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    Video caption: One Kenyan woman's journey for the father she has never known

    BBC Africa Eye goes on a journey with a woman in Kenya, searching for the father she has never known.

  2. Trainee doctor dies on Uganda's Ebola frontline

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    A trainee doctor who worked on the frontline battling the Ebola outbreak in Uganda has died from the virus, the health ministry confirms.

    Ali Mohammed, 37, had come from Tanzania to study for a master's degree in surgery.

    He was one of six of medical trainees working at Mubende regional hospital who contracted Ebola and were moved to a quarantine centre.

    Mr Mohammed is the second health worker to die of the virus. The first was a midwife from a private clinic in Mubende district.

    Official figures indicate that the total number of confirmed Ebola cases stands at 35, with eight deaths.

    Mubende is at the centre of this outbreak, and medical students there warned the government they were putting their lives at risk because they lacked proper equipment and sometimes had to handle patients with bare hands.

    The medical association and the surgeons' association in the country have issued messages of condolence on their Twitter accounts.

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  3. Ebola fatality recorded in fourth Uganda district

    BBC World Service

    There has been a confirmed death from Ebola in Uganda's western Kagadi region bringing to four the number of districts affected by the disease.

    Kagadi is about 100 km (62 miles) from Mubende where the first cases were reported earlier this month.

    There have been 35 confirmed Ebola cases and seven deaths.

    President Yoweri Museveni has ruled out a lockdown of affected areas.

    Uganda's Ebola outbreak involves the rare Sudan strain of the virus for which there is no vaccine.

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  4. 'Alarming' Tigray humanitarian conditions EU warns

    BBC World Service

    IDP camp in Tigray
    Image caption: Those affected by the conflict have had to seek shelter in internally displaced persons camps

    The European Union says there has been an "alarming" deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region following the resumption of full-scale war between the federal government and rebel forces last month.

    The EU's commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, said the situation was terrible before the fighting escalated, with Ethiopia experiencing its worst drought in more than four decades.

    Aid workers say at least six people were killed by air strikes in a town near the Eritrean border earlier this week.

    Satellite images have shown what appears to be a significant build up of military hardware on both sides of Ethiopia's northern border with Eritrea.

  5. East African court upholds controversial Maasai evictions

    BBC World Service

    Masaai man
    Image caption: The Tanzanian government says the relocation is necessary to protect wildlife

    A regional court has dismissed a case brought by Maasai pastoralists to stop the Tanzanian government from evicting them from their ancestral land.

    The East African Court of Justice upheld the government's decision to cordon off 1,500 sq km (580 sq miles) of land in the Ngorongoro conservation area in order to protect wildlife.

    The judges said no compensation was owed to the Maasai because nobody had been injured and no property lost during the evictions.

    Tanzania has traditionally allowed indigenous communities to live in national parks but the authorities say population growth is disturbing wildlife habitats.

  6. Nigeria paratroopers botched landing sparks mixed reactions

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Stock photo of parachute
    Image caption: Nigerian authorities told people not to panic about seeing the paratroopers

    Thursday's botched landing by Nigerian paratroopers has dominated conversation in the country.

    Videos of some them crashing on trees, on roofs in residential areas, and at least one ending up on a parking lot setting of a car alarm, have been widely shared online.

    The Nigerian air force said the displays were rehearsals for Saturday's independence day celebrations.

    Initially there was panic and shock among residents in the capital, Abuja, but these were followed by mocking of the botched landing.

    Here's one video that was shared online.

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  7. Coup attempt appears under way in Burkina Faso

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC West Africa correspondent

    A coup attempt appears to be under way in Burkina Faso.

    Gunshots have been heard near the presidential palace and access to major buildings, including the national assembly, the national broadcaster and the residence of the prime minister have been blocked by military vehicles.

    It was only in January that the current head of state, Lt-Col Paul-Henri Damiba, ousted President Roch Kaboré through a coup.

    The democratically elected president was deposed for failing to contain violence by Islamist militants. Now Lt-Col Damiba may be facing a similar fate.

    On Thursday hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the western city of Bobo Dioulasso to demand his resignation, blaming him for the ongoing insecurity in the country.

    Eyewitnesses are reporting a heavy military presence around the city.

    Schools are closed and residents are staying indoors, waiting for updates on the latest news.

    Since 2015, authorities in Burkina Faso has been struggling to contain attacks by insurgent groups.

    On Monday, 11 soldiers were killed in a militant attack in the northern Soum province, 50 civilians were reported missing.

  8. Coup attempt in Burkina Faso - local media

    Nicolas Negoce

    BBC News

    Many reports from local media in Burkina Faso and regional experts are pointing to a coup attempt.

    Heavy gunfire was reported near the main military camp in the capital, Ouagadougou, and the state broadcaster, La Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina, has suspended transmission.

    There has been confusion amid the gunfire at Baba Sy military barracks and there are reports of the state broadcaster building being surrounded by soldiers.

    Current leader Lt-Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba seized power in a coup in January.

    Last week, Lt-Col Damiba addressed the UN's General Assembly where he described January's coup as having been “an issue of survival” for the nation.

  9. Shots heard near presidential palace - AFP

    Shots were heard early Friday around Burkina Faso's presidential palace and the headquarters of its military junta, the AFP news agency reports quoting witnesses.

    Main roads in the capital Ouagadougou have been blocked by soldiers.

    Troops are stationed on the main crossroads of a neighbourhood that is home to the presidential and military junta headquarters, the agency reports.