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  1. 'Up to 100,000' flee South Sudan fighting
  2. Suspected militant Islamists target Nigeria students
  3. Burundi's leader defies critics over presidential bid
  4. Alleged CIA agent assassinated in Somalia
  5. Ex-football star's assets seized in Egypt

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We leave you with this photo from

Africa's week in pictures of a work by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu called The End of Carrying All.

Work by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu called The End of Carrying All

Algerian massacre commemorated

Ahmed Rouaba

BBC Arabic

Algeria has been commemorating the 70th anniversary of the killing of thousands by French colonial security forces in the eastern cities of Setif, Guelma and Kherrata.

Just as the world was celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany, thousands of Algerians took to the streets holding British, French and Soviet flags to celebrate

The demonstrations and celebrations turned into riots in Setif after French police shot dead a young scout who brandished the green and white flag, symbol of independent Algeria.

French historians, based on testimonies of witnesses and police as well as intelligence reports, say between 15,000 and 20,000 Algerians perished.

But Algeria is still waiting for France to officially apologise.

French Junior Minister for Veterans and Memory Jean-Marc Todeschini (C), lays a wreath in front of the Bouzid Saal memorial on April 19, 2015 during a visit to pay tribute to Algerian victims of Setif
A French minister laid a wreath at the memorial of the massacres in Setif in April, but the country has apologised

'Acquired meaning'

Ghanaian artist El Anatsui was recently awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement at the contemporary art exhibition Venice Biennale.

He is known for using used materials, like in this one called Earth's Skin.

The earth's skin

In BBC Artbeat Africa he explains why he uses second-hand material.

"When things have been used they have acquired a lot of history and meaning and maybe a lot of spiritual energy as well."

UN chief in Dadaab

United Nations refugee chief Antonio Guterres has visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya.

Here is welcomed by refugees from South Sudan:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (C-L) is welcomed at IFO-2 complex of the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp by South Sudan refugees performing a traditional dance on May 8, 2015

Most of the refugees are from Somalia and they watched his arrival:

Refugees gather to watch the arrival of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at IFO-2 complex of the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp on May 8, 2015.
Somali women dance to welcome United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at IFO-2 complex of the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp on May 8, 2015

The Kenyan government asked the UN refugee agency to close the camp after Somali militant Islamists killed 148 people at Garissa University College last month.

Mass exodus in South Sudan

Up to 100,000 people have fled a week of heavy fighting in South Sudan's key northern oil state of Unity, the United Nations has said.

"This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops," it added

in a statement.

South Sudan has been hit by conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar since December 2013.

South Sudanese rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar (C) sits in an army barracks in South Sudan's Upper Nile State on 14 April 2014
Mr Machar (C) was once a close ally of the president

Divided over Burundi

Commenters have been reacting on the

BBC Africa Facebook page to Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision to seek a third term in elections due in June.

Micheal Mills says: "African Union should have a rapid response force that can enter any country and remove presidents that insist on remaining in power against the laws of their countries."

Bashir Yusuf takes a different view: "I urge Burundians to stop protests. Get your voter cards ready. It is the most powerful and effective weapon in politics. Remember what happened in Nigeria."

Ebola lives on in eye

The Ebola virus has been detected in the eye of a US doctor who had already recovered from the illness.

The medic, who caught the bug while working in Sierra Leone, had blurred eyesight and a burning sensation two months after being declared Ebola-free.

Scientists say his eye infection presents no risk to the public.

But doctors are calling for more help for survivors in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia where recovering patients are reporting eye problems.

Lesson for UK

Satirist Ikenna Azuike says there's plenty the UK could learn from Nigeria.

Just take post-election celebration.

This is Nigerian celebrations:

A man pulls a wheelie on a scooter, as residents celebrate the anticipated victory of Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, Nigeria, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

He found the planned UK celebrations weren't quite so enthusiastic:

Screen grab cup of tea

Watch him ask a befuddled UK public if they are expecting post-election violence on Focus on Africa on BBC World at 17:30 GMT.

More millionaires

South Africa's Business Day newspaper reports that the number of dollar millionaires in the country is rising despite the depreciation of the local currency.

Defiant Nkurunziza

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza says the crisis sparked by his decision to run for a third term is being "easily managed" and elections will go ahead in June.

