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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:

Persistence is more effective than charms."

A Tiv proverb sent by Iorhen Kwange, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

We leave you this image from our selection of some of the best pictures from the continent this week of people breaking their Ramadan fast in Benghazi, Libya. 

People breaking their fast in Libya

'Changing the nation' one kick at a time

Sonwabise Dick comes from one of the toughest suburbs in the South African city of Cape Town.

She's a professional footballer who uses her love of the sport to motivate young girls and women.The BBC's Stanley Kwenda visited her at the Manchester City Football Club headquarters in England, where she was visiting for a leadership course being run by the Premier League club.  

2016 Caine Prize shortlist: Lidudumalingani

The winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, will be announced next week.

The $15,000 prize is for the best original short story by an African writer, published in English.

This week on the BBC Africa Live page we've been featuring extracts from some of the short-listed stories

Today's offering is by South African Lidudumalingani and his story is entitled "Memories We Lost."

UN calls for AU to investigate Eritrea alleged rights abuses

The UN's Human Rights Council has called on the African Union to investigate Eritrean leaders for alleged crimes against humanity. 

In a resolution, it says the AU investigation should focus on bringing those responsible to justice. 

Eritrea has described the resolution as unfair and unjust. 

Last month, a UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry found that widespread and systematic crimes against humanity, including enslavement, murder and torture, have been committed in Eritrea for the past 25 years. 

The AU has no prosecutor or court system but played a key role in setting up a special court to try Chad's former leader Hissene Habre.

Eritrea protest
Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia held protest against the Ertirean government last week

Tunisian doctor died in Istanbul looking for son who joined IS

A Tunisian military doctor was killed in the Istanbul airport attacks after travelling to Turkey to bring back his son who had joined the so-called Islamic State.

Brig Gen Fathi Bayoudh was reportedly trying to secure the release of his son, who had been detained by Turkish troops on the border with Syria.

The BBC's Rana Jawad reports from Tunis. 

(Some people may find images in this report disturbing.)

Brig Gen Fathi Bayoudh was reportedly trying to secure the release of his son

Zambia NGOs call for action to tackle gender-based violence

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka

NGOs in Zambia have spoken out about what they see as a lack of action when it comes to dealing with gender-based violence in the country.

Meeting in the capital, Lusaka, the organisations condemned the the lack of intervention for such attacks: 

The intensity of the violence and the impunity with which the violence is committed is shocking. Lack of remorse among onlookers who even laugh and make fun of the barbaric act is a sign of moral degradation. "

Zambia NGOs meeting
Zambia NGO meeting

The organisations say that the violence has also moved online. 

Earlier this week, a video of a woman being physically and sexually assaulted by a group of men emerged on social media sparking outrage.

Three suspects are in custody but the police are yet to arrest the main suspect.

Kenya's Instagram entrepreneurs

Getting into the retail business in Kenya can prove difficult for small start-ups. High set-up costs, expensive rent and complex regulations create significant barriers to entry.

But now a new breed of Kenyan entrepreneurs are turning to social media to find a way around all that.

From Nairobi, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira finds out more for Africa Business Report.

Kidnapped Sierra Leone diplomat was going to graduation ceremony

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria has been kidnapped in the north of the country, say Sierra Leonean officials.  

Maj-Gen Nelson-Williams is understood to have been abducted in Kaduna state were he was travelling to attend a graduation ceremony at a military base. 

Sierra Leone’s Information Minister Mohamed Bangura told the BBC the Nigerian authorities assured him they were doing all they could to rescue the deputy high commissioner. 

Kidnapping for ransom is common in some parts of the country. 

Even so, the abduction of a senior diplomat will be hugely embarrassing for the Nigerian government.

Kenya human rights groups plan big march to protest extrajudicial killings

Human rights organisations in Kenya have announced plans to hold a protest on Monday to express outrage over the killings of lawyer Willie Kimani, and his taxi driver. 

His client is also believed to be dead.

The organisations have called on lawyers and taxi drivers to join the demonstration.

The group plans to hand over petitions to the offices of the police, the president and parliament.

The three men disappeared shortly after leaving court where Mr Kimani was pursuing a case of police brutality.

Screenshot of a tweet
Willie Kimani
The last tweet of lawyer Willie Kimani

Ayite signs for Fulham

English Championship side Fulham have signed Togo international Floyd Ayite on a three-year deal:   

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Exiled Ethiopian journalists on hunger strike

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A group of Ethiopian journalists living in exile in Kenya are holding a hunger strike to protest against the treatment of an opposition politician who is critically ill in Ethiopia.

