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Summary

  1. Nigeria's Silverbird malls shut 'over debt'
  2. South Africa train collision
  3. Uganda national airline planned
  4. Anti-Eritrea protests in Addis Ababa
  5. South African athlete speaks of redemption after murder
  6. Uganda troops to leave Somalia by end of 2017
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 23 June 2016

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By Farouk Chothia and Damian Zane

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A stubborn person sails in a clay boat." Sent by Ayebale David Livingstone, Hoima, Uganda

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And we leave you with this image of a woman, dressed in the colours of the Eritrean flag and symbolically chained, at a demonstration by Eritrean refugees and dissidents outside the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa:

A woman dressed in the colors of the Eritrean flag stands symbolically chained, at a demonstration by Eritrean refugees and dissidents outside the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Ancestral Soul - Africa's new sound

Central African Republic is not normally associated with cutting-edge electronic music but DJ and Producer Boddhi Satva has gained a global reputation for just that.

Known as the founding father of Ancestral Soul, Boddhi blends dance music with traditional African sounds.  He recently came into the BBC's Focus on Africa studio in London to tell us more about his unique sound:

South Africa train collision injured in hospital

A private South African emergency medical service is tweeting video and pictures from the scene of a train collision in Durban.

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The AFP news agency is quoting other meidcal sources at the scene saying that nearly 130 people have been injured.

Silverbird shopping malls shut in both Abuja and Lagos

We've been reporting about the closure of Nigeria's Silverbird malls over the issue of unpaid debts (see earlier post).

Our reporter sent us pictures of the closed mall in the capital, Abuja.

And the AFP news agency has posted pictures of the shut shopping complex in the main city, Lagos.

Side of shopping mall with closure sign
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Front of shopping mall with closure sign
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The owner of the Silverbird company says the situation will be resolved.

Uganda 'to get national airline'

Yoweri Museveni attends his swearing-in ceremony at the Independance grounds in Uganda"s capital Kampala, May 12, 2016.
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has said he wants a national airline to be set up in the next five years in order to reduce travel costs.  

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the cabinet he appointed after being elected for a fifth term in February, Mr Museveni said Ugandans would save about $420m (£283m) a year if the country had its own airline. 

He added:  

Ugandan travellers are suffering because of, apparently, not having a national airline.

A ticket to Nairobi costs between $1,100-1,200 (business class) and $500-700 (economy class) depending on the time of booking while a ticket to London costs between $2,700-3,000 (business class) and $1,000-1,300 (economy class).

This is a big shame."

UK opposition leader backs call for release of UK citizen in Ethiopia prison

It's a busy day for UK politicians as the country votes on whether to remain in or leave the European Union, but the leader of the opposition has taken time to tweet about a UK citizen in an Ethiopian prison.

Andargachew Tsege was abducted when he was changing planes in Yemen two years ago and taken to Ethiopia, where he is now in jail.

He had been living in the UK since 1979, but was active in Ethiopian opposition politics and was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for an anti-government plot.

The British government has been under pressure to do more to get Mr Andargachew released and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is now adding his voice:

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SA guest house to be investigated

South Africa's Human Rights Commission and the KwaZulu-Natal government have both announced that they will investigate allegations of racism against a guest house after its owner refused to give accommodation to black people (see earlier post).

Local media quoted KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Minister Sihle Zikalala as saying that he had ordered officials to "get to the bottom of matter":  

He added: 

Such behaviour, if true, is not only abhorrent, but it is has no place in the new South Africa we are all trying to build. "

Arrested African athletics on conditional release

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa Sport

Somali athletics coach Jama Aden has been released by police in Spain after being charged with administering banned substances to athletes. 

Aden, who coaches Ethiopian star Genzebe Dibaba, was arrested on Monday. 

He was released with two other personnel, Moroccan physio Ouarid Mounir and Qatar's Sudanese-born athlete Musaeb Balla. 

However, the passports of all three have been confiscated, meaning they cannot travel outside of Spain, and he must report to the police station once a month. 

Aden has yet to comment - but in a post on Facebook, one of his children defended his innocence - saying justice will be served.

The Spanish anti-doping agency has tweeted pictures of evidence that it has found:

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Nigeria's Silverbird mall closures will be 'resolved'

In an earlier post we wrote about the trouble at some of Nigeria's shopping malls owned by Silverbird.

Our correspondent in the capital, Abuja, reported that the Silverbird mall there was shut by the authorities over alleged unpaid debts.

Local media are reporting that the company's outlets in other cities have also been shut.

