.

    The group was reportedly involved in a dispute after one of them was accused of planning to break a deal involving eight kilos of cocaine, with an estimated value of $243,000 (£178,000).

    The National Immigration Service said the Nigerians had entered the country illegally, and would be expelled from Mozambique - but only after standing trial for the crimes of drug trafficking and the illegal possession of firearms.

  4. UK mining group to compensate Zambia villagers

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Mine workers
    Image caption: The amount has not been disclosed

    The UK-based mining firm Vedanta Resources has agreed to settle all claims brought against it by Zambian villagers concerning pollution by a copper mine.

    The claim was brought by more than 2,500 villagers, including children, against Konkola Copper Mines Plc and its parent company Vedanta.

    The mining companies did not admit liability. The settlement amount has not been disclosed.

    The claimants alleged that toxic discharge from the Nchanga mine damaged land and waterways.

    Britain's Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that the case could be brought against Vedanta in English courts because the company owed villagers a duty of care.

  5. Libya talks agree on steps for interim government

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    People voting

    Libya’s olitical Dialogue team have adopted a mechanism to select and appoint the next executive authority that will rule the country for an interim period.

    It’s a deal that’s been in the making for two months, following an agreement last year to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

    In a statement, the UN mission to Libya - which is mediating talks - said 72% of the country’s Political Dialogue team voted in favour of the proposal.

    It is understood that the next executive authority in Libya will be nominated and voted on by the 75 members of Libya’s Political Dialogue team.

    The timeline for this is not yet known. The next interim executive authority is meant to replace the current internationally recognised authorities in Tripoli.

    It is comprised of an interim prime minister and three deputies who represent the presidency council, and they will be responsible for organising the next election there in December.

    Libya has been paralysed by both military and political divisions and conflict for years.

    The last war ended in the summer. Since then, military factions agreed on a permanent ceasefire in Geneva, but it is still in an unpredictable and gradual phase of implementation.

    It is also unclear today whether the current authorities in Tripoli or their rivals are willing to fully respect the decisions of the political dialogue team.

  6. Sirleaf: Wealthy countries' vaccine behaviour unacceptable

    BBC World Service

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson

    The co-chair of a panel reviewing the world's response to the coronavirus pandemic - the former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - has expressed disappointment at the way rich countries are monopolising supplies of vaccines.

    She told an online briefing of the World Health Organization that vaccine rollout in poorer countries was going too slowly:

    Quote Message: We are grateful to scientists for developing vaccines in record time. As 2020 ended we felt hope, but the panel is discouraged and frankly disappointed by the unequal plans for vaccine rollout.
    Quote Message: Tens of millions of doses of vaccines are already available in some of the wealthiest countries, but based on current plans vaccines will not be widely available across the African continent, for example, until 2022 or even 2023.
    Quote Message: It is unacceptable for wealthy countries to be able to [vaccinate] 100% of their population while poorer countries make do with only 20%. It is no exaggeration to say that we are at risk of creating a vaccine distribution system grounded in inequity."
  7. Kenya's digital tax will 'undermine online businesses'

    A man using a computer

    Kenya's newly introduced tax on digital services will negatively affect online business, analysts say.

    Social media influencers, who are popular in Kenya, are among those the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) say will have to pay the new levy.

    Dr Mohammed Bahaiders - who set up a digital platform for youth to run businesses - says the new tax will decrease income.

    "The rich will continue being rich while the poor will remain poor and the gap will continue increasing," Dr Bahaiders told BBC Swahili.

    The tax will be 1.5% of the total value of business services rendered through online platforms.

    Sale services offered by social media influencers as well as e-learning materials are among those listed to pay the levy.

    The new tax law took effect on 1 January but was widely discussed on social media platforms on Tuesday when KRA launched an online public education campaign.

  8. Nigeria asks AU for 10m Covid vaccine doses

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Schoolboy washing his hands
    Image caption: Schools in most states of the country reopened on Monday

    Nigeria’s minister of health has said that the country has requested 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from the African Union (AU) which has secured millions of doses on behalf of African countries.

    It’s not clear which of the Covid-19 vaccines Nigeria will get, but the authorities suggested that the country was expecting its first 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of January.

    Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told a media briefing in the capital Abuja that the 10 million vaccine doses are expected to be delivered in March.

    The AU secured a provisional 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers around the world to distribute across the continent.

    Mr Ehanire also said the Nigerian government had released about $26m (£19m) to support domestic vaccine production and it was already in talks with manufacturers.

    Nigeria has recorded more than 110,000 cases and daily infections are increasing.

    Schools in most states of the country reopened on Monday but the government is warning that they could be closed again because of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases.

    The authorities say they hope to vaccinate 40% of the population of about 200 million by the end of this year.

  9. Mozambique insurgency created 'humanitarian crisis'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The United Nations says an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique has created a humanitarian crisis.

    The World Food Programme said the cost of food had soared and that the violence had limited access to water, sanitation and education.

    About 570,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

    Hundreds have been killed by the jihadists, who launched their insurgency in 2017.

  10. Bobi Wine: We are under house arrest with a baby

    Uganda's defeated presidential candidate Bobi Wine has tweeted that he and his family are "under house arrest and stuck with an 18-month-old baby".

    Soldiers have surrounded the politician's home claiming that he could incite his supporters if he leaves the compound.

    Bobi Wine - who became famous as a musician - tweeted that the baby's father had been blocked from going into the compound.

    He added that they had run out of food and milk.

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    The 38-year-old politician ran for the presidency for the first in elections on 14 January. He lost to President Yoweri Museveni, who has led the country since 1986.

    He claims that he was cheated out of victory, and accuses the president perpetuating electoral fraud.

    But President Museveni said on Saturday that the poll could be the "most cheating-free" in the history of the country.

  11. Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli
    Image caption: President Magufuli has always cast doubt on the severity of the pandemic

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world.

    "This year there is a possibility of a severe famine in the world because many people are in lockdown because of corona, but this should not discourage us because even if they are imprisoned they still need to eat. We will grow crops that we will sell to them," he told a gathering in the north-western town of Bukoba.

    The Tanzanian president has been criticised for downplaying the pandemic in the country, he has repeatedly said the health crisis had been exaggerated and mocked those who wear masks.

    In June he declared that the country was "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the government's strategy on Covid-19.

  12. 'Tanzania to translate English-written court decisions'

    From February, all summaries of court decisions in Tanzania, usually written in English, will be translated into Swahili, the country's Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma has announced, The Citizen news site reports.

    English has been the predominant language of law, court records and proceedings in Tanzania since the colonial era, while Swahili is restricted to lower courts, the report says.

    “So, this issue needs preparation, and I think we have started and the first step we are taking is to look at computer software that would enable instant interpretation of decisions in different languages,” said Chief Justice Juma.

    He added that great care had to be taken when implementing the directive because English was used in legal training.

    Currently, district and resident magistrate courts use Swahili to hear cases but the proceedings and judgments are recorded in English.

    A similar system is used by the High Court and the Court of Appeal except in few cases, The Citizen reports.

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    Video caption: Tunisia protests: More than 600 hundred arrested

    Crowds of mainly young demonstrators gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police.

  14. Nigerien soldiers killed while pursuing jihadists

    Lalla Sy

    BBC News, Abidjan

    A Nigerien soldier
    Image caption: Niger's army is struggling to contain the spread of armed groups

    Four soldiers were killed on Monday in Niger and eight others seriously injured after an explosion at an artisanal mine in the south-eastern part of the country near the border with Nigeria.

    According to the ministry of defence, the soldiers were pursuing jihadists who had attacked Chetima Wangou military post in the south-eastern region of Diffa on Sunday.

    At least eight soldiers were killed when the post was targeted on 7 March last year.

    In 2019, an attack in the same locality killed seven Nigerien soldiers.

    Attackers linked to the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) group are suspected to be behind Sunday's attack, though the authorities often say the attackers are Boko Haram militants.

    Niger is due to hold its presidential election at the end of February.

    One of the main challenges for the next leader will be to curb jihadist attacks.

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    Video caption: Namibia SGBV: Shannon Wasserfal's death sparks protests against femicide

    The death of Shannon Wasserfal sparked protests in Namibia against sex and gender based violence.