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  1. Libya, Somalia and Sudan hit by US travel ban
  2. Kenyan bridge collapses before construction complete
  3. Zimbabwe #ThisFlag pastor arrested after addressing rally
  4. Buhari's voice heard for first time for seven weeks
  5. 'Strippers' turned up to South African prison event
  6. Julienne Sassou Nguesso investigated for money laundering
  7. SA coffin-attack trial transferred to High Court

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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:

The sweetness of story is what makes a thief laugh from where he hides."

A Hausa proverb sent by Sani Ammani in Kano, Nigeria

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And we leave you with this piece of art celebrating the geometry of hair:

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Joy and sorrow at Ghana school TV quiz

The names of Ghanaian schools have been trending on Twitter in Ghana as people follow the outcome of the semi-finals of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) on National TV.

NSMQ Ghana has been tweeting some dramatic pictures:

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Prempeh College and Adisadel College are two of the three schools to have made it to the finals.

Credit Suisse deny charging $100m in Mozambique tuna loan scandal

Some of the loan was meant to be for the tuna industry

The Wall Street Journal reports (pay wall) that Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse have denied allegations that it charged excessive fees in Mozambique's loan scandal.

It comes after the Wall Street Journal reported at the weekend that $1bn (£786m) in loans for state-owned companies, including a tuna fishing company, cannot be accounted for.

The newspaper added today that Credit Suisse says the assertion that it took in $100m for its role in securing the loans was “incorrect and misleading”.

The BBC's Jose Tembe reports that Mozambique opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama is calling for the names of the people involved in the missing $1bn be released by the authorities.

'We are teaching people to sew their own sanitary towels'

A group of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth have been chosen as Queen's Young Leaders for their dedication to driving change in their communities.

Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma from the Zambian organisation Copper Rows and Winnifred Selby from Ghana have been explaining to Focus on Africa's Bola Mosuro about the work they are doing providing free menstrual pads to girls in their countries.

African countries hit by Trump travel ban

The original ban in January provoked mass protests at American airports
The original ban in January provoked mass protests at American airports

The US Supreme Court has partially lifted an injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban.

America's highest court also granted an emergency request from the White House allowing part of the refugee ban to go into effect.

The president's revised order calls for a 90-day ban on travellers from Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Syria and Yemen. It also introduces a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the US to enable the government to implement stronger vetting procedures.

The BBC's Anthony Zurcher says the path to entry into the US for immigrants and refugees from the affected nations, if they don't have existing ties to the US - either through family, schools or employment - just became considerably harder.

Read more on the Trump travel ban from BBC News

The man with 176 children

Uganda's New Vision newspaper says a man with 176 children is asking for government help to put "at least 30" of his children through education:

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The newspaper reports 65-year-old Mustafa Magambo Mutone has 13 wives.

Zimbabwe's #ThisFlag pastor arrested

The Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, who was arrested last year after leading a protest against the government's handling of the economy, has been detained again.

Mr Mawarire gained a large following last after posting messages on social media encouraging people to protest wrapped in the Zimbabwean flag. He used the hashtag #ThisFlag.

This time he has been detained after addressing University of Zimbabwe medical students protesting against a hike in tuition fees.

He posted this video on his Facebook page after arriving at the police station:

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People have also posted videos of him talking to the students:

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Meanwhile, the university has ordered the students to move off the campus following the protest as it said the demonstrators started throwing stones, which is behaviour that the university "does not tolerate".

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South Africa apartheid-era police custody death case opens

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Ahmed Timol's family, including his nephew Imtiaz Cajee, have been campaigning for his case to be reopened

The first witnesses in the inquest into the death of a South African anti-apartheid activist have started giving their evidence.

Ahmed Timol fell from a 10th-storey window from the Johannesburg police headquarters in the 1971.

The original investigation said the 30-year-old had taken his own life but following a long campaign by his family the case has been re-opened today in the Johannesburg High Court.

Saleem Essop, a fellow activist who was with Mr Timol when he was arrested told the inquest he saw a hooded figure, who he thinks was Mr Timol, struggling to walk on the 10th floor.

