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  1. US ambassador fails to show up at sexual misconduct hearing
  2. Zimbabwe kicks out journalists
  3. Children die in fire at orphanage in South Africa
  4. Ugandan soldiers head for Juba to rescue trapped citizens
  5. 'Dozens die' in Cameroonian prisons
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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:

The one who knows the path is the one who has been treading it. "

A Shona proverb sent by Hatidani Tondoya, Cape Town, South Africa.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this photo of children in South Africa wearing T-shirts with an image of Nkosi Johnson, one of the youngest victims of the HIV epidemic, ahead of next week's the AIDS2016 International Conference:

A child wears a cross over a top featuring the image of the late Nkosi Johnson, one of the youngest victims of the HIV epidemic and died in 2001 from the disease, during the launch of the 5-Day countdown ahead of the AIDS2016 International Conference, at the orphanage Nkosi"s Haven, which was named after Johnson, in Johannesburg, South Africa July 13, 2016

US diplomat fails to show up at Nigeria sex assault hearing

Haruna Shehu Tangaza

BBC Africa, Abuja

The US ambassador to Nigeria has snubbed Nigeria's parliament, refusing to appear before a panel investigating his allegation that three lawmakers were involved in sexual misconduct during a visit to the US in April.

House of Representatives spokesman  Abdurrazak Namdaz  told the BBC that James Entwhistle  did not give any reason for failing to appear before the panel of lawmakers. 

The panel was set up after Mr Entwhistle wrote to Nigeria parliament speaker, Yakubu Dogara, alleging that three of  a 10-man delegation to a good governance exchange programme had allegedly been involved in behaviour that "left a very negative impression of Nigeria".

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The allegations have negatively affected diplomatic ties between Nigeria and the US

He wrote that  Mohammed Garba Gololo "allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex", while Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon "allegedly requested hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes".

All three strongly denied the allegation, and threatened to sue to clear their names. 

The panel  postponed the hearing to 20 July following Mr Entwhistle's failure to attend, Mr Namdaz said. 

Mr Entwhistle has not yet commented.  

Tanzania's name and shame for motorists proves popular

It seems our earlier story about the initiative by police in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam to stop drivers flouting traffic laws has been very popular with our Facebook users.

Here's a sample of their views: 

Tanzania seems to be blazing the trail in recent times on the continent. Kudos to the police there."

Theophilus Gblorkpor, Ghana

Well done Tanzania Police. I hope Liberia police will emulate the example."

Mohamed Ahmed Mansour, Liberia

Wish the Nigerian police could learn from this. Smart and creative."

Precious P-Money Nwanganga, Nigeria

Boris Johnson will 'have to up his game'

Farai Sevenzo

Zimbabwean journalist

Newly appointed UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is a consummate politician, whose appetites are as varied as his wit. He is a favourite of the press for the colourful copy his life and personality consistently deliver.

But there is the whiff of a 1940s colonial district administrator about his utterances when it comes to people and cultures from beyond his social circles (see earlier posts).

Born in 1964, his attitude is full of the arrogance of empire and the condescension of so-called “civilisers".

He needs to up his diplomatic game despite his full Brexit in-tray – no part of modern Africa will stand much of what are essentially obnoxious out-of-date views of a continent many see as a rising market, whose citizens are well read and tech savvy and whose writers, black and white, have won five Nobel prizes for literature.  

Many Africans will be hoping the Foreign Office has a suitable diplomacy class for the new minister, which, if anything, can remove the foot from his mouth.  

Read more: Viewpoint - Boris Johnson and his 'colonial views' on Africa

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses staff inside the Foreign Office in London
Mr Johnson led the campaign to get the UK out of the European Union

Confidential police report on Kenya shooting

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A confidential police report  leaked to me says that a guard at the police station in north-western Kenya's  Kapenguria was behind today's shooting spree. 

It says PC Abdihakim Maslah killed six policeman at the station. A seventh policeman was killed during the operation to "retake" the police station. 

Maslah was also killed in the shootout, the report adds. 

