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  1. Fighting resumes in South Sudan capital
  2. Shooting heard outside the presidential palace
  3. Comes after five soldiers shot dead on Thursday
  4. Tanzania court rules child marriage unconstitutional
  5. Gambia president threatens jail terms over child marriage
  6. Kenya memorial service for murdered lawyer
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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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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

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We leave you this image from our selection of some of the best pictures from the continent this week. It's of a race to reach the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria, which was part of the Eid festivities.

Horsemen during Eid celebrations

South Sudan's leaders were in a meeting when shooting broke out

South Sudan's Education Minister Deng Yai has been talking to the BBC Focus on Africa radio about what happened in Juba today.

He said that President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar were holding a meeting at the presidential palace when the shooting broke out.

They were discussing Thursday's incident when five soldiers loyal to the president were shot by troops loyal to the vice-president.

Mr Yai said the killing was a result of a misunderstanding.

He added: "The leaders were trying to resolve what happened [on Thursday] and establish a mechanism to stop a repeat of such incidents".

Riek Machar and Salva Kiir
Thw two men have been in government together since April

Timeline: Shooting in South Sudan's capital

Here's a summary of events in Juba this afternoon:

  • Gunfire was first heard around 5.30pm local time (14:30GMT)
  • It was taking place close to the presidential palace where President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar were about to hold a press conference
  • It is not yet clear who was doing the shooting in South Sudan's capital, Juba, and who it was targeted at
  • The president has called for calm
  • It came a day after five soldiers loyal to President Kiir were shot dead by troops loyal to the vice-president
  • The two men are in a government of national unity which came into existence with a peace deal that ended the more than two-year-long civil war
  • Tomorow sees the country mark five years of independence, but there are no official celebrations because of a lack of money.
Poster showing Riek Machar and Salva Kiir
Riek Machar and Salva Kiir came together in a government of national unity in April

Tanzania new marriage law is a big win for children's rights

Tulanana Bohela

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

The High Court in Tanzanian has made a landmark ruling that outlaws marriage under the age of 18, without exceptions.

It has given the government one year to correct the anomaly and make 18 the minimum marriage age for both boys and girls. 

Previously, Tanzanian law set the minimum age at 18 years for boys and 15 years for girls, and girls as young as 14 were married off with parental consent. 

This is a big victory for child rights groups who will now have an easier time rescuing girls caught up in cultural obligations.

Child in school

Guns 'quiet' in South Sudan's capital

People in South Sudan's capital, Juba, are now tweeting that the shooting has ended for now.

A local radio station posted this video that it says was taken shortly before things stopped: 

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Others are also tweeting that things are now quiet:

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Kenyans outrage at police killings

The death of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, who disappeared while representing a client who was making a complaint against the police, has sparked mass protest in the capital Nairobi. 

And activists say the police are behind many more such deaths length.

Watch this short film for background:

Kenyans outrage at police killings

South Sudan 'peace process collapsing'

BBC Monitoring

The head of the Care aid agency in South Sudan has tweeted a message as fighting resumed in the capital, Juba:

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South Sudan State TV urges calm, as UN reports attack on official

South Sudan TV has urged residents to be calm and to stay in their houses, according to the AP news agency.

Gunfire was earlier reported outside the presidential palace, a day after clashes between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, leaving five dead.

In a statement on Friday, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission that monitors the cease-fire said the recent fighting in many parts of the country could be in `"flagrant violation'' of the peace deal, and it said security in the capital was "deteriorating," AP reports. 

Helicopters flying over South Sudan capital

There are several people tweeting that helicopters can been seen overhead in Juba following shooting in South Sudan's capital near the presidential palace.

We had one earlier and here's another:

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One man who works for the UN has tweeted a short video in which you can hear gun fire in the background and a voice saying that people should stay indoors:

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Meanwhile at the presidential palace, a journalist is tweeting that the mobile phone network is down:

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'We don't owe you money': Nigeria Football Federation responds to Oliseh

We reported earlier that the former Nigerian national football coach Sunday Oliseh had been tweeting about how he was owed money by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). 

The NFF has responded:

The NFF can confirm it is not owing former @NGSuperEagles coach Sunday Oliseh, any money whatsoever

South Sudan's president and vice-president 'fine'

One journalist who was in South Sudan's presidential palace as the shooting broke out has been tweeting:

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He was waiting for a press conference from President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar:

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A resident in Juba has tweeted that he can hear helicopters flying overhead:

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South Sudan president and vice-president 'know nothing about fighting'

The shooting in South Sudan's capital, Juba, occurred near the presidential palace as President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar were about to give a press conference in the building.

A local news station says that the men continued with the conference: 

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Shooting close to presidential palace in South Sudan

The gunfire heard in South Sudan's capital, Juba, has been taking place close to the presidential palace.

