Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

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

    Today's African proverb: "If someone called "Nakedness" promises you a piece of cloth, you should listen to his name." Sent by Prince Baffour Awuah, Accra, Ghana.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of Luanda by night by Keita Mayanda.

    View more on instagram
  2. Release of Al Jazeera reporters is a 'token'

    Human rights group Amnesty International has described Egypt's pardon of two imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists, along with several "unlawfully imprisoned activists", as "a token gesture".

    Amnesty's Said Boumedouha said "hundreds remain behind bars for protesting or because of their journalistic work".

    Among those still imprisoned include well-known bloggers Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Douma.

    Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy second left, and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed, celebrate with their wives
    Image caption: Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were released today
  3. Burkina Faso's coup leader discusses future

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Ouagadougou

    After the ceremony which formally reinstated President Michel Kafando, the coup leader General Gilbert Diendere entered a closed meeting with the West African heads of states.

    He has faced national and international pressure over the past few days to hand back power, but he still has the most powerful troops in the country behind him.

    There are about 1,200 well armed and well trained men, and they are are unlikely to surrender or accept the exclusion in the election of candidates linked to former President Blaise Compaore.

    Civil society organisations and protesters meanwhile say they will not accept amnesty for the coup leaders.

    Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, center, greets people at the airport during the arrival of Niger"s President Mahamadou Issoufou for talks in Ouagadougou
    Image caption: What Gen Diendere does next will be crucial for the future of Burkina Faso
  4. 'To anas' and other new words

    Multi TV presenters in Ghana
    Image caption: TV presenters have been dressing up like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who hides his face

    Ghanaians have added a few new words to their lexicon after the anti-corruption work of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas:

    • To go undercover is "to anas"
    • To make secret recordings is "to anas-anas"
    • To wear disguises is to "do an anas"
    • To be caught in the act is "to be anased"

    In our letter from Africa Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene explains this isn't the only time creative language and humour help keep people's spirits up.

  5. Questions over timing of Burkina elections

    Burkina Faso's interim prime minster, who has just been reinstated, has said that elections may now be delayed, according to the AFP news agency.

    October's elections were supposed to usher in a new democratic era after long-serving leader President Blaise Compaore was ousted last year.

    Prime Minister Isaac Zida is also reported to have said that the structure of the presidential guard, which carried out last week's coup, needs to be changed.

    President Kafando (centre) being reinstated at a ceremony in Ouagadougou
    Image caption: President Kafando (centre) was reinstated along with Prime Minister Zida at a ceremony today
  6. People eager to see investigative film

    The crowds have come out for a second day in Ghana's capital, Accra, for a screening of a film by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which has sparked a scandal over judicial corruption in the country.

    Queues waiting to see film

    It got its premiere yesterday - but a lot more people want to see it as the BBC's Sammy Darko discovered when he snapped these pictures of the queues.

    Queues waiting to see film

    Lawyers for 14 of the judges accused of corruption in the film have denied the allegations, while the others have not yet commented in public.

  7. Al Jazeera journalists celebrate release from prison

    Pictures are coming through of the Al Jazeera journalists released from prison in Egypt after receiving presidential pardons.

    Mohamed Fahmy flashes a V sign with his wife Marwa Omara while his colleague Baher Mohamed is in the background

    Mohamed Fahmy flashes a V sign with his wife Marwa Omara while his colleague, who has also just been released, Baher Mohamed is in the background.

  8. From orphanage to CEO

    Marieme Jamme

    Here's a story of overcoming adversity from BBC Outlook.

    Marieme Jamme was given away as a baby in Senegal and lived in 28 foster homes before she was sold as a sex worker and taken to France. She ran away and slept in a metro station for a year.

    Eventually she moved to the UK and got a job as a cleaner in a bank, going on to filing and then sales. This is where she found her niche, eventually starting her own multi-national company helping technology companies with sales.

    Listen to Marieme tell her life story on Outlook.

  9. Analysis: return of civilian rule to Burkina Faso

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Ouagadougou

    We don't know exactly what the terms of the West African agreement are that ensured that President Michael Kafando returned to power.

    All that we do know is that at a ceremony today the heads of state recognised Mr Kafando as the president and they called for an inclusive dialogue in the next few days. They said that Burkina Faso's future depended on that.

    They also said that the priority would be to organise free and fair elections.

    But there are some unanswered questions, especially the future of the coup makers and whether they will get amnesty.

    There is also the issue of whether the allies of the former long-serving President Blaise Compaore - ousted last year - could run in the election.

