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Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    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.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: A big head never misses a blow." from Sent by Wanangwa Shawa in Blantyre, Malawi
    Sent by Wanangwa Shawa in Blantyre, Malawi

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a turtle seemingly looking straight into the camera, in Nosy-be, Madagascar:

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  2. DR Congo approves use of Ebola vaccine

    The Democratic Republic of Congo government has given the go-ahead for an experimental Ebola vaccine to be used in the country.

    The country is currently battling an outbreak in the north-east which has killed four people so far.

    The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, does not yet have a license but in a paper published at the end of last year it was shown to be highly effective, Reuters reports.

    It is not yet clear how exactly the vaccine will be used in terms of when it will be distributed and who will get it.

    A nurse administers an injection
  3. Forbes Africa's 30 under 30

    It looks like word has got out on who will feature in Forbes Africa's list of 30 most promising people under the age of 30.

    The list is in the June edition of the magazine but the winners - who range from Tanzanian boutique owner to an ad man from Botswana - are already tweeting about it:

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  4. Why is attempted suicide a crime?

    We've been covering the story about the Kenyan politician who has been charged with attempted suicide for allegedly trying to jump from a building after his bid to run for president was rejected.

    Peter Gichira denied the charge during a court appearance in the capital, Nairobi, and was freed on bail.

    So why is attempted suicide a crime in Kenya?

    • Criminalised during colonial era
    • Described in the penal code as a "misdemeanour"
    • Carries a jail term of up to six months
    • Christianity and Islam consider it a sin
    • Campaigners see law as cruel and degrading
    • Decriminalised in the UK in 1961
    • Still a crime in at least 35 countries
    Poster encouraging people to register
    Image caption: The electoral commission disqualified Peter Gichira because he didn't have enough signatures
  5. All aboard the new train from Nairobi to Mombasa

    A journalist from the Financial Times has got a spot on a test ride for the SGR train from Nairobi to Mombasa and has been tweeting his journey:

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    The Standard Gauge Railway is being constructed by China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC).

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to take the train in the official opening on Wednesday.

    And this is how long it will take:

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  6. Tunisian security forces kill 'leading IS militant'

    BBC World Service

    The Tunisian security forces say they have killed a leading militant belonging to the Islamic State group who was plotting attacks in the country.

    The Interior Ministry did not name the man, but it said he had been hiding in the Mount Chambi region, close to the Algerian border.

    He was killed in an overnight operation which included the seizure of material for making explosive belts.

    Officials believe they were going to be used in attacks during Ramadan.

  7. Tell us: How long do ambulances take to respond?


    We are investigating how long it takes ambulance services around Africa to respond to emergencies and we need your help.

    If you've called an ambulance recently, tell us how long it took to respond by clicking on this link and filling out the form.

  8. EU sanctions nine Congolese officials

    The EU has announced sanctions against nine high-ranking officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights abuses.

    A journalist for Radio France Internationale has tweeted their names which includes the curent government spokesperson Lambert Mende:

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    The sanctions include a ban on entering the EU and an asset freeze, as well as a ban on making funds available to them, the EU website says.

    It adds that, as well as serious human rights violations, the have also put sanctions on officials for a having a "repressive media policy".

  9. Zuma: Traditional leaders should help 'cure the nation'

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has called on the country's traditional leaders to help "cure our nation".

    He was speaking to a conference of indigenous and traditional leaders and was referring to the recent spate of murders and attacks against women and children.

    He told his audience that it had a role in dealing with the problem.

    You can view quotes from the speech here:

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    The Mail and Guardian reports that Mr Zuma also said that other African leaders thought there was a "lack of respect" in South Africa's parliament. On a trip to Tanzania, one former president told Mr Zuma that it was "unAfrican".

  10. German coach predicts a tough match against Zambia in U-20 World Cup

    Germany coach Guido Streichsbier rates his team's chances of beating Zambia at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup as no better than 50-50.

    The Germans face the African champions in Jeju on Wednesday with a quarter-final place at stake.

    After an evening training session on Monday, Streichsbier predicted a tough fixture against the Zambians but added that the match could go either way.

    Germany only sneaked into the second round on goal difference and Streichsbier attributed his team's struggles to poor preparations.

    "Everybody in Germany knows it was a problem for us to have a team because of the dates," he said.

    "We must work with the players that we have and find a plan. They are good players."

    Zambian team praying
    Image caption: Zambia are the African champions at the Under-20 level

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  11. Kenyatta and Odinga head field of Kenya presidential candidates

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    Kenya's electoral commission has now cleared nine candidates to run for the presidency in August.

    Among those who registered today is incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta:

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    In a rerun of the 2013 poll his main rival will be the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    He was cleared, along with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, as a candidate on Sunday:

    Raila Odinaga
  12. Twenty rescued from building collapse in Nigeria

    Umar Shehu Elleman

    BBC Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

    A rescue team in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, is trying to find survivors after a three-storey building collapsed today near the centre of the city.

    Rubble after building collapse

    Twenty people have so far been pulled from the rubble and emergency workers are carrying on the search.

