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Summary

  1. South Africa's EFF to vote with 'racist' DA in mayoral contests
  2. Police seal off PDP convention venue in Nigeria
  3. Freed Chibok girl wants to 'reunite with militant who fathered her child'
  4. Demonstrators burn effigy of DR Congo's president
  5. Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto wins gold with new Olympic record
  6. Night weddings banned in Kenya's coastal region
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  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 17 August 2016

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He who adorns himself knows to what sort of dance he is going."

A Kikuyu proverb sent by Bella Mwangi, Kenya

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Chaos in Nigeria's PDP worsens

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

A faction of Nigeria's main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has extended the tenure of its interim leader, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, for another year, despite the fact that its annual convention had to be abandoned today.

Police blocked delegates gathering at the venue in the southern city of Port Harcourt following a court ruling cancelling the event - a case brought by another faction of the party.

Splits in the PDP mean there are two leaders, and the other camp supports former Borno state governor Ali Madu Sheriff.

Not to be dissuaded by the police, some PDP officials in Port Harcourt met elsewhere to show their support for Mr Makarfi.

He told the BBC Hausa Service: 

"We have met and discussed all the issues and we will continue to unite our great party by reaching out to the other faction."

The party descended into chaos immediately after losing last year's general elections.  

See earlier post for more details

Deadly protest over Mali radio pundit's arrest

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Protesters in Mali calling for the release of a radio pundit known as Ras Bath
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At least one person has been killed and several others injured in clashes between the security forces and protesters in Mali’s capital, Bamako.

The violence started after supporters of a radio pundit, who was arrested on Monday, gathered outside a court where he was making an appearance.

Popularly known as Ras Bath, he has criticised the Malian army and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in recent days.

Police are reported to have fired tear gas at the protesters after they threw stones and set vehicles alight.

Rio Olympics: Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi announces retirement

Flamboyant Kenyan athlete Ezekiel Kemboi has announced his retirement, hours after winning bronze in the 3,000m steeplechase, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper is reporting. 

TWO-TIME Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champ Ezekiel Kemboi retires from the water and barrier race after winning bronze at the Rio Olympics

His compatriot Conseslus Kipruto won the race in Rio, breaking the Olympic record. Kemboi is a two-time Olympic champion.

He will also be remembered for his famous jig in 2013 in Daegu, South Korea, after winning the race.

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi celebrates after winning the men's 3000 metres steeplechase final at the 2013
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Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi celebrates after winning the men's 3000 metres steeplechase final at the 2013

Rio Olympics: Round-up and tonight's schedule

Kenya's Julius Yego is world's Javelin champion
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Kenya's Julius Yego is world's javelin champion

Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto won gold and set a new Olympic record in the men's 3,000m beating compatriot Ezekiel Kemboi who came third. 

Surprisingly, no Kenyan qualified for the 5,000m final. 

South Africa's Caster Semenya also eased through the women's 800m semifinals amidst controversy that has dogged her. She'll need the same steely performance tomorrow to brush off the negative press she's getting. 

There are several events tonight, the headliner is Kenya's Julius Yego, who is the Javelin world champion. Here's a list of other events to look out for:

Men’s Javelin Qualifiers starts at 19:30 GMT

(Anyone throwing more that throws more than 83 m or the next best 12 performers qualify for Saturday’s final)

  • South Africa’s Rocco Van Rooyen
  • Kenya’s Julius Yego (reigning World Champion)
  • Ghana’s John Ampomah

Women’s 100m Hurdles semi-finals start at 11:45 GMT

  • Nigeria’s Oluwatonilola Amusan

(First 2 in each heat and the next fastest 2 from the three semi-finals progress to the final later on Wednesday at 01:55 GMT)

Women’s Long jump FINAL starts at 00:15 GMT

  • Nigeria’s Ese Brume

Men’s 200m semi-finals  01:05 GMT

HEAT 2:

  • Nigeria’s Ejowvokoghene ‘Divine’ ODUDURU

(First 2 in each heat and the next fastest 2 from the three semi-finals progress to Thursday’s final)

Women’s 200m FINAL 01:30 GMT:

  • Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou

Women’s 100m FINAL 01:55 GMT

  • Semi-finals are earlier in the evening

Wayde van Niekerk victory: Is Usain Bolt a fortune teller?

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk sensationally broke the 400m world record and won an Olympic gold medal on Sunday, finishing in 43.03 seconds - 0.15 quicker than the time Michael Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999.

