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Summary

  1. Two people killed in South Africa protest
  2. Nigeria's unemployment rate 'rises'
  3. Deadly clashes between Kenyan police and protesters
  4. Nigeria woman 'strapped with suicide belt escapes'
  5. SA bank targeted by fraudsters in Japan
  6. Opposition condemns Zuma corruption case ruling

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By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from BBC Africa Live 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:

The humility of a rabbit does not spare him from the hunter’s arrow."

Sent by Dokduna Manpan, Jos, Nigeria.

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  And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan conservationist Joseph feeding a baby rhino.  

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Man set alight in South Africa

The Red Ants
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The Red Ants have a reputation of ruthlessly evicting peole

At least two people have been killed in protests in a South African town after people resisted attempts by a private eviction squad to force them off land they were accused of illegally occupying, local media reports. 

One man was torched while another was hit with a blunt object in the violence near Hammanskraal town in the economic heartland of Gauteng province, police Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena was quoted as saying by TimesLive newspaper.

An anti-crime group in South Africa says the privately-owned Red Ants eviction squad was involved in attempts to clear shacks which had been built in the area:  

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Eritreans in celebratory mood

Tomorrow marks 25 years since Eritrea gained independence.

The Eritreans - who fought a 30-year war for independence against the far larger and better-equipped Ethiopian army - are in celebratory mood, despite the country being criticised by human rights groups for its lack of  democracy, free press and forced conscription. 

The BBC's Mary Harper has gained rare access to Eritrea, and visited an exhibition about the war: 

How Eritreans survived the 30 year independence war

Nigeria unemployment rate rises

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

The unemployment crisis in Africa's most populous state, Nigeria, has worsened with fewer people holding a full-time job in the first quarter of this year than in the same period last year, as data released today by the country's National Bureau of Statistics shows: 

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One month on from Zambia's xenophobic violence

It has been just over a month since Rwandan-owned shops were targeted in two days of xenophobic violence in Zambia's capital Lusaka. 

BBC Focus on Africa presenter Akwasi Sarpong has travelled to Lusaka to see how the shop owners are doing now. 

One supermarket owner, Peter Jones, showed our presenter into his shop which still lies empty. He says that the city is peaceful now but he needs financial support.

Another Rwandan who called himself Fred insisted that the looting was not typical of Zambians and recalled that some Zambians were standing in front of shops to protect them while others hid property to stop it being looted.

Listen to Focus on Africa which was broadcast from Lusaka:

South African vegan died climbing Mount Everest

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The South African press has been getting more information about the news at the weekend that a South African died while climbing Mount Everest.

The South African reports that Maria Strydom aimed to be the first vegan to reach the summit of Everest, with her husband Robert Gropel.

The 34-year-old lecturer was extremely close to the mountain’s summit when she was overcome with altitude sickness, it adds.  

The Times Live added that Ms Strydom lived in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked at the university as a finance lecturer.   

Mr Gropel and Indian climber Subhash Paul also died.

The BBC News website reports between 1-3% climbers develop the most severe form of altitude sickness.

Kenya police deny killing man

Kenyan police have denied that a protester was shot dead in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, Reuters news agency reports. 

Regional police commander Willy Lugusa told Reuters that police did not use live ammunition to disperse protesters:

The injury he has was in the mouth which is very much consistent with somebody who was running and then fell down."

Officials at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, where the man was rushed by ambulance, said the man had no gunshot wounds.  

Sam Oula, a doctor at the hospital, told Reuters: 

He fell down as he was running away from rioters."

Masked Kenyan policeman

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Masked policeman
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This policeman wore a mask today in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, apparently to avoid being caught on camera breaking up the opposition protest against the electoral commission. 

During last week's protest, police were strongly criticised after photos and videos showed them beating up protesters. 

A picture taken on May 16, 2016 in Nairobi shows Kenyan riot police beating an unresponsive fallen protester with wooden sticks until they break and repeatedly kick him several times
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Kenya court case over HIV/Aids policy

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Campaigners have challenged the Kenyan president's directive to collect data on primary school children with HIV/Aids in court earlier today.

In February last year President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered government officials to collect up-to-date data of school children living with HIV/AIDS, including their names, addresses and information on their guardians.

