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  1. Burundi president says elections will not be postponed
  2. UN: Tanzania generosity 'being tested' by Burundi refugee influx
  3. Adebayor brother begs for forgiveness for past wrongs
  4. More than 300,000 South Sudanese without aid
  5. Houthi rebels in Yemen shoot down Moroccan plane
  6. Turkish cargo ship bombed off Libyan coast

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Today's African proverb: "It is only a foolish dog which barks at an elephant." Sent by Mung´omba Ngoma, Luanda, Angola.

And we leave you with this graduation picture of Nigerian student Abubakar Umar, who survived a Boko Haram attack last November.

Abubakar Umar (C) is greeted by his guardians Mr and Mrs Dahiru Adamu during the graduation ceremony at the American University of Nigeria in Yola

"Democracy a process"

"Democracy is a gradual undertaking, a process", Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has told the BBC in an exclusive interview. Focus on Africa radio will have the full interview.

You can listen here from 19: 00 GMT.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza

Protests at his decision to run for a third term have continued today in the capital Bujumbura, with some demonstrators sporting masks to conceal their identities. At least 18 people have been killed in demonstrations over the past two weeks.

A protester wears a mask to hide his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza"s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 11. 2015

AU talk to Nkurunziza


The AU Peace and Security Council

tweets: "#AU Panel of Wise delegation led by former OAU Sec.Gen Edem Kodjo has started consultations on situation in #Burundi."

They met the president in the town of Muyinga, where the election campaign has just been launched.

AU panel of the wise
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza (centre) will be having talks with members of the AU Panel of the Wise

AU chief Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma has said the environment in Burundi is not conducive for elections.

Political tensions created by Mr Nkurunziza's third-term bid have led to more than 50,000 people leaving for neighbouring countries in the past few weeks.

Update - Burundi leader speaks to BBC

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza has dismissed calls by the opposition for a transitional government and for dialogue, in an exclusive interview with the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza

Burundi leader speaks to BBC

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza says parliamentary and presidential elections in the country will go on as scheduled despite the EU and US urging the be postponed.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza, President Nkurunzinza said a postponement would plunge the country into a deeper crisis than the protests being witnessed right now in the country.

He said the deaths of at least 18 people in the protests against his bid for a third term in office were regrettable. He also said the on going demonstrations in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, have been influenced by "outside forces".

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza

'Strength and victory' in Burundi

Burundi ruling party supporters

Thousands of supporters of Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD have turned out in the town of Muyinga for the start of the campaign for the parliamentary elections, which are due in May, reports the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza. Their T-shirts are calling for strength and victory.

Drummers at Burundi campaign launch

Praise drummers and singers were also present.

There has been political tension in Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he was going for a third term in June's presidential election.

Burundi poll 'should be delayed'

The EU and the US have said that a delay in Burundi's elections would calm the situation in the country.

The head of the EU's election monitoring mission in Burundi, David Martin, told the BBC that the EU would welcome a delay if it allowed "more time to create conditions for credible elections".

There has been more than a fortnight of protests in the country after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would be running for a third term.

Protesters shout during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza"s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura
Protests against the president's third-term bid have entered a third week in the capital, Bujumbura

Help for Africa required

AU representative to the UN Security Council Tete Antonio has asked the UN not to forget the challenge of migration between developing countries.

Mr Antonio said that poorer countries bore the biggest burden of migration and need assistance.

He was talking after the EU foreign policy chief asked for UN help to dismantle criminal groups smuggling migrants into Europe.

Europe appeals to UN

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has been speaking to the UN Security Council about the migrants who are coming across the Mediterranean Sea.

She told the diplomats that the EU wants to work with the UN to solve what it sees as a global challenge.

She said that migrants who are picked up in the sea will not be sent back against their wishes and the EU will respect international law.

But she said the "criminal gangs" that are organising the migration need to be dealt with.

Federica Mogherini

Protests with bite

As hundreds of protesters take to the streets of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, again today, citizen journalist Jean-Regis Nduwimana snapped this photo. "No to a third term for Nkurunziza" reads the placard of this "protester", who declined to comment further.

No to a third terms for Nkurunziza
Jean-Regis Nduwimana

Ghana-Ivory Coast talks 'agreed'

Ghana and Ivory Coast have agreed to hold talks about their disputed maritime border, according to the Reuters news agency.

There may be oil deposits in the sea bed and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

had told Ghana to stop drilling for new oil in the area while it makes a final decision.

Correction: This story has been amended. An earlier version incorrectly said that the two countries had reached an agreement.

Ex-junta leader to run in Guinea elections

Former military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who ruled Guinea between 2008-2009, has announced he will run in presidential elections, due in October.

Capt Camara was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by a former aide in 2009. The aide said he had been asked to take the blame for a massacre in which security forces opened fire in a stadium in the capital Conakry, killing 157 people who were taking part in a protest.

