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  1. Hundreds flee clashes in Burundi
  2. Bashir wins Sudan's disputed election by a landslide
  3. Kenyan ivory seized in 'tea sacks' in Thailand
  4. Uganda's Museveni calls for civilian training against al-Shabab

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That's it for today on the BBC Africa Live page. Download the

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We leave you with this image sent by the BBC's Taurai Maduna from South Africa's Freedom Day concert held at the Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg:

South African musicians (27 April 2015)

Dry feet

As people in Nairobi battled with the aftermath of the heavy rains this picture of one man's solution to how to keep your feet dry got a lot of re-tweets on the

BBC Africa account today.

Flooding in Nairobi
Yusuf Ahmed

Libya dead journalists

Five journalists from a private Libyan TV network have been found dead, eight months after they were abducted in eastern Libya, a government spokesman says.

It is unclear how they died, but one report suggests that they were killed by Islamic State militants.

First-time voters

Screen grad from Focus on Africa

On Focus on Africa at 17:30 GMT on BBC World News we begin our series on members of the African Diaspora in the UK who will be voting for the first time in the general election on 7 May.

Tonight, Maryanne Mwiki, from Tanzania, says when she votes she will be thinking about her children.

Seychelles carnival photos

The annual Seychelles Carnival has taken place in the capital, Victoria. The BBC's Roderick MaCleod was there to capture the event:

Carnival in Seychelles

A performer scales a red snapper, a popular dish in Seychelles:

Carnival in Seychelles

The crowd was also entertained by performers of the traditional Brazilian martial art Capoeira:

Carnival in Seychelles

Burundians become Tanzanian

More than 140,000 former Burundian refugees living in Tanzania - many for more than 40 years - have been granted citizenship today, reports the BBC's Tulanana Bohela from Dar es Salaam.

Government spokesman Isaac Ntanga said the fact that they were now living in settlements rather than camps, and that they had started their own businesses and farms, meant that they were residents of Tanzania rather than refugees.

South Sudan camps 'congested'


medical charity MSF has said that more than 8,000 people have fled their homes in South Sudan's towns of Malakal and Melut in the north of the country since the beginning of April.

MSF says that "continuing clashes" as a result of the instability now means that 26,500 people have sought shelter in the United Nations base in Malakal since December 2013. It adds that the camps are now congested.

Jubilant Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been celebrating his victory in elections after obtaining 94% of the vote in polls rejected by the opposition as a sham.

Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum on 27 April 2015

Addressing a cheering crowd in the capital, Khartoum, President Bashir said: "With these elections, the Sudanese people gave the world a lesson in ethics, they gave the world a lesson in integrity."

Supporters of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir celebrate his re-election for another five years in office, on 27 April 2015 in Khartoum.

Zimbabwe on tour

The Zimbabwe Cricket Board have confirmed they will play three one-day internationals and two T20s in Pakistan.

They will be the first top-level international matches played in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009.

'Start talking'

Alhassan Sillah

BBC Africa, Conakry

European Union ambassadors have called on Guinea's politicians to hold talks to end the current political impasse which they have described as "worrying".

The call comes in the wake of demonstrations by the opposition that left at least two people dead and dozens injured.

The ambassadors said the authorities should show restraint in the face of a call by the opposition for another protest on 30 April.

The opposition is demanding a change to the electoral calendar so that presidential elections are held before local polls.

Protestors gesture in front of servicemen on April 23 in Conakry
The opposition, unhappy with the electoral timetable, have held a series of protests over the last fortnight.

Burundians flee homes

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Hundreds of people are fleeing their homes in the Musaga district of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. This follows a second day of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in June's election.

A Burundian riot policeman sprays tear gas on opposition protesters in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Monday, 27 April 2015

The protests have been more widespread than yesterday and the situation is tense. Witnesses have reported seeing a pro-government militia on the streets. If this is true, it will be a worrying development.

Killed man used 'false' name

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has

named four of the seven people killed during the recent wave of xenophobic violence.

Three were South Africans but he also mentioned a Mozambican - Manuel Jossias. Mr Zuma said this was the real name of the person identified by the media as Emmanuel Sithole,

whose murder was captured on camera.

"Reports indicate that he used a false name to avoid detection by authorities as he was an illegal immigrant," he added.

The president has said the country will work to fight xenophobia and he also pledged to address concerns over illegal immigration.

New Ethiopia coach

Ethiopia have appointed Yohannes Sahle as the new coach of the national football team.

He replaces Portuguese Mariano Barreto, who paid the price for the team failing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

"I played for Ethiopia from the youth team to the national team. Now I am very happy to be the coach of the team I played for," Sahle

told BBC Sport.

Ethiopian team in 2014
Ethiopia came bottom of the qualifying group for this year's Cup of Nations finals.

