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Summary

  1. Nigeria's President Buhari 'to return home from London on Sunday'
  2. Somalis 'die in container truck' at DR Congo-Zambia border
  3. Uganda 'intoxicated soldier' kills seven people
  4. Kenya's High Court says anal testing can be used as proof of gay sex
  5. Eritrea says more than 200 Ethiopian troops were killed in clashes this week
  6. Ethiopia's security forces have killed more than 400 people in Oromo protest - rights group
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 16 June 2016

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By Lucy Fleming and Farouk Chothia

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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:

Today and tomorrow, little by little you will manage."

A Hausa proverb sent by Blair Donkin, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send in your proverb.

And we leave you with this picture of South African children watching a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto on the 40th anniversary of the uprising against the introduction of Afrikaans in black schools: 

Children wearing school uniforms watch the laying of wreaths, at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, June 16, 2016
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Tanzania cracks down on fake phones

Tanzania's government says all counterfeit mobile phones in the country will be switched off at midnight.

Counterfeit handsets lack authentic International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers that are crucial to identifying and tracking mobile phones.

Such phones make it easy for some to escape detection and Tanzania faces threats from local and foreign Islamist militants, notably Somalia's al-Shabab.  

Tanzania joins other African countries, including Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria in trying to eliminate fake phones.

The BBC's Sammy Awami reports that an estimated that 3% of Tanzanian phones are fake - and explains how Tanzanians can find out if they have a counterfeit one:

Tanzania's government says all counterfeit mobile phones will be switched off.

Nigerian lawmaker hits back at US over sexual assault claim

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

The US ambassador in Nigeria sent a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives accusing some lawmakers of attempted rape and soliciting sex workers while on a visit to the US at the invitation of the US government. 

But the lawmakers have denied the allegations and have threatened to sue the US government for character assassination.

Ten lawmakers were invited to the International Visitor Leadership Program held between 7-13 April  in Cleveland, Ohio, and three of them were accused of gross misconduct. 

In the letter, Ambassador James Entwistle said the Department of State had reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel that lawmaker Muhammed Gololo had allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex. 

Two other lawmakers allegedly requested hotel parking attendants to assist them to solicit prostitutes, the letter said.   

In a response to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Gololo dimissed the allegation as "totally false, baseless and unfounded". 

"I categorically deny that any such incident happened," he added. 

Mr Goloo said he was demanding an apology from the US government over the allegations or would take legal action to clear his name:

Copy of letter sent to the US embassy
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When the BBC contacted the US embassy in Nigeria for comment, its spokesman Sean McIntosh said: "We do not comment on private diplomatic correspondence."   

Coe helped to IAAF presidency by 'corrupt' Senegalese official

Papa Massata Diack and Sebastian Coe
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Papa Massata Diack (L) and Sebastian Coe (R)

BBC Panorama has learnt that Lord Coe won the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with the help of the Senegalese man at the centre of the sport's doping scandal.

Text messages seen by the BBC suggest ex-IAAF consultant Papa Massata Diack, now wanted by Interpol, secured votes for Lord Coe's August election victory.

The programme also suggests Coe may have misled UK parliament.

The double British Olympic 1500m champion, 59, denies any wrongdoing.

The text messages suggest Diack, son of the disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack, helped secure African delegate votes for Coe.

Read the BBC Sport story for more.

Kenya's chief justice hands over his flags

The hashtag #AdiosCJMutunga has been trending in Kenya today as Willy Mutunga retired as chief justice - on his 69th birthday:

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He's actually retiring early as by law judges now need to hang up their robes at the age of 70.

However, he decided to go now as elections are due to be held in August 2017 which would not allow enough time to appoint a new chief justice.

He has spent much of his birthday handing over flags:

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Rio hope for Kenyan athletes

It looks like Kenyan athletes can breathe a sigh of relief – and will avoid a ban on attending the Olympic Games in Rio.

