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Summary

  1. Police issue arrest warrant for Malawi's Joyce Banda
  2. South Africa's opposition firebrand under fire for remarks about Indians
  3. God 'speaks' to Zulu king
  4. Student denies defaming Zambia's leader on Facebook
  5. Kenya election IT head found dead
  6. More than 40 arrested in Nigeria for alleged homosexual acts
  7. Al-Shabab kills AU troops
  8. Avian flu strikes in Zimbabwe

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SA race row over Malema's comments about Indians

South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has rallied behind its firebrand leader Julius Malema after he came under heavy criticism for comments he made about Indians in the country's KwaZulu-Natal province.

Mr Malema accused them of racism, exploiting their African workers and monopolising the economy in KwaZul-Natal, where most South African Indians live, the IOL news site reported.

Mr Malema made the comments on Saturday at a rally in the province's main city, Durban, to celebrate the EFF's fourth anniversary.

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Mr Malema (second from left) portrays himself as a champion of the poor

Ravi Pillay, a senior member of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and a provincial government minister, accused Mr Malema of being a "dangerous populist", IOL reported.

Ashin Singh, the convener of the SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem), said the group would lay criminal charges against Mr Malema and would take him to the Equality Court, the news site added.

In a statement, the EFF said it backed Mr Malema's comments condemning the "exploitation and racism that Africans suffer from many Indian people, in particular South African Indian businesses".

Mr Malema has retweeted the statement

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'We didn't have any money but we had a phone'

BBC Minute has been looking at low budget film-making.

It caught up with Kenya's Phoebe Ruguru and Kevin Njue who are working on their first feature film 18 Hours inspired by a road crash victim in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Their first short film Saidia won Best Young Film Maker at the Unchosen Film Competition in London.

It shone a spotlight on modern day slavery and was shot entirely using a phone camera.

Listen to her experience:

'We didn't have any money but we had a phone'

Visiting a potential flashpoint of violence in Kenya

Dickens Olewe

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A woman walks past a shop with a message of peace painted recently by local street artist Solomon Muyundo, also known as Solo7, on its door in Kibera slum, one of the opposition leader Raila Odinga"s strongholds in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 23 July 2017
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The opposition commands huge support in Kibera

Kibera slum in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been marked as a potential flashpoint for violence in the fiercely contested 8 August general election.

But as I meandered through the traffic with my taxi driver, the area - a stronghold of main opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga - was nothing short of being lively and noisy, as it has always been.

Hawkers were selling their wares and the notorious mini-buses, or matatus, were playing loud music and blaring their horns, mostly for no reason.

There were, however, evident political undertones in the cacophony of activities, as political campaign songs blared from several shops.

I was in Kibera to meet a group of young journalists working for an upcoming community news hub called Habari Kibra, who would be voting for the first time.

Their reasons for planning to vote ranged from wanting to just take part in an activity that is the hallmark of democracy to voting for candidates who represent the issues they care about most.

This group was also divided on whether the election - in which Mr Odinga is hoping to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta - will pass without any major incident.

Investigation demanded after South Africa football deaths

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa Sport

Emergency service marshals and vehicles leave from the FNB stadium where two people died during a stampede which occurred at one of the entrances to the stadium on July 29, 2017 in Johannesburg.
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The emergency services were at the scene shortly after Saturday's accident

The presidents of South Africa's Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs football clubs have asked South Africa's Premier Soccer League to launch an investigation into how two fans died in a crush while entering the stadium during a match between the sides.

The crush on Saturday came moments after Chiefs scored against Pirates in a pre-season game.

It was blamed on fans without the right tickets gaining entry to the FNB stadium, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final.

Speaking in Johannesburg today, Pirates' president Irvin Khoza said "no stone will be left unturned".

Khoza is also president of the Premier Soccer League, meaning that he has asked to be recused from any inquiry.

The same applies to Chiefs' president Kaizer Motaung, who sits on the league's executive board.

On Saturday, the South African FA also promised a full investigation into the tragedy.

Kenyan superstar out of World Athletics Championships

Kenyan 800m world record holder David Rudisha has pulled out of the World Athletics Championships that are due to start in London on Friday.

Rudisha, who is the Olympic and defending world champion, announced on Twitter that he was injured:

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His absence from London could dent Kenya's chances of repeating their feat of topping the medals table, BBC Africa sport's Nick Cavell says.

In Beijing in 2015 they got seven golds and 16 medals over all.

