Mali pays tribute to former dictator Moussa Traoré with state funeral
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Former Malian dictator Moussa Traore is laid to rest... Members of the military junta among those present at his state funeral. Traore died earlier this week at the age of 83. In Cameroon, appeals court upholds life sentences for ten anglophone separatists including Ayuk Tabe, the leader of the self-declared state of Ambazonia. They were sentenced last August on charges including secession and terrorism. Also, our correspondent in South Africa tells us about 'routine' xenophobia against African and Asian foreigners in the country, following a Human Rights Watch report.
Ethiopia's Tigray region holds vote in defiance of federal government
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Ethiopia's Tigray region has held elections in a show of defiance against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. He's called the vote illegal, but says the federal government will not respond with force. Also, it's a diplomatic milestone for Somaliland as the breakaway self-declared nation opens a de facto embassy in Taiwan. Somalia and China have condemned the partnership. And we speak to the founder of Little Africa 2.0. It's a cultural centre set to open in Paris's Goutte d'Or neighborhood - one epicentre of the African diaspora.
South African borders to reopen to most countries on October 1st
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday that borders will reopen to most countries next month as the country further eases anti-coronavirus measures. The continent's most industrialized economy shuttered its borders at the start of a strict lockdown on March 27 to limit the spread of the virus.
Nigerian doctors go on 'indefinite' strike
Nigerian doctors on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic go on an indefinite strike. They're demanding more pay and better working conditions. Also, Cameroon's government threatens politicians with jail time if they disrupt upcoming regional elections. The warning comes after President Paul Biya announced the date for the country's first regional vote. And the stage is set for a standoff between Ethiopia's Tigray region and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Tigrayans are preparing to vote for a regional parliament, in violation of a federal postponement on elections.