BBC Focus on Africa's Peter Okwoche caught up with the 24-year-old to discuss the race and how seven-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, with whom he has spent time in Jamaica, gave him huge confidence.  

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'Crushing blow' for ANC

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Today's announcement by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) that they will vote together in mayoral elections in three South African cities is a crushing blow for the governing African National Congress (ANC).  

Julius Malema, leader of South Africa"s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), gestures during a media briefing in Alexander township near Sandton, South Africa August 17, 2016
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EFF leader Julius Malema was in a shanty town today

It means the party which liberated South Africans from apartheid is likely to lose control of the commercial capital, Johannesburg, despite the fact that it won the highest number of votes in the city in the 3 August local government elections, albeit without an outright majority.  

The opposition parties said they did not enter into a formal coalition agreement but have instead agreed to work together against what they described as an arrogant and corrupt ANC.

EFF leader Julius Malema held his media briefing in the poor shanty town of Setswetla in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. 

And the DA was in Sandton, the richest square mile in Africa. The difference couldn't have been starker moving from one press conference to the other. 

Mr Malema said he harboured no grudge against President Jacob Zuma but he wanted him out of power because "this man is costing South Africa too much with corruption."

The ANC's refusal to agree to Mr Zuma stepping down was one of the issues which scuppered its efforts to form a coalition with the EFF in Johannesburg, the metropolitan council of Tshwane, which incorporates the capital, Pretoria, and Nelson Mandela Bay, named after one of the ANC's greatest leaders.  

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane gestures as he speaks to members of the media at the result center in Pretoria, South Africa August 4,2016.
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Musi Maimane is the first black person to lead the DA

Mr Malema said the EFF would vote with the DA when councils meet to choose mayors, despite the fact that he regarded it as a "racist" party.  He described the DA as the "better devil" (see earlier post). 

This opens the way for the cities to have a non-ANC mayor for the first time since apartheid ended in 1994.   

DA leader Mmusi Maimane  told me that this could be the beginning of a coalition that would bring the ANC to below 50% in the national election due in 2019. 

President Jacob Zuma waves to his supporters as he arrives for the African National Congress" (ANC) traditional Siyanqoba rally ahead of local municipal elections in Johannesburg, South Africa July 31, 2016.
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Mr Zuma's critics say he has become a liability to the ANC

Tanzania president to buy disabled man a motorised cycle

Tanzanian's president has offered to buy a disabled man a motorised tricycle after seeing him in a news report ingenuously using a bicycle to move around. 

In statement read out during a news broadcast, John Magufuli said that he will use money from his salary to buy the tricycle and hand it over in a week. 

Mr Magufuli, nicknamed the "bulldozer", has been known to make populist pronouncements since he came to office in November. 

Watch the TBC report (in Swahili) 

Tanzanian president buy a disabled man a motorized cycle
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Mixed views among Mombasa women on night wedding ban

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

One woman I've spoken to here in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa has welcomed the decision by the authorities to ban night weddings as they have become the target of criminal gangs. 

Maryam Bakari said:

From the bottom of my heart, I am happy and I support the move because as women we have problems. We have a good time at the weddings overnight but from there unfortunate things happen. Very young boys accost women and touch them inappropriately. I’d like the order to remain.

Another woman, Halima Abdalla, disagreed:

I’m disappointed. Not all parts of Mombasa have been affected by these gangs. So let us party at the weddings until morning."

Kipruto wins gold

Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya competes during the men"s 3000m Steeplechase final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 August 2016.
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Conseslus Kipruto has won gold for Kenya with a new Olympic record of 8.03.28 in the men’s 3000m steeple chase. 

USA’s Even Jager overtook double Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi on the final straight to win silver with Kemboi third.

Turning a Ghanaian shanty town into an 'art city'

Mohammed Awudu, one of the artists recently listed among Ghana's most talented, was born and raised in a slum community in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Now he wants to use art to turn the shanty town into an "art city".

Turning a Ghanaian shanty town into 'art city'

South Sudan's Machar must 'renounce violence'

he newly appointed South Sudanese First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, addresses journalists during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 17 August 2016.
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The new vice-president has held talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta

South Sudan's new vice-president has urged his predecessor Riek Machar to keep his political ambitions in check and help achieve peace in the country., AFP news agency reports. 

Taban Deng Gai is a former ally of Mr Machar, but broke ranks with him after a new round of violence broke out in the world's newest state in  June. 

