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  1. Nigeria's currency falls sharply
  2. Suspected militant Islamists in deadly ambush in Kenya
  3. Court witness in Uganda 'castrated'
  4. Ministers summoned in Nigeria to explain cut in MTN fine
  5. Partial news blackout in DR Congo over internet price increase

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By Farouk Chothia and Hugo Williams

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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 palm wine can never be bigger than the calabash in which it is fetched. "

Sent by Selikem Timothy, Ho, Ghana.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this image of Congolese and Malian sculptures from ex-French President Jacques Chirac's private collection, at an exhibition in Paris: 

A Congolese Wongo-Lee sculpture (R) and a Malian zoomorphic sculpture (L) from the Jacques Chirac"s private collection, are displayed during the exhibition "Jacques Chirac ou le dialogue des cultures" (Jacques Chirac or the dialogue between cultures and civilizations) at the Musee du Quai Branly (Quai Branly Museum) in Paris, on June 20, 2016

Israeli spy station allegedly in Eritrean mountain

A man waits to cross the road beside a patriotic poster in Asmara, Eritrea, on July 18, 2013
Eritrea has few international allies

Israel has built its biggest listening post in the Red Sea Basin in Eritrea, the Middle East Monitor is quoting a Dubai-based newspaper as saying.

According to the Palestinian Information Centre, the post is located on the Emba Soira, the highest mountain in Eritrea, it reports.

East Africa analyst Usama al-Ashqar said the post’s existence was confirmed by the Eritrean opposition and was aimed at observing Bab al-Mandab Strait and Israeli interests in the south of the Red Sea, especially the movement of its commercial ships, the Middle East Monitor reports.

He also said that the post would observe the activities of Arab troops involved in the conflict in Yemen and Iranian activities at sea. 

Israeli authorities have not commented on the report.

Read: Has Eritrea's migration problem been exaggerated? 

Searching for home

One final entry linked to World Refugee Day

It comes from award-winning Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih:

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Life in world's third largest refugee camp

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Nyarugusu Camp, north-western Tanzania

Children hold a sign saying "Primary and secondary education" and "World Refugees Day" in French
Children at the camp hold up a sign saying "primary and secondary education" and "World Refugees Day"

As the world marks Refugee Day, the situation at Nyarugusu camp in the western part of Tanzania has improved, camp officials have told me.

The camp hosts more than 130,000 refugees, three times its capacity, with most from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. 

Almost every family now has a place to live and other basic needs like food and water are available, camp commandant Sospeter Boyo told the BBC. 

But mother of six Chichahepi Rajii painted a different picture.

“The most happy days here at the camp are the first two weeks after food distribution. At that time I’m usually happy because my children would have food to eat. But immediately after the food is finished none of us is happy,” she says. 

Three women walk with firewood on their heads

Most people at the camp, particularly women, say food is their biggest concern.

Nyarugusu became the third largest refugee camps in the world after Burundians fled political violence. 

Violence erupted in Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunzinza announced last year that he was running for a controversial third term. He went on to win the election, rejecting calls from the opposition and foreign governments to step down.    

woman carries bucket of water on her head with children around her in a forest

Bemba to appeal against conviction

This file hoto taken 18 February, 2003 shows Congo's Liberation Movement leader Jean Pierre Bemba, 40, gesturing during a press conference to an AFP correspondent in Gbadolite.
Bemba was arrested in Brussels in 2008

Lawyers for former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba say they will appeal against his conviction for war crimes, and will press for a mistrial. 

Bemba is due to be sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it convicted him in March of war crimes, including murder and rape. 

The atrocities were committed by his fighters in the Central African Republic after he sent them to the country to help the government put down a coup. 

Bemba's  lawyer Peter Haynes wrote to the ICC that he had been convicted on the basis of "speculation", and some of the witnesses in the case were "imposters", Reuters news agency reports. 

Read more: Bemba profile

SABC hit by 'anti-censorship' protest

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A protest has been held outside the headquarters of South Africa's public broadcaster (SABC) over it decision to ban the broadcast of "destruction of property" during violent protests.

Members of the free speech advocacy group Right2know said SABC had gone from being a public broadcaster to a public relations machine for the governing African National Congress.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago accepted a memorandum from the protesters and said management would respond after studying their demands. 

The SABC imposed the ban last month, saying it did not want to incite violence. 

Its decision came after more than 20 schools were set on fire in the village of Vuwani in Limpopo province by protesters opposed to new local government boundaries. 

Right2know has been tweeting about its campaign to force SABC to reverse its ban:  

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Milton Nkosi: Is South Africa’s public broadcaster using apartheid tactics?