The country’s sports minister has tweeted that the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has approved amendments that MPs made to anti-doping legislation last month:

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Hassan Wario added that the legislation now just needed to get the presidential assent and then Kenya would be in full compliance.

Wada had demanded changes last year after a spate of drugs scandals involving Kenyan athletes.

In April, Kenya did create a national testing authority and make doping an offence punishable by imprisonment, but Wada cited "inconsistencies" in the legislation and declared Kenya "non-compliant" on 12 May - so parliament had to rush through further changes.

Ugandans 'mourn' after shooting spree

A Ugandan army spokesman has named the soldier who killed seven people at a military police barracks near the capital, Kampala, as Sergeant Obua Isaac. 

The spokesman added:  

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Ivorian chemical waste victims 'win case against lawyers'

Photo taken on September 19, 2009 of two civil protection workers passing by a bulldozer clearing a site polluted with toxic waste at the Akouedo district in Abidjan.
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Chemical waste was dumped in Ivory Coast

Thousands of people owed financial compensation over the dumping of toxic waste by oil-trading group Trafigura in Ivory Coast have won their court claim against their lawyers in the UK, AFP news agency reports. 

Trafigura agreed in 2009 to pay around $42.4m (£30m) to 30,000 people affected by the dumping of caustic soda and petroleum residues in the main city, Abidjan, in 2006. 

However, 6,000 of the claimants were not paid after £6m of the money was fraudulently withdrawn from a bank account in Ivory Coast. 

High Court judge Andrew Smith ruled that London-based legal firm Leigh Day, which represented the claimants, had been negligent in using an Ivorian bank account, leaving it open to embezzlement, AFP reports. 

Lawyer Kalilou Fadiga, who acted against Leigh Day on  behalf of the claimants, was quoted by AFP as saying that the £6m was withdrawn by an organisation claiming to be the victims' representative, but which was in fact a "mechanism to embezzle". 

He added: 

"It's a lesson for them [Leigh Day]. Not only should they be going round the world to try to help victims, but they shouldn't take their eyes of the ball about the ultimate goal which is to get compensation to the right people."

Leigh Day hasn't commented on the report.

Get Involved: Your views on Buhari's return

President Muhammadu Buhari take part in a panel discussion during the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016, at Lancaster House in central London on May 12, 2016
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Our Facebook readers have reacted negatively to the announcement that Nigeria's President Muhammdu Buhari, 73, will return home on Sunday after resting and receiving treatment for an ear infection in the UK.  

Himw Sam says: 

You can stay there forever, baba. After all the country is sinking in your hands."

Roland Goure adds: 

African leaders - why can't you improve the medical system in your countries? You always go abroad for good treatment."

Menkey Casey says: 

Corrupt Nigerian officials don't steal small money. They steal in the billions. They could have used the money to build modern hospitals to treat their own people."

Africa's champion coffee maker prefers tea

It is no secret that Kenya is one of the hottest spots to grab a great coffee in Africa.

With the recent boom in roasteries and coffee shops there, more and more professional baristas are making an impression.

Standing out above the rest is 26-year-old Martin Shabaya, who recently won the Africa Barista Championships, and is now headed to Ireland to represent Kenya at the World Championships.

Despite all his successes, it turns out drinking coffee is not even his cup of tea:

Africa's champion coffee maker takes on the world

Nigeria warns of mobile app launched by IS

Nigeria's government has warned parents that the Islamic State group has launched a new mobile phone application to promote jihad among children, under the guise of educating them.

In a statement, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed urged parents to make sure their children stayed away from the application Huroof (or Alphabets in Arabic), which teaches children the  Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons.  

He added: 

'The application utilises colourful illustrations that attract and engage the attention of young children."

Huroof screengrab
Huroof
A screenshot of the game

Kenya anal-tests ruling 'unacceptable'

The decision by a Kenyan High Court to uphold the legality of anal tests on men suspected of engaging in homosexual sex (see earlier posts) is unacceptable, Amnesty International has said.

