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Summary

  1. Nigerian troops join offensive against last Boko Haram hideout
  2. Angolan police deny killing hundreds of members of a sect
  3. Niger schools shut after meningitis outbreak
  4. US firms criticised over 'conflict minerals'

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By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight - we'll be back tomorrow

    That's it for today on the BBC Africa Live page. Download the Africa Today podcast and visit BBCAfrica.com for the latest news on the continent. And we leave you with this photo of a mime artist in South Africa's Cape Town city, calling for an end to xenophobic attacks on other Africans:

    A mime artist outside parliament joins foreign nationals and members of various South African civil society groups during an anti-xenophobia march through Cape Town, South Africa, 22 April 2015
  2. Team Africa

    South Sudanese Luol Deng has told the BBC he's really happy the NBA's first basketball match in Africa will be happening while he's still playing.

    The 30-year-old Miami Heat player for Miami Heat will be captain for Team Africa in the Johannesburg match at the beginning of August. The team will be made up of first and second generation African players and will be up against Team World.

  3. Coming up on Focus

    Sophie

    Sophie Ikenye will be bringing you Focus on Africa TV on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT. Tune in for the latest on the migration crisis as 500 more people arrive on European shores. Sophie will be asking what the European Union should do to stop tens of thousands risking their lives.

  4. Your reaction

    Readers on the BBC Africa Facebook page have been reacting to some of the day's stories, including the killing of Ethiopian nationals by Islamic State militants.

    Joseph Serikali Mwema comments on the killing of Ethiopians by Islamic State militants in Libya: "Ethiopians are successful in preventing terror attacks on their soil. This particular attack did not happen on their soil. They should share their secret with the Kenyan authorities."

    And Jel Jel Akoon expresses a view on the military offensive against militants in Nigeria: "If Sambisa forest is a last remaining hideout of Boko Haram then where are the Chibok girls? Nigerians authorities must give the nation and the world clear information about the schoolgirls."

  5. Flag designer remembered

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Flags in Ghana are flying at half-mast in honour of the designer of the national flag who has died aged 92.

    Theodosia Okoh died over the weekend. President John Mahama said the "unique flag that she designed for us has cemented her place in history".

    Theodosia Okoh

    The flag will fly at half-mast for three days.

    The striking design stands out at sporting events
  6. South Sudan fighting

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, South Sudan

    At least two people have been killed in fighting in South Sudan's oil-rich Malakal town.

    Aid agencies say several others were injured in the clashes between rival government forces.

    The town remains volatile and the government has sent more troops to restore order.

  7. Ethiopia photos

    More photos are coming in from the rally held in Addis Ababa to protest against the beheading of Ethiopians by militant Islamists in Libya. Relatives and friends showed their emotion:

    Ethiopians protest recent killing of more 20 Ethiopian Christians by the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) in Libya, during a rally in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22 April 2015

    Tens of thousands of people packed Addis Ababa's famous Meskel Square to hear both Muslim and Christian leaders denounce the killings:

    Protest against Islamic State in Addis Ababa on 22 April 2015
    Relatives of two Ethiopians, Eyasu Yikno-Amlak and Balcha Belete, who were killed by Islamic State militants react during a rally on 22 April 2015 in Addis Ababa
  8. Fleeing Yemen

    @IOM_news

    The International Organization for Migration tweets about the conflict in Yemen: "So far 8,344 people have fled #Yemen to #Djibouti.Abt 5,100 are Third Country Nationals representing 60% of the total"

    boat
  9. 'No Angola massacre'

    Zenaida Machado

    BBC Africa

    Angolan police have denied claims by a human rights campaigner that 800 members of a religious sect were killed by the army last week.

    Police spokesman Paulo Gaspar de Almeida told me that 22 people had been killed, nine of them were policemen and 13 were "snipers" linked to the sect.

    Police accuse the leader of the Christian sect, Jose Julino Kalupeteka, of inciting civil disobedience and say they have arrested him.

    Earlier Elias Isaac of the rights group, Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa, said 800 people were killed killed during the raid on the sect's camp in central Huambo province.

  10. IS shockwaves'

    @sommervillebbc

    Follow Quentin Somerville on Twitter as he gets near to Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.

    He tweets that IS appear to be making their presence known in Libya:

    "When the IS mortars in Sirte were close to feel the shockwaves, it was time to move."

    Men walking in sand

    Earlier he tweeted:

    "IS fighter: those regimes need to change to Shari'ah Law & then they'll move on to the West; into Spain, Italy, so on".

