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Summary

  1. Senegal detains four over photoshopped images of president
  2. Cameroon river searched for bishop's body
  3. Uganda student threatened with disciplinary action over 'nakedness'
  4. Babies among 40 feared dead in the Sahara
  5. Archbishop of Bamako denies holding Swiss bank accounts
  6. Uganda probes alleged link between wildlife staff and Chinese diplomats
  7. Sudan bans 'Egyptian vendors in Darfur'
  8. Cable theft blamed for deadly train crash in SA
  9. Africa's newborn twins at risk
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 1 June 2017

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By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

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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 only after a man falls that he looks for a walking stick."

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And we leave you with this photo of posters written by girls and hanging outside their school in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, to highlight women's rights:

Posters written by girls from Parktown Girls High are seen hanging outside their school as part of a protest to highlight women"s rights in Johannesburg, South Africa, 01 June 2017.
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Yaya Toure signs new deal

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year deal with the Premier League club.

The 34-year-old Ivorian has played 299 games for City, scoring 81 goals, since joining from Barcelona in 2010.

Earlier this season, Toure was left out of the Champions League squad and manager Pep Guardiola fell out with the player's agent, Dimitri Seluk.

"I am delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done," Toure told the club's website.

Arrests over 'naked president image'

Senegalese President Macky Sall attends the Outreach program on the second day of the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 8, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
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The president has been in office since 2012

Four people in Senegal have been arrested after a photoshopped image of a grossly overweight and naked President Macky Sall was shared via social media, police sources have told the BBC.

A young female journalist, who allegedly first posted the image of the president, was arrested on Sunday, while three others were arrested on Wednesday, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The four have not yet commented.

Police investigations are still under way but those involved may be charged with "disseminating obscene images " and "offending the head of state", the police sources said.

The journalist is working with Touba TV station. It is owned by the highly influential Mouride Islamic sect, the second largest religious community in the country

Some people who saw the image said they were shocked by it. But others accused the authorities of attempting to curb freedom of speech.

'Death sentence' for Egyptian rapist

A court in Egypt has sentenced to death a man who raped a 20-month-old girl, judicial sources have told Reuters news agency.

The victim's mother accused a 35-year-old man of kidnapping and raping her daughter, causing heavy bleeding.

The authorities arrested the defendant in March.

He can appeal against the sentence in Egypt's highest court, the Court of Cassation.

Kevin Anderson in shock victory

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Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men’s single 2nd round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 01 June 2017.
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South Africa's Kevin Anderson has caused something of a shock at the French Open tennis with a win over Australia's number 18 seed Nick Kyrgios - by three sets to one (5-7; 6-4; 6-1; 6-2).

Next up for Anderson, who has endured a tough season so far, will be Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Not such good news for Anderson's compatriot Raven Klaasen. In the men's doubles he has been knocked out. He and his American partner Rajeev Ram were seeded number 8 but lost in straight sets to Czech Republic pair Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely.

Klaasen still has the mixed doubles to look forward to where he is seeded number 4 with his partner Katarina Srebotnik from Slovenia.

Archbishop of Bamako denies holding Swiss bank accounts

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Archbishop Jean Zerbo from Mali poses for a photograph in Bamako, Mali, 25 May 2017. According to media reports Pope Francis has selected new cardinals from El Salvador, Sweden, Mali, and Laos, who will attend a consistory in June with Archbishop Jean Zerbo from Mali being selected
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Archbishop Jean Zerbo denies wrongdoing

The Catholic Archbishop of Bamako in Mali, Jean Zerbo, denies holding Swiss bank accounts containing $13.5m (£10m)

The archbishop's name appears in SwissLeaks documents scrutinised by the French newspaper, Le Monde.

The revelation is an embarrassment both to the Catholic church in Mali and to the Vatican. Last week, Pope Francis named Archbishop Zerbo among five new cardinals.

Le Monde reports that seven accounts were opened in Monaco in 2002. These are now with the HSBC Private Bank in Geneva and are still active.

In a statement, Mali's bishops conference says the report is false and that no churchgoers' gifts have been diverted overseas.

Bamako Cathedral is rundown. It has been raising funds for a new roof for years. Services are often held in a nearby car park.

Confronted by a reporter, the archbishop denied being among three Malian churchmen linked to the Swiss accounts.

He said any overseas money was inherited from French colonial missionaries.

Children robbed of childhood

A quarter of the world's children are being denied a childhood, a new report from Save the Children says.

The Stolen Childhoods report says at least 700 million children have the dream of a full childhood brought to an early end.

