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Summary

  1. DR Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine
  2. SA president urges traditional leaders to help deal with gender violence
  3. Angola's president 'in Spain for health reasons'
  4. Moroccans protest in several cities over rising unemployment
  5. Protest leader Nasser Zefzafi arrested
  6. Kenya police 'shoot dead' more than 100 camels
  7. Somali man stoned to death for adultery
  8. Kenyan presidential aspirant charged with attempted suicide
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 29 May 2017

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By Clare Spencer 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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DR Congo approves use of Ebola vaccine

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has given the go-ahead for an experimental Ebola vaccine to be used in the country.

The country is currently battling an outbreak in the north-east which has killed four people so far.

The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, does not yet have a license but in a paper published at the end of last year it was shown to be highly effective, Reuters reports.

It is not yet clear how exactly the vaccine will be used in terms of when it will be distributed and who will get it.

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Forbes Africa's 30 under 30

It looks like word has got out on who will feature in Forbes Africa's list of 30 most promising people under the age of 30.

The list is in the June edition of the magazine but the winners - who range from Tanzanian boutique owner to an ad man from Botswana - are already tweeting about it:

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Why is attempted suicide a crime?

We've been covering the story about the Kenyan politician who has been charged with attempted suicide for allegedly trying to jump from a building after his bid to run for president was rejected.

Peter Gichira denied the charge during a court appearance in the capital, Nairobi, and was freed on bail.

So why is attempted suicide a crime in Kenya?

  • Criminalised during colonial era
  • Described in the penal code as a "misdemeanour"
  • Carries a jail term of up to six months
  • Christianity and Islam consider it a sin
  • Campaigners see law as cruel and degrading
  • Decriminalised in the UK in 1961
  • Still a crime in at least 35 countries
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The electoral commission disqualified Peter Gichira because he didn't have enough signatures

All aboard the new train from Nairobi to Mombasa

A journalist from the Financial Times has got a spot on a test ride for the SGR train from Nairobi to Mombasa and has been tweeting his journey:

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The Standard Gauge Railway is being constructed by China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC).

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to take the train in the official opening on Wednesday.

And this is how long it will take:

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Tunisian security forces kill 'leading IS militant'

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The Tunisian security forces say they have killed a leading militant belonging to the Islamic State group who was plotting attacks in the country.

The Interior Ministry did not name the man, but it said he had been hiding in the Mount Chambi region, close to the Algerian border.

He was killed in an overnight operation which included the seizure of material for making explosive belts.

Officials believe they were going to be used in attacks during Ramadan.

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EU sanctions nine Congolese officials

The EU has announced sanctions against nine high-ranking officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights abuses.

A journalist for Radio France Internationale has tweeted their names which includes the curent government spokesperson Lambert Mende:

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The sanctions include a ban on entering the EU and an asset freeze, as well as a ban on making funds available to them, the EU website says.

It adds that, as well as serious human rights violations, the have also put sanctions on officials for a having a "repressive media policy".

Zuma: Traditional leaders should help 'cure the nation'

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has called on the country's traditional leaders to help "cure our nation".

He was speaking to a conference of indigenous and traditional leaders and was referring to the recent spate of murders and attacks against women and children.

He told his audience that it had a role in dealing with the problem.

You can view quotes from the speech here:

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The Mail and Guardian reports that Mr Zuma also said that other African leaders thought there was a "lack of respect" in South Africa's parliament. On a trip to Tanzania, one former president told Mr Zuma that it was "unAfrican".

German coach predicts a tough match against Zambia in U-20 World Cup

Germany coach Guido Streichsbier rates his team's chances of beating Zambia at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup as no better than 50-50.

The Germans face the African champions in Jeju on Wednesday with a quarter-final place at stake.

After an evening training session on Monday, Streichsbier predicted a tough fixture against the Zambians but added that the match could go either way.

Germany only sneaked into the second round on goal difference and Streichsbier attributed his team's struggles to poor preparations.

"Everybody in Germany knows it was a problem for us to have a team because of the dates," he said.