Rudisha will be missed by the fans in London too - it was at the same stadium during the 2012 Olympics that e broke the world record, running under one minute 41 seconds:

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Kenya poll official was 'heinously murdered'

Mortuary attendant stands next to the casket with body of Chris Musando, an IT manager at the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), at city mortuary, in Nairobi, Kenya, 31 July 2017.
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Mortuary attendant stands next to the casket with the body of Mr Msando

The "heinous murder" of the Kenyan electoral commission's IT head was an attempt to "drive a dagger in the heart" of next week's general election, the main opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) has said in a statement.

It added that "no effort was made to camouflage this killing as an accident".

This showed the "determination of the killers to send a chilling message that they will stop at nothing to ensure the outcome they desire," the statement added.

Despite the "grave implications" of the killing, Nasa was confident that it would "accomplish the opposite and strengthen all Kenyans' will to demand free, fair and credible elections", the statement said.

See earlier post for more details

Read: Raila Odinga - love him or loathe him

Senegal PM claims victory in parliamentary poll

Senegal's Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne has said the governing coalition of President Macky Sall has won a landslide in Sunday's parliamentary elections, the AFP news agency reports.

We were expecting an official announcement from the electoral commission earlier today but this was postponed.

Shock and anger over Kenya killing

Dickens Olewe

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Today was supposed to have been big a day for Chris Msando, the acting head of technology for Kenya’s electoral commission, whose mysterious death has shocked many people here.

He was to have overseen the public testing of the much-vaunted voting system that is intended to eliminate rigging in next week's tightly contested general election.

Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Director, Chris Musando and Pamela Awiti of Safran Morpho, address a news conference at the commission"s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2017.
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The body of Mr Msando is said to have been mutilated

A similar electronic system failed spectacularly in the 2013 election. It led to the manual counting of votes which, some argued, opened the way for rigging in the election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Msando had only been in the job for two months, having taken over after his predecessor was suspended for refusing to cooperate with an audit firm that was cleaning the voters' register.

His death will do little to assuage growing concerns about the commission's preparedness for the poll, and questions about its credibility are bound to arise.

Mr Kenyatta is running for a second term against his long-standing rival Raila Odinga, with some polls predicting that it will be a tight race.

Hours after Mr Msando's death was announced, local TV stations are still running the breaking news straps.

Many people have expressed disgust at his death and suspect he was the victim of a targeted assassination, and on Twitter, his name and #RIPMsando are trending:

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Malawi's ex-president wanted over 'money laundering'

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Joyce Banda was president from 2012 to 2014

In issuing the arrest warrant for ex-President Joyce Banda, Malawi's police said they have "unearthed credible evidence" in connection with the $250m (£190m) cashgate corruption scandal which "raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering".

Mrs Banda is outside the country and the police have said they will ask Interpol for help in getting her to come home, a journalist has tweeted.

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Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi's history and involved the loss of some $250m of state money.

Officials were accused of siphoning off the funds during the presidency of Mrs Banda.

Mrs Banda has not commented on the allegations against her.

BreakingMalawi police want to arrest ex-President Banda

Police in Malawi have issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over a corruption scandal, known as cash-gate, during her time in office.

A journalist has tweeted a police statement:

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Zambian student denies insulting the president

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
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President Edgar Lungu's critics accuse him of being authoritarian

A Zambian student who has been arrested for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu using a fake Facebook account has denied the charges.

Edward Makayi, an engineering student in the capital, Lusaka, appeared in court earlier today and denied the charges through his lawyer.

It is alleged that Mr Makayi used an expletive while writing about Mr Lungu, and made serious allegations against the president.

The court has granted him bail but he is still in custody until he meets the conditions, including a 2,000 kwacha ($220, £170) cash payment.

Ex-footballer, warlord and model run for Liberia presidency

After more than a decade in power, Africa's first female elected head of state, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is due to step down after October's presidential election.

And we now know the full list of candidates vying to replace the Nobel Peace laureate, the AFP news agency reports.

It says that there are 20 candidates but there are no front-runners.

The most well known is former football star George Weah, who lost to Ms Johnson Srleaf in the 2005 election.

Former warlord Prince Johnson is also hoping to become head of state.

AFP says that there is only one woman on the list - MacDella Cooper, who used to be a model, but is now a charity worker.

George Weah
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This will be George Weah's second attempt to become president

Kenya election official 'tortured and murdered'

The head of IT for Kenya's election commission, who has been found dead, was "tortured and murdered", the AFP news agency quotes the head of the commission, Wafula Chebukati, as saying.

