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  1. Ghana's ex-first lady given go-ahead to contest presidency
  2. TB Joshua reinstates on Facebook Clinton win 'prophecy'
  3. Islamic State group 'repels naval attack' in Somalia
  4. Nobel laureate 'promises to leave US' after Trump win
  5. Zuma survives no confidence vote
  6. DR Congo war crimes suspect 'interfered with witnesses'
  7. Ivory Coast moves to curb alcoholism
  8. Angolan leader's daughter defends her appointment
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  10. Email stories and comments to - Thursday 10 November 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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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 African proverb of the day: 

    Quote Message: Procrastination prevented the toad from developing its tail." from An Igbo proverb sent by Cornelius Chinedu, Nsukka, Nigeria.
    An Igbo proverb sent by Cornelius Chinedu, Nsukka, Nigeria.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a man in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town, protesting against the alleged capture of the state by some powerful businessmen: 

    A man protests against the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) outside of the parliament during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016
  2. Pro-Mugabe newspaper hopes Trump will usher in new era

    President Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: President Robert Mugabe has been frozen out by Washington

    Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper has welcomed Donald Trump's election in the US, rejoicing in his defeat of "the warmonger" Hillary Clinton and hoping that he can deliver change in the relationship between the two countries. 

    The editorial in today's paper attacked the US for backing economic sanctions against Zimbabwe and sponsoring political opponents, describing the superpower as a "blundering global bully". 

    Mrs Clinton is described by the paper as a "warmonger" whose "hands drip with blood". 

    It added that Mr Trump's own relationship with the media might help him to sympathise with Zimbabwe: 

    Quote Message: We hope Trump, who was considered an outsider and who was attacked no end for all of 18 months by the US and Western media that sought to cast him as an unstable, unelectable ogre, will — with the benefit of experience — understand the Western characterisation of Zimbabwe."

    It concluded by congratulating Mr Trump on his victory and urging him to "live up to this promise to do things differently from the Washington establishment."  

    Donald Trump with headline "time to build bridges Mr Trump"
    Image caption: In another article, the state-run newspaper said: "We congratulate the incoming president, and the American peopel for fighting a good fight."
  3. IS 'repels naval attack' in Somalia

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    This picture taken on September 1, 2016, in Nairobi shows a computer screen displaying the portrait of Somali-born cleric Abdulqadir Mumin, accused of heading the Islamic State group in East Africa.
    Image caption: Abdulqadir Mumin is said to head IS in Somalia

    The militant Islamic State group (IS) says it has repelled a naval attack by Somali forces on the north-eastern town of Qandala.  

    IS's self-styled news agency Amaq said that four small boats and a naval vessel of unidentified origin had carried out an assault on the town, which is located in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 9 November.

    Mainstream media reported that Puntland forces had targeted IS positions around Qandala but this was not confirmed by Puntland authorities.

    According to the privately-owned Somali website, Nato "warships" were involved alongside Puntland forces.

     Amaq reported that the attacking forces were soon repelled by IS fighters who forced them to retreat to the port town of Bosaso, which lies around 75 km along the coast to the west of Qandala. 

    Read: How IS gained a foothold in Somalia 

  4. Ghana ex-first lady given go-ahead to run for presidency

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (L), wife of Ghana's President Jerry John Rawlings, speaks with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) during the receiving line at the official state dinner at the White House 24 February.
    Image caption: Ghana's ex-first lady (L) hopes to be more successful than US ex-first lady Hillary Clinton (R) in the race for the presidency

    Ghana’s electoral commission has announced the list of seven presidential candidates to contest the 7 December polls. 

    Three of the eight disqualified candidates who resubmitted their forms have been included on the list. They include Papa Kwasi Ndoum, the presidential hopeful whose legal battle forced the electoral body to reconsider nominations. 

    Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, wife of former President Jerry Rawlings, has also been added to the list. 

    President John Dramani Mahama is seeking a second term, in what is expected to be keenly contested election. 

  5. SA manhunt after children given poisoned sweets

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South African police are hunting for a man who is suspected of giving poisoned sweets to schoolchildren. 

    The incident happened in three Johannesburg primary schools yesterday. 

    Two out of the 60 children who ate the sweets are in a serious condition in hospital. 

    Paramedics were called to the scene after a number of them complained of abdominal pain as well as nausea and vomiting. 

    They were treated and taken to hospital. The children told paramedics they had been given sweets by an unknown man the previous day. 