The organisation, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS. told the High Court that the directive infringed the privacy of Kenyan children and risked exposing them to stigmatization and discrimination.

Government representatives in court said that the directive was issued in good faith with the aim of improving the health of children. 

A High Court ruling is expected on 22 July.

Kenya protests leave 'three dead'

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

Security and medical sources have now confirmed that three people were killed in clashes between police and opposition supporters in Kenya. 

Two men were killed in western Siaya town while another man was killed in the lake city of Kisumu. 

Kenya's assistant inspector-general of police, George Kinoti, told the BBC that he could not comment on the casualties, but promised that a statement would be issued later. 

The opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy also says that one of its senators, who was leading a protest in the western town of Kakamega, has been arrested.  

Police also fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Nairobi, as this photo shows: 

A policeman in Nairobi
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More protests in Kenya next week

 Our reporter in Nairobi has tweeted that we can expect more protests in Kenya next week.

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Cord, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, claim that the electoral commission is biased and are demanding the board is sacked.

The announcement comes amid reports of clashes between police and protesters in Kenya this morning.

South African bank conned in Japan

Russell Padmore

Business correspondent, BBC News

Seven Eleven
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The theft is alleged to have happened at 7-Eleven stores in 16 prefectures

The authorities in Japan are hunting for criminals who stole millions from cash machines across the country, in a robbery that took a few hours, using fake credit cards from South Africa's Standard Bank. 

It's reported up to 100 people raided ATMs at more than 1,000 Japanese convenience stores, which cost the African financial group $19m (£13m). 

Read more on the BBC News website.

More reports of shootings at Kenyan protests

Kenya's Daily Nation is reporting that more people have been shot in protests across the country against the electoral commission: 

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All these reports of shootings, including the earlier incidents in Kisumu, are coming from areas on the edge of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

Boko Haram 'tried to turn woman into bomber'

The AFP news agency is reporting on how Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram tried to turn Khadija Ibrahim, 30, into a bomber. 

It quotes her as saying she was abducted by two men from a bus station in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, as she was on her way to hospital: 

They offered me a lift, which I readily accepted because I wanted to be at the hospital on time. They drugged me by placing something on my nose and I lost consciousness.

I just woke up to realise I had been stripped and strapped with a suicide vest and heard one of my captors whispering to me that I was going to do God's work.

AFP quotes Ms Ibrahim as adding that she came around from the effects of the drugs and feigned unconsciousness until she got a chance to escape when their vehicle broke down:

While the driver went to look for water the other man went out to the opened bonnet to examine the engine, which gave me an opportunity to run out of the vehicle."

Read: The town that lost its girls

More tear gas at Kenyan protests

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenyan police have used tear gas to push back  leaders and supporters of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy protesting in the capital, Nairobi.

Protesters have been demanding that the electoral commission be disbanded, alleging that it is biased.

Why are there so many floods in Ghana?

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

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Yesterday some streets were flooded

Torrential rains over the weekend left most parts of Ghana's capital Accra flooded.

Today things are back to normal and no deaths have been confirmed but the floods have exposed problems with drainage once again.

Floods have become a yearly occurrence in Accra.  

More than 100 people died last year in one of the worst floods to hit the country.   

The drains are prone to flooding because people dump rubbish in them.

Ghana floods
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Governments over the years have paid lip service to the need to construct a more effective drainage system.

This is just the beginning of the raining season and more rains are expected.

Local media has also reported flooding in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city.   

'More Kenya fatalities'

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

Unconfirmed reports from Siaya town in western Kenya say two people have been killed in clashes between riot police and opposition protesters. 

Earlier, a man was reportedly killed in Kismuyu city, near Siaya. 

Pope meets top Egyptian Muslim cleric

Pope Francis (C) and Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyib (L), Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, exchange gifts at the Vatican, Vatican City, 23 May 2016.
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A leading Muslim cleric in Egypt has held talks with the Pope at the Vatican, in the latest sign of attempts to improve relations between the world's two most populous faiths. 

"The meeting is the message,'' Pope Francis said, as he met Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, the head of the prestigious Al-Azhar University and mosque. 

