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President Gurib-Fakim had promised that she would resign over the controversial expenses

The president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has said she won't resign amid an ongoing financial scandal.

"Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, having nothing to feel guilty about and able to provide corroborating evidence, rejects any idea of resigning," she said in a statement.

Bad news for Burundi which has come last in the UN's annual World Happiness Report.

The index ranked 156 countries based on factors including life expectancy, social freedom and absence of corruption.

Top of the chart was Finland, which rose from fifth place to push out Norway.

A Ugandan MP has been told to apologise to victims of domestic violence after saying men should "beat" their wives. Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV "as a man, you need to discipline your wife.

"You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her."

His words have met with strong criticism from social media users, with one leading women's rights group in Uganda saying he should seek therapy.

Shehu Sani said the expenses were a "moral issue"

A Nigerian politician has revealed that senators receive 13.5m naira [£27,000, $37,500] every month to use on expenses of their own choice.

Shehu Sani, a senator for the governing All Progressives Congress [APC] party, said there is little accountability about how the money is spent.

He has called for the payments to be scrapped, saying they are a key reason why people choose to enter politics.

"I decided to bust it open. It was a moral issue," Mr Sani told the BBC.

Mr Tillerson lasted in the job for just over a year

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job".

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

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".

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