In West and Central Africa, Save the Children says one of the main hindrances to progress regarding children's rights is early marriage. It denies girls an education and has many detrimental effects on their health.

Save the Children is confident the trend can change. The charity points to Sierra Leone, where the number of adolescent girls getting married was reduced by nearly 50% between 2004 and 2013.

Abida(not real name), 17, has been married to her husband Ambouka(not real name)*, 43, since she was either 12 or 13, and has two children
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Married early in Niger

Prayers for 'Saint' Julius Nyerere

Pope John Paul II (left) with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania during a private meeting at the Vatican, Rome, March 13th 1980.
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Pope John Paul II (left) with President Julius Nyerere in 1980

Prayers were held today at Namugongo Catholic Martyrs shrine on the outskirts of Uganda's capital, Kampala. for the beatification of Julius Nyerere, Tanzania's first president.

His supporters want Pope Francis to name him a saint, and say that not only was he socailist but also a devout Catholic.

The shrine is dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in the 19th Century,

Christians from around the world are arriving in Kampala for the main Martyrs Day celebration and prayers which will be on Saturday, a BBC reporter tweets:

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Ex-religious minister charged with corruption

Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circle around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca on September 14, 2016
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Millions of Muslims go to Mecca annually

Mozambique’s former Minister of Justice and Religious Matters, Adurremane Lino de Almeida, is on trial for diverting state funds for personal benefit.

Mr De Almeida admitted that he had paid for pilgrimage trips to the Islamic holy city of Mecca with government money, but said he did this with President Filipe Nyusi's approval.

He took three people on the visit in 2015, costing the government about $29,700 (£23,000) at current exchange rates..

Mr De Almeida said he had been instructed by President Filipe Nyusi to take a group to Mecca, and the president said it was normal for religious leaders to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. He also intended to take advantage of the visit to contact the Saudi authorities to discuss the possibility of setting up a Saudi embassy in Maputo.

There is no written evidence that President Nyusi gave instructions to Mr De Almeida, who was sacked from the cabinet in March 2016

No reason was given for his dismissal, but it is a reasonable guess that the investigation into the Mecca trip was behind the decision.

Water crisis in Cape Town

Karen Allen

BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

Cape Town, South Africa’s tourist hub, has seen an escalation of water restrictions with fears that as it heads into winter the rainfall will not be enough to replenish supplies.

Just 10% of the water that feeds demand in the Western Cape region - which includes Cape Town - remains in the dams and the public is being restricted to using 100 litres per person per day.

Experts from the University of Cape Town warn that there have been three seasons in succession where rainfall has been low - something which occurs once in every 100 years and say even if it were to rain now, the region could still be in the same position in a year's time.

It is not an emergecy quite yet but Cape Town's mayor, Patricia de Lille, has said that if the dry weather persists - they may have to consider tapping into aquifers, recycling recycling waste water or stepping up desalination efforts.

A picture taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20% of it"s water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town. South Africa"s Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on May 22
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Theewaterskloof Dam, Western Cape in May

Angola's online paper to close

Angola’s biggest independent news portal RedeAngola has announced it is closing after five years due to financial problems.

In a farewell letter its proprietor Sérgio Guerra says that the online paper has striven to be impartial in its coverage of some of the controversial periods of Angolan politics. These include the arrests of activists as well as the forced evictions and demolitions to make way for public infrastructure.

Mr Guerra was keen to emphasise that the decision to close was "strictly business" and not due to external pressure, despite it being an election year.

Migrant deaths: The harsh Sahara

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BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

African migrants walk in the middle of the Sahara Desert, near the border with Argelia, 08 October 2005.
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Migrants aim to reach Libya en route to Europe

The unforgiving conditions of the Sahara Desert mean that a broken down vehicle is often a death sentence for migrants. In the latest case, more than 40 migrants have died in Niger after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert.

Six survivors reportedly walked to a remote village to raise the alarm. They said most of the victims were from Nigeria and Ghana and included three babies and two other children.

The Red Cross says it’s sent a team to investigate.

Niger serves as a transit point for West Africans hoping to reach Europe to start a better life. Every year, tens of thousands of migrants cross the Sahara to reach Libya.

From the Libyan coast they board rickety boats to ferry them to Europe. Many drown in the Mediterranean but, perhaps, less well known, are the dangers they face while crossing the Sahara.

It is not known how many deaths there are every year - as it is a vast, ungoverned region.

But many migrants die of thirst, while others are robbed and attacked by criminal gangs and security forces.

