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  1. Child sues UK government over treatment of father in Ethiopia
  2. Kenya 'will not reverse' Dadaab closure decision
  3. Five men guilty of Uganda terror attack sentenced to life
  4. Kenyan town makes 'donkey diaper' order
  5. South African broadcaster bans violence footage
  6. Ivory Coast's ex-first lady loses court appeal
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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page 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:

The death that kills one's contemporary is a proverbial warning."

A Yoruba proverb sent by Enochseun, Ekiti, Nigeria

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

We leave you with this image from our selection of the best pictures of the week.

It shows blind Ugandan boxer Bashir Ramathan, on the right, sparring with Ali, who puts a blindfold on to make things fair.

Boxers sparring in Uganda

What's Up Africa takes on tomato-geddon in Nigeria

This week, satirist Ikenna Azuike has been worried about the tomato shortage in Nigeria, he's also glad Africans are living longer and he sees that things didn't go so well with the president's limo. Here's Africa in 90 seconds.

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What happened when McCartney met Fela?

Musician and former Beatle Paul McCartney has been talking to the BBC about the time that Fela Kuti accused him of stealing Africa's music.

McCartney travelled to Lagos in 1973 to record Band on the Run with his post-Beatles group Wings.

He told the BBC that when he arrived he learnt of Fela's accusations. So he called him up and invited him to the studio with his large entourage. 

It ended up with them becoming friends and McCartney visiting Fela's legendary club The Shrine.

People talk about the black experience... but here we were, the only whites in the middle of Nigeria and I didn't know whether it was safe or not."

You can hear him talking about his time in Nigeria from 16.40 into this video.

Kenyan policeman 'shoots high school girl while pursuing escaped convict'

Police in western Kenya have shot and critically wounded a high school student in Kenya while in pursuit of an escaped convict, local media report.

The secondary school student in Migori town was reportedly shot in the head by the stray bullet while watching a handball match, the Daily Nation reports. 

The incident sparked protests among local residents, angry at the alleged "trigger-happy" attitude of the local police. 

A relative told The Star newspaper that the girl was alive and receiving treatment in hospital, contradicting earlier reports that she had died from her injuries.

The paper quotes Migori police commander David Kirui as saying: 

“The student might have been hit by a stray bullet as the warders were shooting in the air.”

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Gardening against slavery at Chelsea Flower Show

A world-famous flower show is not a place where you would expect to see an anti-slavery stand.

But Tanzanian-born Juliet Sargeant has done just that, using her exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in London to highlight what campaigners call modern-day slavery, including forced labour and prostitution.

BBC Africa's Dayo Yusuf visited the show to see how Ms Sargeant's garden design expresses her message.

SA broadcaster's ban on property destruction 'self censorship'

South Africa's left-wing opposition EFF party has said the national broadcaster's decision not to show the destruction of public property during protests (see earlier post) is about protecting the image of the governing ANC, Eyewitness News reports.

The EFF said the decision amounted to self-censorship by journalists.

Eyewitness News adds that the SABC's chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the decision is part of “responsible journalism”.

“When people see cameras, they start burning property,” he said.

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How can Africa solve its water crisis?

This month, the BBC Africa Debate comes from Lusaka, Zambia.

It's focusing on the huge problem around clean drinking water on the continent, and the dwindling supply due to factors like drought and lack of investment in infrastructure.

Eight of the top 10 countries in the world with the highest percentage of people living without access to safe water are in Africa.

So what are the most innovative ways the continent can tackle these issues that have such an impact on health and livelihoods? 

Join presenters Rebecca Kesby and Akwasi Sarpong at 19:00 GMT on BBC World Service radio, or listen again here and use the hashtag #BBCAfricaDebate to have your say. 

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Migrant crisis: Shipwreck survivor thought he would die

One of the survivors of a Mediterranean migrant capsize caught on film has told the BBC that he thought he was going to die.

Mohammed Ali, from Sudan, was one of more than 100 people who fell into the sea on 25 May when their over-crowded boat overturned off the Libyan coast.

James Reynolds spoke to Mohammed in Sicily.

French navy to help in EgyptAir search

A French naval ship specialising in underwater searches is on its way to help find the flight recorders of an EgyptAir plane that crashed last week.