Guinea's military junta chief, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara speaks in Conakry in 2009
Capt Camara has been living in Burkina Faso since the assassination attempt

Lagos party time

Lagos is cleaning up after a weekend of carnival revelry.


The BBC's Will Ross was also enjoying himself and snapped these pictures of various troupes entertaining the people.


The carnival tradition in Lagos began with freed slaves who came from Brazil in the 19th Century, reports the

Guardian newspaper.

Missing Moroccan jet 'shot down'

Houthi rebels in Yemen

say they have shot down a Moroccan fighter jet that was taking part in Saudi-led coalition air strikes against them. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces earlier said one of its planes was missing.

Tribesmen purportedly holding wreckage of Moroccan F-16 missing over Yemen (11 May 2015)
Tribesmen were filmed celebrating beside what appeared to be the wreckage of the F-16

Rebel ambush in Timbuktu

Alex Duval Smith

Bamako, Mali

Rebels have said they carried out a deadly ambush early this morning on the Malian army near Timbuktu. The ethnic Arab and Tuareg Cordination of Movements for Azawad (CMA) says it has taken four Malian army vehicles and disabled another four. There are reports of many dead but neither side is giving details. There is no sign of United Nations or French forces, say residents.

An MNLA fighter in Kidal, northern Mali, on 27 July 2013
Tuareg rebels have been in conflict with the government since independence

Madagascar's technicolour fishing boats

BBC Africa Business Report is in Madagascar this week gathering material for the programme. ABR's Jason Boswell sent us this photo of fishermen heading out to sea from a beach by the southern city of Toliara.

fishermen heading out to sea from a beach by the southern city of Toliara

Politics behind prison riot

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

A prison riot in Zimbabwe in which four inmates died and 19 prison officers were injured was politically motivated, a prison official says.

Deputy prisons commissioner Gen Aggrey Machingauta has told a parliamentary committee that March's riot at Chikurubi prison was calculated to embarrass President Robert Mugabe who was on a state visit to Japan.

He added that the prisoners wanted to go and attack senior government officials after escaping.

Gen Machingauta in parliament
Gen Machingauta said that prison inmates had been told to stage the riot

Missing Moroccan plane in Yemen

A Moroccan warplane taking part in the Saudi-led coalition campaign targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen has gone missing,

the North African state says.

A Moroccan Royal Armed Forces statement said the F-16, one of six stationed in the UAE, vanished on Sunday evening.

Smoke rises from a house belonging to Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa (10 May 2015)
The coalition has stepped up its air strikes before the start of the humanitarian pause

Emmanuel 'come back'

Emmanuel Adebayor's brother has given a contrite interview to the BBC in the wake of accusations on Facebook made against him and other family members by the Tottenham striker.

"I'm so sorry for everything that I've done wrong... I want to beg, forgive me," says Rotimi Adebayor.

"I want him [Emmanuel] to try and be with us again. To sit like a family, do things together. I pray to God that moment is coming soon.

"People are laughing at us, but they will see us and they will cry... God's time is the best, I wish my brother good luck."

Adebayor being tackled by a Manchester City player

Belgium suspends Burundi aid

Belgium has suspended aid for the forthcoming elections in Burundi, after deadly clashes between police and protesters, amid demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

Belgium will now withhold the remaining 2m euro ($2.2m; £1.5m) of funds which had been pledged to help organise elections in June. It's also said that it will pull out of a 5m euro ($3.5m; £3.6m) police cooperation deal in Burundi.

Police stand on patrol in the Musaga district of the capital Bujumbura on Monday
Police stand on patrol in the Musaga district of the capital Bujumbura on Monday

Burundi president campaign to start

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Burundi

Thousands of ruling party supporters are gathering in the town of Muyinga where President Pierre Nkurunziza is launching the campaign for a controversial third term in office.

I have seen thousands of people walking on the main road to the stadium dressed in ruling party shirts and caps. Others are being transported in pick-up tracks to the venue where the president will arrive shortly.

Protests in Bujumbura
Protests against the the president's third-term bid have continued in the capital, Bujumbura

Egyptian animal mummies 'empty'

Scientists say

they have exposed a scandal at the heart of ancient Egypt's animal mummy industry.

This cat mummy
BBC Sport
This cat mummy was found to be virtually empty, with hardly any of the original skeleton inside

A scanning project at Manchester museum and the University of Manchester has revealed that about a third of the bundles of cloth are empty inside.

Scanning technology reveals the skeleton of a two-metre-long Nile crocodile, almost perfectly preserved.
Scanning technology reveals the skeleton of a two-metre-long Nile crocodile, almost perfectly preserved.

Unlike human mummies, which were created to preserve the body for the afterlife, animal mummies were a religious offering.

