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  1. We are trying out a new format for our Africa coverage. This is a test page
  2. Nigeria is declared Ebola-free, as the epidemic rages on in other parts of West Africa
  3. The trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani - charged over the killing of his wife on honeymoon - resumes in South Africa
  4. South Sudan's President Salva Kir and former Vice-President Riek Machar are to meet for talks aimed at ending a 10-month conflict

Live Reporting

By Neil Arun

All times stated are UK

Thank you and goodnight

That's it for today's coverage - thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Wednesday morning to keep you posted about 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 a woman taking a photo - of the village of Ait-Ben-Haddou in southern Morocco. The image is by Fadel Senna of AFP.

Ait-Ben-Haddou, southern Morocco

Prisoners 'could steal Pistorius crutches'

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

Ronnie Fakude

Just interviewed 50-year-old Ronnie Fakude from Soweto. He is paralysed from the waist down. He was released from prison in May after awaiting trial for three years and is now under house arrest. The Wits Justice Project helped him take the correctional services to court to force them to give him a wheelchair and later to let him stay at the prison's hospital section.

He says there's a real possibility that if Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, other prisoners could steal his prosthetic limbs and use them as weapons. He says people with disabilities should not be sent to prison. He recommends community service or house arrest because of his own experiences in jail.

Pistorius will be sentenced on Tuesday for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Lawyers for the athlete have argued that he should not go to prison because he will not be safe there - a suggestion rejected by the prosecution.

In South Africa, the trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani has heard the cousin of his murdered wife describe his behaviour as "cold and controlling".

Anni Dewani was killed while on honeymoon in South Africa. Mr Dewani, 34, from Bristol, denies arranging his wife's murder in 2010. She was shot dead in a hijacked taxi.

Her cousin, Sneha Mashru, has been giving evidence at Western Cape High Court.


BBC News website has more.

Ebola crisis: Aid 'beginning to arrive'

John Mahama - file photo

Ghana's President John Mahama has told the BBC's Focus on Africa that resources are beginning to arrive in the three countries worst affected by Ebola - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Mr Mahama, who is chairman of the regional grouping, Ecowas, said what is needed now is proper coordination between agencies, in order to avoid duplication.

He said there needs to be a balance between technical assistance and human resources such as medical workers and volunteers.

Mr Mahama said he has convened an Ecowas summit in the first week of November to coordinate the international response.

Ebola stops play

The BBC News website

has the full story on South Africa's refusal to host the Africa Cup of Nations. The planned host, Morocco, said it was unwilling to have the football tournament next January on its territory because of fears of Ebola.

Miners strike in South Africa

Matthew Davies

Business reporter, BBC News

Workers at a coal mine in South Africa owned by Glencore have gone on strike. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members had downed tools at the Koornfontein mine in a dispute over pay.

Negotiations between the company and the union, which were being brokered by a government mediator, broke down on Friday.

NUM regional secretary Stanley Lebello said the strike involved around 600 of the union's members, but the union was also seeking permission to strike at other Glencore operations.

Egypt football: Mixed messages

Egyptian football site

tweets about a referee who seems to have issued both a red and yellow card for the same offence at a match over the weekend.

Putting the beat into Afrobeat

The BBC Focus on Africa's editor, Stephane Mayoux,

tweets about today's edition of the programme: Legendary #Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen speaks to #BBC #FocusOnAfrica today from 1730GMT- interviewed by @sikenye

Man City's Zabaleta responds to Musa comments

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has been talking ahead of their European Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow tomorrow in Russia. He was asked about claims by CSKA Moscow and Nigeria's Ahmed Musa that City are very weak in defence.

He responded diplomatically: "I think Musa is one of the main players for them. We have to try to defend well to stop the strikers. They have good players, great individual players."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) and defender Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini also faced the press and gave his thoughts on the form of Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure: "Yaya has the quality to make a difference. He had a difficult summer but every game he is getting better."

