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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:               

It is better to get nine now, than perhaps 10 later"

A Swahili proverb sent by Vin in Mwanza, Tanzania

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

And we leave you with this image of a Nigerian woman dressed to impress as she gets ready for a night out in the country's largest city Lagos, where music is inescapable:

Nigerian women dressed in colourful attire
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Eid horsemen parade in Nigeria

Ishaq Khalid

BBC Africa, Bauchi

Horseman
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The second day of Eid al-Fitr has been celebrated in Bauchi in northern Nigeria with traditional horse riders parading through the streets.

Children climbed a statue in the city to catch a glimpse of them:

Children
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Some residents told me that they were happier this year because the celebrations are taking place in a peaceful atmosphere, unlike past Eids that were marked with fear, tension and violence.

Horsemen in Bauchi, Nigeria
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The Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted Eid events in the past with bomb and gun attacks.

But the residents said that this year the festivities had been dampened by the high cost of living.

Watch the parade below: 

Eid celebrations in Nigeria's Bauchi city

IAAF call for increase in Kenya's Jeptoo ban

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to increase the ban imposed on Kenyan athlete Rita Jeptoo to four years.

The two bodies held a hearing today to discuss the athlete's two-year ban imposed for failing a drugs test in 2014.

Jeptoo, who is appealing for her original ban to be lifted, says she may have been prescribed the drugs at a local hospital after a road accident.

She briefly joined today's hearing by telephone but opted to leave after opening statements as it was reportedly conducted in French which she finds hard to understand.

The CAS panel decided to proceed with the hearing despite her absence.

Athletics Kenya did not participate in the hearing despite previously announcing that they would attend.  

Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, became Kenya's first high-profile athlete to fail a test. 

For more background, read this BBC story

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Rita Jeptoo celebrates winning the Chicago Marathon in 2014

Nigerian killed in racist attack fled Boko Haram

Emmanuel Chidi with his partner Chinyery
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Emmanuel Chidi with his partner Chinyery

Emmanuel Chidi, the 36-year-old migrant who was killed in Italy on Tuesday (see earlier post), fled Nigeria with his partner Chinyery, 24, after their families came under attack from Islamist group Boko Haram.

Their families were killed in an attack on a Nigerian church in 2015, Italian media reported.

As the couple made their way across the Mediterranean, their baby died.

They finally arrived in Fermo, on Italy’s west coast, last November and were taken in by a local Christian charity.

They had a wedding ceremony in January, conducted by local priest Father Vinicio Albanesi, which was unofficial because they had lost their documents, Rai TV reported.

What happened on Tuesday evening is unclear.

Police say a row broke out when racist abuse was hurled at Mr Chidi’s partner.

The attacker, who has now been arrested and charged, is believed to have subjected Chinyery to racist chanting and then grabbed her.

At that point the traffic pole was pulled out of the ground as Mr Chidi and his attacker came to blows. He was taken to hospital in a coma but never recovered.

The hashtag #Emmanuel is now trending across Italy.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is among many across Italy who have taken to social media to express disgust at the killing:

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Visiting the town, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters, that the seed of racism had to be stopped before it could bear fruit and also announced that Mr Chidi's partner had been granted refugee status.

Read the BBC News story for more

Workers of Gambian origin killed in UK collapse

Onlookers at the site in Birmingham, UK
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Friends of the victims said they had been celebrating Eid with the men yesterday

In the UK five workers have been killed at a recycling site in Birmingham when a retaining wall holding scrap metal collapsed.  

The Press Association is reporting the men killed are believed to be Spanish nationals, originally from The Gambia.

They were working next to a "large concrete structure containing metal" when it collapsed, said the fire service.

The BBC's Andrew Dawkins at the scene says dozens of friends and relatives of the victims have been anxiously waiting outside the plant during the recovery operation.

One of them, Lang Dampha, says two of the dead were his lodgers - and that he had known one of them since childhood.

"I feel sad about it. We come from the same town - Noo-Kunda in Gambia," he said.

