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Egypt state TV orders female hosts to lose weight

By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Channel 2 Image caption Khadijah Khattab wants viewers to judge whether she deserves to be suspended over her appearance Egypt’s state broadcaster has suspended eight of its female TV presenters and told them to go on a diet, sparking ...

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‘Hands off Caster’

Image copyright Warren Little/Getty Images More than 17,000 tweets made the hashtag #HandsOffCaster South Africa’s top trend over the past weekend. It sent a clear message – South Africans were ready to defend their middle-distance runner Caster Semenya from persistent questions over whether she should be excluded from racing in ...

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Baby snatcher

Image caption Zephany Nurse was taken three days after being born 19 years ago Imagine growing up in a family where you are the apple of your father’s eye and the centre of your mother’s world. You are happy and mostly carefree and looking forward to celebrating your 18th birthday. ...

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Child’s first sight

For the first six years of his life Criscent Bwambale was one of 18 million people in the developing world currently estimated to be living with preventable blindness. He was born with cataracts, able to make out only vague areas of light and dark. In Uganda, where Criscent lives with ...

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Joseph Warungu: Should the UK join the African Union?

Image copyright Alamy/AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, media trainer Joseph Warungu casts a satirical eye on the aftermath of the EU referendum and suggests the UK could now qualify to join the African Union (AU). If after voting to leave the European Union the UK is ...

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Boko Haram video ‘shows missing Chibok girls’

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video purporting to show some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. Some 50 girls wearing headscarves are seen behind a Boko Haram militant who demands the release of fighters in return for the release of the girls. The group seized 276 girls ...

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‘Walking the talk’

Image copyright AFP Image caption This election will be a referendum on President Edgar Lungu Zambia is heading for the polls just 18 months after the last presidential election, which saw Edgar Lungu win by less than 28,000 votes. BBC Focus on Africa editor Rachael Akidi looks at the issues ...

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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to former prostitutes

Image copyright EPA Image caption The women all aged about 30 told the Pope about their lives of forced prostitution Pope Francis has surprised 20 former prostitutes by popping in for a visit at their safe house in Rome. The women had been rescued from their pimps and are being ...

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South Africa regains Africa’s ‘biggest economy’ title from Nigeria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A recalculation using current exchange rates put South Africa on top South Africa has regained the title of Africa’s largest economy, two years after Nigeria rebased its economy to claim the spot, according to IMF data. A recalculation using current exchange rates put South ...

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Ethiopia protests: ‘Nearly 100 killed’ in Oromia and Amhara

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Oromo protesters took to the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday Nearly 100 people were killed in the weekend’s protests in Ethiopia as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country, Amnesty International says. The rights group says the most ...

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World Cup snub

Image copyright AP Image caption Queen Elizabeth II presented the Jules Rimet trophy to England’s captain Bobby Moore The 1966 World Cup is the only World Cup to have been boycotted by an entire continent. But it is better known for England’s victory, a controversial goal in the final and ...

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Volleyball in a hijab

Image copyright EPA For the London Times it was a “culture clash”, for the Daily Mail “a massive cultural divide” between “the cover-ups” and “the cover-nots” – and for the Sun the cultural divide was not “massive” but “colossal”. The pictures of Egypt’s women’s beach volleyball team playing Germany swept ...

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