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Summary

  1. Gambia investigate ex-president accused of stealing $50m
  2. Top militant 'killed' in central Mali
  3. Nigerian monarch suspended 'for faking own kidnap'
  4. China warns Botswana against Dalai Lama visit
  5. Nigeria to investigate fishermen deaths over border in Cameroon
  6. Uganda police boss 'bans' public debate over extending president's age limit

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By Paul Bakibinga and Clare Spencer

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That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

Everyone hears the beat of a drum but the drummer hears it louder than all.

A Mandinka proverb sent by Mohammed Kamara in Trenton, New Jersey, United States.

And we leave you with this picture of Tunisians at Comic Con. It's one of our favourite shots this week.

Tunisians play on a Super Nintendo console during the closing of the second edition of Comic Con Tunisia on July 9, 2017, in the town of Le Kram, north of Tunis
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Gambia investigate ex-president accused of stealing $50m

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Yahya Jammeh
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Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia for 22 years

The Gambian President Adama Barrow has set up a commission to look into the assets of the former leader Yahya Jammeh.

He is accused of stealing more than $50m (£38m) from the state before he fled into exile earlier this year.

The commission will investigate a number of public enterprises said to have links to Mr Jammeh.

The former president, who held power for 22 years, ran several businesses, including bakeries and farms.

Initially he refused to accept defeat in last year's election but stepped down when threatened with military intervention.

Two years in jail for Mozambique's ex-justice minister

Jose Tembe

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Mozambique's former justice minister Abdul Remane Lino de Almeida has been sentenced to two years in jail for the misappropriation of public funds.

Mr Almeida was found guilty of misusing $28,000 (£21,000) to pay the expenses of three people who are were not employed by the government. They had accompanied him in 2016 to attend the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

On delivering the sentence, the trial judge Justice Joao Guilherme said the sentence was meant to deter the improper use of public funds, which is becoming endemic in Mozambique.

Apart from the two year sentence former Justice minister Abdul Remane Lino de Almeida has to repay the misappropriated funds in full as well as a fine.

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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The ex-minister paid for his friends to go to Mecca

Kenya misses out of 400m first place

Today is the third day of the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi and the 400m race results are coming in.

Kenya's Mary Moraa missed out on first place in the women's 400m to Czech Republic's Barbora Malikova.

No-one from Africa was in the top three for the 400m men's race, with Jamaica's Antonio Watson coming first.

The championships are being held at the Moi international sports centre, Kasarani and double Olympic champion David Rudisha is also there...

800m champion David Rudisha acknowledging greetings from fans
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800m Olympic champion David Rudisha greeting fans

... as our Team Kenya supporters:

Kenya athletics team supporters in Nairobi
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Athletics fans at  the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi Kenya
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Athletics fans at U18 Championships in Nairobi

SA farmers accused of coffin attack get $77 bail

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen
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Two white South African men accused of forcing a black man into a coffin have been granted 1,000 rand ($77; £58) bail, reports IOL news.

The news site adds there was "outcry in the courtroom" when judgment in the bail application was pronounced.

Farm owners, Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen are accused of pushing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to douse him with petrol and burn him alive.

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

They were arrested last November after a video of the alleged incident was posted online.

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 Mr Mlotshwa a lesson for trespassing but meant him no harm.

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

South African drivers 'win case against Uber'

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Uber has clashed with labour laws across the world

An independent arbiter has ruled in favor of a group of drivers fired by Uber when it deactivated them from the app without reason, Quartz reports.

The commission argued that because Uber’s app controls the means of their employment, drivers are in fact employees.

The business news site points out that this makes South Africa one of a growing list of countries where Uber has collided with local labour laws.

Uber plans to challenge the decision in South Africa’s labor court, a higher body than the commission, adds Quartz.

First day of Rwanda's presidential campaigns

As we reported earlier Rwanda's presidential election campaign started today. The polls will be held on 4 August. Here are two of the candidates on the campaign trail.

