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  1. Turkey pushes for closure of Gulen-funded schools in Nigeria
  2. Convoy with food and drugs attacked in northern Nigeria
  3. Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators 'probed for alleged corruption'
  4. Ugandan inspectors 'cane men for misconduct'
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Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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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:

    Quote Message: Notwithstanding the pain, women still long to give birth." A Swahili proverb from sent by Charles Tanui in Eldoret, Kenya
    sent by Charles Tanui in Eldoret, Kenya

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

    We leave you with a picture of the Kenya rugby team posing for a selfie during a sendoff event for the Rio Olympics team:

    Kenyan 7s rugby team posing for a selfie

    You can watch our selection of the best photos of the week from Africa here

  2. Western Sahara singer performs at the Womad festival

    Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim.

    One of the artists presenting workshops at the UK’s Womad Festival today is Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim. 

    Her parents left Western Sahara following its annexation by Morocco in 1975 and she was born in a refugee camp in Algeria. 

    She now lives in Spain and her music is influenced by Saharan and Mediterranean rhythms. Her latest album is Abbar el Hamada. Aziza Brahim and her band will also perform at the festival later today.

    BBC's Manuel Toledo is attending the festival and has snapped a few pictures:

  3. Kenya school fires: Residents 'whip' students

    We have been reporting about the ongoing crisis of school fires in Kenya and the inability of the authorities to stop it. 

    Well, a headmaster in central Kenya took the unusual step of seeking the help of residents living near the school to stop students burning it, according to the Star newspaper

    Francis Wanene's call was answered by 100 residents who whipped and chased the rowdy students out of the school compound, the newspaper reports. 

    The principal then invited the residents to eat the food of the students, it adds.

    A resident was quoted saying that they had invested money to put up the school and that they would not allow the students to destroy it.  

    Three students have been arrested for allegedly inciting the other students, according to the Star. 

  4. SA man 'planned suicide attack'

    One of the South African twins charged with terrorism-related offences had allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing in the country on behalf of the militant Islamic State (IS) group. 

     The allegation is contained in an affidavit presented to a court in the main city, Johannesburg, to show that prosecutors had enough evidence to arrest Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie for planning attacks.

    A journalist has tweeted about it: 

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    A rights group has denied that the twins were holding real guns:

    The brothers were arrested about two weeks ago for allegedly plotting to attack a US diplomatic mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa.

    They have instituted court action to declare their arrest unlawful. 

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    Their sister has expressed a similar view, as this tweet shows:

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    The brothers were arrested about two weeks ago for allegedly plotting to attack a US diplomatic mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa.

    They have launched a court action to declare the raid on their home in Johannesburg's Newclare suburb unlawful. 

  5. Neighbours 'bury the hatchet'

    James Copnall

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    urkina Faso"s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) and Ivory Coast"s President Alassane Ouattara (R) walk after a summit between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso on July 29, 2016 in Yamoussoukro
    Image caption: Burkina Faso"s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara are trying to forge a new relationship

    Cooperation agreements are usually fairly routine, but the 13 treaties signed by Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in the Ivorian capital Yamoussoukro today are significant, not least for what they symbolise.

    The relationship between the neighbours has been rocky recently.

    Blaise Compaore was given refuge in Ivory Coast after the Burkinabe people overthrew him, and then handed Ivorian nationality, apparently to block his extradition to face charges in Ouagadougou.

    The Burkinabe also accused the speaker of the Ivorian parliament, Guillaume Soro, of involvement in last year’s failed coup.

    All these difficult issues were ignored in Yamoussoukro. Instead the presidents smiled, and spoke warm words: we are friends again, was the message.

  6. Egypt FGM doctor arrested

    Campaigners have welcomed the arrest of Egypt's first doctor to have been convicted of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM).

    Raslan Fadl was sentenced in January 2015 over the death of Souheir al-Bataa, a 13-year-old girl who was subjected to the illegal procedure.

    However, he avoided arrest and was said to have carried on working as a doctor.Domestic and international pressure apparently prompted Fadl to surrender, campaign group Equality Now said.FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008 but the country still has one of the highest rates of the practice in the world.

    More than 90% of girls and women aged between 15 and 59 in the country have undergone the procedure in recent years, according to UN estimates.

    Read the full story here

  7. Five tips to succeed in farming

    South African Dimakatso Nono, 34, left her job in finance to return to the family farm. 

    For anyone thinking of following in her footsteps, she gives BBC Africa five tips on how to succeed as a farmer.

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    Video caption: Five tips to succeed in farming
  8. Turkey puts Nigeria on the spot

    Mohammed Kabir Mohammed

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A police officer stands next to an armoured vehicle that was used by soldiers during the coup attempt at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016
    Image caption: Loyalist forces put down the coup attempt

    When the attempted coup in Turkey unfolded, Nigerians debated the issue vigorously on social media, mostly condemning it.  