"We must work with the players that we have and find a plan. They are good players."

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Zambia are the African champions at the Under-20 level

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Kenyatta and Odinga head field of Kenya presidential candidates

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

Kenya's electoral commission has now cleared nine candidates to run for the presidency in August.

Among those who registered today is incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta:

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In a rerun of the 2013 poll his main rival will be the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

He was cleared, along with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, as a candidate on Sunday:

Raila Odinaga
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Twenty rescued from building collapse in Nigeria

Umar Shehu Elleman

BBC Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

A rescue team in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, is trying to find survivors after a three-storey building collapsed today near the centre of the city.

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Twenty people have so far been pulled from the rubble and emergency workers are carrying on the search.

But they are facing serious challenges as the roads are narrow and inaccessible to large rescue equipment.

I have been told that the collapse may have been caused by the owner trying to add an extra storey onto the building.

This is the third time in a month that a building has fallen down in Lagos.

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Nigerians debate #DemocracyDay

It's a holiday in Nigeria as the country marks 18 years since the resumption of democratic rule.

And today is also the second anniversary of the beginning of the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerians have been using the opportunity to discuss Democracy Day on Twitter.

Some strike an optimistic note:

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While others are calling on Nigerians to educate themselves:

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And some are focusing on what has or has not changed in the past two years:

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And one cartoonist has tried to sum up the travails of the government:

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Ivorian foodies demanding food that looks good

Ivorian food blogger Yasmine Fofana revels so much in how her food looks that she posts it on Instagram before tucking in:

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And she is not alone, reports Tamasin Ford. Restaurateurs in Abidjan told her that more and more customers are demanding food that is "designed well".

Ms Fofana says the growing Ivorian middle class is the force behind what she calls a rebranding of African food.

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Mother of Mali hostage dies without his release

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Beverly McGown et al
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Beverly McGown, centre, waited over five years for her son's release

The mother of Stephen McGown, the South African man held hostage in Mali for over five years, has died without being reunited with her son.

Mr McGown was on a motor bike trip across Africa when he was abducted. He, together with Swede Johan Gustofsson, have been held by al-Qaeda since their November 2011.

Beverly McGown died in hospital over the weekend, after stress had taken its toll, aged 69.

Stephen’s father Malcolm McGown told me this morning that the family was devastated.

“I have support at the moment with my daughter and the grandchildren here, it would be great if they can be replaced by Stephen when they leave," he said.

The NGO Gift of the Givers, which has been in the forefront of trying to secure Mr McGown’s release, expressed their sadness.

The aid organisation’s founder Imtiaz Sooliman said: “We had seen the sadness in the mother's eyes and watched how she patiently waited for the return of her son. We failed her, my heart bleeds for her."

There was hope that the 42-year-old would be freed after a proof-of-life video was released back in December.

Ugandan private school entrepreneur dies

Uganda is mourning the death of the country's biggest private school entrepreneur, reports Nebert Rugadya from Radio One in Kampala.

Prof Lawrence Mukiibi died on Sunday of cardiac arrest, the Novik Hospital in Kampala says.

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He started St Lawrence Schools in 1993 and went on to open eight schools and a university, which teach as many as 30,000 students at any one time.

In 2013, Mr Mukiibi admitted the schools were for rich students and opened the Academy of St Lawrence for poorer people, costing as low as 200,000 Ugandan shillings ($56; £43) per term.

Unwell Buhari misses second anniversary

Buhari
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Today marks two years since Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in to power as Nigeria's president but his deputy Yemi Osinbajo marked the occasion without him, reports AFP news agency.

But Mr Osinbajo mentioned Mr Buhari in his speech:

"I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation."

The 74-year-old went to London for medical treatment on 7 May and has not been heard from or seen since.

The nature and seriousness of the illness are unknown as presidential aides told reporters at a briefing in Abuja last week that they would not answer questions about Mr Buhari's health.

Kenyan train line criticised during flour crisis

Kenya's Daily Nation is satirising the hotly-awaited first train ride on the SGR railway from Mombasa to Nairobi on Wednesday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will take a ride on the train with 47 hand-picked school children.