“Forcible anal examinations of men suspected of same-sex relationships is abhorrent, and violates the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment under international law. They should not be allowed to continue.

It is also absurd as the government has no business proving or disproving consensual homosexual activity. It’s a violation of the right to privacy."

Amnesty International's Muthoni Wanyeki
Men kissing in Kenya
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Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

The UK-based rights group also lists some of the treaties that Kenya has ratified and which, it says, forced anal exams violate: 

  • Convention against Torture
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • African Convention on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Children 'killed' in Uganda shooting

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Three children and four women were shot dead by a soldier at the military police barracks outside Uganda's capital, Kampala. 

Military police spokesman Major Edward Birungi said the soldier had also been shot dead.

He was on duty, and was said to have got drunk and intoxicated on marijuana.

He is said to have had problems with his wife, and went on a shooting spree as he searched for her. However, she managed to escape.

Of the  women who died, one was a soldier and the other three were the wives of soldiers.

'Fatal shooting' at Uganda barracks

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Eight people have died in a shooting at a military police barracks outside Uganda's capital, Kampala.

I'll bring you more details as soon as I get them. 

Sudan 'biggest host of South Sudanese refugees'

Sudan is hosting 232,000 refugees who fled conflict which broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the UN has said.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, but plunged into a civil war two years later. 

"As of the beginning of June 2016, Sudan hosts the largest number of refugees who have fled South Sudan and sought refuge in neighbouring countries," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 

A woman walks outside her shelter in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, on June 14, 2016.
AFP
An estimated 2.2 million fled their homes because of the conflict

Togo 'seizes' contaminated chicken

Blame Ekoue

BBC Africa, Lome

Togolese authorities have destroyed 5,000 tonnes of contaminated frozen chickens imported from an unnamed European country. 

In a statement, the government said the chickens were seized a few days ago at Togo's main harbour following a tip-off from European Union health officials.

The chickens tested positive for the salmonella bacteria.

A boy chases a chicken ahead of a Voodoo ceremony on January 10, 2012 in Ouidah, Benin.
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Togo could see a boost in the sale of fresh chickens

Many people here are now scared of buying frozen chicken. 

Last year, Togolese authorities seized 24 tons of contaminated fish imported from China by a Togolese company. 

Soweto uprising: The students who changed South Africa

On 16 June 1976, thousands of South African students took to the streets of Soweto to protest against the apartheid regime.

Hundreds were killed in the police response, which profoundly changed the country’s social and political landscape.

The BBC's Chris Parkinson took his camera to the same streets with a survivor, as well as students from a local Soweto school to hear what happened and how things have changed.

Soweto uprising: The students who changed South Africa

Nigeria's President Buhari 'in perfect health'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is to return home from London on Sunday, the AFP news agency quotes his deputy as saying. 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo told reporters in Abuja:

I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is just the best that he takes the weekend off… [he is] in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning."

It was announced on 6 June that the 73-year-old president was taking 10 days off “to rest” and would also see an ear, nose and throat specialist for a persistent ear infection during his time in the UK capital.   

President Buhari
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President Buhari had cancelled three official engagements in the weeks before his trip

BreakingEgyptAir plane's voice recorder found

Cockpit voice recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight found in Mediterranean, Egyptian investigators say.

Somalis 'suffocate to death' in fish truck

A total of 18 Somalis have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo after travelling from neighbouring Zambia in a container truck packed with fish, Zambian police say. 

Hudson Namachila, the Luapula province police commissioner, said 11 suffocated to death in the truck while another seven later died after the authorities in DR Congo rejected help from Zambia.

The truck stopped just after it had crossed the border into DR Congo because of the knocking from the passengers in the back.

Mr Namachila told the BBC's Kennedy Gondwe in Lusaka that DR Congo had now shut the border with Zambia and had arrested the two Zambian drivers and the Somalis who had survived the journey. 

When Zambia's security forces went across the border yesterday, they found there were 44 Somalis: 11 dead, 20 "gasping for breath" and 13 who were OK, he said.

