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Summary

  1. Mobile phone market in Nigeria's Kano city hit by female suicide bombers
  2. Facebook activates safety check after Nigeria's Yola attack
  3. Nigerian ex-official alleged to have stolen $2bn meant for Boko Haram fight
  4. Senegal plans burka ban and cracks down on unregistered Sim cards
  5. Somalia is re-opening its US embassy in Washington
  6. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 18 November 2015

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By Naziru Mikailu and Lucy Fleming

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And we leave you with this picture from Algeria taken earlier today at the 20th International Book Fair in Algiers:

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Racing for victory in Rwanda

Yves Bucyana

BBC Africa, Kigali

It's stage three of international cycling tour of Rwanda.

Here riders are pictured today heading from the capital, Kigali, to Musanze in northern Rwanda - a total distance of 166km (103 miles):

Riders in Rwanda
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Rwandan Jean Bosco Nsengimana remained in the yellow jersey:

Jean Bosco Nsengimana
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The Rwandan racers face their biggest competition from Eritreans riders and team Bike Aid from Germany.

Mugabe walk watch

A video from the G20 Summit in Turkey earlier this week showing Zimbabwe's 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe has caught the attention of the media in South Africa today.

In an article entitled, Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging, the Times Live website says "that after two 'stumbles' in public this year, all eyes are on the long-time Zimbabwean leader's feet every time he steps out in public".

"His less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube."

You can watch the video for yourself:

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Who is on BBC's 100 women list?

The BBC’s 100 Women series launches today. But who is on our 100 Women list this year? 

Visit bbc.com/100women to find out. From Ethiopia to India, the UK to Egypt – women around the world are coming together. 

Join the conversation, share your experiences and hear some remarkable stories:

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UN chief condemns Nigeria attack

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At least 15 people were also killed by female suicide bombers at mobile phone market today in the northern city of Kano. 

No group has said it carried out the attacks but in the past militant group Boko Haram has targeted the two cities.

Deaf-blind lawyer on typing to Obama

What should you do in an attack?

With two attacks in less than 24 hours in Nigeria - and following the weekend attacks in Paris - the BBC looks at what advice there is for ordinary people in such situations:

  • Be prepared
  • React quickly
  • Make yourself a smaller target

Read the whole article

Tanzania miners 'have to start from scratch'

Nurse in Kahama District Hospital, Tanzania
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The miners are recovering in Kahama District Hospital in north-western Tanzania

The BBC's Sammy Awami has been visiting the five miners in Tanzania who survived underground for 41 days, living on insects, frogs and roots.

Although thankful to be alive they all face challenges now as their property has been given away because they were presumed dead.

Joseph Burule Robi, 44, who has four children says his family held a funeral for him and his wife even went back to her own family in the city of Mwanza:

Joseph Burule Robi, 44, Ilemela Mwanza, Flora Samweli, three daughters, one son
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Twenty-five-year-old Amos Muhangwa agreed that his life was like that of a "new-born baby" as he has to start from scratch as all his property was now gone:

Amos Muhangwa, 25, he is from a village called Wamashimba - has one daughter
BBC

Msafiri Gerard, 38, says their rescue was "simply God's miracle" but he is worried about the future."I can't go to my brother and ask him to bring back the shoes he got as inheritance, I was presumed dead, so my family has the right to have my properties" he says

The father of seven called for good Samaritans to send some assistance to help them "start a new life":

Msafiri Gerard, 38, from Kaingesa, Rukwa, has seven children
BBC

Our reporter also spoke to Tobias Uruothi, who said that when he received a call to say his brother Onyiwa Kaindo (not pictured) had been found alive he thought it was some kind scam and hung up.

Buhari vows to defeat Boko Haram after deadly attacks

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to wipe out the militant Islamist group Boko Haram after two deadly suicide attacks killed about 50 people in the northern cities of Yola and Kano.

Mr Buhari has also promised to bring all "perpetrators of these heinous crime against humanity to justice", a statement from his office said.

