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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: One who is big is big. A guinea fowl does not perch on a sorghum plant." from A Shona proverb sent by Emmanuel Sithole, Chipinge, Zimbabwe
    A Shona proverb sent by Emmanuel Sithole, Chipinge, Zimbabwe

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture taken by Ley Uwera and posted on Instagram of a young woman preparing lunch in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  2. Kenya police officers arrive in Nairobi for treatment

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    Kenya's national police service has posted photos and video showing the arrival of officers in the capital, Nairobi, who it says were injured in opposition protests on Monday (see earlier post at 17:24).

    Local media are reporting that 11 officers were flown to Nairobi this evening, 10 from Siaya, where two people were reported to have died, and one from the western city of Kisumu, which saw one death on Monday. 

    Kenya's Star newspaper gave some extra detail on the injuries:

    "The officers were hurt on their hands, head while some suffered broken Iimbs as protesters engaged them in running battles."

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  3. Enganamouit misses out on BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award

    Gaelle Enganamouit

    Cameroon forward Gaelle Enganamouit (FC Rosengard, Sweden), 23, has lost out to Scotland midfielder Kim Little in the vote to be named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2016.

    Little, who plays for Seattle Reign in the USA, topped a supporters' poll to become the second winner of the BBC World Service award.

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    Video caption: Women's Footballer of the Year: Gaelle Enganamouit profile
    Kim Little
    Image caption: "I'm surprised to win - I'm extremely humbled to win", Little said

    She beat a five-woman shortlist of Gaelle Enganamouit (FC Rosengard, Sweden), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).

  4. Ivory Coast's rainy season impacts on transport

    Tamasin Ford

    BBC Africa, Abidjan

    Lorry with logs falling off

    It's the start of the rainy season here in Ivory Coast and the rain is already playing havoc with some of the country's pot-holed roads. 

    Vehicles are getting damaged and some of the transport lorries are getting into trouble.

    I spotted this broken-down truck on the outskirts of San Pedro, in the west of the country.

    The driver used a pile of bricks to precariously hold up the logs.

    Lorry with logs falling off
  5. Ethiopian launches bid to be first African head of WHO

    Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has formally launched his bid to become the first African head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

    He hopes to replace Margaret Chan when she steps down in May next year.

    Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom

    Dr Tedros addressed the media at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, AFP news agency reports:   

    Quote Message: The fresh view we can bring from our continent and the perspective of a developing country can help improve the global health situation... It's time for a director-general who has lived some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today, as I have lived in Africa."

    His candidacy is backed by the African Union and he has appealed for the support of all African countries.

  6. Kenya police watchdog: Investigation into 'police brutality' has started

    Police have been accused of using excessive force to put down opposition protests

    Kenya's police watchdog says it has launched an investigation into "police brutality" during Monday's opposition protests, in which three people are reported to have died (see earlier post at 10:22).  

    The country's Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), issued a statement offering its sympathies to both civilians and police injured in yesterday's violence. 

    Here are some key quotes, with the full statement:

    Quote Message: We assure the public that our investigations will be expeditious and if police are found culpable appropriate recommendations including for prosecution will be made."
    Police in gas masks walk through the Kibera slum
    Image caption: Police in the capital, Nairobi, fired tear gas to stop people gathering
    Quote Message: IPOA will not hesitate to recommend criminal charges against Police Commanders issuing unlawful orders to police officers that led to loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property.
    Quote Message: We caution members of the public against violently engaging police.... we will take a dim view of persons who attack police officers."
    statement by the IPOA on police investigation

    Several police officers who were reportedly injured in Monday's riots in the Western city of Kisumu have been flown to the capital Nairobi to receive treatment.

  7. Rescue operation under way after boat capsizes on Lake Nyasa

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Rescue teams in Tanzania are searching for 12 people who have gone missing after a Tanzanian boat sunk on Lake Nyasa on its way to Malawi on Saturday.

    The whereabouts of the boat are unknown. 