Chris Msando went missing at the weekend and his body was identified at a morgue in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, today.

Mr Chebukati said: "The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections."

Kenya's closely-fought general election is due on 8 August.

Mr Msando was working on a secure IT system that was meant to check the identity of voters and transmit the results.

He had spent a lot of time on Kenyan media explaining the security of the system.

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'Gay arrests' in Nigeria condemned

Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi, who sought asylum in the UK after fleeing Nigeria, has condemned the arrest of at least 40 men in Lagos, Nigeria, for alleged homosexual acts

He has said in a statement that the men were arrested at a "special event for awareness raising on HIV testing for the gay community in Lagos".

"The arrest is a complete violation of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians' freedom of association according to the chapter five of Nigeria's constitution."

The idea that there were "caught in the act" is just sensationalism from the media, he added.

The mysterious death of Kenyan election official

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Director, Chris Musando addresses a news conference at the commission"s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2017.
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The body of Chris Msando was found on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi

Chris Msando was the acting head of technology for Kenya’s electoral commission and had been a vocal supporter of the computerised voting system he’d helped develop.

In the last election, the electronic system failed and there were accusations the result had been rigged.

So, Mr Msando had been making regular appearances on Kenyan media to reassure the public that this time it could not be hacked nor duplicate votes counted.

His death in mysterious circumstances just over a week before the general elections has raised questions.

Polls suggest the result could be close between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his old rival, Raila Odinga.

There’s tension across the country and fears there could be violent clashes between rival supporters if the election result does not go their way.

Few expect the type of violence which killed more than 1,200 people in post-election violence 10 years ago.

* Earlier posts incorrectly spelled Msando as Musando. We regret the error.

Protests at SA coffin attack trial

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Victor Mlotshwa
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Victor Mlotshwa says he was walking home when he was kidnapped and assaulted

Supporters of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are holding separate protests outside a court to demand lengthy sentences for two white farmers accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including assault, attempted murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

Their trial is under way in the small town of Delmas in South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

They're accused of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it on fire. They claim he threatened to kill their families.

During their bail application, Mr Oosthuizen and Mr Jackson said they didn’t mean the victim any harm and the impact of their action was negligible.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone. The video went viral, causing widespread outrage. The video was admitted as evidence to the court.

The accused were granted bail of $76 (£58) earlier this month.

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Ugandan troops killed in al-Shabab ambush

African Union-United Nations Information Support team handout 27 February 2012, Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) walk along a road during an advance on the central Somali town of Buur-Hakba.
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Ugandan troops are in Somalia to help defeat militant Islamists

The Ugandan military says 12 of its soldiers were killed and seven others injured in an ambush by al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia on Sunday.

The troops were part of an African Union peacekeeping force carrying out a joint operation with soldiers from Somalia.

Al-Shabab had earlier said it had killed 39 soldiers. The numbers can't be verified.

Sunday's attack came as a car bomb exploded in one of the busiest streets of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least six people and injuring at least 10 more.

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Zambian students stranded in India

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

At least 36 Zambian students are stranded in India after failing to get clearance from their universities to return, Zambia's high commissioner to India, Judith Kapijimpanga, has said.

Most of them were stranded because their parents had failed to pay their university fees, while others had failed examinations but were too scared to tell their parents, she added.

Some students had also committed crimes, such as taking drugs, Mrs Kapijimpanga said.

The government planned to engage with India's foreign ministry to get the students back home, she said.

Dead Kenyan official: People demand answers

The BBC's Anthony Irungu has sent us these pictures from outside the mortuary in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where the body of the missing electoral commission official Chris Musando is being held.

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Man outside mortuary
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Our reporter says that some of the people are friends and relatives of Mr Musando and are demanding to know more about his death.

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SA coffin attack: Farmers deny charges

Two white South African farmers have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnap, assault and attempted murder after being accused of pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, both 28, were arrested last year after a video of the alleged incident as widely circulated on social media.

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The video caused outrage in South Africa

The two men told the court that they caught Victor Mlotshwa with stolen goods on private property and wanted to scare him to prevent further problems, the News24 news site reported.

Mr Mlotshwa told reporters at the time that he had been walking home through the men's farm, which is near Middelburg, 162km (100 miles) north-east of Johannesburg, when he was kidnapped and accused of trespassing.

"There's a pathway through the farm to the township where I live and many of us walk through there. I tried to explain to them why I was there and they just kept beating me," he said.