Egyptian striker Hossam Hassan avoids jail term

Hossam Hassan
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Al Masry coach Hossam Hassan is a former captain of Egypt

Egypt's all-time leading scorer Hossam Hassan has been spared a possible prison sentence after a police photographer dropped his case against the striker.

The Al Masry coach had been due to appear in court on Saturday charged with assaulting the photographer after an Egyptian league match last Friday.

The incident happened as players and officials from Al Masry and Ghazl Al Mahalla clashed after the two sides drew 2-2.

 "I decided to end the case as I love city of Port Said [where Al Masry is based] and let me tell you that I love Hossam Hassan and his twin Ibrahim as they made the Egyptians happy," the police photographer Reda Abdelmaged said to reporters.  

Read the full story here:

'Disgruntled policeman' was behind Kenya killings

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Security officers and local leaders are now saying that a disgruntled policeman killed at least four of his colleagues at a police station in Kenya's north-western Kapenguria town.

The policeman went on a shooting spree after his request to leave the force was denied by his superiors, they added.

Heavy blasts and gunfire was heard  for several hours around the station as police commandos - sent from the capital, Nairobi -  tried to neutralize the shooter.

He is reported to have been killed. 

Earlier, the security officers and local leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said militant Islamic group al-Shabab was suspected to be behind the attack.

South Sudan's leader rejects more peace troops

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has rejected the idea of greater foreign military intervention in his country, saying he would not accept a single soldier. 

The regional development body Igad had proposed reinforcing the UN peacekeeping mission already in South Sudan, after troops loyal to Mr Kiir clashed with the forces of Vice-President Riek Machar.

Mr Machar's side has called for a UN buffer force between the warring parties. 

Soldier in South Sudan
Rival government forces clashed in South Sudan from Friday to Monday

Italian agent charged with doping in Kenya

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Italian sports agent Federico Rosa

Italian sports agent Federico Rosa, who managed former Kenyan Olympic athlete Rita Jeptoo, has been charged in court over the  alleged use of prohibited performance enhancing substances on local athletes.

Rosa denied six counts of doping when he appeared in court in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

He was remanded in police custody, until the court rules on his bail application on Monday. 

It will also decide whether should be given back his passport so that he can travel with his athletes to Europe and Latin America. 

Jeptoo, winner of  the Boston and Chicago marathons,was banned for two years in 2014 after failing a drugs test.      

'Dynamite attack' in Nigeria

"Hoodlums" have blown up a state-owned gas pipeline with dynamite  in south-western NIgeria, police have said, the Associated Press news agency is reporting. 

The attackers posed as repairmen, before carrying out the attack on the gas pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Ogun state, Deputy Superintendent Olumuyiwa Adejobi is quoted as saying. 

AP says it is the first such attack in the state. 

It is unclear who was behind it. 

The Niger Delta Avengers group has carried out a spate of attacks on oil and gas installations in other areas, saying it wants poor communities to benefit more from Nigeria's oil wealth. 

Read: Who are the Niger Delta Avengers? 

Oil militant (archive shot)

Was South Sudanese reporter surrendering when shot?

Mark Doyle

International development journalist

John Gatluak
John Gatluak's employer Internews says his third child was born the day after he died

More details have emerged about the killing of South Sudanese journalist John Gatluak. Reliable sources said Mr Gatluak was deliberately shot in the head on Monday after soldiers had broken into a residential compound in the capital Juba. 

A photo of Mr Gatluak’s dead body, taken where he was killed in the compound, shows his arms outstretched on the ground above his head – indicating that he may have had his hands up in submission when he was shot. 

It is not clear whether the killer of Mr Gatluak was with government or opposition forces. But government forces were in the area of the residential compound after earlier mounting an offensive on the nearby headquarters of Riek Machar, the opposition leader and deputy president. 

Mr Machar is from the Nuer ethnic group; government forces are mainly ethnic Dinka. Mr Gatluak was recognisably Nuer, with traditional Nuer scarifications on his face.

