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Summary

  1. South African army deployed over xenophobic attacks
  2. Kenya suspends senior policemen over Garissa attack
  3. Boat captain charged after 800 migrants drown
  4. Egypt's ousted leader Morsi sentenced to 20 years
  5. Bomb in Somali capital Mogadishu kills 11

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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We leave you with this image from Ethiopia as people there mourn the 20 Ethiopians killed by the Islamic State group in Libya.

Ethiopians in mourning
Reuters

Army deploys

Soldiers have started arriving in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg as part of a plan to prevent attacks on foreigners, reports the BBC's Nomsa Maseko.

Their deployment was announced earlier in the day by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The army was intervening because an "emergency" had developed, she said.

Focus TV

Focus on Africa TV on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT tonight will be reporting from Sicily where Peter Musembi has visited an abandoned hotel that has been turned into a refugee centre.

Presenter Sophie Ikenye will be asking the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs if the continent can do more to tackle the crisis.

Sophie Ikenye
BBC

Broadcast from a migrant rescue boat

The BBC's World Have Your Say

has broadcast a special programme on the Mediterranean migrant crisis from a search and rescue vessel moored off Malta. The Phoenix vessel is part of an effort by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a privately-funded mission to help save migrants.

the Phoenix serach and rescue vessel in Malta
BBC

Ahmed (pictured below on the right), a Somali migrant who recently arrived in Malta, told the programme: "I came to Malta because of the war in my country. I want to integrate with Maltese people, I'm not here to disrupt your country". You can listen to the full programme

here.

migrants talking to the BBC on board the Phoenix search and rescue vessel
BBC

IOM speaks out

Joel Millman from the International Organization for Migration has told the BBC that a larger search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean would not encourage people to cross the sea.

This was the reason given by the European Union for scaling back operations in the Mediterranean last November.

"We know that a pull factor is kind of a specious argument," he said. Mr Millman pointed out that the number of migrants has not fallen since the operations were reduced.

Singing for peace

A group of eight African musicians - including three from South Africa and two from Zimbabwe - have come together under the name Unity to

record a song calling for an end to the xenophobia in South Africa, reports the
This Is Africa website.

The Durban-based rapper Prinston said: "I'm so ashamed right now to be called South African, how ignorant are we?"

Poster for the song
Unity

Women speak out

Rana Jawad

BBC News, Tunis

Libyan women have been taking part in a UN-organised dialogue in Tunis as part of the Libyan peace process.

Difficult questions were raised and the regional, political and social divide is inescapable.

Participant at Tunis talks
BBC

Hamida told me that security in the south of Libya affects the whole country, but "despite this we're always ignored by everyone".

Participant at Tunis talks
BBC

A member of Tripoli's municipal council Fatima Baghi said that any new government in Libya will fail if corruption is not tackled.

Going home

A Malawian in South Africa Sam Elias has been telling BBC Focus On Africa's Audrey Brown in Durban about why he is leaving the country.

Mr Elias said that people came to where he was staying during Easter and assaulted him and his friend. They also took his belongings. He said he was terrified after seeing blood on his friend and decided to return to Malawi.

He is now at a camp for displaced people in the Chatsworth suburb of Durban, waiting for a bus to take him home.

People carrying a mattress
BBC
People are taking all the belongings they have left back to their home countries

Migrant disaster update

The BBC's Imelda Flattery in Catania says Italian prosecutors have released more information on one of the deadliest migrant boat disasters. According to their latest statement:

  • The two men arrested in connection with the disaster will appear in court in Catania on Friday 24 April.
  • Police interrogations will take place later today.
  • According to survivors, the migrants were held for up to 30 days in a farm near to their departure point in Libya.
  • The cost of a ticket for the boat was between $375-$720 (£250-£480) per person.

'South Africa's Messi'

BBC Africa sports reporter Nick Cavell

tweets about the late South African footballer John Shoes Moshoeu: "SA's Nations Cup winning capt Neil Tovey on Shoes : 'An extreme athlete - his balance was like Messi's. A tremendous footballer' #RIPShoes".

