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By Tom Spender and Clare Spencer

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. 

    The latest developments on the row over the Gambia election result can be found on our main story here.

    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: Your ears can never be bigger than your head." from Swahili proverb sent by Steve Mutinda, Kitui, Kenya, and Wabwire Stephen, Kampala, Uganda
    Swahili proverb sent by Steve Mutinda, Kitui, Kenya, and Wabwire Stephen, Kampala, Uganda

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo from Butaro in Northern Rwanda:

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  2. BreakingJammeh 'contests election result at supreme court'

    The ruling party of The Gambia's longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has filed a petition with the supreme court asking it to void the recent presidential election result, AFP news agency reports. 

    The filing seen by the news agency said the electoral commission had violated the law and added opposition leader Adama Barrow was "not duly elected or returned as president, and that the said election was void." 

  3. UN announces new special representative for South Sudan

    UN troop in South Sudan, July 2016

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of David Shearer from New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan. 

    He takes over from Ellen Margrethe Loj, from Denmark.

    The UN statement said she completed her assignment at the end of November and thanked her for her work.

    In contrast, last month Mr Ban Ki-moon sacked the commander of the UN force in South Sudan, Kenyan Lt Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, after a report said the force had failed to protect civilians when government soldiers attacked an international aid compound.

    A local journalist was killed and aid workers were raped during the attack in July.

    Read more: UN sacks South Sudan peacekeeping chief over damning report

  4. Gambia teachers union urges Jammeh to step down

    Gambia Teachers Union has urged President Yahya Jammeh to stand down, arguing that possible future chaos threatens children's safety.

    The union released a statement saying they were "flabbergasted" at President Jammeh's U-turn on accepting the election result.

    They added that Mr Jammeh's actions are "a recipe for chaos and disorder" which "endangers" the lives of children.

    The video of the statement being read out has been posted on Facebook:

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  5. 'My mum sold illegal brew to pay for my education'

    Samuel Odawo is the only blind person in his family, and the first to go to university.

    Formerly a teacher in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, his ultimate goal is to open a boarding school for visually-impaired children.

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    Video caption: Blind teacher in world's biggest refugee camp now pursuing PhD
  6. Has Gambia's State House website been hacked?

    This is what the homepage of Gambia's State House website currently looks like:

    State House website

    A Reuters West Africa correspondent suggests the site has been hacked:

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  7. 'The people who stoned me made me mayor'

    In 2010, at the age of 26, Livey Van Wyk became the youngest person ever to be elected mayor in Namibia.

    It is an achievement all the more extraordinary because just a few years before the townspeople of Witvlei had made it very clear that she wasn't welcome there. 

    She was attacked and ostracised because she was HIV positive. 

    Livey had got the diagnosis soon after discovering she was pregnant.

    As she told Jo Fidgen, it was a lot for a teenager to take in.  

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    Video caption: Livey Van Wyk went from being an HIV-positive teenager, to the youngest mayor in Namibia.
  8. Will Jammeh challenge result in supreme court?

    Thomas Fessy

    BBC News, Dakar

    Officials from Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ruling party still have a few hours left to challenge the election result at the country's supreme court.

    At the weekend the party said it would issue the challenge after Mr Jammeh rejected the result following a corrected count by the electoral commission.

    No challenge has yet been filed, according to one Gambia-focused journalist.

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  9. Buhari says Jammeh is 'receptive'

    Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari said Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh had been very receptive to a delegation of West African leaders who were expected to urge the long-ruling leader to step aside following a poll defeat. 

    Asked if Jammeh had been receptive, he told reporters shortly after the meeting: "Yes, very much so," Reuters reported.

    The four leaders met with Mr Jammeh behind closed doors, a Guardian reporter in the country says:

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  10. Why have security forces taken over Gambia election office?

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    Image caption: Gambians voted with marbles instead of ballot cards

    We reported earlier that the head of The Gambia's election commission told the BBC that security forces have taken over his building.

    Here's a bit more background information on the row over the election count.

    Alieu Momar Njai has previously been defiant after President Yahya Jammeh's questioned the validity of the election result, which he lost.

    Mr Jammeh's party had said they would take the issue to the Supreme Court.

    But despite some errors in the correlation of results, election commission head Alieu Momarr Njai told Reuters news agency yesterday that he stood by the result.

