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  1. SA government 'may have committed a crime' over Bashir departure
  2. Nigeria's central bank moves to restrict import of certain goods
  3. Guinea's Ebola epidemic damages fight against malaria
  4. Nigeria's president: US will help recover stolen money

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By Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

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    That's all for today from the BBC Africa Live page

    Today's African proverb: "Twenty friends will not continue hanging out together for 20 years." A Yoruba proverb sent by Wale Adejuyigbe, Kent, UK.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

    And we leave you with this image from Egypt's capital, Cairo, where the traditional decorations are out to mark the holy month of Ramadan:

    Egyptians walk under traditional decorations marking the Muslims holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt
  2. More details of Angola arrests

    Zenaida Machado

    BBC Africa

    Angola's Attorney General has confirmed that 15 youth activists are in police detention on suspicion of planning acts to overthrow a legitimately elected president, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reports.

    According to Lusa, João Maria de Sousa told the state radio station RNA that 13 youths were detained on Saturday as they were conspiring together.

    Another was detained near the Namibian border on Tuesday and the last is a member of the Angolan Air Force, but the date and location of the arrest was not specified.

    Dos Santos
    Image caption: Angola's President Jose Edouardo Dos Santos has been in power since 1979
  3. Photos of Rwanda protest

    Images have come in from Rwanda's state television of today's protest at the UK High Commission in Kigali over the arrest of the country's intelligence chief in London.

    Gen Karenzi Karake was detained at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

    Protesters in Rwanda

    The protester below said: "We have come to stand in solidarity with our hero who was among the people who stopped genocide in this country... we will not stop giving you this message until he is released."

    Protesters in Rwanda

    The Rwandan government has branded his arrest as "an outrage".

    Protesters in Rwanda
  4. Elderly protest in Ghana

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Protesters in Ghana

    Dozens of elderly women and men have been demonstrating in Ghana's second city of Kumasi over the electricity shortages in the country.

    They were claiming that their children are not able to look after them because the power problem is affecting their ability to earn a living.

    Protesters in Ghana

    They also complained that it is causing an increase in teenage pregnancies in their neighbourhood.

  5. UN condemns Somalia attack

    The UN Special Representative for Somalia has condemned today's attack on a convoy from the UAE embassy that killed at least 14 people in Mogadishu.

    "The attack is an attempt to deter and undermine those from the international community working with Somalis to build a better Somalia," Nicholas Kay said in a statement.

    The militant group al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack.

  6. Somali IDPs 'forcibly evicted'

    The out-going UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia has tweeted that a lot of displaced people, who have fled their homes because of the instability, have been forced out of the camps where they have been staying:

    The BBC's Mohamed Moalimu in Mogadishu says that the government is making the IDPs leave, but they are just going to new camps outside the city.

  7. Enyeama explains disciplinary no-show

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport, Lagos

    Vincent Enyeama has explained that he was not officially asked to attend a Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disciplinary committee on Tuesday, and that it why he did not turn up.

    The NFF feels that Enyeama was in breach of its code of conduct over some recent comments.

    The goalkeeper made "uncomplimentary remarks" about security in Kaduna ahead of June's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.

    Vincent Enyeama
    Image caption: Enyeama is the Super Eagles captain
  8. Zimbabwe vendors protest

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Hundreds of vendors in Zimbabwe have marched to parliament in the capital, Harare, demanding an extension to Friday's deadline for them to leave the streets.

    Zimbabwe vendors

    They submitted a petition to the speaker of the parliament urging him to intervene.

    Zimbabwe vendors

    The vendors vowed to stay put in town despite the deadline - threatening unspecified action if the police or army forcibly moved them out.

    Zimbabwe vendors
  9. Harder to import private jets to Nigeria

    Nigeria's central bank is stopping the importers of certain goods from accessing foreign exchange to help stabilise the foreign exchange market and "encourage local production".

    Among the 40 items listed are rice, margarine, nails and private jets.

    This move is also about trying to shore up the naira which has lost a lot of value since the fall in the oil price, the BBC's business reporter Matthew Davies says.

