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Burundi students suspended for defacing presidential photo

By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Phoebe LANZER WOOD
2 min

In tonight’s edition: Burundi schoolchildren sent home over scribbles, Morocco’s abortion debate, and Nigeria’s farming conflict.

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Tensions caused by President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term in office are still stirring up trouble in Burundi. On Tuesday, 230 students were sent home from sitting an exam at school for defacing a picture of the leader in textbooks. Dozens of schools have reported similar graffiti and earlier this month police clashed with students after young people were arrested for drawing on portraits of Nkurunziza.

Meanwhile, discussions about the liberalisation of abortion laws continue in Morocco. The government has already backed amendments that would make it easier for some women to resort to the measure and eventually it will be up to parliament to decide on the fine-tuning.

And in Nigeria, more people have been killed in clashes between nomadic herdsmen and farmers than by Boko Haram insurgents. Around 10,000 people have lost their lives in disputes over grazing over the past two decades. It's a conflict that's worsened as climate change puts more pressure on land resources.

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