    West African heads of state
  10. The Kenyan cost of the UK's khat ban

    A man chewing khat leaves

    Kenya Airways lost half a billion shillings ($5m; £3m) after the UK government banned khat, reports Business Daily.

    The newspaper found the figure in the airline's annual report.

    The airline said shipments of the stimulant accounted for 10% per cent of its total cargo revenue and it used to ship more than 2,000 tonnes a year to London.

    Read more on why khat was made illegal in the UK

  11. Weapons found on seized ship in Kenya

    The owners of the ship seized in Kenya on Friday have released a statement saying weapons discovered by police had been stashed inside United Nations vehicles.

    They added that no weapons were meant to be on board.

    The AP news agency is reporting that 20 crew members will be charged with illegal arms trafficking.

    Norwegian company Hoegh Autoliners said in their statement: "It is our understanding that these weapons belong to the UN vehicles in which they were found, and were for use by the UN during their peacekeeping mission [in the DRC]."

    The Kenyan police are trying to establish whether the weapons were meant for a UN mission.

  12. Al-Jazeera journalists released from prison

    Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed in court on 4 June 2015
    Image caption: Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed received pardons on the eve of Eid al-Adha

    The wife of a pardoned Canadian journalist for Al-Jazeera English says he and his colleague have been released from prison in Egypt, AP news agency reports.

    Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, were arrested in December 2013, accused of collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi.

    The journalists denied the allegation and said they were simply reporting the news.

  13. Why doesn't Aids drug price-hike affect Africa?

    Generic image of pharmaceuticals
    Image caption: The drug company intended to raise the price of Daraprim from $13.50 (£8.70) to $750.

    A US drug company that faced a backlash after raising the price of a drug used by Aids patients by over 5,000% has said it will lower the price, but he doesn't say by how much.

    So how does it affect Africa?

    The short answer is that it doesn't.

    That's because the drug Daraprim is off-patent meaning drug makers all over the world are free to produce it.

    The drug is made up of up to 50% sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP), which you can buy over the counter as malaria treatment across the continent.

    And a 2003 Nigerian study of SP showed that out of ten brands none came from the US.

  14. Burkina Faso's president thanks West African leaders

    Burkina Faso's civilian President Michel Kafando has been talking at the ceremony in Ouagadougou where he was being formally reinstated as president after being overthrown last week.

    He said that the transition to democracy after the fall of long-serving President Blaise Compaore was exemplary and he was surprised to see it had been halted, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien.

    He said that the reaction from the of streets and international condemnation proves that they were right.

    He thanked the West African heads of state to cheers from the audience made up of politicians and civil society leaders.

    Burkinabe holding flag
    Image caption: Burkinabes have been waiting a week for the return of civilian rule
  15. Call for transparent elections in Burkina Faso

    Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi

    Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has been speaking before the official reinstatement of Burkina Faso's civilian President Kafando.

    He said the ceremony symbolises the return of the transition and that the presidents have asked all forces to focus on the unity of the army, reports the BBC Maud Jullien in Ouagadougou.

    He added that the phase now starting in Burkina Faso must be focused on efforts to quickly bring free, fair and transparent elections.

  16. Leaders addressing Burkina swearing-in

    Burkina Faso's civilian President Michel Kafando is being sworn in.

    The Burkina24 website is tweeting comments by the dignitaries who are there.

    The UN representative to West Africa Mohammed Ibn Chambas has said that "the transition [to democracy] resumes today".

  17. Africa's longest serving leaders:

    Anti-third term protesters in Burundi - May 2015
    Image caption: Anti-third term protests were held in Burundi's capital earlier this year

    The question of whether presidents should be allowed to run for a third term in power is being asked in Congo-Brazzaville and Rwanda today.

    Given that, here's a run down of Africa's longest serving leaders:

    • 36 years: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo - Equatorial Guinea, took power in a coup in August 1979
    • 36 years: Jose Eduardo dos Santos - Angola, took over after death of the country's first president in September 1979
    • 35 years: Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe, won the country's independence elections in April 1980
    • 32 years: Paul Biya - Cameroon, took over after resignation of the country's first president in November 1982
    • 30 years: Denis Sassou Nguesso - Congo, installed by the military in October 1979, out of power from August 1992-October 1997
    • 29 years: Yoweri Museveni - Uganda, became president after his rebel group took power in January 1986
  18. Burkina reinstatement ceremony starts

    The official reinstatement ceremony for Burkina Faso's civilian President Michel Kafando has begun, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien in Ouagadougou.

