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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

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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 our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: If something that was going to chop off your head only knocked off your cap, you should be grateful." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Ashimi Blessing, Ijoko Ota, Nigeria.
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Ashimi Blessing, Ijoko Ota, Nigeria.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a traditional wrestling match between two Nuba men in Tira Limon, Sudan.

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  2. Ghana star denies saying 'I've got three more' after Lambo crash

    Leicester City and Ghana football star Jeffrey Schlupp has denied a report in the London-based Sun newspaper that he told police "Oh well, I’ve got three other cars to choose from” after crashing his £190,000 ($236,000) Lamborghini on a motorway in the UK:

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    The footballer was unhurt in the crash, the newspaper reported.

    Regardless of what actually happened, the story puts us in mind of this episode of What's Up Africa:

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    Video caption: What's Up Africa: Is this Africa's new Premier League star?
  3. South Korean president 'bought Viagra for Africa trip'

    Park Geun-hye
    Image caption: The pills were "for altitude sickness", Ms Park's office said

    The office of South Korean President Park Geun-hye says it bought dozens of Viagra pills while preparing for her trip to Africa this year, Reuters reports.

    Ms Park's spokesman Jung Youn-kuk said the pills were bought to treat altitude sickness for presidential aides and employees on Park's May trip to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda - not for anyone's erectile dysfunction.

    The presidential Blue House bought 364 pills in December, including 60 blue Viagra pills and the rest a generic version of the drug, according to Democratic Party MP Kim Sang-hee.

    While normally associated with erectile dysfunction, Viagra has been reported as helpful in treating high-altitude pulmonary edema, or altitude sickness. 

    "We bought them, but they were left unused," Mr Jung told reporters.

  4. 800 die on Niger roads every year

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    Image caption: Poor road conditions contribute to accidents in Niger

    An average of 800 people are killed every year in road accidents across Niger, the AFP news agency reports. 

    Niger's Ministry of transportation says recklessness by users and poor road conditions are to blame for the deaths. 

    The figure is relatively high, considering that Niger is a country of 19 million people.

    Transportation Minister Omar Hamidou Tchiana told state TV: 

    Quote Message: Excessive speed, the use of cell phones at the wheels, drink-driving and driving under the influence of narcotics [are the main causes of road accidents]".

    According to official statistics, Niger accounts for 37% of all road accidents recorded within ECOWAS, the West-African regional space of 15 countries.  

  5. Healthcare 'unavailable' in Burkina Faso strike

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    People wait at the Yalgado hospital in Ouagadougou
    Image caption: People wait at the Yalgado hospital in Ouagadougou during the strike

    A three-day nationwide strike called by Burkina Faso's health workers union has paralysed operations in the country's public hospitals.

    The Human and Animal Health Workers Union (French acronym SYNTSHA) began the 72-hour strike action "without minimum service" yesterday. 

    The union's main demands include medical care for workers and a review of salaries.

    Dr Robert Sangare, director-general of the country's largest hospital, the Yalgado-Ouedraogo University Hospital, told Burkinabe news website

    Quote Message: The strike call has largely been heeded and this is worrying us."

    But SYNTSHA secretary-general Pissyamba Ouédraogo told Burkina 24 TV:  

    Quote Message: Even while we work, there are people who die because we lack the means and the strike aims at ensuring that these cases are reduced. The strike is intended to ensure that the government takes responsibility and these cases are reduced until they are eliminated."

    Frustration at the strike has been evident among patients and their relatives.

    Maimouna Ouédraogo, who had accompanied her expectant sister-in-law to the Yalgado-Ouedraogo University Hospital told the Le Pays newspaper:

    Quote Message: We request the union and the government to make up so that health services can resume so that the sick can get treatment. Otherwise what shall we do without healthcare?"

    See earlier post: Deadly Dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso

  6. Nigeria police 'sold arms to militants'

    Police authorities in Nigeria have fired 14 police officers for allegedly selling arms and explosives to militants and kidnappers and for aiding them to carry out their criminal enterprises across the country, Punch newspaper reports.

    Nine of the officers were paraded in front of the press in Abuja yesterday. They were also alleged to have worked with criminals to steal cattle and commit armed robbery in the northeast of the country.

