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  1. Burundi's defence minister sacked after failed coup
  2. South Africa's ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt jailed for rape
  3. EU backs migrant crisis naval force
  4. Ethiopia detains '200 migrant smugglers'
  5. Nigeria military 'destroys' Boko Haram camps

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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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And we leave you with a work of art by Nigerian Benedict Enwonwu entitled Africa Dances. It is expected to be sold at an auction in London for up to $141,000 (£90,000):

An employee poses with a work of art by Nigerian artist Benedict Enwonwu entitled Africa Dance' expected to realise 60,000 - 90,000 GBP in auction as part of the 2015 edition of the Africa Now - Modern Africa sale, at Bonhams auction house in London on May 18, 2015

Malawi's 'muckraker' buried

Leading Malawian journalist Raphael Tenthani has been buried in his home village of Agabu

following his death in a car accident on Saturday.

He was known as Malawi's muckraker, a journalist who reported aggressively on corruption in one of the world's poorest countries and dished out tart criticism of politicians for alleged mismanagement and skulduggery, the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Tenthani, 43, reported for both the BBC and AP,

which has written an obituary of him.

Historic Burundi appointment

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has appointed a civilian as the new defence minister. Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye is the first civilian to serve in the post since 1966.

He replaces General Pontien Gaciyubwenge, who was sacked earlier today.

Burundian soldiers walk near a burning barricade erected by protesters as people demonstrate against the president's bid for a third term in power in Musaga, in the outskirts of Bujumbura, on 27 April 2015
Burundi's army has been hit by divisions

The new foreign minister is Alain Aime Nyamitwe following the dismissal of Laurent Kavakure.

Teacher strike hits Uganda

Nearly 160,000 teachers are believed to be on strike in Uganda today to demand higher pay.

A tour of some public schools in the capital, Kampala, by the BBC found there were no lessons taking place.

According to the Uganda National Teachers' Union, nearly 90 percent of all teachers in government schools did not work today.

A pupil at Saint Denis Ssebugwawo Secondary School in the Kampala suburb of Ggaba studies in the library 23 March 2007
The strike is expected to continue tomorrow

Burundi: Your reaction

Commenters have been reacting on the

BBC Africa Facebook page to the continuing protests in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, against President Pierre Nkuruziza's decision to run for a third term in elections due next month.

Andinda Moses says: "President Nkurunziza has to respect people's wishes. A good leader sings to the tune of his people."

Mohamed Thoronka adds: "Mr Nkurunziza should be careful in how he handles the political situation in Burundi or else Burundi will fall into another civil conflict."

Somalia bans khat for police

Somalia's new police chief has ordered police officers not to chew the popular stimulant khat.

Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud said that anyone caught chewing khat while on duty would be disciplined and may even be brought before a military court.

man eating khat leaf
Getty Images
Khat is popular in the Horn of Africa

Khat is legal in Somalia but has been banned in many countries. Correspondents say the stimulant has been widely used among the security services, and there are concerns it affects concentration.

Football chief becomes mayor

Milton Nkosi

BBC News, Johannesburg

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has been appointed the mayor of Port Elizabeth in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality as part of a reshuffle by the governing African National Congress (ANC).

Mr Jordaan, 63, replaces Benson Fihla, who has been described by critics as being too old to effectively engage with communities. Mr Fihla is 83 years old.

Danny Jordaan gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the status of the ticket sales for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 27 January 2010 in Johannesburg
Danny Jordaan is a popular football administrator

The ANC is hoping to gain support ahead of next year's crucial local elections. Mr Jordaan, a much loved figure here, led the 2010 World Cup team which successfully hosted the tournament.

Red devil in heaven

A South African super fan has realized his 20-year dream of seeing Manchester United play at Old Trafford.

The BBC's Stanley Kwenda has been speaking to Jayendran Subramoney about what it meant to him to finally see his beloved Red Devils in action.

Mr and Mrs Subramoney

Jayendran's wife Shivanie says she has learnt to love Manchester United. It's just as well, since the flat they share is a virtual shrine to Manchester United - almost everything is red, from the crockery to the mugs to the key rings.

A group pf Man Utd fans

Jayendran saved up for a year to go. His trip with the official South African Manchester United supporters club cost 24,000 rand ($2,000; £1,300).

Somalia hunger warning

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is alarming, with 730,000 people unable to meet their most basic daily food needs, the UN special envoy to Somalia has said.

"An additional 2.3 million people are at risk of sliding into the same situation," Nicholas Kay told top officials of the African Union at a meeting in Ethiopia.

An internally displaced Somali woman is pictured at an IDP camp in Dollow, central Somalia on 21 November 2011
Instability in Somalia has forced many people to flee their homes

Al-Shabab 'still dangerous'

The UN special envoy to Somalia has called for military operations against Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab to be stepped up.