    "If it goes to court, we can prove every vote cast," he said yesterday.

    "The election results were correct, nothing will change that."

    The results show that while the margin was smaller between President Jammeh and opposition candidate Adama Barrow, Mr Barrow still won the election

    Here are the original results:

    • Adama  Barrow won 263,515 votes (45.5%) 
    • President Jammeh took 212,099 (36.7%)
    • A third party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 102,969 (17.8%)  

    Here are the results published after the correction:

    • Adama Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%)
    • President Jammeh took 208,487 (39.6%)
    • Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%)
  11. Barrow arrives for meeting with West African leaders

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    Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has gone to a hotel in Serekunda, on the coast of The Gambia, to hold discussions with West African heads of state, online pro-opposition Fatu Radio reports.

    The four presidents - from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia - are currently meeting with President Jammeh to try to persuade him to step down.

    It comes as the head of the Electoral Commission says soldiers have seized the building.

    The Electoral Commission has revised its results but says opposition candidate Adama Barrow is still the winner.

  12. Gambia election boss 'hopes and prays' Jammeh leaves office

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    Image caption: Alieu Momar Njai said he had been barred from his office

    The head of Gambia's electoral commission has told BBC Focus on Africa he has left his office building after being ordered to do so by security forces earlier today. 

    Alieu Momar Njai told the BBC that the troops appeared to have been following orders.

    “I left. I came back home,” he said.

    Last week President Yahya Jammeh announced he refused to accept the result of the presidential poll he lost.   

    Mr Njai welcomed the arrival of West African leaders in the country, saying: “We hope and pray that he [Jammeh] accepts their advice and leaves office.”

  13. West African leaders meet with Jammeh

    Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and his personal assistant have tweeted pictures of the four West African presidents meeting Gambian president Yahya Jammeh

    They are in Gambia to try and persuade Mr Jammeh to step down after he lost the presidential election:

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  14. Gambia's election HQ taken over shortly after West African leaders arrive in Banjul

    The Gambian security forces have seized the headquarters of the electoral commission at a time when regional leaders have flown in to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down.

    One of the leaders who arrived in the capital Banjul this morning is Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

    "We hope that the will of the people prevails," she said as she arrived, Reuters news agency reported.

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted himself and Ms Johnson Sirleaf arriving:

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    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama also tweeted photos of him and his Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur arriving:

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  15. Gambia election boss 'ordered to leave office'

    Here's more detail on the news that security forces have taken over Gambia's electoral commission offices.

    The head of the commission, Alieu Momarr Njai, told Reuters news agency that he was instructed to leave his office:

    Quote Message: The military came to my office and said I am not to touch anything and told me to leave. I am worried for my safety."
  16. Gambia army chief 'works for Jammeh'

    We reported just now that the electoral commission in Gambia has been taken over by security forces.

    Here's some context; the journalist Ruth Maclean said earlier today that the army chief declared that his allegiance is with President Yahya Jammeh:

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    Mr Jammeh lost the recent presidential election but announced last week that he rejects the result.

  17. BreakingGambia's security forces 'take over electoral commission building'

    Gambia's security forces have taken over the building of the independent electoral commission, and have barred employees from entering, the chairman of the electoral commission Alieu Momarr Njai told the BBC.

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  18. Toure 'didn't realise there was brandy in his Diet Coke'

    Yaya Toure

    We reported earlier that the Ivorian footballer Yaya Toure has not challenged a drink-driving charge while insisting that he was not aware that he had drunk alcohol.

    The Mirror newspaper now has more detail on his explanation.

    It reports that he claimed he had only drunk Diet Coke and was not aware the jug he was drinking from had been mixed with brandy.

    It adds that he was given an 18-month driving ban and a $68,000 (£54,000) fine.

    Toure said in his statement to fans that it is well known that he is Muslim and doesn't drink.

  19. Nine Congolese campaigners against Kabila 'held in custody'

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News, Abidjan

    Congolese activists demanding an end to President Joseph Kabila's hold on power say nine of their supporters are being held in custody in Beni and Goma.

    The Twitter account for the coalition Lucha which means struggle for change, is encouraging supporters to tweet a countdown to 19 December - the official end of Mr Kabila's term in power. 

    Lucha tweeted earlier today that a sit-in had been broken up by police in front of the building where the DR Congo Catholic Church was holding a conference about the constitution:

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