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  1. Three killed in Burundi protests
  2. US 'deeply concerned about' Burundi president third-term bid
  3. Israel's PM meets Israeli-Ethiopian soldier allegedly assaulted by police
  4. Journalists in Somalia told not to use name al-Shabab

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More updates on Tuesday

That's it from us today. Listen to the

Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from
across the continent on the BBC News website.

We leave you with this photo of Malagasy children playing by some water in Behenjy, central Madagascar. It was snapped by the BBC team there who are on the island for Africa Business Report.

Children playing by some water

Migrant rescue

The Italian coastguard says that more than

5,800 migrants were rescued this weekend off the Libyan coast. So what's it like taking part in the rescue operations? The BBC's Outside Source
has been speaking to someone directly involved.

migrants packed on a rescue boat off the coast of Libya
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

Martin Xuareb, from the marine NGO MOAS, says their operation rescued 369 migrants, thought to be Eritrean, over the weekend.

rescue operation of migrants in the Mediterranean
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

The migrants are now on their way to Sicily in a rescue vessel called the Phoenix.

migrants being rescued to be taken onto a MOAS rescue ship
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

Rebuilding lives

Some foreigners in South Africa affected by the recent wave of xenophobic violence are trying to rebuild their lives, reports the BBC's Rage Hassan in Durban.

This Somali businessman, Farah, is now restocking his grocery shops after they were looted.

Somali businessman at a wholesaler

Ethiopian-Israeli anger

An Ethiopian-Israeli social activist has told the BBC's Focus on Africa TV programme that police violence against people of Ethiopian origin "has been going on for many years".

Fentahun Assefaw-Dawit said that most of those who demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday had experienced this kind of police behaviour and the protest was about expressing their anger.

See more on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT.

Screen grab of Fentahun Assefaw-Dawit

Homes besieged

Alhassan Sillah

Conakry, Guinea

Some of Guinea's main opposition leaders, including two former prime ministers, Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure, have been confined to their private homes in the capital, Conakry, besieged by police and gendarmes since early this morning.

The opposition had called for another demonstration today to protest against the election calendar that schedules presidential elections this year and municipal elections next year. The opposition says the reverse should be the case.

Togo's president sworn in

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for a third term, reports the BBC's Blame Ekoue from the capital, Lome. The ceremony went ahead despite Togo's opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre rejecting the election results.

Togo"s Incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe speaks to media after he casting his ballot at a polling station in Lome, Togo, Saturday, April 25, 2015
President Faure Gnassingbe's family have ruled Togo for 48 years

'Congratulations Mr Mayor'

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

A billboard praising Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the mayor of Ghana's capital, Accra, has been creating a lot of comment on social media here.

Accra billboard
Anny Osabutey

Mr Vanderpuije has just come back from Angola where Accra was recognised as the best run city in Africa at an awards ceremony.

But some people are questioning who paid for the billboard and whether the money could have been better spent.

Three protesters killed in Burundi

The Red Cross in Burundi confirms three protesters have been killed in today's clashes, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien from the capital Bujumbura.

South Sudan warning

The promise that South Sudan had at independence in 2011 is at "grave risk of being squandered", the US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Speaking in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Mr Kerry said that there had been an "absence of leadership" in South Sudan and that those in charge had failed to act in the best interests of the people by not solving the civil conflict.

'Police fire live rounds'

The BBC's Maxime Le Hegarat in Burundi has sent these photos of the police using live ammunition amid protests in the capital Bujumbura.

armed police in Burundi take shelter by a house in the capital Bujumbura

The AFP news agency says the Red Cross in Burundi has now confirmed that at least three protesters have been shot dead and dozens wounded.

policeman in Burundi fires his weapon
police face off against protesters in Burundi

Meanwhile, speaking on a visit to Kenya, US secretary of State John Kerry has said he is deeply concerned with the situation in Burundi, and has urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to respect the country's constitution.

Keep Dadaab open

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 500,000 Somali refugees, needs to stay open until they can return to a peaceful Somalia.

Mr Kerry was speaking in the Kenyan capital after talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said that he was moved by conversations that he had with young Somali refugees who wanted to make a difference at home, but any repatriation should be done in an "orderly and voluntary manner".

John Kerry

'Not our fault'

Ethiopian-Israeli community leaders have given different accounts of who was behind the violence at a Tel Aviv demonstration, reports the Times of Israel


Former member of parliament Shimon Solomon said that "anarchic interest groups" got involved in Sunday's protest about the treatment of Ethiopian Israelis.

But Hana Elazar Legesse, from the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, said the police bore sole responsibility for the violence in which 46 police and seven protesters were hurt, the Times of Israel reports.