"They threatened to pour petrol on me, I pleaded for mercy and they wouldn't listen."

He said he was kept tied up for hours.

"I have nightmares about that day. It traumatised me."

Read: South Africa awaits its golden age

Kenyan official's body found 'with that of woman'

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

The body of a senior Kenyan electoral commission official, Chris Musando, was found along with that of an unidentified woman on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, police have said.

Both bodies - discovered in Kikuyu suburb - have now been taken to a mortuary in Nairobi.

Mr Musonda was an IT guru, who was spearheading the rolling out of the system that is to be used for voter identification and transmission of election results during next week’s general election.

BreakingTop Kenyan election official 'found dead'

The body of the ICT manager of Kenya's electoral commission, who went missing on Friday, has been found.

Kenya's Star newspaper is reporting that Chris Musando's body, which is now in a city mortuary, has one of its arms missing.

Mr Musando was last seen on Friday night and his abandoned car was found at the weekend at a car pak in the capital, Nairobi.

His death comes jahad of Kenya's 8 August general election, which sees incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta facing seven challengers, including former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Elephants in Malawi relocated

Rangers in Malawi are taking on the mammoth task of moving hundreds of elephants into safer national parks.

The animals have suffered a sharp decline in recent years due to poaching and loss of habitat.

Video journalist: Nancy Ibrahim

Chinese detained in Zambia over rhino horn

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

The Zambian authorities have arrested three Chinese nationals for the alleged illegal possession of 25 rhino horns.

They were arrested along with two Zambians.

Ministry of Tourism and Arts spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe said investigations are also under way about another Chinese national who was allegedly caught with 11 rhino horns at South Africa's Oliver Tambo International airport after transiting through Zambia.

“We are getting concerned when we have foreign nationals who are coming here as investors, yet engaging in illegal activities,” he said.

Poaching in Zambia is rampant with China being one of the major destinations for ivory and rhino horns.

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Authorities across southern and east Africa are trying to stop rhino poaching

Read more: Would a legal market for rhino horn deter poachers? - BBC News

South Sudan's 'Young Tycoon': I'm like Donald Trump

A South Sudanese man, who calls himself a billionaire, has posted a video on Facebook showing him rolling on a bed covered with what he says is a million dollars' worth of $100 bills.

In the eight-minute video Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jnr talks about how he is donating the money to a church in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, and he says that he is also giving money to the Red Cross in Kenya and neighbouring South Sudan.

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You can see him rolling around on the bed of notes, which he says is in a presidential suite, and he also covers himself with the money.

Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jnr with his body covered in notes
Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jnr

Mr Malong, who is also known as the Young Tycoon, does not talk about how he made the money, but is heard complaining that people criticise him for showing off about his wealth but fail to mention his charitable donations.

He says there is nothing wrong with talking about wealth and cites US President Donald Trump as someone who is not embarrassed about how much money he has.

"I'm like Donald Trump," he says.

The UK-based Daily Mail reported that last year Mr Malong posted another video on Facebook showing off about his lifestyle.

It described him as the step-son of a South Sudanese general.

DR Congo earthquake - reports coming in

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The world through its media

An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 in eastern DR Congo is being reported by the Goma-based French-language Mishapi Voice Radio. It says no casualties have been reported but many houses have been damaged. Areas affected are Butembo, Kasindi and Kirumba north of Goma, in Nord Kivu province.

Reporter Kasereka Mahinda said: "It was a violent one. I am in Butembo; some houses cracked. It was a 5.4 magnitude earthquake and happened at around 09:04."

Irish navy rescues 109 migrants off Libyan coast

An Irish navy vessel rescued 109 migrants off Libya's coast on Sunday, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

Boat rescuing migrants
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The LÉ William Butler Yeats took four hours to rescue the migrants off Tripoli, before providing food and medical treatment, the Irish navy said.

The rescued migrants were then transferred to the Italian Coast Guard. It was the new vessel's first humanitarian search and rescue mission since being deployed on 14 July.

On the same day a government motion was passed in the Dáil (Irish parliament) to allow the Irish Defence Forces to join in on Operation Sophia in response to the EU's ongoing migrant crisis.

The multilateral EU navy operation was set up in 2015, aimed at targeting vessels to stop gangs from human trafficking, mainly through Libya.