The owner of Siverbird has tweeted that things will be sorted out:

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The Conversation: How to transport giraffes?

When Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka started out as chief veterinary officer of the Ugandan Wildlife Service her first order of business was to restock her country’s national parks.  

Years of civil war had devastated the country’s wildlife with many animals either shot or eaten. 

In this week’s episode of The Conversation on the BBC World Service, Dr Kalema-Zikusoka talks with her counterpart in Sierra Leone, Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere, about the logistics of transporting giraffes, her love of mountain gorillas and why being a vet is more about people than animals.

Take a listen:

People in Nigeria camp 'haven't eaten for days'

The medical charity MSF says a "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at a makeshift camp in north-eastern Nigeria. 

It houses more than 20,000 people who have fled the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. 

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MSF says nearly 200 people have died of starvation and dehydration. 

It says many of those who have sought refuge at the camp in the city of Bama are traumatised and a fifth of the children they have examined are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. 

A man originally from Bama, who visited the town two days ago, described to the BBC Hausa service what he saw:

At least 20 to 21 people have died everyday and they were dying one after the other. The elderly and the young were also affected because they haven’t eaten for days.

They look starving because they were skinny with bulging eyes. If you see them you will think that they come from the dead."

Zambia's Post newspaper in defiant mood

Edgar Lungu addresses tens of thousands of supporters on May 21, 2016 at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka
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The newspaper is a strong critic of President Edgar Lungu

Despite the authorities ordering its closure over the non-payment of $6.1m (£4.1m) in taxes, Zambia's The Post newspaper has published today with a smaller print run - and a defiant editorial which said:   

As we have repeatedly stated, the actions of the Zambia Revenue Authority against The Post have nothing to do with tax collection.

It is simply a shameless and naked political scheme to silence a critical voice."

Zambia's Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili strongly denied the allegation in an interview with the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme. 

There is no persecution of The Post whatsoever.

I sympathise with my brother [Post editor Fred] M'membe, but evasion of tax is criminal offence."

The Post, a daily newspaper, is a strong critic of President Edgar Lungu who is seeking re-election in polls in August. 

SA unrest 'kills five'

Violent protest in Pretoria
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The government has accused "thugs" of causing the violence

The number of people killed in riots in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, has risen to five, police say.

Two more bodies were found as unrest and looting of shops continued in the city's poor neighbourhood of Mabopane, police added in a statement

About 150 people were arrested in overnight raids, bringing to nearly 200 the number arrested since riots broke out on Sunday, the statement said. 

They have been charged with public violence, malicious damage to property, possession of unlicensed firearms and stolen goods.

The riots broke out after some members of the governing African National Congress (ANC) rejected the nomination of ex-government minister Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate (see earlier post). 

'Many injured' after South African train collission

A private company that assists in medical emergencies has tweeted a dramatic picture from South Africa's coastal city of Durban: 

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South Africa's Eyewitness News is reporting that 70 people have been injured.

The fight for Sirte

The BBC's Quentin Somerville has been in Libya tweeting some images from when he joined pro-government forces in their fight against the so-called Islamic State (see earlier post) in the city of Sirte.

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There have been a lot of casualties.

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And the fighters are getting help from UK and US special forces:

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South Sudan soldiers 'steal' food

BBC Monitoring

Hungry soldiers in South Sudan have stolen food items from a trader at one of the main markets in the capital, Juba, Netherlands-based Radio Tamazuj reports.

When the trader at the Konyo Konyo market asked the soldiers to pay him, they replied that he should go to President Salva Kiir to claim his money as they had not been paid for months, it reports. 

Other traders closed their shops so that the soldiers did not steal from them also, it adds. 

A Ugandan worker unloads velgetables imported from Uganda at Konyo Konyo market in Juba, South Sudan on september 19, 2012.
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Konyo Konyo is the busiest market in Juba

On the front line in the Libyan fight against IS

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville has been with pro-government Libyan forces as they target fighters from the so-called Islamic State in the city of Sirte.

He witnessed how - with the help of a drone and intelligence from UK and US special forces - the pro-government soldiers fired at IS positions in buildings.

Under attack, IS-controlled territory diminishes week after week, but the fighting is leading to a lot of casualties on both sides.

You can read Quentin's report here.

Mahamud Madi
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Pro-government soldier Mahamud Madi: "IS beheaded our children, crucified them, threw them off the roofs of buildings, terrorised the people and abused faith to justify their crimes"

Cameroon lawyers protest over new immunity law

Randy Joe Sa'ah

BBC Africa, Bamenda

Cameroonian lawyers have today staged a street demonstration in the main city in the north-west, Bamenda. 

