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   Members of Libyan army celebrate after recapturing Tripoli airport from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias in Tripoli, Libya on June 03, 2020.
   

Libya government regains full control of Tripoli

   

   Gen Khalifa Haftar's forces have been besieging the capital for more than a year.
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AU aims for 10 million coronavirus tests

   

   A lack of testing has hindered the continent's fight against the virus.

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Senegal eases coronavirus curfew after protests

   

   There have been demonstrations against measures aimed at restricting the spread of the virus.

   FGM was outlawed by Sudan's new Sovereign Council, who have been in power since August 2019.
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Sudan banned FGM - what happens next?

   

   FGM was outlawed by Sudan's new Sovereign Council, who have been in power since August 2019.
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   Members of Libyan army celebrate after recapturing Tripoli airport from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias in Tripoli, Libya on June 03, 2020.
   

Libya government regains full control of Tripoli

   

   Gen Khalifa Haftar's forces have been besieging the capital for more than a year.
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AU aims for 10 million coronavirus tests

   

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   Posted at 18:43

South African hospitals 'could be overwhelmed' by Covid-19

   Andrew Harding

   Africa correspondent, BBC News, Johannesburg
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   Field hospitals have been prepared in Cape Town

   South African hospitals could be overwhelmed by coronavirus cases within a matter of weeks, according to the country’s top vaccine expert.

   Hospitals in Cape Town are already near capacity, and the infection rate is reported to be rising sharply across the south of the country.

   Doctors in Cape Town are warning that many hospitals there will be struggling to cope soon.

   In the Eastern Cape province the situation is looking even worse.

   One of the country’s top Covid-19 experts, Prof Shabir Madhi, called it “alarming” and said the true infection rate was now far higher than indicated by an overloaded testing system.

   The professor warned that the struggling Eastern Cape could well give clues as to how the pandemic will affect the rest of the continent.

   Anyone who thought Africa might be spared, perhaps because it has a relatively young population was, he said, guilty of wishful thinking.

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     * Coronavirus in South Africa: Eight lessons for the rest of the continent

   Posted at 18:19

Egyptian 'used Covid-19 as pretext for daughters' FGM'

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   The prosecutor-general in Egypt has called for urgent legal action after a man reportedly had female genital mutilation (FGM) performed on his three young daughters under the pretext that they were receiving treatment for coronavirus.

   Both the father and the doctor who performed the procedure have been referred to a criminal court.

   The mother of the girls reported the incident to the authorities.

   She is divorced from their father, who is said to have told the girls they were to be "vaccinated" for coronavirus. They were then reportedly drugged and FGM was carried out on them.

   FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008, but remains prevalent.

   You may also be interested in the changes in rules around FGM in Sudan:
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   Posted at 18:05

Kenyan giants Gor Mahia turn to fans for financial bailout

   Peter Musembi

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   Gor Mahia are Kenya's record 19-time champions

   Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have turned to fans to bail them out of a financial crisis that has seen players from one of the country's biggest clubs go without pay for at least five months.

   In an unexpected move, the record 19-time Kenyan champions are appealing to fans to convert loyalty points accrued by subscribers to a mobile phone company into cash for the club.

   Known as "bonga" points, the loyalty scheme enables subscribers to start accumulating points as soon as they are registered, with extra points coming for extra data usage.

   The points are usually redeemed to buy phone credit, data bundles or simply converted into cash, rather than fund Kenya's most successful football club - with Gor Mahia's 19 titles seven better than closest rivals AFC Leopards.

   Meanwhile, the club's players will be hoping the unusual scheme pays off since many are facing eviction from their homes after being unable to pay rent.

   Read more on the BBC Africa Sport page.
   Posted at 17:44

A third of Mozambique's prison inmates 'shouldn't be there'

   Jose Tembe

   BBC News, Maputo

   More than a third of the inmates in Mozambique’s prisons should no longer be incarcerated, the country’s justice minister has said.

   Helena Kida has revealed that, out of a total number of 16,000 prisoners, about 6,000 have been waiting for their trials for more than the legal maximum limit of four months. Given that, they should be released.

   In a lengthy interview broadcast on the publicly-owned channel Mozambique Television, Ms Kida added that many of those who are serving sentences should qualify for conditional release.

   Yet they remain in the country’s overcrowded jails, which in theory only have space for 8,000 people.

   The situation used to be considerably worse. Recently there were around 21,000 prisoners but the number was cut thanks to the presidential pardon in April for prisoners serving short sentences.

   Nonetheless, the prisons remain grossly overcrowded and this is seen as a serious threat to the inmates’ health and lives, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

   It is also very expensive. Caring for 16,000 prisoners costs the Mozambican state about $162,000 (£129,000) a day.

   The justice minister said work was being done to speed the judicial process up.
   Posted at 17:02

Senegal eases coronavirus curfew after protests

   Seydina Alioune Djigo

   BBC News, Dakar
   A riot police officer holds a shield while others try to put out a fire in the middle of the street during protests over a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew
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   Protests took place in the capital, Dakar, as well as other cities

   Senegal has announced it will ease a curfew and lift restrictions on inter-city travel following two nights of protests.