    Arms including assault rifles and ammunition were recovered, the authorities said.

    One of the officers was said to have been in discussions with a known militant in Ondo state over the possible sale of explosives.

    The officers have not yet commented on the allegation.  

  7. Zuma hits back over corruption allegations

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions during a session of questions to the president at the South African Parliament in Cape Town on November 23, 2016

    South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has dismissed as "unfair" an anti-corruption watchdog's report which suggested that he may have breached his oath of office.

    The report, released last month, focused on allegations that Mr Zuma let a wealthy family of businesspeople, the Guptas, wield undue influence in his government. 

    In parliament today, Mr Zuma gave the clearest indication yet that he intended to challenge the report in court, saying:  

    Quote Message: This report has been dealt with in a very funny way. Very funny in my view. It affected me and many. No fairness, at all.”

    The report suggested that Mr Zuma should set up a commission of inquiry to thoroughly investigate corruption allegations against him, businessmen, government ministers and officials. 

    However, the chief judge should appoint the judge who will head the inquiry, the report said. 

    Mr Zuma rejected the proposal, saying he would not be "told the process through which you must go" to establish a commission of inquiry.

    Meanwhile, the Save South Africa campaign group  - led by anti-apartheid stalwart and mining tycoon Sipho Pityana - has launched The People's Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma in an attempt to force him to resign. 

    Launching the campaign in the main city Johannesburg, Mr Pityana said:

    Quote Message: We are saying no to corruption. We are saying no to a president we see as a champion of corruption and he sees nothing wrong with state capture.
    Quote Message: We must save South Africa from you, Mr president. If we do not do it now and we sit... there will be no South Africa to save.”

    Mr Zuma and the Guptas have denied being involved in any corrupt practices. 

    Read: The Guptas and their links to Zuma

  8. Photojournalist Shawkan in 'depths of prison system'

    Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been in jail since his arrest in Egypt's capital, Cairo, in 2013. 

    Buzzfeed News World Correspondent Mike Giglio was arrested with him on the same day but was released soon after. 

    He explains in a BBC Outside Source interview what happened on that day and where Shawkan is now.  

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    Video caption: Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been in jail since 2013
  9. Safa charges suspended coach Mashaba

    South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba
    Image caption: South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba

    South Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba is charged by the country's football association (Safa) and will attend a disciplinary hearing on 1 December.

    Mashaba will answer charges of disrespecting SAFA president Danny Jordaan, having a verbal altercation with Safa general secretary Denis Mumble and also insulting the media.

    All incidents came after South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on 12 November.

    Mashaba was suspended on 13 November.

    Read the full story: Safa charges suspended coach Mashaba

  10. Internet 'less powerful force for change' in Francophone nations

    Senegal women surf internet

    The Internet is being used as an effective tool to influence public policies and decision-making in many French-speaking countries, a study on cyber-activism reveals

    However it points out that the power of the internet in francophone Africa still seems much lower than in English-speaking countries.

    The study was conducted by a French media cooperation agency (CFI) in six French-speaking countries ranging from Senegal to Madagascar, plus Ghana. 

    It highlights some achievements by the online community, such as how the Ivorian president retreated from raising electricity prices earlier this year after an online revolt. 

    In Senegal, a Turkish plan to build a seafront embassy was stopped as a result of an online campaign. 

  11. Mozambique targets wildlife traffickers

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambique ranger
    Image caption: Previous efforts to battle wildlife trafficking have failed

    The Mozambican parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of a government bill that will impose heavy prison sentences on traffickers in endangered wildlife species.

    Mozambique and other countries in southern Africa have been targeted poachers from across the globe, who kill rhinos and elephants for their horns, tusks or ivory, with lucrative markets, particularly in Asia.

    Introducing the new bill, the Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia, said a previous 2014 law had raised expectations – but left a gaping hole. 

    The only people who could be jailed under the law were the poachers, not those who fund them or receive the wildlife products.

    He noted that cases have frequently been reported of citizens caught in possession of rhino horns, elephant tusks, lion teeth or claws and other products of illegal hunting. 