Another man in the crowd told our reporter that the five men who died were from different families, but all knew each other well through attending mosques in the city.

Read the BBC News story for more

Israeli PM meets Ethiopian palace lions

Lions in Ethiopian palace
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One of the titles that Ethiopia’s last emperor held was “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” – and to this day there are lions that live in the palace grounds in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tweeted this footage about his introduction to the big cats:

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But he wasn't as brave as Ghana's independence leader Kwame Nkrumah, who actually petted Emperor Haile Selassie's pet lion - watch the clip from 1958 below:

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Nigerian police hunt for missing king

Police officers in Ondo State in south-western Nigeria are hunting for the traditional ruler Oba Abiodun Zachaus Oyewumi who it is reported to have been kidnapped, the Vanguard newspaper reports.

Oba Oyewumi was taken from his palace on Monday night by a group of heavily armed men who also stole personal belongings, according to the Sahara Reporters news site.

The police commissioner of information in Ondo told the BBC that they were investigating "a case of abduction" and hoped to rescue the victim unhurt. 

Speaking to Nigeria's Nation Online in May, the 90-year-old monarch said he believed that his simple approach to life had greatly helped him handle the affairs of his town.

He said his leadership had been made easy because he enjoyed promoting local interests.  

These pictures from an exhibition by photographer George Osodi give a rare glimpse of Nigeria's many regional monarchs, who although they have no constitutional power wield great influence. Some rule over large regions, while others are traditional rulers of a village or town.

African Union 'to leave Somalia by December 2020'

The African Union says it plans to withdraw its 22,000-strong force from Somalia by the end of 2020, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Under its exit strategy, security responsibilities will be transferred to Somalia's military gradually between 2018 and December 2020, an AU Security Council statement is quoted as saying.

The first contingent of AU troops arrived in Somalia in March 2007 - and has since expanded as Somalia's neighbours have tried to help the country battle the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.

The force, known as Amisom, has suffered some serious attacks this year - and Uganda, the biggest contributor, has already announced it will withdraw its soldiers by December 2017.

AU soldiers in Kismayo, Kenya
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Amisom has helped push al-Shabab out of most of Somalia's major towns

Attacks on Amisom troops:

2016

  • 9 June: Al-Shabab said they killed 60 Ethiopian soldiers in Halgan - Ethiopia denied any soldiers were killed
  • 21 April: Six Ethiopian troops killed in blast in Bay Region
  • 22 February: 15 Ethiopian troops dead in clashes in Lower Shabeelle
  • 15 January: Scores of Kenyan troops killed in an attack on base in El Adde

2015

  • 1 September: More than 20 killed in suicide attack on base in Janale, including at least 12 Ugandan troops
  • 26 June: At least 50 Burundian troops killed in attack on base near Mogadishu

2011

  • 20 October: 70 Amisom and Somali troops killed in clashes in Mogadishu.

Free train travel in Nigeria

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Abuja railyway station
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Free transport and working trains – what more of an Eid gift could Nigerians wish for?

In Abuja today, a free train service began between the capital and Kaduna to the north.

Many people who work in Abuja actually live in Kaduna because of the high cost of housing. Their families stay in Kaduna and they commute home for the weekends.

In recent years, traffic had also made the road from Abuja to Kaduna dangerous, with fatal accidents recorded on an almost daily basis.

So there was great excitement this morning when officials allowed people to use the new Chinese-built railway link that has just been finished. It will be officially opened by President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the month.

Abuja railway station
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Until then, the Nigerian Railway Corporation says commuters can travel the 186km (115 miles) journey, which takes two hours, for free.

Inside one of the new trains
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The project is part of a rail infrastructure plan that will connect the southern cities of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri with the more northern cities of Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Bauchi.  

Train in Abuja, Nigeria
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Libya denies Gaddafi's son has been freed from jail

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent

Saif al-Islam
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Saif al-Islam was captured in November 2011 by a militia from Zintan

Officials in western Libya have denied that Saif al-Islam, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed.

