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Summary

  1. We are trying out a new format for our Africa coverage. This is a test live page.
  2. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta appears at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
  3. He is charged with crimes against humanity, but he denies the charges
  4. Prominent WHO adviser warns more Ebola cases expected among medical staff
  5. Britain sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone to help deal with Ebola
  6. UK businessman Shrien Dewani agreed to pay hitman to kill his wife, Cape Town court told

Live Reporting

By Neil Arun, Matthew Davis and Lucy Fleming

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it for today's coverage - thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Thursday morning at 10:00 GMT to keep you up-to-date with what's happening across Africa. In the meantime, visit the BBC Africa page for the latest news or download the BBC Africa Today podcast which will be available from 18:00 GMT.

    We leave you with this photo of a school assembly in the Nigerian city of Lagos, taken by AFP's Utomi Ekpei. After an extra month's holiday, pupils have returned for the start of the new academic year in Lagos state after anti-Ebola kits were distributed to schools.

    Pupils sing during the assembly at the resumption of studies in Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday 8 October 2014
  2. BBC Africa Facebook users react to Kenyatta at ICC

    Jenipher Njambi: ICC is a kangaroo court!

    Eka Yeminyeto, from Uganda, supports the ICC: Don't tell me one president is bigger than thousands of lost souls?

    Mphatso Jeffrey Banya, from Malawi: Why targeting Africa only and not the whole world leaders if it's really an international court? Are those killings happening in Ukraine for example not against humanity?

    Post your comments on BBC Africa's Facebook page

  3. Post update

    Jonathan Beale

    Defence correspondent, BBC News

    The Ministry of Defence is sending a total of 750 troops to Sierra Leone to help deal with Ebola. In addition the BBC understands the UK will send the Royal Fleet Auxilliary Ship Argus along with 3 Merlin helicopters off the coast to help move UK forces. The British personnel will help build a treatment facility in Sierra Leone.

  4. Dewani murder trial

    Proceedings in the Cape Town murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani are adjourned for the day.

  5. Post update

    Anna Holligan

    BBC News, The Hague

    President Uhuru Kenyatta's case at the International Criminal Court has reached a deadlock. The prosecution accuse the Kenyan government of withholding vital evidence, the defence say without evidence there should be no trial. Around 100 politicians flew to The Hague. One of them told me they had all paid their own air fares, a public demonstration of support for their president.

    Some 1,200 Kenyans were killed in the violence - the case was sent to the ICC after Kenya failed to bring the perpetrators to justice. The judges must now decide whether to abandon the trial or give the prosecution more time to search for the missing evidence.

  6. Live eye operation

    A blind man's sight-restoring operation was broadcast live around the world today from a hospital in Malawi, as part of a £30m ($48m) charity appeal launch by Sightsavers. The six-minute operation will mean 69-year-old Winesi March will able to see his baby grandson for the first time when his bandages are removed on World Sight Day on Thursday. The live online broadcast was hosted by YouTuber Doug Armstrong.

    Live operation
  7. Healing Zimbabwe's divisions

    Zimbabwe's first lady has addressed different factions of the ruling Zanu-PF in an attempt to unify the party which has been squabbling over who should succeed her 90-year-old husband Robert Mugabe, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe.

    Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses her maiden political rally in Chinhoyi, 2 October 2014

    "Peace and unity is important in the party," Grace Mugabe told supporters in the capital, Harare.

    "We are one family… we often fight each other, scold each other, but the spirit of forgiveness should be prevail within the party. There is a lot of gossip, division, but that should end."

  8. Baaba Maal and the Beach Boys

    Senegalese singer Baaba Maal joins Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Brian May, Chrissie Hynde and many other international stars to celebrate the launch of BBC Music.

    Baaba Maal
    Image caption: Baaba Maal is one of Africa's top stars

    They came together to record a cover of the Beach Boys' track God Only Knows.

  9. Ebola burial strike averted

    Grave digging teams which specialise in burying people who have died of Ebola have called off a strike in Sierra Leone's capital, after meeting with senior health ministry officials, the BBC's Umaru Fofana reports from Freetown.

    A burial team wearing protective clothing prepare the body of a person suspected to have died of the Ebola virus for interment, in Freetown, 28 September 2014

    They were promised that their $100 (£62) weekly allowance, which has not been paid in two weeks, would be paid on Friday.

    Ebola is spread through contact with body fluids, and dead bodies can be more contagious than that of a sick person.

  10. Dewai murder trial: Sketch

    No cameras inside the Shrien Dewani murder trial in Cape Town today. But a sketch artist has provided this image of the British businessman (right) who is accused of conspiring to have his wife murdered on their honeymoon.

