Gambia's Adama Barrow in Senegal on first foreign trip
Gambian leader Adama Barrow has retweeted a photo of himself with Senegalese President Macky Sall, as he embarks on his first official trip since assuming office last month.
Senegal, which borders The Gambia on three sides, was a big supporter of Mr Barrow, hosting his swearing-in ceremony in Dakar when long-time Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh was still refusing to give up power.
Mr Barrow and Mr Sall are due to hold a news conference at the presidential palace in Dakar later.
The Kenyan army says its forces killed 57 al-Shabab Islamist militants in a battle in southern
Somalia on Wednesday.
Kenyan troops under the African Union command (Amisom) used artillery
and helicopter gunships against the Islamists near Afmadow, a town
about 100 km (60 miles) inland from the port of Kismayo, a military statement said.
Al-Shabab has denied any of its fighters were killed as part of the offensive.
The militants are locked in a propaganda war against Kenya, alongside the fierce fighting which happens on the ground.
In January 2016, the militant group attacked a Kenyan army base in Somalia and said it had killed more than 100 soldiers.
The Kenyan government, which denied the figures, was heavily criticised for never saying how many of its soldiers died in the attack.
You can read the full statement below:
Kenya Defence MinistryCopyright: Kenya Defence Ministry
More on the roof collapse at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg: Gauteng Emergency Medical Service head Arnold Malotana has said sealing work was being carried out on the roof when it collapsed.
"They were doing it in
phases, so they’ll seal one area and move rubble in one area," he said. "It is estimated
that at the time of the collapse there were about 10/12 people working in the
"So far about four people have already been taken to casualty with minor
injuries," he said.
Rachel Dolezal, who made
in 2015 after she was accused of lying about her race, has officially changed her name to
Nkechi Amare Diallo
, according to the UK's
newspaper, which says it has seen legal documents confirming the change.
When her story first came to light, race rights activist Dolezal told US media that she has identified as black since childhood, though her parents insisted she was white.
Her new names are taken from several different West African cultures.
according to our Igbo-speaking BBC reporter based in south-east Nigeria, means "gift from Almighty God" or "I accept whatever child God gives me".
It's the abbreviated feminine form of the compound name nkechinyere (nke-chi-nyere).
Another colleague, whose last name is Diallo, doesn't know if the name has a specific meaning, but says it's one of the most popular names among people from the Fulani ethnic group.
Malaria drug 'also protects against sexually transmitted infections'
A drug given to pregnant women in 35 countries worldwide to protect against malaria has been shown also to safeguard against common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to new research.
The findings mean that one drug may offer protection simultaneously for two areas that pose major health risks to mothers and their babies.
As well as protecting mothers against malaria, the sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) was also shown to safeguard against the consequences of gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said.
There are 880,000 stillbirths and 1.2 million newborn deaths each year in sub-Saharan Africa, many of which are linked to maternal infection.
The authors hope that preventative treatment for pregnant mothers in malaria-hit regions will be scaled up as a result of the findings.
Investors 'amassing shares' in SA central bank illegally
South Africa's central bank has said some of its private shareholders have been amassing shares in breach of legal ownership limits, endangering the regulator's independence, Reuters reports.
The bank said it would sell nearly 150,000 of its shares owned by people who have bought too many.
The ownership limits, set by the courts, are intended to prevent undue influence in the banking regulator.
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the bank had identified certain people who had been amassing shares - a practice he said posed a danger to the bank's independence.
He did not name them.
"These shareholders who decided to buy shares as families and as associates, you could see that they were trying to exert undue influence, or influence disproportionate to the statutory limit," Reuters quoted Mr Kganyago as saying.
Ethiopian long-distance-running legend Haile Gebrselassie believes doping could be stamped out in his country if an athlete who failed a test for meldonium was sent to prison, Reuters news agency reports.
Ethiopia has dominated international distance running for many years along with neighbouring Kenya, but the country's credibility was questioned in 2016 when six athletes came under investigation for doping.
Police are investigating marathon runner Girmay Birhanu for breaching an anti-doping law after he failed a test last year and he could face three years in prison, Gebrselassie, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) president, told Reuters.
Gebrselassie, a double Olympic 10,000m champion who retired from running in 2015, was elected EAF president in November.
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about the search for a South African boy who fell into a disused mineshaft in Boksburg at the weekend. These images show South African armed forces personnel now at the scene.