The authorities have denied permission for him to leave the country to get treatment. 

Ethiopian journalists

Habtamu Ayelew was arrested in July 2014 and charged with terrorism for allegedly working with banned opposition group Ginbot 7. 

His family says he was tortured while in detention and refused access to medical treatment causing his health to deteriorate. 

Even though a high court ruling acquitted him of the charges, the prosecution is appealing against that decision.

The 18 exiled journalists on hunger strike say Mr Habtamu will likely not survive if he does not get proper treatment.

SA government's Twitter account hits back

Whoever is in charge of the South African government's Twitter account today has decided to directly respond to criticisms.

Earlier it posted this:

July is also Moral Regeneration Month aimed at encouraging society to build communities grounded on positive values.…

One person responded:

And the answer to that:

Afternoon @kubane, the tweet is definitely not a joke. Regards, ^AL…

And someone else had a query:

@freedomfor_all @GovernmentZA @SAgovnews so it is true that ntate Nelson Mandela has sold us to illuminati?

And that got a response:

Afternoon @Neo29626593Neo, no it's not true. Let's respect Madiba in #MandelaMonth and avoid such silliness ^AL…

Zimbabwe activist who abused Mugabe hands himself in

We reported earlier that Zimbabwean activist Lumumba Lumumba has got himself in trouble for using highly offensive language to criticise President Robert Mugabe. He was speaking during the launch of his party, Viva Zimbabwe. 

Mr Lumumba has now handed himself in. 

Police had been looking for him since he made the remarks on Thursday. 

One of his party colleagues told the BBC's Brian Hungwe in Harare that Mr Lumumba insulted the president because he was frustrated with what is happening in the country.

Nigerian engineer designs and builds a '100% Nigerian' tractor

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

UK-trained Nigerian engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa is getting ready to launch a Nigerian-built tractor. 

Tractor in action

Mr Terfa said: "I designed and built this tractor, which is 100% Nigerian, with a team of skilled individuals."

He has called the tractor Ijodo, meaning labour in the Tiv language.

Tractor in action

The tractor is designed with different attachments to cover a variety of farm jobs.

For many, agriculture is still manual in Nigeria because of the high cost of farm machinery.

Some Ijodo tractors have been sold, but the engineer is looking for more investment.

Mr Terfa wants to inspire others:

My greatest desire is that someone out there will be encouraged and motivated to do something with the ideas they have to make Nigeria better."

Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in northern Nigeria

Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria Maj Gen Alfred Nelson-Williams has been kidnapped in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state. 

The country's high commission in Abuja has confirmed the news. 

The identity of the kidnappers is not known, but they have been in touch to demand a ransom.

Gen Nelson-Williams is a former head of Sierra Leone's army. 

Uganda drops Russian company for South Korean to build oil refinery

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Uganda's government has suspended negotiations with a Russian company, Rostec Global Resources Consortium, which had been offered a deal to build Uganda's oil refinery. 

A government statement says the consortium made additional demands after a final agreement had been reached.

The contract has now been offered to South Korean company, SK Engineering, which had come second in the original bidding process.  

There is speculation that the change is related to South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to Uganda in May.

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (R) drinks a toast with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L)
President Yoweri Museveni welcomed his South Korean counterpart in May

Seven convicted of rape of school student in Chad

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

In Chad, seven men on trial for the alleged rape of a high school student in February have been found guilty and sentenced to 10 years hard labour. 

The crime, which was filmed and posted on the internet, led to a huge outcry in the country. 

It led to a series of rare demonstrations in the capital, Ndjamena.

The high-profile case even got the country's long-serving President Idriss Deby involved. 

On a social media post, he denounced this "barbaric, shameful and unspeakable act" and promised that justice would be done. 

The case has further political significance as the victim is the daughter of an opposition leader.

Idriss Deby
President Idriss Deby condemned the rape

Analysis: Kenyans' uneasy relationship with police

Nancy Kacungira

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The relationship between Kenyans and their police force hasn't always been an easy one.

Kenya police
The police service has worked to improve its image over the past 10 years

Just a week ago, the police spokesperson came out to ask Kenyans to change their perception of the police:

There is pervading fear among the public as they believe that law enforcers are working with criminals."

Police spokesperson Charles Owino

He’s not wrong. Many victims of crime would rather forsake justice than go through the process of dealing with the police. 

It is largely seen as a fruitless and frustrating endeavour.

The police service has worked to improve its image over the past 10 years - dropping the word "force" from its official title in favour of "service", vetting officers, instituting community policing and establishing gender and children desks.

