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  1. Kenya police break up demonstration using tear gas
  2. Botswana rough diamond sells for $63m
  3. More than 50 killed in Rwanda landslides
  4. White South African judge embroiled in racism row
  5. Mali arrests suspected jihadist commander
  6. Cameroon female footballer dies after collapsing during training
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Police use tear gas and water cannon at Kenyan protest

Police in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have used water cannon and fired tear gas to disperse opposition protesters demanding the resignation of the country's electoral body.

There were running battles in the streets between anti-riot police and demonstrators, some of whom threw stones at the security officers.

The opposition and a section of religious leaders accuse the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of favouring the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta and want the electoral body dissolved.

The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Nairobi.

Kenya protest: Police use tear gas and water cannon

Gambian protesters 'clash with police'

A Gambian opposition activist has told us that opposition supporters in the capital, Banjul, have clashed with police.

It is difficult to confirm the exact details, but a local journalist has confirmed the clashes, but did not back up other claims that arrests were made.

Earlier, there had been demonstrations outside the high court where the leader of the main opposition party, Ousainou Darboe, was standing trial.

He is facing charges relating to a protest in April.

Anti-government demonstrations are in The Gambia, where President Yaya Jammeh has been criticised by rights groups for taking a hard line against opponents.

Tweeters turn on murdered Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma

Tweeters are revising their ideas about the controversial Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma who was shot dead last week.

The hashtag #KabetesWasNoSaint has been trending all day as people criticising him.

@kabetes was his Twitter handle.

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NCPB is the National Cereals and Produce Board.

Standard Media explain that in 2013, Juma captured the imagination of a nation when he threatened to auction assets of the NCPB, the organisation that manages the country’s strategic grain reserve.    

Others are critical of the hashtag:

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Nigerians told to ignore 'photo-shopped' social media posts

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigeria's military has warned what it calls mischief makers not to use social media to incite Nigerians against one another. 

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In a statement, the military advises the public to ignore pictures and videos posted on social media that are digitally manipulated, which have "the intention of causing disharmony and divisions among different nationalities".

In recent weeks, videos and pictures purporting to be of attacks by Fulani herdsmen and others relating to tension in the Niger Delta and the Biafra uprising have been making the rounds on social media in Nigeria.

Last month, Nigeria's minister of interior blamed social media for the worsening of the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

Rough diamond sells for record-breaking $63m

A secret buyer has snapped up this diamond from Botswana for $63m (£44m):

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This makes it the world's most expensive rough diamond, according to CNN Money.

AOL news gives a sense of the scale of the 813 carat gem - saying it is roughly 407 times the size of the average US engagement ring.  

It was recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana in November last year by the Canadian mining company Lucara and sold to a Dubai-based firm, reports Jewellery Focus.

Big loss of cattle in Mozambique over drought

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

Mozambique's Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco has expressed concern over the number of cattle that have died this year as a result of the drought.

In all, the minister said, farmers lost over 2,000 cattle. 

He hinted that the government will look at using more irrigation in the future to mitigate against the lack of rainfall.

Enaciated cattle
Cattle have been badly affected by the drought across the region, including in South Africa

Nigeria searching for talent to help with World Cup qualifiers

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Managerless Nigeria are looking to Europe for young talent to play for them in October's World Cup qualifiers.

Officials want Dominic Iorfa and Chuba Akpom, who have played for England Under-21s, to switch allegiances.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has applied to Fifa for former Hungary youth player Kenneth Otigba to swap.

"We have talented players at home and we're trying to bring in other eligible players to build a formidable side," NFF's Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

Read more here from BBC Sport here.

Kenneth Otigba
The Nigeria Football Federation has already applied for Kenneth Otigba to swap from his Hungarian nationality

Shell workers evacuated from Niger Delta

Shell workers at Nigeria's Bonga facilities in the southern Niger Delta are being evacuated following a militant threat, a senior labour union official told Reuters news agency.

Last week, militants attacked a Chevron platform in the Niger Delta where tensions have been building up since authorities issued an arrest warrant in January for a former militant leader on corruption charges.  