    A case of attempted murder had been opened. 

    The education department has warned schools to be on the lookout for the suspect. 

    A local journalist has tweeted a picture of what he says is a bag of the tainted sweets that was recovered: 

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  6. Morocco's bid for AU membership opposed

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    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: People in Western Sahara have opposed Morocco for decades

    Western Sahara has opposed Morocco’s bid to rejoin the African Union unless it recognises the independence of the disputed territory. 

    Morocco has officially applied to return to the continental body it pulled out of in 1984. 

    But Western Sahara’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Salek Ould Salek says Morocco’s continued "occupation" of the territory contradicts the founding principles of the AU. 

    King Mohammed VI of Morocco has toured various African states in recent weeks seeking support for the bid to rejoin the AU. 

    The request  will be discussed in January at an AU summit. 

    Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975. The AU recognises it as an independent state. 

    More on Western Sahara

  7. ANC vows to stand by scandal-hit Zuma

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has defended its decision keep President Jacob Zuma in office, despite the fact that he has been engulfed by corruption scandals. 

    To remove Mr Zuma "arbitrarily or on the impulses of the Democratic Alliance would blatantly undermine the electoral will of the people", the ANC parliamentary chief said in a statement posted on the party's Twitter account:   

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    While ANC lawmakers voted for Mr Zuma to remain in office during the opposition-sponsored no confidence motion, many party stalwarts are campaigning for his removal. 

    They include former high commissioner to the UK Cheryl Carolous. When the BBC's Milton Nkosi met her, he asked her whether democracy was failing in South Africa:

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    Video caption: ANC stalwart: 'President Zuma should step aside'

    See earlier posts for more details

  8. Your reaction: TB Joshua's Clinton win prophecy

    end of FB post from TB joshua about election reads "What I frankly saw is a woman"
    Image caption: TB Joshua said that his vision showed a woman winning the US election

    Yesterday Nigerian pastor TB Joshua's prophecy that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential election mysteriously disappeared from his Facebook page following her shock defeat to Donald Trump. 

    But today it reappeared, with a source at his mega-church telling the BBC that the prediction has been "mistakenly deleted" (see earlier post).

    There have been hundreds of comments on the BBC Africa Facebook page about this story:

    Quote Message: African pastors and their predictions are outdated.They lie and misuse God's name. They have more money than their own church members. Be wise Guys! Don't waste your money on them." from Peter West
    Peter West
    Quote Message: TB Joshua is a real prophet... he's a human and might not have heard clearly from God. I believe there's a reason for the said prophecy." from Adebayo Tope
    Adebayo Tope
    Quote Message: We really need to stop being gullible and believing in nonsense, magic and superstition as Africans and join the rest of the world in logic and science." from Dave Githu
    Dave Githu
    Quote Message: I think he is partly right because Clinton did win the popular vote but didn't have enough electoral college votes." from Muazu Suleman Muhammad
    Muazu Suleman Muhammad
  9. How Zuma vote went

    A total of 126 MPs voted for South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to be sacked, while 214 voted for him to remain in office. 

    Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: Mr Zuma has survived similar votes in the past
  10. BreakingZuma survives no confidence vote

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived a no confidence vote in parliament after the governing party used its majority to reject opposition calls to oust him. 

  11. DR Congo war crimes accused 'interfered with witnesses'

    Mr Ntaganda
    Image caption: Mr Ntaganda has denied war crimes charges

    Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have accused a former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader of interfering with witnesses in an attempt to influence the outcome of his war crimes trial. 

    Bosco Ntaganda's phone conversations showed that was involved "in a broad scheme to pervert the course of justice, including by coaching potential defence witnesses, obstructing prosecution investigations and interfering with prosecution witnesses," chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in court papers. 

    She called for "appropriate measures to be taken to safeguard the integrity" of the trial.

    Gen Ntaganda and his lawyers have not yet commented on the allegation. 

    Gen Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", is on trial at the ICC for alleged murder, using child soldiers and keeping women as sex slaves in eastern DR Congo between 2002 and 2003. 

    He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.   

    Read: Ntaganda profile

  12. SA opposition represents 'racial tyranny'

    Malusi Gigaba, the Minister of Home Affairs speaks during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate in the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016.
    Image caption: Mr Gigaba vowed the governing party would not "surrender"

    South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs has accused the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) of being a defender of "racial tyranny", at a fiery parliamentary debate on the future of President Jacob Zuma. 