President Slva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar - on opposing sides during the recently ended civil war - were holding a press conference at the palace when the fighting broke out, a local journalist has told the BBC.

Mr Kiir's SPLA and Mr Machar's opposition SPLA-IO, which fought during the conflict lasting more than two years, have forces in the area near the presidential palace, a witness told the Reuters news agency. 

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop defends Rosa over doping claims

We reported earlier about Federico Rosa, an Italian coach who has been arraigned in court on accusations of helping Kenyan athletes take performance enhancing drugs. 

Kenyan athlete Asbel Kiprop, a three-time 1500m World Champion and former Olympic Champion has come to the defence of Mr Rosa on a Facebook post: 

I believe in myself, my hard work and my God given talent. I speak out because I feel for the humanity when an innocent person is being accused falsely. It is our own people who doped our athletes...

I have worked with Federico Rosa since 2008... I will stand out for the truth and I will not quit speaking the truth because it will set us all free. I will never join critics haters and false accusers."

Asbel Kiprop
Asbel Kiprop, August 2013
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Asbel Kiprop was world 1500m champion

BreakingSouth Sudan's president urges calm

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has urged people to stay calm as shooting has broken out in the capital, Juba, the Reuters news agency is reporting.

BreakingFighting resumes in South Sudan's capital

Witnesses in South Sudan's capital, Juba, have told the BBC that fierce fighting has broken out once again.

The fighting is reportedly happening in different neighbourhoods, but it is not clear who is shooting at who.

On Thursday evening five soldiers were killed by fighters loyal to the Vice-President Riek Machar.

There is currently a government of national unity after the end of a two-year civil war.

Waiting for Zimbabwe's president to speak

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Bindura, Zimbabwe

People are gathering for a rally in Bindura, about 80km (50 miles) north of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, where President Robert Mugabe is expected to give his first public address since Wednesday's nationwide stay .

The crowd are enjoying some entertainment while they wait:

Dancing people
Dancing women
Robert Mugabe poster

Madonna in Malawi to oversee her charity projects

US pop diva Madonna is visiting Malawi with her children, David Banda and Mercy James, who she adopted from the country. 

She is overseeing her latest project, a 50-bed surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in the commercial capital, Blantyre, the AFP news agency reports. 

She has been sharing her visit on social media: 

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BreakingTanzania court outlaws child marriage

Tulanana Bohela

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania's high court today has made a landmark ruling setting the minimum age for marriage for women at 18 years - the same as for men. 

This is being seen as a major step towards combating child marriage in the country.

The court ruled that a 1971 law saying that women could get married at 15 was unconstitutional.

Zimbabwe minister warns mobile phone providers

Zimbabwe's science minister and member of the governing Zanu-PF's politburo has tweeted a warning to phone and internet companies:

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Hokoyo is a Shona word meaning "beware" or "watch out".

The warning comes after Wednesday's nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages was organised through the messaging site WhatsApp.

But it was not clear which group was behind it and the authorities have not been able to trace who has been sending the messages.

Further protests have been called for next week.

Musa passes medical for Leicester City

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Nigerian international Ahmed Musa has passed his medical and signed a four-year deal with Premier League champions Leicester City.

Ahmed Musa
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Ahmed Musa has transferred from CSKA Moscow

Kenya's slain lawyer, client and driver remembered

We've been getting pictures of the memorial service in Kenya for the three men, including lawyer Willie Kimani, tortured and killed after they were abducted a fortnight ago.

Casket with picture of Kimani on it
A cross saying rest in peace

One of the other victims was Mr Kimani's client Josephat Mwendwa who had filed a complaint against the police.

And the third was their driver Joseph Muiruri.


The three were remembered at the Consolata Shrine church in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  

Manchester City's Yaya Toure a 'huge talent'

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure as a "huge talent", the BBC's Stanley Kwenda reports.

He was speaking at his first press conference since he officially joined the club at the beginning of the month.

There’s been speculation that Guardiola might sell Toure like he did when he took over management of Barcelona in 2008. 

Toure, who has a year left on his contract, took part in today’s training session with the rest of the squad:

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Tuareg rebels join new Mali government

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

In Mali, for the first time since the 2015 peace accord, members of some of the armed groups have joined the government. 

Nina Wallette Intalou, leader of the Tuareg MNLA's women’s league, is now the country's tourism minister. 

A member of another armed group, Mohamed el-Mocta, is also part of the new cabinet as minister of reconciliation.  

A member of the MNLA has told the BBC that the group was not consulted prior to the appointment. 

But the move is being seen as a significant step towards peace.   

Despite the peace accord the region is still marred by violence, fuelled not only by the presence of many Islamist armed groups, but also by rivalry between pro and anti-government movements. 