Residents in the Niger Delta have been demanding a greater share of oil revenues.  

President Muhammadu Buhari extended a multi-million dollar amnesty signed with militants in 2009 but upset them by ending generous pipeline protection contracts.  

Bonga plant 2008
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The Bonga plant is 120 kms off the coast of Nigeria

Remembering the victims of 'Africa's worst stadium disaster'

Ghanaians have been marking 15 years since 127 people died at a stadium in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Fans lost their lives in a stampede that occurred during a match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra sports stadium. 

There was an official commemoration in Accra:

Fan waving Ghana flag
Two fans holding a memorial banner

The incident has been described as the worst football disaster in Africa.

An enquiry into the disaster recommended that stadium infrastructure, security and first-aid should be improved.

But there have been complaints that the recommendations have not been implemented.

And families of those who died say they have not been compensated as was promised.

Uganda, where a book can cost a month’s salary

reading a book

Books are expensive in Uganda.

Our reporter Catherine Byaruhanga once spent $60 on book by Guinea's revolutionary leader Ahmed Sekou Toure.

Waitresses in downtown Kampala barely earn $60 in a month.  

When Rosey Sembatya wanted to buy books for her sister's children she found it difficult.

"So I sat back and thought maybe there is need to create something that can make story books accessible and available at a quite cheap price," she said.

So she created a library in her spare room:

Rosey Sembatya

Read more on the library on the BBC News website.

South Africa's opposition report judge over race row

South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance is reporting the judge at the centre of a race row over comments she made about rape and black people to the body that recommends judges' appointments, Eyewitness news reports

Judge Mabel Jansen appeared to say on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men.

The government has responded to the comments by saying that it intends to toughen anti-racism laws.

The judge says he comments have been taken out of context.

Congo opposition leader faces mercenary charges

Moise Katumbi
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A leading opposition candidate for president of Democratic Republic of Congo has been questioned in the city of Lubumbashi after the government accused him of hiring mercenaries, reports Reuters news agency.

Police fired tear gas at more than 1,000 supporters of Moise Katumbi who marched to the prosecutor general's office, where he was being questioned, chanting "president!". 

Some entered the building and at least four were arrested, a witness told Reuters.

Mr Katumbi has denied accusations made by the justice minister last week that he hired mercenaries including US soldiers.   

His supporters say the allegations are aimed at derailing his campaign to succeed President Joseph Kabila.

The government denies Katumbi is being targeted for political reasons.

Elections are expected later this year.

Read Maud Jullien's article asking if Could football boss Moise Katumbi could become president.

Protest outside court in The Gambia

Gambian opposition protesters have been gathering outside the high court in the capital, Banjul, where the leader of the main opposition UDP party, Ousainou Darboe, was appearing, activists are saying.

Mr Darboe is standing trial in connection with an opposition demonstration that took place on 16 April.

Activists have been sending us pictures of today's action.

Protesters in The Gambia
Suntou Touray

There have been reports of some clashes between police and protesters, but these have not been verified.

Protests in The Gambia are a rare event where President Yahya Jammeh has been criticised by rights groups for clamping down on opposition.

Mourning two Cameroon footballers

Two Cameroonian footballers have died in the past few days after collapsing on the pitch.

On Friday, Patrick Ekeng was playing for his Romanian club side Dinamo Bucharest when he lost consciousness. 

Today, officials from Cameroon's football association, Fecafoot, paid a visit to the 26-year-old's family:

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On Sunday, goalkeeper Jeanine Christelle Djomnang became ill while warming up for her team Femina Stars Ebolowa and died on her way to hospital.  

Her family met Fecafoot officials at its headquarters today, as this tweet says:

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Life sentences for those behind Burundi's attempted coup

Prime Ndikumagenge

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

A Burundian appeals court has handed down life sentences to 21 of the 28 people who had been on trial for last May's attempted coup.

They include five who were acquitted in the initial trial and their rearrest has been ordered.

The prosecution had appealed against the more lenient sentences given by a lower court. 

