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  1. About 400 migrants feared drowned off Libya
  2. At least five die in South African xenophobic attacks
  3. Malawi to repatriate its nationals from South Africa
  4. Safe sex warning for Ebola survivors
  5. Sudan extends voting to a fourth day

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By Clare Spencer and Lucy Fleming

All times stated are UK

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We leave you with this photograph of two girls sharing a mango in Takum in Taraba, one of the Nigerian states still awaiting the result of last week's governorship elections.

Two girls carrying fruit

Nigerian's cold front

Tuedon Morgan is the first Nigerian to get to the North Pole.

Tuedon Morgan at the North Pole
Tuedon Morgan

She tells the BBC her original motivation was just to lose a bit of weight. In 2007 she weighed just under 19 stone (120kg). When she joined the gym she caught the bug for long-distance running and she went on to run on every continent.

Listen to her interview

on Focus on Africa on BBC World Service at 17:00 GMT.

How to prevent drowning

Focus on Africa's

Peter Okwoche asks what can be done to tackle African migrants risking the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Europe at 17:30 GMT on BBC World News TV.

And he'll be crossing live to Khartoum for more on Sudan's elections, as voting is extended after a low turnout.

People on a boat
Migrants arrive in Italy on Monday

'Victimised in Mombasa'

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

There has been a mixed reaction around the Kenyan city of Mombasa to the government's 10-day amnesty offer to youths trained by Islamist al-Shabab militants.

One MP said he would not trust the offer unless it was published into law, while Mombasa's governor has questioned the wisdom of offering amnesty to "faceless villains".

Religious leader in Mombasa Kenya
Religious leaders in Mombasa had gathered for a security conference today

An imam summarised the scepticism of many when he said that the people of the coast often feel victimised by the authorities and therefore do not trust them.

But Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa says one radical has already surrendered and promised those who did so would not be victimised.

Sacred drums

The traditional drumming of Burundi is a symbol of national pride but there's now a debate about when the drums should be played.

Once reserved only for royal ceremonies their use has since expanded, but some drummers are asking for controls to be put in place,

as BBC Africa's Salim Kikeke finds out in this video report.

Drum players in Burundi

Ebola recovery talk

US President Barack Obama is in Ebola recovery talks at the White House with the leaders of the three West African nations worst-affected by the outbreak.

Before their meeting began, Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and their Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde were snapped by the press corps.

The discussions are centred on their countries' long-term economic recovery.

(L-R) Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, US President Barack Obama and Guinean President Alpha Conde
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Mali peacekeepers attacked

At least three civilians have been killed and nine UN peacekeepers from Niger injured, two of them seriously, in a suicide attack on a UN base in the northern Malian town of Ansongo.

The BBC's Alex Duval Smith in Mali says the vehicle had stopped at checkpoint at the entrance to the UN base.

The dead civilians are from a private security company, our reporter says.

Hunter hunted

US hunter

Rebecca Francis tells BBC Newsbeat she has received death threats after British comedian
Ricky Gervais tweeted a picture of her smiling next to a dead giraffe.

Rebecca Francis poses with dead giraffe
Rebecca Francis

It isn't clear where she hunted the giraffe as she only refers to "Africa", in a post

on the Hunting Life Facebook page.

"When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe." But this changed she says when she was told she would be providing "the locals with food".

Protesting imams

Tunisian imams have been protesting today in front of the religious affairs ministry in the capital, Tunis, against the decision to put all mosques under state control, Reuters news agency reports.

Tunisian imams take part in a demonstration in front of the religious affairs ministry to protest against the decision of the Minister of Religious Affairs to put all mosques under state control in Tunis, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

'Dear xenophobe'

Aaron Phiri in Johannesburg has

made a plea on the BBC Africa Facebook page for South Africans to "stop killing foreigners".

"Dear xenophobe, do you know how difficult it is to make it in SA as a foreigner? How hard it is to get a permit? You don't know how blessed you are just because the colour of your ID is green."