    But they are facing serious challenges as the roads are narrow and inaccessible to large rescue equipment.

    I have been told that the collapse may have been caused by the owner trying to add an extra storey onto the building.

    This is the third time in a month that a building has fallen down in Lagos.

    rescue operation
  13. Nigerians debate #DemocracyDay

    It's a holiday in Nigeria as the country marks 18 years since the resumption of democratic rule.

    And today is also the second anniversary of the beginning of the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.

    Nigerians have been using the opportunity to discuss Democracy Day on Twitter.

    Some strike an optimistic note:

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    While others are calling on Nigerians to educate themselves:

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    And some are focusing on what has or has not changed in the past two years:

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    And one cartoonist has tried to sum up the travails of the government:

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  14. Ivorian foodies demanding food that looks good

    Ivorian food blogger Yasmine Fofana revels so much in how her food looks that she posts it on Instagram before tucking in:

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    And she is not alone, reports Tamasin Ford. Restaurateurs in Abidjan told her that more and more customers are demanding food that is "designed well".

    Ms Fofana says the growing Ivorian middle class is the force behind what she calls a rebranding of African food.

    Listen to her report:

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    Video caption: Tastes are changing as the continent's middle class booms
  15. Mother of Mali hostage dies without his release

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Beverly McGown et al
    Image caption: Beverly McGown, centre, waited over five years for her son's release

    The mother of Stephen McGown, the South African man held hostage in Mali for over five years, has died without being reunited with her son.

    Mr McGown was on a motor bike trip across Africa when he was abducted. He, together with Swede Johan Gustofsson, have been held by al-Qaeda since their November 2011.

    Beverly McGown died in hospital over the weekend, after stress had taken its toll, aged 69.

    Stephen’s father Malcolm McGown told me this morning that the family was devastated.

    “I have support at the moment with my daughter and the grandchildren here, it would be great if they can be replaced by Stephen when they leave," he said.

    The NGO Gift of the Givers, which has been in the forefront of trying to secure Mr McGown’s release, expressed their sadness.

    The aid organisation’s founder Imtiaz Sooliman said: “We had seen the sadness in the mother's eyes and watched how she patiently waited for the return of her son. We failed her, my heart bleeds for her."

    There was hope that the 42-year-old would be freed after a proof-of-life video was released back in December.

  16. Ugandan private school entrepreneur dies

    Uganda is mourning the death of the country's biggest private school entrepreneur, reports Nebert Rugadya from Radio One in Kampala.

    Prof Lawrence Mukiibi died on Sunday of cardiac arrest, the Novik Hospital in Kampala says.

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    He started St Lawrence Schools in 1993 and went on to open eight schools and a university, which teach as many as 30,000 students at any one time.

    In 2013, Mr Mukiibi admitted the schools were for rich students and opened the Academy of St Lawrence for poorer people, costing as low as 200,000 Ugandan shillings ($56; £43) per term.

  17. Unwell Buhari misses second anniversary


    Today marks two years since Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in to power as Nigeria's president but his deputy Yemi Osinbajo marked the occasion without him, reports AFP news agency.

    But Mr Osinbajo mentioned Mr Buhari in his speech:

    "I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation."

    The 74-year-old went to London for medical treatment on 7 May and has not been heard from or seen since.

    The nature and seriousness of the illness are unknown as presidential aides told reporters at a briefing in Abuja last week that they would not answer questions about Mr Buhari's health.

  18. Kenyan train line criticised during flour crisis

    Kenya's Daily Nation is satirising the hotly-awaited first train ride on the SGR railway from Mombasa to Nairobi on Wednesday.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta will take a ride on the train with 47 hand-picked school children.

    But the cartoon depicts a situation where the masses are so far away from the people on the train that they misunderstand their calls for flour (unga in Swahili) as cheers:

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    The government had promised subsidised flour to deal with rising food prices.

    But there have been complaints the subsidised flour is running out fast.

    Over the weekend the government threatened to slap a one million shilllings (£7,500; $9,600) fine on shopkeepers who were caught selling the flour above the subsidised price.

    For real pictures of the amazing looming SGR infrastructure check the #sgrphotographycompetition on Instagram:

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  19. Kenyan politician charged over attempted suicide

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    A Kenyan court has charged a man who was hoping to run for president in the August election with attempted suicide.

    Peter Gichira has denied attempting to jump from a building in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday, after the country’s election commission disqualified him from running in the presidential poll.

    He has been released on bail.

    Mr Gichira failed to get the required 2,000 signatures from people not affiliated to any party from at least 24 counties.

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  20. How will The Gambia get its money back?

    Authorities in The Gambia say they've been holding talks with foreign investors in a bid to put the country's economy back on track, after decades of dictatorship under former President Yahya Jammeh.

    The exiled leader is accused of having stolen $50m (£39m) from the state treasury.

    Bakary Jammeh is the newly-appointed governor of the country's central bank in the Gambia.

    He spoke to BBC Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

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    Video caption: The UN says that 60 per cent of the Gambians live in poverty