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  1. France's new president set to visit Mali later this week
  2. Femi Kuti 'breaks world record' for a single note on a saxophone
  3. Mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast continue protest
  4. Truce reported in troubled city in CAR
  5. UN appeals for more aid for South Sudan
  6. Zambia opposition leader acquitted on insulting language charge
  7. South Africa's constitutional court considers if no-confidence vote should be held by secret ballot
  8. Kenyan pupils protest against school demolition
  9. Email stories and comments to - Monday 15 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back tomorrow

    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.

    Quote Message: All seasons do not yield the same." from A Nuer proverb sent by Koang Gatluak Wuol in Gambella, Ethiopia
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    And we leave you with this photo from Instagram from the British TV awards, known as the Baftas. It's of British star Michaela Coel, whose parents are both Ghanaian, wearing a dress made by her mother and using kente cloth:

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  2. Ugandan troops accused of rape and sexual abuse in the CAR

    Residents of Oba relied on the Uganda Army for safety

    Ugandan troops deployed in the Central African Republic have exploited or abused at least 13 women since 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report out today.

    HRW says it interviewed 13 women and 3 girls in early 2017, who described exploitation or abuse from as early as 2010 by Ugandan soldiers in the southeastern town of Obo. 

    Ugandan forces were based there as part of an African Union Regional Task Force that was set up to destroy rebel leader Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

    According to the report two of the women were girls when the incidents took place.

    Ugandan and US troops were fighting side by side until last month when they begun to withdraw from the CAR last month.

    The reports says more cases were documented by the United Nations and the BBC earlier this year.

    Read more on this story from the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga

  3. Macron to visit Mali

    New French President Emmanuel Macron will visit French troops based in Mali later this week, the AFP news agency is reporting.

    Mr Macron, who was inaugurated on Sunday, has already spoken on the telephone to two French soldiers wounded in Mali.

    France has a 3,000-strong force fighting against Islamist militants in five countries in the Sahel - Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. 

    Read moreWhat Emmanuel Macron's win means for Africa

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  4. End shootings, Ecowas head tells mutinous Ivorian soldiers

    Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who heads the regional group Ecowas, has condemned the actions of the mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast.

    In a brief statement, she "called upon the mutineers to end the shootings and threats to civilian lives... She admonished them to return to their barracks and resume negotiations for their compensation peacefully".

    Masked solider on the street
    Image caption: The mutinous soldiers have set up road blocks in some cities
  5. Hostages 'freed from mosque in CAR'

    About 1,000 people held hostage in a mosque amid violent clashes in south-eastern Central African Republic have been freed, Herve Verhoosel, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force, Minusca, said on Monday, Reuters news agency reports.

    "I can confirm that the mosque is now empty. The last 250 men inside until this afternoon have been transferred out," he said.

    He added that the UN forces had since opened fire on the militia fighters who had been guarding the mosque.

    The Central African Republic has been plagued by violence in recent weeks as different militia groups have clashed (see earlier entry).

  6. Son of Angola's president: It's competence not nepotism

    Jose Filomeno dos Santos, son of Angola's outgoing president, has justified the reason why he was put in charge of the country's substantial sovereign wealth fund. 

    Speaking to BBC Focus on Africa's Akwasi Sarpong he said:

    Quote Message: I am an Angolan citizen, I know the industry. The facts have proven that the decision was well made."

    He acknowledged that the Angolan economy was not doing as well as when oil prices were higher.

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    Video caption: What are oil-rich Angola's economical and political prospects?

    But he said that diversification efforts in the non-oil sector, like construction, trading and banking, are doing much better.

    Mr dos Santos downplayed speculation that he or his sister, Isabel, who heads Angola's oil company, are being groomed to lead the country in the future.

    In an interview last month with the BBC she also said that she got her job because of her abilities not because of who she is:

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    Video caption: Isabel dos Santos: I face prejudice because of who I am
  7. SA airline to review policy after 'obese' incident

    South African Airlines (SAA) has said it is reviewing its policy on offering seat-belt extensions to its customers after an incident last August when a taxiing plane was forced to return to the terminal because it did not have one on board, Time Live reports. 