Tuareg delegations discussing peace on June 2013
Tuareg delegations took part in the Mali peace talks in 2013

Six killed in 'Boko Haram' attack in north-east Nigeria

Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, north-east Nigeria, the AFP news agency reports. 

Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am (04:15 GMT) in the town of Damboa, some 90km (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. 

He blamed the attack on "two Boko Haram terrorists," AFP quotes him as saying. 

One of the bombers failed to get into the mosque because of security measures.

"However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshippers and injuring one other person."  

Nigeria army patrol streets in Maiduguri, June 2013
Nigeria's army are fighting Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria

Oliseh 'still hasn't been paid' by Nigeria's football federation

Sunday Oliseh quit as coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles in February citing contract violations, unpaid wages and lack of support.

He is still angry as, he says, he still has not been paid.

On the day that the Nigeria Football Federation is due to announce a shortlist for a new coach Oliseh has tweeted:

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Oliseh was in charge of the Super Eagles for eight months

Italian coach accused of doping Kenyan athletes out on bail

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A Kenyan court on Friday freed on bail an Italian athletics agent accused of doping runners.

Federico Rosa, who manages several top Kenyan athletes, was arrested by Kenyan police together with his father and questioned earlier this week over doping allegations that  continue to plague the East African nation.

Mr Rosa is accused of having "conspired to cause injury by doping, to the reputation and profession of athletes".

During his second court appearance on Friday the judge agreed to release him on a $3,000 cash bail and ordered him to appear in court again on 14 July after the prosecution asked for more time to conduct  investigations.

Federico Rosa in court July 6 2016

'Thousands flee CAR in renewed fighting'

Thousands of people have fled renewed violence in the Central African Republic to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. 

CAR Refugees May, 2014
More than half a million people have fled their homes since 2013 in CAR

UNHCR has been sharing the news on Twitter:

Over 6,100 #refugees from Central African Republic cross border into Chad and Cameroon to escape new tension and fighting since mid-June.

UNHCR helps register 5,643 CAR #refugees in 2 Chad villages near the border. Another 555 refugees crossed to Yamba village in east Cameroon.

CAR #refugees arriving in Chad and Cameroon said they had seen killings, kidnappings, looting and the torching of their homes in north-west.

According to the AFP news agency, UNHCR pointed out that such clashes typically occur when herders move their animals across the land, but warned that "this year, disturbingly, rival ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka militias have become involved".  

The violence comes as the country struggles to recover from sectarian fighting which has driven half a million people from their homes since 2013.

Nigeria oil production 'down 300,000 barrels'

Nigeria Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has said that the country is producing 1.9 million barrels of oil a day, the Reuters news agency reports.

It adds that this represents a fall in production of about 300,000 barrels from the beginning of the year.

Oil production has been hit by a series of attacks on oil facilities in the country's Niger Delta region.

The latest happening earlier this morning in Bayelsa state.

India trying to deepen ties with Africa

India is competing with China for influence in Africa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's current visit to the continent comes in the wake of visits by the country's president and vice-president.

Mr Modi's challenge according to analysis from India's Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses is to "convince African countries that India is interested in forging a long term partnership that will help in promoting sustainable development, security and a better rapport between the people of India and Africa".

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma met Mr Modi this morning and spoke about the changing trade relationship:

We are looking to increase and diversify South African exports to India. We have identified new areas for market access including defence; deep mining; renewable energy and health sectors."

Mr Modi has been tweeting some photgraphs from the meeting with South Africa's president:

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Juba gunfight 'was not planned'

More reports are coming in about the clash between South Sudan soldiers loyal to the two men who were on opposite sides in the recent civil war.

Both sides say the gunfire among soldiers in Gudelle suburb in the capital, Juba, last evening was not intentional, Juba-based Eye Radio reports

Five soldiers were killed in the confrontation.  

In a statement from soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir SPLA spokesperson, brigadier Lul Ruai Koang, said the incident was not planned by either side:

The SPLA would like to inform the people of South Sudan that there are….soldiers on the streets and roundabouts; their presence is for nothing but to maintain the security of Juba and improve it so that our people can go to work and school safely.

So it is a crime that will be investigated ... so that they know what exactly happened.”

Eye also reports that forces loyal to Vice-Presidet Riek Machar say that the incident was provoked by some people who are against the peace agreement. 

But denies that its soldiers started the fighting:

“It is not a full plan by the government to fight or to kill or to do any harm against the opposition, only individuals are doing this.”

Colonel Willam Gatjath, spokesperson
Juba July, 2016
Eye Radio

South Africa and India 'enhance' trade ties

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in South Africa on the second day of his four-nation tour of the continent.

He's been holding talks with President Jacob Zuma in the capital, Pretoria.

