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Summary

  1. International court hears Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute
  2. Ethiopian government apologises over mistakes in school books
  3. Man behind knife attack in US mall was "Kenyan-born"
  4. Deadly protest in DR Congo to force president to step down
  5. South Africa's president leads tributes following death of music legend
  6. Nigerian Muslim group warns schools not to harass hijab-wearing students
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  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 19 September 2016

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: Work is the medicine for poverty." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Simeon Akpanudo, Lagos, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Simeon Akpanudo, Lagos, Nigeria

    And we leave you with this photo of a red winged starling cooling off in hot weather by fluttering back and forth across a pond at the University of Cape Town in South Africa:

    A Red Winged Starling cools off in hot weather by fluttering back and forth across a pond at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 19 September 2016.
  2. South Africa's students react to plans to increase university fees

    We reported about plans by South Africa's government to increase university fees and the threat of students from Wits university to shut down the institution. 

    The Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said that fees could increase by up to eight percent in 2017 - but the exact figure was up to individual institutions.

    Student activist and ANC Youth League member Mcebo Dlamini spoke with BBC's Focus on Africa programme about why they are opposed to the rise in the fees:

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    Video caption: Student activist Mcebo Dlamini lays out the demands of those opposed to the fee increase
  3. Ghana's opposition criticises coffin protest

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Members of Ghana's opposition National Patriotic Party have condemned a stunt by supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress, who displayed a coffin bearing a portrait of their leader 72-year-old Nana Akufo-Addo, at an NDC meeting. 

    The Daily Guide newspaper reported on the story today: 

    Front page

    The spectacle was intended to convey that the governing NDC will bury Mr Akufo-Addo in the 7 November presidential election. 

    This incident comes in the wake of a recent report in an online magazine that the opposition leader is suffering from cancer - something his doctor has denied. 

    Some analysts believe the election will be the twice-defeated Mr Akufo-Addo's last opportunity to win the presidency because of his age.

    NDC party officials have denied involvement in the coffin protest which happened in Sunyani city in a meeting discussing the party's election manifesto.

  4. Historic Malian mosque door restored to its former glory

    This file image grab photo taken on July 01, 2012 shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu
    Image caption: Militants attacked shrines of saints, saying they were idolatorous

    The door of a 15th century mosque in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu - hacked by militant Islamists in 2012 - have been officially unveilled after they were restored to their former glory. 

    Around 100 political and religious leaders, diplomats and representatives from world heritage body Unesco attended the unveilling of what is known as the "secret door" at the Sidi Yahia mosque, AFP news agency reports. 

    Commenting on the event, a Unesco representative in Mali, Lazard Eloundou, told the BBC:

    Quote Message: A strong symbol of Timbuktu is back in place. Timbuktu is distinctive for its heritage and without the secret door, that heritage wasn't the same. Joy has been restored to the residents of the city."

    Unesco craftsmen had spent five months restoring the door, attacked by al-Qaeda linked militants in 2012 as part of their campaign against the rival Sufi Muslim sect whom they accuse of being grave-worshippers.

    The sect denies the allegation, and says the militants have distorted Islam. 

    Read: Saving TImbuktu's manuscripts

  5. ICC acts against Kenya over 'non-cooperation'

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    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Kenya to its governing body for non-compliance, saying it had failed to cooperate during the recent case against President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

    Mr Kenyatta had been charged with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in post-election violence in 2007, but the case was later dropped. 

    A mourning woman
    Image caption: About 1,500 people were killed and 600,000 forced from their homes after the 2007 election

     Analysts say the referral will further strain relations between Kenya and the court. 

    President Kenyatta has urged parliament to approve legislation allowing the country to withdraw from the ICC. 

  6. DR Congo death toll rises after violent protest

    Congolese opposition activists gesture during a march to press President Joseph Kabila to step down in the Democratic Republic of Congo"s capital Kinshasa, September 19, 2016
    Image caption: Opposition activists gesture during a march to press President Joseph Kabila to step down

    The number of people killed in today's protest in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa has rised to 17, Interior Minister Evariste Boshab has said. 

    The dead include three police officers, one of whom was burnt alive, the minister added.

    The opposition called the protest to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down at the end of his two elected terms in December, and accused the police of trying to block them from staging a march. 

