Cameroon government 'open to talks' - but no sign of internet return
Cameroon's information minister has said the government is open to discussing grievances of people in English-speaking parts of the country - but he suggested there would be no move to restore internet access for them.
Issa Tchiroma told BBC Focus on Africa radio: "We are ready to listen. We said that, ok, we understand your claim. Let us sit around the table, explain, and we are going to find a common solution through dialogue and consultation."
Rights activists in the North-West and South-West regions say there have been protests and strikes because the government has ignored discrimination and other grievances for many years and the situation has been getting worse.
Asked why protesters and rights activists had been jailed, Mr Tchiroma said they had been "caught red-handed, burning, looting, threatening people, maiming people".
"The trial of all those who are in jail today will be open," he said.
As part of its response to the protests and strikes, the government last month cut off the internet connection to the two regions concerned, although it has not explicitly acknowledged doing so.
When challenged about this, Mr Tchiroma said:
The internet is a marvellous tool [but] when you use this tool to incite hatred, political upheaval, riots, it is wrong. This unfortunately is what is being done."
Rights activists have criticised the severing of the internet connection as collective punishment and a crude attempt to quell dissent.
Congo tycoon returning from exile with Tshisekedi's body
Moise Katumi, a prominent opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says he will return from exile to accompany the body of the late opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who died last month in Belgium.
The government and the opposition are arguing over arrangements for Mr Tshisekedi's burial, and it is still not yet clear when it will take place (see earlier post).
Mr Katumbi, a wealthy businessman who owns one of Africa's biggest football clubs, TP Mazembe, risks imprisonment on his return home.
A one-time presidential hopeful, he received a three-year sentence last June in a case which human rights activists say was politically motivated.