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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's story

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    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from across the continent on the BBC News website.

    Today's African proverb: "A man's beauty is judged by the number of cows he owns." A Zulu proverb sent by Bruce Sithole, Durban, South Africa.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

    We leave you with this picture of fishermen and women washing clothes on the Ubangui river in Libenge village, Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Fishing and washing in Congo
  2. Zuma defends Marikana police

    South African President Jacob Zuma has defended police who shot dead 34 striking workers in 2012 at the Marikana platinum mine, Reuters news agency reports.

    "Those people in Marikana had killed people and the police were stopping them from killing," Reuters quotes the president as saying.

    A policeman fires at striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on 16 August
    Image caption: The Marikana massacre is the most deadly police action since the end of white minority rule in 1994

    A report on the killings, based on a two year-long commission of inquiry, is due to be made public at the end of the month, the president has promised.

  3. What is 'Sodom and Gomorrah'?

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Authorities have sent bulldozers in to clear parts of the 'Sodom and Gomorrah' slum in Ghana's capital, Accra, as part of a flood prevention drive. Many people have been displaced in the process. So, what more do we know about the place?

    • It was given the names of the Biblical towns because of its association with robbery, violence and prostitution
    • The place's real name is in fact Old Fadama
    • It is surrounded by a toxic lagoon and a dump site
    • The area has undergone changes with schools and internet cafes now springing up
    • The government tried to evict residents in 2002
    • They had been promised a new area to live on the outskirts of Accra but that has not been developed
    House being destroyed
  4. Tension in Nairobi slum

    Tensions remain high in a section of the Kibera slum in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

    This follows disturbances late on Monday evening when, according to police, protesters lit bonfires and barricaded roads.

    toilet block
    toilet block

    They also destroyed a toilet block and targeted a clinic that had been built by the National Youth Service.

    The protesters were angry because of the portrayal by another group in Nairobi of their former MP, opposition leader Raila Odinga, as someone who did not develop the slum.

  5. Guinea indictments

    Alhassan Sillah

    BBC Africa, Conakry

    Two senior military officers who were part of the recent military junta have been indicted for their alleged role in the killing of 157 pro-democracy demonstrators in 2009.

    General Toto Camara, who was the junta's vice president, and General Matheourin Bangoura, who was a senior minister in the regime, have also had a role in the democratic government in place since the end of 2010.

    Protesters in Guinea
    Image caption: Thousands turned out in September 2009 to protest against the junta of Moussa Dadis Camara

    Human rights campaigner Thierno Maadjo Sowe said the indictments show that no-one is above the law.

  6. Keshi under fire

    Coach Stephen Keshi met with the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) disciplinary committee on Tuesday to answer questions on why his name appeared on a list of candidates to manage Ivory Coast.

    Meanwhile, captain Vincent Enyeama declined the invitation to appear to respond to recent comments he made over the safety of playing an international match in Kaduna, which was hit by suspected Boko Haram suicide bombings in 2014.

    Stephen Keshi and Vincent Enyeama

    The NFF executive board will have the final say on any punishments on a date yet to be decided.

  7. Uncertain life in Accra

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Some residents of the partially destroyed slum area of Sodom and Gomorrah in Ghana's capital, Accra, have been queuing up at the savings union to get their money.

    People queuing for money

    Many of them have had their homes flattened in the past few days as the city authority clears a section of the slum as part of a flood prevention plan.

    They need their savings to start their lives afresh, and they are also nervous that their money will disappear in the same way that their homes went.

    Ruined houses

    Many are currently sleeping in the open as they work out what to do next.

  8. Focus on Africa radio

    Focus on Africa radio is live now will be getting the latest reaction and analysis on the arrest of Rwandan intelligence chief Karenzi Karake by UK authorities. Click here to listen live  at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00 GMT.

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  9. Ethiopia's ruling party dominant

    Ethiopia's election commission has released the breakdown of the votes in the 24 May parliamentary poll.