    Court sketch
  11. Making tracks in East Africa

    A dummy rail set up for the launch at the ceremony in Kampala, Uganda
    Image caption: A dummy rail has been set up for the official launch

    Uganda is formally launching construction of its part of a new railway linking countries in East Africa.

    Regional dancers are entertaining dignitaries gathered for a ceremony in Munyonyo on shores of Lake Victoria. The presidents of Uganda and neighbouring Rwanda and South Sudan are expected to attend, reports the BBC's Siraj Kalyango.

    The new lines will replace narrow-gauge track built more than 100 years ago during British colonial rule. The Kenyan side of the project was launched last November.

    Map
  12. Post update

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC Africa, Tanzania

    tweets: "In Dodoma, for the handing over of the proposed constitution to president Jakaya Kikwete and Ali Mohamed Shein."

    Photo of the band in Dodoma at the constitution ceremony

    Tanzania's draft constitution was recently passed by an assembly set up to review the document. The most contentious issue has been the government of the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar. The new constitution will be put to a referendum.

  13. The ICC - in one minute

    The International Criminal Court, where Kenya's President Kenyatta is appearing, is a court of last resort, designed to prosecute the world's worst crimes. Who has it prosecuted so far, and how? Here's the lowdown - in a one-minute video by the BBC's Mike Hirst.

    ICC exterior
  14. Twitter Ebola Q&A: Containing epidemic

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC African Service, Sierra Leone

    Q Yonas Abera via Facebook: Why is it so difficult to stop the spread of Ebola? #AskBBCUmaru

    @UmaruFofana replies: The health care system is very weak and preventive measures aren't well known or adhered to. Also a high rate of illiteracy #AskBBCUmaru

    Umaru Fofana
    Image caption: Umaru has been answering questions about Ebola on Twitter
  15. Ebola: Economic warning

    The Ebola epidemic could cost West Africa $32.6bn (£20bn) over the next year if it is not brought under control, the World Bank warns

  16. Ebola: UN official 'tests positive'

    International medical official with UN mission in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, Reuters news agency quotes the UN as saying

  17. Post update

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Molemo Maarohanye (aka Jub Jub) and Themba Tshabalala were drag racing on a busy street in Soweto in 2010 when they lost control of their vehicles, hitting a group of schoolchildren who were on their way home on the pavement. Four boys were killed in the crash and two others were left disabled.

    On Wednesday the High Court Judge said the court took their crime very seriously and rebuked them for their conduct, saying they were privileged and knowingly took drugs. Jub-Jub had previously denied that they had taken cocaine and morphine, but admitted so in a subsequent appeal court appearance. The rapper and his friend have already spent two years behind bars.

  18. Post update

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Judge George Maluleke and his team of appeal judges overturned the murder conviction of hip pop artist Molemo Maarohanye also known as Jub Jub to a lesser charge of culpable homicide or manslaughter. Mr Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala's long prison sentences have been significantly reduced to an effective eight years.

  19. SA rapper's conviction overturned

    Jub Jub in court, October 2012
    Image caption: Molemo Maarohanye, better known as Jub Jub, was one of South Africa's best known musicians

    A South African court has overturned a conviction of a well-known musician from murder to manslaughter. The artist Jub Jub had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for driving recklessly on a public road which led to the deaths of four students. The murder verdict, for a road traffic accident, was unprecedented at the time.

  20. Dewani trial: Gunman testifies

    Convicted gunman Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, has told the court in Cape Town of how he was contacted by Zola Tongo, the Dewanis' taxi driver, to carry out a killing.

    "There was a husband who wanted his wife to be killed," he said. "Anni would be killed and it needed to look like a hijacking.

    "Nothing would happen to the husband and Zola."

    Mr Dewani gave Qwabe a long stare as the convicted killer was ushered into the courtroom. The British businessman is accused of arranging the murder of his wife, Anni, during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. He denies the charges.

  21. Post update

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News

    I am reporting from Kamirithu village, on the outskirts of Nairobi, where the Nobel nominee for literature, Ngugi wa Thiongo, spent his early days.

    Emmanuel Igunza
  22. Twitter Ebola Q&A: Travel bans

    @eblango asks about travel bans for the citizens of countries affected by Ebola: What is the opinion in Sierra Leone on further isolation by Western countries? #AskBBCUmaru

    @UmaruFofana replies: Leaving borders open risks infected people coming in. Closing undermines fighting Ebola as medics & kit need to be flown in #AskBBCUmaru

  23. Football: Ghana close in on new coach

    The Ghana FA has revealed its five-man shortlist of candidates to fill the coach's position that has been vacant since the departure of Kwesi Appiah.

    In the running are former Chelsea coach Avram Grant, Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert, ex-Italy midfielder Marco Tardelli, Swiss Michel Pont and Spaniard Juan Ignicio Jimenez.