The incumbent President Paul Kagame, of the RPF Inkotanyi launched his campaign in Ruhango District in the Southern Province and Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda launched his in Rusizi District-Western Province.

Paul Kagame launches campaign
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President Paul Kagame on campaign
RPF Inkotanyi supporters in  Ruhango District in Southern Province
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Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda ready to launch campaign
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Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda with his wife
Frank Habineza with Green Party of Rwanda supporters
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Frank Habineza at Green Party rally

Al Jazeera dismayed by Sudan's comments

Ahmed Bilal
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The Sudanese information minister made the comments on Thursday

Al Jazeera has condemned comments by Sudan's information minister saying that the Qatari news channel is trying to bring down the Egyptian government, reports el Balad news site.

In a letter to the Sudanese Prime MinisterBakri Hassan Saleh, the Khartoum office of al Jazeera demanded clarification.

The information minister Ahmed Bilal made the comments in front of journalists in Egypt's capital Cairo on Thursday.

The letter from al Jazeera suggested the information minister's comments were politically motivated.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt have all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism.

Read more: What you need to know about the Qatar Crisis.

BreakingSix tourists wounded in Egypt stabbing

A man has been arrested after six tourists were injured in a stabbing at hotel in Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egyptian officials say.

For more details read the BBC News website.

The man with more than 100 children

A man from a small village in Ghana has more than 100 children.

Kofi Asilenu has 12 wives and his family makes up more than a sixth of the population of his village.

Grenfell Tower: Five-year-old Ethiopian's funeral held

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A funeral has been held for five-year old Isaac Paulos, one of the youngest victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

As prayers were said and candles were lit, pictures of Isaac were shown on a screen at the front of the church in London:

Isaac
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Coffin
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Isaac was one of at least 80 people who were killed in the fire last month in London, UK which engulfed the 67m (220ft) high tower block.

Isaac lived in Grenfell Tower on the 18th floor with parents Genet Shawo and Paulos Petakle, and three-year-old brother, Lukas. He reportedly got separated from his family in the fire and was found on the 13th floor.

His family had moved to the UK from Ethiopia.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Seychelles debris 'not from missing MH370'

Pieces of debris found in Seychelles are not from missing flight MH370, Malaysian authorities have told Reuters news agency.

On Thursday turtle researchers found what appeared to be plane debris in Seychelles.

But Malaysia's director of aviation told Reuters today that investigators confirmed this wasn't from the missing plane.

More than 20 pieces of possible debris have been found by members of the public on the African coast and islands in the Indian Ocean.

The Malaysia Airlines vanished in March 2014 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board and the plane's whereabouts are still a mystery.

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This plane debris, found in Reunion in 2015, was confirmed as from MH370

Grandparents 'allowed into US' despite Trump travel ban

Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump's travel ban, a judge has ruled.

The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump's immigration crackdown.

The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly.

That decision, made last month, partly reinstated the ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries namely Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

It said only those with "bona fide" family ties would be let into the US.

But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Judge Watson, however, disagreed - and ordered that those restrictions should not be enforced.

For more read: Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of 'close relative'

A family hug each other at Washington Dulles Airport on 26 June, 2017, after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect
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The ruling means grandparents and other relatives of people in the US can now visit

Top militant 'killed' in central Mali

A top Islamist militant commander in Mali has been killed in the country's troubled central region, the Malian army has told AFP news agency.

According to a military source Bekaye Sangare, who was a senior figure in the Macina Brigades, a group that joined a powerful Islamist alliance that was formed in March, was killed by the National Guard in the southern-central town of Mougna.

Sangare was reportedly behind a series of attacks in the region targeting police and customs checkpoints along the country's common border with Burkina Faso last week.

A joint force of Malian and French troops have killed about a dozen militants in the north, while an Islamist attack left three soldiers dead and five others are still missing, AFP says.

Malian soldiers stand guard in a military vehicle, outside the presidential palace in Bamako
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Malian troops have joined French soldiers in fighting militants

World Para Athletics Championships to start today

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

The World Para Athletics Championships begin today here in London with more than 1,000 athletes from 90 different countries set to take part.

