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By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    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 our BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words: "Pain and laughter go hand in hand." A Kalenjin proverb sent by Koech Kiprop Vincent, Kericho, Kenya.

    Click here to send us your proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of people on a motorbike in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on the day Pope Francis ended a two-day visit to the country:

    People ride a motorcycle near Koudoukou Mosque where Pope Francis meets with the Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015
  2. Pope in a reasonably priced car

    Pope Francis car

    The days of the bullet-proof Popemobile are long gone - the cars Pope Francis travelled in during his visit to Africa are no exception.

    Pope Francis car

    What do these cars say about Pope Francis? The BBC's Clare Spencer has been finding out.

  3. Mass arrests in Burundi

    About 6,000 people have been arrested in Burundi since protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term broke out in April, the security minister has said, the BBC's Great Lakes service reports.

    Policemen walk after they fire tear gas canisters at protesters during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, in this May 21, 2015 file photo

    Alain Guillaume Bunyoni said that 4,000 of them had been prosecuted.

    The unrest had led to 34 police officers being killed, and 293 injured with eight of them are now disabled, he added.

    Police had seized 614 guns, more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition, as well as other kind of weapons and explosives, Mr Bunyoni said.

    The minister also said that 90% of Burundi was peaceful.

    Mr Nkurunziza won a controversial third term in July, taking nearly 70% of the vote.

  4. UK airlines delay Egypt flights

    British tour operators Thomson Airways and Monarch say they are delaying the resumption of regular flights to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh until mid-December and after the new year respectively, AFP news agency reports.

    "Monarch can confirm that it has now cancelled all flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including Wednesday 6 January 2016," the company said in a statement.

    Thomson said it was suspending flights until 16 December - a week later than the previous deadline.

    Sharm el-Sheikh airport
    Image caption: The arrivals hall at Sharm el-Sheikh airport has been empty of tourists

    The two companies said they were extending the suspension of flights as the UK Foreign Office still had a travel advice warning against air travel to the resort in place.

    British airlines suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh after the government said the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai desert, killing 224 people on 31 October, may have been caused by a bomb.

    The Islamic State (IS) group said it carried out the attack.

  5. Kenya security drill leads to woman's death

    One woman has died and about 30 others have been injured after a mock security exercise at Strathmore University in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, caused panic among hundreds of students and staff, the local Star newspaper reports.

    Staff member Esther Kidambi was said to have died after jumping from the third floor of a building, it reports.

    Four students were in a hospital's intensive care unit, and some had broken legs, the Star reports.

    Police had carried out the security drill to see how the emergency services would respond to an attack.

    A tweet from the university has confirmed the death.

  6. Burkina Faso ex-PM 'in lead'

    Burkina Faso's former Prime Minister Roch Marc Kabore appeared to have a strong lead as results came in from Sunday's presidential election, the first election since long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore's forced resignation last year, Reuters news agency reports.

    Burkina Faso presidential candidate Roch Marc Christian Kabore from the MPP party waves during a rally in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
    Image caption: Mr Kabore was once allied with Mr Compaore

    Provisional results from around 41% of the West African nation's communes showed that Mr Kabore had 54% of the vote against 29% for Zephirin Diabre, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, it reports.

    Mr Kabore was prime minister and president of the National Assembly during Mr Compaore's rule, while Mr Diabre was minister of finance in the 1990s.

    Mr Compaore was toppled by an uprising in October 2014 after 27 years in power.

  7. UK firm 'paid bribes in East Africa'

    A BBC investigation has uncovered evidence of bribery at one of the UK's biggest companies.

    Panorama found British American Tobacco (BAT) illegally paid politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa.

    The payments were revealed when a whistleblower shared hundreds of secret documents.


    BAT told the BBC: "The truth is that we do not and will not tolerate corruption, no matter where it takes place."

    Paul Hopkins, who worked for BAT in Kenya for 13 years, said he had begun paying bribes after being told it was the cost of doing business in Africa.