    A passenger, who was travelling from Cape Town,  said she was not given a seat-belt extension even after asking for it. 

    She said an announcement was made to alert the passengers for the reason for the delay:

    Quote Message: We are dealing with some obese cases on board and therefore had to go back to find extension belts‚ we don’t usually need them on this flight out of Cape Town…”
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    TimesLive reports that the passenger complained but the issue had not been looked into by January. 

    The airline however responded to a query sent last week by Times Live saying it was reviewing its pre-departure procedures.  

  8. Analysis: The key questions in the Ivory Coast crisis

    The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan has written a Q&A on the mutiny in Ivory Coast.

    It all started over a dispute about whether bonuses agreed to in January should be paid after a spokesman for the rebellious soldiers appeared to apologise on national TV on Thursday and said demands for the remaining money were dropped.

    So one key question she answers is how worried are Ivorians?

    Ivorians have lived through a 10-year civil war so they know how quickly things can escalate and and become dangerous.

    This is why many Abidjan residents have stayed at home, fearful of getting caught in any gunfire. One person has been killed in Bouaké since the mutiny started.

    With both sides saying they are not willing to negotiate, many are afraid of some sort of military confrontation.

    The government released a statement on Sunday night saying it was launching a "military offensive to restore order" in Bouaké, though it appears to have backed off to avoid fighting.

    Map of Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast mutiny: What lies behind the shooting in Abidjan? - BBC News

  9. Relief on Femi's face as he finishes sax world record

    An edited video of Femi Kuti playing the same note on his saxophone non-stop for a world record-breaking 51 minutes (see earlier entry) has been released on Twitter.

    At one point you can see him being cooled down by some of his backing singers and then the sheer relief when he finishes:

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    He managed the feat by using a method called circular breathing.

  10. Ivory Coast government to 'maintain firm line'

    A spokesman for the Ivory Coast's government, Bruno Kone, has said that the government will maintain a firm line in its handling of the ongoing standoff with mutinous soldiers, the Reuters news agency reports. 

    He said that some contact had been made with the rebelling soldiers but "no negotiations were under way" even though there was also a military operation.

  11. Row over Hirst's alleged appropriation of Nigerian culture 'misunderstands his latest show'

    US-based artist and academic Chika Okeke-Agulu has waded into the debate over whether top UK artist Damien Hirst is guilty of cultural appropriation in his latest exhibition.

    The discussion began when Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor noticed a copy of a Nigerian artefact, the famous Benin bronzes from Ife, at Hirst's show in Venice:

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    He wrote: "For the thousands of viewers seeing this for the first time, they won't think Ife, they won't think Nigeria. Their young ones will grow up to know this work as Damien Hirst's."

    Ehikhamenor's views have got a lot of coverage worldwide.

    But Okeke-Agulu thinks people have misunderstood Hirst's work.

    Quote Message: I doubt that most of the people who accuse Hirst of cultural appropriation have taken a look at his project, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, in which we find the Ife-style head among numerous other sculptures made after ancient treasures from many cultures across the planet."

    Hirst's exhibition imagines the contents of a fictional ship carrying ancient art treasures which sank off the coast of East Africa.

    Okeke-Agulu points out that lots of other cultural artefacts are copied.

  12. SA's Eskom says it couldn't afford Molefe's payout

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The return of Brian Molefe to run state-owned energy company Eskom, three months after leaving to become an MP, has been widely condemned. 

    The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called on the government to reverse the decision. 

    He announced his departure from the high paying job as CEO late last year saying that he was leaving “in the interest of good governance” after being implicated in corruption allegations by an anti-corruption watchdog body report. 

    It was originally thought that the reason behind Mr Molefe suddenly becoming an MP was because he was part of a grand plan to make him finance minister after President Jacob Zuma sacked Pravin Gordhan in the now infamous midnight cabinet reshuffle. 

    But that plan failed because of widespread condemnation. 

    Eskom's board said they offered him his job back because because his $2.2m ( £1.5m) pension was too big. 

    The opposition Democratic Alliance has already lodged papers in the High Court in Pretoria to stop his reappointment.

