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Joseph Yobo

Oluwashina Okeleji

Football Writer, Nigeria

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick defends the choice of Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the Super Eagles, amid a huge public outcry over his appointment.

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Kenya investigates fraudulent arms deal

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC News, Nairobi

Detectives in Kenya are questioning staff from the Deputy President William Ruto's office as part of an investigation into a fraudulent military arms deal worth nearly $400m (?300m).

In a court in the capital Nairobi a former sports minister, Rashid Echesa, has denied committing fraud.

He is accused of trying to obtain the money from some Polish businessmen after promising them they would get a tender to supply military equipment to the Kenyan military.

Police say Mr Echesa had already received more than $100,000.

Mr Ruto has also denied any involvement in the scandal.

Mourners celebrate Queen of Katwe actress

Catherine Byaruhanga

BBC News, Kampala

Allan Atulinda
Allan Atulinda

In the middle of the day - at the height of the dry season when the sun not only warms but burns too - hundreds of mourners are huddled under tarpaulin tents, trees and verandahs of houses - anywhere they can find some shade.

We're in Kabojja just on the outskirts of Kampala to the west.

From the speeches being given, especially by Nikita Pearl Waligwa's mother and father, the toll of her years' long battle against cancer comes to light.

Three recurring tumours and almost as many surgeries left her young body weaker and more fragile.

Her mother, Rachel Asiimwe Waligwa (below) talked of her daughter's pain but also the grace with which she managed to carry on through difficult times.

Rachel Asiimwe Waligwa
BBC

The cost of Nikita's treatment since her first diagnosis in 2016 has been funded with the support of the Disney company which produced Queen of Katwe, relatives, family friends and her parents' colleagues. And many of them are here.

As is so often in such cases, communities pull together and support one another.

This story resonates because a beautiful talented girl who achieved success at a young age has died much, much sooner than she should have.

It also resonates because stories like her's of illnesses that cannot be treated at home and need expensive care abroad are becoming all too common and families know it takes almost everything out of you to fight.

De Klerk now accepts apartheid as a crime against humanity

Mounting criticism has seemingly forced South Africa's former President FW de Klerk to withdraw his statement that refused to equate the policy of apartheid to crimes against humanity.

Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu had said the comments did not account for the impact the policy of apartheid had on the lives of its victims, and called on him to withdraw the comments.

A statement from Mr De Klerk's foundation on Facebook said he agreed with Mr Tutu, adding "this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid. It was totally unacceptable".

It goes on to say that the foundation supports the definition of apartheid as explained in the Rome statute in 1998 which defines apartheid as a crime against humanity:

The FW de Klerk Foundation supports this provision. It can also be seen as the legislative expression of Nelson Mandela’s statement during his inaugural address that “never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”

Mr De Klerk had defended his earlier comments on apartheid when he spoke to the BBC last week. Watch below:

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BreakingNigerian refugees killed in stampede

Ishaq Khalid

BBC News, Abuja

Reports from Niger say at least 20 people have beenkilled and many others wounded in a stampede in the south-eastern town of Diffa as thousandsof Nigerian refugees, displaced by Boko Haram violence, scrambled to get reliefmaterials supplied by Nigeria’s Borno state government .

Calls to investigate death of assaulted Liberian journalist

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC News, Monrovia

Zenu Miller
Zenu Miller

Media organisations in Liberia andabroad are calling for an independent autopsy to determine the cause of thedeath of a popular independent journalist and radio talk-showhost, Zenu Miller, who was assaulted by state security officers three weeks ago.

He was allegedly beaten up by presidential security guards at the end of January, when he had gone to provide commentary for a football match President George Weah was attending.

Mr Miller was pronounced dead at a hospitalin the capital, Monrovia, on Saturday after an apparent fall. A medical reportobtained by his family says he "died from pressure”.

But media organisations, including the New York-based Committee to Protest journalists and theAssociation of Liberian Journalists in the Americas, are pressing for an independent autopsy.

When the assault incident went viral onsocial media, Mr Miller confirmed it in a Facebook post, saying thealleged flogging happened “in the full view” of the head of the presidentialguards, known as the Executive Protection Service (EPS).

In a subsequent post on 27 January he wrote: “Got to see the doctor this morning. Am feeling pains in mychest and legs after the EPS’ brutality.”

He told the BBC he was pushed tothe ground, kicked and punched several times.

Mr Miller stayed off the radio for abouta week to nurse his injuries.

Family members say up to his death on Saturday, the soft-spoken journalist was still complaining of severe painsfrom the incident.

Presidential Press Secretary, IsaacSolo Kelgbeh, reacting at the time of the alleged beating, regretted theincident and promised he was going to work with the local journalists' association to investigate the matter.

But nothing has been heard about thepromised investigation.

Tributes are pouring in for the42-year-old, who hosted a late afternoon talk show with OK FM, a private broadcaster in Monrovia.