Line of resistance

Women queue for disinfectant kits being handed out in Liberia

Women in the Liberian capital Monrovia queue to receive home disinfectant kits from Medecins Sans Frontieres, in an attempt to to curb the spread of Ebola.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned on Sunday that the outbreak risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a "lost generation" of young West Africans.

Reaction as South Africa rejects Cup

The Twitter reaction to South Africa's decision not to host the Cup of Nations seems to be mostly positive.

"Amen" is all

Mr Moloi to you! has to say on the subject, while
SollyMalatsi calls it a "sensible decision".


Umar Luyimbazi had seen advantages in South Africa hosting the competition, tweeting: "Wld be the best way to qualify for the tournament."

South Africa says no to Cup of Nations

South Africa appears to have ruled out hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, after Morocco said it was unwilling to host the event next January, because of fears over Ebola.

South Africa's Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula,

tweeted to say: "Hosting AFCON next year is a NO NO."

In a second tweet he added: "South Africa is not the Big Brother of Africa & thus we won't be hosting #AFCON year after year..."

South Africa stepped in in 2013 to host the event after it was moved from Libya because of instability there. Africa's football confederation, CAF, has been exploring alternative venues for the January 2015 tournament - though Morocco has said it could host the event at a later date.

Zambia names stand-in president

Zambia's Defence Minister Edgar Lungu has been named the country's acting president, while President Michael Sata receives medical attention abroad.

Mr Sata left Zambia on Sunday night for an undisclosed location, with his wife and family members, for what his press office called a check-up.

Rumours about his health have been rife. His departure comes ahead of ceremonies on Friday to mark Zambia's 50th anniversary. Mr Sata was due to preside over jubilee celebrations, to which foreign heads of state have been invited.

President leaves Zambia amid health fears

Zambia's President Michael Sata has left the country for a medical check-up, his office says.

In a post on the

State House Facebook page, the president's chief press officer said he had left on Sunday night, but did not say to which country he was travelling. The statement said Mr Sata, 77, was accompanied by his wife and some family members.

There have been persistent rumours about his health, which he attempted to quash by joking at the opening of Zambia's parliament "I am not dead."

But a few days later he missed his scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly in September.

Mozambique polls: Fraud suspicions

Election commission officials in Mozambique

Vote-counting in Mozambique's north-western province has been halted because of suspicions of fraud, the Associated Press news agency reports, citing the country's election commission.

The commission is said to be investigating whether some votes had been counted twice.

Leaders of the opposition Renamo party

have rejected partial results, which showed the ruling Frelimo party leading with 62% of the vote.

Frelimo and Renamo have fought each at the ballot box and in an on-off civil conflict for some four decades.

South Sudan: Talks aim to end bloodshed

Richard Hamilton

Africa editor, BBC World Service

South Sudan's warring factions are meeting in Tanzania in the latest bid to end a 10-month conflict in which thousands have been killed. The talks are being held on the outskirts of the northern town of Arusha.

Correspondents say Tanzania seems to have been chosen as it is seen as a neutral venue, following the failure of talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. A ceasefire was agreed there in August, but clashes soon resumed between those loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Tanzania

tweets about the start of South Sudan peace talks: Official launching of the dialogue process between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar is about to kick off in Arusha, Tanzania.

Nigeria striker Musa says Man City are "very weak"

Ahmed Musa for CSKA M

CSKA Moscow's Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa has claimed that English champions Manchester City are "very weak" this season, on the eve of the two sides' meeting in the Champions League in Russia.

"They are very weak in the defence, so we are going to do our best to work against that," Nigeria international Musa said. "I think we are going to have a great opportunity because of the quality of the players we have."

But Musa is not happy about the fact that CSKA have to play behind closed doors after their supporters were punished for racist chants. "We are going to miss the fans," he said. "It is unfair."

Ebola: 'Good news' from Nigeria

BBC Monitoring

Nigeria's success in repelling Ebola is being welcomed in other parts of Africa.

