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
BBC Africa Sport
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;
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.
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
Alex Duval Smith
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
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.
a reporter, the archbishop denied being among three Malian churchmen linked to
the Swiss accounts.
He said any overseas money was inherited from French
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.
Prayers for 'Saint' Julius Nyerere
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:
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
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
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
Angola's online paper to close
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
BBC News, Nigeria correspondent
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
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.
many migrants die of thirst, while others are robbed and attacked by criminal
gangs and security forces.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.