An Israeli of Ethiopian descent (L) gestures during a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel in this May 3, 2015
The protests were sparked by a film showing two policemen assaulting an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier

Burundi stand-off

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

It started off as a peaceful protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, here in the neighbourhood of Musaga, with over a thousand people in the streets.

Then the clashes started with some protesters throwing stones and the police responded by firing live rounds. I saw several protesters being arrested and several policemen wounded.

The army then arrived and they were able to contain the protests.

The protesters are not moving for now, but they still say they want to make it to the city centre.

Protesters hold a dead bird during a protest in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura, on May 4
The protesters have been using a dead bird in the demonstrations. The eagle is a symbol of the ruling party.

Telecel closure defended

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's telecoms minister has defended the decision to close the country's third largest mobile network, Telecel, saying it did not comply with Zimbabwe's economic empowerment rules.

Supa Mandiwanzira says the law states that at least 51% of a company should be owned by Zimbabweans and that was not the case for Telecel.

He added that the government was considering buying a large chunk of the foreign-owned shares.

Faster internet demand

Alex Duval Smith

Bamako, Mali

Malian IT entrepreneurs fed up with a slow and expensive internet connection have launched a campaign to improve the service called


Screen grab
Damian Zane

Small businesses want a cheaper, faster service and they argues that the industry regulator is not doing its job. One company, Orange, dominates the internet market.

US support


US Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Kenya, has offered America's support in securing the country.

He has

tweeted: "The U.S. continues to stand resolutely with the government and people of #Kenya in the effort to end scourge of violent extremism."

He also posted this photo of a wreath-laying honouring the victims of terrorist attacks in Kenya, including the 1998 US embassy bombing, the 2013 Westgate Mall attack and the attack on Garissa University College in April.

John Kerry laying a wreath
Secretary of State

Red Cross treats injured

The BBC's Robert Kiptoo in Bujumbura has sent this photo of Red Cross workers treating an injured policeman following clashes in the Burundian capital. Medics have also been treating injured protesters, but the photos were too graphic to post here.

Red cross medics treat an injured policeman

Protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid have now entered a second week.

Down to business


Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been holding talks about business and security with the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

State House

tweets: "Top of the agenda was the ease of doing business in Kenya and the opportunities for American firms".

President Kenyatta and John Kerry
Kenya State House

BreakingBreaking News

Maud Jullien

BBC News, Bujumbura

Two protesters have been killed this morning in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. I just saw the two bodies being carried away by the Red Cross.

Protesters wounded

At least six people have been wounded after clashes in Bujumbura, Red Cross officials have told the BBC's Maud Jullien in the Burundian capital. It's not clear if that number includes two policemen who have been injured.

Our reporter says that the army entered the Musaga district after clashes between police and protesters, which had been going on for half an hour. Protests are now continuing, but the clashes have stopped, according to our reporter.

Police in Burundi have made arrests
Police have made arrests this morning as protests enter a second week

BreakingBreaking News

Police have fired live rounds at advancing protesters in the Musaga suburb of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien. Our reporter says arrests have been made, and sent this photo of a policeman wounded in the clashes.

Police in Bujumbura carry a colleague wounded in clashes through the streets

Netanyahu 'shocked'

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met the Ethiopian-Israeli soldier whose alleged assault by police was captured on camera.

The film of the attack on Damas Fekade has sparked protests by members of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, who have said it was indicative of how they are treated.

Mr Netanyahu told the soldier that he was "shocked" by the beating, reports the

Times of Israel website.

"Several thousand" protest in Burundi

Thousands of people are now out on the streets of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien. Some protesters have told her that they believe the army is on their side.

AFP news agency is reporting that several people have been injured in clashes between police and demonstrators this morning.

man and woman walk arm in arm during protests in burundi
A couple walk arm in arm as protesters gather in Bujumbura on Monday

Tanzania bus strike update

Striking bus drivers in Tanzania have been demonstrating at the main Ubungo bus terminal in Dar es Salaam, reports the BBC's Tulanana Bohela.

Drivers demonstrating

The strike, which is in opposition to new regulations, is reported to have affected transport nationwide.

Passengers who have managed to board buses have waited for hours for them to depart.

Passengers waiting for the bus to leave

Boyfriend ban

The top five women in Zimbabwe's Miss World pageant have been banned from having boyfriends for the next year, reports the

New Zimbabwe website.

Screen grab
New Zimbabwe

The website quotes Mary Chiwenga, who runs the competition, as saying "when they finished their reign then they are free to date, we don't want trouble makers".

But New Zimbabwe says that rights activists have complained saying that this was an attempt to control women's bodies.

Security stepped up

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's University of Nairobi is taking no chances with security. Today there have been enhanced security checks at the entrance to the university and private security firms have been employed to help.