"Let [Machar] denounce violence, let him work for peace and let him wait for the elections in 2018."

It cannot be violence in 1991, violence in 1998, violence 2013 and violence again in 2016. I think [Machar] should have learned from those mistakes."

Mr Machar left the capital, Juba, after the latest violence, resulting in President Salva Kiir sacking him as his deputy and giving the post to Mr Deng.  

Twitterati celebrates Semenya's win

Fans of South African athlete Caster Semenya have been celebrating her victory in the women's 800m heat. 

Here are some of their tweets: 

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BreakingSemenya wins heat

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women"s 800m Round 1 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/08/2016. Caster Semenya (RSA) of South Africa competes.
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South Africa's Caster Semenyastrides clear of the stress and straining going on behind her to win the women's 800m heat in 1:59.31 - still four seconds off her season's best.

Libyans mourn famous cartoonist

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent

Mohamed Dhaimish, known as ‘Alsature’
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Mohamed Dhaimish, known as "Alsature"

Libyans have taken to social media to pay their respects to prominent cartoonist and satirist Mohamed Dhaimish, who was known as "Alsature", which means "The Cleaver" in Arabic. 

The 60-year-old, who died at a hospital in London on Tuesday where he was being treated for an illness, was known for his staunch opposition to Col Muammar Gaddafi.

He became popular during the 2011 uprising, when the long-time Libyan leader was ousted and killed, and he continued to ridicule subsequent governments, officials and warlords.

However, over the past two years he appeared to have been drawn into the divide plaguing Libya’s political scene, and to some his work came across as more partisan. 

He was very critical of the UN-led mediation and his last Twitter profile picture depicted the UN envoy, Martin Kobler, with a Hitler moustache and words “No to Kobler” over a red cross. 

The grand mufti Sadeq Elgheriani, a top Muslim cleric, and unity government Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj were also the subjects of his recent work.

A former US ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, tweeted:

Saddened to learn of passing of #Libya-n political cartoonist/satirist #Alsature whose graphic commentary displayed his love of country.

He was profiled in 2012 by online news site the Huffington Post: The man who fought Gaddafi with pictures.

Rio Olympics: Japanese surgeon to reward Nigerian football team

Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu (left) with his "special donation" to the Nigerian team in Rio
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Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu (left) with his "special donation" to the Nigerian team in Rio

The woes of the Nigerian men's football team have been widely reported but it looks like they could be over, well, at least for now. 

A Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu wants to reward the team after hearing about their financial difficulties.

He will pay them $20,000 (£15,350) for silver and $10,000 (£7,680) for bronze. Takasu told BBC Sport the $200,000 "is a special donation" and "it is better to deliver it to the team personally".

He added: I've made previous donations to a Japanese hockey team and other notable causes in the past but this right now with Nigeria is incredibly passionate for me.

He adds: 

"I am deeply determined to motivate this indomitable and strong Nigerian team. I don't want to distract them but to push them further to their target - the gold in Brazil."

Read the full story here

Controversial British aristocrat dies in Kenya

A British man who made news in 2005 for shooting dead a local man in his farm in Kenya has died, the Star newspaper reports

Thomas (Tom) Cholmondeley, 48, died after a surgery at a local hospital, the report says. 

He was the great-grandson of the fifth Lord Delamere, one of the first and most influential British settlers in Kenya. 

Cholmondeley was found guilty of manslaughter but only spent eight months in prison. 

Controversial British aristocrat dies in Kenya
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Effigy-burning protesters dispersed in DR Congo

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have fired warning shots and tear gas at demonstrators in the eastern town of Beni. 

At least one person is reported to have been killed. Hundreds of people gathered in the town's main street, burning an effigy of President Joseph Kabila. 

They said the authorities had failed to take action in response to the hacking to death of dozens of civilians on Saturday. 

The government blames the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for the killings. The Islamist group, with origins in Uganda, is said to have killed hundreds of people in the Beni area in the past two years.

Congolese President Joseph Kabila, center, waves as he and others celebrate the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, independence in Kindu, Congo, Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Protesters vented their fury at President Kabila

Nigerian police block PDP convention

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

Police in  Nigeria have sealed off the venue for the convention of the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), in the latest sign of the deep divisions which have hit the party since it lost power for the first time last year. 

A PDP official told the BBC that they have been denied entry to the Sharks football stadium in the southern city of Port Harcourt. The convention was due to start today.