An editorial in Kenya's

Standard, headlined "We need to pull together to win war against Ebola", says: "The good news is that Ebola, even in a Third World country like ours, can be stopped as has been proved by Nigeria and Senegal."

But Nigeria's

This Day reports on calls for caution. It says the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has stressed that there is no room for complacency, and quotes NMA president Kayode Obembe saying: "Community-based Ebola Surveillance Units should be established. Ebola is no longer a local but a global disease that must be eliminated from the terrestrial habitat."

Nigeria's Ebola numbers

More on the news that Nigeria has beaten Ebola.

The country recorded 20 confirmed cases of the disease, of whom eight died. But critical to Nigeria's success in beating Ebola was the huge number of people that it monitored for signs of the disease - 900.

"Nigeria acted quickly and early and on a large-scale," John Vertefeuille, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told AFP news agency. "They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing", he said.


BBC News website has more.

UN official on Ebola: Uncharted waters ahead

Mark Doyle

BBC International Development Correspondent

tweets: @UNMEER have detailed plan v #Ebola, but it's risky & has UN doing stuff it's never done before" - Snr UN official off record. All scary.

BreakingBreaking News: Nigeria is Ebola-free

Nigeria is officially Ebola-free, says the World Health Organisation, after the passage of 42 days since the last case was diagnosed.

"The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated. This is a spectacular success story," WHO official Rui Gama Vaz told reporters in Abuja.

Mali talks

The BBC's Alex Duval Smith in Bamako reports that a third round of talks to settle the governance of northern Mali is due to start in Algiers today.

The talks come just three days after French forces in northern Mali found stocks of ammunition which they have linked directly to a recent attack on a UN base that killed a Senegalese peacekeeper.

The French captured three people who are currently being interrogated.

Nigeria vs Ebola: Blood and sacrifice

The Liberian man who took Ebola to Nigeria became aggressive and tried to leave the hospital, even splashing blood on staff. Four hospital workers died after treating him - including Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.

The BBC's Will Ross interviews her son, who speaks with pride of his mother's work.

This is Will's

report from the hospital that treated Nigeria's first Ebola case - and contained what could have become an epidemic.

African sun could brighten up Britain

Artist's image of what the solar facility could look like

More than two million UK homes could be powered by solar energy from the Tunisian desert - if a new scheme gets the approval of the UK government.

Investors are asking the government to fund their plan for a solar facility that will export energy from Tunisia. If approved, British homes could be lit up by the African sun by 2018.

Matt McGrath has the full story

on the BBC News website.

Nigeria after Ebola

Will Ross

BBC News, Lagos

How Nigeria defeated Ebola. My BBC

radio report here.

Nigeria's Moses accused of cheating by Swansea manager

Swansea manager Garry Monk has accused Nigeria and Stoke winger Victor Moses of

"cheating" to win a penalty from which Stoke equalised, adding that "he should be ashamed of himself" for a "blatant dive".

Monk also had harsh words for referee Michael Oliver, calling the penalty decision "absolutely disgusting".

Morocco's Taarabt blasted by QPR manager

Morocco winger Adel Taarabt has been blasted for being

"three stone overweight" by his manager at QPR, Harry Redknapp. Taarabt has not started for the club since August.

"I can't protect people who don't want to run and train," Redknapp said. "Taarabt is not injured. He's not fit. He's not fit to play football unfortunately."

He added: "What am I supposed to keep saying? Keep getting your £60,000, £70,000 a week and don't train? What's the game coming to?"

Doubts over Boko Haram deal

Boko Haram leader - file photo

There has been intense speculation around Nigeria's announcement that the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram fighters are due to be released. The BBC News website

reports on fresh attacks that cast doubt on government claims of a truce with the Islamist group.


Sahara Reporters cited tweets by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with access to Boko Haram sources, which claimed that the government was not speaking to a genuine representative of the group.

Today's African proverb

"What cannot be swallowed by a duck cannot be swallowed by a chicken." Sent by Michael Annel Phiri, Lusaka, Zambia, and Joster Jumbe, Zomba, Malawi


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