    The governing EPRDF and its allies took every single seat. MPs are elected to each constituency on a first-past-the-post basis.

    In terms of the share of the national vote the EPRDF got 82.4%.

    Voting in Ethiopia
    Image caption: The election commission said nearly 37 million Ethiopians voted, a turnout of over 90%.
  10. Reconciliation move in South Sudan

    The former secretary general of South Sudan's governing SPLM, Pagan Amum, is due to be re-instated in a move that appears to be part of a renewed push for peace in the country.

    Pagan Amum
    Image caption: Mr Amum arrived back in South Sudan on Monday from exile in Kenya

    Mr Amum was exiled more than a year ago after being accused of being part of a plot to overthrow President Salva Kiir.

    The alleged coup attempt sparked the civil war in December 2013, which has led to 2 million people being displaced.

  11. 'The days of impunity are over'

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a further statement, after earlier comments in which he said the country's treasury was "virtually empty".

    The president promised a group of state governors in Abuja: "the days of impunity, lack of accountability, and fiscal recklessness in the management of national resources are over in Nigeria".

    president buhari and former President goodluck jonathan
    Image caption: President Buhari (R) has criticised the administration of former leader Goodluck Jonathan (L)

    "The next three months may be hard, but billions of dollars can be recovered, and we will do our best, " the president said.

  12. UK government: Rwanda arrest 'legal obligation'

    The British High Commission in Kigali has released a statement on the official UK government website about the arrest of Rwanda's intelligence chief in London:

    "We can confirm that General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on 20 June on behalf of the authorities in Spain."

    "The UK has been a close partner in Rwanda's remarkable progress since the horrific events of the genocide in 1994. The UK has a strong and effective aid partnership with the Government of Rwanda.

    High commission statement

    "We co-operate closely on a growing range of regional and international issues. Her Majesty's Government greatly values the close relationship with Rwanda and is committed to that relationship for the long term."

  13. Buhari calls for journalists' support

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has described the current state of the government's finances as "a disgrace". He said he wants to enlist the support of journalists as he deals with huge debts and unpaid salaries for government workers:

    "This bad management we find ourselves in - we really need your help to protect us from people before they march on us," Mr Buhari told journalists in the capital Abuja.

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (2-L) waves to supporters during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria 29 May 2015. Muhammadu Buhari was inuagurated as President of Nigeria at a ceremony in the capital Abuja
    Image caption: Mr Buhari promised to improve the lives of Nigerians when he took power

    President Buhari won the elections on a promise to tackle corruption, and to lead Nigeria to greater prosperity.

  14. Waiting for a car test

    The BBC's Abdourahmane Dia in Dakar went to get his car checked at a government testing centre to see if it's fit for Senegalese roads - and he saw this long queue of cars.

    Car queues in Dakar

    Our correspondent says that people, who had been waiting for hours, were complaining saying that more testing centres should be opened, but that does not look like it is going to happen.

    The test costs $15 (£10) and, of course, there is no guarantee that the car will pass.

  15. Transferring money in Kenya

    Ahmed Adan

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Dahabshil in Nairobi

    Business has been brisk at the branch of the Dahabshiil money transfer agency in the Eastleigh suburb of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, as it reopened today.

    Dahabshiil, along with other money transfer agencies which had connections to Somalia, had been banned by the government in April in the wake of the deadly al-Shabab attack on Garissa University College.

    The ban has now been lifted.

    Woman with money

    People in Eastleigh, which is a Somali-dominated community, are now happy that they can now get money from relatives abroad - and also send money to Somalia.

  16. Ghana demolition day four

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Clearing slum

    Diggers are continuing their work clearing part of the Sodom and Gomorrah slum in Ghana's capital Accra.

    Clearing slum

    There were clashes between police and residents on Monday as they complained that they were losing their homes, but the city council says the work is necessary for flood prevention.

    But there was some relief as water arrived for the thirsty residents.