Shoes Moshoeu
Stephane De Sakutin

Photographs of boat disaster suspects

Photos have emerged of the two men arrested in connection with the Mediterranean boat disaster in which an estimated 800 people died.

Tunisian boat captain Mohammed Ali Malek, pictured on the left, has been charged with multiple homicide and people smuggling. Crew member Mahmud Bikhit, a Syrian, pictured on the right in a blue hood, has been charged as an accomplice to "clandestine immigration".

Mohammed Ali Malek (L), one of the survivors and understood to be the captain of the boat that overturned off the coasts of Libya, and a man identified as Mahmud Bikhit (C), another survivor and understood to be a crew member of the boat, standing onboard the Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea, in Malta
Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

In the photo below, the Tunisian boat captain is photographed sitting with some of the 28 survivors on an Italian Coast Guard vessel in Malta. Many of those who died, including women and children, were locked in the boat's hold and were unable to escape when it capsized.

the Tunisian boat captain is photographed sitting with some of the 28 survivors on an Italian Coast Guard vessel in Malta
Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Drugs burnt

Senegalese police have incinerated 3,900 tonnes of counterfeit drugs seized in 2014 as part of Interpol's Operation Porcupine aimed at ending the trade in fake drugs, reports the BBC's Anais Hotin from Dakar.

Drugs being burnt in Senegal
BBC

Market row

At least four people including a police officer have been injured in a market brawl at the Agbogbloshie Onion market in Ghana's capital, Accra, reports the BBC's Sammy Darko.

Gunshots heard in the market led to a heavy police deployment.

And in the course of restoring calm a police officer was hit by a stone.

Market people
Kwetey Nartey

Kenya police suspended

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery has suspended two civil servants and seven policemen over the Garissa University College attack in which 148 people died.

The minister says in a statement that after an initial inquiry he now wants a full investigation "to establish possible criminal culpability" of those suspended.

Among the policemen suspended is Christopher Muthee, the Garissa county commander.

There have been reports that state officers may have been aware of the impending attack but failed to prevent it, says the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi.

Phot board with victims of the Garissa attack
Getty Images
Some have blamed lapses in security for the deaths of the 148 victims

The boss is back in town

Stephen Keshi has been

appointed coach of Nigeria's national football team for a third time, signing a two-year contract on Tuesday.

Stephen Keshi
Getty Images
Keshi led Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in his first spell in charge

The 53-year-old had been in negotiations with the country's football federation for about 10 months, having been without a permanent deal since the end of the World Cup last year.

Moshoeu passes away

John Shoes Moshoeu, who played in midfield for South Africa's national football team, has died at the age of 49.

His agent Glyn Binkin

tweeted that his death came "after a long but brave battle with cancer". He added that "he may be gone but will never be forgotten".

Moshoeu will be remembered for his key role in Bafana Bafana's victory at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, says BBC Africa sports reporter Piers Edwards.

Picture of Shoes Moshoeu
Getty Images

Top policeman sacked

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the police chief, reports the BBC's Naziru Mikailu.

No reason was given for Suleiman Abba's dismissal, which came less than a year after his appointment.

The president has now appointed Solomon Arase as the acting police chief.

'Leaders' fault'

Most newspapers in Senegal feature the tragedy on the Mediterranean sea on their front pages, reports the BBC's Abdourahmane Dia from Dakar.

One of the leading newspapers Le Quotidian denounces "the shipwreck of the African leaders". It blames them for failing to take action on migration.

The newspaper has created an image showing African leaders in the background and a migrant boat in the foreground.

Front page of Senegalese newspaper
BBC

'Who's this Trump?'

US businessman Donald Trump is trending on Twitter in South Africa.

This honour comes after a recent

tweet: "As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total - and very dangerous mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather)".

South Africans have some harsh words for the property mogul. Many are tweeting that Mr Trump keeps mum on reports about the killing of unarmed African Americans in his country but has an opinion about something happening on another continent.