France 24, quoting his new lawyer, reported yesterday that he had been released from jail in April.

A senior local official in Zintan, where he is being held, told the BBC:

This is a rumour that has been plaguing Zintan for months. This will not be the last time, I do not understand the motive of this lawyer."

Last year, a court in the capital, Tripoli, sentenced Saif al-Islam to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.

But the militia group that captured him, based in Zintan, has refused to hand him over.

In the years before the uprising that killed his father, Saif al-Islam was known for trying to introduce political and economic reforms.

But as people called for the fall of Gaddafi's rule - he stood by him until the end.

Gambia's Modou Barrow signs new Swansea deal

Modou Barrow
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Barrow was the first Gambian player to score in the English Premier League

Gambian winger Modou Barrow has signed a new three-year deal with Swansea City, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Barrow has also added an additional one-year extension which sees him commit to the club until June 2019.

He made 25 appearances for Swansea in all competitions last season.   

The Welsh side, which finished 12th in the league table, will play their 2016-17 league opener against newly promoted Burnley on 13 August.

Read the BBC Sport story for more

Ancient ties between Ethiopia and the land of Israel

Damian Zane

BBC News

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Ethiopia and we posted earlier about the historical ties between the two countries - going back to the 1960s.

But the connection, according to the Bible, is much older than that.

Kings Chapter 10 tells the story of how the Queen of Sheba, who according to Ethiopian tradition came from Aksum in the north of the country, visited King Solomon in Jerusalem.

The Ethiopian story, but not the Bible, then goes on to say that she became pregnant by Solomon, travelled back to Aksum and gave birth to a son, Menelik.

Menelik then went on to found the dynasty of Ethiopian emperors who continued until Haile Selassie, who was overthrown in 1974.

It is also believed that Menelik went to Jerusalem and brought back the biblical Ark of the Covenant (containing the 10 Commandments), which is now housed in a building in Aksum.

Queen of Sheba and Solomn
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The meeting between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon has been recreated many times in art

Nigerian striker Musa in Leicester

Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa is in England ahead of his medical with Leicester City on Friday. 

His former club CSKA Moscow and the Foxes have agreed on an undisclosed fee for the Nigerian international thought to be around £16m.

Musa joined CSKA in 2012 and scored 54 goals in 168 games, and has scored 11 times in 58 appearances for Nigeria since making his debut in 2010.  

Read more on this story:

Musa Ahmed
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Marvel's new Iron Man is a young black girl

The US Comic book maker Marvel has a new character - a young black girl, who will join the adventures in the latest episode of the series.  

Her name is Riri Williams and she's a 15-year-old Chicago-born science genius studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis told Time Magazine that he came up with Williams' character after being struck by the "chaos and violence" of Chicago while working there.

"And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life, just random street violence, and went off to college was very inspiring to me."

Read more on this story:

Marvel comics new character Riri Williams
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Riri Williams is a science genius

Israeli PM 'gets a history lesson'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently addressing parliament in Addis Ababa.

It seems rain has not affected play on the last leg of his African tour – the umbrellas were out for his inspection of the guard of honour outside the Ethiopian National Palace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspecting an Ethiopian guard of honour
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He held talks with his Ethiopia counterpart,  Hailemariam Dessalegn, with whom he seemed to enjoy a good rapport:

L: Benjamin Netanyahu and R: Hailemariam Dessalegn
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Ethiopia's ties with Israel could go back a very long way.  Ethiopia's royal family, overthrown in the 1974, based their right to rule on a dynastic line stretching back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba - as Mr Hailemariam appears to be pointing out in these tweeted photos:

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For more on the Israeli leader's comments about Ethiopian Jews, see earlier post.

Olympic basketball: Angola, Senegal and Tunisia out

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Senegalese basketballer Antoine Mendy
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Fiba said despite losing, Senegal could go home "with their heads held high"

Africa’s hopes of having a second team in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament ended today as Senegal lost 68-62 to Turkey at a qualifying event in the Philippines.