    President Kafando

    Mr Kafando is seen flanked by West African heads of state.

    The Burkina24 website reports that coup leader Gen Diendere is absent.

  19. Can you burn ivory?

    There have been several high profile events this year where presidents have set fire to a pile of ivory tusks, but does ivory actually burn?

    Kenya's President Moi setting fire to ivory in 1989
    Image caption: The first time ivory was burnt in public was in 1989 by Kenya's then-President Daniel arap Moi

    It's quite fire resistant and tests have shown that heating a piece of ivory at 1,000C leads to it losing just 7g per minute.

    That means that it takes a week to burn the average elephant tusk.

    Ashes and elephant tusks mixed as tusks burn
    Image caption: If the ivory is left to burn for long enough at a high temperature it does get reduced to ashes

    So once the ivory pyres are lit and the dignitaries drive away, the fires are kept going for at least a week until the ivory is reduced to ashes.

    Read the full BBC story.

  20. Burkina Faso presidential guard step down from TV station

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    Burkina Faso's presidential guard have left their position at the national TV station.

    They promised to stand down from power after taking over the country last week.

    But they are still present at a base near the national radio station and at the presidential palace.

  21. Eto'o wins Golden Foot award

    BBC Sport reporter tweets:

  22. Desmond Tutu says he is getting better

    South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been tweeting that he is getting better after a series of recent hospital visits:

  23. No pre-Eid rush for rams

    Halima Umar Saleh

    BBC Hausa, Kano state, Nigeria


    As the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha approaches livestock sellers in northern Nigeria are complaining about the slow sales of their rams.

    There were very few customers at the livestock market in Kano city in northern Nigeria when I visited.


    Customers told me that the stock was expensive and unlike last year they didn't have money.

    The small rams are selling for around 40,000 naira ($200; £130) but bigger ones can cost up to 210,000 naira.

  24. Still waiting for Burkina swearing-in

    A journalist in Ouagadougou has tweeted this picture of civil society organisations (OSC) and representatives of political parties waiting for civilian President Michel Kafando to be sworn in:

    The swearing-in is supposed to be witnessed by several West African heads of state.

    Mr Kafando was deposed in a coup last week.

  25. Second Al Jazeera journalist pardoned

    A second Al Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed has been pardoned by Egypt's President Sisi, state TV says.

    Earlier we had news of President Sisi pardoning Mohamed Fahmy.

    Baher Mohamed

    They were convicted of broadcasting false news.

    Read more here.

  26. Namibia ready to give All Blacks 'hell'

    Namibia's rugby team is made up of engineers, diamond traders, farmers, construction workers and a dentist.

    They're all getting ready for the country's first-ever match at a rugby world cup - against one of the tournament favourites New Zealand tomorrow.

    Japan's remarkable victory over South Africa at the weekend has suggested that no team should be written off.

    Namibia's President Hage Geingob has said the team should "give the All Blacks hell".

    Namibia captain Jacques Burger
    Image caption: Namibia captain Jacques Burger is hoping to help his team record their first World Cup win

    Read the full BBC story.

  27. Burkina president to be sworn in 'soon'

    A Reuters journalist is tweeting from the hotel where Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is due to be sworn in, as the country returns to civilian rule after last week's coup:

  28. BreakingAl Jazeera journalist 'pardoned'

    Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy is reported to have been given a presidential pardon in Egypt.

    Mr Fahmy was among three of the channel's journalists who were jailed for allegedly aiding terrorism through their reporting.

    Mohamed Fahmy

    Their case sparked a world-wide press freedom campaign in an effort to secure their freedom.

    Read the BBC News story for more.

  29. Rwandan opposition Supreme Court hearing over

    Rwanda's Democratic Green Party has said their Supreme Court hearing has finished.

    The opposition party is challenging attempts to lift the ban on a president running for more than two terms.

    We don't know the answer yet, as they say the final court ruling will be on 8 October.

    The Green Party leader Frank Habineza sat with his lawyers in court
    Image caption: The Green Party leader Frank Habineza sat with his lawyers in court
  30. Kenya opposition 'back to school'

    Schools may be shut in Kenya because of the teachers strike, but that hasn't stopped politicians from the opposition Cord alliance from dressing up like pupils - as you can see from these images from Kenya's NTV:

    Screengrab from Kenya TV showing politicians in school unform

    Teachers have been on strike for more than three weeks and the government has shut the schools in response.

    Cord has organised a rally in the capital, Nairobi, to show solidarity with the teachers.