    In April, the bank restricted the amount Nigerians could spend on their credit cards abroad in another effort to stop dollars leaving the country.

    Naira bundle
    Image caption: Nigeria's central bank is worried about the falling value of the naira
  10. Top Premier League sides after Ghana's Rahman

    Ghana and FC Augsberg left-back Baba Rahman

    Chelsea face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City for the signing of Ghana and FC Augsberg left-back Baba Rahman, reports the Evening Standard.

    The Bundesliga side are said to have set a minimum asking price of £14.2m.

  11. Sand in the air in Khartoum

    A twitter user in Sudan's capital has captured what the city looks like in a sandstorm:

  12. Boko Haram attack town in Niger

    At least five people have been killed and several others wounded in an early morning raid by Boko Haram militants in Yebi village in south-eastern Niger, eyewitnesses have told the BBC.

    They burnt down the whole village forcing many to flee, they said.

    "We ran away to the bush and are now here with women and children. No food, no water, everything has been destroyed," one witness told the BBC Hausa service.

    Nigerien soldiers patrol in Bosso, near the Nigerian border, on May 25, 2015
    Image caption: Niger is taking part in the regional force that is fighting Boko Haram
  13. Heroin seized in Indian Ocean

    An Australian warship patrolling the Indian Ocean has seized nearly 600kg (1,300lb) of heroin with an estimated street value of more $500m (£300m).

    The Australian navy said it was the second-largest such haul by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a naval partnership of 30 countries to tackle piracy in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.

    It said the navy frigate HMAS Newcastle found the drugs on a dhow intercepted off the East African coast.

    A net haul of narcotics seized by HMAS Newcastle from a dhow as part of operations involving narcotics interdiction off the east coast of Africa.
  14. Mlambo trending in SA

    Judge Dunstan Mlambo is trending on Twitter in South Africa.

    This comes after his ruling that Sudan's President Bashir should not have been allowed to leave the country while a court was considering whether he should be arrested.

    Judge Mlambo said the government may have broken the law by letting him go.

    Many have expressed support for the judge.

    But there are some who remain critical, particularly because this case involves the International Criminal Court:

  15. New sponsorship deal for Nigerian artist

    A Nigerian blogger is tweeting about a sponsorship agreement signed by one of the big names in the country's music industry. 

    It looks like he's swapped one phone company for another:

  16. UK ban on importing khat

    Robert Kiptoo

    BBC Africa, Kenya

    Khat farmers in eastern Kenya are feeling the consequences of a British ban on the importation of the narcotic leaf.

    I found that the once vibrant town of Mau, 450km east of Nairobi, a centre of the khat industry, is now a shadow of its former self.

    Dozens of shops have closed and hundreds of youths were sitting by the road chewing khat, while pondering their future.

    But there is still the Kenyan and Somali markets to serve.

    Khat sorting
    Khat sorting

    Fatma Hussein, who once ran an khat export business, told me she now finds it hard to pay for her children's school fees.

  17. Senegalese to protest over power cuts

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    The Senegalese protest movement Y'en a Marre - or Fed Up - that was at the forefront of mass demonstrations against a third term for President Abdoulaye Wade in 2012 - have announced a new series of rallies for the end of Ramadan, local media reports.

    This time they are about the repeated power cuts in the country.

    Newspaper front page
    Image caption: The man in the newspaper cartoon says: "There is electricity in the air - good it will supply households that suffer power cuts."

    This announcement comes after the head of the state electricity company was sacked and the minister of energy was replaced in response to growing public discontent over the power shortages.

  18. Somalia attack update

    Mohamed Moalimu

    BBC Africa, Mogadishu

    Car destroyed by bomb

    Two suicide bombers in a car have hit a military vehicle escorting a convoy from the UAE embassy in the Somali capital, Mohgadishu.

    According to the police 14 people, including the two attackers, died in the blast and 21 were injured.

    The UAE ambassador survived as he was riding in a bulletproof land cruiser vehicle.

    The militant Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was targeting a foreign enemy.

  19. Journalist 'expelled' from Chad

    Thomas Fessy

    BBC News, Dakar

    A French journalist working for Radio France International in Chad has been expelled from the country.