    Emails shared by Mr Hopkins reveal BAT made illegal payments to two members and one former member of a UN-funded programme, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), aimed at reducing deaths from tobacco-related illness.

    An FCTC representative from Burundi and Comoros Islands were both paid $3,000 (£2,000). A former representative from Rwanda, was paid $20,000.

    All three men deny taking bribes from BAT.

    Read the full BBC story here

  8. Nigeria stocks fall to three-year low

    Nigeria's stocks fell to their lowest level in almost three years as foreigners exited the market amid fading hopes that President Muhammadu Buhari's government can revive the Africa's largest economy, Bloomberg news agency reports.

    All Share Index dropped 0.8% to 27,385.69 at close in the commercial capital of Lagos, the lowest since December 2012.

    The gauge declined on all but three trading days in November for a monthly drop of 6.2%.

    Nigeria currency
    Image caption: Nigeria's currency is also suffering because of falling oil prices

    "The government has not come up with a definitive policy for the economy," Pabina Yinkere, an analyst at Vetiva Capital Management Ltd, told Bloomberg.

    "The continued lack of clarity is affecting the stock market," he added.

    Some analysts say Mr Buhari, who came to office in May, has prioritized stamping out corruption while the West African nation's economy is growing at its slowest pace this century.

  9. DR Congo attack killed 'at least 24'

    The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has put the number of people killed in an attack blamed on Islamist rebels from neighbouring Uganda at at least 24.

    Seven civilians, one UN peacekeeper and four soldiers were among the dead, the army said.

    A local non-governmental said at least 38 people had been killed in the attack suspected to have been carried out by the ADF-NALU, a Ugandan Islamist group which has based itself in north-eastern DR Congo after being driven out of Uganda.

  10. Moroccan feminist writer dies

    One of the leading feminist writers in the Arab world, the Moroccan Fatima Mernissi, has died at the age of 75 in Morocco's capital, Rabat.

    Her best known work is Beyond the Veil. It examines Islam from a feminist perspective.

    Much of her work was engaged in trying to reconcile women's rights within the framework of Islam.

    One of the current leading voices in Arab feminism, Mona Eltahawy, described Mernissi's death as a great loss, but said her ideas would continue to be an inspiration.

  11. French nationals 'held for trying to join IS'

    Two French men arrested for attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) group fighters in Libya are now being held in Paris, the AFP news agency quotes a judicial source as saying.

    The suspects, aged 19 and 20, were arrested in southern Tunisia and were flown to France on 13 November, the day of the Paris attacks, AFP reports.

    Flowers and notes are pictured on November 27, 2015 in front of the cafe 'La Belle Equipe' on rue de Charonne in Paris' 11th district, during a national tribute to the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks
    Image caption: IS said it carried out the Paris attacks which left 130 people dead
  12. IAAF suspends three Kenyan officials

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Three senior members of Athletics Kenya (AK) have been provisionally suspended for 180 days with immediate effect by athletics world governing body, the IAAF.

    The trio - Isaiah Kiplagat, president of AK, David Okeyo, vice-president of AK and IAAF council member, and Joseph Kinyua, former treasurer of AK and Kenya Team Leader at the IAAF 2015 World Championships - are not allowed to hold any office or position at either AK or the IAAF.

    According to a statement from the IAAF Ethics Commission, the trio are being investigated for "potential subversion of the anti-doping control process" in Kenya and "potential improper diversion from Athletics Kenya of funds received from Nike".

    In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat addresses the media during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: Mr Kiplagat maintains his innocence

    There is also a case "in respect of Mr Kiplagat in relation to receipt, personally or by Athletics Kenya, of an apparent gift of two motor vehicles from the Qatar Association of Athletics Federation in the period 2014-2015", the statement said.

    It added that Kiplagat, Okeyo and Kinyua "remain presumed innocent until the outcome of the investigation and the determination of any disciplinary charges which may follow from that investigation".