Read: My sister drowned getting to Europe

Woman arrested in London 'over Liberia torture'

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The war crimes unit of the London Metropolitan Police has arrested a 51-year-old woman on suspicion of torture, a police statement has said.

The allegations relate to atrocities that occurred during the civil war in Liberia between 1989 and 1993.

The woman was arrested in East London, and is in police custody, the statement said.

Searches are being carried out at two addresses - one in East London and the other in Central London - in relation to the investigation, it added.

Niger troops 'killed in ambush'

Heavily-armed attackers have ambushed a military position near Niger's border with Mali, killing six members of Niger's security forces, a security source has told AFP news agency.

The assault was carried out in the south-western town of Abala on Wednesday evening by gunmen who arrived in 14 all-terrain vehicles, the source added.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

China denies involvement in smuggling racket

A bull elephant walks on October 7, 2013 at Amboseli National Park, approximately 220 kms southeast of Nairobi.
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Poaching has led to Africa's elephant population rapidly falling

China has rejected allegations that two of its diplomats have been involved in illegally smuggling ivory from Uganda, AFP news agency reports.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has ordered a probe into possible collusion between the country's wildlife agency and the diplomats, a spokeswoman for Uganda's top anti-corruption body, Ali Munira, said last week.

China dismissed reports of the allegations as "totally unfounded".

"We have rigorous regulations and laws on governmental officials, embassy members, and visiting groups to forbid them from buying or engaging in [smuggling] activities," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

"We will punish them if they are found to be engaged in such activities," she added.

Read: The war on elephants

Morocco hit by protest

Nasser Zefzafi
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Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on Monday after three days on the run

Up to 3,000 people have protested in northern Morocco for the sixth consecutive night as protesters demand the release of the leader of a popular movement in the neglected Rif region, AFP news agency reports.

The region has been hit by unrest since the death in October of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, 31, who was crushed in a rubbish truck as he protested against the seizure of swordfish caught out of season.

Initial protests in the fishing port of Al-Hoceima has triggered a wider movement demanding more development and end to corruption, repression and unemployment.

Nasser Zefzafi, who has emerged as the head of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi (Popular Movement) was arrested on Monday after three days on the run.

Late Wednesday, between 2,000 and 3,000 protesters once again took to the streets of Al-Hoceima, shouting slogans such as "corrupt state" and "We are all Nasser Zefzafi".

Rwanda election commission rebuffed over social media policy

Rwanda's media regulator has said the election commission does not have the power to regulate the use of social media by presidential candidates, AFP news agency reports.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) ruled last month that once campaigning starts on 14 July, candidates must submit social media updates to it for approval before publishing them.

However, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) which oversees the media, said in a statement it would like to " reaffirm the right of citizens to express themselves on social media ... while respecting existing laws."

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Deadly train crash in South Africa

One person has died and 102 have been injured after two trains collided in South Africa's economic heartland of Gauteng, the public broadcaster, SABC, has reported.

Cable theft is suspected to have caused the accident, but investigations are continuing, Metrorail spokesperson Tony Games said.

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Migrants 'found dead'

At least 44 migrants, including women and babies, have been found dead after their vehicle broke down in the desert of northern Niger while on the way to Libya, local officials have said, AFP news agency reports.

"The number of migrants who died in the desert is 44 for now," said Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a remote town through which many people cross in the hope of reaching Libya and then Europe.

See earlier post: 'Died of thirst'

Senegal eliminated from U-20 World Cup

Senegal U20 team
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Senegal were semi-finalists on their debut in New Zealand two years ago

Senegal's young Lions of Teranga exited the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in South Korea on Thursday after a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

A goal in the 89th minute from substitute Ronaldo Cisneros was the difference between the two sides in Incheon.

The West Africans finished the game a man down following Alioune Gueye's expulsion for a second bookable offence after 71 minutes.

Senegal also went into the match without two key players - defenders Cavin Diagne and Souleymae Aw - who were both suspended.

Mexico will now face England in the quarter-finals on 5 June in Cheonan.

Search for missing Catholic bishop

Rescue workers are searching for the body of a Catholic bishop in a river in Cameroon after he went missding two days ago.

The death of the Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Benoit Balla, has been confirmed by the Archbishop of Doula, Samuel Kleda, who is also the president of the Episcopal Council

Bishop Baila's car has been found along the banks of River Sanaga. Some newspapers and social media sites are reporting that a suicide note was found in the car, but others are suggesting that he was murdered.

