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Summary

  1. Trespassing baboon released back into wilderness
  2. Guineans pray for Nigeria's sick president
  3. Victim in coma after stone throwing at Morocco protest
  4. One fifth of Congo mining revenue 'goes missing'
  5. Moroccan police use tear gas on protesters
  6. Tanzania opposition politician arrested

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By Clare Spencer and Natasha Booty

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. 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:

One cannot compete with an elephant in defecating."

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And we leave you with this picture from our top shots across the week of Ethiopian-American singer Kelela performing at Quebec City Summer Festival in Canada:

Ethiopian-American singer Kelela performs during Quebec City Summer Festival on July, 15 2017 in Quebec City, Canada.
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Ghana highlife star Paapa Yankson dies aged 73

Highlife musician Paapa Yankson has died aged 73 at home this morning.

Ghanaian broadcaster Citi FM quotes the late star's eldest son as saying:

He died in the presence of our mother. She called me and told me to take heart."

His son didn't specify to Citi FM the cause of death, but added “he was ill for some time".

Show Your Love is one of Paapa Yankson's biggest hits:

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Fans have been paying tribute on social media:

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Resident presidents warn about attacks on bald men

This week in our satire series, the presidents ponder the origin of the superstition that bald men's heads are full of gold:

Olushambles warns Kibarkingmad against visiting Mozambique because he is bald

Surge in young African girls trafficked to Europe

There has been a 600% increase in the number of African women trafficked to Europe via Libya over the past three years, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Carlotta Santarosa, who did the research, says very young girls are being targeted, mostly from Nigeria.

She explains to BBC Focus on Africa radio that many of the girls she encounters typically have no idea where they will end up, and are frequently exploited and forced into prostitution.

The IOM reports most of the trafficked girls come from Nigeria.

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Flavour N’abania records duet with blind superfan

Ata Ahli Ahebla

BBC Afrique

Nigerian singer Flavour N’abania has just posted a video on Instagram showing the filming of his latest song - a duet between him and Semah G Weifur a blind Liberian blind superfan:

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Flavour met Semah when he surprised him in Liberia in March when he was performing one of Flavour's songs in front of a crowd:

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They worked with each other after meeting and earlier this week Flavour released the duet with Semah:

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For more on African music news, follow my show, C'est le Moment, on Facebook.

Trespassing baboon released back into wilderness

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

A baboon that tampered with electricity installations in Zambia and cut the power supply to about 50,000 customers has been released back into the wilderness.

The primate had trespassed into a power station in the tourist hub of Livingstone on Sunday, where he tampered with high voltage transformer cables used in the supply of electricity to Zambia's southern and western provinces.

The shock left the adult male baboon in an unconscious state for about 40 minutes.

His forearms, palms and back were severely burnt in the incident, so Zambian wildlife authorities took him into their care for treatment and observation.

After a full recovery the Chacma baboon is now back in the bush, says Ministry of Tourism and Arts Spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe.

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Baboons are inquisitive by nature

Angola adopts law limiting power of future presidents

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Mr Dos Santos has been in power for over thirty years

Angola's parliament has passed a law that will curb the powers of future presidents to sack army and police bosses, reports AFP news agency.

In the new law - which will only apply to the successors of the current head of state - army, police and intelligence services bosses will be protected in their posts for eight years, says AFP.

Angolans will go to the polls on 23 August to choose their new leader as President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will stand down after over thirty years in power.

But critics argue that Mr Dos Santos is trying to retain control of the military after he leaves office.

"It means that the president will not be able to remove them [army bosses] from their posts," Andre Mendes de Carvalho, a lawmaker with the opposition CASA-CE party, told AFP.

"A law like this shouldn't be passed just weeks before the end of a [presidential] term" he argued.

Sick actor makes emotional apology for playing prostitute

Loubna Abidar on the red carpet
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French media are reporting that Moroccan actor Loubna Abidar has been diagnosed with a "malignant throat illness".