Pierre Nkurunziza (4 June 2014)
Mr Nkurunziza has been in power for a decade

"Violence isn't spiralling out of control," Mr Nkurunziza said in the capital Bujumbura after submitting his name as a candidate to the electoral commission.

"What you are seeing here in Bujumbura is very much like what we have also seen in other countries, not forgetting the hardest times in Burundi such as in 1993 and in 2005 [when] it was really serious."

At least 18 people have been killed in protests since his party nominated him for re-election on 25 April.

Burundians flee to Tanzania

The UN refugee agency says more than 50,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries fearing violence ahead of the June 26 elections.

Adrian Edwards, a United Nations High Commission for Refugees spokesman, said Rwanda is hosting the largest number of refugees with 25,000 followed by Tanzania with 17,696.

The BBC's Tulunana Bohela has been following refugees from Burundi who took the ferry across Lake Tanganyika from Burundi to Tanzania.

Today they have been packed into buses headed for Nyarugusu camp.

People queuing for a bus

Survivor speaks

Survivors have been recalling how suspected militant Islamists attacked a business college in north-eastern Nigeria's Potiskum town this morning.

Student Mustapha Umar told the AFP news agency that one of the gunmen "kept firing sporadic shots" as other students tried to chase him away.

"When he ran out of ammunition he detonated the explosives under his robe, killing himself but no-one from the crowd."

People gathered at the site of a suicide bomb attack at a car park of the College of Administrative and Business Studies in Potiskum Nigeria Friday, 8 May 2015
The bomber detonated himself in the college's car park

Fight back

Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

BBC Africa, Nigeria

Today's gun and bomb attack in north-eastern Nigeria's Potiskum town (see earlier post) comes despite the fact that militant Islamist group Boko Haram is under renewed pressure.

A military operation is continuing in its Sambisa forest stronghold. Senior Nigerian officers say many of the insurgents have been killed and those still alive are on the run.

A student wounded during a suicide bomb attack at the College of Administrative and Business Studies receives treatment at a hospital in Potiskum Nigeria Friday, 8 May 2015
The attack has left at least five students seriously wounded

Despite this, Boko Haram is still able to carry out isolated attacks like today's. Observers say unless senior members of the group are captured, the militants may be able to regroup and rearm, both within and outside Nigeria's borders.

Ex-footballer's assets seized

Egypt's authorities have seized the assets of former football star Mohamed Aboutrika.

It follows allegations that he helped fund the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

In response,

Aboutrika tweeted (in Arabic) that he would not leave the country and would continue to work for Egypt's prosperity.

Aboutrika was named the 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Mohamed Aboutrika of Al-Ahly SC during the FIFA Club World Cup Quarter Final match between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Al-Ahly SC at the Agadir Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Agadir, Morocco
Getty Images
Mohamed Aboutrika played in the 2013 world cup

Burundians 'to face justice'

UN special envoy Said Djinnit has brokered talks between Burundi's rival groups in an attempt to end the deepening crisis over Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

Government, opposition and church representatives agreed that all perpetrators of violence should face justice "internally or internationally", a joint statement after the meeting said.

At least 18 people have been killed in protests since President Nkuruziza's party chose him as their candidate on 25 April to run for a third term in in elections in June.

Poll will go ahead

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Burundi's electoral commission has ruled out postponing controversial presidential elections scheduled for June.

Its chairman Pierre Ndayicariye told me that the climate for elections was better now than in previous elections.

Police in Bujumbura (7 May 2015)
Police have been battling protesters since last month

Yesterday, African Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she could not see how elections could be held amid protests against President Pierre Nkuruziza's bid for a third term.

Ivorian boy smuggled in suitcase

An eight-year-old Ivorian boy has been smuggled into Spain from Morocco inside a suitcase, Spanish police say.

This photo provided by the Spanish Guardia Civil shows an X-ray of the boy in a suitcase:


The boy's father lives in the Canary Islands and had hoped to be reunited with his son,

the Spanish newspaper El Pais said.

An eight-year-old boy is seen cramped inside a suitcase on a Spanish civil guard border security checkpoint between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta in this handout photo released May 8, 2015.

Read more on the BBC News website

Farage trending in Nigeria

The UK election results are being followed closely in Nigeria, if Twitter is anything to go by.

According to Trends 24, UK election-related subjects have been among the top trending topics for at least the last six hours.

In the last hour, politicians Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have both been in the top 10 trending topics. That corresponds with both of them standing down as the leaders of their parties, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, after the results in the election did not go in their favour.