    Water tanker arrives
    Water tanker arrives

    The city authorities have agreed to supply the water and electricity to the residents whose homes will not be cleared.

  17. Eritrea at the Tour de France

    Daniel Teklehaimanot

    Eritrean cyclists Daniel Teklehaimanot (above) and Merhawi Kudus (below) will become the first black African riders in the Tour de France, cycling's most high-profile event.

    Merhawi Kudus

    They will be part of the nine-man squad for the South Africa-registered team MTN-Qhubeka when the race starts next month.

  18. Rwanda arrest reaction: analysis

    Mary Harper

    BBC News

    Rwanda's furious reaction to the arrest of Gen Karenzi Karake is familiar.

    Whenever it is criticised, especially in relation to reprisal killings of Hutus, it lashes out, accusing its critics of 'genocide denial'.

    Britain finds itself in a difficult position with this Spanish arrest warrant as it has been a close friend of Rwanda, praising President Paul Kagame for turning the country around.

    But the Kagame government comes down hard on dissent, stifles media freedom, and has been accused of meddling in conflicts across its borders.

    Karenzi Karake
    Image caption: Gen Karenzi Karake is wanted by the Spanish authorities for war crimes
  19. Huge fire guts Nairobi clothes market

    Tall plumes of smoke could be seen billowing across the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, this morning, after a huge fire engulfed the Gikomba clothes market.

    nairobi smoke billowing up from market fire

    The Kenyan Red Cross posted on its Twitter account at 09:00 GMT (12:00 local time) that fire-fighters were still struggling to contain the blaze, which started early on Tuesday morning.

    gikomba market fire

    The fire, which has gutted most of the market and destroyed the clothing stock of those running stalls may have been started deliberately, according to police quoted in local media.

    fire at gikomba market in nairobi

    At least 1,000 traders have been affected by the blaze, Kenya's Star newspaper reports.

    Gikombar market close up of fire
  20. Ghana demolition continues

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    The city council in Ghana's capital, Accra, is continuing with the demolition of the slum settlement known as Sodom and Gomorrah, but now under heavy security.

    There were demonstrations on Monday after some homes were cleared as part of flood avoidance measures.

    People looking on at the demolition of their slum
    Image caption: Residents have been complaining that they now have nowhere to sleep

    The council says the slum makes flooding worse by blocking water from reaching the sea.

  21. Who is Karenzi Karake?

    Rwanda's head of intelligence Gen Karenzi Karake is in custody in London after he was detained in line with a Spanish arrest warrant issued in 2008.

    Karenzi Karake
    • Nick-named KK
    • 54 years old
    • Rwanda government hails him as one of the people who stopped the genocide
    • After the 1994 genocide he was made intelligence chief
    • He went on to be deputy commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur
    • Returned to role as intelligence chief
  22. Cholera outbreak in South Sudan

    South Sudan's government has declared a cholera outbreak after 18 people have died from the water-borne disease, the AFP news agency is reporting.

    It had come under criticism in the last few days for not announcing that there was an outbreak despite the number of people dying from the disease.

    Health Minister Riek Gai Kok is quoted as saying that the outbreak originated in the crowded UN bases in the capital Juba, where many people displaced by the civil war are living.

    Juba camp
    Image caption: The crowded conditions in the UN displaced people's camp in Juba have been blamed for the spread of cholera.
  23. Ethiopia should 'increase political diversity'

    The UK has urged Ethiopia to increase political diversity in its parliament in the future.

    The UK government statement comes as the official results from the 24 May general election show that the governing EPRDF and its allies won every single seat in the parliament.

    Voters in Ethiopia
    Image caption: The election commission said the poll was free and fair but the opposition has said it was rigged.

    The UK has also appealed to the Ethiopian government "to ensure those who voted for other parties this time still feel their voice is heard in the next five years".

  24. Buhari: Nigeria 'disgraced' by lack of funds

    Nigeria's treasury is "virtually empty" according to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in power for less than four weeks.