The president condemned the two attacks and urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and said security agencies will overcome the militants "very soon".

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 15 people in Kano less than 24 hours after another bomber killed 32 in the north-eastern city of Yola.

Kano attack victims
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More than 50 people were injured in the Kano attack

Congolese troops 'raped 14 women in two days'

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Kinshasa

A UN investigation suggests that 14 women were raped by one unit of soldiers in DR Congo in two days.

The violence is alleged to have happened during army operations against a militia group active in South Kivu, in the east of the country.

The head of the UN division for human rights in the DR Congo said this was the single largest incident of sexual violence by government troops to be reported this year, and that villagers had also signalled extortion and torture.

A government spokesman declined to comment on this specific case but said that progress was being made in the fight against sexual violence in Congo, where it is endemic.

South African peacekeepers sacked for breaking curfew

A South African peacekeeper in DR Congo
AFP

The South African military has dismissed 47 peacekeepers serving in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violating curfew, the AFP news agency reports.

It quotes the armed services spokesman, Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga, as saying that the soldiers were fired for staying out late in September.

The soldiers actions "compromised the security of other" South African troops deployed in that area of eastern DR Congo, he said.

They could have been kidnapped or killed, "thus creating a situation of insecurity for our personnel".

More than 19,000 UN troops are currently deployed in DR Congo overseeing the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation and reintegration programme for rebel groups.

UN soldiers in DR Congo
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Many UN peacekeepers are deployed in the east of the country

Brahimi for BBC African footballer of the year?

Yacine Brahimi is bidding to become only the second man to retain the BBC African Footballer of the Year trophy, after Nigeria's Jay-Jay Okocha won in 2003 and 2004.

The Algeria and FC Porto player has continued his improvement since joining FC Porto from Spain's Granada in July 2014.

"I'm gaining more experience playing against big teams," the 25-year-old told BBC Sport. "This means you learn a lot, and I work very hard every single day to get better."

Yacine Brahimi
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Yacine Brahimi won the award last year

Brahimi impressed during the 2014-15 Champions League campaign, where he completed 42 dribbles prior to the semi-finals.

Read more about him and why he should be voted for the award

Boko Haram 'deadliest extremist group'

The AP new agency has been looking at the Global Terrorism Index released earlier this week and says it reveals that Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents have become the world's deadliest extremist group, edging out the so-called Islamic State.

The index says deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317% in 2014, to 6,644 compared to 6,073 blamed on Islamic State.

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS in March and

calls itself that group's West Africa Province.

Find out more about the report by the Institute for Economics and Peace

here.

This is one of the graphics from the report:

Graphic
2015 Global Terrorism Index

Kano attack death toll rises

Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai

BBC Africa, Kano

The number of people killed by suicide bomb blasts at a mobile phone market in Kano has risen to 11, police in the northern Nigerian city say.

About 50 others were also wounded in the attack carried out by two female suicide bombers.

Kano attack survivor
BBC

This is the first attack Kano city has suffered for about six months.

Somali embassy 'important symbol'

The ceremony to mark the reopening of Somalia's embassy in the US is to start soon, reports the BBC's Mohamed Shine from the US capital.

Former Somali defence minister, Abdihakim Faqi, who now lives in the US, told our reporter it was an important symbol for Somalia: "It gives us confidence that Somalia is present in Washington - and that it represent all Somalis."

The embassy closed almost 25 years ago when the civil war began in Somalia. But a UN-backed government has sought to improve relations with the US.

Relations hit an all-time low in 2003 when Somali militia succeeded in shooting down two helicopters that were part of a US-led effort to help secure deliveries of food aid to war-torn Somalia.

The incident was made into the Hollywood film Black Hawk Down.

Kano hospital overwhelmed with casualties

Kano bomb blasts victims
BBC

The main state hospital in Kano city has been inundated with the number of casualties from a suicide attack at a mobile phone market, reports the BBC's Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai from the city.