"Al-Shabab remains dangerous... It still needs to be dealt with," Nicholas Kay said in a briefing to the African Union's peace and security council.

"Flexible, sustained and enemy-focused offensive operations must be urgently reinitiated," he added.

A UN-backed African Union force is battling al-Shabab in Somalia.

A woman prays near wooden crosses at Freedom-Corner in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on 8 April 2015, where a candlelight vigil was held the night before for the victims of an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents on a university campus in Kenya's nothern town of Garissa, in which 148 people were killed
The Garissa massacre was the deadliest attack carried out by al-Shabab

Yemen refugees arrive in Mogadishu

BBC Somali journalist, London

BREAKING STORY: The first plane carrying 95 Somalis & Yemenis evacuated from #Yemen has arrived at Mogadishu airport. #Somalia #YemenCrisis.

No explanation for 'reshuffle'

BBC Africa correspondent, Bujumbura

Burundi Presidential spokesman declines to explain "reshuffle" that removed Defence Minister. Tells me President is very much in control.

Burundi ministers sacked

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has replaced his defence and foreign ministers, presidential spokesperson Gervais Abayeho has told the BBC. Sacked Defence Minister General Pontien Gaciyubwenge had previously called for the Burundian army to remain neutral amid the ongoing unrest over the president's bid for a third term. No reason has yet been given for the dismissals.

'Gunship brought down'

South Sudan's rebels say they killed "many" government soldiers in three days of fighting for control of Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile State, Reuters news agency reports.

Rebel forces brought down a government helicopter gunship that had been deployed to attack rebel positions in the town on Sunday, rebel spokesman Lony Ngundeng is quoted as saying.

On Saturday, the rebels, led by sacked Deputy President Riek Machar, said they had captured Malakal from government troops.

South Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers patrol Malakal on 21 January 2014
Government and rebel forces have been fighting since 2013

Zambia opposition leader questioned

Prominent Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is being questioned at a police station in the capital, Lusaka, for alleged breach of public order, reports the BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo from the scene.

His supporters came out in huge numbers to show solidarity with him. There was also a strong police presence, she says.

Crowds in Lusaka 18 May 2015
Dean Mwaanga

Mr Hichilema is accused of failing to obtain police permission before visiting markets and homes last week, our reporter adds. He is expected to challenge President Edgar Lungu in elections due next year.

Protesters in Lusaka 18 May 2015
Dean Mwaanga
Protesters in Lusaka 18 May 2015
Dean Mwaanga

Rapist showed 'no remorse'

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

High Court Judge Bert Bam slammed South Africa's ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt for not showing remorse during his rape trial and said justice must be seen to be done, even in the case of ageing offenders.

The former grand slam champion pleaded not guilty to raping young girls and said the court must show sympathy because of his age. He is 75 years old.

The two rape and sexual assault charges stemmed from events in the 1980s and 1990s when Hewitt coached the girls.

Hewitt is expected to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Hooked - drugs in Guinea-Bissau

Childhood in a narco-state, where bags of white powder float ashore - here's

the first part of our special series on the human impact of the international drugs trade on Guinea-Bissau, told in the form of a graphic novel:

grahic novel on Guinea-Bissau

The story will continue on our website over the rest of the week.

Tennis star jailed

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

Former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt has been sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court. He was convicted on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Hewitt's wife begged the court to have mercy on her husband by not giving him a custodial sentence for the crimes he committed more than 30 years ago.

Retired tennis player Bob Hewitt, left, with his wife Delaille leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, 17 April 2015
Bob Hewitt's wife Delaille has remained loyal to him

'Live shots' in Burundi

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Soldiers fired live bullets in the air this morning to disperse protesters in some parts of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Dozens of youth barricaded roads and chanted slogans calling on President Pierre Nkurunziza to reconsider his decision to run for a third term.

Protest in Bujumubura's Musaga district on 18 May 2015

Some businesses were closed and activities paralysed in the Nyakabiga, Musaga and Mutakura neighbourhoods of Bujumbura. In areas where the president enjoys massive support and in the city's commercial hub businesses were open as usual.

Burundi photos

The BBC's Kelvin Brown has been sending photos from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term continue following last week's failed coup: 

A soldier keeps his distance from the protestors in the neighbourhood of #Musaga #Bujumbura #Burundi.

A soldier keeps his distance from the protestors in the neighbourhood of #Musaga #Bujumbura #Burundi.

"Dear soldiers do not shoot our brothers and sisters" says a banner carried by protestors in #Musaga #Burundi

"Dear soldiers do not shoot our brothers and sisters" says a banner carried by protestors in #Musaga #Burundi

A defiant protestor in the neighbourhood of #Nyakabiga #Bujumbura #Burundi.

A defiant protestor in the neighbourhood of #Nyakabiga #Bujumbura #Burundi.