  13. Should new calls for Biafra worry Nigerians?

    Biafra activists

    Journalist Mannir Dan Ali has been looking at the resurgence of a secessionist movement that supports the creation of a breakaway state of Biafra in Nigeria.

    The last few weeks have seen thousands of young people taking to the streets in southern Nigeria to protest about the continued detention of a leading Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu.

    Both new and old media are full of views and reports on the renewed agitation for the short-lived Biafran republic, which officially ceased to exist in 1970, after a three-year civil war in which more than a million people lost their lives.

    Many Nigerians, with the deadly Boko Haram insurgency in their minds, are trying to understand what is going on, asking why now and what does it all mean?

    Read the full BBC article here

  14. Pope's Latin Mass in CAR

    Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at the Bangui stadium, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015
    Image caption: The mass was the final one given by the Pope on his African tour

    Pope Francis spoke at the Mass in Bangui - the capital of Central African Republic (CAR) - in Latin, reports the BBC French service's Poly Muzalia.

    Foreign journalists accompanying the Pope did not understand what he was saying, but the crowd which had filled the stadium was fortunate because there was translation in the local Sango language, our reporter adds.

    The Mass marked the end of Pope Francis' six-day visit to Africa - his first to the continent as pontiff.

  15. Your reaction to Pope's visit

    Pope Francis leads a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic, 30 November 2015
    Image caption: Pope Francis celebrated mass in Central African Republic before he flew out to Rome

    Many of you have been commenting on BBC Africa Facebook page on the end of Pope Francis' three-nation tour of Africa.

    Wasike Joseph: "I hope there will be change in African countries through Pope's massages of peace, love and prayer. Africa loves you Paapa Uganda."

    Nchagakie Chrisantus: "Please, before you arrive in Rome, beatify and canonise the many and uncountable African martyrs. God bless you".

    Alyc Twin: "Praying with him was obviously one of the best things that has ever happened to me."

    Karleto Eyoti: "Thanks Holy Father for having visited us here in Uganda. We shall live to remember you and if possible, when our time to see the Almighty comes, we shall meet again and rejoice."

  16. Gumtree baby-seller pleads guilty

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    A 20-year-old woman in South Africa has pleaded guilty to trying to sell her child for 5,000 rand ($346; £230) on advertising website Gumtree, authorities say.

    Zama Bongiwe Madlala, named for the first time, was charged with human trafficking and money laundering after she posted an advert for the baby.


    A National Prosecuting Authority spokesman told the BBC that she would remain under house arrest until her next court appearance early in the new year in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

    Her 19-month-old boy will remain in the care of social workers for the time being.

    Ms Madlala was arrested in October after a police agent posed as a buyer.

    Screengrab of the Gumtree advert
    Image caption: The first advert was removed - the second was labelled baby car seat

    Last month, police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the initial advertisement was immediately red-flagged by Gumtree, and removed.

    He said a second advert was then placed, with the heading: "baby car seat" and placed in the Baby and Kids sale section.

  17. Mugabe hits out at developed nations

    French President Francois Hollande (L) greets Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (C) upon his arrival at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris
    Image caption: French President Francois Hollande greets Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (C) upon his arrival at the summit

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has strongly criticised developed nations at the UN climate summit in Paris, accusing them of trying to shift the burden for curbing carbon emissions onto poor countries, the AFP news agency reports.

    Mr Mugabe said developed nations were historically responsible for the "precarious climate environment we currently live in."

    "It is unconscionable that not only are developed countries miserly in providing the means" for developing countries, "but also want inordinately to burden us with cleaning up the mess they themselves have created," he told the gathering, AFP reports.

  18. Olympic qualifier: Win for Nigeria and Senegal

    Nigeria's Under-23 team narrowly defeated Mali 3-2 in their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group B encounter in Senegal on Sunday evening.

    North African rivals Egypt and Algeria drew 1-1 in the other group match.

