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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Ivory Coast latest West African target for al-Qaeda-linked groups

    Sunday's violence in Ivory Coast, in which 16 people died, is just the latest high-profile attack in the region to be carried out by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

    The group has struck in the capital cities of Ivory Coast's neighbours Mali and Burkina Faso.

    • In November 2015, the group said it was behind an attack on the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, in which 22 people were killed:
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    Image caption: Soldiers outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako
    •  In January at least 30 people were killed in another attack on a luxury hotel and a cafe popular with foreigners, this time in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagodougou. 
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    Image caption: Scenes after the attack on the luxury Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou
  2. Malawi sets fire to two tonnes of smuggled ivory

    Malawi has set fire to 2.6 tonnes of ivory that had been smuggled over the border from Tanzania.

    The 781 ivory pieces are thought to have a market value of $3m (£2m), the AFP news agency reports.

    Bright Kumchedwa, director of Malawi's parks and wildlife department, told AFP:

    Quote Message: This is a milestone for Malawi. We will not allow the country to be exploited as a market of this illegal trade."

    The ceremony took place in Mzuzu in the north of the country.

    A Malawian journalist has been tweeting pictures from there:

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    Kenya is expected to set fire to 120 tonnes of ivory later this month.

    Read more: Does setting fire to ivory destroy it?

  3. Ivory Coast attack: Minute's silence for 16 victims

    President Alassane Ouattara, and other members of the National Security Council, have stood for a minute's silence to remember the 16 victims of Sunday's attack in Grand Bassam.

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    The president is also due to hold a cabinet meeting.

  4. Fifa bans three South African football officials

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Football's world governing body Fifa has banned three South African sport officials following the findings of an investigation by the an independent ethics committee into match-fixing allegations. 

    The three include the former South African Football Association (Safa) head Leslie Sedibe, who was given a five-year ban and fined 20‚000 Swiss francs ($20,245, £14,000). 

    Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former heads of Safa's refereeing department, were each banned for two years. 

    The bans follow a long-running investigation which found that friendly matches played on the eve of the 2010 World Cup were fixed by convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

    South Africa fan
    Image caption: South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010
  5. Ivory Coast attack: National Security Council meets in wake of killings

    The office of Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has tweeted a picture of this morning's National Security Council meeting, which he chaired:

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    The government is expected to make a statement soon.

  6. Senegal president: Our thoughts are with the victims

    Senegal's President Macky Sall has tweeted solidarity with the victims of two attacks this weekend - in Ivory Coast and Turkey.

    The tweet, directed to the presidents of the two countries, says (translated from French):

    "At this painful moment, our support is for Ivory Coast and Turkey. My thoughts are with the victims."

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  7. EU suspends funding to Burundi's government

    The European Union has suspended its direct support to the government of Burundi, saying that the authorities in Bujumbura have not sufficiently addressed the EU's concerns.

    A significant chunk government expenditure is funded by the EU.

    The EU says that 400 people have died and nearly 240,000 have fled the country since the political strife began in April last year.

    That was triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement that he would run for a third term.

    The EU's foreign affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini said:

    Quote Message: The situation in Burundi remains of serious concern for the EU, though we have seen recently some glimpses of hope. Today's decision makes clear that for our relations to be fully resumed we expect a number of concrete measures to be carried out."

    The press release does not lay out exactly what those measures are, but encourages the government to support the inter-Burundi dialogue, which is being mediated by the East African Community.

    The EU has said it will continue to fund humanitarian aid programmes.

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    Image caption: Despite protests, President Nkurunziza successfully ran for a third term in July last year
  8. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Kenyan media can't decide

    Two of Kenya's leading newspapers have taken very different angles on the results of the same poll. 

    The Daily Nation leads with the headline "Kenya heading the wrong way", citing survey results showing that 53% of Kenyans are unhappy with the direction the country is going. 

    But The Star went with the exact opposite headline, "Kenya moving in the right direction", noting that the proportion of Kenyans with a negative take on the country's trajectory has reduced in recent months. 

    front page of Kenyan papers with same poll, different analysis

    The Star has since completely contradicted its initial headline by changing its online version of the story to echo the Daily Nation's negative reading of the poll. 