"They took Ahmed to the back and I remained handcuffed in the front. I was given a massive punch in the stomach which really knocked me," he said.

Mr Essop was then accused of involvement in conspiracy to kill South African soldiers. He claimed that during his own interrogation he saw a hooded figure struggling to walk who he believed was Mr Timol.

Dozens of anti-apartheid activists died in police custody or at the hands of the security services.

Judge Billy Mothle warned that the inquest would lead South Africans to "rekindle painful memories".

SA cyclists hoping to better Tour de France performance

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes will once again take part in the Tour de France after being included in the UAE Team Emirates squad for the race that starts on Saturday.

Meintjes became the highest ever African finisher on the Tour last year when he finished 8th and he is relishing the challenge again.

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Louis Meintjes took eighth place at last year's Tour de France

He told his team's website that last year's result has motivated him to try and do even better.

Zimbabwe bans South African chickens

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

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Zimbabwe says it has banned chicken products from South Africa following an outbreak of avian flu in that country.

South Africa has confirmed the presence of bird flu in one of its provinces. It’s the third southern African country to be affected by an outbreak whose strain has been traced back to Europe.

Zimbabwe and Zambia have both banned the importation of all chicken products from South Africa.

Reports quote South African officials confirming that 5,000 birds died and 24,000 were being culled on one farm in the eastern province of Mpumalanga.

Zimbabwe has also been hit by the outbreak.

Last month, a major chicken producer near the capital Harare culled 140,000 birds following its identification.

Some experts have blamed migratory wild birds for the spread of the disease.

The World Health Organization says the H5N8 virus is lethal to poultry but has a low human infection rate.

South African tweeters laugh off prison stripper story

We reported earlier that South Africa's prison authorities are investigating why women who appeared to be strippers were brought into a prison to celebrate Youth Day.

#PrisonStrippers is now trending in the country. Many ponder whether life is better inside prison than outside, and others make fun of the situation:

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Money-making secrets from Nigeria entrepreneur

BBC Minute is running a series on saving money, and today they heard from Dr Oluwo Adedunmola.

She's a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur from Nigeria who started her first hair styling business at the age of 17.

Since then, she's had four businesses and now runs her own mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

She shared her money making secrets with BBC Minute:

Al-Qaeda in Mali frees hostage after six years

Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish foreign ministry says.

Mr Gustafsson is being flown back to Sweden, the country's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement.

"It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Johan Gustafsson has been released," Ms Wallström said.

She added that Mr Gustafsson was "in good spirits", local media report.

Suicide bombers kill 13 in north-east Nigeria

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Suicide bombers have attacked two different places in and around the city of Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, killing at least 13 people and wounding eight others.

The University of Maiduguri was targeted and a female member of staff lost her life.

In the second attack, four female suicide bombers blew themselves up in two villages just outside Maiduguri, killing 12 more people.

Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, is one of the cities worst hit by an insurgency led by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Eritrean cyclists miss out on Tour de France spot

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa-registered cycling outfit Team Dimension Data have named their riders for the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday, and the two Eritreans, Natnael Berhane and Daniel Teklehaimanot, who took part last year have not made it.

Daniel made history in 2016 by being the first black African rider to wear the King of the Mountains jersey for three days during the race.

But the team does include two South Africans: Reinardt Janes van Rensburg and Jaco Venter.

The riders will be led by Briton Steve Cummings while his compatriot and sprint-specialist Mark Cavendish will also be part of Team Dimension Data.

Daniel Teklehaimanot of Eritrea riding for Team Dimension Data
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Daniel Teklehaimanot made a name for himself during last year's Tour de France

SA prisons boss apologises for 'strippers'

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

South Africa's correctional services department has now released an official statement regarding the pictures which showed scantily-clad women performing at a prison in Johannesburg (see earlier story).

The department's acting head, James Smalberger, told a press conference that he was deeply disturbed by the “unfortunate incident” saying officials would investigate how the dancers came to perform despite their request being turned down.

They were there as part of an event on 21 June celebrate South Africa's Youth Day.