    Caf trophy

    Meanwhile, hosts Senegal opened the tournament on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over South Africa in the first match of Group A, while Tunisia defeated Zambia 2-1 in the second Group A fixture.

    The tournament, which features eight African countries, also serves as a qualifying tournament for next year's Olympic Games with the top three teams booking a place in Rio.

    Read the full BBC sport story here

  19. UN confirms DR Congo attack

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    A UN general has said that heavily armed insurgents attacked UN and army bases in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last night.

    A local non-governmental organisation says at least 38 people were killed, including 15 civilians and one UN peacekeeper.

    General Jean Baillaud told the BBC that the ADF-NALU, a Ugandan Islamist group, was suspected to have been behind the attack - the most serious in the area in months.

    A UN mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) armored personnel carrier patrols on November 5, 2013 on Chanzu hill, 80 kilometres north of regional capital Goma, in the eastern North Kivu region
    Image caption: The UN has its biggest peacekeeping mission in the world in DR Congo
  20. Your Instagram picture of the week

    We're catching up on the weekend by looking at the #regramtheweekend tag.

    @anneackermann_ tagged this picture she took of rollerbladers at the climate change march in Uganda's capital, Kampala. 

    She said it was a peaceful and cheerful march of roughly 200 people of all ages.

    People across the world had gathered on Sunday ahead of world leaders meeting today in Paris to try and agree on a new approach to climate change.

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  21. Pope ends Africa visit

    Pope Francis has left the Central African Republic (CAR) for Rome, ending a three-nation visit to Africa, the AFP news agency reports.

    It was his first visit to Africa as pontiff.

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd on the occasion of his visit at the Central Mosque in Bangui"s Muslim enclave of PK5, Central African Republic, Monday Nov. 30, 2015

    Earlier today, huge crowds welcomed the pontiff when he travelled in his trademark vehicle to the main mosque in CAR's capital, Bangui, to call for an end to Christian-Muslim conflict.

  22. Stampede 'caused' Nigeria school deaths

    Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai

    BBC Africa, Kano

    Kano school fire

    Authorities in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have been giving more details about a fire which led to at least seven female students being killed and 25 others injured at a government-run boarding school last night.

    Most of the victims died as a result of stampede while trying to escape through two exits at the hostel in a village near Kano, officials said.

    The whole hostel was completely gutted by the blaze, and it took fire-fighters hours to bring it under control.

    The school has been closed and authorities have ordered a full investigation into the cause of the fire.

  23. TB Joshua case postponed

    Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua
    Image caption: TB Joshua is known as the "Prophet" by his followers

    The court case of popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua and trustees of his church has been postponed to 11 December, court officials say.

    Many people had expected the pastor to appear at the High Court in the commercial capital, Lagos, over the collapse in September 2014 of a six-storey building owned by the church. However, he did not attend. TB Joshua denies he is responsible in any way for the disaster.

    The disaster led to the deaths of 116 people.

  24. Blaze kills Nigeria female students

    A fire has killed at least seven female students at a boarding school in a village some 20km (12 miles) from northern Nigeria's main city, Kano, Premium Times news site reports.

    Twenty-one others were injured in the fire at the government-run school in Jogana village.

    The fire occurred at the school's biggest hostel when students were sleeping, Premium Times reports.

    The cause of the fire is not yet known.

  25. Nigeria's TB Joshua due to appear in court

    Popular Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua is due to appear before a High Court in the main city Lagos over the collapse of his church last year which killed 116 people, many of them South Africans.

    Mr Joshua is expected to be arraigned with trustees of his church and the engineers who built the collapsed building, Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper reports.

    An investigation by the Lagos government had concluded that Mr Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), had not obtained proper approval before putting up the structure.

    TB Joshua, who refused to testify before the investigation panel, has denied responsibility for the building collapsing. The engineers have also denied any wrongdoing.  

    The controversial pastor blamed the incident on a small plane which he said had been circling the building.

