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Summary

  1. Nigerian court seizes assets of ex-oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke
  2. Nigeria wants to revoke Biafra activist's bail
  3. South African pupils demand to wear 'skinny pants'
  4. Liverpool smash transfer record for Guinea player
  5. Uganda villages destroyed in landslide, reports say
  6. Five men alleged to be involved in cannibalism appear in South African court
  7. Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force
  8. Nigeria's women's basketball team win AfroBasket
  9. Court allows Kenya opposition to view results forms
  10. African and European leaders meet to address migrant crisis

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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:

According to the monkey, even the food in your cheeks is not yours yet."

A Gonja proverb sent by Abdul-Nasah Soale in Ghana

And we leave you with this photo of a Kenyan painter at work in her studio in the Kibera neighbourhood of Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

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Angolan critics hit out at Portuguese president for congratulating JLo

Clare Spencer

BBC Africa

Angola's main opposition Unita party has released a statement criticising Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for prematurely congratulating Joao Lourenco for becoming president-elect.

The statement said that it was with “amazement and disappointment” they heard him congratulate Mr Lourenco, who is the presidential candidate for the ruling MPLA party.

Joao Lourenco
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Mr Lourenco is nicknamed JLo by Angolans

Provisional results, announced by Angola’s electoral Commission, say the MPLA has over 60% of the vote.

But in the statement Unita complained that the results have not been collated properly yet and, by announcing the provisional results, the electoral commission committed a gross violation of the law.

Portuguese newspaper D Noticias adds that activist Nuno Dala sent an open letter to the Portuguese president to criticise him for congratulating Mr Lourenco for, what he says are “forged results”.

First black female CEO appointed at BP

Priscillah Mabelane
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Priscillah Mabelane has been appointed as the new chief executive of BP Southern Africa, eNCA reports.

The South African news site adds that Ms Mabelane, a chartered accountant, is the "first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company".

Before joining BP in 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO), eNCA says Ms Mabelane held senior roles at Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), international tax and assurance company Ernst & Young, and South African electricity supplier Eskom.

Ms Mabelane will take up her new post on 1 September.

News site eNCA quotes BP Southern Africa chairperson, Thandi Orleyn, as saying:

Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development."

Nigerian court seizes $21m from ex-oil minister

A court in Nigeria has seized $21m (£16m) from bank accounts linked to former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being pursued by the national anti-corruption agency, the AFP news agency and Premium Times reports.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), argued that the money in the bank accounts had been laundered with the help of oil officials, AFP adds.

The ruling comes after a judge ordered the seizure of property worth $22m linked to Ms Alison-Madueke.

She was Nigeria's oil minister from 2010 to 2015 and has been the subject of an international anti-corruption investigation.

Ms Alison-Madueke has previously denied involvement in corruption.

Diezani Alison-Madueke
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Diezani Alison-Madueke is being investigated for corruption while she was oil minister

SA's superstar DJ opens up about disability

South African house DJ and producer Black Coffee, who recently made headlines when he became the first African host on Beats 1, has now been praised for opening up about his disability on social media.

His left arm was left paralysed after a car accident in 1990 and his personal experience of disability moved him to create the DJ Black Coffee Foundation which helps fund sound production training for disadvantaged students.

Black Coffee (L) photographed with another DJ
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In a Facebook post last night, Black Coffee shared the above photo of himself wearing an arm brace "for the first time in years", adding:

"When I was young after the car accident I use to wear [the arm brace] and it was hard as kids can be mean, so I decided to stop wearing it - especially in public.

It has taken me so much time to appear like this in public because of my own insecurities.

But I decided to post this picture not just because for years people had their own versions of my story, I did this for myself."

Black Coffee told his followers "don't let anything pull you down," and "fight for the best version of yourself".

Many on social media have praised the musician for his candour:

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Nigerian creates computer that can smell explosives

Nigerian Oshi Agabi has unveiled a computer based not on silicon but on mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania.

The system has been trained to recognise the smell of explosives and could be used to replace traditional airport security, he said.

Eventually the modem-sized device, dubbed Koniku Kore, could provide the brain for future robots.

Experts said that making such systems mass-market was challenging.

Oshi Agabi
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All of the big tech firms, from Google to Microsoft, are rushing to create artificial intelligence modelled on the human brain.