    Screengrab from Kenya TV showing politicians in school unform
  31. Rwandan opposition challenge two-term change

    We're just getting pictures through of the leader of Rwanda's opposition Democratic Green Party, Frank Habineza, before the Rwanda Supreme Court trying to stop the lifting of a two-term presidential term limit:

    Frank Habineza

    More than 3.7 million Rwandans signed a petition asking to lift the two-term restriction and allow President Paul Kagame to run in the next election.

    Both chambers of parliament have since approved the proposed amendment to the constitution and paved the way for the establishment of a constitutional review commission.

    But the Democratic Green Party argues the government is breaching the constitution by participating in the process.

  32. AU threat to label Burkina coup leaders 'terrorists'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    A senior African Union official has called on the coup leaders in Burkina Faso to surrender.

    AU Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui told RFI radio that "we really hope that those behind this coup, including General Gilbert Diendere, will be calm, surrender and disarm in respectful conditions and surrender to civilian authorities.

    "The Peace and Security Council wants all those behind this coup to be neutralized and if they don't oblige the call by the AU, they will be deemed terrorists."

    Gen Diendere
    Image caption: Gen Diendere seized power last week

    A formal handover to civilian rule is due to happen soon.

  33. Drone highway proposed for Rwanda

    The Mail and Guardian says the world's first drone route for cargo could be in Rwanda.

    Architects and researchers suggest it could be used to transport blood to clinics which are hard to reach by road.

    Swiss researchers Afrotech say a second commercial route, for cargo ordered online, could also be developed.

    The paper explains that Rwanda is an ideal location to test out the impact of the commercial drone highway as, with just a handful of commercial flights a day, the airspace is relatively open.

    A quadrocopter remotely controlled DHL drone transporting medicines is pictured on November 18, 2014 in Norden-Norddeich prior its take off for the Juist island during a press presentation
    Image caption: This drone carries a small package of medicine
  34. Optimism in Burkina but questions remain

    As we wait for the formal return to civilian rule in Burkina Faso, activists have been tweeting their reaction to recent events.

    One prominent leader says there are "many question marks but let's be optimistic and determined, the people will win".

    It is still not clear if the coup leaders will get amnesty, or whether the allies of Blaise Compaore, who was forced out of power last year, will be able to take part in elections.

  35. Queues to see Ghanaian judge corruption film

    Ghana's newspaper front pages are dominated by pictures of the queues of people waiting to see a film which show alleged judicial corruption.

    The Chronicle

    Some judges have been suspended because of what is in the film, but they deny the accusations.

    The Ghanaian Times

    The investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas filmed the undercover video. He stays incognito by wearing beads over his face - something fans have taken to doing.

    The Daily Graphic
  36. Tourism 'down' in South Africa

    Screen grab from Business Day

    South Africa's tourism numbers have fallen by 11% when figures from the June to August 2014 are compared with the same period this year, reports Business Day newspaper.

    The newspaper quotes World Travel and Tourism Council CEO David Scowsill who blames tighter visa restrictions for the decline in numbers.

  37. West African presidents to witness formal Burkina ceremony

    The presidents of Niger and Ghana and the vice president of Nigeria have now landed in Burkina Faso.

    They're there to oversee the return to civilian rule and will witness a formal ceremony in which the interim President Michel Kafando will be reinstalled as head of state.

    West African leaders pictured Tuesday
    Image caption: West African heads of state met on Tuesday to discuss the Burkina Faso coup
  38. More negotiations needed in Burkina

    We've been getting more quotes from the statement made by Burkina Faso's interim President Kafando in which he said he is now in power.

    "We are proud of the mobilisation and fearlessness of the people of Burkina Faso, in particular of its youth, whose determination has stopped the [coup]. I salute the international community for having rejected unequivocally this action from a different time."

    Mr Kafando addressing the media this morning

    But Mr Kafando indicated that there still needs to be more negotiations:

    "Regarding the [West African leaders'] proposals for a solution to the crisis, it is obvious that we will only commit to them if they take into account the will of the Burkinabes."

  39. Livestock take over the high street

    The BBC's Ahmed Adan has sent these pictures from a street in the Eastleigh suburb of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, which has changed into livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha tomorrow.

    Livestock in Eastleigh

    Our correspondent says that you can pick up a goat for $66 (£43).

    Customers plan to slaughter the animals as part of the Muslim holiday.

    Livestock in Eastleigh
  40. Stolen British cars found in Uganda

    Detectives tracing a Lexus luxury car stolen from London, UK, found it in Uganda.

    The car had a tracking device installed allowing the police to locate it.