He was an intensely thoughtful man. I was with him in May this year when he recorded an interview with a senior government official. He was polite, but accurate and probing – the sort of journalist South Sudan so badly needs. 

South African golfer hits hole-in-one on first days play

Oosthuizen gets 'magical' hole-in-one

South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen hits a spectacular hole-in-one on the 14th hole during the first day of The Open at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland.  

Machar spokesman says attempts made to arrest ministers

South Sudanese Vice-President Riek Machar's spokesman has shared a post on social media in which he says attempts have been made to arrest ministers allied with his boss.

Facebook post from James Gatdet
James Gatdet Dak

Mr Machar left Juba after heaving fighting between forces loyal to him and those of Mr Kiir. 

The two leaders have been involved in a power struggle since 2013, with various peace initiatives aimed at ending the conflict collapsing.

See earlier post for Kiir's latest olive branch

Elephant 'kills woman in South Africa'

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park elephants
Elephants are aggressive during the mating season

An elephant has crushed to death a wildlife official  at a popular game reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province after she tripped while running away from the animal, the local IOL news site reports

 Thembisile Mchunu, 47, was on her way out of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where she had been inspecting alien plants, when the incident happened, it adds. 

The news site quotes colleague Amon Sitholehe as saying:

A witness said the elephant lifted her up before dropping and crushing her."

 KwaZulu-Natal wildlife spokesman Musa Mntambo added: 

We are not sure what provoked the animal, but elephants are aggressive when it’s mating season. It is also possible it got scared. "

We send condolences to her family. We will help the family carry the funeral expenses."

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

The most dangerous waters in the world are no longer off the coast of Somalia, but off Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea.

Vessels there are more likely to have their crews kidnapped than their cargoes taken, and the tactic is on the rise.

BBC Africa Security correspondent Tomi Oladipo explains why.

BBC Africa Experts: Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Foreign journalists kicked out of Zimbabwe

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

Zimbabwe has deported Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford and her camera person, putting them on a flight to neighbouring South Africa. 

A source told me the two, who had sneaked into the country to cover the protests organised by #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire, were traced to a lodge in the capital, Harare, yesterday evening.

The two were immediately driven to the international airport where they spent the night in detention. 

They have arrived safely in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, after flying out of Harare this morning.

Read: Zimbabwe's flag fury

South Sudan's Kiir wants talks with rival Machar

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called on rival Riek Machar on Thursday to meet for talks to salvage peace after days of intense gun battles in the capital Juba, reported the AFP news agency.

Speaking in public for the first time since fighting erupted on Friday Mr Kiir said "I don't want any more bloodshed in South Sudan.

"I want Dr Riek Machar, the first vice-president of the republic, to be near me, so we can chart the way forward."

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Vice -President Riek Machar

Naming and shaming motorists in Tanzania

Motorist standing with chalk board with his details and traffic violation displayed in chalk
Mohammed Jamal's offence was driving his car in a bus lane

Police in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam have found a novel way of stopping motorists from flouting traffic laws, by naming and shaming them.

Motorists have been taking shortcuts by crossing into new lanes reserved for fast buses, causing a rise in accidents..

Instead of charging drivers, traffic officers are  ordering them to stand by their car and hold a display board with their personal details - including name, age and religion - and the traffic law they violated.

The police say this punishment is working and is helping to make sure the courts don't get clogged up.

#ThisFlag pastor hailed on Twitter

Zimbabwe's Pastor Evan Mawarire has turned into a hero on Twitter for standing up to President Robert Mugabe's government. 

He was freed last night after a court in the capital, Harare, threw out subversion charges brought against him by prosecutors. 

The pastor incurred the wrath for spearheading a campaign on social  media, under the hastag #ThisFlag, against the deteriorating economic situation in a country ruled by Mr Mugabe, 92, since 1980.  

His supporters on Twitter have been celebrating his release: 

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Chinese citizens evacuated from South Sudan

Foreign governments are continuing to airlift foreigners from South Sudan after deadly heavy fighting in the capital, Juba, between rival government force leftat least 270 people dead. 