Ms Abidar starred in the 2015 film Much Loved (Zine Li Fik), which depicted sex workers in Marrakesh. It was screened at that year's Cannes film festival but banned by Morocco's film censors.

The actor announced her sickness in a Facebook post on Wednesday written in Arabic, and asked for forgiveness from those who had been outraged by her involvement in Much Loved.

Loubna Abidar's Facebook post
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Ms Abidar ended the post saying:

If fate decides that I won't escape [this illness], I implore you to bury me in Morocco, my country. Let my coffin be covered with the Amazigh flag, and let roses be handed out during my funeral in every neighbourhood of Marrakech."

Ms Abidar moved to France a few months after the release of Much Loved, after she was attacked in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

Overloaded truck crashes and kills 11 in Zambia

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Eleven people have died in a road traffic accident in southern Zambia.

The deceased, among them three children, were part of the 53 people travelling from the capital Lusaka to Choma, a town in Zambia's southern province.

Frederick Mubanga, the spokesperson for the country's road traffic agency said the accident happened on Thursday night when a truck carrying passengers lost control whilst descending on a hilly area.

"The truck was laden with assorted goods and items among them a hammer mill," he said.

"We call upon the travelling public to ensure that they use appropriate modes of transport for both goods and passengers. The crash could have been avoided had the travellers used a more safe and appropriate means of transport."

Some 39 other people are injured.

Zanzibar loses membership in Caf U-turn

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Zanzibar has had its membership of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) rescinded just four months after it was accepted as a member.

Caf president Ahmad said Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania, should never have been admitted as the body's 55th member in March.

"They were admitted without properly looking into the statutes which are crystal clear," said Ahmad.

"Caf cannot admit two different associations from one country."

Zanzibar is part of Tanzania but has operated independently as a footballing entity in regional competitions.

Read more on the BBC Sport website.

Kenyan MP charged with hate speech

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

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The election is on 8 August

An outspoken Kenyan opposition MP has been charged with hate speech in connection with next month’s general election.

A court, in the western Kenyan town of Homa Bay, said that Junet Mohamed made comments that amounted to ethnic incitement.

He was accused of suggesting that if opposition leader Raila Odinga wins the August polls, he will become the president of certain parts of the country, but not central Kenya, which is the political backyard of his rival, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The MP denied the charges and was released on bail.

Mr Mohamed is not new to controversy, last year he was among eight legislators who were arrested and detained for four days over hate speech.

Nigerian camp hit by air strike 'was not marked on maps'

Camp bombed
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The air strike hit people fleeing Boko Haram

Nigeria's air force accidentally attacked a refugee camp in January because the site was not marked in its maps, the military told the Reuters news agency.

Reuters adds that the investigation into the mistake found that the air force saw people gathering in the area on satellite footage and assumed they were Boko Haram Islamist militants.

An official told the BBC at the time that 115 people were killed by the air attack on the camp in Rann which the army mistook for a base for Boko Haram militants.

All humanitarian sites should be marked on military maps in future, the investigators said.

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Rann is in Nigeria's Borno state, the heart of an insurgency by Boko Haram fighters

Guineans pray for Nigeria's sick president

BBC World Service

Women in a mosque in Guinea
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About 85% of Guinea's 11 million population is Muslim

Worshippers in mosques across Guinea have been praying for the health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Buhari has been in London for treatment for over two months, his second long visit for health reasons this year.

The Nigerian leader had been due to visit Guinea since March, but his trip has been postponed.

As a result, the Guinean President Alpha Conde asked his country's mosques to dedicate a day of prayers to Mr Buhari's recovery.

The illness Mr Buhari is suffering from has not been made public.

SA minister calling for President Zuma to resign could be 'disciplined'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Outspoken MP Makhosi Khoza of South Africa's ruling ANC party is defiant as her own colleagues threaten to charge her for ill discipline.

She has received death threats following her call for President Jacob Zuma to step down. The minister of police has since agreed to increase her protection.

Ms Khoza has said that she supports a secret ballot in the motion of no-confidence vote against President Zuma, due in parliament on 8 August.