But it appears that the more recent incidents of police beating protesters at a demonstration, and a wave of controversial killings, are still sending the Kenyan public a much louder message.

Dutch parliament 'moves to protect Eritreans'

The Dutch parliament has passed a resolution calling for action against the Eritrean government for its activities in the Netherlands, former BBC Africa editor Martin Plaut reports

This would include a ban on supporters of the ruling party – the PFDJ – from working in the Dutch immigration service where they have acted as translators.

Some 14,000 Eritreans and their supporters had signed a petition to parliament before the debate.

Mr Plaut has summarised the key points from the resolution:

Martin Plaut

Kenya Olympic trials continue in Eldoret

It's day two of the trials to get into Kenya's Olympics athletics team.

Kenya has one of the world's best athletics teams and came top of the medals table at the world athletics championships in Beijing last year.

The BBC's Abdinoor Aden is covering the event and has sent some pictures of some of the hopefuls: 

Kenyan athletes
Vivian Cheruiyot ( L) won the 10,000 metres
Kenyan athlete
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, favourite for the men's 10,000 metre race dropped out
Kenyan athlete
Paul Tanui won the men's 10,000m race

Kenya human rights lawyer found dead

Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, missing since last week, has been found dead, his employers say.

Mr Kimani's body was found along with that of his taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, the International Justice Mission says.

A third man, Mr Kimani's client, Josephat Mwenda, is still missing, it adds.

In a statement, IJM says the bodies were found in Ol-Donyo Sabuk River north-east of the capital, Nairobi.

We are deeply mourning the loss of our colleague, Willie, and taxi driver, Joseph, and strongly condemn the perpetrators of these murders and the horrific violence inflicted upon these men.

Gary HaugenCEO of International Justice Mission

We will seek justice for Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, and will not cease in pursuit of this case until that end is secured."

Willie Kimani
Willie Kimani went missing after leaving court last week

Zimbabwe South Africa border shut by protests

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

Protesters in South Africa and Zimbabwe have forced the closure of the countries' common border at Beitbridge.

The demonstrators, from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and India, are upset about a new Zimbabwean regulation banning the importation of locally available goods.  

Businesses on the South African side of the border have been making a lot of money from Zimbabweans buying goods to resell at home.

A local journalist told the BBC that at the moment there is no movement across the frontier.

The protesters are saying that if the Zimbabwe does not want the goods on sale then the border should be shut. 

Officials from the two countries are trying to sort out the problem.

People have been tweeting pictures from Beitbridge:

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View more on twitter

UN rights body condemns internet shutdowns

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution condemning internet shutdowns, as happened in Uganda, Congo-Brazzaville and Chad during elections this year.

Campaign poster
The Ugandan government said it restricted access to the internet during February's election for security reasons

The resolution was passed despite reservation from some countries. 

The landmark document renews a 2012 and 2014 resolution that declared that human rights apply online just as they do offline.

The #KeepitOn campaign, an initiative by a digital advocacy group Access Now, welcomed the news: 

Internet shutdowns harm everyone and allow human rights crackdowns to happen in the dark, with impunity, [and] citizens can’t participate fully in democratic discourse during elections."

Deji Olukotun, Access Now

People have used Virtual Private Networks to get around internet blockades. 

Read more: How African governments block social media

How the deal was done over Nigeria's MTN fine

South African telecoms firm MTN agreed to pay the Nigeria communications commission $1.7bn last month to settle a dispute over unregistered Sim cards.

The fine was for failing to cut off unregistered mobile users.  

But there was always a question around how it managed to reduce the $3.9bn that it was supposed to hand over.

Reuters news agency believes it has the answer. 

It's reporting that MTN hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to negotiate on its behalf.

He changed the company's strategy from taking the authorities to court to one of negotiation.

Some have complained about the fine's reduction, but there is no suggestion that anything was done improperly.

Eric Holder
Getty Images
Reuters reports that Eric Holder was instrumental in getting the MTN fine reduced

Suspended SA journalist 'summons ancestors'

There have been protests in South Africa over the suspension of journalists from the national broadcaster, the SABC, after disagreeing with its editorial policy of not covering violent protests.

A BBC reporter has been tweeting from the protest: 

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Nambia complies with North Korea UN sanctions

Namibia has severed its ties with two North Korean state firms, the Reuters news agency is reporting.

It made the move to comply with UN sanctions against the increasingly isolated country.

The two firms were involved in military projects in Namibia.

A nuclear test earlier this year led to a tightening of sanctions against North Korea, Reuters adds.

Uganda cut ties with North Korea in May.

