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Summary

  1. We are trying out a new format for our Africa coverage. This is a test live page.
  2. Ebola is world's biggest health emergency since Aids, US official says
  3. Heavy gunfire heard in Central African Republic, amid growing tension between militias
  4. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan threatens to sue magazine over 'rich list'
  5. Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o misses out on Nobel literature prize

Live Reporting

By Mike Hills and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today's coverage - thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow at 10:00 GMT to keep you up-to-date with what's happening across Africa. In the meantime, visit the

BBC Africa page for the latest news or download the
BBC Africa Today podcast.

We leave you with this photo of men harvesting rice in Ivory Coast - the government hopes to turn the country into the rice bowl of West Africa as it increases production and processing of the staple food.

Men harvest rice in a rice field in Nanan, Yamoussoukro
Reuters

Facebook users on UK Ebola screening

The UK has

announced that it is introducing "enhanced" Ebola screening at Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurostar terminals. Here's a selection of the responses to that news on the
BBC Africa Facebook page:

Arthur Mulumba, Kampala, Uganda: About time!

Chinagorom Benneth Kamma, Abuja, Nigeria: Very needful.

Kyle Austin, Houston, US: Here is a question, what will be the economic impact of those delays due to the extended screening? Would aiding in Africa's infrastructure to reduce the risk of Ebola have been cheaper? Pay me now or pay me later.

Jess Brammer

BBC Newsnight

tweets: Great quote from US expert: Ebola is "like fighting forest fire, leave behind one burning ember, one case undetected, & epidemic could re-ignite"

Stomach upset delays Dewani trial

It was the third day of Shrien Dewani's trial in South Africa today, but

it came to an early end after a witness said he couldn't continue giving evidence because of a stomach upset.

The BBC's

Divya Talwar says the interest doesn't seem to have died down in Cape Town with dozens of cameramen and photographers milling around outside court.

Mr Dewani, a British businessman, denies any involvement in his wife's murder in November 2010. The trial was adjourned until Monday.

'I survived Ebola'

Sierra Leonean Yusif Koroma has

told the BBC he was the first person to recover from Ebola at a new treatment centre in Freetown.

Recalling the moment he was given a clean bill of health, Yusif says: "My God. I cried.... Truly speaking, I cried. I shed tears. Because it's like the doctor told me that: 'Yusif, you are the first survivor at this centre!' So it's like I cried and when I left the centre the doctor hugged me and we even took snap-shots [photos]," he said.

If you're in one of the affected countries, you can get the latest information on Ebola via the government hotlines. In Sierra Leone you can dial 117, in Guinea 115, in Liberia 4455, in Senegal dial 800 00 50 50 and in Lagos state, Nigeria, 0800 32 65 243 57.

Music: Tackling tough topics

Omawumi Megbele
BBC

Nigerian musician and actress Omawumi Megbele has been

speaking to the BBC as part of the
Africa Beats series about her new song, "If You Ask Me".

The song is about a young girl who was molested by her father and Omawumi says she was inspired to write it after witnessing a similarly disturbing incident. She was unsure whether such a sensitive topic would work as a song but she became convinced she had to write it.

Kissing officers sacked in Tanzania

Police in Tanzania say they have fired one male and one female officer who took a picture of themselves kissing while wearing their uniform. The BBC's Salim Kikeke says the picture was taken in 2012, but

only surfaced recently on social media and has caused a stir in the country.

ICRC threatens to halt CAR aid

People walk past French soldiers in the centre of the Central African Republic capital Bangui - 8 October 2014
AFP

The BBC's

Laeila Adjovi in Bangui has sent an update on the situation in CAR's capital. She says it's not immediately clear who is involved in
the new clashes but they follow days of fighting between Christian and Muslim communities.

UN peacekeepers have deployed but the local Red Cross says their staff have been threatened while trying to treat the wounded and retrieve the bodies of those killed.

Jean-Francois Sangsue, the head of the ICRC delegation in Bangui, said if the threats continued then "we will be obliged to cease all relief activities, leaving many victims to fend for themselves".

Ebola: Gueckedou unable to cope

Jerome Mutton, the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres in Guinea, has been speaking to Focus on Africa about the situation in Gueckedou, where the Ebola outbreak began earlier this year.

He said local medical facilities were close to maximum capacity and would soon have to start turning patients away if the situation continued to deteriorate.

Court stops Zimbabwe demolitions

In Zimbabwe, the High Court has ordered the government to stop demolishing homes in townships in the capital, Harare.

Brian Hungwe from BBC Focus on Africa says hundreds of families have been left homeless ahead of the rainy season after authorities claimed the homes had been illegally built.

The judge said that even if this was the case, people should be treated with compassion.

Breaking boundaries in marriage

Abdi Iman and his wife Zeytun Ahmed with the rest of his family - 9 October 2014
BBC

Many Somalis have crossed the border into Kenya in recent years, but it's still rare to see them marrying into non-Somali communities there. But as the Somali population in Kenya grows there are signs that such marriages will become more common, reports the BBC's Ahmed Adan from Nairobi.

