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Deadly clashes in Kinshasa as Kabila stays on as DR Congo president

In tonight's edition: protests turn violent in Kinshasa, Bama in northeastern Nigeria is now a ghost town and people living on the islands of Guinea Bissau are feeling the bite of the anti-venom crisis.

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At least 11 people are killed as security forces fire on crowds protesting in Democratic Republic of Congo. President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to leave office at the end of his mandate has sparked violence and deepened the political critics.

Also, the houses are burnt-out shells, and charred cars and petrol pumps line the roads in the once-bustling Nigerian trade hub of Bama, which has been razed by Boko Haram jihadists.

And many communities in Guinea Bissau live in constant danger of bites from venomous snakes, but a shortage in anti-venom is costing lives. Across the continent, nearly one million people are bitten by the reptiles every year and the scarcity of antidotes contributes to the deaths of more than 20,000 victims.

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