While computers are better than humans at complex mathematical equations, there are many cognitive functions where the brain is much better: training a computer to recognise smells would require colossal amounts of computational power and energy, for example.

Mr Agabi is attempting to reverse-engineer biology, which already accomplishes this function with a fraction of the power it would take a silicon-based processor.

"Biology is technology. Bio is tech," he says. "Our deep learning networks are all copying the brain."

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Five dead after shoot-out with police in SA

Five suspected armed robbers were shot and killed today as they exchanged fire with police in the South African city of Durban, local media are reporting.

The suspects seized a cash box from security guards who were transporting money from a sorting centre this morning, News24 reports KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala as saying.

When police arrived at the scene it led to a shoot-out, Ms Gwala adds:

"One suspect was shot and killed at the scene and three suspects, including an injured suspect, were arrested."

South African news site eNCA quotes Ms Gwala as saying five other suspects who fled the scene were pursued by police who returned fire, shooting and killing four of the suspects while one managed to escape.

Ms Gwala said the police recovered six firearms and the cash box, according to News 24.

The news site adds that the surviving suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

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Trying to see the funny side of Arsenal's crushing defeat

Arsenal fans have been distinctly quiet today after yesterday's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.

But some Kenyan Arsenal fans are trying to see the funny side, and have managed to make a link between the match and the controversial election result forms which the opposition allege have been tampered with, known as 34As.

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And this picture shows a group of older women challenging the Gunners to a match: "Bring on the Arsenal."

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Angola elections: AU observers praise 'improvements in democracy'

Angola's election last week "marked an important step towards consolidation of democracy" according to African Union election observers.

They announced the conclusion on Friday in French and Portuguese but did not release the statement in English until today.

The AU observers did not use the term "free and fair" when describing the elections in the almost-3,000 word statement.

Instead they concentrate on improvements that have been made, saying that the body:

"...commends the significant efforts that have been undertaken by electoral stakeholders to improve the Angolan electoral process, and which have contributed to enhancing the credibility of the 2017 elections".

This is not the AU's final conclusion as the vote count is still under way, and they promise a "more comprehensive and final report in due course".

The official result is not due until at least the 6 September.

But the electoral commission has already published provisional results they say count for over 98% of the votes, which show the ruling MPLA have won by 61.05% and the biggest opposition party, Unita, got 26.72% of the vote.

We reported earlier that the validity of these results is being disputed by the opposition parties.

In their statement, the AU observers encourage "recourse to legally established mechanisms should there be any dispute arising from the outcome of the elections".

A polling station official handles ballot papers in the capital, Luanda, on election day
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A polling station official handles ballot papers in the capital, Luanda, on election day

Uganda landslide 'destroys three villages'

Three villages in eastern Uganda have been destroyed in a landslide following heavy rains, the Daily Monitor is reporting.

It quotes a local official as saying that houses were destroyed and peoples' animals were buried. Two hundred people have been also been displaced, but there have been no reports of fatalities.

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The area - Bududa - has been susceptible to deadly landslides for decades, the worst being in 2010 when 300 people were buried alive after a village was buried under mud.

Senegal toughens up on smoking

Arwa Barkallah

BBC Afrique, Dakar

Senegalese man smoking
AFP

Graphic warning labels have appeared on cigarette packets in Senegal, and a 2014 law banning smoking in public places has been enforced since the weekend.

Slogans like "smoking causes a slow and painful death" and "smoking leads to impotence" are combined with shocking photos of people suffering from smoking-related illnesses.

Senegal's health minister says a recent government survey of young people's smoking habits prompted the changes:

For the young boys at school and college, 20% of them are smoking. As for girls it's 10%.

We don't want this to become 50% or more. We want this to stop.''

Senegalese smokers’ reactions to the new packets are mixed.

Many people buy individual cigarettes for around $0.05 (£0.04) each, rather than whole packets, meaning they will not necessarily see the new packaging.

And the tobacco giants are fighting back with discreet, unbranded kiosks which appeal to smokers and defy authority.

Cigarette packets in Senegal now feature graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking
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Cigarette packets in Senegal now feature graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking

'Two killed' in border stampede in Morocco

Two women have died in a stampede at the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, the AFP news agency is reporting, quoting the official Moroccan news agency and a rights group.