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There have been a number of unsolved mysteries deaths of Catholic clergy in Cameroon. Archbishop Kleda has called for calm as the search for the bishop continues.

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Ugandan student summoned for 'exposing nakedness'

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Uganda's prestigious Makerere University has threatened disciplinary action against a female student for wearing a skirt which was "cut into many strips" and which exposed "part of her nakedness" at a student dinner, local media reports.

In a letter addressed to Rebbeca Nadumba, the university management said: "It is alleged that the picture which appeared last Friday/Saturday (May 27) in the social media of a lady dressed in a red top and red long robe-like skirt, but cut into many strips that exposed part of nakedness, was your picture".

The letter added that if it is true that that was her then she had breached university regulations requiring students to dress "in a neat and decent manner", and not to bring the university into disrepute.

It gave Ms Nadumba until tomorrow to indicate why she should not be brought before the disciplinary committee for alleged violation of the dress code at dinner for students who had completed their studies.

She has not yet commented. On Twitter, there's been mixed reaction to the university's decision:

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Sudan 'bans Egyptian vendors in Darfur'

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Sudanese authorities have banned Egyptian street vendors from selling their wares in the country's western region of Darfur, in an escalating dispute between the neighbours.

Tension has been growing between the two countries after Sudan accused Egypt of supporting Darfur rebels. Cairo has dismissed the accusations.

The commissioner of El-Fasher in North Darfur, Tijani Abdallah Saleh, issued the directive banning the Egyptian street vendors, the private Sudan Tribune news site reported.

A separate police statement said foreigners will be monitored as they could be rebel informants.

Mr Saleh also ordered owners of residential and business premises to get government authorization before leasing out their properties to foreigners.

Read: The Qatari princess, Angelina Jolie and the battle of the pyramids

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Barclays cuts stake in SA operations

The signage of a branch of Barclays bank in central London on February 15, 2011 in London, England. Barclays banking group has today reported pre-tax profits in 2010 of 6.07bn GBP.
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The bank intends to focus more on its UK and US markets

UK banking giant Barclays says it has slashed its stake in its South African operations as part of a global strategic re-think unveiled last year.

It has placed a stake of 33.7% in Barclays Africa with institutional investors, raising some $2.9bn (£2.2bn).

Barclays, which has decided to focus on its two core markets of Britain and the United States, now holds a stake of only 16.4% in the unit.

Africa's newborn twins at risk

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One in five children born as a twin in sub-Saharan Africa dies before their fifth birthday, according to new research in the Lancet.

The study is the first to analyse death rates among twins in the region.

The report suggests improvements in survival for twins is lagging far behind other children.

The death rate among single-born children aged under-five halved between 1995 and 2014. For twins, the rate came down by a third.

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Uganda probes 'Chinese-linked' ivory smugglers

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A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officer numbers elephant ivory tusks on July 3, 2013 after a container destined to Malasyia full of tusks was seized in a private yard in the Changamwe area, having come from Uganda at the ports of Mombasa.
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Uganda is used as a transit point by ivory poachers

A new investigation has been ordered in Uganda into whether staff at the country's wildlife agency conspired with Chinese diplomats to export illegal ivory.

Five senior officials were suspended two years ago after it was discovered that confiscated ivory had gone missing from a Uganda Wildlife Agency strongroom.

Police in Uganda have made several large seizures of ivory since then - some destined for Singapore.

Officials at the Chinese Embassy in Kampala were unavailable for comment.

Uganda is thought to be a major transit point for trafficking ivory from the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read: Elephants' end?

Dozens of migrants 'die of thirst' in desert

Migrants in Agadez, northern Niger. 30 May 2015
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Many migrants make the treacherous journey in the hope of of a better life in Europe

More than 40 people travelling through the Sahara Desert to reach Europe are suspected to have died of thirst after their lorry broke down in arid northern Niger, the Red Cross has told Reuters news agency.

Six survivors walked to a remote village where they reported that 44 people, including three babies and two other children, died of thirst, said Lawal Taher, the department head for the Red Cross in the Bilma region, Reuters reports.

Most of the 44 were from Ghana and Niger, he added.

There has been no independent confirmation of the report, but Mr Taher said the Red Cross had told the authorities and a search for the bodies was under way, Reuters reports.

Last June, the bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, were found in the Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria.

It appeared they had died of thirst after being abandoned by their smuggler, a government minister said at the time.

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Watch: Why migrants flee across the Sahara

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

It is only after a man falls that he looks for a walking stick."

A Meta proverb from Cameroon sent by Divine Tembeng Mbah in Pretoria, South Africa

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