Nearly 120 Africans are on the starting lists, representing 14 nations.

The African continent's first medals should come on the opening evening at the same stadium that hosted the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Tunisia's Maroua Ibrahimi is the reigning world and Paralympic champion in the women's Club Throw - the para athletics equivalent of the hammer. While Algeria's Mounia Gasmi has earned silver behind her on both occasions.

Later there could be more success for Tunisia in the Women's 1500m T13 final - for visually impaired athletes.Somaya Bousaid is defending her title and is also the Paralympic champion but she could be challenged by her compatriot Najah Chouaya who took silver last year at the Rio paralympics.

he medals for the World Para Athletics Championships are seen during a photo call at the Old Royal Naval College on May 18, 2017 in Greenwich, England.
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The medals up for grabs at the World Para Athletics Championships

China warns Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

China has warned Botswana against allowing the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader - the Dalai Lama - to visit the southern African country next month, Reuters news agency reports.

The Dalai Lama is due to address a human rights conference in Botswana's capital, Gaborone in August as well as meet President Ian Khama.

Mr Geng Shuang, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman is reported to have told a news briefing in Beijing today that the Dalai Lama used his position to to involve himself in activities that were against China.

We hope the relevant country can clearly recognise the essence of who the Dalai Lama is, earnestly respect China's core concerns, and make the correct decision on this issue".

The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet into exile in India nearly 60 years ago following a failed uprising against Chinese rule, has long been at odds with China. The Chinese government calls him a dangerous separatist, Reuters says.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives for his teachings during the "Degon Yarchos Chenmo 2017"
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Botswana is urged to make 'correct decision' regarding Dalai Lama's visit

What is the significance of the Bakassi peninsula?

We reported earlier that Nigerian authorities are investigating the claim that 97 Nigerians were killed by gendarmes (paramilitary police) in the Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon.

This peninsular has history.

While the peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea is governed by Cameroon, it hasn't always been this way.

In 2002 the International Court of Justice decided sovereignty should be handed over from Nigeria to Cameroon.

The inhabitants are mainly the Oron people of Cross River and Akwa Ibom States of Nigeria.

The BBC's Ibrahim Shehu Adamu reports from Abuja that the Nigerian parliament expressed the need to investigate the killings in view of an agreement the two countries made in 2005 to protect the citizens of the areas from harm.

Bakassi
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Video shows 'Nigerian safety officer smashing window to stop car'

Nigeria’s road safety agency has opened an investigation a video what appears to be a safety officers struggling to take control of a moving vehicle, the Nigerian newspaper the Independent reports.

Towards the end of the video, which was posted on Facebook, another officer appears to jump out of the agency van and shatter the front window on the passenger side of the car:

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The Independent quotes public education officer Bizi Kazeem as saying the investigation will try to determine the authenticity of the video.

Five Egypt police 'shot dead near capital'

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Assailants have shot dead five Egyptian policemen in Badrasheen, a town south of Cairo, the interior ministry has told AFP news agency.

It is the latest of a series of attacks targeting the country's security forces, AFP adds.

The ministry told AFP that three gunmen opened fire on a police car and then fled.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

However, jihadist militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Veteran Kenyan diplomat Bethuel Kiplagat dies

Veteran Kenyan politician and diplomat Bethuel Kiplagat has died after a long illness, The Star, The Standard and Daily Nation papers are reporting.

Mr Kiplagat was Kenya's special envoy to the Somalia peace process and the South Sudan peace talks.

Mr Kiplagat, who was 81, also served as chairman of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) from 2009 to November 2010.

According to the Daily Nation he was forced to resign after he came under investigation for alleged past human rights abuses, including his role in the Wagalla Massacre.

Mr Kiplagat is alleged to have been a member of the Kenya Intelligence Committee (KIC) which authorised action that led to a massacre. The massacre has been described as one of the worst incidents of human rights violations in the country's history.