  11. Angola '800 killed'

    A human rights campaigner in Angola says almost 800 members of a religious sect were killed by the army last week.

    Followers of the Seventh Day Light of the World cult were slaughtered in Caala town in central Angola, Elias Isaac of the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa told BBC Focus on Africa radio.

    Earlier, the opposition party Unita put the number of dead at around 200. Police said 22 people had been killed, including nine officers after they came under attack from members of the cult.

  12. Tough targets for Keshi

    @oluwashina

    The BBC's Nigerian football expert Oluwashina Okeleji tweets that the national coach who signed a new contract yesterday has been set tough targets:

    "CLAUSE: The #Nigeria FA may decide to terminate coach Stephen Keshi's contract if he fails to make it to the semi-finals of the 2016 CHAN."

  13. Don't cross

    After crossing the sea between Libya and Italy, Gassama, a Gambian, wanted to warn his friends back home just how dangerous it is.

    So he set up a this Facebook group to tell them about his experience, with posts like this:

    Facebook post

    The BBC got in touch with Gassama who tells us that he plans to continue warning people not to travel.

  14. March against IS militants

    Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, against the killing of more than 20 of their nationals by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.

    "We want revenge for our sons' blood," the protesters chanted.

    People hold a poster in Addis Ababa on 22 April showing Ethiopians being killed by Islamic State militants in Libya

    The demonstrators also accused the government of failing to tackle poverty. Many of those killed are thought to have been migrants trying to reach Europe.

  15. Life for Ebola worker killers

    Abdourahmane Dia

    BBC Afrique

    Eleven people have been sentenced to life in prison in Guinea for killing eight Ebola workers, while another 15 have been acquitted.

    The killings in the village of Wome near the city of Nzerekore last September caused outrage.

    Map of Guinea showing the capital Conakry and the southern city of Nzerekore
  16. Namibia challenges seal ban

    Namibia has joined Norway and Canada in opposing the EU ban on seal products.

    Bernhard Esau is quoted by The Namibian newspaper as saying there is a healthy population of seals off the Namibian coast and they have quotas which make hunting sustainable.

  17. Football sit-in stopped

    Alex Duval Smith

    Bamako, Mali

    The presidents of several major Malian football clubs and up to 100 supporters have been taken for questioning at a Bamako police station after attempting to stage a sit-in outside the Malian Football Federation this morning.

    The president of the Bamako League, Monzon Traore, told the BBC:

    "We wanted to protest against the corruption and fake invoicing that is crippling Malian football from the inside of the federation. We had applied for permission for the sit-in but the police never replied."

    The president of the Malian Football Federation Boubakar Diarra, who is also a police general, was not responding to calls about whether charges would be brought.

  18. Seeing IS in Libya

    @sommervillebbc

    The BBC's Quentin Somerville is on his way to killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte and tweets about the presence of Islamic State (IS) militants: "Few miles from centre Sirte, IS flag clearly visible & they could see us. IS started mortaring."

  19. 'Final push' against Boko Haram

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    Nigeria's military says it is carrying out "a final push" against militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest, its last remaining hideout. The militants are believed to have retreated to the forest after regional forces recaptured all towns under its control. With the forest spreading across thousands of kilometres along Cameroon's border, this could be the military's toughest operation in its effort to defeat Boko Haram.

  20. 'Body bags'

    Body bags are pictured on Brighton beach in southern England during a photo call by Amnesty International to highlight what the group says is the UK's "shameful" response to the migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

    "Body bags" are pictured on Brighton beach in southern England, on April 22, 2015

    Around 50 Amnesty supporters lined up 200 black body bags on the famous shingle beach on the eve of an emergency meeting of European leaders in Brussels aimed at ending the crisis, which has claimed more than 1,750 lives this year.

  21. Clear up

    Becky Lipscombe

    BBC News, Mogadishu

    Clean up already well under way at the site of yesterday's bomb attack in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    Man plastering wall

    A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant popular with lower level government officials and 11 people died.

  22. Bring back Nigerian boy

    The UK's Independent newspaper reports that the Home Office has been ordered to bring a five-year-old boy and his mother back from Nigeria after they were deported.

    The newspaper says it's believed to be the first time an immigration judge has demanded the government return an asylum-seeker.

    The boy's mother says she came to the UK in 1991 after her her aunt tried to force her into marriage with an older man.

  23. Hangout on xenophobia

    BBC Africa's Nick Ericsson will be hosting a Google hangout on recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa at 11:00 GMT.