The meeting came five years after Al-Azhar froze talks with the Vatican following sharp differences with then-Pope Benedict XVI. 

In 2006, he outraged Muslims when he quoted a Byzantine emperor as saying some of the Prophet Muhammad's teachings were "evil and inhuman" - an allegation Muslims strongly denied. 

Zuma has 'more lives than a cat'

People have been reacting on Twitter to the decision by prosecutors in South Africa not to press ahead with corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma:

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Many said they saw it coming:

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And a unique take on the whole saga:

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'Woman escapes Boko Haram bomb plot'

A woman has escaped after militant Islamist group Boko Haram tried force her to a bomb a market in northern Nigeria's main city, Kano, police are quoted as saying by This Day newspaper

According to police, Khadeja Ibrahim, a mother of three, said she was offered a lift to hospital when she was waiting at a bus stop in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Police quote her saying that she became unconscious and when she woke up she had a suicide belt strapped to her but she escaped when the car developed a mechanical fault.

Photos of Kenya protest

Photos have been coming in of the clashes between police and protesters in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, as the opposition demands the appointment of a new electoral commission ahead of elections next year. 

Women washed their faces from the effects of tear gas lobbed by police who said the protest was illegal: 

Women wash their faces from effects of teargas lobbed by riot policemen to disperse supporters of Kenya"s opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) during a protest at the premises hosting the headquarters of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to demand the disbandment of the electoral body ahead of next year"s election in Nairobi, Kenya, May 23, 2016.
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Other protesters managed to run away: 

Kenya protester
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Police also fired water cannons: 

Kenya water cannons
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While these men push their cart full of goods as they try to avoid getting caught up in the unrest: 

Kenya cart
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School children 'teargassed'

We're getting reports from across Kenya about the protests against the electoral commission.

One journalist in the Kibera slum in the capital, Nairobi, says tear gas was thrown inside a school.

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'Ivory Queen's' case postponed

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Yang Fenglan
AFP

The court case in Tanzania against a 66-year-old Chinese woman accused of being an ivory smuggling kingpin has been postponed until 6 June, a journalist who was in court has told me. 

Yang Fenglan is accused of leading one of Africa's biggest ivory smuggling rings, responsible for more than 700 elephant tusks worth $2.5m (£1.7m) illegally leaving Tanzania for the Far East.

Ms Yang denies all charges.

Read: Who is the 'Ivory Queen'?

Unclear how Kenyan died

Kenya's privately owned The Star newspaper has more details on reports that one person has died during protests against the electoral commission in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu. 

It has confirmed with the hospital that one man has died but the doctor rejected reports that he was shot dead.

Instead the man could have been hit with a blunt object, the newspaper adds.

The newspaper says that the man had been rushed to hospital by two members of parliament.

Zuma 'breathing easier'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Jacob Zuma
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President Jacob Zuma could face 783 charges relating to a 1999 arms deal

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is off the hook, for now, in the corruption case against him over a multi-billion arms deal. 

By appealing against last month's High Court ruling, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has refused to reinstate the charges.

Although chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams was at pains to explain his independence, the opposition still maintains that he is too close to Mr Zuma.

If the Supreme Court of Appeal rules against the NPA, Mr Abrahams would have to go to the highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court.

So the allegations of corruption against the 73-year-old president are still going to be in our daily diet for some time to come.

But the president must be breathing a bit easier now.

'Fatality' at Kenyan protest

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

I have just spoken to a reporter with Radio Namlolwe FM in Kisumu city in western Kenya.

Richard Omondi says one person is confirmed dead and three have been admitted to hospital in Kisumu during protests demanding the disbandment of the electoral commission.

Police used live ammunition, he says. 

The Daily Nation reports that tensions are high:

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Nairobi businesses shut

Business has been disrupted in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, as police and opposition supporters clash, a local newspaper tweets: 

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'Three shot' at Kenyan protests

Three people have been shot by police during protests against the electoral commission in Kenya's western city of KIsumu n protests, a leading Kenyan newspaper has tweeted: 

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The BBC does not have confirmation of the report. 

Zuma 'victim of plot'

South Africa's chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams believes the corruption case against President Jacob Zuma was part of a plot aimed at preventing him from taking office, a respected local journalist has tweeted.