Kano bomb blasts victims
BBC

Police say five people have been killed, including two female suicide bombers, but the number could rise, he says.

Kano bomb blasts victims
BBC

The market was full with shoppers and traders including children at the time of the blasts.

Satirist on turning schools into shopping centres:

Satirist Ikenna Azuike has been to Uganda where the government is investigating the closure of 30 schools in alleged land grabs:

What's Up Africa: Should schools become shopping centres?

Two female suicide bombers behind Kano blasts

Yusuf Yakasai

BBC Africa, Kano

Scene at mobile phone market in Kano
BBC

At least five people, including two female suicide bombers, have died in blasts at the mobile phone market in Kano, police in the northern Nigerian city say.

People helping someone injured in the mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria
BBC

Police commissioner Muhammad Musa Katsina said another eight survivors were receiving treatment.

At least four other female suspects are being sought in connection with the attack, he said.

Farm Centre market in Kano
BBC
The mobile phone market, known as farm centre, was packed with shoppers

Kano 'warning shots fired' to keep crowd at bay

Security forces fired warning shots as a deterrent for people to stay back from the scene of the blasts that have struck a mobile phone market in Nigeria's Kano city, witnesses told the AFP news agency.

"The market was typically packed with traders and shoppers," said Suleiman Haruna.

It was not clear how many people had been affected but Mr Haruna said he "saw ambulances leaving the market."

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram insurgencies since President Muhammadu Buhari came to office in May.

He has given the military a mid-November deadline to defeat the militants.

Kenya denies doping cover-up

The president of Athletics Kenya, Isaiah Kiplagat, has denied allegations that there has been a cover-up of failed drugs tests by some of the country's athletes in exchange for money.

A Kenyan coach had alleged in a report in the UK's Sunday Times that some athletes shared their prize money with officials to conceal their doping.

Kenya is a very different country in terms of doping, Mr Kiplagat told the BBC's John Nene in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

"We don't have a lab where we can manipulate samples. We don't have a blood collection centre... there is nothing that Kenya can do," he said.

Rita Jeptoo
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Kenya's Rita Jeptoo was banned for failing drug test

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ethics commission announced last week that it was still investigating alleged doping cover-ups in Kenya four days after Russia was suspended from the sport.

Mr Kiplagat said his country was being targeted by some people who were jealous of success.

"I'm told they are targeting Kenya, Ethiopia and Jamaica," he said.

All doping tests and investigations were being done by the IAAF.

"Sometimes we don't even know when they visit the country."

Blasts 'deep' inside Kano mobile phone market

Two eyewitnesses have told the AFP news agency that the explosions in the Nigerian city of Kano were "deep inside" the mobile phone market, which is known as Farm Centre.

They said the blasts happened shortly after 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT) and that rescuers were on the scene dealing with casualties.

The attack comes a day after

more than 30 people were killed at vegetable market in the north-eastern city of Yola.

Kano blast update

The BBC's Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai in Kano says it is too early to assess the level of damage caused by the blasts but several people are being taken to nearby hospitals.

The mobile phone market, which is in the city centre, was heavily crowded when the blasts occurred.

No group has said it carried our the attack but militant Islamist group Boko Haram has previously attacked Kano, northern Nigeria's commercial centre.

Read:

Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram?

Using football to tackle Nigeria's Boko Haram

Explosion hits Nigeria's Kano city

Reports from the northern Nigerian city of Kano say there have been two blasts at a big mobile phone market.

Residents say one of the bombs went off inside the market, called Farm Centre, and the other outside. There are no details yet of casualties. 

Some people are tweeting about the attack:    

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Zimbabwe military to help fight poachers

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's military has been engaged to help in anti-poaching operations in the national parks, the country's environment minister has said.

A group of elephants, believed to have been killed by poachers, lie dead at a watering hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park 26 October 2015
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These elephants were found by a watering hole last month

"We needed to bring them in. When we have no wars we take advantage of the army," Oppah Muchinguri told reporters in Harare about the latest efforts to curb poaching.

