forces say Mekelle, the capital of the war-torn Tigray in northern Ethiopia, has
been hit by airstrike for a second time this week.
Gebrehiwot, a member of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF)'s central committee, tweeted about the airstrike being carried out in the city around 10:20 local time (7:20GMT).
also confirmed the attack.
federal government has not said anything about the reported attack.
The Ethiopian air force carried out two airstrikes on Monday, saying it targeted
communication infrastructure used by the TPLF.
UN said three children were killed in Monday’s air raid.
are reports of a intensive renewed fight between Tigray forces and Ethiopian
army and its allies.
Ethiopian troops sent to Tigray war front - witnesses
BBC World Service
Ethiopian government soldiers are being sent towards the front line of the conflict with Tigrayan insurgents, witnesses in northern Ethiopia have told the BBC.
A journalist from America's NPR radio station in the town of Kombolcha, said the troops were accompanied by government-allied militias equipped with improvised weapons including machetes, axes and hoes.
They said they feared being killed by the Tigrayans if they failed to halt their advance.
The BBC cannot independently verify the account.
Kombolcha is also filled with desperate people fleeing Tigrayan-held areas, in some of which the UN says famine-like conditions have developed because of a government blockade.
A Tigrayan spokesman said the rebels were advancing to push back the enemy, but said they were still far from Kombolcha.
No end to Libya strife 10 years after Gaddafi's killing
BBC North Africa correspondent
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It is 10 years since the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed by rebels during an armed revolt.
In the unrest which has beset the country since his downfall, Libya has staged two parliamentary elections, the second of which in 2014 left the country split, with rival centres of power in Benghazi in the East and Tripoli in the West.
Libya is expected to hold more elections in December, though few believe they will go ahead.
Libyans do not publicly mark the day of Colonel Gaddafi's death. His violent killing at the hands of rebels who captured him as he tried to flee was a sign of what was to come.
Wars fuelled by competing powers inside and outside Libya tore the land and its people apart.
Though there are many Libyans who continue to strive for the stability and freedoms they hoped would come 10 years ago with the overthrow of a dictator, there are many today who are nostalgic for what they now see as an era of security and peace under Gaddafi's harsh rule.
EU calls on Tunisian president to reopen parliament
The European Union has called on Tunisian President Kais
Saied to restore democratic order in the country and reopen parliament.
EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell told EU lawmakers
during a parliamentary session that the Tunisian parliament “cannot stay closed
Mr Borrell urged the
Tunisian president to set a clear timetable for the reopening of parliament.
"It is crucial for
the future of the country and for its domestic and international credibility
that the president and the Tunisian authorities at all levels fully restore the
constitutional and institutional order, including the activities of the parliament,” he said.
suspended parliament in July and fired the prime minister in what his
opponents said was a coup. He however
enjoys the support of many Tunisians.
Prime Minister Najla Bouden, whom Mr Saied appointed last month, announced a
new cabinet – which has 10 women including the prime minister.
Fugitive Ghana musician Shatta Wale turns himself in
A popular Ghanaian artist who said he had gone on the run over fears of his safety has turned himself in, police say.
Two other people have also been arrested for "spreading false information" over an alleged gun attack on Shatta Wale.
"He has been arrested to assist the police in investigations for his alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of information intended to cause fear and panic," police said on the musician's arrest.
Three children were killed on Monday in an airstrike in the outskirts of Ethiopia's northern city of Mekelle, the UN has said.
"A second airstrike in Mekelle town later in the day reportedly injured nine people and caused damages to houses and a nearby hotel," said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The bombing was carried out by the country's air force in its ongoing offensive against rebels in the northern Tigray region.
The government had initially called reports of the airstrike "an absolute lie" but later confirmed the operation saying it was against fighters linked to the Tigray People's Liberation Front.
Mr Laerke said "the intensification of the conflict is alarming," and urged both sides to protect civilians.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has resumed its military operation against the rebels after a setback in June.
The war, which started nearly a year ago, has killed thousands and displaced millions of people.
Hundreds of thousands of people are facing famine conditions, according to aid organisations.
Both warring sides have been accused of committing atrocities, which they deny.
Kenyan tech bosses accused of violence against women
Esther Akello Ogola
Women's affairs journalist, Kenya
There are growing calls in Kenya for two tech entrepreneurs to be questioend by police after a viral video allegedly showed them assaulting women at a top hotel in Nairobi.
They deny that this is what happened.
According to the alleged victims they had rejected advances by the twin brothers, Paul and Eddie Ndichu.
Their company Wapi Pay said in a statement that the brothers were trying to "neutralise a confrontation between two women and to defend themselves from certain aggressors".
Commenting on the public reaction, Kenya's police boss said "the incident should be reported to the nearest police station for action":
Rwanda's army said in its statement that it had good relations with the neighbouring army.
Tributes honour Powell's role in South Sudan freedom
South Sudanese have been
paying tributes to Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state who
died on Monday at the age of 84.
President Salva Kiir sent a condolence message to
US President Joe Biden, Powell's family and the
American people on behalf of the unity government and the people.
He said Powell’s efforts and determination led to the signing to the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005, which ended the 21-year civil war in the country.
The agreement between rival Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), led by then rebel leader John Garang, and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of former president Omar al-Bashir paved way for South Sudan's independence from Sudan.
"I pray that God will give his family, the American people and all those affected by his death the
comfort they need, at this time to endure the loss of this national
icon,” President Kiir said in a statement read on the
national broadcaster on Monday night.
South Sudanese on social media have also been paying tribute to Powell, praising him for the role he played during the
negotiations between SPLM and NCP in Kenya.
Apart from witnessing the signing of the agreement in the Kenyan
capital, Nairobi, Powell also witnessed the declaration of
independence of South Sudan in the capital, Juba, on 9 July 2011.