Charlie Hebdo award boycott

Authors Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi are amongst six well-known writers who say

they have withdrawn from a literary award ceremony over a prize for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The freedom of expression organisation American PEN is honouring Charlie Hebdo, after its offices were attacked by Islamist militants in January, killing 12 people.

The authors say they are offended by what they call the magazine's portrayal of Muslims.

'Tear-gassed and arrested'

Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

Sierra Leone's Independence Day has been marked by protests against the government. It is the latest sign of discontent with President Ernest Bai Koroma's government over the handling of the Ebola crisis and the sacking of Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana.

Police fired tear gas and arrested several opposition supporters in the eastern town of Kenema. Police officer Alfred Karrow Kamara told me the crowd breached guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola by taking to the streets.

Reports from the second city, Bo, say police blocked protesters from coming out on the streets.

Sierra Leone is marking 54 years of independence from colonial rule.

Honouring Moshoeu


South Africa's Football Association

tweets a picture of the tombstone of Bafana Bafana star John "Shoes" Moshoeu who was buried today.

The inscription reads, "I am what I am because I am."

Picture of tombstone

The footballer died on 21 April after losing his battle with cancer. He was aged 49.

'Six killed' in Burundi

At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, according to a spokesman for the Red Cross quoted by the Associated Press news agency.

Three of them were killed in the clashes on Sunday while another three died of their injuries overnight, Alexis Manirakiza told AP.

A burning barricade in Bujumbura 27 April 2015

The military has been deployed to the streets of Bujumbura, as protests continue today against President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in elections due in June.

Cheeky advert

BBC Trending

What's popular and why

"You know what's wrong with South Africa?" a voice intones. "All you foreigners."

This is how a cheeky anti-xenophobic advertisement for a South African restaurant chain begins. It was released in 2012, and is popular again. You can read about it and watch it


Screen grab from advert

Load of rubbish

Volunteers have been cleaning the streets of Eastleigh, the Somali-dominated neighbourhood of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Volunteers cleaning rubbish in Eastleigh

The roads were recently improved at a cost of $30m (£20m) but there are no designated dumping sites and few municipal cleaning services, reports the BBC's Ahmed Adan.

In an effort to discourage littering this man is telling people that they could be find up to $1,000 for dumping rubbish.

Volunteer talking on a megaphone

Kenya arrest

A member of staff at Kenya's parliament has been detained by police in connection with a plot to bomb the parliament building in Nairobi,

reports the Standard newspaper.

The arrest comes after the police had been warned that a staff member was planning an attack. The suspect is currently being questioned by police.

Radio closed down

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Burundi's main private broadcaster African Public Radio has been shut down by the police in Bujumbura. The closure was announced on air.

A journalist from the radio station told the BBC that policemen were surrounding the building to prevent protesters from approaching. The station - known as "the voice of the voiceless" - is very popular in the country.

On Sunday the police accused it of being part of an insurrectional movement.

Offices of African Public Radio in Bujumbura

Tobacco money

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Juliana Marambashanu, 44, is one of a growing number of Zimbabwean women who are now farming tobacco - once a male-dominated industry. She has been inspecting her crop at the tobacco auction in Harare.

Tobacco farmer Juliana Marambashanu

Today she sold the crop for $4.50 (£3) per kg. Tobacco is one of Zimbabwe's top five foreign currency earners.

Kenya security warning

A leaked security letter to police protecting Kenya's parliament warns that Somali militant group al-Shabab is planning to plant "a bomb within parliament buildings" as part of a series of "high scale attacks". Other targets listed include the University of Nairobi.

Picture of security letter

The letter, written on 23 April, says that security needs to be enhanced to "neutralise the threat". Security has been stepped up around the parliament in Nairobi, reports the BBC's Ruth Nesoba.

Off air but online

BBC Monitoring

Three of Burundi's leading private radio stations have been broadcasting online after being taken off air following their coverage of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in elections due in June.

Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana accused the three stations of "trying to disrupt peace within the country".

Barricades in Burundi

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Some of the most violent clashes in Burundi's capital Bujumbura have been taking place in Cibitoke neighbourhood, where

thousands have been protesting against President Pierre Nkrunziza's plan to run for a third term in elections in June.

Protesters in Bujumbura 27 April 2015

The road was entirely black from burnt tyres, and riot police and soldiers were everywhere. Protestors told us the police had been firing live rounds and handed us a bullet case as proof. The president's office denies security forces used live ammunition.

Nkrumah remembered


Africa24 Media group chairman Salim Amin

tweets: "On 27 April 1972 Kwame Nkrumah died. He was a nationalist leader and the first President of Ghana #africapics"

Ghanaian Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah (1902 - 1972, right) talking to the Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies (1894 - 1978) and President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania at Marlborough House during an informal gathering before the Conference for Commonwealth Prime Ministers.
Nkrumah (R) died in Romania aged 62

Mortar fire in South Sudan

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Juba

There are reports from South Sudan of fighting between government troops and rebel forces in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state.