    Kenyans on social media have seized on the discrepancy, providing their own analysis under the hashtag #KenyaHeadedWrongWayBecause, now trending on Twitter across the country: 

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  9. Ivory Coast attack: Abidjan streets quiet after attack

    Tamasin Ford

    BBC Africa, Abidjan

    There was little rush hour traffic in the commercial capital, Abidjan, this morning.  

    Many people have chosen to stay at home, too shocked at the events that could dramatically change the positive course their country appeared to be following.   

    Since the civil conflict ended here in 2011,  the country has become a magnet for investors in Africa.  

    While the government had beefed up security in Abidjan following the hotel attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, no one was expecting attackers would target the small, sleepy town of Grand Bassam.

    Ivory Coast news-stand
  10. Uganda election challenge court case opens

    The supreme court hearing into the challenge to Uganda's presidential election result has opened in the capital, Kampala.

    The case is being brought by Amama Mbabazi, who came third behind the winner President Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye.

    Mr Mbabazi is complaining of ballot rigging.

    The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga is tweeting from the court where nine judges, five men and four women, are hearing the case.

    The first witness is the head of the electoral commission:

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    The main opposition FDC have complained that their candidate, Mr Besigye, was prevented from filing a petition because he has been under house arrest.

  11. Beach attack survivor: It was a miracle my baby didn't cry

    soldiers patrol on the beach

    A friend of the BBC's reporter in Ivory Coast Tamasin Ford was caught up in the attack on Sunday. 

    Charline Burton, a Belgian ex-pat, was having lunch with her husband and two daughters when the attack started:

    Quote Message: "They were all around us. We could hear them shooting. We could hear that they were going right next to where we were. There was a small window. We could see people passing and we could hear the shooting like light weapons, tack-tack-tack-tack-tack.

    She had to hide in a toilet nearby for two-hours with her baby girl, while the attack continued around her. 

    She spoke of her relief after being reunited with her family, after she and her husband, who was with their three-year-old daughter, became separated in the chaos:  

    Quote Message: I'm shocked. I'm feeling much better than a couple of hours ago. I was super-shocked and crying all the time. I just couldn't stop. All of the tears I had not been crying in that toilet I cried them later on. I'm feeling relieved. I'm feeling very, very thankful and I'm feeling super lucky because the same day could have happened and none of us or only half of the family would still be alive so I'm feeling very, very luck at this point.

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    Video caption: A mother describes being caught up in terrifying attack
  12. Ivory Coast newspapers show solidarity with victims

    Inevitably the newspapers in Ivory Coast are dominated with headlines about Sunday's attack.

    The BBC's Horaci Garcia has snapped some of them.

    One paper - echoing the "Je suis Charlie" slogan that followed the Paris attacks in January last year - decalres "Nous sommes Grand-Bassam", meaning "We are Grand-Bassam".

    Newspaper headline

    Another newspaper has some gory pictures on the front and the headline "Horror at Bassam - the blood-soaked beaches":

    Newspaper headline
  13. Ivory Coast restaurant owner: They attacked my customers

    People in Ivory Coast are still in shock following Sunday's attack at the Grand Bassam resort, 40km (25 miles) from the commercial capital Abidjan, which left at least 16 people dead. 

    Gruesome details of the attack are still emerging. 

    The owner of a beach-side restaurant where the killings took place has been talking to the BBC:

    Quote Message: Around 1pm, we saw armed men come in and start firing around. And there was a lady who was coming out of the water, they shot her in the foot. Before that, there was the first victim who went to get a drink over there who got shot in the head. Then, there was a couple who was sitting in my restaurant. The lady got shot in the left shoulder and the man was shot in the head. I heard the attackers say "Allahu Akbar". They had a Tuareg accent".

    Fourteen civilians and two soldiers were killed before the security forces ended the massacre, killing six assailants. 

    The Islamist group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said it was responsible.

    Ivory Coast President Alassane visited the scene and said:

    Quote Message: We salute bravery of our defence forces."
    Bystanders and security forces
  14. Wise words

    Today’s African proverb:

    Quote Message: A wealthy person can buy salt but cannot buy life." from An Ewe proverb sent by Bright Nukafu, Xevi, Ghana
    An Ewe proverb sent by Bright Nukafu, Xevi, Ghana
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom of your page to send us your proverb.

  15. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with news developments on the continent, including the aftermath of Sunday's deadly beach attack in Ivory Coast.