    Malusi Gigaba said the the opposition was trying to oust Mr Zuma to "protect the interests of the rich and powerful". 

    He added: "There will no retreat or surrender from our side." 

    Parliament is expected to vote at the end of the debate on a DA-sponsored motion of no confidence in Mr Zuma, saying he should be ousted because of the widespread allegations of corruption against him. 

    The governing ANC is expected to defeat the motion. It has 249 MPs compared with the 151 of opposition parties. 

    See earlier post for more details 

  13. South African artist 'wants to celebrate maids'

    Mary Sibande is a rising star of the South Africans art scene - her work has been exhibited all over the world and is currently showing in London's British Museum as part of a major exhibition on South African art. 

    Her sculptured figure, Sophie, is a domestic worker – like Sibande's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – but with a difference.

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    Video caption: South African artist Mary Sibande: 'Why I want to celebrate maids'
  14. Somali-born US legislator: I only knew two words of English

    A Somali-born former refugee who made history by becoming the first Somali legislator in the United States has told the BBC that campaigning against the profiling of black Muslims will be one of her priorities.

    Ilhan Omar, 34, was elected to serve in Minnesota's state house of representatives. 

    She's been speaking to the BBC's Bola Mosuro about what she wants to achieve in office, and reflecting on how far she has come since coming to the US at the age of 12 with very little English: 

    Quote Message: I only knew two words, which were 'hello' and 'shut up'."

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    Video caption: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee, was just elected to Minnesota’s house of representatives
  15. Zuma 'like other dictators'

    Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: President Zuma is in parliament for the vote of no confidence

    South Africa is living under the "growing dictatorship" of President Jacob Zuma, EFF MP Floyd Shivambu has said.

    Like "all dictators", he was "stealing money", he added. 

    There have been two court rulings against Mr Zuma. 

    The Constitutional Court ruled that he had breached his oath of office by failing to repay government money used to upgrade his private home. 

    In a separate case, the High Court has ordered that he should be charged with 783 counts of corruption in relations to an arms deal. 

    And an anti-corruption body has called for a judge-led inquiry to investigate allegations that Mr Zuma allowed a powerful business family to wield undue influence over his government. 

  16. Zuma 'a disaster'

    Inside of parliament full of MPs pictured from above
    Image caption: Mr Zuma is not expected to lose the vote of no confidence in parliament

    An MP from Soth Africa's second-biggest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is speaking. 

    Floyd Shivambu described President Jacob Zuma as a "post-colonial disaster", and compared him with other long-serving African rulers. 

    "He is going to arrest all of you, he is going to kill you," Mr Shivambu said. 

    "We are going to bring Zuma down, he is going to fall," he added.    

  17. Zuma praised by ANC

    Woman leads a crowd cheering
    Image caption: ANC supporters have gathered outside parliament for the no confidence vote

    South Africa's governing ANC MP Nomvula Mokonyane says the opposition is trying to "denigrade" President Jacob Zuma by calling for his removal from office

    Addressing Mr Zuma, she added: "The world will never appreciate the good you do a million times, but will criticise the one mistake you make."

    Mr Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption for more than a decade.

  18. 'Onslaught' against Zuma's ANC

    Continuing her speech, the ANC's Nomvula Mokonyane says that the opposition Democratic Alliance is waging an "onslaught" against the government, and it does not want the lives of black people to improve. 

    A local radio station is tweeting more details: 

    View more on twitter
  19. Racial jibes at Zuma debate

    South Africa's main opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has finished his speech, calling for a no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma. 

    The governing African National Congress' (ANC) Nomvula Mokonyane is now speaking, and has rejected the no confidence motion as a "phantom". 

    Mr Maimane was a "black face to protect white minority interests", she said, with the debate now becoming racially charged.

  20. Opposition: 'Choice between Zuma and nation'

    Mmusi Maimane (R), the leader of South Africa"s opposition Democratic Alliance speaks during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate in the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016.
    Image caption: Mr Maimane is the first black leader of the DA

    South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has started speaking in parliament, and has called for the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma to be voted out of office. 

    He said lawmakers have a clear choice - between allowing "one man to enrich himself" and helping to lift millions out of poverty, between "elevating one man above the law" and regarding all South Africans as being equal before the law.

    A BBC reporter in South Africa has tweeted more details of Mr Maimane's speech: 

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