Ethiopian chief rabbi in Israel 'sacked'

The chief rabbi of Israel's Ethiopian community has been sacked from his position after protesting alleged racial discrimination against Jews of Ethiopian descent within the country's highest religious authority, reports The Times of Israel newspaper

Rabbi Yosef Hadane's contract will not be renewed at the end July, it adds.

Times of Israel

Senior officials in the Religious Affairs Ministry said the decision came in response to criticism he had expressed against the rabbinate over the marriage registration difficulties of Ethiopian couples in the central city of Petah Tikva, the Times of Israel quotes Army Radio as saying. 

Campaign group Tzohar it was “deeply disturbed” by the decision to not extend Rabbi Hadane’s contract.

Coach to Ethiopian athletics stars arrested in Spain

Dibaba wrapped in an Ethiopian flag after victory on the track
Genzebe Dibaba is coached by Aden

The Spanish Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed that Athletics coach Jama Aden was arrested earlier today at a hotel in Spain in a joint operation with the sport's world governing body, the IAAF, and Catalan police.

There have been no further details released.

Aden, who is from Somalia, coaches, among others, Ethiopia's 1500 metres world record holder and world champion Genzebe Dibaba and Djobouti's Ayanleh Souilieman - the former World Indoor champion for that same distance.  

He is the former coach of men's Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist Taoufik Makhloufi from Algeria.

None of the athletes have commented on Aden's arrest.

Mr Aden had been staying in Sabadell, Catalunia, close to his training camp.

The Olympics start in August in Rio de Janeiro. 

Nigeria's currency woes

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

A Hausa tomato vendor of the Sabo Gari market in Kano in 2006
The cost of living is expected to rise

Interbank trading shows that Nigeria's currency, the naira, now has an official value of around 250 to the dollar, compared with 350 on the black market.

The central bank is hoping the the naira will stabilise around this figure.

It took the decision to float the currency to deal with a chronic shortage of foreign currency, which was eroding Nigeria's foreign reserve.

The current rate is far below the 197 peg the central bank had been maintaining for the past 16 months, before abandoning it last week to overcome the foreign exchange scarcity.

The new policy has led to fears of rising inflation, and more difficulties accessing foreign exchange for health, education and manufacturing.

A Nigerian student in the US told me that he is considering cutting short his studies and returning home because his sponsor cannot cope with a weaker naira.

Conversation among Nigerians on the streets and social media suggest they are bracing themselves for higher inflation, a weaker naira and paying through the nose for imported goods.

Senegalese makes history at Fifa

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura holds a football at a fifa ceremony

Senegal's Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura makes history today, as she begins her role as secretary general of football's world governing body Fifa.

Appointed in May, she is the first woman, as well as the first African to hold the post.

She succeeds former secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was banned from football-related activity for 12 years.

Samoura, 54, spent 21 years working for the United Nations.

Read more: CAF not expecting any favours from Samoura

SA bid to sue US giants fails

A suspect is arrested and kept in a Ford police car as violence increased in East London, in Novemebr 1952.
The UN declared apartheid a crime against humanity

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a group of black South Africans who wanted to sue IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co for allegedly doing business that helped perpetuate apartheid.

The justices left in place a 2015 ruling by a lower court which said that the plaintiffs, led by  Lungisile Ntsebeza, failed to show there was a close link between decisions taken by the two firms in the US and torture, killings and other human rights abuses in South Africa from the 1970s to the early 1990s, Reuters news agency reports.

Ford was accused of providing military vehicles for South African security forces and sharing information about anti-apartheid and union activists. 

IBM was accused of providing technology and training to perpetuate apartheid, which ended in 1994 with the election of South Africa's first black-led government.

Find out: What was apartheid

EgyptAir to compensate victims' families

EgyptAir plane takes off

EgyptAir says it will pay compensation of $25,000 (£17,000) to families of the 66 people killed when one of its planes crashed into the Mediterranean last month, AFP news agency reports.

The payments are separate to those expected from insurance companies on behalf of various parties depending on the investigation into the disaster, it adds. 

EgyptAir flight MS804: What we know

Kenya hunts police killers

Kenya's security forces are in "hot pursuit" of the al-Shabab gunmen who killed five police officers in an ambush in the north-east earlier today, a police statement has said. 

The militant Islamists killed the officers and torched their vehicle, as they were escorting a commuter bus from Mandera town to Wajir town, it added. 

See earlier posts for more details

DR Congo declares yellow fever epidemic in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a localised yellow fever epidemic in three provinces, including the capital, Kinshasa.

Health Minister Felix Kabange said 67 cases of the disease had been confirmed, and five people had died. 

The vast majority of the cases came from neighbouring Angola, although several had no link to the outbreak there. 