   More than 200 people have been detained for questioning by police following spontaneous demonstrations in towns across the country overnight.

   The protesters had been demanding an end to the curfew introduced in March to fight the pandemic.

   Interior Minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye said that the start of the curfew would be pushed back by two hours and now run from 23:00 to 05:00 local time.

   Transport restrictions are being relaxed and restaurants, gyms and casinos are due to reopen with immediate effect.

   Demonstrations started on Tuesday in the holy city of Touba and spread to several cities across the country on Wednesday.

   The curfew has been in place since 23 March, when a ban on movement between different parts of the country was also introduced.

   Earlier this week, the country decided to postpone the partial reopening of its schools scheduled for 2 June.

   The return to school for students in examination classes was suspended after the confirmation of Covid-19 cases among teachers in Ziguinchor in the country’s south.
   Posted at 16:40

Child abuse rises in Ethiopia with Covid-19 restrictions

   Kalkidan Yibeltal

   BBC News, Addis Ababa

   There has been a spike in child abuse in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, apparently caused by the restrictions introduced in mid-March to slow the spread of coronavirus.

   Data from hospitals suggest more than 100 children have been raped – including some by family members.

   In addition, 50 women reported being assaulted.

   Sexual abuse of children has long been a serious issue in Addis Ababa, but now with schools closed and people advised to stay at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, incidents are increasing.

   An official from the city’s children and women’s affairs office told the BBC that victims were being treated in three facilities across the city.

   They did not say if anyone had been arrested.

   Ethiopia has seen a sharp rise in the number of people contracting coronavirus in the past two weeks - including 65 front-line health workers.
   Posted at 15:49

Zimbabwe abduction allegation has 'glaring inconsistencies'

   Shingai Nyoka

   BBC News, Harare
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   Opposition MP Joana Mamombe was one of the three women who alleged they were tortured by state agents

   The government in Zimbabwe says its investigations into claims of state torture and abduction of three opposition officials have thrown up “glaring inconsistencies”, although authorities are not yet conclusively dismissing the trio’s allegation of torture.

   The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called for an independent investigation into the alleged abduction and abuse of MP Joana Mamombe, and youth leaders Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova - a reflection of its deep mistrust of state institutions and the police’s ability to investigate itself.

   Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe told journalists that the actual injuries were inconsistent with the women’s account.

   Independent doctors are yet to release the results of their investigations.

   Mr Kazembe also said technical evidence of the three’s whereabouts showed “substantial and unexplained time” at various locations in the city, during the period the three women say they were abducted.

   The minister also suggested the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights and another medical support group, both of which have historically treated victims of state abuse, were part of what he described as a “malicious choreography”.

   Doctors from the organisation are caring for the women and conducting parallel medical assessments

   The women say they were arrested by the police at a roadblock as they returned from a march and taken to a Harare police station. They allege that they were then abducted from there and subjected to hours of torture and sexual assault at an out-of-town location.

   They remain in hospital but were charged last week with violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

   The MDC says the alleged abduction fits the profile of previous attacks on its members.

   The government says abductions and disappearances have been faked to score political points and tarnish President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

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     * 'Tortured Zimbabwe abductees' may face prosecution

   Posted at 15:17

AU aims for 10 million coronavirus tests

   Anne Soy

   Senior Africa correspondent, BBC News
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   The African Union (AU) has started an ambitious initiative to increase testing for coronavirus across the continent.

   The aim is to take the total number of tests done up to 10 million over the next two to three months.

   To date, more than 160,000 cases have been confirmed in Africa with 4,600 deaths.

   But experts fear many cases could be going undetected because of low testing rates, which are some of the lowest globally.

   The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says about 2.4 million tests have been conducted so far.

   But they now want to reach three times as many people again in the coming weeks, meaning almost 1% of people in Africa would have been tested.

   That would give a clearer picture of the pandemic in Africa.

   Testing was hampered, in part, by a global shortage of diagnostic kits.

   But a new continental pool by the AU will now give each African country equal access to the supplies.

   The plan also includes training 100,000 front-line healthcare workers and deploying about a million others to communities to help trace contacts of patients.

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     * Lack of Covid-19 testing undermines Africa's 'success'

   Posted at 14:43

Lebanon to shelter abandoned Ethiopian workers

   BBC World Service

   The ministry of labour in Lebanon says it will give shelter to Ethiopian domestic workers abandoned without pay by their employers.

   An initial group of 35 Ethiopian women camping outside their consulate in Beirut has been housed in a hotel by the Lebanese authorities after a public outcry over their plight.

   But more are continuing to arrive outside the consulate as the Lebanese economic crisis intensifies.

   The authorities have promised to take action against their employers.

   Last month, dozens of Ethiopian women were repatriated. A majority of the quarter of a million domestic workers in Lebanon are from Ethiopia.
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