It means they have been knocked out of the tournament after they also lost to Canada yesterday.

Angola and Tunisia also lost both their games at two other qualifying events and so African champions Nigeria will be the only team from continent in Rio in the men’s tournament. 

Women’s African champions Senegal are also heading to Brazil for The Games that officially start on 5 August.

Africa-Asia ivory crime networks: Four things we've learnt

The East Asian ivory smuggling networks have expanded across Africa, a new report has found.  

Traffic, a wildlife trade investigation agency, says its findings were based on the increasing number of Chinese and Vietnamese nationals arrested during illegal ivory seizures.

"At the present time, Asian criminal networks, often in collaboration with local political and economic elites, completely dominate the supply of raw ivory out of Africa," the report prepared for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said.  

Here are four interesting facts from the report:

1. The Togo connection: Togo in West African has become the latest hub for shipping large consignments of ivory, often trafficked from across the continent. It is then shipped from the port in Lome to Asia where ivory carvings are prized as status symbols.

2. African ivory processing: It’s not just raw ivory that’s being trafficked. Now things like jewellery and chopsticks are being made in countries including Angola, Congo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe – with direct Chinese involvement - and then trafficked.

3. Mozambique magnet: Mozambique is the favourite place for East Asian syndicates trying to smuggle ivory and rhino horns into Asia mainly because ivory traffickers are not normally imprisoned. It is also estimated that poachers have killed nearly half the country's elephants for their ivory in the past five years.

4. Ethiopia favoured air transport hub: Another favourite with smugglers is Ethiopia's Bole International Airport in the capital, Addis Ababa - because of its good links connecting Africa and Asia. In 2014, 87% of the seizures in Ethiopia involved Chinese nationals.

Seized ivory haul in Kenya
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African governments are finding it hard to stop the traffickers

Ethiopian Jews 'to be moved soon'

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his government is still committed to reuniting thousands of Ethiopian Jews with their families who are now in Israel.

At least 9,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish ancestry are waiting to immigrate to Israel, after years of waiting.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with his Ethiopian counterpart, he said the exercise would be conducted soon, though he failed to outline any clear timelines:

On bringing to Israel members of the [Ethiopian Jewish] community that are still here, we are doing so, we have a commitment, we are fulfilling it on a humanitarian level of family reunification, it will not happen in the future it will happen now under the current budget - we are committed to a certain programme and we are advancing it."

At least 130,000 Ethiopian Jews are now living in Israeli since the first airlift begun in 1984.

Israeli government has come under intense criticism for its alleged failure to absorb and fully integrate the Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society.

Over the past months, hundreds of Ethiopian Jews have taken to the streets in Israel part in protests that have turned violent, alleging racism.

During the meeting, Mr Netanyahu also called for closer co-operation between Israel and Africa in tackling terrorism and boosting trade ties.

Two bilateral agreements to improve agriculture and information technology were also signed.

Read more: Plight of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

Suspected killer of Nigerian migrant arrested in Italy

James Reynolds

BBC News, Rome

Italian police have arrested a man accused of killing a 36-year-old Nigerian immigrant. 

Emmanuel Chidi and his wife had been living in Italy since September 2015, after fleeing conflict in Nigeria. 

He was attacked on Tuesday afternoon in the central Italian town of Fermo.

Reports say that a local man racially insulted Mr Chidi's wife - this provoked an argument. 

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. It seems that one of the men picked up a traffic pole and attacked the other. 

Mr Chidi died from his injuries a day later. The police have now arrested the suspected attacker - Amadeo Mancini - and charged him with racially motivated manslaughter. 

His lawyer said he "did not mean to kill" and that he had punched the Nigerian in self defence.  

The killing has drawn widespread attention and condemnation in Italy. Many worry that it is a sign of tensions created by the arrival of so many migrants from Africa.

Zimbabwe shutdown threat: Five demands

Zimbabweans on social media are patting themselves on the back after a successful campaign to "shutdown" the country on Wednesday.