Security checks at University of Nairobi

A police memo that was leaked last week indentified the university as a possible target of an al-Shabab attack.

Boko Haram fleeing

Nigeria's military has released aerial footage shot by the air force which it says shows Boko Haram fighters running from the army in the Sambisa forest area.

Screen grab from Nigeria video
Nigeria military

According to the military, the footage shows the fighters "running helter skelter in the expansive forest" as the army pursues them, followed by the rescue of people who have been held captive.

A statement quotes an officer in operation saying that "pilots deploy their skills in herding both terrorists and their captives in different directions".

Complaints of racism

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet the Ethiopian Israeli soldier later whose alleged beating by police sparked violent demonstrations in Tel Aviv on Sunday. A close relative of the soldier, Demis Fekade,

has been speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme about the attack:

"To beat up an Israeli solider in his uniform for no reason, it's racist. It's like we're not important. You feel like you do a lot for your country and you receive very little."

He said that people around the country were fed up with being discriminated against just because of the colour of their skin.

Protesters, whom are mainly Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, stand next to a garbage bin they set on fire at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv May 3, 2015.
Anger has risen after footage of police allegedly beating an Ethiopian Israeli soldier emerged

'Not moving'

Some of the foreigners displaced in South Africa by the recent wave of xenophobic violence are refusing to leave the temporary camps that they fled to, reports the BBC's Rage Hassan in Durban.

The government wants to shut most of the camps and either reintegrate those who fled or move them all to one camp.

People at Isipingo camp

The tents erected at Isipingo camp were dismantled, but the people there, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, did not move and have now put the tents up again.

Court appearance

The four men accused of killing the Mozambican man whose murder during the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa was caught on camera, have appeared in a Johannesburg court.

Graphic photographs showing the attacks against Manuel Jossias - initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole - shocked South Africans.

The four accused have opted not to apply for bail, and so will remain in prison until the case is heard.

"We are brothers"


Israel's President Reuven Rivlin has responded to the clashes between the police and Ethiopian Israeli protesters in Tel Aviv.


tweeted: "The protests by Israel's Ethiopian community revealed a wound in Israeli society. We are brothers & we mustn't slide to a place we'll regret."

A protester, who is an Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, shouts at a policeman during a demonstration in Tel Aviv May 3, 2015.
Israelis of Ethiopian origin have long complained of discrimination and police brutality

Dozens of police and protesters were hurt on Sunday after a protest by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged police brutality turned violent.

Bus chaos

Thousands of bus passengers are stranded in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam as bus drivers have gone on strike.

Bust passengers waiting

Police have fired tear gas outside one bus terminal as passengers who wanted to catch a bus were blocking the road, reports the BBC's Tulanana Bohela.

Our correspondent has also been told that some people are so desperate to get transport that they are forcing drivers of private cars to pick them up.

Name wars

Somali militant group al-Shabab has responded to being re-named UGUS, or the "group that massacres the Somali people", by the Somali government.

The group says it wants the government to also be called UGUS, but with a different meaning: "the group that subjects the Somali people to humiliation".

'Many rescued women pregnant'

More than 200 of the girls rescued from the militant group Boko Haram by Nigeria's army are in "various stages of pregnancy", according to an official from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) quoted in Nigeria's Daily Independent


Independent screen grab

UNFPA's head Babatunde Osotimehin said his organisation was "supporting all of them with various levels of care to stabilize them".

Burundi protests resume

Protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term have resumed in Burundi, after a 48-hour hour truce. Six people died during last week's demonstrations.

The BBC's Maud Jullien says there are now protesters as "far as the eye can see" on the main street in the Musaga district of the capital.


Protesters have set up barricades to prevent police entering certain parts of the city.


The demonstrators had called a truce over the weekend to mourn those killed in the protests and to stock up on supplies.


New name for al-Shabab?

Abdullahi Abdi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The Somali government has directed all media houses to stop using the name al-Shabab to refer to the Islamist militant group.

It instead wants al-Shabab to be referred to as Ugus, which is an abbreviation of the Somali words for "the group that massacres the Somali people".

Journalists in Somalia are now in a difficult position. They will have to either obey this order and face the wrath of al-Shabab, or refuse to comply with the government directive and face the consequences.

Looking for help

Front page of Daily Nation
Daily Nation

The visit to Kenya of US Secretary of State John Kerry is the lead story in today's Daily Nation. The government is looking for assistance in the fight against the Somali militant group al-Shabab, the newspaper reports.

Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed had earlier

tweeted: "We will be asking for support and encouragement from an ally."

Wise words

Today's Africa proverb: The elephant is a big animal but it does not give birth to twins. Sent by Bartai Geoffrey, Bomet, Kenya.

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