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  1. President Pierre Nkurunziza has arrived in Bujumbura in huge convoy
  2. He travelled by road from his hometown, Ngozi
  3. He is expected to address nation soon
  4. Three alleged coup leaders arrested
  5. Gen Godefroid Niyombare who announced the coup "still on the run"

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's it for our live coverage today, on the day that Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital Bujumbura after a failed coup attempt.

    Today's African proverb: "If you see a pregnant goat in the market, it means that there are pregnant troubles at home." Dagbani wisdom sent by Abdulai Abdul Rauf, Tamale, Ghana.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o posing as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in south-eastern France. There's more in our week in pictures.

    Lupita Nyong'o
  2. Artbeat Africa

    Join Focus on Africa radio's Jenny Horrocks for Artbeat Africa, with the best of the week's African arts coverage.

    Abu Bakar Mansaray at the vennice biennale
    Image caption: Sierra Leone's Abu Bakar Mansaray's pictures of futuristic machines at the prestigious Venice Biennale

    We'll take a trip to one of the most famous art exhibitions in the world the Venice Biennale where we meet an artist and engineer from Sierra Leone who's preoccupied by aliens; we meet the woman using African prints for her fashion line Uzuri creations. Plus music from Kenyan outfit Justaband, and Nigeria's Flavour. Listen here.

  3. 'Not a putschist'

    One of the organisers of Burundi's anti-third term protests says that he "never supports coups" but adds that the people need protecting.

    On his Facebook page Nininahazwe Pacifique also says that he "salutes the courage" of those who launched the attempted overthrow of the president.

    The comments come as President Pierre Nkurunziza made a link between the anti-third term protesters and Wednesday's failed coup.

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  4. Resident Presidents satirical take on the week

    Focus On Africa radio ushers in the weekend with its weekly satirical segment from "The Resident Presidents". This week, President Olushambles and President Figleaf take on the thorny issue of xenophobia. Listen here.

  5. 'Five key risks' for Burundi

    Independent humanitarian news service IRIN has posted a piece called about the key risks now facing Burundi. It identifies them as:

    • Ethnic tensions
    • Regional proxy wars
    • Refugee outflows
    • A divided army
    • Violations of human rights and press freedom
    A supporter of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza carries his picture while waiting for the president to return to the capital, at a street in Bujumbura
    Image caption: Some celebrated the president's return to Bujumbura but there are concerns about what happens next
  6. Burundi's warning

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has warned that he will retaliate against anyone who launches an attack on Burundi.

    In the last paragraph of a speech that has been published on his website he says that people "will not be allowed to set fire" to the country. In what analysts say is a reference to Rwanda, the president says any war will be fought on the other side of the border.

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  7. 'War of the airwaves'

    Great Lakes author and analyst

  8. Youth wing: 'we just want elections'

    BBC reporter in Bujumbura

    The Imbonerakure is the ruling party's youth wing.

  9. 'Self protection in Bujumbura'

    A BBC reporter in Burundi's capital has been speaking to people putting up barricades in one district of the city.

    Imbonerakure refers to the ruling party's youth wing, which critics fear could be used as a militia group.

  10. President's message recorded

    Ruth Nesoba

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    The presidential spokesperson says President Nkurunziza has spoken to national TV and radio at his office in Bujumbura. The recording has not yet been broadcast and we were given no indication of when it would be aired.

    His comments, in Kirundi, have been published on the presidential website.

    He has ordered the demonstrations against him to stop immediately and links the anti-third term protests to Wednesday's failed coup attempt.

  11. Bin Laden aide jailed for US embassy attacks

    A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been sentenced to life in prison for assisting in the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 224 people.

    Rescuers work to help survivors amid the devastation brought in by a bomb explosion near the US embassy and a bank in Nairobi 07 August that killed at least 60 people, including eight Americans, and left more than 1,000 injured
    Image caption: Rescuers work to help survivors after the bomb attack on the US embassy in Nairobi
  12. President's address

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has ordered the demonstrations against his third-term bid to stop.

    In an address to the nation published on the president's website, but not yet delivered, he links the demonstrations to Wednesday's failed coup attempt.

