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Summary

  1. South Africa's left-wing politician accused of treason
  2. 'All-night concert' planned for Papa Wemba
  3. Gunmen kill Burundi general
  4. South Africa ban on international sports events
  5. Malaria could be 'wiped out in six African states'
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  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 25 April 2016

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By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.  

A reminder of today's wise words:

A good conversation is better than a good bed."

An Ethiopian proverb sent by Chatim Daniel, Nasir, South Sudan.

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And we leave you with photos from the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the sudden death of the country's most famous musician, Papa Wemba, at the age of 66. 

This is a photo of his childhood home in the district of Matonge in the capital, Kinshasa: 

People stand in front of the childhood house of Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba", Papa Wemba, in the district of Matonge, in Kinshasa, on April 25, 2016. Papa Wemba, one of Africa"s greatest music stars, died on April 24 after collapsing on stage during a festival in Ivory Coast. The Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba" for the fusion of Cuban and electronic rock that he pioneered in the 1970s, was 66.
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This motorbike rider has a number plate in honour of the king of Congolese rumba:

A picture taken on April 25, 2016 shows the plate of a moto in tribute to Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba", Papa Wemba, in Mbinza, near Kinshasa.
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Tear gas fired at Egypt protesters

Egyptian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration in Cairo on April 25, 2016
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Police in Egypt's capital, Cairo, have fired tear gas at anti-government demonstrators calling on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to leave office.

They also chanted "bread and freedom".

The protesters are angry at the government's decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.  

Dozens of people have been arrested and several other places were blocked off in a major operation by security forces across the country.

Jets and helicopters were circling over Cairo during the protest, Reuters news agency reports.

Difficult time to be a Nigerian?

Ishaq Khalid

BBC Africa, Bauchi

Life is becoming much tougher for Nigerians as Africa's largest economy suffers from dwindling oil revenue and price hikes.

Many are struggling to provide for their families - like Mama Martha. 

She told me she is a widow with nine children. 

She sells roasted maize, but her business is suffering because of the current economic hardship in the country. 

A woman selling roasted maize in Nigeria's Bauchi city
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 See our 16:16 post on the government plan to halt price increases.

How Papa Wemba wanted to be remembered

Congolese rhumba artist, Papa Wemba - born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba - delivers a performance on August 24, 2014 during the Koroga musical festival in Nairobi
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Papa Wemba performs in Kenya in 2014

Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative, who was well known as one of the pioneers of modern Congolese soukous music.

But he was very clear about how he wanted to be remembered, according to the sleeve notes from his 1995 album Emotion.

"When people talk about Papa Wemba, I don't want them to say I am an African singer, or a world music singer," he said. "I would like people to say just 'singer'. Because that's what I am. A singer. Full stop."

A file picture dated 31 May 1991 shows Papa Wemba performing in Abidjan.
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Papa Wemba in Abidjan in 1991

Read the full article by African music expert Rita Ray here

South Africa signs trade deals with Iran

BBC Outside Source

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has received a warm welcome in Iran's capital, Tehran. 

Mr Zuma and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have signed a number of agreements to re-establish their trade relations following the lifting of international sanctions on Iran. 

The BBC's Milton Nkosi is travelling with Mr Zuma and spoke to Outside Source from Tehran:

South African President Jacob Zuma is in Iran on a two-day state visit.

Burundi's general's daughter 'injured'

Burundian investigators stand next to the shrapnel-riddled vehicle in which Tutsi General and security advisor to Burundi"s vice president Athanase Kararuza was killed on April 25, 2016 in Bujumbura
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The daughter of  Burundian army general General Athanase Kararuza was wounded in the ambush on their vehicle in the capital, Bujumbura, military spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

A security source had earler told AFP news agency that his daughter had died of her wounds in hospital. 

The general and his wife were killed in the attack by unknown gunmen, Col Baratuza confirmed, AP reports.

How African governments block social media

A supporter of incumbent Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso celebrates after the announcement of the final results of a presidential election in Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville - Wednesday 23 March 2016
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A small but increasing group of African governments is blocking social media during elections. 

The BBC's Clare Spencer has been looking at how this is done and how people get around it.undefined

Read her article here. 

IS 'attack in Somalia'

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has claimed its first attack in Somalia. It says its militants targeted African Union troops in a bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu. 