Screen grab from Twitter
Twitter

Praise from Zimbabwe

@ProfJNMoyo

Zimbabwe's Information Minster Jonathan Moyo has been a critic of the South African government during this wave of xenophobic violence. He thought that it had not done enough to quell the trouble.

But he now

tweets praise: "The just announced deployment of SA's National Defence Forces in Alex township & KZN to end xenophobic attacks is a commendable action!"

'Thank them'

The lawyer for the two men facing charges over the migrant boat that ran aground off the Greek island of Rhodes on Monday says they should be thanked for saving the people on board, reports the BBC's Deirdre Finnerty from Rhodes.

Stelios Alexandris said the captain had abandoned the boat when it reached Greek waters, and the two detained men stepped in to steer the boat but they did not know where to land in Rhodes.

Thumbs up

@JamesEReynolds

The BBC's James Reynolds

tweets from the town of Mineo in Sicily, where survivors of Sunday's boat disaster have arrived:

"Inside Mineo migrant centre: Watched shipwreck survivors get on a bus. I caught eye of one of them and offered thumbs up or down sign. The survivor responded with thumbs up. He then broke into a smile."

From outside the same centre, the BBC's Julian Miglierini

tweets: "Survivors of the shipwreck are taken to lunch at the canteen at the Mineo reception centre near Catania"

survivors board a bus outside the migrant centre in Sicily
BBC
Survivors of Sunday's boat disaster are getting help in Sicily

900 repatriated

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula says the request

to deploy the army came after police asked for support. But she would not say exactly how many soldiers would be on the streets.

The government has also announced that just more than 900 people have been voluntarily repatriated back to their home countries. Police say the situation is calm with no new violent attacks reported across the country.

SA army deployment update

The South African Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the army will be deployed from 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) today in Alexandra township in Johannesburg.

It says other troops "are on their way to hotspots in KwaZulu-Natal", the province which includes Durban, where the latest xenophobic attacks started.

Prosecutors give details on boat disaster

Prosecutors in Sicily have been discussing what was behind the capsizing of a vessel on Sunday, which led to the deaths of an estimated 800 migrants.

In a statement, they said that the Tunisian captain of the vessel accidentally collided with a bigger merchant ship which was involved in a rescue attempt. Overcrowding of the vessel was given as the other main reason for the disaster.

Army confronts xenophobia

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

South Africa's Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has told the media that the army will be deployed to some areas of the country to restore calm.

This is the second time that the military have been called in to address xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.

Officials say they want to prevent a repeat of the 2008 attacks which left more than 60 people dead in the country.

Army to deploy

@StateSecurityRS

South Africa's ministry of state security

tweets this picture of a media briefing at Alexandra police station in Johannesburg with the ministers of home affairs, correctional services and state security.

Picture of press conference
SA ministry of state security

Another tweet says: "Decision has been taken to deploy army to assist with stabilising certain areas in the country. #WeAreAfrica".

But the ministry's Twitter account gives no details yet as to where or exactly why the army will be deployed.

Joy of Tutu

The Dalai Lama has been talking to Archbishop Desmond Tutu about "joy".

Desmond Tutu meeting
Dalai Lama You Tube

A video posted on the

Dalai Lama's You Tube channel shows the Tibetan spiritual leader describing Archbishop Tutu as his "long term friend". He tells the archbishop that he has the "potential to create a happier humanity. You are always laughing and joyful."

The Dalai Lama says that political and spiritual leaders have serious faces but the archbishop's face is something else.

Archbishop Tutu laughs and mentions his "big nose".

Mogadishu update

@moalimuu

The BBC's Mohammed Moalimu

tweets from Mogadishu that a car bomb has exploded outside Banooda restaurant in front of the city's popular Central Hotel, with at least four people confirmed dead so far.

Flawless diamond

Sotheby's in New York is to auction what it says is a "flawless" 100 carat diamond later.