Abdi Iman is an example of that, after marrying Zeytun Ahmed of the Teso ethnic group in western Kenya. He told the BBC that he was initially isolated by fellow Somalis but said his marriage had gradually been accepted as more and more Somalis did the same.

Are you a Somali in Kenya who has a similar story to Abdi's? Let us know on Twitter using #africatoday.

UN accuses Congo rebels of atrocities

M23 rebels in eastern R Congo (November 2013)
AFP

A new UN report has accused the former Rwandan-backed M23 rebel group of carrying out nearly 300 murders and rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.

M23 fighters killed more than 110 people and raped more than 160 girls and women, many of whom were wives of military personnel, the report says.

The group ended its insurgency in November after being defeated by UN-backed government forces.

UK firm sending 100,000 Ebola suits

One of 100,000 protective suits being sent from the UK to West Africa every month to help fight Ebola - 9 October 2014
BBC

The BBC's Danny Savage has been speaking to a company that is manufacturing protective suits to help medical teams dealing with the Ebola outbreak.

They say they are producing and sending 100,000 of the suits to West Africa every month for the next six months.

You can watch Danny's report

here.

Radio: Coming up on Focus on Africa

The latest edition of the BBC's Focus on Africa radio show is on air in just under 30 minutes, at 1500 GMT.

On today's show, you can hear what the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone said to a World Bank meeting on Ebola earlier today, as well as the latest update on clashes in the CAR capital, Bangui.

They'll also be reporting on President Kenyatta's return to Kenya after his ICC appearance.

You can also listen to the programme

here.

Nick Cavell

BBC Sport

tweets: Guinea's Lass Bangoura leaves squad to face Ghana after his
Rayo Vallecano team-mates feared he'd catch Ebola

Liberian doctor dies of Ebola

A Liberian doctor has died of Ebola today at a treatment centre in Liberia's capital Monrovia, reports the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh from the city.

John Taban Dada's death brings to four the number of doctors killed by Ebola in Liberia since March.

Facebook users on Nigerians going to fight Ebola

Ibrahiim Weerar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: They are going to do good job and help their African brothers.

M'ba Dieudonne, Tamale, Ghana: Kudos to the Nigerian healthcare workers. I hope their Ghanaian counterparts are watching. Ebola is an African problem that requires the concerted effort of all Africans. Remember, it's only a foolish man that goes to sleep when his neighbour's house is on fire.

Usman Saidu, Kano, Nigeria: They should not be allowed into Nigeria after completing their job as there is high tendency for health workers to be infected by the disease.

Alagie Sellu Jallow, Serrekunda, The Gambia: It's a good move. Let's hope it's going to be successful.

Ebola challenge 'biggest since Aids'

A top US health official has also been addressing the World Bank meeting on Ebola, telling the group that the virus is something unseen since the outbreak of AIDS.

"I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

told the top-level Ebola forum.

"It's going to be a long fight. We have to work now so that it is not the world's next AIDS."

Koroma: Ebola response too slow

As the BBC's Tomi Oladipo points out in his tweet, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has been briefing the World Bank on the Ebola crisis.

He said the global response to the virus had been "slower than the disease" and warned that Sierra Leone's health care system was overwhelmed.

Tomi Oladipo

BBC reporter in Lagos

tweets: Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone currently discussing Ebola crisis with the World Bank

Jonathan anger over 'rich list'

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has taken unkindly to being named as one of Africa's 10 richest leaders.

He has

threatened to sue richestlifestyle.com after the website ranked him sixth on its list, claiming his net worth was about $100m (£62m).

A statement from the presidency said Mr Jonathan's inclusion on the list had "no factual basis" and was an attempt to portray him as corrupt.

The website has since removed his entry, but you can see the rest of the list

here.

Mary Harper

Africa Editor, BBC World Service

tweets: At least 200 #Nigerian health workers have volunteered to help fight #Ebola in worst-affected countries. #Tanzania is sending 5 doctors.

Football: Difficult time for Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's national football team take part in a training session at the Palais Sports in Abidja - 4 September 2014
AFP

Sierra Leone international defender Mustapha Dumbuya has told BBC Newsday that "it's difficult" for the players to prepare for their back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Cameroon when they don't know who'll be coaching the team.

After the sacking of Johnny McKinstry earlier this month, the Sierra Leone Sports Ministry appointed one set of coaches whilst the SLFA appointed a different training staff. The government-backed coaches have been taking training in Yaounde this week - but their FA-supported counterparts are due to arrive today.

Dumbuya said it was "the wrong timing" to get rid of McKinstry, saying the Northern Irishman had taken the Leone Stars to "a new height".