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"The intention was never to have strippers or dancers in the facility... We want to apologise to the citizens of South Africa for this incident," Mr Smallberger said.

India offers Africans 7,500 e-learning scholarships

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BBC Tamil

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India has announced plans to offer 7,500 e-learning scholarships to students from Africa.

The scholarships will allow African students to remotely study Indian university courses.

The scheme is part of the Pan-African e-Network Project, launched in 2009, as a way to boost access to Indian courses in Africa.

In the first phase five Indian universities in association with five of their counterparts in Egypt, Cameroon, Malawi, Uganda and Ghana will offer e-learning on tailor-made modules.

Tanzania's Wanyama Street no more

Tottenham and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama was honoured in Tanzania on Saturday by having a street named after him in Dar es Salaam.

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But the gesture looks to have been short-lived as local websites showed a picture of the street sign being taken away the following day.

A statement from the local Ubungo council said procedures to rename a street had not been observed.

There has been no reaction so far from Wanyama, who turned 26 on Sunday.

The footballer was in Tanzania on holiday and had attended a local tournament in the suburb of Ubungo in the main city Dar es Salaam.

Cameroonians remember Marc Vivien Foe

Leocadia Bongben

BBC Sport in Yaounde

The Cameroonian football federation, Fecafoot, has tweeted a tribute to remember Marc Vivien Foe who died on the pitch 14 years ago today:

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The message says “14 years ago Marc Vivien Foe left us, (June 26 2003 –June 26 2017). A lion never dies”.

Fecafoot President Tombi A Roko Sidiki said his memory is still "vivid in our minds".

“Each time Cameroon is part of the Confederations Cup, we should think of Foe,” he said.

He was playing in a Confederations Cup match in France when he died.

He collapsed in the 72nd minute of the semi-final game against Colombia.. He was later pronounced dead from a heart attack.

Read more: Are African footballers more likely to die on the pitch?

Controversy over 'strippers' at South African prison

South Africa's correctional services department has confirmed that photos showing scantily clad women performing at a prison are genuine.

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eNCA says that the pictures are from Johannesburg's Medium B prison, which is also known as Sun City.

Correctional services department spokesperson Gibson Ngabakho told South African Power FM radio station that the images were "very disturbing".

He explained that they were taken at an event celebrating youth month - June.

He said that the managers of the event should have stopped the women appearing and promised that those responsible would be dealt with.

You can hear the interview on this clip - it starts at just after the one minute mark.

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Troops 'killed in clashes with Boko Haram' on Lake Chad islands


Eight Chadian soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with Islamist militants Boko Haram at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, Chad's army told AFP news agency.

Spokesman Colonel Azem said a further 18 soldiers were wounded and troops had killed 162 Boko Haram fighters, AFP adds.

Chad is part of a five-nation regional force - also comprising of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Benin - fighting Boko Haram.

The Islamist militant group is based in Nigeria but has extended its reach to neighbouring countries.

There have been frequent clashes on Lake Chad's many islands since the Boko Haram conflict began in 2009. The lake borders Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

Chaka Chaka honoured for her humanitarian work

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka is posting pictures on instagram after being honoured for her humanitarian work at an award ceremony in Los Angeles, US, at the weekend.

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She received the Global Good Power Award at the Black Entertainment Television International Awards ceremony.

The princess of Africa, as she is affectionately known by her fans, was honoured for health campaigning.

Ms Chaka Chaka is the UN’s global ambassador in the fight against malaria and a patron of the Global Fund for the Fight against the spread of TB, HIV and Aids.

Accepting her award at the ceremony, she urged Africans to “not compete with each other but complete each other”.

El Hadji Diouf: I am not a bad guy

"I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it's not wrong to be a bad loser," controversial ex-footballer El Hadji Diouf told the BBC.

At home in Senegal he is a hero. Everywhere he goes, he is mobbed by fans both young and old.

But in Britian he is remembered more for his controversial antics than for his football talent.

It is a trait that followed him in the English league clubs he played for - from Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers to Bolton Wanderers, with a spell for Rangers in Scotland as well.

Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents.

El Hadj Diouf

But now in his retirement, he is telling his story.