    As he arrived back at his old office today he was welcomed with warm cheers by Eskom staff in spite of some opposition parties attempting to block his way into the office compound:

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  13. Zimbabwe derby sparks social media rows

    Zimbabwean football fans have taken to social media to vent their spleen following the abandonment of the country's biggest derby on Sunday.

    There was plenty of confusion and a smattering of anger when the Premier League match between Highlanders and Dynamos, the most famous and successful clubs, was called off just before the half-time break.

    The referee took the decision with the score at 1-1 as he feared for the safety of one of his assistants at a packed Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

    Read the full story from BBC Sport

    Zimbabwe derby
    Image caption: The Highlanders-Dynamos fixture has a history of crowd trouble
  14. Why are Ivory Coast soldiers protesting?

    We've been reporting about the ongoing protests from soldiers in Ivory Coast.

    The trouble has spread to several cities around the country - it began with a dispute about unpaid bonuses.

    So why can't the government pay up?

    Our reporter Tamasin Ford updated BBC Minute on the latest:

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    Video caption: A row over unpaid bonuses sparks protests in Ivory Coast
  15. 'Deal struck' after more at least 30 civilians die in CAR violence

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    In the Central African Republic, militiamen who had attacked the city of Bangassou have reportedly agreed to withdraw after mediation from a national religious leader Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga.

    According to the UN, up to 30 civilians were killed after a UN base was attacked over the weekend.

    Last week, six UN peacekeepers were also killed in an attack in Bangassou. 

    The militiamen have agreed to withdraw on the condition that UN troops stop firing and that the president comes in person to negotiate.

    In recent months, the situation has worsened in the Central African Republic because of fighting among rival armed groups, including different factions of the Muslim rebel group Seleka and Christian militia. 

    The UN has been accused of taking sides.

    The country has been plagued by violence since 2013, when Seleka seized power and ousted President Francois Bozize.

    President of the Central African Republic, Professor Faustin-Archange Touadera
    Image caption: President Faustin-Archange Touadera has been asked to come and negotiate
  16. I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape

    Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that's said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren't allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade.

    She was stuck in an unhappy marriage and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband.

    Pili Hussein

    In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place.

    But women were not allowed in the mining area, so she pretended to be a man.

    She tried to act like a man to fit in.

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    Video caption: Pili Hussein from Tanzania disguised herself as a man so she could work down a mine

    "I acted like a gorilla - I could fight, my language was bad, I could carry a big knife," she told the BBC.

    She was only discovered when she was incorrectly identified as someone who had carried out a rape. She then had to reveal her secret.

    Read more of Pili's story here

  17. SA star killed after trying to confront robbers

    South Africans are paying tribute to a former actor on popular local TV series Generations who was killed during a mugging on Sunday night.

    Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend were shot after confronting a group of men who had robbed women of their mobile phones in a pub in Soweto.

    Mandla Hlatshwayo

    Those who knew the 40-year-old have described him as a selfless man.

    South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world with more than 50,000 cases reported every year.

    Many are using social media to send message of condolences to the family of Mr Hlatshwayo, who was also a disc jockey for local radio station Jozi FM.

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  18. Uganda opposition leader arrested

    Uganda's New Vision newspaper has shared pictures of Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye being arrested by police on his way to a political rally: 

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    Mr Besigye has been arrested on many other occasions including in the aftermath of last year's elections.

    His party objected to the results which saw President Yoweri Museveni extend his 30-year time in power.

    Read:Uganda's Kizza Besigye - veteran opposition leader profiled

  19. Ivory Coast updates: Shooting restarts in Abidjan

    The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan has sent us an update on the ongoing crisis: 

    • Shooting has restarted at barracks in Akouédo, a suburb of Abidjan
    • All banks are closed across the country
    • Ivorian army closing roads in Abidjan
    • Mutinous soldiers shooting in San Pedro, the main poet for the country's industry 
    • The military operation launched in Bouaké has eased off. There are reports say that the military spoke to the mutineers and did not want to attack or fight. 
    • Mutineers appear to be changing their request to severance pay instead of bonuses as they realise they cannot stay in the army after this
    Mutinous soldier holding a weapon
    Image caption: Mutinous soldiers have been seen on the streets of the country's second city, Bouake