    He'll be joined by experts and individuals with personal stories to tell. You can watch the debate on BBC Africa's YouTube channel or send us your comments on Facebook and Twitter.

  24. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Churches have been getting together in Zimbabwe's capital Harare to pray for an end to the xenophobic killings in neighbouring South Africa.

    People praying in Zimbabwe 22 April 2015

    They do this by singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica - God bless Africa.

    Singing

    More than 20 different churches and civic groups are represented at Trinity Methodist Church in central Harare.

  25. Angola sect crackdown

    Zenaida Machado

    BBC Africa

    Angola's main opposition Unita party has accused the army of killing about 200 members of a Christian sect in the remote central Huambo province last week.

    Police say 22 people were killed - nine of them officers who came under fire when they went to arrest sect leader Jose Julino Kalupeteka.

    Police accuse him of inciting civil disobedience, and say they managed to arrest him.

    Mr Kalupeteka leads a breakaway faction of the Seventh Day Adventists Light of the World group.

  26. Anonymity for snatched girl

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    South Africa's Times newspaper says a girl from Cape Town who was recently reunited with her biological parents 17 years after she was snatched from her mother's bedside has received an unexpected birthday gift from the judicial system.

    A High Court has blocked the media and other institutions from identifying her.

    The woman who is accused of abducting her gave her a new name and birthday. This is the name she uses and the court has ruled that it can't be revealed, even when she turns 18. The girl has been known as Zephany Nurse in the media.

  27. South Sudan's front pages

    The worsening economy and soaring inflation is a big story in South Sudan. The Corporate blames it on the conflict which has hit the world's newest state since 2013:

    South Sudan newspaper
  28. South Africa's front pages

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    The front pages of South Africa's newspapers show a mix of stories:

    South African newspapers from 22 April 2015

    The Times leads with the army's deployment into some townships to stomp out attacks against foreign nationals.

    The Sowetan and Daily Sun headline with the death of football star John "Shoes" Moshoeu.

    In The Star is the chilling testimony of how strip club owner Lolly Jackson was killed. The story sheds light on the country's criminal underbelly.

  29. Huge diamond sold

    A South African diamond has sold for $22.1m (£14.8m) after only three minutes of bidding at an auction.

    The 100-carat diamond on pre-auction show at Sotheby's in Los Angeles. 25 March 2015

    The flawless 100-carat gem was bought by an anonymous bidder in New York. It was originally mined by De Beers in South Africa.

  30. Meningitis shuts schools

    Abdourahmane Dia

    BBC Afrique

    Niger's government has ordered the closure of all schools in the capital Niamey for six days following a meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 85 people this year. A shortage of vaccines is said to have caused the outbreak.

    The government has announced that a massive vaccination campaign will start on Thursday.

  31. Hair today

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    There is one matter dominating most discussions in Ghana this morning. And that is bushy hair.

    Newstand

    The front pages of newspapers say three female students were not allowed to sit the West Africa examinations because their hairstyles broke their school's rules.

    Daily Graphic front page

    It's sparked debate about whether schools should prevent students from writing an external paper because of their appearance.

  32. Frog kebab, anyone?

    This is what frog kebab look like:

    Dried frogs

    Nigerian Philip Paul loves them but he can't persuade his neighbours to taste them.

    Philip Paul holding a skewer of frogs

    So he's made a business out of catching frogs in the north-east of Nigeria and selling them in central Benue state.

    See more pictures on the BBC News website.

  33. Fighting hits South Sudan

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, South Sudan

    Fresh fighting has erupted in South Sudan's oil-rich town of Malakal, apparently between rival government forces. Heavy mortar and gunfire have been heard overnight and thousands of people have now sought refuge in a UN protection camp.

  34. 'Conflict minerals' criticism

    Nearly 80% of US companies surveyed have failed to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, according to a report released by campaign groups Amnesty International and Global Witness.

    "This is alarming. Well-funded industry groups have fought the conflict minerals law at every step," the report adds.

  35. Show of strength

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    South African troops have conducted a series of raids in the main city, Johannesburg, to prevent attacks on foreigners. The troops targeted hostels, searching for weapons. It was a show of strength on the first night of their deployment to trouble-hit areas.

    Members of the South African Defence Force mobilize outside the Jeppe Hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 21 April 2015
  36. Post update

    Today's African proverb is: All days are equal but not the same. A Rufumbira/Kinyarwanda proverb sent by Thomson Kwizina, Kampala, Uganda.

  37. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page. We will be bringing you updates on the main African stories throughout the day.