But the cartoon depicts a situation where the masses are so far away from the people on the train that they misunderstand their calls for flour (unga in Swahili) as cheers:

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The government had promised subsidised flour to deal with rising food prices.

But there have been complaints the subsidised flour is running out fast.

Over the weekend the government threatened to slap a one million shilllings (£7,500; $9,600) fine on shopkeepers who were caught selling the flour above the subsidised price.

For real pictures of the amazing looming SGR infrastructure check the #sgrphotographycompetition on Instagram:

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Kenyan politician charged over attempted suicide

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

A Kenyan court has charged a man who was hoping to run for president in the August election with attempted suicide.

Peter Gichira has denied attempting to jump from a building in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday, after the country’s election commission disqualified him from running in the presidential poll.

He has been released on bail.

Mr Gichira failed to get the required 2,000 signatures from people not affiliated to any party from at least 24 counties.

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How will The Gambia get its money back?

Authorities in The Gambia say they've been holding talks with foreign investors in a bid to put the country's economy back on track, after decades of dictatorship under former President Yahya Jammeh.

The exiled leader is accused of having stolen $50m (£39m) from the state treasury.

Bakary Jammeh is the newly-appointed governor of the country's central bank in the Gambia.

He spoke to BBC Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

Moroccan media confirm protest leader arrest

A Moroccan website and Reuters news agency have confirmed earlier reports that the leader of a protest movement in Morocco has been arrested.

Nasser Zefzafi has been at the head of protests that have affected the country's northern Rif region.

Reuters says that protests are rare in Morocco. The demonstrations over employment opportunities have now affected the capital, Rabat.

Nasser Zefzafi
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Nasser Zefzafi was on the run since Friday when his arrest was ordered

Somali man stoned to death for adultery

Shebab fighters gather on February 13, 2012 in Elasha Biyaha, in the Afgoei Corrido
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Al-Shabab is al-Qaeda's main affiliate in East Africa

A court run by militant Islamists in southern Somalia has stoned a married man to death for adultery.

Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death in Ramo Adey village by al-Shabab militants.

He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said.

Zuma doing the splits

South Africa's eNCA broadcaster is satirising reports that President Jacob Zuma has been exploring the possibility of having a second home in Dubai.

The editorial cartoon shows him with one foot in the Middle East and one foot in his rural home in Nkandla.

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The reports suggest this potential move is because of deepening ties between President Zuma and the controversial Gupta business family.

But the president's spokesman has dismissed them as untrue.

Pressure on Mr Zuma has been mounting in recent months because of corruption scandals, cabinet sackings and his handling of the economy.

But he has survived several attempts to have him removed.

Angola 'confirms president in Spain for medical treatment'

Jose Eduardo dos Santos
Reuters

The Angolan government has confirmed for the first time that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is in Spain for medical treatment, reports Reuters news agency.

Mr Dos Santos left Angola at the beginning of May.

There has been much speculation that he had died in Spain, something his daughter Isabel came out to deny.

Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti was speaking on French radio station RFI when he confirmed Mr Dos Santos' whereabouts. But he gave little detail about the nature of his illness.

"He is in Spain but when he is better he will return," Mr Chikoti said.

"President Dos Santos has regular checkups in Spain so it is perfectly normal for him to be there," he added.

The 74-year-old has been president of Angola for 38 years but is set to step down after this year's elections in August.

The world's 'most toxic town' is in Zambia

The Guardian newspaper says pollution experts have identified the "world's most toxic town" as Kabwe in Zambia.

Journalist Damian Carrington cites US environmental health researcher Jack Caravanos as saying that the scale of lead contamination is unprecedented.

This is the legacy of nearly a century of lead mining in the town, he adds.

The report says that the discharge from the smelter contaminated the soil which can then affect the children who play outside.

Lead poisoning can restrict the development of the brain.

The Guardian says that a government fund is available to help with cleaning up the problem - but there is a lot of work to do.