    Many people have been talking about the issue on Twitter:

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  26. DRC boat capsizes

    More than 20 people are missing after a government-operated speed boat capsized on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, the provincial governor has said, Reuters news agency reports.

    "The boat capsized with about 44 people. We don't have the exact numbers... About 20 have been rescued from the water," governor Julien Paluku told Reuters.

  27. Kenya mock exercise: 'Checking on preparedness'

    Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said the mock exercise at the Strathmore University campus in the Kenyan capital was carried out to "check on [the] alertness of emergency services", Reuters news agency reports

    The exercise caused panic, with some people fearing there was an attack, Reuters adds.

  28. Pope 'removed shoes'

    Pope Francis (R) sits together with members of the Muslim community during a meeting at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, 30 November 2015
    Image caption: Pope Francis ignored security concerns to visit the mosque

    When Pope Francis visited the main mosque in Bangui - the capital of Central African Republic (CAR) - he removed his shoes, bowed his head and stood silently at the mihrab - the place where the Imam usually stands to lead the congregation in prayer facing the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reports.

    In comments to the chief imam, Pope Francis said: "Christians and Muslims and members of traditional religions have lived peacefully for many years. Together, we say no to hatred, to vengeance and violence, especially that committed in the name of a religion or God."

    The chief imam, Tidiani Moussa Naibi, thanked Pope Francis for his visit, saying it was "a symbol which we all understand", AP reports.

  29. Shots at Kenya university a 'mock exercise'

    Gunshots at the Strathmore University campus in Kenya's capital, Nairobi are part of a mock security exercise, a senior police officer says, Reuters news agency reports.

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    You have until 1800 GMT to cast your vote.

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  31. 'Deep' bond between Muslims and Christians

    Pope Francis (C) shakes the hands of children upon his arrival to the Central Mosque in the PK5 neighborhood on November 30, 2015 in Bangui

    A Muslim religious leader delivered an impassioned plea for peace when Pope Francis visited a mosque earlier today in Central African Republic (CAR), which has been hit by religious conflict.

    "The relationship between our Christian brothers and sisters and ourselves is so deep that no manoeuvre seeking to undermine it will succeed," Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi said, Reuters news agency reports.

    "The Christians and Muslims of this country are obliged to live together and love each other," he is quoted as saying.

  32. Sharpshooters on 'mosque minarets'

    A heavy deployment of United Nations peacekeepers with rifles and bullet-proof vests was present throughout Pope Francis' visit to a mosque in the PK5 neighbourhood in Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, Reuters news agency reports.

    UN sharpshooters looked out from the tops of the mosque minarets crowning the freshly repainted green and white mosque, where hundreds of Muslims listened as Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for an end to the violence, it adds.

    UN soldiers patrol a street of Bangui during Pope Francis" visit to the Central African Republic, 29 November 2015
    Image caption: The Pope arrived in CAR on Sunday amid tight security
  33. Seven things about Central African Republic

    Women wearing shirts with images of Pope Francis attend a Mass with priests, religious, catechists at the Bangui Cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, 29 November 2015

    Here are some facts on Central African Republic (CAR), which Pope Francis is visiting on the last leg of his three-nation African visit:

    • Population: 4.6 million - 50% Christian, 15% Muslim, 35% Indigenous beliefs
    • Years of conflict and misgovernance
    • Conflict only recently along religious lines
    • Previously ruled by Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa
    • Rich in diamonds
    • 10,000-strong UN force took over a peacekeeping mission in September 2014
    • France has about 2,000 troops in its ex-colony, first deployed in December 2013
  34. Pope arrives at Bangui stadium

    Pope Francis has arrived at the main sports stadium in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where he will hold a final mass to conclude his visit to the country.

    The crowd gave him a roaring welcome as he arrived.

  35. Deadly clashes in DR Congo

    At least 12 people have been killed in an overnight attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and local NGO has said, the AFP news agency reports.