A Ugandan radio station is tweeting about the latest arrivals at the country's international airport: 

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'Dozens die' in Cameroon's prisons

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a soldier standing guard by a machine gun
Cameroon's military has been battling to end attacks by militant Islamists

Leading human rights group Amnesty International says dozens of people accused of belonging to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram have died in horrific conditions at prisons in Cameroon.

In a report,  Amnesty said the suspects died of disease, malnutrition and in some cases had been tortured to death. 

It added that Cameroon has detained more than 1,000 people accused of supporting Boko Haram. 

But in many cases, Amnesty said, the suspects were arrested without any reasonable suspicion that they had committed a crime.

 They are being held in what the organisation describes as "inhumane" conditions.

 At one prison in the north, up to eight people are dying a month. 

 Amnesty said it had  also documented extrajudicial killings by the security forces and six cases where suspects were tortured to death.

 The government in Cameroon has yet to respond to the allegations.

'Militant killed' in Kenya

A suspected member of militant Islamist group al-Shabab, who was at the centre of a deadly assault on a police station in north-western Kenya, has been killed, local media are quoting police as saying.  

Kenyan police chiefs had sent an elite squad - which included hostage rescuers - to Kapenguria town after the attack on the local police station.

Commandos stormed the station, and killed the suspected militant, local media report. 

It is unclear how many gunmen were involved in the attack, which left between four and six policemen dead.  

We'll bring you more details as they come in. 

Boris Johnson's past comments on global leaders

Boris Johnson appointment as the new UK Foreign Secretary has been greeted with mixed reaction around the world  - not least because he has been less than diplomatic about other countries and their leaders in the past.  

Cartoon of Boris Johnson kissing Donald Trump
Boris isn't quite this affectionate with Trump: he has accused him of "stupefying ignorance"

Read more here:

Rwanda defies ICC over Sudanese leader

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Kigali

Rwanda has dismissed a request by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir if he attends the African Union Summit being held in the capital,Kigali, this weekend.

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the request - made in a letter two days ago - was a "distraction". 

 Earlier this week, the Hague based court reported Djibouti and Uganda to the United Nations Security Council for failing to arrest President Bashir when he traveled to the countries. 

South Africa's courts ruled that President Jacob Zuma's government breached its international obligations by ignoring an ICC request to arrest Mr Bashir when he attended an AU summit in Johannesburg last year. 

Sudan"s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) laughs while having a conversation with his South African countarpart Jacob Zuma at the swearing-in ceremony of Uganda"s president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Kololo independence grounds in Kampala, Uganda, May 12, 2016.
Mr Zuma (L) argued that Mr Bashir (R) had diplomatic immunity

 AU leaders will once again discuss the thorny issue of their relationship with the ICC at the Kigali summit. 

Many African leaders accuse the ICC of being racially biased by failing to arrest warrants for other world leaders accused of war crimes. 

The ICC says it is trying to achieve justice for victims of conflict in Africa. 

It wants to try Mr Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur. 

He denies the charges. 

India to airlift its nationals from South Sudan

An Indian Air Force C-17 (C) aircraft
An Indian Air Force C-17 (C) one of two going to South Sudan

India has sent two aircraft to South Sudan's capital Juba  to evacuate more than 300 of its nationals  stranded there by recent fighting, the Times of India reports.

It quotes the ministry of external affairs as saying that  there are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, 450 of them are in the capital and nearly 150 in other areas. .

The BBC's Abinoor Aden has  tweet about it:

Indian nationals to be evacuated from #SouthSudan using special aircraft.Its Embassy issues safety alert to citizens

Indian nationals to be evacuated from #SouthSudan using special aircraft.Its Embassy issues safety alert to citizens

SA fire in boys section of orphanage

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Six children and two adults died in the fire which broke out at the Key of Hope orphanage in the early hours of this morning in South Africa's coastal city of Durban. The youngest of the victims was eight years old. 