The two, who worked as porters at the border post, were trampled on and then died of their injuries at a nearby hospital, a spokesperson for the Northern Observatory of Human Rights, Mohammed Benaissa, told AFP.

Four other women were injured in the crush.

It is not clear what caused the stampede.

AFP reports that it is common for women to work as porters carrying goods between the two countries.

Map showing location of Ceuta
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Liverpool agree club-record deal for Guinea's Naby Keita

Liverpool have agreed a club-record deal to sign Leipzig's Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, with the player officially joining on 1 July 2018.

The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow him to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

The 22-year-old had been one of Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig had refused to sell.

The deal will surpass the £35m they paid Newcastle to sign Andy Carroll.

Naby Keita
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People in north-east Kenya celebrate 80-year-old's marriage

People in Mandera county, north-east Kenya, are celebrating the wedding of 80-year-old Abdullahi Ibrahim to a 60-year-old woman, Kahija, reports the BBC's Ahmed Adan.

He says that whereas an old man marrying a young bride is not so unusual, this kind of union is rare.

Veiled woman sitting with a man
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Abdullahi, who already has four other wives, told the BBC's Somali service about how delighted he is:

The 60-year-old lady is the best thing that happened to me. She makes me happy... in her nice words and the delicious food she cooks. She gives me all that I could not get by marrying a young girl.

This woman suits me as we are both old. Thanks to God.”

Abdullahi said his children (one of them is pictured on the right below) were in favour of the marriage:

Old man with two women
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SA school back in session after 'skinny pants' protest

The South African school where pupils went on strike to demand the right to wear skinny pants has resumed normal lessons, the local education authority has said.

In a statement, the Gauteng education department blamed "two unruly learners" who coerced other students into making the protest:

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The local authority said the school should not be distracted by "petty issues".

'I don't want to risk jail for using plastic bags'

Kenya has introduced a ban on plastic bags with some very harsh penalties for those who contravene it.

Anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years.

So why so draconian? The BBC's Abdinoor Aden took this photo of a place where people dump their rubbish which could explain the problem that the authorities are trying to tackle:

Cows eating plastic bags
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Traders are having to find alternatives.

"Instead of risking jail and hefty fine, I better look at my children by following the law,’’ said Nyambura Mwangi, a trader at Gikomba second-hand market.

‘’I have been in business for nearly 20 years and this is the first time I am using other bags."

"They are more expensive, but the law must be followed," she added.

Woman holding bags
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Abdinoor also found boiled egg breakfast snacks, which are normally wrapped in plastic bags, are now being sold in paper:

Boiled egg in paper
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But the ban has been a boon for packaging sellers.

Eric Mbuvi, whose trade in sacks has been slow in the past has registered high sales today:

Sacks on sale
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Nigeria celebrates basketball win

Nigeria's national women's basketball team is celebrating after winning their third AfroBasket tournament in 15 years.

They beat Senegal 65-48 in Sunday's final in Mali's capital, Bamako.

Some great shots are being shared on Twitter:

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Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Shayamoya village

Police found several human body parts during a raid in a traditional healer's house
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Police found several human body parts during a raid in a traditional healer's house

Fear has gripped Shayamoya village in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province after the discovery of a decapitated body.

The family of Zanele Hlatshwayo, 25, who has been missing since July, believe she was a victim of a cannibalism ring that has so far led to the arrest of five men.

Her decomposing body was found after a man who claimed to be a traditional healer handed himself over to police last week and confessed that he was tired of eating human flesh.

Police officers had initially dismissed his statement, according to reports.

It is only after he produced a bloodied hand and foot as proof that he was immediately arrested. He led them to his rented home, where police found eight human ears in a cooking pot.

It is believed they were to be served to his customers, who were told they had magic properties and would convey money, power and protection.

Several other body parts were found stuffed in a suitcase.

Ms Hlatshwayo's family is yet to bury her. As I entered the Hlatshwayo homestead, I was greeted by a solemn hymn and the cries by the grieving family.

"We can only imagine how she begged for her life, she died an extremely painful death," said her elder sister Nozipho Ntelele as she wiped away tears.

Read the full report on the BBC News website.