Those found guilty will also have to pay more than $3.5m (£2.4m) in compensation for the loss of life and the destruction of property in the wake of the coup.

Some generals in the army and some top policemen attempted to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza after he had decided to run for a controversial third term in office.

The ruling is seen as a victory for the the government which has been seeking to make a direct link between the coup attempt and the anti-third term demonstrations which began two weeks earlier.

Burundians on streets of Bujumbura
Some Burundians came out on the streets to support last year's coup attempt when it was announced on the radio

South Sudan 'not notified yet' about Kenya camp closures

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudan's government says it is yet to receive any notice from the Kenyan authorities about their plans to close down the Kakuma and Dabab refugee camps, reports Eye Radio news.

Kenya announced last week that it was determined to close the camps, which hosts some 4,000 South Sudanese refugees, although most residents are from Somalia.

Refugees in Kakuma camp
Most South Sudanese refugees are in Kakuma

Tear gas fired at protesters in Kenya

We've been getting some more pictures of Kenyan police breaking up an opposition demonstration using tear gas.

Teargas fired at protesters
Tear gas against protesters

Protesters were calling for a change in the leadership of the country's electoral commission before next year's election.

Kenyan police clash with anti-electoral body protestors

A Kenyan news service has tweeted these pictures of protests in Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

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Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing protesters, reports Reuters news agency. 

The protesters are demand that a body supervising next year's elections resign.

The opposition has accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of bias in favour of the government.

UPS delivery company back Rwandan blood drones

The delivery company UPS has announced that it is giving financial backing and consultancy to a drone network which will deliver blood in hard-to-reach areas of Rwanda.

Quartz reports that the logistics and shipping giant is investing $800,000 as a grant to Zipline, a drone delivery company that recently started working with the Rwandan government.

Wired suggests that there are not wholly altruistic motives. 

It says that testing that technology in a country like Rwanda, which has fewer regulations and less cluttered airspace than the US, could "hasten advances" from which the US and Europe could follow.

The New Times newspaper showed what the drones would look like in a report back in February when the government had signed a deal with Zipline:

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How Ethiopia avoided famine during drought

Workers move sacks of emergency food supplies in and out of Ethiopia's largest 'strategic grain reserve' depot in Adama, on February 13, 2016.
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Emergency food supplies were distributed during the drought

Ending famine required ending fighting.

That's the conclusion of Alex de Waal's article in the New York Times asking why there was not a famine in Ethiopia during the recent drought even though it was the worst in three decades.

The executive director of the World Peace Foundation visited the country both last month and during the infamous 1984 famine.

He was pleasantly surprised in last month's visit:

As I traveled through northern and central provinces, I saw imported wheat being brought to the smallest and most remote villages, thanks to a new Chinese-built railroad and a fleet of newly imported trucks. Water was delivered to places where wells had run dry. Malnourished children were being treated in properly staffed clinics.

This was in stark contrast to his visit in 1984. And he is confident what was behind the difference - there is no civil war:

Famine isn’t caused by overpopulation, and as Ethiopia’s experience shows, it’s not a necessary consequence of drought. Politics creates famine, and politics can stop it.

Read the editorial in the New York Times.

Analysis: Row after SA judge comments

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

The latest racism row in South Africa, involving a white judge, has raised many uncomfortable questions - top of the list being how many other judges harbour such prejudiced views, despite the fact that they are supposed to see all people as equal before the law.

Many South Africans on social media are calling for her to be sacked, and legal experts say her comments could open the way for convicted black people to appeal against her rulings.

Racism on social media is becoming a common feature in South Africa, and some analysts say the time for a frank conversation tackle the problem has come.

The rainbow nation, formed in 1994 to signal the end of racial conflict, seems to be coming apart at the seams. 

Can it be rebuilt or will the situation get worse?

Judge Mabel Jansen
Judge Mabel Jansen said her comments about rape and black people had been taken out of context

Read more on the BBC Online story.

Funerals for some of the dead in Rwanda landslides

In Rwanda, the funerals are already taking place for some of those who died in the weekend's landslides caused by heavy rains, the BBC's Yves Bucyana reports.