The stay away was organised, mainly through the messaging site WhatsApp, to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages.

It is not clear which group is behind the campaign, but several activists have issued five demands to be met in the next few days otherwise "the citizens will be shutting Zimbabwe down again on Wednesday 13 July and on Thursday 14 July", one tweet said:

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The demands are:

  1. Pay civil servants their outstanding June salaries - and ensure payments will never be late again
  2. Reduce roadblocks and stop officers harassing people for cash
  3. President Robert Mugabe should fire and prosecute corrupt officials
  4. Plans to introduce bond notes to ease a cash shortage should be abandoned
  5. Remove a recent ban on imported goods, which is a long list from coffee creamers and body cream to beds and fertiliser.

Challenging stereotypes: A snapshot of life in Maiduguri

Maiduguri has become infamous the world over as the birthplace of the Islamist group Boko Haram's insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

But one woman on Instagram is on a mission to change this perception of her hometown, where she is now documenting daily life.

Here is a collection of some of Fati Abubakar's recent photos from her bitsofborno page, which has gained widespread popularity.

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Fati told the BBC's Focus on  Africa radio programme that the reaction to her pictures was a mixture of joy and sadness:

Life in Maiduguri is unpredictable, but today we are happy - we take each day one by one"

You can listen to the full interview below:

Fati Abubakar, 30, on how her @BitsofBorno Instagram account is challenging stereotypes.

India puts ‘daal on the menu' in Mozambique

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, stands next to Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi while reviewing a guard of honor in Maputo, Mozambique, Thursday 7 July 2016
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A guard of honour performs for Mr Modi and Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's has kicked off a four-nation African tour, arriving in gas-rich Mozambique where he tweeted his arrival in Portuguese, the country’s official language.

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He’s also going to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

Several agreements are expected to be signed along the way to do with energy and food.

According to the Associated Press news agency, a long-term agreement to import pulses from Mozambique is expected to be one.

India has been trying to control the prices of pulses, a staple diet for millions of its citizens, which have doubled in the past 18 months because of two successive drought years.

India’s NDTV summed it up nicely with its headline, “India's 'Daal' Need On Agenda as PM Modi visits Mozambique”.

Lentils are known as "daal" in India and are boiled and seasoned with spice.

Simple paper strip tests to detect malaria

Feeding mosquito
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About 3.2bn people, almost half the world's population, are at risk from malaria

A new test for malaria is being developed at The Ohio State University in the US.

Chemists have used paper strips that can detect diseases including malaria.

All people need to do is apply a drop of blood to the paper at home and then mail it to a laboratory, developer Abraham Badu-Tawiah told the BBC's Newsday programme.

He added that the testing needed to be done on a regular basis and would only require a visit to the doctor if it came out positive:

I think we should empower people to take control of their own health"

Researchers found that the tests were accurate even a month after the blood sample was taken, proving they could work for people living in remote areas.  

Listen to the full interview here

New Zealand's Zimbabwe cricket tour 'still on despite unrest'

New Zealand's cricket team will leave for their tour of Zimbabwe as scheduled next Monday despite unrest there, the Reuters news agency reports.

There was what was termed as a national "shutdown" in the country on Wednesday in protest at lack of jobs and unpaid wages. In some areas of the capital, Harare, and the second city Bulawayo, protesters clashed with police.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation," a New Zealand Cricket spokesman told Reuters. "There is a bit of time and water to go under the bridge... and at this stage its business as usual."

The team have scheduled a nine-day training camp in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, before they travel to Zimbabwe for the first of two tests in Bulawayo, Reuters says.

The first match starts on 29 July, with the second test beginning on 6 August.

Tyres burning in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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There were some demonstrations in Bulawayo yesterday

Ghana Eid party: 'We were locked inside'

Eid party survivor in Kumasi, Ghana
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This man spoke to Joy FM about his experience

Ghana's Joy FM have interviewed an eyewitness at the Eid party in Kumasi where nine people died (see earlier post). Speaking in Twi, the local language, he said people were locked in the venue and many began collapsing because of the heat:  

We had ended the party and they switched off the lights. So everyone wanted to move out of the community centre because of the unbearable heat.

