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  1. Sudan cabinet to hold meeting amid protests

    Sudanese protesters take to the streets of the capital Khartoum, on the second day of demonstrations demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, on Ocrober 17, 2021.
    Image caption: Sudanese protesters took to the streets in Khartoum for the second day on Sunday

    Sudan's cabinet will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday amid an escalating political row between factions of the ruling Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC).

    Pro-military Sudanese protesters rallied for a second day on Sunday, aggravating what civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called the "worst and most dangerous crisis" of the country's precarious transition.

    The protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in central Khartoum demanding the dissolution of Sudan's post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has failed them politically and economically.

    The protests come as Sudanese politics reels from divisions among the factions steering the rocky transition from three decades of iron-fisted rule by Omar al-Bashir.

    Pro-government supporters are planning a counter-protest on Thursday.

  2. Ethiopia's PM links food aid to foreign pressure

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    Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
    Image caption: Ethiopia's prime minister has been facing increasing global pressure over the war in the north

    Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has linked food aid from abroad with diplomatic pressure on the country, in a statement reported by state-owned Ethiopia Television (ETV).

    He said Ethiopia needs to stop receiving the assistance to avoid that pressure, ETV reported.

    "If we make sure that this thing called wheat [food aid] does not enter Ethiopia, 70% of Ethiopia's problems will be solved.

    "Ethiopia's problem is wheat aid. With wheat aid comes diseases. With wheat aid come many things, many consequences. If we stop it, many of the problems will be solved," Mr Abiy said.

    The prime minister was speaking during a visit to a wheat farm in Oromia region.

    Ethiopia, which is among major aid recipient countries, is facing increasing pressure from some Western governments over the conflict in its northern Tigray region, where millions are at risk of starvation.

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    Video caption: Kerala floods: At least 24 killed as rescue operation continues

    Days of heavy rainfall has caused deadly landslides in the southern state.

  4. Opposition's Neves takes lead in Cape Verde polls

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    Cabo Verde's Jose Maria Neves
    Image caption: Jose Maria Neves served as Cape Verde's prime minister between 2001 and 2006

    Provisional results from Cape Verde indicate that the main opposition candidate, José Maria Neves, has won the first round of the presidential election.

    Seven candidates are bidding to replace President Jorge Carlo Fonseca, who is not allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms.

    With the results from most polling stations declared, Mr Neves has about 51% compared with about 43% for the governing party's choice, Carlos Veiga.

    If confirmed, that would be enough for the opposition candidate to win without the need for a run-off vote.

    Mr Veiga has already acknowledged defeat on television and congratulated Mr Neves, the AFP news agency reports.

    The turnout for the election was 48.3%.

  5. Audit of logging deals in Congo rainforest praised

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A narrow dirt road through the rainforest of the Congo Basin

    The environmental campaign group Greenpeace has welcomed a decision by the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo to audit all forestry concessions in the country and suspend some already seen as questionable or illegal.

    The world's second largest rain forest retains vast amounts of carbon.

    With the aim of helping prevent climate change some of the world's largest carbon emitters are set to pay DR Congo hundreds of millions of dollars to protect the forest.

    But due to corruption and poor governance there are fears it is vulnerable to expanding agriculture and illegal logging.

    The forest of the Congo basin is known as the lungs of Africa. And more than half of it lies within the Democratic Republic of Congo's borders.

    Following pressure from environmental groups, including Greenpeace, President Félix Tshisekedi has ordered an audit of some potentially corrupt concessions - including one for an area of more than 1.4 million hectares.

    This decision has been widely welcomed. But in July, DR Congo's environment minister announced plans to lift a ban on any new industrial logging concessions.

    In a country plagued by corruption, this could pave the way for the destruction of vast areas of a forest that plays an important role in preventing climate change.

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  6. Egypt to bar unvaccinated civil servants from work

    An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) on March 4, 2021 in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt.
    Image caption: Egypt has administered about 30m Covid vaccine doses

    Egypt will bar unvaccinated public service workers from entering government buildings from mid-next month.

    A cabinet notice on Sunday said workers would have to be vaccinated or take a weekly Covid test to be allowed into government buildings from 15 November.

    The cabinet also allowed the opening up of bathrooms in mosques from Wednesday. The bathrooms were closed in March last year as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

    The government has also allocated a billion Egyptian pounds ($64m; £47m) to address the pandemic.

    Egypt has administered more than 30 million vaccine doses out of a population of over 100 million people, according to data from its health ministry.

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    Video caption: Afghan girls are ‘left in darkness’ by the Taliban

    BBC correspondent Yogita Limaye goes to the former women's affairs ministry in Kabul to question the Taliban on women's rights.

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    Video caption: Israel: Hundreds strip naked by the Dead Sea

    Hundreds of people stripped naked by the Dead Sea in Israel to highlight environmental changes.

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    Video caption: Has Covid changed New York City nightlife forever?

    A photographer is confronted with the new reality of empty streets and closed clubs.

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    Video caption: Songhaï: A 'zero waste' agricultural system to increase food security in Africa

    Fr Godfrey Nzamujo runs a "zero waste" agriculture system aimed at increasing food security and creating jobs.

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    Video caption: The climate activists who want Norway to end oil and gas production

    The BBC's Nick Beake meets the young climate activists trying to stop Norway drilling for oil and gas.