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Key facts in Zuma arms deal case

One of the Saab Gripen fighter jets, bought by the South African Airforce, as part of the country's controversial arms deal - Cape Town, South Africa, 2006
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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been involved in a long-running battle to avoid being charged with corruption over a huge arms deal negotiated by the government at the end of minority rule.

Here are the key facts in the case: 

  • 1999: largest-ever post-apartheid arms deal announced with contracts totalling 30bn rand ($5bn; £2.5bn) to modernise national defence force
  • Deal involved companies from Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, France and South Africa
  • Allegations of bribery over deal dogged governments of President Zuma and his predecessor Thabo Mbeki
  • Mr Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik convicted in 2005 for corruption over deal. Found guilty of trying to solicit bribe from Thint, local subsidiary of French arms firm Thales, on behalf of Mr Zuma - then deputy president. Released on parole on health grounds after serving just over two years
  • Another official, Tony Yengeni, chairman of parliament's defence committee at time of deal and ANC chief whip, convicted of fraud in 2003. Also freed on parole after serving five months of four-year sentence
  • April 2016: commission of inquiry into deal found no further evidence of corruption or fraud.

Zuma corruption case decision condemned

The main opposition party in South Africa is not happy with the decision by South Africa's chief prosecutor over President Jacob Zuma.

Shaun Abrahams said he will ask for leave to appeal against the decision by the High Court that corruption charges against the president should be reinstated.  

The Democratic Alliance suspects that Mr Abrahams is protecting Mr Zuma:

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Kenya protests: Opinion divided

There's mixed reaction on Twitter to the Kenyan police's warning that today's opposition protest against the electoral commission is illegal:  

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'Six grounds of appeal' in Zuma case

The head of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says he will appeal on six grounds against the recommendation of the High Court that corruption charges should be reinstated against President Jacob Zuma. 

A journalist is tweeting from his press conference:   

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Zuma decision 'impartial'

South Africa's chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has said that he acted without fear or favour when he took the decision to appeal against a court's recommendation that President Jacob Zuma should be charged, as a BBC reporter tweets from his press conference: 

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#SpyTapes is trending on South African Twitter

The hashtag #SpyTapes is trending on Twitter in South Africa.

Spy Tapes refers to recordings of phone conversations between officials discussing the timing of a case against President Jacob Zuma on allegations of bribery over an arms deal.  

People are tweeting their commentary to chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams' decision to appeal against the ruling recommending the reinstatement corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

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BreakingZuma ruling to be appealed

South Africa's chief prosecutor says he will appeal against the decision of the High Court, recommending the reinstatement of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

'Tear gas fired at Kenya protest'

BBC World Service

Police in Kenya are reported to have fired teargas at hundreds of protesters in the coastal city of Mombasa. 

The demonstrators are demanding the removal of an election body - the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. 

There are also reports of clashes in the western city of Kisumu. 

Opposition parties want the commission scrapped, because of alleged bias towards President Kenyatta. They're planning protests in all Kenya's major cities today.

'No espionage charges' against SA finance minister

South Africa's chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has put an end to speculation that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan risks being arrested on charges of espionage over an alleged spy unit he had set up in the tax agency when he headed it, as a BBC reporter tweets from the main city, Johannesburg:  

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Robot sent to search for EgyptAir flight data recorders

Egypt has deployed a robot submarine to search for the flight data recorders of the missing EgyptAir plane.  

Some debris has been found but the main body of the plane and the two "black boxes" which record flight data and cockpit transmissions have not yet been located.

The search is now focused on finding these flight recorders, in waters between 2,500m-3,000m deep.  

The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it vanished from radar early on Thursday.  

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Read more about the EgyptAir crash on the BBC News website.

Libya intercepts boats carrying 850 people

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Libyan coastguards say they intercepted boats carrying 850 migrants trying to reach Europe on Sunday.

A spokesman said the migrants from various African countries - including 79 women, 11 of them pregnant - were found in seven inflatable boats near Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli.

Libya has become a major hub for migrants as people traffickers exploit lawlessness in the country.  

Read more on the BBC News website.