    When they found it in Uganda it was with 28 other luxury British cars worth more than $1.5m (£1m), reports the Metro newspaper.

    It reports that the thieves are believed to have reprogrammed the cars' keyless ignition.

    cars in London street 2015
    Image caption: More and more cars have keyless ignition
  41. Burkina president remembers those killed over coup

    The Ougadougou-based radio station Omega is tweeting more quotes from Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando who says he is now back in power after last week's coup.

    At least 10 people died last week as civilians clashed with soldiers backing the coup.

    According to the tweet Mr Kafando said that he "respectfully remembers those who fell in defence of the homeland".

  42. Ghana's president lands in Burkina

    The BBC reporter waiting for the West African presidents to arrive in Ouugadougou is tweeting pictures from the airport:

  43. Burkina coup greets heads of state

    Even though Burkina Faso's interim Preisdent Michel Kafando says he is back in power, the leader of last week's coup Gen Gilbert Diendere is meeting the West African heads of state at the airport, as the Reuters reporter tweets:

    The presidents are in the country to oversee the return to civilian rule.

    Gen Diendere has said that he will hand over power.

  44. Burkina Faso president 'to be sworn-in again'

    A radio station in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, is tweeting that the ousted interim President Michel Kafando will be installed in power again at 10:00 GMT.

  45. Burkina Faso president 'back in power'

    Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is back in power, Reuters news agency reports.

    He was overthrown last week.

    It quotes him as saying: "I have returned to work. The transition is back and at this very minute is exercising the power of the state."

    Michel Kafando
    Image caption: President Kafando was detained by the coup leaders last week
  46. Burkina Faso deal analysis

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    The agreement in Burkina Faso ends a stand-off between the presidential guard, which was behind last week's coup, and the regular army troops.

    The deal does not secure the surrender of the presidential guard, which was what the loyalists had pledged they would obtain, but it does defuse the tension ahead of the West African heads of states mediation visit.

    Coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere has also pledged that interim President Michel Kafando will be back in charge today.

    But sticking points remain: in particular on the issue of an amnesty for those who led the coup and the future of the presidential guard.

    Gen Diendere
    Image caption: Gen Diendere has said he will hand over power
  47. Congo referendum on third term

    Congo-Brazzaville's president has announced the country will hold a referendum to decide whether to change the constitution to allow the president to run for a third term.

    President Denis Sassou Nguesso made the announcement on public radio and television, though he gave no dates for the vote.

    Constitutions have been changed in Uganda and Burundi to allow presidents to stay in power beyond two terms while Rwandans are debating changing their constitution.

    Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso
    Image caption: The referendum will also ask whether to raise the upper age limit from 70 so it doesn't rule out the current president
  48. Call for forgiveness in Burkina Faso

    The deal agreed between the presidential guard and the regular army in Burkina Faso was signed in front of the country's most influential traditional leader - the head of the Mossi community, Mogho Naaba.

    He said that the two sides "want to avoid clashes between soldiers", reports the Reuters news agency.

    Mogoh Naba, King of the Mossi ethnic group, speaks with the media at his palace September 22, 2015 in Ougadougou

    The soldiers "are the ones who must protect the people and their belongings. I ask everyone to forgive," he added.

    Presidential guard and army representatives talk to Mogho Naaba
  49. 'Job losses' in Zambia copper mining

    The Zambian subsidiary of the multi-national Glencore is set to lay off nearly 4000 workers, the Reuters news agency reports.

    It's quoting government sources who said that Mopani Copper Mines has informed the government of its decision.

    Global copper prices have fallen which has put pressure on the mining sector.

    Zambia's copper industry is a key part of the economy.

  50. Burkina Faso deal signed

    The Burkina Faso coup leaders have signed an agreement with the regular army designed to pave the way for the return to power of the ousted interim civilian government.

    Under the agreement, signed at the residence of a traditional ruler, the elite presidential guard members behind the coup pledged to return to their barracks, while the army agreed to move its troops 50km from the capital, Ouagadougou.

    The presidential guard must also produce a list of their weapons within three days.

    Several West African leaders including Nigeria's president are due to arrive to oversee the transfer of power.

    Burkinabe man holding national flag
    Image caption: Burkinabes in Ouagadougou have been anxiously waiting the outcome of talks
  51. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "If someone called "Nakedness" promises you a piece of cloth, you should listen to his name." Sent by Prince Baffour Awuah, Accra, Ghana.

    Rolls of cloth

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

  52. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date on African news stories including the latest developments in Burkina Faso.