Nigerian Ichie Mazi Ndubuisi Obi says he has spoken to cousin in South Africa who said he was "going to protect his family and property with the last drop of his blood".

High fever

Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

Two students running a high fever have been picked up from a secondary school in the city of Makeni in the north of Sierra Leone. The boys, who had also vomited in class, were taken to an Ebola centre for observation.

Makeni is in the Bombali district, which like its neighbours Port Loko and Kambia on the border with Guinea, is still recording cases of Ebola - unlike in the south and east where no cases have been reported for weeks.

Social mobilisers wash their hands alongside community members during the three-day stay-at-home curfew in a slum in Freetown, Sierre Leone earlier in April
Ebola awareness workers go around communities in Sierra Leone explaining the importance of hand hygiene

Kenyan death threats

Abdullahi Abdi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The BBC has learnt that at least two prominent Muslim clerics in Garissa, in northern Kenya, have received death threats from the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab.

Garissa's university recently came under attack by the insurgents, who killed 148 people.

Since the raid political and religious leaders in the mainly Somali region have been carrying out anti-radicalisation campaigns.

One of the clerics, who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity, said the authorities were aware of the threats.

Masks with the names of the victims of the attack on Garissa University College are displayed during a memorial concert in Nairobi on 14 April 2015
Masks with the names of the students who died were displayed at a memorial concert in Nairobi on Tuesday

Treasure found

The deepest salvage operation in history has recovered a trove of coins worth $50m (£34m; €47m) off the coast of Namibia.

It found 100 tonnes of silver coins from the seabed.

Silver coins from salvage of City of Cairo
F. Bassemoyousse

The coins are silver rupees, called in from India to London to fund the war effort during World War Two.

Silver coin from salvage of City of Cairo
F. Bassemoyousse

They never made it to England as the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1942.

'Libyan chaos to blame'

Joel Millman, from the International Organization for Migration, tells the BBC the smuggling route across the Mediterranean to Europe has been extremely busy and deadly this year: "The death toll is easily 10 times what it was at this point last year and with this tragedy it could jump to 20 times."

He tells

BBC Focus on Africa, coming up at 15:00 GMT, that he blames the current "chaos in Libya" for pushing many people into the smugglers' hands.

Rescued migrants line up after disembarking at the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy, Wednesday 15 April 2015
Almost 10,000 migrants have been picked up in recent days

Tsvangirai on xenophobia

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's main opposition party MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has added his voice to the condemnation of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Morgan Tsvangirai

He questioned whether South Africans no longer see themselves as Africans.

"Who is now a foreigner in Africa?" he asked. "Why are we fighting black against black and yet are able to reconcile with whites?"

Mapping trends on xenophobia

Here's a look at what's trending on Twitter in South Africa, according to The attacks against foreigners dominate throughout the country:

Screen grab from of South Africa

African football vision

Portugal's Luis Figo is one of three candidates bidding to depose current incumbent Sepp Blatter as president of Fifa, football's world governing body, next month.

He told the BBC's Piers Edwards

his vision for developing football in Africa.

Luis Figo
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Baby Jeremy released


Two days after the hashtag #ReleaseBabyJeremy was trending on Twitter in Kenya, the baby is being released.

He was being detained in a private hospital in Nakuru, in western Kenya, after his mother was unable to pay the medical bill,

Kenya's Daily Nation reports.

Local politician Susan Kihika presented a cheque on behalf Nakuru County's assembly, which freed up emergency funds to settle the bill. The assembly

tweeted: "Speaker Hon @susankihika at War Memorial Hospital where she settled #BabyJeremy hospital bill."

Baby Jeremy and crowd
NAKuru Assembly

When the hashtag was trending community group StreetNakruu

tweeted a photo of the 627,211 Kenyan shillings (£4,596; $6,729) bill:


Fleeing home

Mozambique's foreign minister says his country is getting ready to receive and assist those fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The BBC's Jose Tembe in the capital, Maputo, says more than 100 Mozambicans resident in South Africa have expressed a desire to return home.

