Coronavirus: Nigerian actress Funke Akindele under fire for Lagos party amid lockdown

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Funke Akindele is one of Nigeria's best known actresses

Prominent Nigerian actress Funke Akindele has been widely criticised for holding a party during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus.
The party in her Lagos home was held to celebrate the 43rd birthday of her husband, producer JJC Skillz.
Akindele has appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus.
She has defended the party, saying that everyone who was there had been living in her house for two weeks.
However, her tweet has since been deleted.

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Under the lockdown, all gatherings of more than 25 people have been banned in Lagos, Nigeria's biggest city, which has an estimated population of about 20 million people.
It is not clear from the video, posted online by JJC Skillz, whether the party exceeded that limit but it has nevertheless been widely condemned for setting the..

Sudanese refugee arrested France knife attack

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Police suspect there may have been a terrorist motive behind the attack in Romans-sur-Isère

French police have launched a terrorism investigation after two people were killed and five wounded in a knife attack in south-east France.
The attacker entered a tobacconist shop in Romans-sur-Isère, near Grenoble, and stabbed the owners and a customer.
He then attacked more people at two other shops before being arrested.
Prosecutors said the suspect was a Sudanese refugee in his 30s who lived in the town. Two other people have also been arrested, police said.
At the time of his arrest on Saturday, the man was “found on his knees on the pavement praying in Arabic”, prosecutors said.

David Olivier Reverdy, of the National Police Alliance union, said the man had asked police to kill him.
Counter-terrorism prosecutors said they had launched an investigation into “murder linked to a terrorist enterprise”.
The suspect was not previously known to the polic..

Somali outrage at rape of girls aged three and four

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Reports of rape have increased in Somalia in recent years

The government in Somalia has condemned the abduction and rape of two girls aged just three and four.
The doctor in charge of the hospital where they are being treated says they need major surgery.
An official said several arrests had been made following the attack which happened on Wednesday.
The parents say that the two cousins were walking home from school in Afgoye, close to the capital, Mogadishu.
They were seized by men who took them away and sexually assaulted them.

Their parents desperately searched the neighbourhood and found them alone the following day.

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BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross says the fact that the girls are aged just three and four has added to the shock in Somalia where reports of rape have increased in recent years.
It is th..

Coronavirus: Malawi president takes 10% pay cut

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Peter Mutharika earns about $3,600 (£3,000) a month

Malawi's president and all government ministers are taking a 10% wage cut for three months to raise money to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
President Peter Mutharika made the announcement as he set out a stimulus package to help cushion the economic impact of the disease.
Malawi reported its first cases of the coronavirus on Thursday – one of the last countries to do so.
The country, among the world's poorest, has declared a state of emergency.
There is no lockdown but schools are closed and the government says it is urging people to work from home and follow hand-washing and social-distancing guidelines.

All social gatherings of more than 100 people, such as funerals, church services and political rallies, have been banned.

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Belly dancers to florists: Six African coronavirus heroes

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People in Africa are doing exceptional and surprising things to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are just six uplifting stories of everyday heroes.
1) From fashion frocks to medical gowns

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The scrubs are a change from the usual stylish outfits made by the tailors

A Libyan fashion label has switched from making chic garments to medical gowns.
Six women are sewing scrubs for doctors and nurses at Fashion House's clothing factory in Libya's capital, Tripoli.
They have all volunteered for the work and some are even sleeping in the factory.

They have made 50 medical outfits so far and they're now working on a second batch.

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Some of the volunteers are sleeping at the factory

Medical staff at a Tripoli hospital gave them a thumbs up when they modelled their efforts earlier this week.
“The idea started wh..