On Thursday, Egypt's chief investigator said the search had narrowed to about 5km (3.1 miles) in the Mediterranean.

This was based on a signal from the plane's emergency beacon, but officials now say the signal was received on the day of the crash and is not new.

There were 66 people on board when the Airbus A320 crashed on 19 May.

Read more from BBC News Online

Candlelit vigil
Hundreds of people gathered in Cairo for a candlelit vigil for the victims on Thursday

Uganda terror sentencing: Father's reaction

Ahmed Nyondo is the father of two of the men sentenced today for role in the 2010 bomb attacks in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, in which 74 people were killed.

One of his son's, Isa Ahmed Luyima, described as the mastermind behind the attacks, was sentenced to life.

The other, Hassan Huruna Luyima, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Mr Nyondo spoke to BBC Africa's Patience Atuhaire:

"No one would have wanted this to happen. And no one wishes this on their child. But God wished for it to happen to my family, and so it has.

But my children are educated... They are well behaved children. They are married and have children, and were settled down. I never thought my son would be going to jail for life."

Two men in Ugandan court
Isa Ahmed Luyima (left) was described as the mastermind of the attack

South Sudan detainees 'held in containers and denied water'

The campaign group Amnesty International says dozens of government detainees in South Sudan are being held in metal shipping containers, and some have died.

The rights group says the containers are poorly ventilated, and the prisoners, who are accused of having links to rebels, are fed only once or twice a week and are given insufficient drinking water.

It says soldiers also beat the mainly civilian detainees at the site in Gorom, 20km south of the capital, Juba. 

The South Sudanese army has rejected the report, saying Gorom is not a prison but a military training centre.

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South Sudanese form a long queue to be registered as internally displaced persons
More than two million South Sudanese have been displaced by the civil war

Nine-year-old daughter of British-Ethiopian activist 'challenging UK government'

The nine-year-old daughter of a British-Ethiopian activist who is imprisoned in Ethiopia has started legal proceedings against the UK government about the way it has handled the case, Buzzfeed is reporting.

Menabe Andargachew is named in the legal papers outlining the case that the government should not rely on due process in Ethiopia for the case to be resolved.

Her father British citizen Andargachew Tsege was seized in 2014 when changing planes in Yemen and forced to go to Ethiopia.

He had been sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for plotting a coup.

The British government has been in touch with Mr Andargachew but have not asked for his release.

His partner, Yemserach Hailemariam, told the BBC Africa Live page, that he was seen last week in prison by the British Ambassador to Ethiopia.

She said he was physically fine, but was not sure about his mental state.

Andargachew Tsege
Andargachew Tsege was seized in Yemen in 2014

Nigerians' whiteboard verdicts on President Buhari's first year

Muhammadu Buhari's name is trending on social media in Nigeria, as people give their view on the president's first year in office.

The BBC's Newsday programme has been asking Nigerians in the capital, Abuja, to explain whether they think their new leader has made a difference - with the aid of a whiteboard.

We support you Mr President, and we will patiently wait for the good result."

Abdulrahman and Ummkulthum, Abuja
"We support you Mr President, and we will patiently wait for the good result"

I voted for you but you have failed woefully"

Darlington, Abuja:
Sign reads "I voted for you but you have failed woefully"

No pain, no gain. I am confident that the president will take us to the promised land"

Franca, Benin City
Sign reads "No pain, no gain. I am confident that the president will take us to the promised land."

We gave you a mandate; speak to us more!"

@AuthorWales, Lagos
Sign reads: "We gave you a mandate; speak to us more!"

Earlier in Abuja, Newsday's Nkem Ifejika had a Facebook Live discussion with Mannir Dan Ali from the Daily Trust Nigerian Newspaper. You can watch the stream here.

For more, read the BBC piece Five ways Nigeria has changed in President Buhari's first year.   

Uganda terror sentencing: 'Death penalty would not bring closure'

We've been reporting on the five life sentences handed down by a Ugandan court to those behind the 2010 Kampala bomb attack in which 74 people were killed.

The judge has been explaining why he did not give death sentences, which was an option.

Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying:  

I do not think that the death penalty would assuage the victims and give closure to the indelible pain that society has suffered."

Judge in court

Kenya 'will not change its mind' over refugee camp closure

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said the country will not go back on its decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 300,000 Somalis.

A statement from his office says that he told UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson that the decision "is not reversible".