"Transit and accommodation centres for the victims of this violence have been set up in Moamba district, close to the border with South Africa," Oldemiro Baloi said.

Chatsworth camp in Durban
This camp in Durban is holding about 1,200 people from Malawi, Mozambique, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Extra day for Sudan poll

Voting in Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections will be extended for one more day, the electoral commission head says.

Mukhtar al-Assam
Electoral commission head Mukhtar al-Assam made the announcement at a press conference

The BBC's James Copnall in Khartoum says it is almost certainly because turnout is low. The main opposition parties are boycotting the polls.

Looting in Pietermaritzburg

Violence in South Africa has spread to the city of Pietermaritzburg, about 80km (50 miles) north-west of Durban,

reports South Africa's Witness paper.

The central business district came to a standstill on Wednesday after looters ransacked foreign-owned shops, forcing owners to shut fearing further xenophobic attacks, it said.

On day two of Sierra Leone's post-Ebola new term, even fewer pupils have turned up for class.

Vice-President Victor Foh was shocked to discover that some classes at schools in the capital, Freetown, only had three pupils.

A boy listens to school classes broadcast over the radio in February
Schools closed for nine months because of the Ebola outbreak and lessons were broadcast by radio

Quiet Conakry

Conakry looks like a ghost town, according to the BBC's Alhassan Sillah in Guinea's capital.

After two days of demonstrations, opposition leaders have called for a suspension of their protests, to allow people to go shopping.

Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into the death of a protester. The opposition says 50 people were injured and three killed in clashes with the police. The government has denied that security forces opened fire on protesters.

The protests were sparked by anger over the timing of elections.



South Africa's

Jacaranda News has been tweeting clips of some violence and stone-throwing in the central business district of Johannesburg.

But it

says: "It's NOT clear whether the attack on the Ethiopian man was linked to threats to foreign owned shops or a fight".

Evacuation update

Raphael Tenthani

BBC Africa, Blantyre

About 420 Malawians were reported to be affected by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and are living in temporary camps, Malawi's information minister said

when announcing their evacuation.

Foreign children eat a meal provided by members of the community in Isipingo, south of Durban, April 13, 2015.
Foreigners near Durban have been taking refuge in makeshift camps in South Africa

Kondwani Nankhumwa said three Malawians are believed to be seriously injured in the violence.

"The figure of Malawians who have been affected is expected to rise," he said.

A foreign national holds a machete to protect himself after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban on 14 April 2015 in ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Durban, South Africa
Some foreigners have been arming themselves after coming under attack

South African-born cricketer Kevin Pietersen

tweets to his more than two million followers about the xenophobic attacks: "Why is South Africa going this way? Such a beautiful country! Makes me sad & angry at the same time! Zuma - WAKE UP!"

Kevin Pietersen
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Kevin Pietersen was born in South Africa but now plays cricket in England

Shutters down

Kelvin Brown

BBC News, Johannesburg

The central business district here in Johannesburg is on edge today. Many foreign-owned shops have closed fearing xenophobic attacks could spread:

Central Johannesburg
Closed shops in central Johannesburg

Playing for Mali

Mohamed Fofana has told BBC Sport: "I've not closed my international chapter with Mali" despite not playing since 2012.

The 30-year-old French-born player suffered a thigh injury during a friendly four days before the start of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and was ruled out the tournament.

Mohamed Fofana
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'10,000 migrants rescued'

The latest numbers coming through from the Italian coast guard has said that 1,511 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday.

This brings the figure, including the weekend and Monday, to 10,000 rescued migrants.

Immigrants stand on 15 April 2015 on the deck of a boat as they arrive in the Italian port of Messina in Sicily

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Two military cadets in Egypt have been killed when a bomb targeting a minibus in the city of Kafr al-Sheikh, north of Cairo, exploded, officials say.

No bicycles

Judith Basutama

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

There is heavy police presence on all roads leading to the centre of the capital ahead of a planned march by the opposition against President Pierre Nkrunziza standing for a third term.