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization said it was concerned about a shortage in yellow fever vaccines, which have been depleted largely because of the epidemic in Angola.

Mother and child at Angolan clinic
Angola has been hit hard by a yellow fever outbreak

Buhari 'ready to wrestle' on first day back

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has tweeted photos of himself and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the president's office on his first day back at work.

Mr Buhari took 10 days off in order to rest and receive medical treatment in London.

Upon his arrival at Abuja airport last night he said he was feeling "strong" and offered to prove the point by wrestling anyone willing to take him on.

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Tottenham agree £11m fee for Wanyama

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a fee of £11m for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, BBC Radio Solent understands.

It is thought the 24-year-old Kenyan, who joined Saints for £12.5m from Celtic in July 2013, is undergoing a medical with the White Hart Lane club.

The move would reunite Wanyama with his former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Victor Wanyama in action for Southampton

Read the full BBC Sport story

Al-Shabab kills police officers

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has said it carried out the attack on a police vehicle in north-eastern Kenya, killing five officers and wounding four others, Reuters news agency reports. 

Al-Shabab fighters (archive shot)
Al-Shabab has its headquarters in neighbouring Somalia

Kenyan police 'burned to death'

Two of the policemen killed in an ambush in  north-eastern Kenya were burned beyond recognition, Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo has said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Four officers survived the attack, he added.

The attackers fled to Kenya's border with Somalia, Mr Boronjo said. 

Mandera County Governor Ali Roba said suspected militant Islamists had carried out the attack on a police vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade (see earlier post).     

Tanzania takes in huge number of refugees

Burundian refugees prepare a meal as they gather with others along the shoreline of the Tanganyika lake in the fishing village of Kagunga, on May 21, 2015
Conflict erupted in Burundi over President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid

Tanzania had the world's third biggest influx of refugees last year, after Turkey and Russia, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. 

Nearly 123,400 Burundians fled to Tanzania in 2015, it said.

Turkey took in the most refugees last year, including 946,800 from Syria, followed  by Russia, 149,600 from Ukraine, the UNHCR added in a statement. 

Uganda suspects in cleric-killing case filmed in court

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The BBC's Patience Atuhaire has also been tweeting video from this morning's hearing at the High Court in the capital Kampala:

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Inter Milan 'circling Yaya'

Inter Milan are keen to sign Manchester City's veteran title-winning midfielder Yaya Toure.

The 33-year-old Ivorian has a year remaining on his contract at the Etihad.

He was sold to City, then managed by current Inter boss Roberto Mancini, for £24m by Pep Guardiola in 2010, when the pair were at Barcelona.

Terms are still to be agreed and a source said it was '50-50' whether the transfer would go through.

Yaya Toure shakes hands with City manager Roberto Mancini
Getty Images

Read the full BBC Sport story 

Ugandan witness 'castrated'

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

The High Court in Uganda's capital Kampala has been hearing the case of 32 suspects accused of being involved in the killings of Muslim clerics over the past two years. 

The judge granted a one-month adjournment, requested by the prosecution, which said that it needed more ensure the safety of their witnesses. 

The prosecution said that one of its intended witnesses was beaten and castrated after receiving death threats. 

Defence lawyers said their clients were in jail at the time of the attack and could not have been responsible. 

They also noted that the case had been adjourned seven times before and said they hoped this would be the last such delay. 

kampala courtroom

News blackout in eastern DR Congo

BBC Monitoring

The call for a news blackout in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been largely observed in Goma, the main city in the east. 

Community radio Pole FM and privately-owned Virunga Business Radio are off air, though earlier in the morning the latter was carrying a relay of Radio France Internationale's news broadcast.

Tayna Community Radio and Television has only been playing music.  

Privately-owned Radio Kivu One is also only airing music, but it has been broadcasting a few news bulletins every 30 minutes and repeatedly playing  a recorded message which says: "In protest against the exaggerated increase in the cost of internet bundles and, in respect for the 'no press day' decreed by the UNPC, the DR Congo National Press Union, we shall have to modify our programmes. We will only air very brief news bulletins to our listeners and viewers every 30 minutes until 1800 local time."

Among the radio stations which have not adhered to UNPC's call are the state-owned broadcaster and and UN-sponsored Radio Okapi. 

While the former carried its programmes as usual, Radio Okapi, for its part, did not have a press review this morning, possibly because most daily newspapers, based in the capital, Kinshasa, did not publish today. 

The radio station also announced that its main political programme, "Dialogue between the Congolese",  which usually broadcasts at 18:15 GMT, will not be aired today in support of the UNPC's protest call.

In an interview with Radio Okapi, government spokesman Lambert Mende said that mobile service providers had raised the internet charges, and were not influenced by the government in any way.