On the same day, Powell also participated in the laying of the foundation stone as
they inaugurated the first US embassy in the new country.
South Africa wary of Sputnik vaccine over HIV fears
Africa Health Correspondent
South Africa’s health products regulator, Sahpra, has withheld approval for Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine over concerns that it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men.
The decision was based on two earlier studies that tested the
safety of a modified form of adenovirus contained in the Russian jab.
Gamaleya Institute, which developed Sputnik V, said it would produce
information to show that Sahpra's concerns were completely unfounded.
The country has the highest HIV burden in Africa. It has about 7.8 million cases of HIV among its population of over 60 million people, according to UNAids. About 13.5% of men aged between 15 and 49 are infected.
Sahpra said its concerns followed consultations with local and international experts.
South Africa has so far approved Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and the
The World Health
Organization has not yet approved Sputnik V for emergency use. The vaccine is however being
administered in at least 45 countries including Zimbabwe and Namibia.
DR Congo forces clash with Rwanda troops
BBC Great Lakes
The Democratic Republic of Congo says its forces clashed with their Rwandan counterparts near the eastern border on Monday.
spokesperson in North Kivu province said Rwandan forces crossed into Congo and tensions culminated into a clash.
“A military company of Rwandan forces reached five kilometres into
Congo…You can’t explain how armed forces cross the border firing guns," Brig Gen Sylvain Ekenge told the BBC Great Lakes.
army has not responded to the claim or to BBC's request for a response.
Videos circulating online show locals in panic and fleeing as two forces exchanged gunfire. Rwandan soldiers later retreated back home.
“Fortunately, no one died from the incident”, Gen Ekenge said.
Local leaders said residents returned to their homes after calm was restored.
Cross border tensions between the two East African neighbours are common due to illegal trade, lack of clear boundary demarcation and attacks by rebels.
In 2012, a regional Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) was set up to handle cross border security issues.
Gen Ekenge said they had reported the latest incident to the EJVM for investigations because “we want to know why”.
Ghana musician Shatta Wale in fear for his life
A popular Ghanaian artist has posted a statement on Facebook saying his "life is in danger" and that he is "on the run" until he can be assured of his safety in the country.
Shatta Wale, whose real name is Charles Nii Armah Mensah, said he had received "threats" and that he was going through "emotional trauma".
Shatta Wale's collaboration with Beyoncé on her Lion King album expanded his fan base in Africa and in diaspora communities around the world.
His going "on the run" is linked to what he called a "false prophet" in his Facebook message.
At the end of September a Ghanaian pastor appeared to make a prophecy on a local radio station that Shatta Wale would be killed, according to news site GhanaWeb.
Though the musician was not named, the pastor seemed to be referring to Shatta Wale.
"On hearing the news, the police have launched an investigation into the matter including making contacts with some of his close friends and family members and all of them claim not to have knowledge of his whereabouts or the alleged incident.
"A team has visited the house of Shatta Wale and he cannot be found there," the statement said.
Some people online have said they think it was a prank, but fans of Shatta Wale have expressed concern for him.
The Ugandan army was last year involved in a brutal crackdown on protests that rocked the capital, Kampala, following the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine.
Officials defended the use of live fire, saying the police and army were responding to rioters.
UN removes Nigeria militia from child recruiter list
BBC News, Abuja
United Nations has removed a Nigerian vigilante group from the list of armed
groups recruiting and using child soldiers.
The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) has been working alongside and liaising with the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
It was added to the list in 2016 after being accused of using more than 2,000 children in combat and non-combat roles in the north-east of the
The UN said the removal of the group from the list followed a "significant reduction" in the
number of children recruited into its ranks.
The UN children’s agency, Unicef, said CJTF has so far released more than 2,000 children from
its ranks following an agreement signed in 2017.
Unicef said between
2013 and 2020, at least 3,500 children were enlisted into the group and used as suicide bombers,
spies and labourers. The girls often suffered gender-based
violence, including rape.
Many of the boys and girls have since been enrolled in schools and given psychological support, it said.
The Boko Haram insurgency began over a decade ago and has claimed nearly 350,000 lives.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has formed a "crisis cell" to resolve what he has called the country's "most dangerous" political crisis since the 2019 military coup, state news agency Suna reported.
Mr Hamdok announced the committee, which includes members of opposing political blocs, during an "emergency" cabinet meeting in Khartoum on Monday.
He called for restraint and dialogue to end weeks of political tensions that have threatened to derail the country's transition to democracy.
His comments came after police dispersed military-backed protests demanding the dissolution of the transitional government.
The protests began on 16 October in front of the presidential palace to call on the army to seize power.
Sudan is currently run by a joint military-civilian Sovereign Council in a coalition that was troubled by a failed 5 September coup attempt.
The military wing is scheduled to hand over the leadership of the Sovereign Council to the civilian component next month, although there is speculation that the coup attempt was a move to scuttle this transfer.
UN chief urges Eswatini to respect children's rights
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is concerned about reports on the use
of excessive force against student protesters in Eswatini.
Students have been staging demonstrations in schools in recent weeks across the small southern Africa kingdom, leading to the army being deployed in some areas.
chief said the deployment of armed forces and the indefinite closure of
schools “adversely affects children and young people”.
He said the security forces should respect human rights
standards “including the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child” - and emphasised the need to allow people to “exercise their civil and political rights peacefully”.
"The Secretary-General condemns all acts of
violence and urges all parties and the media to refrain from disinformation,
hate speech and incitement,” Mr Guterres said in a statement.
The demonstrations in Eswatini, formerly called Swaziland, come amid
complaints of high levels of unemployment and poverty.
There have also been
calls for democratic reforms in the kingdom, which is Africa's last