    He says it was the culmination of events that were supposed to undermine him including the massacre of Burundian rebels in Cibitoke earlier this year.

    President Nkurunziza (c) pictured here in his hometown of Ngozi this morning
    Image caption: The president was welcomed on Friday by supporters in his hometown of Ngozi.
  13. Nkurunziza welcomes reception


    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has tweeted about his reception as he returned to the capital:

    Twitter grab

    He says (in Kirundi): "I was happy to see how Burundians received me in Bujumbura and other provinces as ever."

  14. Nigeria fuel problems

    Will Ross

    BBC News, Lagos

    The fuel shortage in Nigeria is causing people to queue for six or seven hours to fill up their cars, causing big traffic jams.

    Cars queuing in Nigeria

    The shortage is being caused by the fuel importers who say that they are not bringing in as much petrol because they say the government owes them $1bn (£630m) in arrears for subsidy payments.

    The subsidy payments are supposed to cover the difference between the retail price and the world market price. But it is an enormous scam as the importers do not bring in as much fuel as they are claiming money for.

  15. 'Not the end' in Burundi

    There is a "climate of fear and uncertainty" in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, in the wake of the failed coup attempt, a resident of the city says.

    Serge Ntabikiyoboka told the BBC's Outside Source programme that he does not think the country will return to normality any time soon.

    "The situation is calm now," he said, "but the conflict is about a third term for the president, which many think is against the constitution, and the failure of the coup d'etat is not the end of it for many of us."

    Supporters of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza carry his picture as they wait for him to return to the capital, at a street in Bujumbura, Burundi May 15
    Image caption: Some have been celebrating the return of the president to Bujumbura but others are more anxious
  16. Peace in Mali?

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

    Security check in Mali

    Security is tight at the Bamako International Conference Centre as loyalist Tuaregs make a show of strength.

    At 15:00GMT the government and its allies are due to sign a peace proposal for northern Mali which safeguards the country's sovereign borders. However, the main Tuareg secessionist grouping, the Coordination for Movements for Azawad, has opted to stay away from the ceremony.

  17. Barricades in Bujumbura

    While some are celebrating the arrival of the president in Burundi's capital, there is a different scene elsewhere, as a BBC reporter tweets:

  18. UN concerns over Burundi

    The UN's human rights commission has warned against revenge attacks in the wake of the coup attempt in Burundi.

    Spokesman Rupert Coleville said the commission is "very concerned by developments in Burundi over the past two days".

    He added that the UN calls "on the armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from taking actions which may endanger the lives of civilians and to ensure their protection from the effects of the conflict".

  19. Contrasting scenes in Bujumbura

    Ruth Nesoba

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    When President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, his supporters, mainly youth from the ruling party commonly known as the Imbonerakure, burst onto the streets.

    Mr Nkunrunziza was in a motorcade of heavily armed vehicles, with soldiers carrying grenade launchers.

    President's supporters

    But it is a contrasting picture in the neighbourhoods which were the scene of protests against the president's third-term bid.

    BBC correspondents witnessed people erecting barricades around the area of Musaga and policemen on motorbikes were seen patrolling.

    Locals say they fired at protesters.

  20. 'Fear' amongst Burundi journalists

    Screen grab of HRW

    Human Rights Watch has described a "climate of fear" among journalists in Burundi.

    Burundian journalists have told the New York-based rights group that they "fear reprisals, since many are viewed by the president's allies as sympathetic to the opposition".

    The five private news radio stations in the capital, Bujumbura, have all been forcibly shut down and a respected independent news website Iwacu has taken itself off line "for security reasons".

  21. Ruling party supporters celebrate

    Independent journalist in Bujumbura

  22. Supporters welcome president

    The BBC's Ruth Nesoba in Bujumbura has sent photos of jubilant supporters celebrating on the road leading to the presidential palace just after President Nkurunziza's arrival in the Burundian capital.

    supporters in bujumbura
    bujumbura celebrations
  23. BreakingBreaking News

    Ruth Nesoba

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    President Pierre Nkurunziza has just arrived at the presidential palace in Bujumbura in a huge convoy of vehicles. He was met by cheering party supporters dressed in party colours dancing and celebrating.