    Regional police commander Zuberi Mwombeji said:

    Quote Message: The cause of the accident could have been strong winds on the lake. Most likely the boat was caught in a storm, but we can’t verify this as the cause of the accident just yet.”

    Many passenger boats that sail across Lake Nyasa lack life jackets and are not considered seaworthy.  

  8. Searching for the next ballet star in Soweto

    The BBC's Nomsa Maseko has been filming a report on ballet classes being given to young children in the Soweto suburb of South Africa's main city, Johannesburg. 

    It's part of a wider attempt to boost the number of black dancers on the global ballet scene by training teachers.

    The children are being taught in the Cuban style of ballet

    Nomsa sent through some lovely shots to share with you before the full piece arrives:

    Children lean to the right mimicking their ballet teacher's movements in class
    Children stand with legs apart but right arms across their chest in ballet class
    Children stand with legs apart as one young boy is shown the correct ballet stance by a teacher
    Kids strike a range of poses in ballet class. One girl in purple leotard grins broadly.

    More on South African ballet

  9. Tutu 'sad' that his daughter has had to step down as Anglican priest

    The daughter of anti-apartheid figure Archbishop Desmond Tutu has had to give up being an Anglican priest after she married a woman.

    In an email to the AFP news agency Mpho Tutu-van Furth said that as the church does not recognise gay marriage she was told her license would be revoked, so she decided to return it.

    She wrote to AFP that her father was "sad but not surprised" at the news.

    Archbishop Tutu has supported same-sex marriage and it was legalised in South Africa in 2006.

    Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu
    Image caption: Archbishop Desmond Tutu ordained his daughter in 2004
  10. SA government: 11 luxury cars purchased 'to protect Zuma's wives'

    South Africa's government has spent more than $500,000 over the last three years on supplying vehicles to protect the four wives of President Jacob Zuma, it says. 

    In a written response to a parliamentary question from an opposition MP,  Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko listed the 11 cars that were bought since 2013.

    They include four Range Rovers and two Land Rovers.

    South Africa's PoliticsWeb site estimates that the money could have funded, among other things:

    • 116 university students for a year 
    •  61 police officers for a year
    • 1,315 jobs for a year on the country's public works programme
    President Zuma and three of his wives
    Image caption: President Jacob Zuma pictured with three of his wives in 2009
  11. Uganda complains to DR Congo over police officer deaths

    Uganda's government has made a formal complaint to the Democratic Republic of Congo after four Ugandan police officers were shot dead on Lake Albert, which straddles the border of the two countries, the AFP news agency reports.

    The four men were killed as they were investigating illegal fishing activities on the lake.

    AFP quotes foreign affairs minister Henry Okello Oryem saying that "the four police officers were on official duty...  within the territorial sphere of Uganda.

    "They were killed in line of duty and their bodies were taken by the DR Congo authorities. 

    "We have made it clear, in future these incidents may compel Uganda to take self-defence measures including hot pursuit of those responsible."

  12. Where does shea butter come from?

    Boiling the shea butter

    After five days of picking, crushing, roasting, grinding and cooking, 65-year-old Ghanaian Rebecca Atornyege earns eight cedis ($2; £1.40) from selling her shea butter at the market.  

    The fruits of her hard work could find its way into expensive cosmetics or as a cocoa substitute.

    What she earns barely pays for food for her family.

    Shea nuts

    As the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong found when he visited Anateem in Ghana's far north the money from shea butter is a major source of income.

    And it's considered women's work.

    Read more about what Akwasi discovered.

  13. 'Deadly malaria outbreak' in north-east DR Congo

    The aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is reporting a "deadly outbreak of malaria" in Haut-Uele, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo.

    MSF's Charlotte Morris told the BBC in an email that the agency's medics are seeing five times the normal number of people at the Pawa general hospital.

    The numbers of people arriving with malaria have doubled every week for the last three weeks, she added.

    Last Monday 141 children were admitted overnight to the hospital, which has capacity for 22 children. 

    This means that people are sleeping on the floor and in corridors. 