“The train has already left the station. It’s now up to those who are interested at seeing the success of the journey to come on board,” he added.

Aid groups and the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed concern over the impending closure.

Mr Kenyatta said the repatriation process would be handled carefully.

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Uganda bombing mastermind gets life sentence

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

The five men sentenced to life for their role in the 2010 Kampala bombings are:

  • Isa Ahmed Luyima - described as the mastermind of the attack
  • Hussein Hassan Agad
  • Idris Magondu
  • Habib Suleiman Njoroge
  • Muhammed Ali Muhamed.

The two sentenced to 50 years are:

  • Suleiman Hajjir Nyamandondo
  • Hassan Haruna Luyima  
Men in court

BreakingLife sentences for Kampala World Cup bombers

Five of the seven men found guilty on terror charges in Uganda have been given life sentences, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire from Kampala.

The other two were given 50-year sentences.

Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said he believed the death sentence would not act as a deterrent.

The seven were involved in planning the 2010 bomb attacks in Kampala in which 74 people were killed.

They were trained by the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Men in court dock

Where are the five acquitted on Uganda terror charges?

The whereabouts of the five men acquitted on terror charges in Uganda yesterday are unknown, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire.

During a break in the sentencing of those found guilty, defence lawyer Caleb Alaka told our reporter that they were released from prison on Thursday evening and are now missing.

Mr Alaka said that they may have been rearrested, but the police have not confirmed this.

The New Vision newspaper is reporting that they are now in police custody, quoting a state prosecutor.

Police sources have told our reporter that the five men are being held for their own safety.

Scene in court on Thursday
Thirteen were on trial for the 2010 bomb attacks in Kampala, and five were acquitted on Thursday

'Life goes on' in Niger town under security curfew

Niger's Diffa region is under a state of emergency because of insecurity caused by Boko Haram. But despite the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew life in Diffa carries on. 

Newsday's Julian Keane is in Diffa town and has been reporting on what life is like under the threat of the Islamist militant group.

A snapshot of life in city Diffa in Niger

Listen to Julian's audio report here

UK to send Royal Navy warship to Libya

The UK is set to send a Royal Navy warship to the Mediterranean to help tackle arms smuggling in Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

He told the G7 summit in Japan the UK was ready to take an "active leadership role" in helping Libya deal with people trafficking and the migration crisis.

The UK already has a survey vessel, HMS Enterprise, operating in the area.

Officials are to seek UN approval for the new warship to seize boats taking arms to so-called Islamic State.

Read the full BBC News story 

War-damaged buildings in the centre of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi (27 February 2016)
Libya has been beset by fighting since 2011

Why is Libya so lawless?

Rocky star Bellew readies himself for fight v DR Congo's Ilunga Makabu

Liverpool-born Tony Bellew describes his Congolese opponent Ilunga Makabu as the "most avoided and dangerous cruiserweight in world boxing", ahead of their bout for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park on Sunday.  

In Creed, the most recent film in the Rocky series, Tony Bellew played the main opponent of the character Adonis Johnson, who has brought Rocky Balboa out of retirement to train him.

The final fight in the Hollywood film also takes place at the Everton football stadium.

Makabu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, hasn't lost since his first professional fight eight years ago and has 18 knockouts from 19 wins. But the Goodison factor will surely help Bellew.    

Read more: Tony Bellew on Rocky, Sylvester Stallone and life as an actor

Cameroon's Cardiopad inventor wins African engineering award

Man lies on doctor's chair with Cardiopad device attached to his chest
The Cardiopad is now being used in Gabon, India and Nepal

Cameroonian inventor Arthur Zang has won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for his device which does heart examinations.

The Cardiopad is a tablet computer which takes a reading and sends it to a heart specialist.

It allows health workers to give heart examinations and send the results to heart specialists far away.

BBC Africa's Mamadou Moussa Ba says there are just 50 cardiologists in Cameroon, which has a population of 20 million people.

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Cameroon tablet helps monitor heart diseases

Uganda terror case: One sentenced so far

There's currently a break in the sentencing hearing in Uganda's capital, Kampala, for the eight men convicted in connection with the 2010 bombing in the city that killed 74 people.

One has been sentenced so far - the only one of the eight not to be found guilty of terrorism and murder.