  24. Kenyatta at ICC: No statement

    The purpose of Wednesday's ICC hearing is to decide whether to send the case against Kenya's president to trial or to abandon it.

    Uhuru Kenyatta's lawyer Steven Kay told the court his client would not be making any statement. "We were aware that court may take an approach and offer the right of response to him, but having considered matters and in view of the nature of the proceedings, I will be answering questions on his behalf," he said.

  25. New coach for Mauritania

    Corentin Martins

    Frenchman Corentin Martins has been appointed coach of Mauritania.

    The 45-year-old former midfielder, who won 14 caps for France, succeeds his compatriot Patrice Neveu, who was sacked in August after the team were knocked out of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

  26. Take to Twitter with your Ebola questions

    What you like to know about Ebola's impact on daily life in Sierra Leone - and about the authorities' response to it? The time has come to put your questions to the BBC's correspondent in Freetown, Umaru Fofana.

    Umaru is taking part in a live Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 8 October between 10:00 GMT and 11:00 GMT. He will answer your questions directly via his Twitter account. You can also use the hashtag #AskBBCUmaru

  27. News across Africa

    The Kenyan president's appearance at the ICC and the Ebola crisis dominate many regional papers, but there are a raft of other stories making waves across the continent.

    Reports from Swaziland say girls are being paid 200 rand ($18; £11) per month to abstain from sex in a World Bank-funded project. The aim? To reduce HIV prevalence spread by "sugar daddies" paying young girls for sex. The article quotes girls saying the money is not enough.

    Nigeria's media are covering the political war of words over the latest seizure of "tainted" Nigerian funds by the South African authorities.

    In Ghana, Joy.FM reports that the interior minister is courting security agencies' support to fight corruption.

    Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, a major audit of local councils has unearthed a raft of scams, including the payment of ghost workers and officials making car loans to themselves to the tune of $300,000.

    And finally South Africa's News24 reports that Tarrystone, the Cape Town estate where Princess Diana often stayed, is up for sale again. Price on application, though the art inside is valued at more than 10m rand.

  28. Ebola: Life, death and grim routine

    West Africa's Ebola crisis continues to dominate headlines around the world. The New York Times' Sheri Fink spent a day on a treatment ward in Liberia finding "life, death and grim routine fill the day".

  29. Post update

    Anna Holligan

    BBC News, The Hague

    Kenyan politicians at The Hague

    tweets: Politicians come to #ICC .. wonder if #Kenyatta would rather they'd stay at work? #Kenya

  30. Sneak peek

    A look ahead at what's coming up in Friday's edition of Africa Business Report, via editor Matthew Davies. This week's show is presented by Lerato Mbele in Cape Town. At present, it includes a look at the changing face of labour practices in the famous Cape winelands, local fishermen under threat from rapid expansion in Saldanha Bay - and an exclusive interview with Samuel Batcho, head of one of the region's major ports, Cotonou in Benin. You can watch the show at 1640 GMT on BBC World News.

  31. What not to say about Ebola

    As the Ebola crisis spreads, the media's coverage of it is coming under closer scrutiny.

    On the website of the New Yorker magazine, Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole satirises the sensationalist reporting of the epidemic.

  32. Kenyatta at ICC: Chaotic scenes

    Anna Holligan

    BBC News, The Hague

    tweets: Crazy chaotic scenes as #Kenyatta enters the building… #ICC

    Kenyatta arrives
  33. Surviving Ebola

    Yusif Koroma contracted Ebola - and lived to tell the tale. He was admitted to a new treatment centre in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    He has been talking to the BBC's Newsday of the process which, much to his own surprise, led to him being fully cured and released.

  34. Kenyatta at ICC

    BBC Africa

    tweets a comment from an interview with the lawyer for the former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, who was also tried at The Hague, by an international war crimes court: "Africa must have its own #ICC to fight anti-African bias", says @cgxqc Courtenay Griffiths. #BBCNewsday

  35. Visiting a Nobel Prize nominee

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Heading to the rural home of 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature nominee Ngugi wa Thiongo to find out about his beginnings. As journalists, we are always expected to be unbiased on issues we report on.

    But as a Kenyan and African who grew up reading Ngugi wa Thiongo's books, I am excited for him and hope he grabs the coveted prize when the announcement is made tomorrow in Stockholm.

    Ngugi wa Thiongo
    Image caption: Ngugi wa Thiongo is widely regarded as one of East Africa's most influential writers
  36. Kenyatta at ICC: Hearing to begin

    The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is due to appear shortly before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity. He will be the first head of state to appear before the ICC. The president and his deputy are accused of funding and instigating violence after the 2007 election, which killed 1,200 people. They deny the charges. Survivors of the violence have been talking to the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse.

  37. Today's African proverb

    "A person without a culture is a slave."

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