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'More than 100 camels shot by police' in Kenya

Bashkas Jugsodaay

BBC News, Nairobi

Witnesses have told me that they saw 120 of their camels being killed by Kenyan police officers on Saturday.

Local MP Ali Wario was one of those who saw the killings in a village in the Tana River area of Kenya’s coastal region.

There has been an ongoing dispute in the area over accusations that pastoralists have been grazing their animals on other people's land.

One of the villagers told me that it was very unfortunate that policemen who are supposed to protect them are now killing the animals.

The police have not responded to the BBC's request for comment.

Moroccan protest leader 'arrested'

The leader of a Moroccan protest movement has been arrested, the AFP news agency is reporting.

Nasser Zefzafi has been on the run since Friday when his arrest was ordered for interrupting a preacher, AFP adds quoting a government source.

Morocco's northern Rif region has been hit by protests in connection with poor economic opportunities for the past six months.

As we reported earlier, protests have now also hit the capital, Rabat.

Protests in Morocco
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Protests began in the northern city of al-Hoceima

Getting the Trump handshake

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the first African leader to meet US President Donald Trump, but the weekend saw the first chance for leaders from sub-Saharan African to rub shoulders with Mr Trump.

They got together at the G7 summit in Italy.

Several leaders have been tweeting their photos, including Kenya's president, who appeared to respond well to the US president's firm handshake:

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The head of the African Development Bank also got a presidential hug:

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And Nigeria's acting President Yemi Osinbajo tweeted the so-called family photo, which shows Guinea's President Alpha Conde, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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The African leaders discussed the Libya crisis, security and the economy with the G7 heads.

Niger's president was quoted as urging the heads of some of the world's largest economy to stick to their aid promises.

Impotence and the boda-boda cyclists

Being a boda-boda - or bicycle taxi - driver is a gruelling way to earn a living.

But there may also be another problem - impotence.

A team of Kenyan scientists have discovered that the cyclists are prone to erectile dysfunction.

The solution maybe to get a different kind of saddle, as one of the researchers Isaac Wamalwa told the BBC's Newsday programme.

'Warplanes carry out three air strikes on Libya'

Warplanes launched three air strikes on the Libyan city of Derna on Monday, a witness has told the Reuters news agency.

The witness told Reuters one attack hit the western entrance to Derna and the other two hit Dahr al-Hamar in the south.

There has so far not been confirmation from officials of the strikes.

Reuters adds that no-one has claimed responsibility for the raid yet but it comes days after Egypt attacked camps there, saying it was targetting militants responsible for killing Egyptian Christians.

Egyptian jets attacked Derna on Friday, just hours after masked militants boarded vehicles en route to a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya and opened fire at close range, killing 29 and wounding 24.

The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack in Egypt, the latest targetting Christian minority there.

Coptic Christians
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Egypt's Coptic Christian community was already reeling from two suicide bombings in April

Hundreds block Moroccan streets

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Demonstrators kneel before Moroccan police during a demonstration against corruption, repression and unemployment in the northern city of al-Hoceima
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The protests started in al-Hoceima

Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked the main streets in the centre of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, in support of the protests taking place in the north of the country against rising youth unemployment in the country.

Protesters chanted against the government calling it "corrupt" and a "failure".

Tension has been high since Friday when violence broke out in the town of al-Hoceima as police tried to arrest well-known activist Nasser Zefzafi.

Long-standing grievances were exacerbated in October last year when a fish seller in al-Hoceima was killed as he tried to prevent local officials destroying his stock.

Demonstrators in Morocco
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Kenyan politician 'faces charges for suicide attempt'

An aspiring presidential candidate in Kenya is expected to be charged today after attempting to take his own life over the weekend.

Local media report that Peter Solomon Gichira tried to jump from the sixth floor of the offices of the country's electoral commission on Saturday after his nomination papers were rejected.

The Daily Nation quotes a police commander as saying that he broke the window on the sixth floor and attempted to jump but he was rescued by two officers.

It adds that Mr Gichira should appear in court today and faces charges of attempted suicide and malicious damage to property.

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