  24. Burundi media off air

    BBC Monitoring

    All private media remain off the air, though state and religious media are available. Burundians are relying on foreign media (especially the BBC and France's RFI and France24) for news.

  25. Tutu granddaughter accused

    South Africa's ENCA news is reporting details of the charges brought by anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu against his granddaughter. It says that Ziyanda Palesa Tutu, 30, is being accused of causing damage worth about 50,000 rand ($4,200; $2,700) to property after an altercation with her grandmother. The property in question is described as "plates, ornaments and other objects".

    desmond tutu
  26. Burundi by numbers

    Amid the crisis in Burundi, a quick reminder of some key facts about the East African country.

    burundi graphic
  27. Burundi arrests

    Some images from the arrest of some of those allegedly involved in the failed coup plot in Burundi have been coming through from the BBC team in the capital Bujumbura.

    Arrests in Burundi

    Three top security officials were arrested as well as a number of police officers. They were picked up at the house of one of those arrested, Police Commissioner Nimenya, where they were hiding.

    There was a brief exchange of gunfire before they surrendered..

  28. Waiting game

    Al Jazeera reporter in Bujumbura

  29. General 'still on the run'

    The failed coup leader Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare is still on the run, Burundi president's spokesperson Gervais Abayeho has told the BBC Africa Live page.

    Three other security officials allegedly involved in the coup have been detained.

  30. President 'en route to capital'

    Le Monde Africa bureau chief in Bujumbura


    "State radio announces the departure of Pierre Nkurunziza from Ngozi, heading towards Bujumbura."

  31. Reports of gunfire

    RFI reporter in Bujumbura

  32. Going to greet the president

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    President supporters in Bujumbura

    Dozens of ruling party supporters are gathering and say they are heading to the city's outskirts to greet President Nkurunziza who they expect to be arriving by road today.

  33. Protests back in Bujumbura

    Protesters against the third-term bid of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza are back on the streets in one area of the capital, Bujumbura.

    The BBC's Maud Jullien in Bujumbura says that small groups are erecting barricades in the Musaga district, which is an opposition stronghold.

  34. Crowds 'cheering on' president

    Witnesses have told the BBC's Great Lakes Service that President Nkurunziza is back in his hometown of Ngozi, and has been driving around in an open-top car, with crowds cheering him on.

  35. Nkurunziza 'is back in hometown'

    The AFP news agency is reporting that President Pierre Nkurunziza is back in his hometown of Ngozi, 140 km (86 mi) north of the capital Bujumbura, quoting anonymous sources close to the president.

    "He arrived in Ngozi on Thursday. It's from here that he will address the nation about the failed coup against him", AFP quotes the source as saying.

  36. Burundi news broadcasts

    The five private news radio stations in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, are still off air.

    They were shut down on Wednesday and Thursday; one by supporters of the coup (Rema FM) and the other four by loyalist forces (Bonesha, Isanganiro, RPA and Renaissance).

    But the state broadcaster is on air.

    The respected private news website Iwacu is still displaying a note saying that it is temporarily shut for "security reasons".

    Iwacu site

    But the private Isanganiro news website is still up and is reporting that the coup leaders have admitted their "failure":

    Isanganiro site
  37. Nkrunziza 'to speak from hometown'

    RFI reporter in Bujumbura


    "#Burundi: Pierre Nkurunziza is in Burundi. According to several sources, he will be in Ngozi, his stronghold, from where should deliver his message to the nation"

  38. Coup leaders 'should ask forgiveness'

    Burundi's Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama has been speaking to the BBC's Great Lakes Cyriaque Muhawenayo. He denied reports that suspected coup leaders and co-conspirators had been beaten during their arrest, and said they were arrested under conditions befitting normal human rights.

    He called on those still on the run, including coup leader Gen Godefroid Niyombare, to surrender to loyalist security forces. He said they should explain to the national and international community that their coup has failed and ask forgiveness from the population for their actions.

