What's happening in Africa on Wednesday:
+ Nigerian military eases curfew in Islamist stronghold
+ Ban in Kinshasa to push for DR Congo peace
+ Chadian film 'Grigris' shines at Cannes
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Nigeria's military relaxes the curfew in Maiduguri, the stronghold of Boko Haram Islamist, a week after launching a military drive to flush out the radicals from three northern states. File picture. Video. (NIGERIA-UNREST)
MAPUTO/KINSHASA:UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wraps up a visit to Mozambique and arrives in Kinshasa on a key leg of his Africa trip centred on restoring peace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where a flareup in fighting over the past days has left 19 dead. Press conference at 1345 GMT. Picture. (DRCONGO-CONFLICT-UN-DIPLOMACY)
CANNES, France: "Grigris" by French-Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is shown in competition at the Cannes film festival. Festival ends on Sunday with awarding of the Palme d'Or. (ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-FESTIVAL-CANNES). Picture. Video. Graphic.
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CAPE TOWN: South Africa's parliament debates the scandal over the use of a military airport by wealthy Indian supporters of President Jacob Zuma. 1200 GMT. Picture. (SAFRICA-POLITICS-MILITARY-INDIA)
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis meets with Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi from 1000 GMT. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE-BENIN)
CONAKRY: Funerals organised by the opposition of six young people aged 14 to 22 killed in protests in the Guinean capital against a government decision to hold parliamentary elections on June 30. (GUINEA-OPPOSITION-POLITICS-VIOLENCE)
NAIROBI: We have moved an ADVANCER as Eritrea marks 20 years of independence on Friday, with growing frustration at the lack of rights afforded Eritreans under the repression regime. (ERITREA-ANNIVERSARY-POLITICS) File Picture. Graphic.
Also moved a FOCUS on Eritreans who have been forced into exile, a PROFILE of President Issaias Afeworki, a FACT box on ERITREA and a CHRONO of key dates since independence.
ALGIERS: Followup on the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was hospitalised in France on April 27 after suffering a mini-stroke. Picture. (ALGERIA-POLITICS-HEALTH-BOUTEFLIKA)
KAPIRI MPOSHI, Zambia: Trial starts of two Zambian men accused of sodomy. Picture. (ZAMBIA-HOMOSEXUALITY-COURT) From 0800 GMT.