Rescue officials say the fire tore through the boys section of the orphanage. It took four hours to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Twitterati reacts to Buhari in military uniform

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari donned a military uniform on his visit yesterday to northwestern Zamfara State to launch a new military operation to tackle cattle rustling. 

The looks of the ex-military ruler - who returned to power last year after defeating then-incumbent Goodluck  Jonathan in elections -  has provoked lots of comments on social media:

Good luck and Buhari who look better in military uniform

Good luck and Buhari who look better in military uniform

31 years after – President (General) Muhammadu Buhari wears a military uniform once again #Security #NigerianArmyDay
31 years after – President (General) Muhammadu Buhari wears a military uniform once again #Security #NigerianArmyDay

31 years after – President (General) Muhammadu Buhari wears a military uniform once again #Security #NigerianArmyDay

"Buhari Has Only Fulfilled One Campaign Promise" – Buharimeter. Guess which one- he wore his military uniform again.

"Buhari Has Only Fulfilled One Campaign Promise" – Buharimeter. Guess which one- he wore his military uniform again.

Ugandan troops 'cross into South Sudan'

Newly arrived refugees from South Sudan queue to receive food at the Nyumanzi transit centre in Adjumani on July 13, 2016.
The fighting has turned tens of thousands of people into refugees

A heavily-armed Ugandan military convoy has crossed into South Sudan to evacuate citizens trapped by recent fighting in the capital, Juba, the AFP news agency is reporting from the border. 

The convoy of around 50 trucks, escorted by machine gun-mounted armoured vehicles, crossed the border at Nimule, some 200km (120 miles) from Juba, it reports. 

The agency quotes army chief Brigadier Leopold Kyanda as saying: 

We plan to go to Juba to extract 3,000 Ugandans stranded by fighting, but that number may grow as we will evacuate anyone who wants to leave of any nationality.

There may even be some South Sudanese who want to leave."

Read: We want peace - and ice cream

Freed Zimbabwean pastor says 'keep on protesting'

Evan Mawarire
Evan Mawarire said stay-at-home protests were best as they were within the law

A Zimbabwean pastor who was briefly detained after organising a nationwide strike last week has called on people to keep protesting.

Evan Mawarire told the BBC people should stay at home as part of a campaign against corruption, economic mismanagement and unemployment.

He said the campaign was serious about wanting change.

Mr Mawarire was freed on Wednesday when a court in Harare dismissed a legal case against him.  

Read the full BBC story here

Kenyan police confirm casualties

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

I have just spoken to Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinet who has confirmed the killing of four police officers at a police station in north-western Kapenguria town. 

He said many others had been wounded. 

He declined to confirm or deny that gunmen from militant Islamist group al-Shabab raided the police station. Local leaders, security officers and journalists said that suspected militants carried out the assault to free a colleague who was arrested two days ago for allegedly recruiting youth into al-Shabab. 

Boris Johnson's 'risible views' on Africa

Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves his home in north London, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to put the finishing touches to her top team
Mr Johnson's appointment to the top post has surprised many people

Newly appointed UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has expressed controversial views about Africa in the past, as this American political scientist points out in a tweet:    

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Deadly fire at orphanage in South Africa

A fire has swept through an orphanage in South Africa's coastal city of Durban, killing at least seven people, most of them children, the emergency services are quoted in local media as saying. 

Police have sealed off the orphanage as investigations are carried out into the cause of the fire. 

The ages of those killed ranged from four years to 21 years, the eNCA news site reports.   

Militants raid Kenyan police station

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

More than five police officers are feared dead in north-western Kenya after suspected militant Islamists raided a police station. 

The al-Shabab gunmen are said to have carried out the assault in a bid to rescue one of their colleagues being held at the police station in Kapenguria town.

Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)
Al-Shabab is a potent threat in East Africa

Read: Who are al-Shabab?

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

The one who knows the path is the one who has been treading it. "

A Shona proverb sent by Hatidani Tondoya, Cape Town, South Africa.
A man pushes his bicycle along a path in the town of Mbanza-Ngungu, in the western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on September 10, 2015.

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