Nozipho Ntelele, in white top, said Ms Hlatshwayo's killing was brutal
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Nozipho Ntelele, in the white top, said Ms Hlatshwayo's killing was brutal

What do you make of Kenya's plastic bag ban?

We reported earlier on Kenya's plastic bag ban which is now coming into force after years of delay.

From today, anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 (£30,000) or prison sentences of up to four years.

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has congratulated Kenya, which it says is among 11 African countries to have slapped a ban on plastic carrier bags:

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Followers of our BBC Africa Facebook page are also making their views known:

Margaret MK says: "Good move... protect the environment. Hope Zambia follows suit."
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Jonathan Jin-ro Musonda says: "This is Africa not Europe. Plastic bags are affordable... The Kenyan government should reverse what they said."
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Rachel Kasumba says: "Rwanda did this more than 5 years ago. What's the big deal in Kenya?"
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SA students skip school in 'skinny pants' protest

Pupils at the Pretoria school in 2011
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Fashion-conscious teenagers in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, are demanding the right to wear skinny pants to school, saying their current uniform is "too big".

Pupils at Hoërskool Pretoria Wes are boycotting classes in the hope that the school will give into their wishes, but the school's governing body isn't impressed. Cape Talk quotes the head of the governing body:

It’s quite a tricky situation we find ourselves in. We got notice that the kids were going to protest because they needed to look fashionable and we have a problem with that as the governing body.

It’s more of a social problem. A lot of parents don’t even know what kind of clothing their kids get to school with."

Bryan ZuysterHead of Hoërskool Pretoria Wes' school governing body

The school is being a paid a visit today by the education authority from the provincial government, Eyewitness News reports.

They are intervening because they fear the incident could set a "wrong precedent".

But official Panyaza Lesufi adds that although he is "taken aback", it is still within pupils' rights to "approach the school governing body... If they indeed want skinny pants."

Anger over effort to revoke Biafra leader's bail

Activists supporting the secession of Biafra from Nigeria have reacted angrily over the move by the government to try and send leader Nnamdi Kanu back to prison, the Vanguard newspaper reports.

Mr Kanu was released from prison on bail earlier this year after being held without trial for more than a year-and-a-half on treason charges.

The Vanguard quotes the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob) as saying it would resist the federal government's efforts to return him to jail.

In a court application filed last week, the government argued that treason is not normally a bailable offence. The government also said that Mr Kanu has contravened the bail conditions.

Nnamdi Kanu
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Mr Kanu was held for more than 18 months without trial

Migrant crisis: France hosts summit with African leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a summit with several European and African leaders aimed at boosting efforts to curb migrant flows across the Mediterranean.

The Paris talks involve leaders from Chad, Niger and Libya - major transit countries for migrants, who risk their lives trying to reach Europe.

The leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain are also attending.

To ease the influx, Mr Macron wants to see asylum requests handled in Africa.

He has spoken of setting up "hotspots" in Chad, Niger and Libya to process asylum applications. But the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says Libya's chronic instability would be a major obstacle to such centres operating there.

Nearly 100,000 migrants have made the perilous sea journey from Libya to Italy this year, and the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 2,000 have died on that route.

Overloaded migrant boat
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Migrant boat off Libya: Usually they are dangerously overcrowded

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Kenya 'saw post-election violence and abuse'

enyan National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters hold rocks as they stand in front of a burning barricade on a road in Kisumu on August 9, 2017, as they clash with security personnel after the announcement of national election results.
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The report is based on research in two counties, Kisumu (pictured) and Siaya

Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that a crackdown on opposition protesters in western Kenya in the aftermath of the August general election included "serious human rights violations, including unlawful killings and beatings by police during protests and house-to-house operations".

The international rights group says that at least 12 people were killed and over 100 badly injured.

HRW also says that police used "excessive force" by "shooting and beating protesters" in a pro-opposition area of the capital, Nairobi.

“The brutal crackdown [is] part of a pattern of violence and repression in opposition strongholds, [and] undermined the national elections,” says HRW Africa researcher Otsieno Namwaya.

He adds: “People have a right to protest peacefully, and Kenyan authorities should urgently put a stop to police abuse and hold those responsible to account.”

After losing the presidential election on 8 August, Kenya's opposition Nasa alliance is currently challenging the result in the Supreme Court.