The party tweeted photos of security forces, which it said had tried to block the governor of Rivers state, who is hosting the event, from leaving his office:

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Two high courts have given different rulings on whether the convention can go ahead. 

Rival factions have been jostling for power for control of the party since it was voted out of office in elections last year. 

It ended the PDP's dominance of Nigerian politics since military rule ended more than 15 years ago, and has left the party struggling to chart a new course for itself.  

Read: Five ways Nigeria has changed

Kenyan astronomer inspires young girls to get into science

A girl looks at the night sky during one of Travelling Telescope’s astronomy sessions.
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A girl looks at the night sky during one of Travelling Telescope’s astronomy sessions

A Kenyan astronomer is travelling with her telescope to remote parts of the country to try to get girls interested in science. 

Susan Murabana's project, the Travelling telescope, plans to build East Africa’s first public observatory and planetarium, she told News Deeply Women and Girls Hub, an online publication, in an interview.

She hopes the project will create jobs for science graduates in Kenya and also attract people from all over Africa. 

She says that people don’t realise how applicable astronomy is to other parts of life. 

She adds:

We also want to develop applications to encourage visitors to understand other hands-on ways they can use science in their own environment, like using solar energy or growing environmentally friendly food using aquaponics [a method of growing fish and plants together in one integrated system]. She a

Egypt state TV orders female hosts to lose weight

Khadijah Khattab wants viewers to judge whether she deserves to be suspended over her appearance
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Khadijah Khattab wants viewers to judge whether she deserves to be suspended over her appearance

Egypt's state broadcaster has suspended eight of its female TV presenters and told them to go on a diet, sparking uproar among women's rights groups.

The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women one month to slim down before they can appear on air again with an "appropriate appearance", the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports. 

The ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, a former state TV anchor herself. The announcement prompted an outcry among the affected presenters. 

Khadija Khattab, a host on Egypt's Channel 2, told the paper that she wants people to watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really "fat", and whether she deserves to be prevented from working. 

Another presenter said the situation had upset their families and should have been dealt with internally.

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One shot dead after massive rally in Guinea

Protestors with banner reading "Support to opposition.
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Protestors with banner reading "Support to opposition. That is enough" during an anti-government protest in Conakry

Police shot a man dead and several others were injured during a massive demonstration yesterday in Guinea's capital, Conakry, the AFP news agency reports. 

Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo claims 700,000 people attended the rally while the security forces put the number closer to 500,000. 

The BBC's Alhassan Sillah in Conakry says protesters vented their anger, blaming President Alpha Conde's government for the economic hardships they were experiencing, including high unemployment, especially among the youth. 

The protest organisers accused the government of running the country badly, and said that filth had engulfed the city.

Malema backs 'better devil'

South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will vote with the Democratic Alliance in its bid to take control of key cities from the governing African National Congress (EFF), the party's leader Julius Malema has said. 

This is despite the fact that the EFF has ruled out entering into a coalition government with the DA  in the economic hub of Johannesburg and Tshwane (which includes the capital, Pretoria) and Nelson Mandela Bay, which is in the ANC's heartland of Eastern Cape. 

In President Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal, the EFF would side with the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Mr Malema has said.

Our reporter is tweeting from his press conference:

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South Africa's EFF 'will not form coalition'

The leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters has ruled out a coalition with the governing African National Congress or the main opposition Democratic Alliance, after no single party won an outright majority in the economic hub of Johannesburg and Pretoria in local government elections on 3 August. 

A BBC reporter is tweeting from Julius Malema's press conference: 

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Rio 2016: Caster Semenya's history-making could spell the end

When Caster Semenya walks into Rio's Olympic Stadium today for the heats of the women's 800m, she will do so into a scientific and ethical storm that could once again sweep her away.

If she runs as well as she can, destroying the field, mangling that old record, it could end her career. Read the full article

Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates winning
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Opposition coalition talks in South Africa 'fail'

Supporters gather and cheer as Leader of South Africa"s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane, is seen addressing some of the thousands of people who attended the parties final pre election rally in Soweto, Johannesburg , South Africa, 30 July 2016
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The DA put up its best electoral performance in the 3 August poll

Efforts by South Africa's two main opposition parties to form a coalition to run two key cities have failed, despite the fact that they inflicted heavy losses on the governing African National Congress (ANC) in local government elections earlier this month, one of the parties has said. 