    He told journalists in the capital, Abuja, that the country has millions of dollars worth of debt and "state workers and even federal workers [are] not paid their salaries".

    "It is such a disgrace for Nigeria," he added.

    Buhari supporters
    Image caption: President Buhari's supporters are keen for him to bring about change in the country
  25. Bashir departure to be debated

    South Africa's parliament is set to debate the departure of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who left the country flouting a High Court ruling for him to stay.

    The court was considering whether the president should be arrested in compliance with an International Criminal Court warrant.

    There have been allegations in the press that government ministers secretly agreed to protect President Bashir.

    President Bashir
    Image caption: President Bashir left an African Union summit in Johannesburg early to avoid arrest

    The debate has been called for by the opposition Democratic Alliance, whose leader, Mmusi Maimane, tweeted that "the president and the executive cannot simply ignore the law as they see fit".

  26. Ebola returns to Freetown

    Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, has recorded two new cases of Ebola in the past few days, undermining hopes that the city was finally free of the virus, Reuters news agency reports.

    "This is worrisome because we had already closed all Ebola quarantine structures in Freetown since we had gone for weeks without a case," said Sidi Yahya Tunis, a spokesman for the National Ebola Response Centre told Reuters.

  27. Children freed on cocoa farms

    Police in Ivory Coast have freed 48 children who were working as "virtual slaves" in cocoa plantations in the south-west of the country.

    The authorities worked with Interpol and the International Organization for Migration on the case, in the first such joint initiative to help children who have been allegedly trafficked.

    Interpol said the children, aged from five to 16, came from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, as well as from northern Ivory Coast.

    Cocoa farm
    Image caption: There have been concerns about the treatment of children on cocoa plantations for a long time
  28. Rwanda arrest a 'political move'

    The London arrest of Rwanda's intelligence chief Gen Karake was a political move, according to a former British cabinet minister.

    The arrest was carried out in compliance with a Spanish warrant dating from 2008.

    Andrew Mitchell
    Image caption: Andrew Mitchell was Britain's Development Minister from 2010-2012

    Andrew Mitchell told the BBC that "this is... a political use of the European arrest warrant. It is in my view completely wrong. And it's being used by supporters of the genocidal regime against those who stopped the genocide."

  29. 'Self-defence' for Kenyan schoolchildren

    Kenyan schoolchildren should be taught about self-defence in an effort to "reduce disaster" in the wake of the deadly attack on students at Garissa University College, Kenya's education minister has told the BBC.

    Kenyan schoolchildren mourn former students killed in the Garissa attack
    Image caption: Kenyan schoolchildren mourning former students of their school who were killed in the Garissa attack

    Jacob Kaimenyi told the BBC that "a manual and small booklets for children" would help develop the mental attitude that would allow them confront an armed attacker, even if they themselves were unarmed.

    He said the Kenyan government had increased security funding, so that schools without perimeter fences could build them. Many schools in the area are still closed, with teachers too afraid to go to work.

  30. Rwandan's arrest 'demeans' Africans

    Rwanda's foreign minister has also criticised the London arrest of its intelligence chief Karenzi Karake.

    The foreign minister is also critical of the Spanish arrest warrant that Gen Karake is being detained on:

  31. Rwanda says arrest is an 'insult'

    Rwanda's High Commissioner to the UK Williams Nkurunziza says the arrest of its intelligence chief in London is an insult to the country.

    "Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake was arrested on Saturday. What is not very clear to us is why, because this wasn't his first time to come [to the UK]," Mr Nkurunziza told the BBC's Newsday programme.

    He added: "He's been here many times before and we take strong exception to the suggestion that he's being arrested on war crimes... Any suggestion that any of our... leaders are guilty of crimes against humanity is an insult to our collective conscience."

  32. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "A man's beauty is judged by the number of cows he owns." A Zulu proverb sent by Bruce Sithole, Durban, South Africa.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  33. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page this Tuesday, where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the news developments across the continent.