  7. Burundian athlete victim of hackers

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba’s, who won silver in the women's 800m at the Olympics in Rio, is the first African whose details have been linked on the Fancy Bears hacking site. 

    Fancy Bears is a name of a hacker or hackers who stole athletes' personal information held by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) database - and have been looking at the use of  “Therapeutic Use Exemption” drugs which are banned substances that some sportsmen and women use in order to treat existing problems. 

    Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba

    The drug that Francine Nyonsaba has been cleared to take by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is Tibolone. 

    A quick Google search tells us it “works by mimicking the activity of the female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. It also has some male hormone [androgen] effects" and helps to "restore the balance of female hormones in women who have a lack of oestrogen”

    So there is no evidence or indeed any accusations that Niyonsaba has done anything wrong at all. In a nutshell, it seems that Fancy Bears is trying to highlight that a lot of sportsmen and women are taking banned substances with permission and that the Russian doping problems are not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

  8. 'Four dead' in DR Congo protest violence

    Democratic Republic of Congo Information Minister Lambert Mende has told journalists that four people - two policemen and two civilians - have died following protests in the capital, Kinshasa.

    He added that the two policemen were burnt to death, but did not say how the civilians died, the BBC's Poly Muzalia reports.

    Protester in Kinshasa

    Earlier, police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down.

    Protesters  set up barricades and torched cars on one of the city's main roads.

    The opposition says Mr Kabila is trying to delay the poll in order to remain in power beyond his two-term limit.

    The electoral commission was meant to announce a date for presidential elections, due in November, on Monday.

    Read: The arrogance of power

  9. Sprint legend Mary Onyali praises Nigeria Paralympic champions

    Nigeria left the 2016 Rio Paralympics with 12 medals, eight of them gold, finishing as the top ranked country in Africa. 

    Their Olympic counterparts, on the other hand, came home with only one bronze medal. 

    Sprinting legend Mary Onyali, who also designed the country's official Paralympic kit this year, told the BBC's Chris Ewokor why she wasn't surprised. 

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    Video caption: Nigerian sprinter Mary Onyali praises the success of the country's Paralympians

    Read: Nigeria's Nollywood winner and other Paralympic surprises  

  10. Kenya's environment agency halts plans for railway line in park

    Kenya's massive railway project to build a new line linking the capital, Nairobi, to the north-west town of Naivasha, has hit another snag after an environment agency issued an order to suspend plans including construction of the railway on part of the Nairobi National Park.

    Activists opposed to the use of the park say the railway will disturb and destroy wildlife in the park. 

    The National Environment Tribunal said that the project had been approved without an environmental impact assessment as required by law:

    NET statement

    The government had appeared to solve the long-running standoff last week after it adopted plans to build a bridge across the park which it said will minimise noise and disturbance in the park. 

    The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project is a $3bn (£2.2bn ) flagship project launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta which is set to run from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi covering some 482km (300 metres).

  11. Egypt's president to meet Clinton and Trump

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to meet the leading candidates in the US presidential race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Reuters news agency reports

    A CNN journalist is reporting that Mr Sisi will meet the Republican party candidate today: 

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    He says that a policy adviser for Mr Trump negotiated the meeting. 

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    Many foreign leaders are in New York for the annual UN General Assembly.   

  12. SA university fees to increase

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    South Africa's Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has proposed an increase of up to eight percent in university tuition fees next year, raising fears of further unrest on campuses. 

     The news has not gone down well with students - at the prestigious Wits University in Johannesburg, they have responded by threatening a shutdown of the institution. 

    The country saw violent demonstrations last year over high tuition fees, forcing President Jacob Zuma to put a freeze on  fee increases. 

    Mr Nzimande's announcement has dashed student hopes that the freeze would remain place.   

    Students march through the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on October 21, 2015, during a protest against fee hikes.
    Image caption: Students have been venting their fury at the government over high tuition fees

     Students want free education, a promise made by the governing African National Congress (ANC) when it came into power at the end of white rule in 1994. 

    Hundreds of thousands of students are dependent on government loans in order to further their education.

     Mr Nzimande promised, at a media conference in the capital, Pretoria, that more would be done to assist poor students.

    Read: Why are students angry? 

  13. Kenya blasts Somalia in court

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    Kenya has made a hard-hitting submission against Somalia at the International Court of Justice, as it hears a case revolving around a maritime border dispute between the two neighbours. 