"It was found in South Africa, mined we think in the last 10 years," jeweller Jonathan Lambert, former chairman of the Institute of Registered Valuers in the UK, told BBC Five Live.

Screen grab from BBC video about the auction
BBC

"There have only been five diamonds of this sort of quality that have ever been sold at auction, the last one was 118 carats and it sold for $30.6m in Hong Kong in 2013," he said.

Call for change

The BBC's Rana Jawad has

tweeted this picture: "#Libya women meeting in Tunis today - part of the many political dialogue 'tracks' sponsored by the UN mission in Libya."

Women at Libyan peace talks in Tuinis
BBC

She adds: "'this meeting is like a festival, it means nothing if there's no change in our corrupt administrations' 1 delegate tells me #Libya."

Migrant death toll 'could exceed 30,000'

Imogen Foulkes

BBC News, Geneva

UN officials have called for Europe's proposals on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean to focus on protection and asylum, predicting that the death toll in the Mediterranean could exceed 30,000 this year if no action is taken.

The UN believes up to 40% of those fleeing across the Mediterranean are eligible for asylum. The International Organization for Migration said the death toll so far in 2015 is now 30 times higher than it was at the same time last year.

Graphic
BBC

Migrant statistics

@melissarfleming

Melissa Fleming from the UN Refuge Agency

tweets: "Just in: Our grim #Mediterranean statistics"

table showing statistics of migrants crossing the Mediterranean
UNHCR

BreakingMogadishu explosion

The BBC's Mohammed Moalimu reports from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, that he has heard a "huge blast in the heart of the city". He says ambulances are now rushing to the scene.

Malawians march

The

Malawi News Agency has been tweeting pictures of an anti-xenophobia march in the capital, Lilongwe, from the parliament to the South African High Commission.

Demonstrators in Lilongwe
Malawi News Agency

There were calls for a boycott of South African businesses and the news agency reports that there was chanting in support of South African opposition leader Julius Malema.

The protesters then handed a petition over to the South African High Commissioner calling for action to be taken against the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. It has been alleged that his comments about foreigners helped fuel the recent wave of violence.

Handing petition to South Africa High Commissioner
Malawi News Agency

Resting up

@deefinnerty

The BBC's Deirdre Finnerty

tweets from the Greek island of Rhodes: "#Migrants inside #Rhodes coastguard building. No reception centre in place to deal with influx."

migrants rest inside the coast guard building on Rhodes island
BBC

There were 93 people on board the boat which ran aground off Rhodes yesterday, including 21 Eritreans. Three people died.

Challenging xenophobia

ANC supporters were out in force today at the Alexandra magistrates' court in South Africa where the four men accused of being involved in the murder of Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole were appearing for the first time, reports the BBC's Justine Lang.

ANC supporter outside court
BBC

The murder, captured on camera by a photojournalist, has come to symbolise the xenophobic violence and shocked people in South Africa. The case was adjourned until May 4.

ANC supporter outside court
BBC

Peace call

Front page of the Juba Telegraph
BBC

This morning's Juba Telegraph in South Sudan leads on comments by President Salva Kiir that he is committed to ending the conflict in the country "by peaceful means". He was speaking at the opening of the country's parliament.

South Sudan's Citizen newspaper also leads on President Kiir's remarks but is concerned about what it calls the "ailing economy" and focuses on an economic report calling for reforms.

Front page of Juba Citizen
BBC

Migrants leave Lampedusa

@DominicHurst

The BBC's Dominic Hurst in Italy

tweets this photo of migrants waiting with to board a ferry Lampedusa to Sicily. Many migrants leaving Lampedusa are Eritrean. They have been describing appalling conditions and violence in Libya.

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BBC

The ferry with 300 rescued migrants on board has now left Lampedusa for Sicily.

boat leaves Lampedusa
BBC

Sithole case adjourned

The four men accused of being involved in the murder of Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole in Johannesburg have appeared in court. The murder was caught on camera by photojournalist James Oatway and has come to symbolise the worst of the recent wave of xenophobic violence.

The case was adjourned until May 4.