Lawyers on a demonstration
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They are protesting against a new law which gives immunity against prosecution to government ministers. 

The same law now allows a tenant to go to prison for failing to pay rents. 

Demonstration banner
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The police tried to disrupt the lawyers' protest.

Lawyers on a demonstration
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Emergency yellow fever vaccination on Angola DR Congo border

The World Health Organization is to begin an emergency vaccination campaign along the border between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo in an effort to prevent the spread of yellow fever. 

The campaign, which will get underway in the next few weeks, will also target the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, where an epidemic has been declared. 

The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed nearly 350 people in Angola, where it began, and more than 70 in the DRC. 

The global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine has been depleted, mainly because of large-scale immunisation campaigns in Angola. 

Woman with yellow fever in hospital bed
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There have been more than 3,000 suspected cases of yellow fever in Angola

Read Angola's front line against yellow fever

Controversial SA mayoral candidate hopes community can work together

In South Africa, the selection by the governing ANC of Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for Tshwane caused two days of violence as some in the party expressed their anger over the decision.

The Tshwane area includes the capital, Pretoria.

Ms Didiza, a former cabinet minister from KwaZulu-Natal province, has been talking to the media today and trying to calm tempers.

The ANC has been tweeting some of her comments:

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Top Nigeria shopping mall shut over 'bad debts'

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigeria's bad debt recovery agency (Amcon) has shut down the Silverbird mall in the heart of the capital, Abuja. It's the city's largest shopping and leisure centre. 

Closure notice outside the building
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There are reports that Silverbird malls elsewhere in the country have also been closed.

The company is owned by an MP from the opposition PDP party. 

Stern-looking armed police officers turned back prospective shoppers and staff were left wondering where to go.

Guard in front of security gate
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Local media say the premises were closed over a $39m (£26m) debt.

Amcon was set up in 2010 to buy and recover banks' bad loans on behalf of the Nigerian government. 

Ugandan forces to 'withdraw' from Somalia

Catherine Byaruhanga

BBC Africa, Kampala

Uganda has decided to pull its troops out of Somalia by December 2017. 

It provides the biggest contingent of soldiers to the African Union force fighting militant Islamist group Al-Shabab.  

Uganda's Chief of Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala, told the BBC the decision was taken because of frustration with the Somali army and international partners. 

He said it was time for Somalia's army to take over its own security, but that was not happening. 

Ugandan African Union forces arrive in KM50 Ala-Yasir, Lower Shebelle on September 13, 2012 as part of rotation
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Ugabdan troops have played a vital role in pushing al-Shabab out of many urban areas

The US, UK and Turkey were among countries training Somali soldiers and police officers. 

But Uganda's government says they are not coordinating their activities and this is causing problems. 

Some have questioned the effectiveness of the AU mission in Somalia because it has struggled to secure areas outside the big towns. It has also been plagued by allegations of corruption. 

General Wamala said Uganda could pull out before December 2017 if another country was found to replace it.  

Controversial ANC mayoral candidate introduced

Karen Allen

BBC Southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

 In South Africa, the governing African National Congress (ANC) is introducing its mayoral candidate for the Tshwane metropolitan council, which includes the capital Pretoria,  just days after three people were killed during unrest against her nomination. 

There's a heavy police presence in some of the poorer neighbourhoods around Pretoria where the atmosphere remains tense. 

Violence was triggered earlier this week when the ANC selected Thoko Didiza, a former cabinet minister, as its preferred choice for mayor, ahead of local government elections in six weeks time.

A resident from Mamelodi scavenges parts from the charred remain of a bus that was burnt during the 3 days long protest in Mamelodi on June 22, 2016
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Ms Didiza was put forward as a compromise candidate by the ANC, which is increasingly having to battle with factionalism within its ranks and whose leadership is seen by some to be out of touch with the grassroots. 

One ANC member was shot dead and two looters were killed following several days of disturbances which saw shops ransacked, buildings and vehicles set alight. 

Although the ANC is expected to win the majority of municipalities in a country where the opposition is still divided, the biggest threat to the party could be voter apathy amongst those who feel it's being blighted by cronyism and failing to deliver basic public services.

In Pictures: Pretoria protest

Ex-ICC prosecutor: We wanted to send a message

Former International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he wanted to send a message to the world with the cases he pursued, reports the New York Times.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo was criticised by some in Africa as he pursued cases against those thought to be behind the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 election and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for alleged genocide in Darfur.