    Somalia's claims that Kenya sought to steal oil and gas reserves in the Indian Ocean were "absurd and hurtful", Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai told judges, AFP news agency reports. 

    Somalia brought the case against Kenya in a battle for control of tens of thousands of square kilometres of sea which are thought to have extensive oil and gas reserves.

    Somalia's Attorney General Ahmed Ali Daahir said he was confident of winning the case: 

    Quote Message: Yes, yes, we believe that, in terms of jurisdiction, the international court has the right to arbitrate in this case. Our hopes are high and we believe we are on the right path and that it will end in our favour."
  14. DR Congo police officers 'killed' during protests

    Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016.
    Image caption: Protestrts are demanding that the president leave office before the end of the year

    Two policemen have been killed in clashes with opposition supporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, government spokesman Lambert Mende has told AFP news agency. 

    He added that the government had banned the opposition-organised protest following the killings. 

    Reuters news agency quotes a witness as saying that one of the policemen was torched to death. 

    The opposition called the protest to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down at the end of his term in December.

  15. Efforts to save Kenya's dying Yaaku language

    There are only 10 people in the world who speak the Yaaku language fluently.

    The northern Kenyan tribe number about 4,000 according to the UN's cultural organisation, Unesco, but they speak other more dominant local languages.

    Now, the remaining Yaaku speakers are trying to revive it so it is not lost forever.

    Watch this BBC video by Hassan Lali:

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    Video caption: Efforts to save Kenya's dying Yaaku langage
  16. Somali leaders condemn US knife attack

    Leaders of the Somali community in the US state of Minnesota have condemned a knife attack carried out by a 22-year-old man who has been identified as a Kenyan-born Somali who grew up in the US, CBS Minnesota reports.

    The leaders said the attack did not represent their views, and expressed fear about a backlash, the report says.

    Minnesota has the US’s largest Somali community, with census numbers placing the population at about 40,000, according to the report. 

    It says more than 20 young men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and at least a dozen have left to join militants in Syria. 

    In addition, nine Minnesota men face sentencing on terror charges for plotting to join the Islamic State group, the report says. 

  17. 'Deadly attack' outside Nigerian church

    Gunmen on bicycles have killed at least eight people outside a church in a village in north-eastern Nigeria, residents have said, AFP news agency reports. 

    The attack took place after a morning service in the village of Kwamjilari in Borno state, it reports. 

    The gunmen are suspected to be linked to militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which launched its insurgency in Borno in 2009.

    Read: How I almost became a suicide bomber 

  18. US envoy 'harassed' in DR Congo

    The US embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has tweeted that the US envoy for the Great Lakes Region Tom Perriello has been harassed at an airport in the country:

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    The embassy has not revealed the circumstances around the alleged harassment and where exactly it happened. 

    About five hours earlier, Mr  Perriello had tweeted that the Congolese people needed clarity on the fate of presidential elections scheduled for November:   

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    As we having been reporting there have been protests in the capital, Kinshasa, against President Joseph Kabila's alleged plan to postpone the election and extend his term in office.

  19. US mall attacker was 'born in Kenya'

    Shopping Centre
    Image caption: The suspected attacker was shot dead in the shopping centre

    The man who is alleged to be behind an Islamic State-inspired knife attack in a shopping mall in the US state of Minnesota on Sunday has been identified as Kenyan-born Dahir Adan, the state's largest newspaper, the Star Tribune, reports

    The paper says the attacker's father named him, even though he has not been officially identified. 

    Nine people were injured before the attacker was shot dead by an off-duty police officer on Sunday. 

    He also told the paper that his 22-year-old son was born in Kenya but grew up in the United States. 

    The paper reports that  Adan was a student at St Cloud State University.   

    Read: What we know about the attacks

  20. Mandoza 'sang for God'

    Musical artist Mandoza performs on stage as part of 'MTV Base 100th Live!' at the Ster-Kinekor Top Star Drive-In on April 20, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Image caption: The musician died on his way to hospital

    The manager of South African music star Mduduzi Tshabalala, known to his fans as Mandoza, has been paying tribute to him after he died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 38. 

    Our reporter in Johannesburg has been tweeting his comments from his press conference:  

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