Fifty-three people were killed in all, with 34 dying in one incident in Gakenke, north of the capital, Kigali.

Coffins lined up

Work is under way to clear roads that were submerged in mud by the landslides.

Truck clearing the road

Why the rain is so bad in East Africa

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Broadcast Meteorologist, BBC Weather

weather map

Many parts of East Africa, including Kenya, are experiencing their wettest time of year in April and May as the inter-tropical rain-belt moves north across the region.  

These rains are known as the ‘long rains’ and often leading to seasonal flooding.

The duration and intensity of these rainfall events can be influenced by several interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere.  

One of these such interactions is El Nino, which has been particularly strong over the past six months and can be linked with heavier rainfall in East Africa.  

Another, ocean-atmosphere interaction that has an impact on rainfall amounts in the region is something known as the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO).

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a strengthening in the MJO in the Indian Ocean, which in turn has led to an enhancement in the rainfall across East Africa.

Demonstrators ask for Kenya's electoral commission to change

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's opposition supporters and their leaders, led by former prime minister Raila Odinga, are marching to the electoral commission's headquarters.

They have vowed to maintain their protests until senior officials including the chairman step down before the next general elections, expected in August 2017.

One demonstrator held a sign saying "no reforms no elections"
One demonstrator held a sign saying "no reforms no elections"

We reported in our 10:54 post that police riot vans had come out in force in anticipation to the protests.

Is this the world's most dangerous job?

Poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga national park has turned into a war in which heavily armed militia target gorillas.   

The Chief Warden told BBC Newsday what this means for his rangers:

"On average, we’ve tragically lost one of our staff, per month, in the past few years.” 

Listen to Emmanuel de Merode's full interview:

The Virunga National Park rangers risking their lives to save vulnerable wildlife.

Unemployment hits new high in South Africa

South Africa's unemployment rate has hit 26.7% - it's highest level since the current survey began in 2008, the Reuters news agency reports.

The government Twitter account has been tweeting some of the figures:

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The economy shed 355,000 jobs in the first quarter of this year, Business Day newspaper reports.

South Africa's economy is struggling to grow and the IMF is predicting that GDP will increase by 0.6% this year.

Six-storey shopping centre extension collapses in Mombasa

A six-storey extension to a shopping centre has collapsed in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. 

Kenya's Red Cross has tweeted the details:

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The BBC's Ferdinand Ormondi has taken these pictures of the collapse:

Building collapse

But he shows the front of the building - called the Nyali Centre - has not been affected:

front of building

This comes after another building collapsed at the end of last month in the capital, Nairobi, and killed at least 42 people.

While we don't know the reason for these buildings collapsing yet, a civil engineer who has studied collapsing buildings told us a few common reasons.

One reason is that cheaper concrete appropriate for a one-storey structure is used on much heavier buildings.

Read why buildings collapse on the BBC News website.

Police investigate mystery around abandoned ship in Liberia

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

Police in Liberia have dispatched a team to the western coastal city of Robertsport to investigate the presence of a ship that was beached and abandoned in the city more than a week ago.

Police spokesman Sam Collins says their team have already reached the abandoned vessel, Tamaya 1, but the circumstances of the abandonment are still being investigated.

Local people are quoted in the media as saying the entire crew jumped off the vessel and sped away in a smaller boat.

Tamay ship on beach
Preston Veteran Gayflor

Riot vans out ahead of protest against Kenya's electoral body

Police riot vans have been getting ready for planned protests demanding members of Kenya's electoral body are sacked:

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The opposition and a section of religious leaders want commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) out of office before 2017 polls on allegations that some officials are linked to corruption. The electoral body denies this claims. 

Almost a fortnight ago, similar protests were violently dispersed by anti-riot police in Nairobi. 

Mali arrests suspected jihadist commander

Thomas Fessy

BBC News, Dakar

Authorities in Mali say they have arrested a man suspected to be linked to a number of jihadi attacks in the country and neighbouring Burkina Faso. 