    General Godefroid Niyombare flanked by former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye (standing) addresses the nation inside the Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) broadcasting studios in Burundi"s capital Bujumbura, in this May 13, 2015 file photo
    Image caption: General Godefroid Niyombare (r) is still on the run
  39. Burundi refugee numbers rise

    The UN's refugee agency has been tweeting the latest Burundi refugee figures: 

    It breaks the figures down:

    And adds that many are still trying to get into Tanzania:

  40. Tutu presses charges against granddaughter

    The granddaughter of anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu says she will be handing herself into police on an undisclosed charge, according to South Africa's Eyewitness News website.

    The granddaughter tweeted on Wednesday:

    Archbishop Tutu  said on Thursday that he had laid charges against her, but did not specify what they were.

  41. AU discussion in Bujumbura

    The African Union tweets that its envoys are holding talks in Burundi's capital:

  42. Bujumbura 'quiet but not yet normal'

    The streets of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, are quiet but things have not returned to normal, a resident has told the BBC's Newsday radio programme.

    Louis-Marie Nindorer said: "I've not seen any motor vehicle crossing the bridge near my home and it is not life as normal.

    "I haven't gone out yet, but I have to go out. What we've been through over the past two days is unbearable. People have to stock up, people have to buy food, so people will definitely have to go out.

    "I think we're not out of the woods yet, because my fear is that the protesters are not submissive. My fear is that protests and the police crackdown will resume, and it will be fiercer than ever...

    "Probably President Nkurunziza would like to be depicted as a strong man - but can he champion peace any more? I don't think so."

    People ride bicycles in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15
    Image caption: Things are quiet but not yet "normal" on the streets of Burundi
  43. Alleged coup leaders under arrest

    The Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama has told the BBC that the following people are under arrest:

    • Former defence minister Gen Cyrille Ndayirukiye
    • Police Commissioner Zenon Ndabaneze
    • Police Commissioner Nimenya

    An unknown number of police officers have also been arrested. They were picked up at the house of Police Commissioner Nimenya where they were hiding, and there was a brief exchange of fire before they surrendered.

    But the man who announced the coup Gen Godefroid Niyombare is still on the run.

  44. 'Barricades gone'

    Freelance photographer living in Bujumbura

  45. Diplomatic reaction

    The African Union has backed calls for the postponement of the elections in Burundi.

    In a statement released on Thursday evening, it condemned the coup attempt as well as the violence in Bujumbura, but also said that the presidential election scheduled for June should be pushed back.

    But presidential spokesperson Gervais Abayeho said the "elections will take place as scheduled" and that the voting was a way to restore order.

  46. 'Resume demonstrations'

    The leader of the civil society group against President Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has called for people to resume demonstrations, reports the AFP news agency.

    Vital Nshimiriman said that although the group was against the coup attempt, the way it had been welcomed by the people showed that there was a desire for change.

    Streets of Bujumbura
    Image caption: Some normal activity has been returning to the streets of Bujumbura
  47. Coup leaders 'to face justice'

    Some key quotes from Gervais Abayeho, a spokesman for President Nkurunziza, speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme:

    "A coup plot involves so many people. There are some low-ranking soldiers who have surrendered and who are helping the police with their investigations, but I believe the coup plotters, the big men who are behind the coup, that is another thing. They will have to face justice."

    "There is no division in the military. If you look at those people who were planning to stage a coup, it was only a handful ... a small section of the army."

    Policemen walk in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15
    Image caption: The authorities appear to be back in control in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura
  48. Burundi coup leader 'on run'

    Three of the renegade generals who tried to overthrow Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday have been arrested in the capital, Bujumbura.

    But a presidential spokesman said coup leader Maj Gen General Godefroid Niyombare was still on the run and the security forces were trying to track him down.

    Policemen walk along a street in Bujumbura, Burundi May 15
    Image caption: The police are back on the streets of Bujumbura a day after rival groups of soldiers clashed in the Burundian capital.
  49. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "If you see a pregnant goat in the market, it means that there are pregnant troubles at home." A Dagbani proverb sent by Abdulai Abdul Rauf, Tamale, Ghana.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

  50. Good morning

    Welcome to today's BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up to date with all the developments in Burundi and reaction throughout the day.