    But courts could only fine people caught selling, transporting or owning such items, and could not imprison them.

    The law's failure favoured criminals and perpetuated the slaughter. This, he said, made it extremely difficult to defend biodiversity against the most dangerous forms of environmental crime.

    The new bill will thus impose the same punishment – prison terms of between 12 and 16 years – on poachers and traffickers alike, the minister added.

  12. His royal cuteness

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    This image of Morocco's King Mohammed VI and his son Moulay El Hassan, published by Paris Match magazine, is doing very well on social media.

    "Our Morocco in good hands," was one fairly typical comment on the Le360 news website's Facebook page.

  13. US flying drones in Tunisia's airspace

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    The President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry
    Image caption: Mr Essebsi says US drones are needed for fighting terrorism

    US drones are flying in Tunisia's airspace at its border with Libya, the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said in a TV interview.  

    The topic of US drones is a sensitive issue that Tunisian officials have previously been reluctant to admit to because it often stirs up public anti-US sentiment. 

    But in a departure from that traditional reserve, Mr Essebsi told the Al-Hiwar At-Tunis channel that his country needs the American drones for the fight against terrorism. 

    He said:

    Quote Message: The Americans are helping us in our fight against terrorism. Do we say, 'no please excuse me, we would rather fight with swords?' They are helping us a lot.
    Quote Message: Today our borders with Libya are being electronically equipped with the help of America and Germany. We were not fully equipped for that."

    Mr Essibsi added that Tunisia has been investing in education and human development rather than the military.  

    Read more: Why is Libya so lawless?

  14. Africa air travel 'to soar'

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    Image caption: Low-cost airline Fastjet is backed by Easyjet

    The arrival of a new African Union passport, currently scheduled for 2018, could - if implemented - unleash a boom in air travel with spending expected to rise significantly, a travel company says.

    The new passport will - theoretically - enable African travellers to visit other countries on the continent without a visa.

    Currently only 13 out of 55 countries allow all Africans to enter either without a visa or to get one on arrival.  

    People surveyed in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt - who had travelled at least once over the past two years - said their spending on travel would increase to $1,500 (£1,200) a year, up from $1,100.

    However there are still many barriers to travel within Africa, the survey from Sabre travel technology company found:

    • 32% said travel is too expensive 
    • 31% said it is difficult obtaining Visas  
    • 30% said it is too difficult to book travel 
    • 28% said there are no flights to their chosen destination

    Dino Gelmetti from Sabre said:

    Quote Message: The results suggest that while travel is inaccessible to many and is difficult for those that do travel, there is a still a strong desire to travel more."

    Big international airlines still account for 88% of air travel in Africa but the new passport represents an opportunity for African airlines to gain ground, Mr Gelmetti added.

    Read more: Should Africa have a single passport?

  15. Writing for Liberians

    Liberian writer Vamba Sherif has been described as a masterful storyteller who tells stories of Liberia for the Liberian reader.

    His book "Land of my Fathers" re-imagines the country's history through the eyes of Edward Richards, a man born into slavery in America, who later sought a new life in Liberia.

    Initially published in Dutch, the book was recently translated into English. Mr Vamba spoke to Focus on Africa's Kim Chakanetsa at the book launch in London.  

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    Video caption: Liberian author Vamba Sherif speaks about his novel “Land of my Fathers”.
  16. 'Emergency talks' to follow mass summit walkout

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    An unnamed African "high-ranking" diplomat has told Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya TV that African countries will soon hold an emergency meeting to look into disagreements over the status of the Western Sahara region.

    It follows walkouts by officials from seven Arab nations plus Somalia at the Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea.

    Morocco is in de facto control of the territory but the Polisario Front has declared an independent state there. This is recognised by the African Union (AU), which Morocco now wants to rejoin after an absence of more than 30 years.

    Saudi Ambassador to the Arab League Ahmed Qattan said that his country rejected all that "affects Moroccan sovereignty" before withdrawing from the summit, Moroccan news website Hespress reported. 

    Bahrain's foreign minister said that Morocco has a "bright history" of supporting African countries in time of need, adding that a "failed separatist movement will never rise up to [Morocco's] dear position and gallant stance", Jordan-based and privately-owned Al-Haqiqah al-Dawliyyah TV reported. 