Rwanda ex-presidential guard in court

Military High Court (Rwanda)
BBC

Rwanda's military high court has rejected the bail application of former chief presidential bodyguard Col Tom Byabagamba, who is charged with security-related offences.

The court ordered him to be remanded in custody for 30 days, pending his trial, reports BBC Rwanda correspondent Prudent Nsengiyumva.

President Kagame's ex-bodyguard denies charges of illegally possessing weapons and spreading rumours aimed at inciting a revolt against the government. Two other ex-officers detained with him have also denied the charges.

Dennis Okari

BBC News, Nairobi

tweets: The security nightmare today for president
@UKenyatta procession. Many choke points and open spaces. #UhuruReturns

Security guards stand in front of dancers who had gathered to welcome President Kentyatta back to Kenya - 9 October 2014
BBC

Facebook users on Kenyatta’s return

Makena Ncebere, from Kenya: That's my president. Welcome back Sir.

Cliff Muzyamba, from Lusaka, Zambia: My hero my mentor, why don't The Hague try people like Bush, Clinton who invaded countries like Iraq and Libya.

Psamlet Ngungi Peter, from Kenya: The sad truth is that the 'mighty' countries which use the ICC to intimidate African leaders have immunity to the very court.

Richard Bande, from Malawi: The fact that President Uhuru appeared before the court tells us that he respects the law and that he is a true democrat.

Let us know your reaction on

BBC Africa's Facebook page.

Somalia closes costly embassies

Somalia's foreign minister announced this morning that the country is closing nine of its overseas embassies because the government can longer afford to keep them going. Correspondents say some of the embassies - which had been kept open during the more than twenty years of conflict in Somalia - had been run by people pretending to be ambassadors.

BreakingKenya's Ngugi loses out on Nobel prize

French author Patrick Modiano has just been announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o had been tipped as the favourite but sadly he's missed out this time. You can read more on the announcement

here.

Today's press review

President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcomed back to Kenya after his appearance at an ICC hearing on Wednesday
BBC
President Kenyatta is welcomed back to Kenya after his appearance at an ICC hearing

Kenya's

Daily Nation newspaper predictably leads with President Uhuru Kenyatta's return home after his appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday. It quotes him as saying that his government is stable and he urges his compatriots to focus on development.

In Liberia,

Hint News Network reports that two more journalists have died of Ebola, bringing to three the number killed by the virus since the outbreak was identified in March.

And

IT News Africa reports that a new $50 (£30) smart-phone will revolutionise the continent once it hits the market in the next 12 months.

Provided by the team at

@BBCMonitoring.

Football: Nigeria pair in fitness boost

Nigeria international and West Brom striker Brown Ideye
Getty Images

Nigeria internationals Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe are close to retuning from injury, according to their English Premier League club West Brom.

"We are expecting Brown and Victor to train at the beginning of next week - certainly Brown, Victor we are not as confident about," said manager Alan Irvine. "He's 50-50 in terms of being able to train on Monday, but Brown we are almost certain will train then."

CAR capital in lockdown

Bangui, the capital of the

Central African Republic (CAR), is in lockdown this morning after heavy gunfire and explosions through the night continued into today. The BBC's Laeila Adjovi in Bangui says shops are closed and residents are staying at home, with reports of roadblocks in parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says some of their staff have been threatened while trying to treat the wounded and recover bodies in Bangui. They

tweeted: "Without security we cannot do our work and save lives."

Kenya's Ngugi tipped for Nobel prize

Ngugi wa Thiongo's
Manuel Toledo

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have placed Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o as the favourite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The winner is due to be announced later today.

"Suddenly, some names occur more often than others. This year, Ngugi wa Thiong'o is one of them," said Jessika Gedin, the host of Babel, an influential cultural TV show on Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

Other favourites for the prize include Belarussian journalist Svetlana Alexievich and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

You can watch a BBC HARDtalk interview with Ngugi wa Thiong'o

here.

Australian nurse 'may have Ebola'

There are fears this morning that Ebola may have made its way to Australia.

A nurse there has been quarantined after developing a fever just days after returning from Sierra Leone. Her test results are expected in the next few hours.

Elsewhere, another infected nurse is being treated in Spain and three more medical workers have been quarantined there. The nurse's dog has also

been put down.

Yesterday, a Liberian man

died from the disease in the United States.

Rousing welcome for Kenyatta after ICC

Cheering crowds welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta back to Kenya this morning after his appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

He was greeted in Nairobi by dancers and a military guard of honour and

told the crowd: "We are one and there is nothing to fear because Kenya is stable".

Yesterday, Mr Kenyatta became the first serving head of state to appear at ICC. He denied charges of crimes against humanity relating to ethnic violence after the 2007 elections that left some 1,200 dead.

Today's African proverb

"He who looks for honey must have the courage to face the bees."

Good morning and welcome to Africa Today. We'll be here until 19:00 GMT with all the latest news from across Africa. You can stay in touch using #africatoday.