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God 'speaks to Zulu king'

Jacob Zuma (L) joins Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu (R) together with thousands of people to honour the birth of Zulu warrior and founder of the Zulu nation King Shaka at Kwadukuzu, some 90 kilometres north of Durban on September 24, 2008.
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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) is a subject of the Zulu king (R)

South Africa's influential Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has said that God sometimes speaks to him, and he has to "cough it out" to the nation, the local IOL news site has reported.

The monarch made the claim at a glittering gala dinner held on Saturday in Nongoma, his seat of power in KwaZulu-Natal province, as part of celebrations to mark his 69th birthday.

He was showered with gifts including wine, cattle and horses, IOL reported.

It quoted him as saying:

Sometimes when I speak, it is not me but someone is speaking through me. I am being commanded and I have to cough it out whether you like it or not."

According to the news site, he added that God sometimes told him to pray for certain people and to put his hand on them to heal them:

Even my birth was very different, it was prophesied."

King Zwelithini also called on his subjects to donate towards building a church that his grandfather had foretold:

My grandfather said the church will be called KwaNhliziyonye [the place of one's heart].”

The king also complained that the Zulu rural household was one of the poorest, despite the fact that the government had allocated it an annual budget of more than 50m rand ($3.8m; £3m), IOL reported.

The dinner was attended by high-profile guests, including US pastor Bishop Justice Jones of Global Justice Ministries and South African Air Force chief Lt-Gen Fabian Msimang, according to the news site.

Avian flu strikes again in Zimbabwe

A large commercial poultry farm in Zimbabwe has been hit by avian flu for a second time this year, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

The earlier outbreak killed 7,000 chicken and another 140,000 were slaughtered as a preventative measure, the BBC's Shingai Nyoka says.

The Herald quotes the head of the ministry of agriculture, Josphat Nyika, as saying that the farm had already been under quarantine and that will now be extended for three months "until the disease is completely resolved".

Mr Nyika added that "every effort is being made to prevent infection from escaping" the farm.

Last month, Zimbabwe banned the importation of poultry products from neighbouring South Africa following an avian flu outbreak, Reuters news agency reports.

Nigeria army apologises for false story on Boko Haram rescue

Nigeria army vehicle
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Nigeria's military has been battling the insurgents since 2009

Last week's statement from Nigeria's army which incorrectly reported that all the civilians targeted in an ambush by Boko Haram militants were rescued was "most regrettable", an army spokesman has said.

Initially, the army had said that nine soldiers died in the rescue attempt following the attack on a convoy last Tuesday in the north-east of the country.

Later, there were reports that at least 40 people had died and several others had been kidnapped.

Three of those taken appeared in a Boko Haram video that was uploaded at the weekend.

In his latest statement, head of army public relations, Brig-Gen Sani Kukasheka Usman, said that "the error in the statement was not deliberate".

"We have strived to keep the public informed of our activities with no intention of distorting any fact," he added.

The army now said that it has recovered 21 bodies, but it is not clear if this figure includes the nine that it spoke about last week.

Nigeria's army is currently battling Islamist militants Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria. In the past year, the group has lost a lot of territory but continues to carry out bomb attacks, ambushes and kidnappings in the region.

AU troops killed in Somalia ambush

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Al-Shabab is linked to al-Qaeda and has waged a brutal insurgency in East Africa

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed 39 African Union (AU) troops in an ambush on their convoy in the Lower Shabelle region, Reuters news agency reports.

The AU failed to give casualty figures but said on its Twitter account that "a lot of damage was inflicted on the enemy while our troops took fatalities".

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Lower Shabelle deputy governor Ali Nur told Reuters that 23 AU troops and a Somali soldier were killed in Sunday's ambush.

Kenya poll IT head missing

A senior member of Kenya's electoral commission, Chris Musando, has been missing since Friday, although police have found his vehicle in a car park in the capital, Nairobi.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome said the vehicle had been dusted for fingerprints, and police were trying to trace the movements of Mr Musando - the head of IT at the commssion, Kenya's privately owned Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Mr Koome added:

It is hard for us at this point to tell whether he is safe or not, but we hope for the best."

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second term in the general election due on 8 August. He is facing a strong challenge from veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Read: Decoding Kenya's election

More than 40 Nigerians due in court over alleged homosexuality

Police in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, are expected to bring more than 40 men to court today after they were arrested for alleged acts of homosexuality at the weekend.

The men were detained at a hotel in Lagos' Owode Onirin area, the Punch newspaper reports quoting a police spokesman.

Olarinde Famous-Cole added that the hotel had been "cordoned off while the investigation is carried out”.

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Homosexuality is against the law in Nigeria

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