The number of dead had since risen to 18, but DR Congo's authorities were still refusing "humanitarian" aid from Zambia on the grounds that it could not operate across its border, the police commissioner said. 

DR Congo has not yet commented on the allegation. 

Mr Namachila said he did not know who the Somalis were and why they were travelling in the container truck. 

Before and after: Fake photo v real image

The businessman who raised money to send a Kenyan woman to China after she photoshopped herself into other people's holiday shots has tweeted “before and after” pictures from the Great Wall of China:

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Sevelyn Gat’s original images went viral on Facebook.

Sam Gichuru expands on a Facebook post that he wants this to be an example to young Kenyans, who should have their own dreams and not those of politicians or ethnic groups:

No tribe or person ever stands in the way of your dreams, my friends who sponsored Seve are Kikuyus, Luo's, Kambas, name it, we are tribe Kenya. So get out of your own way with the perceived hate, nobody hates you."

Suicide blast hits Libyan police station

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent

A suicide blast in Libya outside a police station in the town of Abughrain has killed 10 people, a spokesman for the militias fighting the so-called Islamic State group has told the BBC.

Mohamed El Gasri said about 15 people had been injured in the explosion.

Abughrain is a small town about 60km (37 miles) east of Libya’s third largest city of Misrata.

Last weekend, the anti-IS forces, aligned to the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, said they had taken control of the port in the city of Sirte from IS fighters.

Sirte had been the most significant IS stronghold outside Iraq and Syria.

Those fighting the militants are largely made up of brigades from Misrata.

Ramadan 'kidnap show' causes controversy in Egypt

Screen grab from Al Nahar TV's Twitter feed
Al Nahar

A new TV show called Mini Daesh has whipped up controversy in Egypt.

It is being broadcast every evening during the month of Ramadan, when TV viewing is high, and plays pranks on celebrities making them think they have been kidnapped by militants from so-called Islamic State (IS).

Daesh is the Arabic name for IS. 

In one episode, masked actors carrying guns and a whip try to put a "suicide belt" on an actress who shouts and cries.

Mohamed Khairat, chief editor of the Egyptian Streets online paper, told the BBC’s Newsday programme that he was appalled when he first saw the show on Al Nahar TV:

Satire plays a very important role in undermining Isis – but this goes beyond that. The fear that’s instilled in the celebrities whether they’re acting or not is simply insensitive and wrong.”

It has spawned a Twitter hashtag in Arabic meaning “the most stupid programme in the history of programmes” and some are calling for it to be banned.

The main actor in the show, Khaled Eleish, has been defending it on his Facebook page, saying it indicates that Egyptians are united against terror, Mr Khairat said.   

Suspicious parcel in Kenya had visa forms

The Canadian High Commission office in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was evacuated this morning because the delivery of a 30kg (66lb) parcel led to fears that it could be a bomb, the local Capital FM news site reports

The parcel was opened by police who found visa forms in it,  police chief Joseph Boinnett is quoted as saying. 

He said the parcel was delivered at the High Commission by courier firm Fedex but staff became concerned “because they were not expecting it, prompting them to call police who moved in quickly and ordered an evacuation”.

A section of Limuru Road was closed temporarily as sniffer dogs and bomb disposal unit experts moved in to ascertain the contents of the parcel, Capital FM reports.  

This is how it covered the story on its website: 

Police on road
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Kenya's matatus 'to battle bed bugs'

BBC Monitoring

Feeling itchy? You will be after reading this post. 

Most matutus or minibus taxis in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, have bed bugs, reports the local Standard newspaper.

“These parasites are now threatening to cripple our business since many people fear to board public service vehicles,” tout Chrispin Omollo told the paper.

The parasites are carried unknowingly by passengers from their homes or offices to vehicle seats, the paper says.

Now public transport operators have started a campaign to get rid of bed bugs by fumigating their vehicles and asking passengers to file complaints it they spot any of the creatures.

