Eagle Storm: Mozambique struck by 5.6 magnitude earthquake; Nigeria Independence Day bombing 'mastermind' jailed

1. Mozambique struck by 5.6 magnitude earthquake

A Mozambican official has called for calm after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the west of the country.

Authorities say the quake was felt this morning in four districts of Tete province, including the provincial capital, Tete City.

However, they say the epicentre of the phenomenon was recorded in Quelimane, the provincial capital of central Zambezia province. The earthquake is reported to have occurred 6.4 metres below ground level.

Gracio Cune, the provincial director of mineral resources and energy in Tete, said a full assessment of the damage was yet to be carried out.

“The important step to follow is check the status of buildings, if they have any fissures," he said.

"People must keep calm. They must check whether the electricity and water distribution systems have been affected or not. People must be careful with old buildings, particularly those with confirmed fragility. The inspection of such buildings must be done very carefully.”

2. Nigeria Independence Day bombing 'mastermind' jailed

The "mastermind" behind a bombing which left 12 people dead as they celebrated 50 years since Nigeria's independence has been sentenced to life in prison.

Charles Okah was sentenced for the 2010 attack on Eagle Square, in the capital Abuja, five years after his older brother Henry was jailed in South Africa for the same offence.

Henry, the former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), is serving 24 years for 13 terrorism-related charges over the twin car bombings.

Charles and his accomplice Obi Nwabueze were sentenced at Abuja High Court in a judgement which last more than five hours.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the terrorism charges they were facing had been proved beyond all reasonable doubt.

According to the court, Henry released funds to the two so they could buy cars used in two separate attacks in March and October of 2010.

The October attack left 12 dead and 36 injured.

Henry Okah led a group which said it was fighting to help Niger Delta residents gain a greater share of the oil wealth from their part of southern Nigeria.

3. Eritreans 'barred from living in Israel's cities'

Eritrean migrants at a detention facility in Israel have told the BBC they are being issued with permits which allow them to stay in the country - but they say they are being restricted from living in the country's major cities.

Last month, the Israeli government issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

Around 500 Eritreans are living in the Holot detention facility in southern Israel, where they have been facing an uncertain future.

The Israeli government wants them and more than 30,000 other African asylum seekers to leave the country.

Some of the Eritreans have told the BBC they have been given one- or two-month permits which allow them to leave the detention centre and to stay in Israel, but they can't go where they please.

Israel's seven major cities are off-limits.

The Eritreans fear this is a move to split them up and prevent them from finding work with the aim of forcing them out of the country.

Israel recently gave African migrants 60 days to choose between returning home or relocating to a third African country. Rwanda and Uganda are widely believed to be the third countries, but they have denied doing any deportation deal with Israel.

They would receive a $3,500 (£2,520) payment each. Anyone refusing to leave faced imprisonment although women, children and men with families in Israel would be allowed to stay temporarily.

Eritrea's president, Isaias Afewerki, said the Eritrean migrants should be given $50,000 (£36,000) each.

4. Ivory Coast bans women from jobs which 'exceed their abilities'

As the world celebrates International Women's Day, the Ivorian government has updated its labour laws to stop women from doing certain jobs.

The decision was revealed in a closed press conference on Wednesday, with the first reports emerging on Thursday morning - International Women's Day.

According to the government spokesperson, Bruno Koné, the list of banned jobs includes "work that exceeds the ability and physical capacity of women, or work that presents dangers which is likely to undermine their morality, for example, working underground or in the mines".

It's unclear how this would undermine anyone's morality.

The irony of the order will also not be lost on those who have seen one of the most common sights in the West African country's rural areas: a woman carrying a heavy load of wood on her head, with a child strapped to her back, often breastfeeding simultaneously, walking for miles in the hot sun.

But when quizzed on the announcement, Mr Koné insisted this law is all about "protecting women".

What's more, he said, if a woman did want to carry out any of the work on the "prohibited list" all they needed to do was to contact an inspector at the Ministry of Work and "simply" get them to come and do a survey and check that the woman is able to do the job.

Ivory Coast's move came as leaders from around Africa went out of their way to praise women and their abilities on International Women's Day,

In South Sudan, President Salva Kiir hailed women and girls for their courage, strength and resilience, while Uganda's Yoweri Museveni described women as "the engine, the heart and backbone of our society".

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