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  1. Women march in protest over Nigeria church killings

    Women in Owo protesting the killings

    Dozens of women in the Nigerian town of Owo have been marching to voice their outrage at the killing of at least 22 people in a local church at the weekend.

    "I am here in the midst of my people. We are mourning. What happened was war," said Yemi Mahmoud, former Ondo state commissioner for women's affair and social development.

    She said the women, mostly from the town’s market, wanted the perpetrators to pay for their sins - so they had placed a curse on the attackers by enacting a local rite.

    Women in Owo protesting the killings

    Most ethnic groups in Nigeria believe that the curses from women - especially mothers - carry some significance.

    "We want them brought to book,” Ms Mahmoud explained.

  2. Belgian king and queen land in DR Congo

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    First Lady Denise Nyakeru,President Felix Tshisekedi, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe pictured during the official welcome at N'Djili, Kinshasa International Airport.

    Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have arrived in Kinshasa at the beginning of a long-awaited week-long visit at the invitation of Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi.

    It will be King Philippe’s first visit to the Democratic Republic Congo since ascending to the throne in 2013.

    The trip - postponed by the pandemic - has been hailed by the presidency as an opportunity for reconciliation.

    Two years ago the king wrote to President Tshisekedi, expressing his deepest regret for "the wounds of the past".

    Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, who is also part of the delegation, has called it a historic moment and an opportunity to forge closer ties.

    The king is also due to discuss the question of returning artworks looted during the colonial era.

    That past remains painful.

    Millions of Congolese suffered acts of cruelty, particularly during the reign of King Leopold II, who owned the Congo Free State as his personal property.

  3. Dead people's clothes hamper local trade - Odinga

    A woman browses clothes.
    Image caption: Kenya is a thriving market for second-hand clothes

    Kenya should make more of its clothes locally instead of importing items "worn by dead people", says a frontrunner in August's presidential election.

    Raila Odinga, who leads the Azimio la Umoja coalition, has promised he will boost local textile production if elected.

    "We are going to go to primary production so that our people who are importing 'mitumba' [second-hand items] can have good products to sell here," he said at a campaign rally on Monday.

    He elaborated further the next day, saying his plan would include not just producing the cotton and and raw materials but also the finished garments, including "dresses, suits and so on".

    Mr Odinga's plan was criticised by fellow frontrunner William Ruto, who called "trickle-down" approaches "dangerous".

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    Video caption: Birmingham school tribute to ex-pupil and soldier killed by elephant

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  5. Petrol prices climb again in Zimbabwe

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News

    A man puts petrol in a car.
    Image caption: It now costs $1.73 per litre

    Zimbabwe has increased the price of fuel for the second time in under three weeks, blaming rising global fuel prices resulting from the Ukraine-Russia war.

    That's despite recently increasing the ethanol content to 15% in order to reduce the amount of imported oil used.

    Petrol will now cost $1.73 (£1.38) per litre, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority announced on Tuesday, up from the $1.68 price announced on 20 May.

    Diesel will now cost $1.76 a litre, up from $1.74.

    Annual inflation in Zimbabwe has returned to triple digit figures for the first time in about a year, hitting 131% last month.

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