Spokesman for the provincial ANC in KwaZulu Natal, Mdumiseni Ntuli, says Ms Khoza has crossed a line:

She’s ill-disciplined to the core. She’s a gifted demagogue. She’s gone out on a rampage... We have to act against people who are behaving like comrade Makhosi Khoza. We have a jurisdiction over her."

Earlier this week, Ms Khoza said in relation to the forthcoming vote on Mr Zuma's leadership:

In case I do not make it to 8 August 2017, you are haunting South Africa. Please Mr President, step down and respect those who elected you. South Africa no longer needs you."

Disciplinary action against Ms Khoza is expected to be taken on Tuesday next week.

Makhosi Khoza
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Makhosi Khoza is to be given increased protection after receiving death threats

How to style it like an 8th Century princess

Henna, kohl and gold jewellery are what you need to emulate this timeless look.

The BBC's Zeinab Badawi attends a wedding breakfast in northern Sudan to witness the enduring beauty techniques of an 8th Century Kushite princess.

History of Africa: Beauty tips from the ancient Kingdom of Kush

The next episode of History of Africa airs on BBC World News at 15:10 GMT on Saturday July 22nd.

Leicester reject Roma bid for Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez
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Leicester City have rejected a bid from Roma for Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed.

Mahrez, BBC African player of the year in 2016, has reportedly been valued at £50m.

He scored 10 goals for Leicester last season.

Read more on the BBC Sport website.

Victim in coma after stone throwing at Morocco protest

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The anti-government protest yesterday urged against marginalisation

An unidentified individual slipped into a coma after sustaining a head injury due to “stone-throwing" in a protest in the northern city of al-Hoceima, state-run Moroccan news agency Map reports.

In an earlier report, Map quoted local authorities saying 72 security personnel and 11 civilians were injured after some 300 to 400 activists hurled stones at the police forces, who responded with tear gas.

Two police officers were seriously injured and remain in hospital.

Facebook pages affiliated with the activist movement, known locally as Hirak, said the march was peaceful until the police forces attacked protesters.

Local authorities had banned the protest which was organised by activists who are say the northern province is marginalised.

Demonstration against official abuses and corruption in the town of Al-Hoceima
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Zimbabwe statistics bosses apologise for inflated car crash figures

Data pointing to a supposed 100,000 spike in the number of road traffic accidents between 2015 and 2016 was false, Zimbabwe's National Statistical Agency (Zimstats) told The Zimbabwe Herald.

The Herald adds that Zimstat Director-General Mutasa Dzinotizei called for a complete retraction:

[Zimstat] wishes to apologise unreservedly to the whole nation for any inconveniences and anxiety occasioned by the publication of incorrect information... We are going to take corrective measures internally to deal with this issue."

The true number of traffic accidents in 2016, Mr Dzinotizei says, is 46,681. That's compared to the figure of 159,490 published in error.

A traffic queue on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa
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South Sudan urged to stop blocking websites

BBC World Service

The rights group the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the South Sudanese authorities to stop blocking four news websites and well-known blogs.

It says censoring news and intimidating journalists is becoming increasingly common in South Sudan.

The South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei has confirmed the ban, which came into effect this week.

He accused the websites of disseminating stories that were subversive or hostile to the government.

Why e-commerce matters to Africa

Nancy Kacungira

BBC Africa's Business Reporter, Nairobi

The business world is watching with interest as e-commerce giant Jack Ma tours East Africa on a mission to inspire young entrepreneurs.

China's richest man Mr Ma made his fortune through online retailer Alibaba which is reported to account for 11% of all Chinese retail sales.

Many companies are trying to make it in Africa's small but growing e-commerce market. In Kenya, online retailers Jumia and Kilimall are currently among the biggest players.

But in a country like Kenya, where most people don't have addresses, delivering consumer goods bought online remains a challenge.

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E-commerce is growing across the continent

Consumers are also somewhat wary of buying online, however this worry hasn't stopped them purchasing competitively-priced televisions and smartphones in increasing numbers.