In the past two years, hundreds of elephants have been killed by cyanide added to their wells. It is believed their tusks are shipped to Asia.

Some rangers in the parks have been accused of conniving with the poachers - and Ms Muchinguri confirmed some rangers had gone for months without pay.

Villagers too were sometimes complicit because they did not benefit from the wildlife around them, she said.

Moves to re-establish Russia-Egypt air traffic

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have agreed that there will be "close co-operation" between their security services after Moscow said a bomb brought down the Russian A321 airliner in Sinai last month, the AFP news agency reports

A statement from the Kremlin said the intention was to put in place "additional measures to assure the maximum security of air traffic between the two countries in order to re-establish it as soon as possible", AFP reported.

On Tuesday, Russia's security chief said an "act of terror" brought down the aeroplane, killing all 224 people on board.

Egypt has not confirmed this.

Last month, Sinai Province, a branch of the Islamic State group, said it had destroyed the plane because of Russian air strikes in Syria.

Debris field
BBC

Claude LeRoy quits Congo on a high

Claude LeRoy
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Claude LeRoy has resigned as coach of Congo-Brazzaville just hours after securing a place for the country in the final of qualifying for the World Cup.

The 67-year-old Frenchman told officials directly after the Red Devils beat Ethiopia 2-1 in Brazzaville on Tuesday for a 6-4 overall victory.

"After two formidable years , I've decided to embark on another adventure," he told local reporters.

There is now speculation he could take over as Cameroon boss again.

Read the BBC Sport story for more

Who is Nigeria's Sambo Dasuki?

Former Nigeria's national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki
Reuters

Nigeria's ex-national security adviser Sambo Dasuki has been accused of diverting $2bn (£1.3bn) meant to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The 60-year-old denies the allegations (see 11:59 post).

  • From a royal family, he's the son of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim community
  • A career soldier, rose to be a colonel in the army until his retirement
  • Reportedly one of the officers who arrested current President Muhammadu Buhari when he was overthrown as military head of state 30 years ago - something he denies
  • Became former President Goodluck Jonathan's national security adviser in 2012
  • Oversaw the fight against Boko Haram under his presidency
  • At the centre of a row
    over Nigeria's unorthodox arms procurement in 2014, when South Africa seized suitcases packed with millions of dollars of cash at an airport in Johannesburg
  • Charged for possessing illegal weapons
    in August 2015
  • Has been put under house arrest despite a court order to allow him travel abroad for cancer treatment

How many players did it take to bring Lomu down?

Mohammed Allie

BBC News, Cape Town

New Zealand's winger Jonah Lomu (C) is tackled by South African scrum-half Joost Van Der Westhuizen, winger Stefan Terblanche and fullback Percy Montgomery during the Rugby World Cup third place play-off match between New Zealand and South Africa at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff - 4 November 1999.
AFP

It says a lot about the respect and esteem in which Jonah Lomu was held that former Springboks, supporters and the South African Rugby Union all paid heartfelt tributes to the legendary wing upon hearing of his passing earlier today.

It was after all at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa that the giant All Black wing literally burst onto the scene with his four tries as he steamrollered a bemused England side in the semi-final at Newlands in Cape Town.

Such was the fear that performance instilled in the opposition that the build-up to the final against the Springboks the following week was dominated by ideas on "how to stop Lomu".

Notwithstanding a few hair raising moments the South Africans somehow managed to keep the All Blacks' match winner quiet as they claimed a historic and emotional win to lift the World Cup in the presence of Nelson Mandela, just a year after he became the rainbow nation's first democratically elected president.

The extent of the Lomu legend in this country can be measured by the fact that South African players and fans to this day still fuss about his failure to score a try in any of his 12 appearances against the Springboks.

What they don't mention is that it normally took two or three players to bring him down.