South Africa's government news service has been tweeting some of the details of what's been agreed:

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Analysis: AU plans Somalia troop withdrawal

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

The African Union plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. 

The exit strategy will see responsibilities handed over to the Somali National Army over a two-year period. 

The AU mission, Amisom, hopes its forces would have regained territorial control over the whole of Somalia from Islamist militant group al-Shabab by 2018. 

That, of course, is in theory.

On the ground, however, Amisom is plagued with its own structural and logistical problems. 

The African nations contributing the soldiers are threatening to pull out of the mission because they say the international community is not providing enough support. 

Meanwhile the enemy is still in control of some regions and continues to recruit fighters and sympathisers.

AU troops in Somalia
AU troops first deployed in Somalia in 2007

Zimbabwe papers disagree on the news of the day

We reported earlier that, according to the Herald newspaper, Zimbabwe's civil servants would be ending their strike after the government paid their outstanding salaries. 

This week the country was hit by both the strike and a mass stay-away partly over the difficult economic situation in the country.

The country's newspapers have different takes on the main story.

Zimbabwean Trevor Ncube, the owner of South Africa-based Mail and Guardian newspaper, has shared a photo of the front pages. 

The government-affiliated Herald stands out from the rest. 

Zimbabwe Friday newspaper headlines 👇🏿

Zimbabwe Friday newspaper headlines 👇🏿

Gambia bans child marriage

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned child marriages, the AFP news agency reports.

It reports that he announced the ban on Wednesday saying:

Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls' parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail."

He also threatened a jail term for the imam involved in the wedding ceremony.

The president called for legislation to confirm the ban later this month.

Yahya Jammeh

South Sudan clash 'is first since peace pact'

We have been getting more details on the clash yesterday in Juba between soldiers loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, that left five dead. 

The AFP news agency reports that along with the five dead soldiers two were also wounded in the shootout which took place at a checkpoint in the city's Gudele neighbourhood.

It adds that the violence is believed to be the first direct clash between the army and former rebels in the capital since both took up positions there as part of the peace agreement that ended the country's civil war.

Nyarji Roman, Riek Machar's spokesman confirmed the incident but said it was isolated and that calm had been restored.  

I want to tell the public that there should be no panic. The situation is now calm and the leadership ordered the two forces to go back to their barracks,"

Nyarji Roman, Riek Machar's spokesman

In other incidents, a UN worker was reportedly injured in a separate shooting and a US embassy vehicle was also shot at, Mr Roman told the AFP.

South Sudanese soldiers

Eni-owned facility targeted in Nigeria's Delta

An oil pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Eni has been attacked in Nigeria's Bayelsa state, the Reuters news agency is reporting.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it adds.

The militant group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has carried out a series of attacks in recent months against the countries oil facilities, which have driven oil production to a 30-year low.

The government hinted in June that a truce had been agreed, but the NDA has said that that was not the case.

Oil worker
Nigeria's oil production has hit a 30-year low in the wake of a series of attacks in the Niger Delta

Kenya holds memorial service for lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and driver

A requiem mass for slain lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri is being held at the Consolata Shrine church in Nairobi, the Star newspaper reports

The three men were abducted and then killed and their bodies dumped in Oldonyo Sabuk river, about a 30-minute drive from the capital, Nairobi. 

A post-mortem revealed that they had been tortured.

Four police officers alleged to be involved in the killings are in custody. 

People are tweeting from the service:

Mass for #Mavoko3 on going #StopExtrajudicialKillings

Mass for #Mavoko3 on going #StopExtrajudicialKillings

Requiem mass for Lawyer Kimani, two others held at Consolata shrines

Requiem mass for Lawyer Kimani, two others held at Consolata shrines

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'Five killed' in South Sudan shooting

South Sudan's Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk says that five members of the security services were killed in shooting in the capital, Juba, on Thursday night.

He told Eye Radio that armed men loyal to the country's Vice-President Riek Machar opened fire from a car.

South Sudan's civil war broke out in December 2013 after clashes between soldiers loyal to Mr Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiiir.

The two men now are part of the national unity government.

In his interview with Eye Radio the defence minister called for people not to panic.

Eye Radio's Phillip Mabior told the BBC that Juba was calm this morning.

South Sudan soldier

Zimbabwe civil servants 'to end strike after getting paid'

Schools and hospitals in Zimbabwe are set to resume normal operation after teachers and nurses received their delayed salaries, state-affiliated newspaper The Herald reports. 

Civil servants have been on a three-day strike which has paralysed schools and hospitals.  

The paper quotes government minister Supa Mandiwazira blaming "cash-flow" problems and promising that the government would from now on ensure that salaries are paid on time. 

Nurses protesting
The Herald

The payment of the salaries was one of the issues raised by a civil society group which led a mass stay-away in the country on Wednesday.

It has called for further protests next week.