    MSF said that a big problem is "lack of access to medicine in the area, largely because it’s too expensive".

  14. Analysis: Impact of Nigeria's tomato price rise

    Naziru Mikailu

    BBC News, Kano, Nigeria

    The tomato pest that has ravaged most farms in north-western and central Nigeria is severely affecting people's lives in every part of the country (see 10.32 entry). 

    It is an essential ingredient in many meals, but the tomato scarcity has led to the price increasing by nearly 400% in the last three months, taking them out of the reach of many people. 

    This comes at a difficult time, with the price of several imported food items having already gone up significantly because of Nigeria's weak currency.

    It is also a severe blow to President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts of encouraging more people to return to commercial farming as part of the government's plans to diversify Africa's largest economy away from oil. 

    Bowl of tomatoes
  15. Social media row over photoshopped images of South Africa celebrity

    We posted about the row over the retouching of images of South African celebrity Lerato Kganyago (see 11.48 entry) used on the cover and inside True Love magazine.

    She has been complaining that they changed the way she looked.

    And on Twitter she's launched a broadside at the magazine:

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    And she's been retweeting messages of support:

  16. EgyptAir crash: Explosion is 'only an assumption'

    The chief forensic officer in Egypt says that reports that an EgyptAir plane was brought down by an explosion last week are mere assumptions. 

    Hesham Abdelhamid is quoted by the state news agency as denying that the initial examination of human remains pointed towards an explosion. 

    One of his team had earlier told journalists that body parts retrieved so far were in such small pieces it was logical to conclude there had been a blast, though he had added that no traces of explosives had yet been found. 

    All 66 people on board the airliner were killed when the plane crashed early on Thursday.

    Map showing the plane's route
  17. Police injured in Kenya protests 'due to arrive in Nairobi'

    Odeo Sirari

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Twenty-eight Kenyan police officers injured during opposition protests in the western city of Kisumu on Monday are expected to arrive at Wilson Airport in the capital, Nairobi, later this afternoon, government spokesman Eric Kiraithe had told a media briefing.

    The officers are being flown in for treatment, he added.

    Kenyan police run past a group of children during protests in Kisumu

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  18. How biros, bras and trick shoes won a war for Eritrea

    Eritreans are celebrating 25 years of independence from the far larger Ethiopia. The BBC's Mary Harper has gained rare access to Eritrea, and visited an exhibition about how it took on a much better-equipped army. Watch the video below:

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    Video caption: How Eritreans survived the independence war
  19. Kenyans urged to avoid bottled water bootleggers

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa, Mombasa

    Jamil Hussein says people need to check what they're buying

    On a visit to a certified clean water depot in Mombasa, salesman Jamil Hussein tells me it is vital for customers to check sure they're getting the real deal when they buy bottled water. 

    He says people should not be swayed by cheap prices and that they should check which company bottles the water they drink, and whether it is licensed or not. 

    It follows a scandal earlier this month over water being sold by unlicensed companies, which was found to be contaminated by faecal bacteria.   

    Kenyan authorities shut down six of the unlicensed companies.

    A local investigation showed that several of the companies were bottling untreated tap water and borehole water. 

    The local government in this coastal city has banned the distribution of some water brands and officers patrol areas where bottled water is commonly sold, especially bus stations and stops.

    Kenya has more than 600 licensed water-bottling companies, but there are fears that hundreds more may be operating illegally. 

  20. UN calls on Kenya to respect right to peaceful protest

    The UN's human rights body (UNHCHR) has said it is "concerned by the increasing violence surrounding the weekly protests" in Kenya.

    Kenya police quoted by the AFP news agency say three people died as protesters and police clashed in different parts of the country on Monday.

    In a statement, the UNHCHR called on authorities to "respect the right to assemble peacefully", and also on the demonstrators to remain peaceful. 

    It was the fourth week of demonstrations called by the opposition over the make-up of the electoral commission.

    Kenya's deputy president has also got involved in the discussion in a response to a tweet from the US ambassador to Kenya.

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