    On the other side of the issue, the Algerian foreign minister described the partially-recognised Sahrawi Republic as a "founding member" of the AU, Hespress reported.

    The website of the privately-owned Algerian newspaper Echourouk El Youmi accused Morocco of "booby-trapping" the Arab-African summit in one of its headlines. 

    Echourouk described Rabat's withdrawal as a "warning message" paving the way for the "crises" to come should the country return to the AU. 

    Morocco's membership in the AU has been suspended since 1984, when it withdrew after the union recognised the independence of Western Sahara. 

    The independence of Western Sahara has long been a contentious issue between Morocco and Algeria, as Algeria backs the Polisario Front.

    See earlier posts for more details.

  17. Zimbabwe war veterans 'celebrating'

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe War Veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya
    Image caption: No longer in cuffs - Zimbabwe War Veterans former spokesman Douglas Mahiya

    Zimbabwe's war veterans are celebrating after a Harare magistrate suspended their trial and removed their five leaders from the remand roll. 

    They had been put on trial for insulting the 92-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, under a controversial law.

    However the state, which the defence accused of being disorganised, failed to produce a valid prosecution certificate. 

    It will  now have to proceed by summons if it decides to reinstate the charges. 

    The five were arrested in July and August after an unsigned communique went public. 

    The document, allegedly authored by the politically influential war veterans association, labelled President Mugabe egocentric and dictatorial and threatened to withdraw its support for his 2018 election campaign.

    Defence attorney Beatrice Mtetwa says that while the group’s bail conditions have been dropped, she cannot anticipate what the prosecution's next move will be.

    See earlier post for more details.

  18. AFOTY: How Mahrez learned his magic

    We look at the path BBC AFOTY 2016 nominee Riyad Mahrez took to building his successful career, including winning the Premier League trophy with Leicester City.

    Mahrez joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure in the five-man shortlist for the BBC award.

    The winner will be decided by fans from across the world, who have until 18:00 GMT on 28 November to vote for their choice.

    Make your vote here.

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    Video caption: AFOTY 2016: Riyad Mahrez's road to success
  19. Rwandan walks to raise awareness of genocide PTSD

    Kizito Musabimana
    Image caption: Kizito Musabimana wants to rauise awareness about PTSD

    A Rwandan in Canada will tomorrow set off on a walk from Toronto to Montreal - 547 km (340 miles) - to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Kizito Musabimana says his experiences during the 1994 genocide, which saw 800,000 people killed, led him to suffer PTSD for five years later in life.

    Quote Message: Having gone through the horrors of 1994 as a young boy, in 2000 I came to Canada, where I would live through another wave of horrors – this time from within.
    Quote Message: For almost five years, I would go through various battles within, unable to function, with the only way to deal with my surroundings being to fill up with alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and TV.
    Quote Message: Lost and confused, I would develop anxieties to the point where I could only function through an unnatural ritual of vomiting.

    Mr Musabimana says he is also hoping to gain support for the establishment of a centre for Rwandan refugees to help them overcome the impact of their experiences.

    Read more - Rwanda genocide: 100 days of slaughter

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  20. Eight nations in walkout at Africa-Arab summit

    Sahrawi women hold Polisario Front's flags during a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Front proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the disputed territory of Western Sahara on February 27, 2016 at the Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla which lies 170 km to the southeast of the Algerian city of Tindouf.
    Image caption: The Polisario Front has decalred an independent state in Western Sahara

    Seven Arab nations - and Somalia - walked out with Morocco to protest against the presence of a Polisario Front (PF) delegation at the Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea's Malabo city. 

    Morocco took the decision because of the "presence of the emblem of a puppet entity", the Moroccan foreign ministry is quoted by the state news agency as saying. 

    The seven Arab states which walked out are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Yemen. 

    This is the fourth Africa-Arab World summit, aimed at boosting economic co-operation between Africa and the Middle East. 

    The African Union recognises the Polisario-declared Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as an independent state. 

    Morocoo insists that Western Sahara is part of its territory.

    See earlier post for more details