Samson Siasia: No word from Nigerian kidnappers

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Twenty-four hours after his mother's kidnap Samson Siasia has said nothing has yet been heard by her family.

"We've not heard anything from them or from the police," the ex-international Nigerian footballer told the BBC.

"I am just hopeful. We are also hopeful to hear from the police to know how far they have gone [in the investigation]," he said.

Three kidnappers took Ogere Siasia from the family home in Bayelsa state in the oil-rich Niger Delta on Tuesday.

Samson Siasia
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Samson Siasia was coaching Nigeria's Under-23s in The Gambia when his mother was taken

A happy Sierra Leone song to say 'Bye Bye Ebola'

A song - Bye Bye Ebola - wrote by Sierra Leonean rapper Block Jones, to celebrate the country's eradication of the deadly virus has become a YouTube hit. 

It features twerking policemen and dancing health workers.

On Saturday 7 November the World Health Organization gave the country the all-clear after 42 days without a new case of the disease.

Watch the song below:

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Neighbouring Guinea will also be officially declared Ebola free if no new cases are reported in the next six weeks.  

South Africa mourns Jonah Lomu

New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu sweeps past England"s Will Carling on his way to score the opening try in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final clash at Newlands, Cape Town.
AP

Rugby fans the world over have been mourning the death of New Zealand rugby union legend Jonah Lomu, who has died aged 40.  

He stormed to the world's attention during the 1995 Rugby World Cup that was played in South Africa.

The country's sports minister has tweeted:

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Lomu's name is trending in South Africa:

Trendsmap of South Africa
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Read New Zealand Herald rugby writer Wynne Gray's take on the World Cup that created a legend.

Dasuki denies diverting Boko Haram money

Former Nigeria's national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has said he was never invited to defend himself before a presidential committee that indicted him for diverting $2bn ($1.31) meant to fight Boko Haram militants (see 09:09 post).

"I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel. I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by seeming indictment by the panel... that never contacted me," Mr Dasuki is quoted as saying in a statement.

Mr Dasuki, who denied any wrongdoing during his three-year tenure, added that he helped recover large swathes of territory "from Boko Haram terrorists".

Former Nigeria National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki (C) during a surprise visit to Maiduguri, on 15 January 2015.
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Mr Dasuki (C) is the most senior official of the past administration to be charged

The retired army colonel said some of the issues being mentioned occurred even before he came to office.

The panel was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate arms procurement from 2007 to 2015 and a presidential spokesman has told the BBC that more people will be arrested in the coming days.

Cattle aid for SA farmers

Cattle fodder being handed out to subsistence farmers in the Free State Province, South Africa
BBC

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko is out filming this week about one of the worst droughts to hit southern Africa in 30 years.

Today she's in the small town of Cornelia in Free State Province in South Africa where officials for the agriculture department are handing out cattle fodder to the subsistence farmers.

Cattle fodder being handed out to subsistence farmers in the Free State Province, South Africa
BBC

It may have started raining in parts of South Africa, but this small town is badly affected by the drought and is in urgent need of intervention, she says.

The drought will affect food production, push up the price of food and many small farmers face going out of business.

Cattle fodder being handed out to subsistence farmers in the Free State Province, South Africa
BBC

Facebook activates safety check after Nigeria blast

Facebook has activated its "Safety Check" feature after the deadly bomb blast that killed 32 people in north-eastern Nigerian city of Yola (see 09:03 post).

"We've activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a

Facebook post.

"A loss of human life anywhere is a tragedy, and we're committed to doing our part to help people in more of these situations," he added.

The social networking site was heavily criticised for being selective after it activated the feature following the Paris attacks that killed 129 people on Friday, because it was not activated for previous similar violent incidents.

The feature is usually activated to allow users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters.

Women and children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigeria Military arrives at the Internally displaced people"s camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria May 2, 2015.
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Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced by Boko Haram insurgency

Senegal getting tough on Sim card registration

As well as planning banning the burka, Senegal is also enforcing the registration of mobile phone Sim cards as part of its efforts to curb terrorist activities.