North Korean leader
North Korea is finding itself increasingly isolated after a missile test earlier this year

Zimbabwe politician questioned for abusing Mugabe

Zimbabwe activist Lumumba Lumumba is in trouble for using highly offensive langauge about President Robert Mugabe, according a report in the NewsDay newspaper.

Mr Lumumba made the disparaging remarks during the launch of his political party. He said he knew he was crossing the line: 

Mr President Robert Gabriel Mugabe ..... I have drawn the line. Our kids are in trouble. It’s a red line I know, and my name is Lumumba. I say it three times so that you won’t forget it."

The report also says that Mr Lumumba, a former activist with the governing Zanu-PF, accused top officials of using state security agents to crush dissenting voices. 

The police have questioned him for allegedly undermining the president.

Robert Mugabe

Bodies found in hunt for missing Kenya lawyer

Two bodies have been found in Kenya as police hunt for three men, including a human rights lawyer, who have been missing for more than a week.

The identities of the bodies have not been confirmed.

We posted earlier that the arrest of police officers allegedly involved in the disappearance had been ordered.

Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver went missing shortly after leaving court.

The case involved alleged police abuse.

'Six killed in gun attack' on buses in north-eastern Kenya

At least six people have been killed in Mandera county, in north-eastern Kenya, after gunmen sprayed two buses with bullets, Reuters news agency reports. 

Government official Fredrick Shisia told Reuters the attack happened at 9.30 am (06:30 GMT) as the buses were travelling to Mandera town from the capital, Nairobi:

"So far we are talking of six dead," he said.  

We reported yesterday that Mandera county officials had banned people who are not resident in the north-eastern Kenyan county from using long-distance buses because of possible attacks by Islamist militant group al-Shabab. 

Nigerian DJ 'breaks DJ'ing world record'

Nigerian DJ Obi Ajuonuma, based in Lagos, says he has beaten the current non-stop DJ'ing world record. 

DJ Obi has been tweeting that at a Lagos club he performed non-stop for 10 days, clocking more than 200 hours:

MY VALUE JUST WENT UP!!! #DjObiWorldRecord

MY VALUE JUST WENT UP!!! #DjObiWorldRecord

WE DID IT!!!! #DJObiWorldRecord

He was also tweeting videos as he went along:

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He doesn't give any clues as to how many breaks he was allowed to have or how he managed to stay up for more than a week.

DJ Obi's record has not been verified by Guinness World Records.

They say the longest marathon club DJ'ing stands at 200 hours by a Polish DJ performing in Dublin, Ireland. 

Top Nigerian singer questioned over defamation

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

A well-known Nigerian Hausa singer Ado Daukaka, who was released earlier this week five days after being kidnapped, has now been questioned by police for allegedly defaming a politician.

Adamawa state parliament member Suleiman Umar Alkali asked police to investigate the allegation that Ado dented his image in his latest widely-circulated song Gyara Kayanka (Let us do the right thing) which is about how politicians abandon the people after getting elected. 

The MP told the BBC that though his name was not mentioned in the song he felt there was insinuation about his performance in office.

Ado was abducted and kept in a forest for five days during which his captors threatened to kill him if he goes on with his music. 

The singer has been granted bail and was asked to report to the police on Monday.

Ado Daukaka
Courtesy Daukaka Family
Ado got a rousing welcome by thousands of youths yesterday when he returned from being kidnapped

South African 'anti-censorship' protest

The South African National Editors Forum has called on all journalists to dress in black and join picket outside the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

The protest is in support of journalists suspended from their jobs for disagreeing with a recent editorial policy that violence and the destruction of property during protests should not be covered 

SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoaneng has been accused of media censorship. 

Scores of journalists have gathered carrying placards written "Not In Our Name"

Journalists have been tweeting videos and pictures from the demonstrations in Cape Town and Johannesburg:

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View more on twitter

Kenya's police boss orders arrest over missing lawyer

We reported yesterday that the Law Society of Kenya ( LSK) had asked the government to produce missing human rights lawyer Willie Kimani dead or alive. 

Willie Kimani, missing lawyer

The LSK had blamed rogue police officers for his disappearance. 

The Inspector General of police Joseph Boinett has now ordered the arrest of three police offers suspected to be involved in the kidnapping, according to local media reports. 

Mr Kimani has been missing for just over a week now.

He was last seen in a taxi on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, shortly after he had left the court with a client last Thursday. 

The taxi driver and client are also missing. 

His client was involved in a case of alleged police abuse.

Wise words

Today’s African proverb: 

Persistence is more effective than charms."

A Tiv proverb sent by Iorhen Kwange, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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