    Laurent Correau was having dinner with Human Right Watch official, Reed Brody, when he was forcibly taken to the airport and made to board a flight back to Paris.

    The journalist arrived in the country less than a week ago to gather material ahead of ex-President's Hissene Habre's trial taking place in Senegal.

    He said he had applied for an accreditation and that he was he told he could start working while the authorities were processing it, RFI reports.

  20. Rwandans demonstrate over arrest

    Screen grab

    A demonstration "to condemn the arrest" of Rwanda's intelligence chief Gen Karenzi Karake has taken place in the country's capital, Kigali, the Rwandan news site reports.

    He was arrested in London under a European Arrest Warrant on behalf of the Spanish authorities. shows people holding a banner saying: "Demeaning Africans is not acceptable. Free Gen Karenzi Karake."

  21. Deadly explosion in Somalia

    Mohamed Moalimu

    BBC Africa, Mogadishu

    At least 12 people have been killed and several others wounded in an explosion that targeted a military vehicle in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    Local media reports that the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Somalia narrowly survived the attack.

    Islamist group al-Shabab is suspected to be behind the attack.

  22. Possible crime by SA government

    The South African government may have committed a crime by ignoring a court order relating to Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, a South African judge has said.

    Mr Bashir was in the country for an African Union summit when the High Court ruled that he should not leave while it considered whether he was to be arrested in compliance with an International Criminal Court warrant.

    In his ruling on the issue of ignoring the court order, Judge Dunstan Mlambo "invited" the public prosecutor to "consider whether criminal proceedings are appropriate".

    Image caption: President Bashir (r) left an African Union summit early to avoid the possibility of arrest
  23. SA Rugby heroes remembered

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Sport

    The team that won the Rugby World Cup for South Africa 20 years ago today have been reunited at the scene of their famous 15-12 victory over New Zealand - Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

    South Africa Rugby World Cup winning team

    Among those at the celebrations are Joost der Westhuizen who is now confined to a wheelchair suffering with motor neurone disease.

    Joost der Westhuizen of South Africa

    Others reminiscing today are Joel Stransky who scored the winning points with a drop goal in the second-half of extra time, after the match had finished 9-9.

    Also attending is the captain that day Francois Pienaar who received the trophy from the late South African President Nelson Mandela, who was wearing a Springbok jersey with 8 on the back - the same number worn by Pienaar.

    Francois Pienaar of South Africa rugby

    The victory got the Hollywood treatment with the 2009 film Invictus starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, directed by Clint Eastwood

  24. 'Ignoring court rulings is anti-democratic'

    The South African government has been criticised by the High Court which has been considering the departure of Sudan's President Bashir from South Africa.

    He left the country, where he was attending an AU summit, while there was still the possibility that he could be arrested under an ICC warrant and even though the court had earlier said he should not leave.

    Judge Dunstan Mlambo said: "A democratic state based on the rule of law cannot exist or function if the government ignores its constitutional obligations and fails to comply by court orders... if the state does not abide by court orders, the democratic edifice will crumble."

    Image caption: President Bashir got a big welcome when he returned from Johannesburg
  25. Bamba joins Leeds United

    Leeds have signed Palermo defender Sol Bamba for an undisclosed fee. He signed a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

    The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international finished the 2014-15 season on loan at Elland Road, scoring one goal in 19 appearances.

    Sol Bamba
  26. Bashir 'was not immune'

    The South Africa High Court considering whether Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir should have been arrested when he was in the country under an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant says that he did not enjoy diplomatic immunity.

    The court said that the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, says that heads of state are not immune from prosecution.

  27. Dozens 'killed' in Nigeria attack

    At least 42 people were shot dead when Boko Haram militants attacked two villages in Biu and Hawul in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state, officials and witnesses say.

    "We received reports of attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the two villages in which 42 deaths were recorded," a police officer from Biu told the AFP news agency.

    A resident of the town said dozens of militants stormed one of the villages and shot dead 26 people and injured several others, the Daily Post newspaper reports.