It has the law that those with mobiles should register, but those that don't have never faced a problem.

People taking photos in Dakar, Senegal
AFP

Now there is a deadline of 30 November for all to be registered, otherwise the number will be de-activated.

In Nigeria - where the militant group Boko Haram is based - telecom operator MTN is facing a $5.2bn (£3.4bn) fine for failing to cut off unregistered mobile users.

It is thought that armed criminals and terrorist groups in Nigeria use unregistered mobiles to organise their activities.

Nigeria 'to crackdown on fuel hoarding'

Nigeria has ordered a crackdown on some filling stations that are alleged to be hoarding petrol in a move to end a major fuel scarcity affecting the country, the head of state oil company said in a statement.

Long queues have formed in major cities, including the capital Abuja, as motorists struggle to fill their vehicles.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said that any petrol station caught in the "nefarious act of product hoarding" should dealt with.

Products confiscated from such stations should be given free to customers, NNPC head Ibe Kachikwu is quoted as saying.

Nigeria fuel queues
BBC

Nigeria is Africa's main oil exporter but imports most of its petrol because it lacks the capacity to refine it.

The scarcity is believe to have been caused by a row over payment between oil importers and the government.

Earlier this month, the government approved the payment of $2.1bn (£1.4bn) to the importers, or wholesale fuel sellers, to settle subsidy claims.

However, payment has been delayed because parliament has not yet approved it.

Somalia to re-open its US embassy

Abdullahi Abdi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Somalia's embassy in the United States will re-open later today after 25 years in what authorities described as a sign of progress after years of civil war.

About 200,000 Somalis are living in the US and the reopening of the embassy in Washington will be a good news for many of them.

The relationship between Somalia and the US government has been improving since August 2012, when the country ended the so-called transition period and elected new leaders.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and John Kerry in May 2014
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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in 2012, has met John Kerry several times

In February this year, President Barack Obama nominated the first US ambassador to Somalia since the civil war.

Two months later, John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to visit Mogadishu.

Despite the move being seen as a vote of confidence in the security situation in Somalia, militants from Islamist group al-Shabab continue to attack the capital, Mogadishu, and are still hold a lot of territory

SA bomb rumour may 'be aimed at disrupting exams'

Justine Lang

BBC News, Johannesburg

A spokesman from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Herman Esterhuizen, says there is no bomb on the campus.

Earlier, there were reports on Twitter that security had called in sniffer dogs to check the library.

Mr Esterhuizen thought the rumour may have been started by protesting students trying to disrupt exams.

Senegal plans to ban the burka

Senegal plans to ban women from wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public in an attempt to curb jihadi activity, the interior minister has said.

The move should not be seen as anti-Islamic, as Senegal was a mainly Muslim state, Abdoulaye Daouda added.

Correspondents say very few women in Senegal wear full-face veil.

If the plan becomes law, Senegal will be the fifth African state to restrict the wearing of the full-face veil.

A Muslim woman wearing the burka
AFP
Chad, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville have announced similar bans, while Cameroon introduced it in July in its Far North region.

Last week, Senegal's President Macky Sall, a Muslim, called for a courageous fight against militant Islamists.

Nairobi waterlogged after heavy rain

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The Kenyan capital has woken to the effects of the overnight downpour with football pitches and school compounds waterlogged:

Waterlogged fields in Nairobi
BBC

Trees fell in different parts of the city and officials were called in this morning to clear blocked roads:

A tree that has fallen down in Nairobi, Kenya
BBC
A man cutting up a tree in Nairobi, Kenya
BBC

Yesterday's rainfall lasted for hours, caused traffic jams and people left the town centre early as they tried to get home. Others were stranded for hours.

A car driving in rain in Nairobi, Kenya
BBC

City residents have asked the government to improve ways to counter flooding.

Millions of shillings have already been spent on construction of waterways and other structures to help reduce the effects of heavy rain.