"I have got character and I want people to respect me."

Diouf, who has moved back to the Senegalese capital Dakar, says he was often misunderstood during his playing days in England.

He said: "I am an easy target. It's easy to talk about El Hadji Diouf and I let them talk but I know in my heart I am a good guy."

Read more about El Hadji Diouf from BBC Sport

WizKid wins BET award for second time


The Nigerian press is reacting to Nigerian singer WizKid winning the Black Entertainment Television (BET) award for best African act at the weekend.

The Premium Times says he "made the Nigerian music industry proud".

He won the same award in 2012 and last year he was nominated again but missed out to South Africa's AKA.

Tanzania NGOs backing young mums threatened with ban

Non-governmental organisations in Tanzania have been warned against campaigning for school girl mothers to be allowed back to school, the country's Citizen newspaper reports.

Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba has threatened the NGOs with deregistration, the newspaper adds.

This comes after President John Magufuli told a rally that, in accordance with Tanzanian law, pregnant girls could not return to school.

He said: "After calculating some few mathematics, she'd be asking the teacher in the classroom: 'Let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby.'"

The Citizen adds that some NGOs have reacted by saying that the government should stop intimidating campaigners.

President John Magufuli
President Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class

Buhari's voice heard for first time for seven weeks

Nigeria's sick President Muhammadu Buhari has released an audio recording of him giving an Eid greeting.

He is currently being treated in London for an undisclosed illness, and this is the first time Nigerians have heard his voice for seven weeks.

The audio message was aimed at debunking rumours that the president was suffering from memory loss and a speech impairment, This Day newspaper reports.

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The message was recorded in Hausa, but Mr Buhari's office also released a text version of his greeting:

I again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen. We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations."

SA coffin-attack trial transferred to High Court

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

The trial against two men who allegedly forced a black man into a coffin has been transferred to a higher court for trial.

Farm owners, Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen have been charged with attempted murder, assault and kidnapping after also threatening to douse Victor Mlotshwa in Mpumalanga province last August.

The trial is due to take place between 31 July and 10 August.

In their affidavits in earlier appearances the men said they wanted to teach Mlotshwa a lesson for trespassing but meant him no harm.

They are expected to enter an official plea at the trial.

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Kenyan bridge collapses

Kenyan media are reporting that a bridge that was under construction has collapsed less than a month after the president inspected it:

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The Kenyan Standard says the bridge was built over the River Nzoia in western Kenya.

It adds that the bridge was meant to open in July.

It is unclear why the bridge collapsed or whether any was hurt.

Eid Mubarak to everyone

#EidMubarak is trending on Twitter in several countries on the continent, including Nigeria, as people continue to share greetings and photographs as the end of holy month of Ramadan is marked:

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Congo president's daughter 'facing corruption investigation'

The daughter of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso is under investigation by the French police for corruption, the AFP news agency reports, quoting judicial sources.

Julienne Sassou Nguesso, along with her husband Guy Johnson, are being investigated for "money laundering and misuse of public funds", AFP adds.

This comes after the couple bought a $3.4m (£2.7m) house in an upmarket area in Paris. The police want to know where that money came from.

The investigation is part of a probe by French police into how members of the families of three African presidents - Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea - have spent their money in France.

Neither Ms Nguesso nor her partner have commented on the investigation, but her lawyer is quoted by RFI as saying that he will try to overturn any indictment.

Denis Sassou Nguesso
President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been in power for more than three decades

Two men due in SA court accused of forcing man into coffin

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Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson
A magistrate at an earlier hearing said the farmers had been sadistic and racist

Two white farmers are due to go on trial in South Africa today accused of pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive.

When Victor Mlotshwa resisted, the farmers are alleged to have threatened to put a snake into the coffin with him.

The accused, Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, were arrested last November after a video of the alleged incident was posted online.

They said Mr Mlotshwa had been trespassing on their farm in Mpumalanga province and needed to be taught a lesson.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

The sweetness of story is what makes a thief laugh from where he hides."

A Hausa proverb sent by Sani Ammani in Kano, Nigeria

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