Aid agencies have described heavy mortar fire and say people are fleeing the fighting. A rebel spokesman says that they are defending their positions from a government attack.

Vote for Zimbabwe prisoners

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's election commission says prisoners and hospital patients will be able to vote in the next presidential and parliamentary election in 2018. It said it was part of their constitutional right to do so. It will be the first time in the post-independence era that the ballot has been extended to Zimbabwean prisoners.

Unimpressive win?

James Copnall

BBC Sudan analyst

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's winning margin in the election - he took 94% of the vote - was certainly sizeable. But the fact that most of the major opposition parties boycotted the poll undoubtedly removed some of the sheen of victory.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) and candidate in the presidential elections greets supporters as he arrives at a polling station to cast his vote at the Saint Francis school in Khartoum on 13 April 2015
Mr Bashir seized power in a coup in 1993

The turnout was unimpressive - and many believe the real figure was even lower than the official 46.4%. Most Western countries will not accept the elections as meaningful.

Ivory 'in tea sacks'

Officials in Thailand say they have seized about $6m (£4m) worth of illegal ivory from Kenya. The ivory, in the form of 500 elephant tusks, was hidden in sacks of tea.

Thai customs officers weigh confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks during a press conference at the Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 27 April 2015

Officials said the ivory weighed more than three tonnes and was one of the biggest hauls in Thailand's history.

South Africa is 'safest'

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says that people from other parts of Africa are migrating to South Africa because it is the "safest country".

Twitter grab

He has been

speaking about xenophobia on Freedom Day which marks the anniversary of the country's first democratic elections in 1994.

President Zuma has also said that

South Africa should be talking to the African Union about "the issue of foreign nationals".

Twitter screen grab

Bashir in 'landslide win'

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has won elections with 94% of the vote, the election committee has announced, Reuters news agency reports.

Last month's poll was boycotted by the main opposition parties. They said the election would not be free because of political repression.

Mr Bashir, 71, has ruled Sudan for more than a quarter of a century.

Burundi photos

Photos are coming from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of clashes between riot police and protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in June's elections. Here, a wounded man is led away by police:

A riot policeman escorts an injured protester who was hit during clashes in Bujumbura, 27 April 2015

This man raises his hand after being confronted by police, as thousands of people demonstrated:

Protesters raises his hand in Burundi after being confronted by riot police 27 April 2015

The military intervened to try and quell the protests:

Military personnel run to calm down protesters as they clash with riot police in Bujumubura on 27 April 2015

Our correspondent Maud Jullien reported more peaceful demonstrations in another part of the city.

Ghana oil reassurance

Oil company Tullow Oil has moved to

reassure investors that its work in Ghana continues in the wake of an international court ruling over disputed waters with Ivory Coast.


ruling stopped new drilling but did allow Ghana to carry on developing current oilfields, including the Ten project fields, part-owned by Tullow Oil.

Screen-grab from Tullow Oil

Thanks to Africa

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is speaking on Freedom Day which marks the country's first democratic election. The government news agency is

tweeting quotes from the speech: "We will never forget the support from our brothers and sisters from all over the world -Pres Zuma #FreedomDay"

Oil victory?

Front page of Daily Graphic

In Ghana, the

international court ruling that allows it to continue with an offshore oil project in disputed waters is what everyone is talking about, reports the BBC's Sammy Darko from the capital, Accra.

The Daily Graphic leads on the story, hailing the ruling despite the fact that Ghana cannot start any new offshore drilling.

Burundi activist arrested

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

A leading human rights activist in Burundi, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, has been arrested by police.

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was arrested in the building of the local press association. He is a vocal opponent of President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in elections due in June.

Loading up

A boat in South Sudan.

In South Sudan's remote village of Old Fangak in Jonglei state locals and health officials are loading up medical supplies that have just arrived by air to be sent up river, reports the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza.

Aid agencies are putting supplies in place in various remote areas ahead of the rains which will cut off much of the country.

Peaceful crowd

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

All is peaceful where I am in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as protests are held against President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in elections due in June.

Protest in Bujumbura, 27 April 2015

Thousands of people are marching and there is a heavy presence of riot policemen, but it is not confrontational.

Mombasa inquest

An inquest into the death of a British Lord's son has begun in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. Alexander Monson, son of Lord Nicholas Monson (pictured right), died in 2012 in police custody.

Outside Mombasa court

Mr Monson was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. He sustained a head injury while in custody and died during treatment.

Lord Monson believes a policeman killed his son, but the police deny the allegation.