Unfortunately they had locked the centre so we could not go out of the room.

We were trapped inside for almost one hour and some people started collapsing. It is the heat and suffocation that killed a lot of people."

Nigeria bans unsolicited text messages

Nigeria's National Communications Commission (NCC), has introduced a ban on nuisance text messages. 

This will give phone users the option to use a "do not disturb" facility giving them the freedom to choose which messages to receive from the various networks.

Mobile phone users in Nigeria have been telling the BBC's Newsday programme that they welcome the news:

Listen to the full interview here:

Young girl talking on a mobile phone
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More than half of Africa's 1.1 billion people own a mobile phone

Cartoonists on Pistorius sentencing

This morning we get to see what cartoonists in South Africa made of Oscar Pistorius' six-year sentence, handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa yesterday.

Trials in South Africa are heard by a judge - not a jury. Judge Masipa could have sentenced the Olympic athlete for up to 15 years for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Perhaps in anticipation of the reaction her sentencing would receive, she said during her judgement that "our courts are courts of law, not courts of public opinion".

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Pistorius was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December.  

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Car bomb 'kills Libyan troops' in Benghazi

A car bomb has killed 12 troops allied to Libya's General Khalifa Haftar, commander of forces in the east of the country who have been fighting a campaign against Islamist militants, a military source has told Reuters news agency.

Read more about the controversial Gen Haftar.

A building damaged during clashes in Benghazi, Libya - April 2016
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Benghazi is a battleground between Islamist forces and troops loyal to Gen Haftar

Analysis: Israel and Ethiopia's historical ties

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is du e to address parliament

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Ethiopia, the final stop on his African tour. The country was one of the first in Africa to set up diplomatic relations with Israel with their ties dating back to the 1960s. 

But the relationship has not always been plain sailing, Ethiopia has on numerous occasions severed ties with Israel including during the Arab-Israeli war in 1973.

However, they were restored in the 1980s after Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty.

In 1984 as Ethiopia faced a famine and political instability during the Mengistu Haile Mariam regime, Israel, fearing for the safety of thousands of Ethiopian Jews, covertly airlifted nearly 7,000 to Jerusalem in what was known as Operation Moses.

Carried out by the CIA and Mossad, it caused Ethiopia deep embarrassment initially as it claimed they had been abducted. 

Six years later, another major airlift saw 14,000 more arrive in Israel in just two days. There are now more than 130,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel. 

The fate of another 9,000 who are still in Ethiopia and are waiting to go to Israel is likely feature in talks between the two premiers.

Israeli flags held by Ethiopian Jews
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Many Ethiopian Jews now live in Israel

Nine Eid revellers die in Ghana

Nine people have died in a stampede at an Eid party in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi, the BBC's Thomas Naadi in Ghana reports.

Muslims around the world were celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Thursday to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

It is not clear how the crush happened. Local media has reported that there was a fight during the party and in an attempt to escape, the stampede occurred

Some people who were injured are being treated in hospital.

According to Ghana’s Pulse website, Ghana Ashanti chief imam, Shiek Abdul Moman, was concerned that Muslims had not heeded calls to show restraint during the festivities.

Activities such as the reckless use of motorbikes, cars, drinking and erotic dancing, did not convey a good perception about Muslims, he is reported as saying.

Guard of honour for Israeli PM

Ethiopia's foreign affairs ministry tweets...

Ethiopia to welcome Israeli PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Ethiopia today on the last leg of his African tour, which also brought him to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

He is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Africa in three decades. The talks in Addis Ababa will focus on trade issues but also on the future for nine-thousand Ethiopian Jews living there.

Israel airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews out of the country in 1984 and again in 1991, during a famine and at the end of a long civil war.  

Wise words

Today's African proverb

It is better to get nine now, than perhaps 10 later."

A Swahili proverb sent by Vin in Mwanza, Tanzania

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