IS has tried to establish itself in Somalia but has failed because of the presence of al-Shabaab, an affiliate of its rival, al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabab fighters
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Al-Shabab has so far avoided large-scale defections of its members to IS

The statement from IS did not indicate when the attack was carried out or whether there were any casualties.

Meanwhile, Somalia's government says it has captured a wanted IS commander who had defected from al-Shabab.

IS has been attempting to win over Somali militants for more than a year, with the aim of gaining a foothold in East Africa.

Read: Rivalry among Somalia's jihadists

Nigeria moves to end food prices hike

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of 10,000 tons of grain from the national reserve in a bid to halt food price increases, his office has said.

The economy of Africa's largest oil exporter has been battered by falling crude prices and a tight foreign currency policy, forcing prices to rise sharply.

Grains and spices are displayed at a stall in Yola market in Adamawa on May 8, 2015.
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Many Nigerians are complaining about living costs escalating

"All able-bodied" men and women living in camps for people displaced by militant Islamist group Boko Haram should be assisted to "immediately" return to farming, his spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.  

Most of the displaced people were farmers before the militants seized their towns and villages, forcing them to flee. Government troops have now recaptured most of the territories.

Mr Shehu told the BBC Hausa service that details of the programme will be announced later. 

He defended the government's currency policy, saying the soaring food prices is being caused by some traders who are exploiting the situation to make huge profits.

Arrests in Egypt

BBC Monitoring

Egyptian Central Police Force fire tear gas canisters to disperse a protest in Giza Square, Giza, Egypt, 15 april 2016
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Police were out in force in Giza

Egyptian security forces have arrested 23 protesters in Giza, west of Cairo, as they staged a protest against a recent government deal under which Egypt ceded sovereignty over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the private Al-Masry al-Youm website has reported.

A source told the website that security forces had managed to disperse the rally staged in Nahia neighbourhood in Giza. 

Meanwhile, several Egyptian rights groups condemned the recent arrests of activists, lawyers and journalists. 

In a statement published on several news websites, including Al-Masry al-Youm, the groups reported the arrest of more than 90 people ahead of the anti-government demonstrations.

SA sport under fire

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

AB de Villiers of South Africa falls over the stumps during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park on March 24, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand
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South Africa's cricket team has been criticised for not having enough black players

Transformation in sport is a thorny issue here. South Africa's sporting codes are often criticised for being "too white", more than 20 years after the end of white minority rule.

But Spors Minister Fikile Mbalula announcement that four codes will be banned from bidding for international tournaments because they failed to meet racial quotas is likely to be met with fierce criticism by some in sport's circles who argue that players should be selected on merit instead of colour.

Those who support the quota system - one of the measures introduced by Nelson Mandela's government to make sport more racially inclusive - say black players would never be fielded if federations were not forced to.

South African President Nelson Mandela (L) congratulates Springbok skipper Francois Pienaar after handing him the William Webb Ellis trophy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg 24 June
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Mr Mandela pushed for racism to be tackled in rugby

The honeymoon period is over here and South Africans are beginning to ask uncomfortable questions about the veracity of the "rainbow nation" concept.

Some say only once racism is addressed, across all sectors including sport, can the country look at doing away with affirmation action policies - and in the case of sport, leave it to the players to prove themselves on the field.

See 13:12 post for more details

Heavy security presence in Egypt

BBC World Service

Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across Egypt's capital, Cairo, and other cities ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations against government's decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. 

Security forces have sealed off several of the protestors' planned gathering points.

They've also taken up position around Tahrir Square - the focal point of Egypt's 2011 uprising. 

Since Thursday, dozens of activists have been arrested without charge. Three journalists have been detained today.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry has said it will respond with extreme rigour to any attempt to disturb the public order.

Kenya police clash with opposition

Kenya's police have fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition supporters who were marching to demand the dissolution of the country's electoral commission ahead of next year's election. 

The BBC's Peter Njoroge captures the standoff in this video:

Kenya police clash with opposition

'Political coup' for Tanzania

Russell Padmore

Business correspondent, BBC News

The decision by Uganda to build a pipeline to export its oil through Tanzania to the port of Tanga, instead of Lamu in Kenya, signals possible cracks in the unity of the East African Community (EAC).

Foreign investors have been encouraged by the rapid development of the EAC to drive economic development in the region, but Tanzania has not always been a cheerleader for the economic bloc.