Angola opposition disputes provisional election result

Clare Spencer

BBC Africa

Ballot paper
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Angolans voted on Wednesday

Angolan opposition party Casa-CE has said that it will challenge in court the results of last week’s election, reports Radio France International.

Angola’s electoral commission announced on Thursday that provisional results showed the ruling MPLA party has gained more than 60% of the vote.

But opposition parties question where these results have come from.

Isaias Samakuva, leader of the main Unita opposition party, told Voice of America on Sunday that until the electoral commission has tabulated the provincial results “the country does not yet have valid election results”.

Ballot box
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Isaias Samakuva has disputed the results announced by the electoral commission

The provisional results of Wednesday’s election were announced on Thursday afternoon but that night both Unita and Casa-CE distanced themselves from the results, complaining proper counting procedure had not taken place, reported Publico.

Angolan activist site Maka Angola, points out that, while international observers issued positive assessments of the electoral campaign and voting process, their statements do not mention the vote counting process.

Meanwhile, the MPLA released a statement on Saturday:

"The defeated opposition always seeks to confuse national and international public opinion by saying that it won the elections.

[It does this] by raising the scale of the fraud in order to try to stop the competent authority, the National Electoral Commission, from disclosing the definitive results”.

The official results are expected on 6 or 7 September.

The new president will take over from Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has been in power for almost 38 years. This makes him the second-longest serving president in the world right now.

Joao Lourenco: Can 'Angola's JLo' fill Dos Santos' shoes? - BBC News

Will Angola's election actually change anything? - BBC News

'We are not Nando's' protesters chant at 'cannibalism' case

Our reporter outside the court where four men appeared for a brief bail hearing on charges related to alleged cannibalism has been sharing video of protesters.

Some were holding up signs and chanting in Zulu: "We want to see the killers."

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While others were chanting: "We are not Hungry Lion, we are not Nando's. We are human and shouldn’t be eaten.”

Hungry Lion and Nando's are both fast food restaurant chains.

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The five men abandoned their bail and will make another court appearance at the end of next month.

'I'm 75 and I love boxing'

Boxing is a tough sport and not one you would normally associate with pensioners.

But old women in the South African township of Cosmo City are learning how to protect themselves and get fit.

Video journalist: Christian Parkinson

Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force after years of delays

A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that from today anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 (£30,000) or prison sentences of up to four years.

The government says the ban will help protect the environment.

But manufacturers of the bags have argued that 80,000 jobs could be lost.

A court on Friday rejected a challenge to the ban. Kenyans are estimated to use 24 million bags a month.

A number of other African countries have outlawed plastic carrier bags, including Mauritania, Rwanda and Eritrea.

Plastic bags by a river
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Kenya opposition can legally access election data

Kenya's Supreme Court has granted the opposition alliance, Nasa, access to the electoral commission's database and materials, following the party's petition challenging the result of the 8 August presidential election.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga claims that Kenya's electronic voting system, run by the the electoral commission (IEBC), had been tampered with to give victory to his rival Uhuru Kenyatta who he accused of being a "computer-generated leader".

The IEBC has denied the claims.

Nasa's access to IEBC data will be "limited to only aspects that will not compromise the commission’s electoral management systems," the Daily Nation reports.

This will include read-only access to some servers as well as permission to copy and analyse tallying forms known as 34A and 34B.

President Kenyatta's swearing in has been postponed from 29 August, so that the Supreme Court can first announce the findings of its investigation into the election.

Kenya Supreme Court
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Accused SA cannibals abandon bail bid

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko is in the South African court where four men alleged to have been involved in cannibalism have appeared.

They were there for a bail application, but Nomsa says that the men no longer want bail and the next hearing will be at the end of September:

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South Africa cannibalism case in court

Four people are appearing in court in South Africa on charges of possession of human tissue.

The group includes a traditional healer who has been accused of making his clients eat human flesh with promises of riches and success.

The case comes after one of the accused allegedly walked into a police station declaring he was "tired" of eating human flesh.

When questioned further, the man produced part of a human leg and hand.

Police then accompanied the man back to a house in KwaZulu-Natal where more body parts were found.

Our reporter, who's outside the court in the country's KwaZulu Natal province, has been tweeting video of a small protest:

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