Buses in Nairobi, Kenya
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Many people use matatus to get to work

Research earlier this year found that the blood-sucking insects love black and red but hate yellow and green - a tip matatu owners might want to take on board.

A bed bug
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Bed bugs have shown the ability to quickly develop resistance to insecticides

Somalis 'seized' in Yemen

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

More than 300 Somali migrants heading to Saudi Arabia are being held captive in Yemen by a militia group which is demanding a ransom for the release, some of the migrants have told me by phone.

Get Involved: Views on Ethiopian forces 'killing 400' in Oromo protests

Mourners
AFP
Officials have acknowledged that more than 170 people were killed during the protests

There's strong reaction on our Facebook page to the report by campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) accusing Ethiopia's security forces of killing some 400 people to curb protests in its Oromia region (see earlier post).

Tadesse Hailu comments: 

Don't bother about the numbers. Even the killing of one innocent is not acceptable."

Olatunji Ibrahim draws paralells with the Islamist-led insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria:

This is the very same [way] Boko Haram began. At the beginning, they were peaceful until the security forces massacred their members."

Zed Assefa disputes the HRW's facts: 

It is totally far from the truth. Shame on you having this false news in the name of the BBC."

Appeal against Kenya's anal test ruling

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

The two Kenyan men who lost their High Court bid to declare as unconstitutional anal tests carried out on them to see whether they had had gay sex are to appeal against the ruling, their lawyer has said.   

Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Street child directs Kenyan rush-hour traffic

A boy directing traffic in Nairobi
BBC

A street child came to the rescue of drivers on a gridlocked intersection in Kenya’s capital this morning. 

The BBC’s Abdinoor Aden snapped these shots of a homeless teenage boy who directed traffic for almost two hours in Nairobi.

He stopped cars on one road to allow vehicles on another to pass – and vice versa – and probably helped people get to work on time.

His move surprised many drivers who often regard street children as a nuisance as they often beg motorists for money, our reporter says.  

A boy in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, directing traffic
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Renowned author launches free Gbagbo campaign

Ivorian writer Bernard Dadie (L) hands over a symbolic torch to Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on 9 November 2010
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Mr Dadie (L) has been a long-standing ally of Mr Gbagbo (C)

Legendary Ivorian writer Bernard Dadie, who turned 100 earlier this year, has launched a petition demanding the release of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo and ex-Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude. 

The two are on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague accused of war crimes during Ivory Coast's post-election violence in 2010/2011. They deny the charges. 

Mr Dadie, whose plays and poems are taught in schools and universities across the continent, has been a long-time supporter of Mr Gbagbo.  

Along with former Togolese Prime Minister Joseph Kokou Kofigoh and members of Mr Gbagbo's party, the Ivorian Popular Front, he hopes the international petition will attract the attention of the ICC.

Eritrea 'killed 200 Ethiopian troops'

Eritrea forces killed more than 200 Ethiopian troops and wounded 300 others in fighting along their border on Sunday and Monday, Eritrea's Ministry of Information has said.

Eritrea "quashed" the attack launched on it in the Tsorona area, and forced Ethiopian forces to retreat, it added in a statement

Eritrea did not give casualty figures for its side. 

On Monday, Ethiopia said it had inflicted "significant damage" on Eritrean forces who it said were the first to attack. 

An Eritrean tank destroyed in a battle with Ethiopian troops last week sits near the strategic southwestern Eritrean town of Barentu 20 May 2000
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The 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea led to the deaths of around 100,000 people

No winner for 2015's $5m African leadership award

Mo Ibrahim
AFP
The telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim launched the prize in 2007

No person has been awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

The $5m (£3.2m) award is up for grabs each year for an elected African leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.

But since the annual prize was instituted in 2007 only four leaders have been deemed worthy of it. 

Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist who made billions from investing in Africa, launched the prize through his foundation to encourage African leaders to leave power peacefully. 