Tanzania has kept one foot in other trading groups like Comesa and it seemed that the EAC has been driven forward by Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

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Uganda has discovered huge reserves of oil in the region close to Lake Albert and Kenya had been banking on building a pipeline to export its own oil and as well as its neighbour’s crude through the port of Lamu.

Tanzania has torpedoed that plan by playing up to the fears of the French energy group Total about the security of the planned pipeline in northern Kenya, close to Somalia and therefore a possible target for attacks by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Aly Khan Satchu, the chief executive of Rich Management consultancy in Nairobi, told me that it is a “blow to Kenya’s ambitions to be an oil and gas hub.”

He also believes it is a political coup for Tanzania’s President John Magufuli. 

“It is a geo-political win,” he insisted.

“Where Tanzanian national interest is at issue he will do everything he can to win the business,” he said.

John Magufuli waves to supporters after addressing a rally by ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on October 23, 2015
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Mr Magufuli is nicknamed The Bulldozer

Uganda has been criticised for taking too long to develop the oil reserves which were first discovered in large quantities on the shores of Lake Albert in 2006.

Last year Uganda’s oil minister, Irene Muloni, told me that the country hoped to develop its oil soon. 

“If it can start producing by 2017 that would be fantastic,” she said.

Three energy companies, Total of France, the Chinese giant CNOOC and the Irish firm Tullow Oil are developing the reserves, but industry insiders believe the crude may not come on stream for another 10 years.

Mr Magufuli has been nicknamed the Bulldozer and now his country’s partners in the EAC and the oil industry have experienced the determination of his political drive to break down any barriers to economic growth.

Oil reserves in Uganda are estimated at some 6.5bn barrels
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Oil reserves in Uganda are estimated at some 6.5bn barrels

Senior rebel flies to Juba

Charlotte Attwood

BBC Africa, Juba

The chief of staff of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar has landed at the international airport in the capital, Juba. 

Simon Gatwech Dual was accompanied by more than 100 soldiers. 

 See previous post

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015
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South Sudan has been by conflict since independence in 2011

When will Machar arrive Juba?

James Copnall

BBC World Service, Juba

South Sudan's former Vice President and South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar looks on during a press conference in Khartoum.
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Mr Machar is expected to be sworn in as First vice-president

The waiting game in South Sudan rolls on into a second week: when will the rebel leader Riek Machar return to the capital, Juba, allowing a unity government to be formed to end more than two years of civil war?

There's growing international frustration at the delays. The US, for example, holds Mr Machar accountable for making new demands early last week – but says the government is at fault for not giving him flight clearance this weekend.

The latest is that the head of his rebel army is due today in Juba – but Mr Machar not until tomorrow at the earliest.

In the mean time, Jubans are getting on with life – at the weekend alone people had a choice of attending a major inter-communal wrestling tournament, going to a comedy evening or watching a basketball game, as well as usual activities like going to church.

The politics may be on hold at the moment – but life certainly continues.

Read: Obstacles to a lasting peace

All-night concert for Papa Wemba

ongolese rumba music legend Papa Wemba gives his first concert in Kinshasa June 26, 2004
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Papa Wemba's performances will be remembered in a special concert

Ivory Coast will host an all-night concert on Wednesday as a tribute to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba after he died on stage during a festival in Abidjan on Sunday, organisers have said, AFP news agency reports. 

Family members were also heading to Ivory Coast's main city to arrange to repatriate his body to his homeland, it reports.

Papa Wemba, one of the biggest names in African music for the past 40 years, died after falling ill on Sunday during a performance at the Urban Music Festival of Anoumabo. He was 66. 

This file photo taken on September 9, 2014 shows Papa Wemba posing in Kinshasa
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Papa Wemba died on stage

The festival organisers said a "big artistic wake" would be held on Wednesday evening to mark the sudden death of the "king of Congolese rumba". 

"More than 100 national and international singers and musicians will succeed each other on stage from 9pm until dawn," the organisers said in a statement. 

See: Papa Wemba playlist

South Africa sports ban

Four South African sport federations have been banned by the government from hosting international tournaments as punishment for failing to include enough black players in their teams. 

The ban affects athletics, cricket, rugby and netball.

