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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Ivorian footballer gets jail term

    Serge Aurier

    Ivory Coast footballer Serge Aurier, who plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG), has been sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer.

    Aurier was also fined €600 (£521, $674) in damages over the incident at a Paris nightclub in May.

    He will remain free pending an appeal, which means he could play for PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    Read the full BBC Sport story here

  2. Senegal's leader hails Bongo after disputed victory

    Gabonese security forces are seen deployed next to a campaign poster of President Ali Bongo in Libreville ahead of the Constitutional Court"s announcement on September 23, 2016
    Image caption: The Bongo family has been in power in the oil-rich nation for nearly fifty years

    Senegal's President Macky Sall has become the first head of state to congratulate Gabon's President Ali Bongo on his controversial victory in elections. 

    Mr Bongo's victory was confirmed by the Constitutional Court over the week, in a ruling that followed allegations of electoral fraud.by opposition leader Jean Ping.

    In a letter in which he addressed him as "my dear brother", Mr Sall said he wished Mr Bongo success as he began a new mandate "in service of your people".

    Mr Bongo beat former African Union (AU) commission chief Jean PIng by fewer than 6,000 votes in the fiercely contested 27 August election. 

    He took over from his father Omar Bongo, who ruled oil-rich Gabon for 41 years until his death in 2009.

    Mr Sall's support for Mr Bongo is in contrast to the view of European Union monitors who said that Gabon's top court had failed to rectify vote-counting "anomalies". 

    UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon said  that he had "taken note" of the court's verdict and welcomed Mr Bongo's call for a national dialogue to defuse the crisis. 

    Mr Ping has vowed to continue challenging the result, raising fears of further street protests. 

    However, no big demonstration has been reported since the court endorsed Mr Bongo's victory on Saturday.

    Read: Gabon country profile

  3. Mamelodi Sundowns the unlikeliest of Champs League finalists

    Mamelodi Sundowns

    Mamelodi Sundowns have become the "Denmark" of the African Champions League, said coach Pitso Mosimane of their fairytale run to the final after having lost in the preliminary round of the competition.

    The South African club booked their place in the 2016 final against Zamalek of Egypt by beating the Zambian side Zesco United 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final on Saturday night.

    It continues a dramatic renaissance for the Pretoria club who were out of the competition at one point, following their defeat by DR Congo's AS Vita Club.

    However, Sundowns were dramatically reinstated and given a place in the group phase when Vita were disqualified for using an ineligible player in the opening rounds of the competition.  

    Denmark in 1992 were called up at the last minute to take the place of war-torn Yugoslavia at the European Championship in Sweden.

    Weeks later they had clinched an unprecedented victory that remains the reference for unlikely footballing comebacks.

    Read the full BBC Sport story 

  4. Dismay as Fifa disbands anti-racism programme

    Emmanuel Frimpong
    Image caption: Ex-Arsenal and Ghana player Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off playing for Russian side FC Ufa after responding to alleged monkey chants last year

    Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behaviour at matches in 2018 World Cup host Russia, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

    Fifa wrote to members of the task force to say that it has ''completely fulfilled its temporary mission'' and ''is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation'," AP adds. 

    ''I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,'' it quotes former task force member Osasu Obayiuwana as saying.

    ''The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which need continuous attention.

    ''I personally think there remained a lot of very serious work for the task force to have done - the 2018 World Cup in Russia being one such matter. But it is evident the Fifa administration takes a different position.''

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    Read more: Could racism damage 2018 World Cup?

  5. Ethiopian actor in US asylum bid

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    Prominent Ethiopian actor Znah-Bzu Tsegaye says he has sought asylum in the US after leaving the country about two months ago, Voice of America reports.

    In an interview with its Amharic service, he said the Ethiopian security forces had carried out "atrocious actions" and he had decided not to return home until the "regime is changed". 

    The actor, who has featured in famous Ethiopian films added: 

    Quote Message: "It is sad to respond with bullets to people's demand for their rights."

    Znah-Bzu  left Ethiopia with his wife and daughter, who is nine months old. 

    He comes from the Amhara ethnic group, which, along with the Oromo people, has been at the centre of deadly protests against the government. 

    He is the latest high-profile Ethiopian to flee the country. 

    During the Rio Olympics, marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa made an anti-government protest, and said he would not return home because he feared for his life.     

    In August, rights group Amnesty International said nearly 100 people were killed in as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country.  

    Feyisa Lilesa
    Image caption: Feyisa Lilesa made anti-government gesture as he crossed the line

    Read more: Endurance test for Feyisa Lilesa

  6. The most trafficked mammal in the world

    The little-known pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, leading to fears it could become extinct. 

    A meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) being held in South Africa this week could make trade in pangolin illegal.

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    Video caption: Pangolin:The most trafficked mammal in the world
  7. Zambia's front line between elephants and humans

    As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath has travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

    Among those he met was Humphrey Mubita, a farmer whose daughter was killed by an elephant:

    Humphrey Mubita

    Humphrey wants the government to pay compensation when crops are destroyed or lives are lost because of the elephants. 

    He says: 

    Quote Message: They are protecting the animals over people. It is not fair."

    Matt also met farmer Kelvin Kapesa, who sleeps on a five-metre platform (see picture below) so he can ward off elephants from his crops.

    But it's getting harder, he says: 

    Quote Message: At night, people used to beat drums and use flashlights. I used to whistle but now I have a vuvuzela to scare them away."
    Quote Message: If we can fence the fields, and can protect our homes from the elephants - we can be friends."
    Kelvin sleeps on a platform in a field
    Image caption: Okra farmer Kelvin sleeps on a platform to ward off elephants

    Read the full BBC story

  8. Student threat to make South Africa 'ungovernable'

    Students run for cover as police fire stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse them during their protest for free education in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.
    Image caption: Several universities were forced to close last wee because of student protests

    The main student leader at South Africa's prestigious University of Witwatersrand has warned that students will make the country ungovernable if their demand for free education is not met this week, the private Eyewitness News reports

    Students Representative Council leader Kefentse Mkhari's warning came after violent protests broke out in the commercial capital, Johannesburg, last week over a government proposal to increase tuition fees by up to 8% next year. 

    Mr Mkhari is quoted as saying:

    Quote Message: Right now we want free education and if government won’t commit itself to giving us free education, we will [make] this country ungovernable.”
  9. Zimbabwe to target diaspora's cash

    A South Korean banker carries US dollar bank notes at the Korea Exchange bank on November 21, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea.

    Zimbabwe's central bank says it will set up a "disapora remittance system" to make it easier for people to send money back home, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports

    The move comes amid a worsening economic crisis in the country, including a shortage of cash. 

    The central bank's exchange control director, Morris Mpofu, said: 

    Quote Message: Disapora resources remain a critical source of liquidity in the market and the RBZ (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe] will continue to place effective systems to encourage people to use formal channels by citizens living outside Zimbabwe."

    He is quoted as saying a delegation had recently visited India to see how its diaspora sends money and "some good things" from it might be incorporated into the Zimbabwean system.  

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