Muzafar Luyima, who was found guilty of being an "accessory to terrorism after the fact", has been sentenced to a year of doing community service two days a week. 

Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo
Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has been hearing sentencing arguments from the defence and the prosecution

Zambians win bid to take mining company to UK court

Nearly 2,000 Zambians have been given the go-ahead by a British judge to have their case against UK-based mining company Vedanta head in a London court, law firm Leigh Day says in a statement

The case involves allegations of environmental pollution.

Vedanta and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines, wanted the case heard in Zambia.

Donkey diaper diktat in Kenya

Abdullahi Yusuf Osman

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

Donkey drags a cart

Donkey-cart owners in Kenya's north-eastern town of Wajir have been instructed by the local government to attach "some form of diaper" to collect their animals' faeces, in order to protect the town's newly laid Tarmac roads.

In a statement published yesterday (and shared on Twitter below), it said:

[The government] appreciates the contribution of the donkey cart operators to the economy of Wajir... However the town must be kept clean at all times. In view of the above you are directed to manage your donkey poop (faeces) to avoid poop all over the tarmac road creating nuisance.

It continues:

No donkey will be allowed in town without this poop collecting bag by 26 May."

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Donkey cart operators have already complied with the directive.

Residents have been sharing photos of donkeys with "collecting bags" on social media.

#SABC trends in South Africa over violence footage ban

South Africans on Twitter have been discussing a decision by the national broadcaster, the SABC, to stop showing images of people destroying public property.

It comes after a series of protests during which schools and clinics have been attacked and burnt.

The SABC said in a statement that it didn't want to help protesters "push their agenda that seeks media attention".

As a public service broadcaster we have a mandate to educate the citizens, and we therefore have taken this bold decision to show that violent protests are not necessary."

Some are complaining that this decision smacks of censorship:

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But some have come to the defence of the broadcaster:

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Woman taking a picture of a burning school
There have been angry protests in South Africa over the provision of public services

Uganda terror sentencing: Defence calls for leniency

At the sentencing hearing in Uganda's capital, Kampala, for the eight men convicted of involvement in the 2010 bombing that killed 74 people, the defence is currently making the case for leniency, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire from the court.

The lawyer says that most of the convicted were very vulnerable when they were recruited by Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab in 2009.

He is also arguing that the men are all capable of being reformed.

Convicted men waiting in court

EgyptAir crash: Signal from emergency beacon 'detected'

Search teams looking for the flight recorders of the crashed EgyptAir plane have picked up a radio signal from an emergency locator transmitter, Egyptian investigators say.

This could help to narrow the search area for the "black boxes" to a 5km (3 mile) radius in the Mediterranean Sea.

A deep-water operation will start in the coming days, French officials said.

All 66 people on board Flight MS804 were killed when the plane disappeared not far from its destination on 19 May.

The Airbus A320 was flying overnight from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, apparently without having sent a distress call.

Read more from BBC News Online.

Life jacket from the crashed plane
Egyptian military
Debris from the plane has been recovered from the sea north of the Egyptian coast

Uganda terror attack planners in court for sentencing

The eight men found guilty yesterday of involvement in the 2010 bomb attack in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are now listening to the sentencing proceedings.

Guilty men wait for sentencing

The BBC's Patience Atuhaire in court photographed some of the guilty men - including the mastermind Isa Ahmed Luyima (second from the left).

She reports that the prosecution is making its case for the maximum sentence during its final submissions: 

The offence committed by the eight created a sense of fear. The police issue terror alerts regularly, there are enhanced security checks, which is an inconvenience to society and a strain on the economy."

The men could be sentenced to death. But no civilian has been hanged in Uganda since 1999.

Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama extends Lille contract

Vincent Enyeama has extended his deal with French club Lille by two years, tying the former Nigeria international goalkeeper to the club until 2019.

He has been Lille's first choice keeper since 2013 and has made 130 appearances for the club in all competitions.

The 33-year-old, whose previous deal ran until next year, says he is very settled at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

"I am very happy to extend my contract with Lille, a club I call home," Enyeama told BBC Sport.

Vincent Enyeama
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MH370: BBC reader finds possible debris in Mozambique

piece of debris photographed on beach
Analysts said the piece looked like a tail or wing section from a Boeing 777

Experts following the disappearance of MH370 say it is likely that a new piece of debris found on a Mozambique beach came from the missing plane.