: Fourie Du Preez of South Africa scores a try despite the diving tackle of Alex Cuthbert of Wales during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London
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The rugby squad for the 2015 World Cup was accused of having too many white players

  The country's sport minister has been tweeting about it:  

We have revoked ASA, CSA, Netball & SARU's right to host international tournaments; for failing to meet agreed transformation targets

I'm directing all federations and sport bodies to establish transformation committees and appoint transformation officers #EPGreport

This decision will be reviewed when considering the results of the 2016/2017 Transformation Barometer. #EPGreport

Papa Wemba's death: 'What is going on?

Benin's music star Angelique Kidjo has been speaking to the BBC Newshour radio programme about the death of Papa Wemba and Prince: 

"The death of Prince, now the passing of Papa Wemba - I'm just like 'what is going on'"?

Malema accused of treason

South African leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party and former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema addresses supporters during an election campaign rally in Umlazi, south of Durban, South Africa, on April 27, 2014
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Mr Malema leads the second-biggest opposition party

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has accused left-wing politician Julius Malema of treason after he warned that the government will be overthrown through the "barrel of the gun" if it continued to use the security forces to put down peaceful protests.

"These remarks are a call to violence, are inflammatory, treasonable and seditious and should be treated with extreme seriousness," ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"The ANC calls on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct," he added.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mr Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, said the 2014 elections in South Africa's heartland of Gauteng were rigged, and he warned against rigging in local government elections due in August. 

"Part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and we are not ashamed if the need arises for us to take up arms and fight. We will fight," he said. 

upporters of South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demonstrate outside the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria on June 1, 2015 in support of EFF leader Julius Malema as he faces charges of tax evasion brought against him by the South African Revenue Service (SARS)
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Mr Malema's supporters refer to him as commander-in-chief

The ANC accused Mr Malema of violating the electoral code ahead of local government elections in August.  

"The remarks made by Mr Malema are a clear incitement to people to commit acts of violence, which is against the laws of the Republic," Mr Kodwa added.

What made Papa Wemba so special?

BBC DJ Edu has been paying tribute to music legend Papa Wemba:

DJ Edu remembers Congolese singer Papa Wemba who has died in Ivory Coast.

'Tear gas' fired at Kenya opposition march

Tear gas fired in Kenya
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Police in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition supporters who were marching to demand the dissolution of the country's electoral commission ahead of next year's election, Reuters news agency reports.

Main opposition leader Raila Odinga and other leading politicians had demanded the disbandment of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over the weekend and said they would storm its offices to eject its commissioners.

Mr Odinga rejected the 2013 election result that brought President Uhuru Kenyatta into power, alleging massive fraud.

Tear gas fired in Kenya
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Campaign not to show Wemba's last moment

A photo taken on April 24, 2016 shows the stage of the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan where Congolese music star Papa Wemba collapsed
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The music festival was cancelled after Papa Wemba's death

The campaign for people not to show footage of Papa Wemba collapsing live on stage is one of the most shared posts on Facebook. 

 The Rumours in Adidjan group led the campaign, saying videos and photos of him collapsing should not be shown out of respect for his family.   

It added: 

We believe that in these kinds of situations, we have to help the family grieve by publishing the best memories of the artist.

It’s a real shame that certain people are prepared to show bad faith in order to seek attention."

See: Photos of music legend 

Papa Wemba 'stood for Africa'

- In this file photo dated Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2004, Congolese pop star Papa Wemba is hoisted by supporters as he leaves the courthouse in Bobigny near Paris Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2004
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Papa Wemba collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast

Haiti-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had added his voice to growing list of music stars who have paid tribute to Papa Wemba. 

In a Facebook post, he said: 

Papa Wemba one of Africa's biggest artist. Rest in peace.

He stood For an Africa united. One love."

Electricity crisis hits Ivory Coast's mining sector

Russell Padmore

Business correspondent, BBC News

The launch of Ivory Coast’s first golf academy for children
Randgold
Randgold has opened a golf academy for children in Ivory Coast

The African gold producer Randgold says the continuing shortage of electricity is hampering output at Tongon mining operations in Ivory Coast.

Randgold’s chief executive, Mark Bristow, is worried that the ongoing instability of the grid power supply is having “a major impact on the mine’s cost structure”.

Mr Bristow added:

Tongon is targeting annual production of 290,000 ounces in 2016 but there are still significant challenges in its way. The Tongon team is in discussion with the Ivorian power utility to resolve this problem.”