Democratic Alliance (DA) chairman James Selfe was quoted by local media as saying that "ideological differences" stood in the way of the party's efforts to form a coalition with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the economic hub of Johannesburg and Tshwane, which includes the capital, Pretoria. 

For the first time, the DA emerged as the biggest party in Tshwane but fell short of an outright majority to take control of the council on in its own. 

In Johannesburg, the DA trailed the ANC but could gain an overall majority in coalition with the EFF, led by the firebrand Julius Malema. 

Mr Selfe told AFP news agency: 

"We are not going to go into coalition together. But we will probably, depending on their decisions and our decisions, be going into some form of co-governance relationship whereby we will probably be able to form a minority government in one or more of the municipalities."

The elections saw the ANC recording worst performance since taking power at the end of apartheid in 1994, as voters punished it for corruption in government and high levels of unemployment.  

man pushes a wheelbarrow past a billboard of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which is led by Julius Malema, President Jacob Zuma"s one-time protege and a former ANC youth leader, in Soweto, South Africa, August 5,2016
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The EFF is the third biggest party

Read: End of racial politics?

Rio Olympics: A poem celebrating SA's Caster Semenya

South Africa's Caster Semenya will take to the tracks today in the most anticipated appearance in the women's 800m qualification race. 

Controversy has dogged Semenya's career since she underwent a gender test in 2009 and was found to have high levels of testosterone. 

In the lead up to the Rio Games opinion has been divided on whether she should be allowed to compete in the women's race. 

She is favourite to win and is tipped to break a 33-year-old world record. 

South Africans have taken to social media to push back on the negative press that Semenya has been getting, especially in the West.  

This poem seems to be resonating with the tweeters: 

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'About 100' at Zimbabwe protest

About 100 people marched through the streets of the capital Harare towards the central bank before riot police broke up the demonstration, Reuters news agency reports. 

Many Zimbabweans fear that the central bank's plan to introduce banknotes, or "bond notes", in October to ease the dollar shortage could lead to rampant money printing and hyper-inflation. 

Read: what is behind the protests?

Zimbabwean protesters 'dispersed'

Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and water canons to break up a protest against the central bank's new currency rules, Reuters news agency quotes a witness as saying. 

We'll bring you more details as they come in. 

Kenya's Mombasa city bans night weddings

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

Kenya's Mombasa city bans night weddings
AFP

Authorities in Kenya's coastal region of Mombasa have banned night weddings for security reasons. 

The county's commissioner Maalim Mohammed says the move is to protect residents against attacks from knife- wielding gangs which have been terrorising locals. 

Organised gangs have been a problem in Mombasa lately, with some residential areas reporting brazen daylight robberies. 

Police have been carrying out security operations and several suspected gangsters have been shot dead. 

The coastal people usually hold wedding ceremonies that go on for as long as five days, which include night parties. 

Rio Olympics: Another gold for Kenya

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the 1500m race
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Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the 1500m race

Faith Kipyegon has won Kenya's third Olympic gold medal in the women's 1500m final at Rio 2016. 

Kipyegon's time of four minutes 08.92 seconds meant she finished ahead of Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba (4:10.27) and American Jennifer Simpson (4:10.53). 

In boxing, Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba lost to Kazakstan’s Ivan Dychko in the quarter-finals of the super heavyweight category. 

Angola lost to Russia 27 - 31 in the women's handball team. 

Freed Chibok girl 'misses the militant who fathered her child'

Amina Ali Nkeki with her daughter and President Buhari
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari met Amina Ali after escaped in May

The freed Chibok girl says she is unhappy to be separated from the man - identified by the military as a militant Islamist - who fathered her four-month-old child while she was held captive by Nigeria's Boko Haram group, Reuters news agency reports. 

In her first interview since being rescued in May, Amina Ali, 21,  told Reuters: 

"I want him to know that I am still thinking about him. Just because we got separated, that does not mean that I don't think about him."

Ms Ali is the only Chibok girl to have escaped since the high-profile abduction of more than 200 of them from a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014. 

She was found by local people in a forest with the suspected militant who identified himself as her husband and their child. 

The Nigerian government kept her and the child in a safe house for a "restoration process", while the whereabouts of the child's father are unknown. 

Ms Ali told Reuters:

"I just want to go home - I don't know about school. I will decide about school when I get back, but I have no idea when I will be going home."

Army doctors examining a child
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Army doctors examined father and child after they were taken into custody

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