Radio Okapi's news site was also updated this morning

#WorldRefugeeDay celebrated in largest camp

Some people are marking World Refugee Day in style at Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in Kenya: 

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Naira plummets against dollar

Nigeria's currency, the naira, has fallen 23% against the US dollar in the first morning of trading after the removal of the currency peg, Reuters News reports.

Bloomberg's Africa reporter has tweeted a graph of the naira's fall this morning: 

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Read more: Five ways Nigeria’s currency flotation will affect life

Kenyan police 'killed in rocket attack'

BBC Monitoring

Al-Shabab fighters
Al-Shabab has carried out attacks in several East African states

Five policemen have been killed in the north-eastern Kenyan town of Mandera, when suspected al-Shabab militants targeted their vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade, reports the Capital FM news site.

The police vehicle, which was escorting a bus when it was targeted near Elwak town, burst into flames.

The governor of Mandera County has tweeted: 

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Read: Al-Shabab split by IS calls

MTN rings changes after Nigeria fine resolution

South Africa-based telecoms giant MTN has named a new chief executive, after resolving a dispute with Nigeria over a multi-billion dollar fine for its failure to disconnect millions of unregistered mobile phone lines (see earlier post), AFP news agency reports.

MTN announced that Rob Shuter, a South African who is currently the Vodafone Europe CEO, will take over as its new group president and CEO next year, AFP adds.

Has DR Congo 'media blackout' happened?

BBC Monitoring

The Democratic Republic of Congo's state-owned RTNC broadcaster is on air while a spot check on the some of the bigger news websites show that they are being updated as usual.

However the website is running a protest banner on its front page in solidarity with the call for a media blackout against the increase in internet tariffs (see earlier post).

UN-sponsored Radio Okapi is also online, currently hosting a live debate on the mobile providers' decision to increase internet tariffs.

Kinshasa-based music Top Congo FM online is playing music, but is not broadcasting news bulletins or any live programming today.

UNHCR: Refugees at highest ever level

A displaced woman sits on a water can as she waits with her child to during a water distribute by agents from the UN System in a refugees camp of Kidjendi, around Diffa, southeastern Niger, on June 19, 2016.Image copyrightAFP Image caption This woman and her child have fled Boko Haram violence in Niger and are living in a refugee camp

The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says.

It estimates that 65.3m people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5m in a year.

This represents one in every 113 people on the planet, the UN agency says.

Read the full BBC story here

Nigeria currency to float

Habiba Adamu

BBC Africa, Abuja

Getty Images

The decision by Nigeria’s central bank to float the embattled currency, the naira, comes into effect today. 

The bank will now deal directly with 10 primary dealers who may then offer services to any organisation, individual or company seeking foreign exchange in the country. 

This ends the months-long peg against the dollar by the apex bank. 

Some experts believe that the naira's value will drop significantly and the inflation rate will increase as the new policy kicks off.  

Read: Five ways Nigeria’s currency flotation will affect life

DR Congo media call for blackout over internet price hikes

Ce Lundi 20 juin Journée Sans Crédit & Sans Presse mot d'ordre de l’Union nationale de la presse du Congo #UNPC #RDC

Ce Lundi 20 juin Journée Sans Crédit & Sans Presse mot d'ordre de l’Union nationale de la presse du Congo #UNPC #RDC

Some media outlets in the Democratic Republic of Congo are refusing to go to press or to air today in protest at a recent hike in internet tariff prices.

The National Union of the Congolese Press has called for a "Lundi sans presse" (Monday with no press) after the 10 May price rises, 

The country's official telecoms regulator (ARPTC) has called for a return to the lower tariffs, saying they had not approved the recent price hike. 

The government has denied ordering the increase. 

Despite the calls for a media blackout, some broadcasters are still reportedly on air, among them the national broadcaster RTNC (as tweeted below).

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MTN deal 'shortchanges' Nigeria

Nigeria's Senate has accused the government of "short-changing" the country by reducing the fine of mobile phone giant MTN from an original $5.2bn (£3.4bn) to $1.7bn, the privately owned Vanguard newspaper reports

The Senate had summoned top government officials, including the communications minister and attorney-general, to explain the "ridiculous settlement payment plan", according to a letter sent by the chairman of the senate's communication committee.

MTN sim cards

Government officials said the fine had been reduced to protect the jobs of some 500,000 Nigerians working for MTN, and not to deter foreign investors.   

The fine was imposed over MTN's failure to disconnect unregistered Sim cards, a measure aimed at preventing militant Islamists and criminal gangs from going under the radar.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb:

The palm wine can never be bigger than the calabash in which it is fetched. "

Sent by Selikem Timothy, Ho, Ghana.

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