Ethiopia detains 'smugglers'

An Ethiopian official says 200 suspected smugglers have been detained in an effort to curb the number of citizens trying to migrate to Europe illegally, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The government is looking for 80 other smugglers who are suspected of conducting overseas operations, Federal Affairs Minister Shiferaw Teklemariam told the Ethiopian News Agency, it reports.

This handout picture taken on May 3, 2015 released by the MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) shows migrants aboard a wooden boat on the Mediterranean sea
Africans try to reach Europe in the hope of a better life

Not many police

BBC journalist in Bujumbura

Police noticeably absent near Burundi protests today. Sensible since widely seen as not neutral. Army calmer, but with own internal splits.

'Little threat' to Nkurunziza

BBC journalist in Bujumbura

The protests this morning have been small, compared to last week. They pose little threat to #PierreNkurunziza #Burundi

Somaliland celebrates

The self-declared republic of Somaliland is celebrating the 24th anniversary of its independence in the capital, Hargeisa:

Dignitaries in Hargeisa

The BBC's Ahmed Said Egeh reports from the city that the enthusiasm of the thousands of people attending the celebrations has not been dampened by the international community's refusal to recognise the state after it broke away from Somalia:

Crowds in Hargeisa

'One dead in Burundi'

A Red Cross ambulance worker in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, says one person has been killed in the Cibitoke neighbourhood, reports RFI's Sonia Rolley from the city (tweet below, in French). 

#Burundi : selon des ambulanciers de la croix-rouge, au moins un mort à #Cibitoke @RFI

She also tweets this photo of demonstrators in the Nyakabiga neighbourhood who, she says, have been raising their arms in the air and singing the national anthem in the face of armed soldiers. 

#Burundi #Nyakabiga : hymne national, mains en l'air... face aux militaires @RFI

#Burundi #Nyakabiga : hymne national, mains en l'air... face aux militaires @RFI

The protests are against Mr Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. An attempt by army generals last week to topple him failed. 

BBC reporter's funeral

BBC Africa Malawi correspondent Raphael Tenthani, 43, will be buried today at his home village in central Malawi

after he was killed in a car accident on Saturday.

Out on the streets

BBC journalist in Bujumbura

Just come across our first protest of the day in the neighbourhood of #Nyakabiga. #Burundi

Just come across our first protest of the day in the neighbourhood of #Nyakabiga. #Burundi

Burundi soldiers with RPGs

The army has been heavily deployed in pro-opposition areas of Burundi's capital Bujumbura,

reports Le Monde Africa bureau chief Jean Phillipe Remy from the city. He says he has seen soldiers armed with rocket propelled grenades.

Mr Nkurunziza's forces thwarted an attempt last week by a group of army generals to overthrow him.

A soldier, who is escorting Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, mans a weapon in Bujumbura, Burundi, 17 May 2015
Most troops have remained loyal to Mr Nkrurunziza

Al-Shabab denies attack claim

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has dismissed as "dumbfounding" a claim by Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza that it is planning to attack the unrest-hit central African state.

"We think that this is an attempt by him to appease his people, who are standing in the streets protesting against his dictatorship, or to divert the world's attention from him while he possibly prepares his mass revenge," al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mahamud Rage said in a statement.

Mr Nkurunziza returned to Burundi on Friday after forces loyal to him thwarted a coup planned by army generals opposed to his decision to run for a third term in next month's election.

Nkurunziza told to delay poll

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza to postpone presidential elections due next month after last week's failed coup, Mr Kenyatta's spokesman has said.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumbura, Burundi, 17 May 2015
Mr Nkurunziza is running for a controversial third term

Mr Manoah Esipisu said in a statement that Mr Kenyatta relayed the position to Mr Nkurunziza in a telephone conversation on Sunday.

Army 'disperses' Burundi protesters

Soldiers have fired warning warning to disperse small groups of protesters on the streets of Burundi's capital Bujumbura,

according to Jerome Delay, chief Africa photographer for the Associated Press news agency.

He also tweets that protesters have chased soldiers who fired the warning shots.

Mr Nkurunziza survived a coup attempt last week following protests against his bid for a third term in elections due next month.

Boko Haram camps 'destroyed'

Nigeria's military says it has destroyed 10 camps of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest, one of its last remaining strongholds.

A number of militants were killed, while one soldier died in a landmine explosion and two others were injured during the offensive, its spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement.

On Saturday, seven people were killed and scores injured in a bombing suspected to have been carried out by the militants at a bus station in Damaturu city in north-eastern Nigeria.

In this 24 February 24, 2015 photo, men inspect a bus following an explosion in one of the recent suicide bomb explosion in a bus station in Potiskum, Nigeria
Boko Haram has carried out a spate of bombings in Nigeria

Wise words

Today's African proverb: A bone that is forced into the cooking pot breaks the pot. A Chewa proverb sent by Frank Mithi, Mzuzu, Malawi.

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