    And yesterday, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs visited the Turkish ambassador in Nigeria to show their support for democracy in Turkey. 

    Addressing the MPs, Ambassador Hakan Cakil called on the Nigerian government to close down 17 Turkish schools in the country. 

    They were linked, he said, to the alleged mastermind of the coup plot, Fethullah Gulen. 

    Mr Cakil said he had sent a letter to that effect to Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs. 

    Closing these schools may be difficult because of the impact it will have on students. 

    But Turkey is very influential in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. 

    The deputy chairman of the committee, Shehu Sani, told the BBC that given the allegations the ambassador made - that the schools were used to "train terrorists" - Nigeria must investigate the matter before taking any action. 

    As for the government, it has yet to comment. 

  9. Kenyans sentenced to death

    Two suspected members of a Kenyan separatist movement have been sentenced to death for the murder of four police officers in the coastal city of Mombasa during the 2013 election campaign, the AFP news agency reports. 

    High Court Judge Martin Muya said it had been proven "beyond doubt" that Jabri Ali Dzuya and Bwana Mkuu Alwan Jabu were guilty of killing the officers who had responded to an alert in Mombasa's Miritini suburb on 3 March 2013. 

    Two other suspects were acquitted due to lack of evidence.    

    Kenya has not carried out a death sentence for several decades. 

    The killers were accused of belonging to the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group seeking the secession of Kenya's coastal region, which is popular with tourists. 

  10. Olomide 'denied bail'

    Olomide (archive shot)
    Image caption: The rumba star is known for putting on raunchy performances

    Popular Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has failed in his bid to secure bail, his lawyer has said, reports the BBC Maud Jullien from the capital, Kinshasa. 

    A judge turned down his request to be released on parole when he appeared in court in the city. 

    On Monday, polce arrested Mr Olomide, 60, at his home in an upmarket suburb of Kinshasa after he was caught on camera purportedly kicking one of his dancers at the main airport in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

    He was deported from Kenya on Saturday following Friday's incident.

    It led to the rumba star's performances in Kenya and Zambia being cancelled.  

    A judge is considering whether to charge him with assault. He denies the charge. 

  11. Why are Egypt's military courts trying civilians?

    In Egypt, more than 7,000 civilians have been prosecuted in military courts over the past two years.

    Human rights campaigners say there is no guarantee of a fair trial under these circumstances. They also say that the Egyptian army's power is being increased in order to target opponents.

    Listen to the BBC's Sally Nabil reporting from Cairo:

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    Video caption: More than 7,000 civilians have been prosecuted in military courts over the past two years
  12. Uganda backlash over business bailouts

    Plans by the Ugandan government to bailout distressed companies to the tune of more than $400 million have sparked a backlash. The figure is roughly the same as the country's health budget.

    There has been lots of criticism from the public, including suggestions that it is a hand-out for those close to the government.

    However, President Yoweri Museveni says it is important to support businesses which contribute to the economy.

    BBC Africa's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.

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    Video caption: Plans by the Ugandan government to bailout distressed companies sparks a backlash
  13. Is football the answer to peace in Somalia?

    Osman Hassan

    BBC Somali Service

    Puntland team players in Mogadishu, Somalia
    Image caption: The Puntland team came out on top

    Football has achieved in Somalia this month what leaders and negotiators have failed to do in more than two decades.

    Teams from all regions of the country came together in harmony and happiness to play in a football tournament.

    It took place in Mogadishu, the capital, where clan politics has a habit of quickly descending into a bitter conflict.

    However, fans in the stadium cheered on the teams, without incident over 12 days.

    The team from the north-eastern region Puntland won the final 5:3 in a game against Jubaland that was decided by penalties.

    The organisation of the event has been praised, so much so that the BBC Somali Service is holding its debate today on the topic: Is sport the answer to peace?

  14. Huge pro-Kabila rally in DR Congo

    Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
    Image caption: Mr Kabila's supporters have put up a massive show of strength

    Supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila have packed the Tata Raphael stadium in the capital Kinshasa. 

    The meeting has been organised to showcase support for Mr Kabila's "national dialogue" initiative.

    He has invited all political players and civil society group to take part in talks to avoid a political crisis, caused by fears in opposition circles that Mr Kabila wants to cling to power by delaying presidential elections due in November.  

    The BBC's Maud Jullien reports from the rally that the leader of the national assembly told the crowd the president would respect the constitution.

    Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
    Image caption: The president has been in power since 2001

    Mr Kabila is legally bound to stand down at the end of his second elected term, and not to contest the elections due in  November.

    But the constitutional court ruled in May that if poll is delayed, Mr Kabila can remain in power. 