The West African gold company is also pressing ahead with efforts to extend the life of the mine through more exploration and it reports that results from recent drilling are positive, with indications of additional reserves and resources within and below the existing open pits.

Randgold has also launched a first golf academy for children in Ivory Coast  – a joint initiative between the Ivorian sport promotion company Team STL and Randgold.

Burundi general's daughter 'killed'

The daughter of an army general in Burundi was killed, along with her father and mother, as they were dropping off at school in the capital, Bujumbura, AFP news agency is quoted an unnamed security source as saying. 

General Athanase Kararuza and his wife died when men attacked their vehicle in the Gihosha neighbourhood this morning. 

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the security source told AFP:  

They attacked him with rockets and grenades, his security detail tried to respond but unfortunately General Kararuza and his wife were killed.

His daughter succumbed to her injuries in hospital although the doctors did everything to save her."

Eto'o: Papa Wemba 'died doing music'

Congolese music star Papa Wemba performs onstage during the Femua music festival in Abidjan on April 24, 2016 before collapsing on stage
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Cameroon's football star Samuel Eto'o has hailed Papa Wemba as a "monument of Africa". 

In a Facebook post in French, he added:

He sent shivers down our spine with songs like “Wake Up”, “Okoningana”, “Ye Te”, and so many others not mentioned here

As a huge fan of Congolese music, I am especially affected by this sad event.

Papa Wemba loved music so much that he even died doing it."

Which was your favourite Papa Wemba song? Let us know on Twitter by using #BBCAfricaLive or on our Facebook page

ICC intervenes in Burundi crisis

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a "preliminary examination" into the unrest which has hit Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term, its chief prosecutor has said. 

In a statement, Fatou Bensouda added: 

My office has reviewed a number of communications and reports detailing acts of killing, imprisonment, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as cases of enforced disappearances

All these acts appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC.

I have decided therefore to open a preliminary examination into the situation in Burundi since April 2015."

Kenyan double at London Marathon

Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to win the women's London Marathon yesterday.

Sumgong, 31, banged her head when tripped by Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia as they approached a water station.

She rejoined the leading group before taking her first London title in two hours 22 minutes 58 seconds.

London Marathon: Sumgong wins despite fall

Fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge retained the men's title in the second-fastest time in history.

Kipchoge was neck-and-neck with compatriot Stanley Biwott on the 24th mile, before the reigning champion burst forward to take the outright lead.

Mahrez voted best footballer in England

Algeria's midfielder Riyad Mahrez has become the first African player to win the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year award in England.

Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games to take his club Leicester City to the cusp of the title.

The award was voted for by the Algeria international's fellow professionals and presented to him at an event last night in London:

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Ouattara: 'We have lost an icon'

ongolese music star Papa Wemba performs during the Femua music festival in Abidjan on April 24, 2016 before collapsing on stage
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Papa Wemba died at the age of 66

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has been paying tribute to Congolese musician Papa Wemba following his sudden death while performing yesterday in the country's main city Abidjan. 

In a Facebook message, Mr Ouattara added:

“Africa has lost an icon, an ambassador, an artist of the highest order whose talent has been recognised across the world.

In these moments of great pain, I would like to send my deepest condolences both personally and in the name of the Ivorian people, to his family, to his fellow Congolese people… and to all his fans.”

Burundi general killed

 An army general and his wife have been killed in an attack in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as they were dropping off their daughter at school, a security source has told AFP news agency. 

The defence ministry confirmed the killing of General Athanase Kararuza and his wife. 

The general is the latest in a string of army officers to be killed in Bujumbura since President Pierre Nkurunziza survived a coup attempt and mass protests over his decision last April to extend his decade-long rule.

February 5, 2014 shows Burundi"s Brigadier General and African Union-led MISCA mission Commander Athanase Kararuza posing after listening to a speech by Centrafrica"s interim president during a military ceremony in Bangui"s National School for the Judiciary
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The general commander was a former commander of African UNion troops in Central African Republic

Egypt's leader warns protesters

BBC World Service

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has urged citizens to defend the state and its institutions ahead of planned anti-government protests today

In a televised address, Mr Sisi said "evil" forces were conspiring against the country but would not succeed.

Egypt security forces
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Security has been stepped up across the country

Discontent has worsened following a recent deal to cede sovereignty over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Sisi has defended his decision, saying the islands of Sanafir and Tiran always belonged to Saudi Arabia. 