No motorbikes or bicycles are being allowed to pass. But at this time, no major gathering can be seen.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza - 2015
President Nkurunziza has not said officially if he will be standing again later this year


Zimbabwean Memory Mahlatini, who works as a nanny in the South African city of Durban, told the BBC's Milton Nkosi: "We are scared and we don't know where to go."

As she told her story,

Milton says: "Her eyes alone made me look down in shame."

A makeshift camp in Durban
Hundreds of foreigners are living in makeshift camps in Durban

Malawians being repatriated

Raphael Tenthani

BBC Africa, Blantyre

Malawians are to be repatriated from South Africa following the xenophobic attacks in Durban, the first arriving on Sunday, Information Minister Kondwani Nakhumwa says.

Two camps have been established in Lilongwe and Blantyre for screening the returnees.

Mr Nakhumwa said as far as he knew, no Malawians had died in the violence. But I have received a call from a Malawian in Durban who said they witnessed some Malawians being killed, including a close friend who was set alight.

Held in Libya

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville has been to a detention centre in Libya holding migrants wanting to flee to Europe.

A thousand people are crammed in here. The jail has doubled in numbers in less than a week.

A group of men in the detention centre

This graffiti on the wall reads says: "I spend ma life to search the freedom. I spend ma life to bee in Italy."

Graffiti on the wall

Children, including this 14-year-old from Eritrea, are also detained.

A 14-year-old boy

Some people said they been held there for seven months.

See more pictures of the detention centre and
watch Quentin Sommerville's video.

'Tripoli air strikes'


Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent

tweets that UN-brokered talks between Libya's rival politicians are "set to resume in #Morocco today- reports of Airstrikes in tripoli now+militia fighting in some districts overnight".

Rescue boats

Save the Children's Carlotta Bellini

told BBC Newsday that she is concerned about the children on the boat which capsized on the way from Libya to Italy.

Migrants arrive at the Sicilian Porto Empedocle harbor, Italy, Monday, April 13
The Italian coast guard rescued 144 people on Monday

Meanwhile, there has been criticism of the Italian government's decision last year to scale back its rescue operations. Italian politician Emma Bonino told the BBC that the argument that providing rescue services encourages migrants is incorrect:

"If the conditions in the field are becoming more and more problematic people will simply take their own risk and will simply leave."

Businesses shut

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

There is a great a sense of unease here. As police are patrolling Durban's city centre for a possible recurrence of violence that killed at least four people in a spate of xenophobic violence, we are getting reports that some foreign nationals have decided to close their shops for the day in Johannesburg's business district in case the attacks spread.

Social media, whilst abuzz with condemnations of the attacks, also has warnings to foreigners to steer clear of the centre for the next few days.

South African men run from police as rioting and looting was quelled during anti-foreigner violence in Durban 14 April 2015.
There was trouble in Durban on Tuesday

Meanwhile Eye Witness News radio reports that some foreigners in Johannesburg are arming themselves in anticipation of more attacks.

'Doping violation'

Sprinter Simon Magakwe, the only South African to have run 100m under 10 seconds, has been banned for two years for refusing to submit to an out-of-competition test.

Simon Magakwe of South Africa competes in the men's 100m heats at Hampden Park Stadium during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on 27 July 2014 in Glasgow
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Athletics SA head Aleck Skhosana said he refused to give testers a urine sample in December - considered a doping violation by the world athletics governing body IAAF.

Power problems

South Africa's economic growth has been hit by the electricity shortages, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cutting the country's growth forecast to 2%,

South Africa's Times reports.

And since Sunday there has been country-wide load shedding, when the power is cut as demand cannot be met. But Johannesburg's mayor has introduced a new initiative called "load limiting" to mitigate the impact of these power cuts,

Eyewitness news reports.

A power station in South Africa
South Africa is struggling to cope with demand for electricity

Smart meters will be rolled out and residents will have to switch off "geysers, stoves, television and pool pumps for a certain period to avoid having a complete power cut".