When we launched the prize 10 years ago, we deliberately set a very high bar. We want the prize to shine a spotlight on outstanding leadership to provide role models right across society, as well as supporting laureates to continue to serve the continent by sharing their wisdom and experience.”

Mo Ibrahim

The previous winners have been: 

  • 2014 - Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • 2011 – Cape Verde’s Pedro Pires
  • 2008 - Botswana’s Festus Mogae
  • 2007 – Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano

The late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was also many an inaugural “honorary laureate” in 2007.     

Hifikepunye Pohamba
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Hifikepunye Pohamba from Namibia was the last winner

Soweto uprising anniversary

BBC World Service

Soweto protester
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The security forces brutally suppressed the student protests

In South Africa, a day of ceremonies is being held to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, when thousands of black students marched against being forced to learn in the Afrikaans language. 

It was a turning point in the fight against white-minority rule and its bloody suppression by the authorities saw hundreds killed. 

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has laid a wreath at the memorial to 13-year-old Hector Pieterson. It was a photograph of his body being carried by a fellow schoolboy that drew international attention to the protest. 

Children from Soweto stand at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto
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EgyptAir crash: Wreckage found in Mediterranean

Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean last month has been found, Egyptian investigators say.

A statement said "several main locations of the wreckage" had been identified.

A deep sea search vessel had also sent back the first images of the wreckage, the statement added.

There were 66 people on board flight MS804 when it crashed on 19 May while flying from Paris to Cairo.

The Airbus A320 plane vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, apparently without having sent a distress call.

Read the BBC News story for more.

A plane searcher looking out of binoculars from a plane
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An air and sea search has scoured the Mediterranean

Migrants found 'dead' in desert in Niger

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Niger's interior ministry says 34 migrants, abandoned by a smuggler, have died while trying to cross the Sahara desert. 

The dead include 20 children, nine women and five men, a statement added. 

Two of the dead had so far been identified as a Nigerian and Nigerien, it said. 

Niger's Interior Minister Bazoum Muhammed  warned people against taking "this dangerous path" which was run by "criminal networks of smugglers and their intermediaries". 

It is unclear why the smuggler abandoned the migrants. 

Last year, 33 migrants died in the Sahara desert in Niger while en route to Europe. 

In one instance, 18 were found dehydrated near a road towards the border with Algeria. 

According to the International Organisation for Migration, as many as 150,000 migrants, mostly from other West African nations, will travel through Niger this year, crossing the Sahara desert on their way to the Mediterranean coast.

Ethiopian forces 'killed 400'

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A leading rights group has accused Ethiopia's security forces of killing more than 400 people and arresting tens of thousands to quell protests by the Oromo ethnic group that began last November. 

In a report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Ethiopian troops had repeatedly fired at peaceful protesters. 

The demonstrations were triggered by a proposal to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, which has since been shelved. 

Map
BBC

Ethiopia has dismissed HRW's claims as exaggerated, saying any violence was the result of "a few bad apples". 

Last week, in its own report on the violence, Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission acknowledged 170 deaths. 

It attributed the violence to factional rivalry in Oromo regions and failed to mention any involvement of the security forces.

Read: What do Oromo protests mean for Ethiopian unity? 

Kenya anal test case thrown out

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

Court in Mombasa
BBC
The judge ruled that the men did not face sexual discrimination

The High Court in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa has thrown out a constitutional case challenging the legality of anal tests as proof of gay sex. 

Judge Mathew Emukule said there was sufficient grounds in Kenyan law for intrusion into the human anatomy to gather medical evidence of a crime, including rape and sodomy. 

He said the anal tests were therefore permissible and the two men who brought the case had given their consent for the tests. 

The judge dismissed the argument that they were sexually discriminated against.

The two men alleged they were also made to take tests for HIV and hepatitis following their arrest in February 2015 on suspicion of homosexual activity.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, and punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

Today and tomorrow, little by little you will manage."

A Hausa proverb sent by Blair Donkin, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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