A reader contacted the BBC on Thursday to say he recently found the fragment on the Macaneta peninsula.

The authorities have been notified. The piece must be examined by the official investigation team in Australia.

Experts say it is consistent with where previous pieces of debris from the missing plane have been found.

The reader took two photographs of the item on 22 May, and sent them to the BBC after reading a story on Thursday about other debris finds in the region.  

Guinea-Bissau violence over new prime minister

Supporters of Guinea-Bissau's governing party have attacked the presidential palace, in protest at the appointment of a new prime minister. 

About 100 people burnt tyres and threw stones. 

Police fired tear gas and several people are reported to have been hurt. 

The protesters complained that President Jose Mario Vaz had acted unconstitutionally by naming Baciro Dja as prime minister. 

They said the governing party should have made the choice. 

President Vaz is himself a member of the party, but has been in dispute with it since sacking a previous prime minister last year. 

President Vaz
President Jose Mario Vaz is rowing with his own party over who should be prime minister

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Chinese detergent advert condemned as racist

A washing detergent advert shown on Chinese television and in cinemas, according to Shanghai List website, has sparked a huge reaction.

It starts off with a woman doing her laundry - so far, so normal.

Then a black man splattered with paint approaches her, they embrace, but she then quickly stuffs him in the washing machine.

After the washing cycle a Chinese man then emerges.

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The advert has been condemned as racist in social media posts outside of China.

Buhari one year on: Facebook Live discussion in Abuja

The BBC’s Nkem Ifejika is hosting a Facebook Live video chat with Mannir Dan Ali from the Daily Trust Nigerian newspaper, to discuss one year since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

The president promised to defeat Boko Haram and he pledged to rid the country of corruption.   

Follow the live stream from the capital Abuja here and post your questions in the comments section. 

Nkem Ifejika with Mannir Dan ali

Buhari’s first year: Five ways Nigeria has changed

And read Mannir's recent piece: How to rebuild Nigeria after Boko Haram 

Ghanaian knocked out of US Spelling Bee

Fourteen-year-old Ghanaian Afua Ansah achieved her country's highest ever placing in the US national spelling competition - known as the Spelling Bee.

She got through to the final 45 contestants, but was knocked out after misspelling "Liechtenstein".

Before the final round Afua said that she felt a "really heavy weight on my shoulders", the competition's blog reports.

Her sponsor Eugenia Tachie-Menson is quoted as saying:

She's brought so much honour, not just for her country, but for the continent."

Afua Ansah
Ghanaians have been competing in the competition for nine years

The competition was won by 11-year-old Nihar Janga and 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar.

India probes Nigerian student 'attack'

India's foreign ministry says it is looking into an alleged attack on a Nigerian student by a local man in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Police said 26-year-old Bamilola Kazim was allegedly assaulted by Mohammed Gafoor after a row on Wednesday

Mr Kazim was treated for wounds at a local hospital and released.

Last week a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo was beaten to death by a group of Indian men after an argument in Delhi.

Nigerians in India hold sign saying "Racism ruins lives"
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African students often complain that they are racially abused in India

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Uganda bomb plotters to be sentenced

The eight men convicted yesterday in connection with the 2010 bomb attack that killed 74 people in the Uganda capital, Kampala, are at the country's High Court for the sentencing.

The BBC reporter there captured the moment they arrived for the hearing:

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Seven of the men were found guilty on terror charges, the eighth was guilty of a lesser charge of being an accessory to the bomb plot.

Five were acquitted on all charges on Thursday.

Simone Gbagbo loses sentencing appeal

Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo has had her appeal against a 20-year prison sentence rejected by the country's supreme court. 

The jail term was handed down last year for Mrs Gbagbo's role in the violence which followed the refusal of her husband, Laurent, to accept defeat in the presidential election of 2010. 

Mr Gbagbo himself is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, accused of war crimes linked to the unrest, in which more than 3,000 people were killed. 

Simone Gbagbo, the wife of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo arrives at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after her arrest on April 11, 2011
Simone Gbagbo was arrested with her husband in 2011

Wise words

Today’s African proverb: 

The death that kills one's contemporary is a proverbial warning."

A Yoruba proverb sent by Enochseun, Ekiti, Nigeria

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