  28. SA court hearing

    The BBC's South Africa correspondent is tweeting what the judge is saying as he considers the government argument that President Bashir had immunity:

  29. SA court in session on Bashir

    A South African court is considering the departure of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir last week.

    He left even though the court had already asked him to remain in the country while it considered if he should be arrested in accordance with an ICC warrant.

    ENCA news channels is covering the court session live.

  30. SA court on Bashir departure

    The BBC's South Africa correspondent is tweeting from the courtroom:

  31. Court considers Bashir exit from SA

    BBC South Africa correspondent

    A South African court is currently considering the case of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and whether he should have left the country without being arrested:

  32. Meyiwa's father 'threatened'

    The father of Senzo Meyiwa, the murdered South African footballer and national team captain, has gone into 'hiding' after receiving 'threatening calls', Eye Witness News reports.

    "These people are phoning and saying that they're going to kill me. They say I am talking too much about my son," Sam Meyiwa is quoted as saying.

    He also accused police of not doing enough to find those responsible for his son's murder.

    However the police have denied the accusation saying he is 'jeopardising' the murder case by speaking to the media.

    Senzo Meyiwa in action during the South African national soccer team training session and press conference at FNB Stadium on March 04, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Senzo Meyiwa was killed at his girlfriend mother's home in October last year.

  33. Senegal's Ndoye to play for Angers

    The French side Angers SCO, which will play in League 1 next season, has been tweeting about a new Senegalese signing:

  34. Ebola concern in Freetown

    People in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are concerned that Ebola has returned to the city, the BBC's Umaru Fofana reports.

    There have been three new cases in the last few days after weeks without any being reported and some think that things are now "back to square one", our correspondent says.

    Those who have been infected in Freetown are being treated and the people they came into contact with are being monitored.

    Ebola message billboard
    Image caption: Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst affected by the virus
  35. Power shortages affecting SA growth

    Matthew Davies

    Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

    The International Monetary Fund says South Africa's power crisis is the biggest single barrier to the country's economic growth.

    It estimates that it will restrict economic growth to just 2% over the next year.

    The IMF added that the costs of supporting the state run power generator Eskom and a higher public sector wage bill will also weigh on the government's finances.

    Candles in a restaurant
    Image caption: South Africans are experiencing regular power outages as Eskom struggles to generate enough energy for the country
  36. US to help recover Nigeria money

    The US and other western countries have "agreed" to help Nigeria recover and repatriate money stolen from the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

    The president said on Tuesday the country's treasury is 'virtually empty' and vowed to recover billions of dollars 'stolen' by pervious governments.

    "In the next three months, our administration will be busy getting those facts and the figures to help us recover our stolen funds in foreign countries,'' he told a gathering of traditional rulers.

    Kerry meets Buhari
    Image caption: President Buhari will work with the US and others to try and recover the money
  37. Ebola fight 'harmed' malaria fight

    The continuing Ebola epidemic in Guinea has set back the country's fight against malaria, experts say.

    They estimate that 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014 because clinics were either closed or patients were too scared to seek help.

    And they warn that malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began could far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country, currently at 2,444.

    The researchers speculate that as both Ebola and malaria cause fever fear may have put people off going to see a doctor to get this symptom checked.

    Ebola health sign
  38. Niger arrest 'arms smugglers'

    Two suspected arms smugglers have been arrested following a fire-fight in northern Niger's town of Arlit, officials say.

    Security forces recovered three four-by-four vehicles carrying military weapons including rockets, grenades and more than 3,000 cartridges as well as three sets of military fatigues, Reuters news agency reports.

    The region is considered a transit zone for smuggling, in part because of its close proximity to Libya.

    French and Niger soldiers on November 23, 2014 in Niamey, Niger.
    Image caption: French and Niger troops are confronting jihadists in the area

    French and Nigerien forces arrested three people suspected of trafficking arms and drugs in the area in April.

  39. Wise words

    To get us going, today's African proverb: "Twenty friends will not continue hanging out together for 20 years." A Yoruba proverb sent by Wale Adejuyigbe, Kent, UK.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

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    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the news developments on the continent.