Yacouba Toure is suspected to be one of the main commanders within the southern branch of Ansar Dine, one of the Islamist militant groups linked to al-Qaeda that controlled the northern part of the country for ten months between 2012 and 2013.  

Mr Toure is also alleged to be one of the main suppliers of weapons to extremists in southern Mali. 

The authorities say the man was living in a neighbourhood near the airport of the capital, Bamako.

Ansar Dine fighters
Ansar Dine controlled parts of Mali between 2012 and 2013

Social media race rows in South Africa

Today, people are discussing year-old comments from a white South African judge, which have just resurfaced, talking about rape and black people.

And 2016 seems to be the year of social media racism rows:

Sign saying Whites Only on a beach
The rows suggest that the racial divisions in South Africa are still keenly felt 22 years after the end of apartheid.

Landslides in Rwanda 'kills 49'

Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 49 people in Rwanda over the weekend, the Reuters news agency reports the government as saying. 

Downpours brought down 500 homes from Saturday night into Sunday morning, officials added. 

The rainy season has been heavier than normal this year across East Africa.

At the end of last month a building collapsed after heavy rain in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, and killed at least 42 people.

Cameroon goalkeeper dies after collapsing while warming up for a game

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has announced the death of Jeanine Christelle Djomnang on Sunday.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper collapsed during her warm-up before a Femina Stars Ebolowa match in southern Cameroon, and was rushed to hospital.

Fecafoot says initial reports suggest she died of a heart attack but it is now awaiting formal medical report.

The news comes less than 48 hours after the death of Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng in Romania.

Djomnang complained of chest pains as she prepared to take on Louves Minproff Yaounde in the Cameroon elite league and died on her way to hospital.

Read more from BBC Sport.

Ekeng memorial
Fans in Romania have been lighting memorial candles on the pitch where Patrick Ekeng collapsed on Friday

Court case postponed for Tanzania's 'Ivory Queen'

A highly-anticipated trial set to begin today in Tanzania for a woman accused of smuggling 706 tusks worth $2m (£1.6m) has been postponed.

The case, about an alleged ivory smuggling network, involved a prominent Chinese businesswoman, Yang Feng Glan, who has been nicknamed the Ivory Queen.

According to the court records, Ms Yang managed a criminal racket that killed elephants in protected game areas and then collected the tusks to be exported and sold in the Asian markets.

Her lawyer says he denies all charges.

Her court case has been delayed until 23 May. The prosecutors said the file is still with the director of public prosecution.

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#MabelJansen becomes top trend in South Africa

#MabelJansen is the top Twitter trend in South Africa according to Trends24 as people discuss what Judge Mabel Jansen said about rape and black people.

Screengrab showing #MabelJansen

In a public discussion on Facebook she appears to suggest that rape is part of black culture (see 09:03 post).

In a private conversation on Facebook messenger, which has been circulated, she goes further.

Judge Jansen says her comments have been taken out of context, but many South Africans on Twitter have been quick to express their outrage.

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White SA judge in racism row over Facebook comments

A white South African judge is at the centre of a racism row over comments she made on Facebook.

The comments about the incidence of rape amongst black South Africans were made by Mabel Jansen in a Facebook discussion last year started by Gillian Schutte.

The judge said:

Ninety-nine percent of criminal cases I hear is of black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as 5 years old. Is this part of your culture?

Because then you do not know the truth. And they do it to their own children, sisters, nieces etc. Is this also attributable to white people - somehow - because we take the blame for everything?

Business Day newspaper reports that Ms Schutte says she is now publicising the remarks because of the recent condemnation of comments made by a black activist to a white waitress.

The judge says that her comments have been taken out of context and "referred to specific court cases", Business Day adds.

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Al-Shabab car bomb attack kills at least two Somali police

A suicide car bomb at the traffic police headquarters in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least two officers on Monday, Somali police said.

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. 

One militant drove a car loaded with explosives and another tried to storm the police headquarters but was shot dead, Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesman for the Mogadishu city administration told AFP news agency.

Al-Shabab frequently attacks military and civilian targets in its campaign to topple Somalia's government. 

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