    The electoral commission has already said that it is not ready to meet the November deadline for elections.

    Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
    Image caption: There are fears that he is rallying support to postpone elections and stay in office

    Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who has been out of DR Congo for nearly two years, made a grand return to the country on Wednesday. 

    Moise Katumbe, another opponent of Mr Kabila, fled the country earlier this year after being threatened with arrest. 

  15. Tanzanians react to Dodoma move

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Tanzania's government has announced that it will move its headquarters from the main commercial city, Dar es Salaam, to the capital, Dodoma, about 450km (279 miles) away. 

    The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli in less than a year since coming to office. 

    The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli
    Image caption: The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli

    Residents of Dar es Salaam have been reacting to the news:   

    Quote Message: I think its time the government moved from Dar es Salaam, because it’ll reduce congestion in this city. Because everything, every office, is here.” from Abdallah Uledi
    Abdallah Uledi
    Quote Message: I think this is a good decision because this city is overwhelmed already. So if the government will move to Dodoma, the city will be relieved. But I also believe, many other regions in the country will be better and easily reached by the government’s services.” from William Shirima
    William Shirima
    Quote Message: As you are aware, right now the government has just launched the five-year-development plan. And it's focusing more on industrialization....If you look at the plan now, one thing that comes quickly is that you hope this Dodoma move would have been incorporated." from Blandina Kilama
    Blandina Kilama
  16. 'Air strike' on Nigeria's oil militants

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's military has confirmed to me that it carried out an air strike yesterday on a base of oil militants in the Arepo area in south-western Ogun State. 

    Brigadier General  Rabe Abubakar declined to say how many people killed in the strike, and insisted that only armed men had been targeted. 

    This morning, residents reported seeing a convoy of military vehicles going into the Arepo area - access to which has been restricted.

    Militants have been demanding that the government spend more of Nigeria's oil wealth on poor communities in the oil-producing south. 

    File photo taken September 17, 2008 shows fighters of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) as they prepare for an operation against the Nigerian army in Niger Delta.
    Image caption: Nigeria's oil-rich states have often been hit by conflict

    Read: Nigeria's newest militants

  17. Ugandans caned 'for gambling'

    A Ugandan health official has confirmed to the BBC that some men were caned in remote villages in the east, but has denied that this was because of their failure to build toilets at their homes (see earlier post). 

    Instead, they were caned for gambling in the morning and failing to send their childern to school, Kassim Oyuu said, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire from the capital, Kampala.

    The men preferred to take their punishment on the spot rather being arrested, he added. 

    Mr Oyuu said that while some people were found to have no latrines on their properties, they had given a written undertaking to have them within three weeks. 

    The inspection of villages in the Kaberamaido district was carried out jointly by health, education and security officials, he added. 

  18. Nigerian woman 'breaks glass ceiling' to become student leader

    Nasidi Adamu Yahya

    BBC Hausa Service, Abuja

    Amina Yahaya
    Image caption: Amina Yahaya has been appointed to head Usmanu Danfodiyo University's student union

    A female university student in northern Nigeria has broken a long tradition of male domination of student leadership.

    Amina Yahaya has become the first woman to lead a student union in the north for more than three decades - and the first woman at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in the conservative state of Sokoto.

    She takes over the position after her predecessor was suspended and later impeached for misconduct.

    She was one of the vice-presidents of the union. 

    Despite her notable achievement, Ms Yahaya told the BBC Hausa service that she does not always feel supported by her female counterparts:

    Quote Message: When it comes to leadership issues we [women] are own enemies. We don’t support ourselves mostly because some of us assume that ‘women are arrogant’.”

    However, Ms Yahaya is full of optimism and confidence about her abilities, saying that she hopes to join national politics one day:

    Quote Message: When I came to this university, there was only one female professor in my department. She's been my role model."
  19. Living with Sierra Leone's mine closures

    Man walking outside mine in Sierra Leone

    Three years ago, Sierra Leone was one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa.

    The country's iron ore exports were booming and at one point the economy was growing by 20% a year.

    But then came the slump in commodity prices and the outbreak of Ebola and as a result, two of the country's largest mines closed and the economy shrank.

    You can watch the report by the BBC's Marie Keyworth here.

  20. Juvenile prisoners riot in Morocco

    Moroccan police have put down a violent escape bid by prisoners at a juvenile detention centre in the city of Casablanca, resulting in nine inmates being wounded, the prison service has said, AFP news agency reports. 

    The prisoners attacked staff, set fire to beds and a bus, and tried to break into a weapons depot, it added. 

    Police then intervened to end last night's riot at the Ain Sebaa detention centre, the prison service is quoted as saying.

    A video of the riot is being shared on Twitter:

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