Update - Turkish ship bombed

Rana Jawad

BBC News, Tunis

The Turkish ship bombed off the east coast of Libya was targeted "by the air force because it had no official permission to dock at the port in Tobruk", according to officials who spoke to the BBC.

300,000 South Sudanese 'without help'

The UN says that humanitarian operations in much of South Sudan's Unity state have "come to a stop".

It says that more than 300,000 civilians do not have "access to... life-saving assistance".

Renewed fighting in the area has led thousands to flee and forced the end of humanitarian work.

An internally displaced girl carries firewood in Ganyiel village of Panyijar County of Unity State on March 21, 2015
Getty Images
At least 1.5 million people have been displaced in South Sudan since fighting started in 2013, the UN says

Lagos facelift

See how Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, has had a makeover over the last decade, with this photo gallery from the BBC's Ayo Bello:

Flyover in Lagos Nigeria, pictured in 2005
Getty Images

Part of the Lagos makeover has focused on removing rubbish from underneath flyovers and bridges and the gangs, known as "area boys", who used to hang around there.

Flyover in Lagos Nigeria, pictured in 2015

Haile retires but will 'never stop'

Legendary Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie has announced his retirement from competitive running. The 42-year-old Ethiopian confirmed his decision after taking part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. He retires with two Olympic gold medals, eight world championship victories and 27 world records under his belt.

Haile Gebrselassie, BBC Sport
BBC Sport

He posted confirmation of the announcement to twitter on Sunday.

tweet reads: I will retire as a competitive runner, not as a runner, I will never stop running and will continu to be a running ambassador.

Turkish ship bombed

Rana Jawad

BBC News, Tunis

A Turkish cargo ship has been bombed off the east coast of Libya. The Turkish government has confirmed the death of one of the officers and that there have been a number of other injuries.

There is currently no official information on on who carried out the bombing.

The Libyan air force has in the past bombed a Greek tanker "for refusing to cooperate".

'Miracle' escape

Screen grab from Times Live
Times Live

South Africa's envoy to Pakistan has been speaking about how he survived a helicopter crash that killed seven people including many diplomats, reports

Times Live website.

Mpendulo Jele was part of a diplomatic trip when the helicopter went down.

Mr Jele said it was a miracle that he walked out of the wreckage without a scratch.

Adebayor brother 'sorry'

The brother of Togo and Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has begged for forgiveness for the mistakes that he has made.

Rotimi Adebayor was mentioned in the footballer's

Facebook post which outlined several problems that he had with his family.

Rotimi Adebayor has told the BBC that he was "on his knees" asking for the family to be together again.

Tottenham Hotspur"s Emmanuel Adebayor looks dejected

Nigeria's South African fighters

One of the South African mercenaries who has been helping the Nigerian army to fight Boko Haram militants has been speaking about his work there.

Col Eeben Barlow is quoted in Britain's

Daily Telegraph as saying that his company,
Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection, was initially employed to help rescue the girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok.

But then he began to train the Nigerian army in "unconventional mobile warfare" to deal with the way Boko Haram is now operating.

Nigeria army display Boko Haram flag
Nigeria's army has scored some recent successes against Boko Haram

Force against traffickers rejected

Libya will reject a European Union attempt to get UN backing for a military operation against people traffickers in the Mediterranean, according to the Libyan ambassador to the UN.

Ibrahim Dabbashi told the BBC's Newsday programme that there had been "no official consultation" with the Libyan government over the plans.

He said "the best way to curb the flow of immigrants" from Libya to Europe was to help strengthen "legitimate authorities in Libya". For an explainer on the crisis, in Libya,

click here.

Migrants disembark from a boat after the Libyan coastguard intercepted a boat with African migrants trying to reach Europe at the port in the city of Misrata east of Tripoli, Libya, 03 May 2015
More than 1,800 migrants have died this year in the Mediterranean

Young and proud

Africa is "past the era where the leader has to be all knowing and all powerful", according to South Africa's new opposition leader Mmusi Maimane.

Mr Maimane is the Democratic Alliance's first black leader but at 34 some view him as being too young.

He told the BBC's Newsday radio programme said there is no correlation between age and leadership. He added that globally leaders are getting younger and that the majority of South Africans are young like him.

Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, second from left, celebrates with party members Sunday, May 10

'Testing' time for Tanzania

Tanzania's generosity is being "tested" by the recent influx of Burundian refugees, according to the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR.

Country head Joyce Mends-Cole told the BBC's Newsday radio programme that 28,000 have fled Burundi in the last few weeks citing the tension caused by the President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid.

She said Tanzania has only one camp to deal with this influx and the resources are being stretched.

Women protesting in Burundi
Women in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, held a peaceful protest on Sunday calling for a free and fair election

Wise words

Today's African proverb: "It is only a foolish dog which barks at an elephant." Sent by Mung´omba Ngoma, Luanda, Angola.

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