Cameroon footballer in contention for BBC award

Cameroon's striker Gaelle Enganamouit
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Cameroon's striker Gaelle Enganamouit has been shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award.

France midfielder Amandine Henry, Scotland midfielder Kim Little and USA pair Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn are the other nominees.

Enganamouit, who plays for Swedish side Eskilstuna United, was part of the Cameroon team that reached the last 16 on their Women's World Cup debut last year.

Vote for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year here

Papa Wemba: Death of a legend

Here are more tributes on Twitter to Congolese music star Papa Wemba following his death yesterday in Ivory Coast:

The music industry has lost another legend. #RIP Papa Wemba, you will be missed. #Icon #GoodMusic #Passion #Music

The music industry has lost another legend. #RIP Papa Wemba, you will be missed. #Icon #GoodMusic #Passion #Music

Papa Died in the line of Duty😞 Rest Peacefully Legend. Your legacy lives on. @Wembadio #PapaWemba

Papa Died in the line of Duty😞 Rest Peacefully Legend. Your legacy lives on. @Wembadio #PapaWemba

To a Legend That will forever live on, God bless,we will celebrate your life @papaWemba
To a Legend That will forever live on, God bless,we will celebrate your life @papaWemba

To a Legend That will forever live on, God bless,we will celebrate your life @papaWemba

A tribute on Instagram from a Nigerian:

"R.I.P papa Wemba , we will miss you papa".

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Papa Wemba's death: 'We are all orphans'

Congolese music star Papa Wemba performs during the Femua music festival in Abidjan on April 24, 2016 before collapsing on stage
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Papa Wemba collapsed on stage

Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango has hailed Papa Wemba as the "voice of Africa", as he paid tribute to the Congolese music star following his death yesterday. 

In a Facebook post, he added. 

Africa loses once more one of its worthy sons in Papa Wemba.

We are all orphans.

May the heaven and the spirits welcome him in peace.

Papa Wemba will remain forever in our hearts."

Read: We have lost a golden voice

Eliminating malaria in Africa

Malaria Parasite
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Malaria could be wiped out from six African states by 2020, the World Health Organization has said in a report published to mark World Malaria Day. 

The six include South Africa, where the number of cases have fallen from 64,000 in 2000 to 11,700 in 2014. 

"Through targeted action and cross-border collaboration, South Africa has the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020," the WHO report said.    

Other countries where the disease could be eradicated by 2020 include Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros and Swaziland, it added. 

The only African state which did not record a case of malaria in 2014 was Morocco, the WHO said. 

"Since the year 2000, malaria mortality rates have declined by 60% globally. In the WHO African region, malaria mortality rates fell by 66% among all age groups and by 71% among children under 5 years," it added.  

Africa mourns Papa Wemba

Tributes are being paid  to the influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba who died yesterday aged 66 after collapsing during a concert in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.

Videos show him slumping on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rush to his aid.

His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles.

Music stars led the tributes: 

Singing in Minneapolis tonight remembering @prince and Papa Wemba!

Singing in Minneapolis tonight remembering @prince and Papa Wemba!

Kinshasa rapper Youssoupha mourned the band leader in a tweet in French, saying, "Like my community, I am devastated by the death of Papa Wemba."  

Comme ma communauté,je suis dévasté par la mort de Papa Wemba.Il était l'icône de notre culture,de notre mode de vie.C'est une perte immense

Ata Ahli Ahebla, who presents a weekly music show on the BBC French service from Senegal, looks back at the legacy of the man who was known as the King of Congolese Rumba:   

Papa Wemba pioneered a blend of African, Cuban and Western music styles

Read: Papa Wemba obituary

Zuma praises Iran

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has praised the Iranian revolution during a historic visit to the Middle Eastern state to boost trade and diplomatic ties. 

The overthrow of a US-backed Shah inspired black South Africans to fight minority rule, showing that "emancipation is possible, whatever the odds", he said at a press conference with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) welcomes his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma (C), during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran, 24 April 2016.
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Mr Rouhani and Zuma have promised to forge closer ties

Mr Zuma, the first South African head of state to visit Iran since international sanctions imposed on it were lifted, signed eight deals with his Iranian hosts, ranging from the energy sector to banking insurance. 

"The challenge is to dramatically expand trade volumes," AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

A good conversation is better than a good bed."

An Ethiopian proverb sent by Chatim Daniel, Nasir, South Sudan.

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