Over 700 Kenyan Somalis were killed by security forces in Febuary 1984. Bethuel Kiplagat was however later reinstated in 2012.

Mr Kiplagat served in various other capacities including being Kenya's ambassador to France as well as High Commissioner to the UK.

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Nigerian monarch suspended 'for faking own kidnap'

A traditional Nigerian ruler has been suspended after the Lagos State authorities accused him of faking his own kidnapping, reports Vanguard Newspaper.

Lagos State government has ordered Chief Yusuf Ogundare, baale of Shangisha, "to stop parading himself henceforth as the baale of the community", reports Premium Times.

The newspaper goes on to quote the state’s commissioner of police as alleging that Mr Ogundare staged a scene where he was dropped off by a car which sped off.

But, by that point, investigations had already revealed that "he was just on a frolic", driving around on the day he said he was kidnapped, alleges police boss Fatai Owoseni.

After a spate of kidnappings in the area around Lagos, the governor introduced the death penalty for the crime.

It's not uncommon to be kidnapped in Lagos State. Some people shared their personal experiences with us of what it's like to be kidnapped:

What's it like to be kidnapped? We hear from three victims

Gold miner agrees to pay higher Tanzanian royalties

Gold miner Acacia mining has agreed to pay higher royalties brought in by new mining laws in Tanzania, they have said in a statement.

Their royalty rate has gone up from 4% to 6% when new mining laws were brought in swiftly earlier this month.

The law change comes after the Tanzanian government have accused the mining company of under-reporting the amount they were exporting for two decades something Acacia denies.

But the company says that, while it is accepting the higher royalties, to "minimise further disruptions", it "continues to monitor the impact" of the new law.

Rwanda's presidential campaigns kick off

Rwanda's 19-day-long presidential campaigns start today, the private pro-government New Times is reporting.

Three candidates are vying for the top job. They are President Paul Kagame, of the RPF Inkotanyi, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and Philippe Mpayimana, who is an independent. All the campaign rallies today are outside the capital Kigali.

Mr Kagame who has ruled the country since 2000 is seeking another seven year term.

Below is one of his posters.

One of Paul Kagame's campaign posters
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Paul Kagame campaign poster

The New Times is tweeting news about the campaigns:

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Ugandan police boss 'bans' presidential age limit debate

Museveni
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President Museveni will be too old to stand for re-election in 2021

Uganda's Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura says that he will not allow politicians to take the debate over whether the age limit of the president should be raised to universities and villages, the Observer paper reports.

Gen Kayihura told the paper that he had got intelligence reports that some opposition leaders have been inciting youth, especially students at university, to cause confusion about the age limit bill.

Age limit debate is strictly in parliament, but not in schools or villages. It is supposed to be debated in parliament and should be among MPs”.

Earlier this week the government appeared to say that a bill to amend the constitution was not on the cards. However the Observer reports that the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has confirmed that the bill that seeks to amend the an article concerning the age limit is due to be tabled later this year.

Under the current constitution a person over the age of 75 is not eligible to stand for president.

President Museveni,who turns 73 this year, would not be able to stand for re-election at the next polls in 2021.

Cameroon gendarmes accused of killing 97 over fishing levy

Nigerian authorities have ordered an investigation into the allegation that Cameroonian gendarmes killed 97 Nigerians over their inability to pay a fishing levy, reports Nigeria's The Guardian.

The Guardian says the gendarmes are accused of killing the fishermen after they didn't pay a 100,000 Naira ($318; £245) levy for each fishing boat.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on the Bakassi peninsula, on the Cameroonian side of the border between the two countries.

The House of Representatives ordered the Committee on Foreign Affairs to carry out the investigation, the newspaper adds.

Bakassi peninsular
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The Bakassi peninsular is in Cameroon, next to the border with Nigeria

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

Everyone hears the beat of a drum but the drummer hears it louder than all.

A Mandinka proverb sent by Mohammed Kamara in Trenton, New Jersey, United States.

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