All the Kenya cases, including against President Uhuru Kenyatta, have since been dropped.

The ICC has been accused of pursuing only African cases.

Referring to the 2007 Kenyan election, the former prosecutor is quoted as saying:

The most important thing is the prevention of crime...

The suspect became president. But there was no violence in the [2013] elections.”

The piece also quotes a critic of Mr Moreno-Ocampo:

He rushed into something in the belief it would give him publicity and credibility...

Instead he created a now almost impossible situation which has discredited the court.”

Moreno-Ocampo addressing a press conference
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Luis Moreno-Ocampo went to Kenya in the wake of the of the violence that followed the 2007 election

Call to boycott SA guest house

Leader of the South African oppposition party 'Democratic Alliance' (DA) MMusi Maimane speaks during a no-confidence debate called by his party, on the leadership of South African President, in the National Assembly of the South African Parliament, on March 01, 2016, in Cape Town
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The leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance has called for a boycott of a guest house at the centre of a racial storm (see earlier post):  

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There's been lots of comment on Twitter following reports that a black person was not allowed to boom accommodation at the Sodwana Bay guest house, along the KwaZulu-Natal.

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#KenyaEthiopiaTies trends in Kenya as Ethiopia PM visits

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcoming Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn from neighbouring Ethiopia to state house in Nairobi.

He's tweeted this picture of the two of them with an intimidating stuffed lion in the foreground:

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#KenyaEthiopiaTies is trending on Twitter as a result of the visit.

A TV news station says that Mr Hailemariam has pledged his country's support to Kenya:

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Many are welcoming the visit and what it could mean:

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Traditionally, Kenya has been closer to Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south, and some are seeing this is a pivot northwards.

Recently, landlocked Uganda chose Tanzania over Kenya for the route of its oil pipeline to the sea.

Hence this tweet:

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Cameroon debates making adultery illegal for men

Men who commit adultery could be sent to jail under a new law being debated by parliament in Cameroon.

The bill, which has the backing of President's Paul Biya's party, is expected to be approved.

Currently, women can be jailed for between two to six months for having sexual relations outside marriage.

Bar Association head Ngnie Kamga has said that the law would "take Cameroon backwards and would send more people to prisons".

African innovation celebrated in Botswana

Ten inventors are in the running for the Innovation Prize for Africa, which is due to be awarded at a ceremony in Botswana at 15:00 GMT.

Among the shortlist are:

  • Nigeria's Dr Eddy Agbo who has come up with a urine test for malaria, which can diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes
  • Egypt's Youssef Rashed, who has developed software that can analyse architectural plans to see if the building will be stable 
  • Kenya's Samuel Rigu, who has created a low-cost fertilizer made from purely organic products designed to improve yields by up to 30%.

You can read more about them on the prize's website.

The winner will get $100,000 (£67,000) to spend to develop their product.

The organisers are tweeting short videos of the build up to the prize giving in Botswana:

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Ghana's Mahama denies taking bribe

Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress supporters carry a picture of re-elected Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama during a mandate acceptance rally at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on December 10, 2012
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Mr Mahama is expected to seek re-election in November

Ghana's President John Mahama has hit back at critics over allegations that he received a car as a bribe from a businessman in Burkina Faso. 

The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has alleged that Mr Mahama received the four-wheel-drive vehicle in a bid to influence the awarding of a road building contract and a wall's construction at Ghana's diplomatic mission in Burkina Faso.    

AFP news agency reports that Mr Mahama has dismissed the allegation as politicking ahead of elections in November:  

I've been president in this country, if you believe I have indulged in corruption you have the constitutional means to do what you want to do.

But when you make baseless rumours and accusations, it won't win you the presidency.

The people of Ghana are discerning and I believe that come 7 November [the next election] they will make their decision."

The government has confirmed receiving the car, but denies it was a bribe. 

It says the car has been added to the government's car pool.  

Mr Mahama is expected to run for a second term in the November poll. 

South African claims racism is 'God's law'

Beach in Durban
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Apartheid was declared a crime against humanity by the UN

The owner of a guest house in South Africa has defended his decision to refuse accommodation to black people, saying he was following "God's law".

The IOL news site reported that Andre Slate, the owner of Sodwana Bay Guest House in KwaZulu-Natal province, refused to take the booking of a black person, Sizakele Msimango. 

“We do not accommodate blacks or government employees any longer,” it quotes an e-mail he sent to Ms Msimango as saying.

The Johannesburg-based Star newspaper contacted Mr Slate, who confirmed that he had rejected her reservation request.