Away from the large website and warehousing model, another emerging distribution trend is that of small businesses advertising online and striking deals with motorcycle riders to make their deliveries.

One fifth of DR Congo mining revenue 'goes missing'

A Congolese worker walks through a mineral processing plant
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DR Congo is the world's largest producer of copper

Anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness says 20% of mining revenue in the Democratic Republic of Congo, $750m (£576m) over the last three years, has failed to reach the country's treasury.

“For years revenues have leaked from Congo’s mining sector into offshore shell companies. Now we can see that even revenues paid to government bodies in Congo are going missing before they reach the treasury,” says Global Witness Senior Campaigner Pete Jones.

Global Witness says this the money is going missing due to corruption and mismanagement.

The government has previously denied allegations of corruption in its mining sector.

Despite being Africa’s top copper producer and the world’s largest supplier of cobalt, DR Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Will Cameroon be ready to host a bigger Africa Cup of Nations?

Matthew Kenyon

BBC Africa Sport

Cameroon team
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Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in February

We reported earlier about the decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to expand the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) from 16 to 24 teams and moving the competition to June/July.

Implementing the changes for the next tournament, less than two years away, heaps more pressure on the hosts of Afcon 2019 Cameroon.

Caf say they'll go on an inspection tour in September to check on progress, with the country already facing questions over its preparations. The 50% increase in participants intensifies that.

Cameroon sports minister Ismael Bidoung told Reuters news agency:

I would like to reassure the national and international opinion that the government is fully committed to fulfilling the Caf's specifications and to date, no Caf mission has reported any delay in preparations."

Meanwhile Morocco have made it clear they would be prepared to step in if needed.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Egypt's Uighurs fear deportation to China

Some Chinese Muslim Uighurs have gone into hiding amid a wave of arrests in Egypt in the past two weeks.

Egypt says the detainees are illegal immigrants, but human rights activists say the Uighurs are at serious risk of arbitrary detention and torture if they are deported to China.

China has cracked down on the ethnic minority community after accusing some of militancy.

Abu Moustafa, who has fled from Egypt to Turkey, told the BBC that his fellow Chinese Muslims would "be treated like animals" if forced to return to China.

Egypt's Uighurs fear deportation to China

Africa Cup of Nations moves to June

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in June and July, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.

The tournament is usually held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who had to release players in the middle of the season.

Afcon 2019 Cameroon will be contested by 24 teams, instead of 16.

The changes were rubber-stamped by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat yesterday.

Read more on the BBC Sport website.

Tanzanian opposition figure held after denouncing president

Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu was arrested on Thursday, reports AFP news agency.

No reasons were given for the arrest of Lissu, but it comes three days after having called President John Magufuli a "dictator".

On Monday Mr Lissu told reporters that repeated arrests of senior party members were intended to muzzle any opposition to Mr Magufuli. He called for "the dictator and his government, to be isolated politically, diplomatically and economically," reports AFP.

Government spokesman Hassan Abbas reacted to Lissu's comments earlier this week by saying in a statement "the government will not accept that someone, or a group of people, abuse the freedom of expression".

Mr Lissu, who is a member of the main opposition party Chadema, serves as the chief whip of the opposition in parliament and also leads Tanzania's bar association, was arrested at Dar es Salaam airport as he attempted to take a plane to Rwanda, a Chadema spokesman told AFP.

Moroccan police use tear gas on protesters

BBC World Service

Riot police fired tear gas towards protesters during a demonstration
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Riot police fired tear gas towards protesters during a demonstration yesterday

Moroccan police have used tear gas to break up an anti-government demonstration.

Hundreds of people had gathered yesterday in the northern port of al-Hoceima despite an official ban.

Security forces had set up checkpoints to block people from joining the protest.

The city has experienced weeks of unrest.

Public anger spilled onto the streets last year after a local man was crushed to death in a rubbish truck trying to retrieve confiscated swordfish.

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Moroc protest
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Good morning

Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news from around the continent.

Today's wise words are:

One cannot compete with an elephant in defecating."

A Luo proverb sent by Sharon Onyango in Siaya, Kenya
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