Trends in the last three hours
Trends 24

Nkurunziza criticised


Rwandan President Paul Kagame's office has

tweeted about Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, despite calls for him to step down.

"If your own citizens tell you we don't want you to lead us, how do you say I am staying whether you want me or not," it quotes Mr Kagame as saying.

Nkurunziza confirms candidature

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has officially declared that he will seek a third term in elections due in June, reports the BBC's Eloge Willy Kaneza from the capital, Bujumbura.

He handed documents to this effect to the electoral commission during a visit to its offices, despite widespread opposition to his decision to run for office again.

Pierre Nkurunziza Bujumbura 8 May 2015
Mr Nkurunziza, appearing here before electoral officials, has ruled Burundi for 10 years

At least 18 people have been killed in protests, which continued today. A grenade was thrown in the Kanyosha district of the capital, but there were no casualties.

School strike over meningitis

Primary and secondary school students in Niger are striking, demanding they get a meningitis vaccine.

They have been on strike since Tuesday in the capital, Niamey.

The BBC's Herve Yonkeu says some pupils have been vaccinated but the government needs about 700,000 doses.

The authorities began a mass vaccination at the end of April.

At least 265 people have died in the meningitis outbreak since January, while 3,400 cases have been declared.

People gather at the health center of Lazaret, near Niamey, on April 23, 2015, where are treated patients suffering from meningitis.
Some patients have received treatment at a health centre

Panic at Nigeria school

Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

BBC Africa, Nigeria

The outburst of gunfire at a business school in north-eastern Nigeria's Potiskum town sparked panic, with students jumping from windows to escape the Boko Haram militants.

The Yobe state police chief said the gunman is in their custody. He was accompanied by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the car park.

At least five students were seriously injured in the attack, but dozens more were hurt as they tried to escape.

Nkurunziza set for election

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has arrived at the offices of the electoral commission offices in the capital, Bujumbura, to present papers confirming he will stand for a third term in polls due in June.

Opposition supporters have been protesting in parts of Bujumbura to demand that he steps down after 10 years in office.

'CIA agent' killed in Somalia

Al-Shabab says it has killed a suspected CIA agent in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a website linked to the militant Islamist group is reporting.

The alleged agent, named Abdihakin, was shot dead by al-Shabab's special forces, Memo website reports.

The BBC's Mohamed Moalimu in Mogadishu says there is no independent corroboration that he was a CIA spy, but confirms he was shot dead on Thursday night.

Al-Shabab recruits walk down a street on 5 March 2012 in the Deniile district of the Somalian capital, Mogadishu
The militants are fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia

Memo alleges that Abdihakin played a key role in masterminding US drone strikes which killed officials of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group.

He headed an Islamic court in south-western Somalia before defecting to the CIA, it says.

Extraordinary reunion

The BBC's Will Ross met Margaret at a camp for people rescued from Boko Haram captivity in north-eastern Nigeria.

She was there to get her son.

Boko Haram gunmen abducted Margaret with two of her children late last year.

When she fled captivity she knew it would be impossible to carry both her children.

'Margaret' with two of her children (May 2015)
Margaret had to leave her son (at left) with Hauwa, and escaped with her daughter

She begged another abductee, 20-year-old Hauwa, to look after her son.

'Hauwa' after being rescued
Hauwa cared for Margaret's son and another child in captivity, pretending to be married

This heroic act also helped Hauwa avoid being handed out as a wife of a Boko Haram fighter.

Odinga on Cameron's victory

Kenya's former Prime Minster Raila Odinga, who lost presidential polls in 2013, has been considering what the UK's election result means for Kenya.

"Whatever happens in Britain, influences what happens in Kenya," he told the BBC's Karen Allen in Nairobi.

"Of course it will be most unfortunate if Britain would vote to leave the EU. We want to see Britain playing a much more important and crucial role in Europe rather than an isolated Britain."

And he had some advice for the losers: "Democracy is a process. It is not an instant coffee that you brew and drink at the same time. So there is always another time."

Raila Odinga

Extortion in Burundi


The BBC's Maud Jullien

tweets from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, that demonstrations against President Pierre Nkuruniza's third-term bid are continuing. Protesters in the city's Musaga district are now forcing goods trucks from Tanzania to pay to get through barricades, she says.

