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  1. Ethiopia denies role in border killings as Sudan recalls envoy

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News

    Sudan has recalled its envoy to Addis Ababa and summoned Ethiopia's ambassador in protest at the alleged execution of seven Sudanese soldiers in a contested border area.

    Ethiopia has denied that its army is responsible for killings - saying in a statement that it regretted the "loss of life" without specifying their number, and accusing the Sudanese forces of provoking the incident by crossing into Ethiopian territory aided by Tigray Peoples Liberation Front fighters.

    It also alleged in a statement that the incident was "deliberately concocted to undermine relations" between the two nations:

    On Sunday the Sudanese military said that its soldiers had been held captive then killed with their corpses displayed in public. It vowed an response to the killings but did not specify what measures it would take.

    Tensions have been high between Ethiopia and Sudan over the fertile farming area of al-Fashaga near their shared border.

    Clashes between Ethiopian and Sudanese forces have been common over the decades but have escalated over the past year. A compromise deal signed between the two nations in 2008 has failed to end the conflict.

    Ethiopia and Sudan are also locked in dispute over Ethiopia's construction of a huge hydroelectric dam along the River Nile.

  2. Tunisia's top union calls another general strike

    Mike Thomson

    BBC World Service News

    Image caption: Workers are resisting wage freezes and cuts to subsidies

    Tunisia's most powerful union has called for a second general strike in protest at government economic policies.

    The UGTT has about a million members, and its last nationwide strike earlier this month brought the north African country to a standstill.

    The Tunisian government is preparing to negotiate a loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to save public finances from bankruptcy.

    The union, which represents many public sector workers, has said it will refuse to accept IMF demands for a wage freeze and cuts in food and energy subsidies.

    No date has yet been set for the strike.

  3. Buhari appoints replacement chief justice after resignation

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in the most senior judge at the country’s Supreme Court – Justice Olukayode Ariwoola – as the acting chief justice of Nigeria.

    This followed the resignation of Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad due to ill health, and amid allegations from fellow judges of corruption, nepotism and neglect of welfare.

    Speaking with journalists shortly after his appointment, Justice Olukayode promised to "protect" and "preserve" the constitution of Nigeria as well as abide by it.

    He is expected to hold the post until the president appoints a permanent chief justice which needs the approval of the Nigerian senate.

    The chief justice is the head of the Supreme Court and the highest judicial officer in Nigeria.

    The Supreme Court hears disputes on various cases including election results. Nigeria is due to hold elections next February to choose a successor to President Buhari.

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    Video caption: Ukraine: Missile strikes busy shopping centre in Kremenchuk

    Local officials say more than ten people have been confirmed dead, and dozens more have been injured.

  5. Dozens killed in attack on Cameroon village - reports

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    There are reports that at least 26 people have been killed in an attack on a village in Cameroon's English-speaking regions, where the military has been fighting separatist rebels for nearly five years.

    It isn't yet clear who was behind the violence.

    A district medical officer said some people were still missing after the attack on Ballin village, near the border with Nigeria.

    Human Rights Watch has accused Anglophone separatist fighters of committing numerous atrocities during the first six months of this year including killings, kidnappings and burning schools.

  6. Cameroonian takes champagne to corruption hearing

    Cameroon's former defence minister caused a stir in court in the capital, Yaoundé, after arriving to face corruption charges with a glass of champagne in hand.

    Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o was charged in 2019 with diverting public funds and corruption. He denied the charges and was being held at the Kondengui prison as the trial continued.

    But at the Special Criminal Court last week, photos published by local outlet Actu Cameroun showed him looking clean shaven and well groomed in a double-breasted grey suit, while holding a full champagne flute in his left hand.

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    Another photo showed Mr Ngo'o consulting his lawyers in court with the glass empty.

    The charges are related to awarding of military contracts, including one to a company linked to his wife between 2009 and 2015, Journal du Cameroun reports.

    Mr Ngo'o was sacked from government while serving as transport minister in 2018, after being tipped as a successor to long-time President Paul Biya.