    "I saw four civilians killed by bullets... and seven patients and a nurse cut up by machete at the hospital," a regional official told AFP in the north of the troubled North Kivu province.

    Reuters news agency quotes local sources as saying that at least 30 people, including a UN peacekeeper, were killed in the fighting between Ugandan Islamist rebels and UN troops and the Congolese army.

  36. Burkina results due after historic poll

    We'll keep you posted on the Pope's visit, but here's some other news...

    Provisional results from Burkina Faso's first president and parliamentary elections since the overthrow of long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore are due later today.

    "For the first time in 50 years there is an electoral uncertainty - we don't know the winner in advance," said Abdoulaye Soma, the head of the Burkinabe society of constitutional law, the AFP news agency reports.

    Scrutineers are at work during the counting of Burkina Faso"s presidential election votes at a polling station in Ouagadougou on November 29, 2015
    Image caption: The presidency was contested by 14 candidates

    Counting is currently underway following Sunday's elections. Fourteen candidates ran for the presidency, with Roch Marc Christian Kabore and Zephirin Diabre the front-runners.

    Both were allies of Mr Compaore until they fell out with him.

    Mr Compaore fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast last year after a popular uprising ended his 27-year rule.

    Military officers allied with him staged a seven-day coup in September before domestic and international pressure forced them to hand power back to a transitional government which organised the elections.

    Read the full BBC story here

  37. Mosque 'packed' for Pope's visit

    Pope Francis (C) is greet by Central Mosque Nehedid Tidjani (L), upon his arrival in the PK5 neighborhood on November 30, 2015 in Bangui
    Image caption: A Muslim leader welcomed the pontiff at the mosque

    The mosque in Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, was crowded with residents during Pope Francis' visit, the AFP news agency reports.

    He said his visit to the country "would not be complete if it did not include this encounter with the Muslim community," the Pope is quoted as saying.

    The violence has forced most of Bangui's 122,000 Muslims to flee, with only 15,000 now remaining in the city, the Associated Press news agency reports.

  38. Pope in no hatred plea

    The AFP news agency reports that in his address at the mosque in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, the Pope said: "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters."

    "Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace," he said in the district of flimsy shacks and red dirt roads which has been at the heart of recent sectarian violence pitting mainly Muslim and Christian militias against each other, AFP reports.

    Policemen and soldiers patrol the stadium area during Pope Francis" visit in Bangui, Central African Republic, 29 November 2015
    Image caption: Security has been increased in Bangui since the Pope arrived on Sunday

    "Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, salam," he added, using an Arabic word for peace.

  39. Deeply symbolic visit

    Pope Francis' visit to the mosque in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, was deeply symbolic and marked the highlight of his three-nation African tour, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    His visit came despite concerns raised last week by French peacekeepers that it would be too dangerous for him to enter Bangui's PK5 neighbourhood.

  40. Pope in plea to Muslims and Christians

    Pope Francis has told crowds gathered at the main mosque in Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, that Muslims and Christians are brothers, and must live together, Associated Press news agency reports.

    On a rare trip into the volatile neighbourhood known as PK5, the Pope recalled how Christians and Muslims had long lived together peacefully in Bangui, it adds.

  41. Pope at CAR mosque

    Pope Francis has visited a mosque in the capital of the Central African Republic, in what is being seen as the most difficult part of his Africa tour.

    The Pope has met Muslims who have sought shelter in Bangui after nearly three years of violence between Christians and Muslims.

    Most Muslims have left the capital but 15,000 are left in an area called PK5 surrounded by armed Christian militia.

    Pope Francis will conclude his visit to Africa with a final Mass in Bangui.

    Pope Francis interacts with patients as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015
    Image caption: The Pope visited a hospital in Bangui on Sunday

    Read the full BBC story here

  42. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "Pain and laughter go hand in hand." A Kalenjin proverb sent by Koech Kiprop Vincent, Kericho, Kenya.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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