Nigeria bomber targets students

Habiba Adamu

BBC News, Abuja

A suicide bomber has attacked students walking into a business college in Potiskum town in north-eastern Nigeria.

At least five students were injured.

A man whose child goes to the primary school next to where the attack took place told the BBC that almost all schools in the town have shut following the attack.

A gunman who was with the bomber was overpowered by residents and arrested.

Photos of 'freed hostages'

Ethiopia's foreign ministry has released photos of 35 people who Egypt says it freed from captivity in Libya:

Ethiopians who were freed in Libya at the airport in Addis Ababa on 8 May 2015
Ethiopia Foreign Ministry

Some of the group met Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus after they arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa, earlier this morning:

An Ethiopian freed in Libya meets Ethiopia's foreign minister in Addis Ababa on 8 May 2015
Ethiopia Foreign Ministry

Economist's view on Dadaab

The Economist newspaper's latest edition says closing Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya would not reduce terrorism.

"As Kenya's government struggles to deal with Islamist terrorism, it is blaming Somali refugees and wants Dadaab gone.

"The evidence suggests instead that terrorism in Kenya is increasingly home-grown. All four Garissa gunmen were probably Kenyan.

"Others arrested and tried for Shabab attacks in Kenya in the past have been Kenyan, too. Some were converts to Islam. Not one was a refugee."

The Economist says the Kenyan government couldn't afford to move 350,000 people in the Dadaab camps anyway
Dadaab is the biggest refugee camp in Africa

Where is missing Zimbabwean?

A leading rights group says it is increasingly concerned about the fate of a Zimbabwean activist who was abducted on 9 March by armed men.

Zimbabwe's authorities appear to be doing nothing to find Itai Dzamara, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

"Family members told Human Rights Watch that state security agents had repeatedly threatened Dzamara prior to his abduction, warning him that something would happen if he did not halt his activism,"

the statement added.

Zimbabwe's government has denied involvement in his abduction.

Dress to impress

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

Daniel Nartey really dresses up to sell watermelons in Madina in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Daniel Nartey
Abdul-Rahman Diallo

"My pastor always says dress well no matter the job you do, so I decided to wear a suit," he told me.

"Some laugh at me, others encourage me and are willing to help me," he says.

It seems like it pays off.

"I make 100% profit. I think it is because of how I dress, people notice me easily and want to buy from me," Mr Nartey said.

The 25-year-old is a primary school teacher and sells watermelons during weekends and when the school is on vacation. He is saving up to buy an oven and wants to one day own his own snack bar.

'Preachers arrested'


Kenyan journalist Dennis Okari

tweets that police have arrested 16 Muslim preachers for suspected links with militant Islamist group al-Shabab in Marsabit County, which borders Ethiopia.

Prosecuting poachers

Caroline Karobia

BBC News, Nairobi

Kenya Wildlife Service is inaugurating its new forensic and DNA testing laboratory to enhance the fight against poaching later today.

Although many suspects of wildlife crimes in Kenya are usually arrested, their prosecution and convictions are rare because of lack of evidence.

It is envisaged that the establishment of the laboratory will help to accurately identify wildlife and wildlife products in order to strengthen the chances of a prosecution.

Man holding elephant tusk
Thai customs seized a hoard of elephant tusks from Kenya last month

'Freed hostages' return to Ethiopia

Thirty-five Ethiopians rescued from captivity in Libya by Egyptian forces have returned home, officials say.

Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed them at the international airport in Addis Ababa this morning after they flew in from Cairo, his office said in a


"The evacuation was made possible through coordinated effort of ‪#‎Ethiopia‬ and ‪#‎Egypt," it added.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met the group on Thursday, saying had been "liberated by Egyptian and Libyan security services".

It is not clear who had abducted the group.

Islamic State militants killed more than 20 Ethiopians in Libya last month.

UN plans Congo offensive

The United Nations says its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo are preparing an offensive against Hutu rebels, without the full co-operation of government forces.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said the Security Council had given troops the go ahead to drive out the FDLR militia based in eastern DR Congo.

UN soldiers stand post with a machine gun on the back of a pick-up truck on 23 October 2014 in Beni
The UN has its largest force in the world in DR Congo

The FDLR is seen as a major threat to neighbouring Rwanda's stability.

Wise words

Today's African proverb: The locust flies away but leaves hardship behind. A Somali proverb sent by Ali Aman, Berbera, Somaliland.

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