Told that South Africa's constitution did not allow discrimination on the grounds of race, Mr Slate replied: 

Well, according to your constitution, perhaps yes, but we work according to God’s law and, according to God’s law, we have to have some sort of segregation between the creation that he left here...

The law you have in South Africa is Satan’s law.”

Ms Msimango told The Star she was angry with Mr Slate's response, and wrote back an email saying: 

This is appalling. This makes me wonder to myself if the president of this country (the country you live in) is not allowed in your whites-only guest house since he is black."

Apartheid, a legalised system of discrimination which was described by the UN as a crime against humanity, ended in South Africa in 1994.   

People demonstrate, in April 1960 in Johannesburg, in protest against the Sharpeville massacre, where at least 180 black Africans were injured and 69 killed when South African police opened fire on demonstrators, 21 March 1960
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A worldwide campaign was launched to end apartheid

  You can listen to The Star's interview with Mr Slate here

Kenya regulations could 'jeopardise aid work'

The new regulations introduced by Kenya's government regarding charities employing foreign workers could jeopardise aid work, an aid agency has said, reports the BBC's Abdinoor Aden in Nairobi.

Rules that came into force earlier this week say that, with some exceptions, foreigners cannot be employed if there are Kenyans who can do the job.

Representatives from aid agencies met the government body that regulates the NGO sector in the capital, Nairobi.

Dario Zecchini, from the charity Terre Solidali, said the operations of his organisation could be affected.

Aid agencies have accused the Kenyan government of only setting out strict regulations instead of providing support.

People sitting around a table at breakfast meeting
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Representatives from aid agencies and the government held a breakfast meeting in Nairobi

Kenyatta signs anti-doping law

Kenya's president has tweeted: 

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Mr Kenyatta said Kenya was now waiting for the World Anti-Doping Agency to declare it compliant with its rules - a move which will open the way for Kenyan athletes to take part in the Olympic Games in Brazil in August.

He added: 

Kenya has always supported clean sport and will continue to do so."

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia protest against their president

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

Eritrean protesters
BBC

Hundreds of Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia are demonstrating in the capital, Addis Ababa, in support of the UN's recent human rights report into Eritrea, known as the Commission of Inquiry, that said there were systematic crimes against humanity.

"It is not law that rules Eritreans - but fear," the report said, which details allegations of extrajudicial killings, sexual slavery and enforced labour.

The government described the report as "politically motivated and groundless".  

The protesters are carrying banners calling for Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to be taken to the International Criminal Court. 

Eritrean protesters
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They have also presented a petition to the African Union asking it to push for the full implementation of the report. 

Letter addressed to AU
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Protests are also taking place in northern Ethiopia where thousands of people who fled Eritrea over the years are now living as refugees.  

Earlier this week, pro-government Eritreans protested against the UN report in Geneva, where it was being discussed.

Pistorius does not want to 'waste his life' in prison

Oscar Pistorius cries during his resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court on June 15, 2016
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Pistorius fired several shots at his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, killing her

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has said he he does not want to "waste my life" behind bars. 

In his first TV interview since he shot her dead at his home on Valentine's Day 2013, he said: 

If I was afforded the opportunity of redemption I would like to help the less fortunate like I had in my past.

I would like to believe that if Reeva could look down upon me that she would want me to live that life."

The former Olympic and Paralympic star made the comments ahead of his sentencing on 6 July. 

Ms Steenkamp's father Barry Steenkamp has said he "must pay" for killing her. 

Pistorius and Steenkamp
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MS Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius' home

The UK's Guardian newspaper has published excerpts of Pistorius' interview, which is to be broadcast on British television on Friday. 

Read: The making and unmaking of Pistorius

Nigeria refugees from Boko Haram 'starving'

Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says.

A "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.

Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF adds.

The Islamist group's seven-year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.

Nigeria's military has carried out a large-scale offensive against them but Boko Haram still attacks villages in the north-east, destroying homes and burning down wells.

People displaced from Bama
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Two million have been displaced by the violence in north-east Nigeria

Read more from BBC News Online here.

Foreign workers targeted in Nigeria kidnapping

Australian officials say that gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped seven employees of an Australian mining company Macmahon. 

They include three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African. 

A convoy of cars carrying the men was ambushed near the city of Calabar in Cross River State on Wednesday, and one of the drivers was killed. 

Media reports say the kidnapped men were then bundled onto a waiting boat. 

Nigerian gangs frequently target the employees of foreign companies in the hope of exchanging them for ransom. 

Nigerian police say they are working with the navy to ensure the men are released unharmed.

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