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  1. Ethiopia's ex-foreign minister voted as WHO head
  2. South Africa's main union body says Zuma cannot address rallies
  3. Nigeria has fifth successive quarter of negative growth
  4. African leaders express solidarity with UK after Manchester attack
  5. UK court awards Nigerian James Ibori £1 for unlawful detention
  6. South Sudan rebels dismiss Kiir's dialogue offer
  7. South Africa minister Jeff Radebe says sexting was a moment of weakness
  8. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 23 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 BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The slow moving of a tiger is not a mistake, but calculated accuracy." from Sent by Whyte Blessings Mkandawire in Blantyre, Malawi
    Sent by Whyte Blessings Mkandawire in Blantyre, Malawi

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with picture of a boy posing with his bicycle in Tanzania's south-central town of Ifakara.

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  2. Cheers as Tedros wins WHO vote

    Journalists in Geneva are tweeting the result of the third round of voting which saw Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom win the election to become the next head of the UN's World Health Organization.

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    Mr Tedros celebrated by wrapping himself in the African Union flag:

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    His candidacy was backed by the African Union.

    The result still needs to be officially announced by the WHO.

  3. BreakingEthiopian elected as head of the WHO

    Ethiopia's former Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has been elected as the new head of the UN's World Health Organization.

    He beat the British candidate David Nabarro in the third round of voting.

    He will be the first African to head the WHO. But his election has not been without controversy with Ethiopian opposition groups saying that this will raise the diplomatic profile of a country accused of human rights violations.

    Mr Tedros' campaign has been tweeting about the victory:

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  4. BreakingManchester attacker named

    BBC World Service

    The senior police officer in Manchester, Ian Hopkins, has named Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspect who exploded a bomb at a pop concert Monday night killing 22 people.

    A BBC correspondent said he is believed to have been born in Manchester, and his family is of Libyan origin.

    During the day, another unnamed suspect aged 23 was arrested in south Manchester, and police say they carried out two other raids on properties - one in which they gained entry using a controlled explosive.

  5. Ethiopians celebrate Tedros lead

    As delegates at the World Health Organization vote in the third round to see who will next lead the UN body, Ethiopians outside the headquarters in Geneva have been celebrating Tedros Adhanom's performance in the first and second round.

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  6. Vote for new WHO head 'goes into third round'

    According to people tweeting from the World Health Organization headquarters voting for the next head of the UN body will now go into a third round.

    Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom has a clear lead, but still does not have the required two-thirds majority.

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    If elected Mr Tedros will be the first African to head the WHO.

  7. Sudan accuses Egypt of backing Darfur rebels

    BBC World Service

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has accused neighbouring Egypt of supporting rebels who are fighting his government in the western region of Darfur.

    Mr Bashir said the Sudanese military had seized Egyptian armoured vehicles from the rebels during heavy fighting at the weekend.

    There has been no response yet from the Egyptian government.

    Darfuri rebel leader Mini Minnawi denied that he was backed by the Egyptians.

    The relationship between Sudan and Egypt has deteriorated in recent months, over issues including a disputed border region and tensions over the use of the Nile waters.

    Minni Minawi
    Image caption: Minni Minawi says he is not being backed by Egypt
  8. SA police sues for being called a racist name

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    A police officer in South Africa is suing an estate agent for calling him the k-word, an egregious racial slur.

    Vicky Momberg’s case is currently before the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg.

    Ms Momberg is facing criminal charges for insulting Constable Clement Mkhondo using racial language and swearing at other police officers while reporting an attempted hijacking.

    Mr Mkhondo wants a compensation of $112,000 (£8,800) for emotional suffering and violation of his dignity.

    Ms Momberg denied she is racist despite allegedly using the k-word more than 40 times in a video recorded at the scene which is part of the evidence against her.

  9. Ethiopian Tedros through into second round of voting for WHO head

    Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom got the most votes in the race to see who will become the next head of the UN's World Health Organization, according to a journalist tweeting the results.

    But he did not get the two-thirds majority required to win outright in the first round.

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    Delegates at the World Health Assembly will now choose between Mr Tedros and UK's David Nabarro.

    Supporter of Tedros hold a poster
    Image caption: People have been campaigning in favour of Mr Tedros outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva
  10. 'Forty-three Ebola cases in DR Congo'

    The World Health Organisation has announced that there are 43 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Three people have died in the current outbreak.

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    The organisation announced the outbreak of the virus in the north-east province of Bas-Uele province two weeks ago.

    The region lies 1,300km (800 miles) north-east of the capital, Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central African Republic.

  11. Two peacekeepers killed in Mali

    The UN mission in Mali, Minusma, says that two of its peacekeepers have been killed near Aguelhok, in the Kidal region.

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    Minusma's chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif said: "This attack adds to a wave of violence that, over the past few weeks, has targeted the civilian populations, the Malian Armed Forces and the International Forces without distinction.

    "The violence is aimed only at undermining the peace camp's efforts to bring stability and unity to Mali."

    The UN work in Mali has been described as the world's most dangerous peacekeeping mission.

    More than 100 peacekeepers have been killed there in the past four years, the Washington Post reports.

    The blue helmets have been in the north of Mali since 2013 to help bring peace after the country's civil war.

    Blue helmet in Mali
  12. Rihanna - Lupita movie is on

    A jocular tweet about a potential movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o has taken an unexpected turn and will now be made into a film.

    A tweeter sparked the film idea while commenting on a photo of the two celebrities:

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    It caught the attention of Oscar winner Nyong'o recently and then Rihanna.

    Netflix has reportedly bought the film project that will pair Rihanna with Oscar winner Nyong'o in a buddy movie concept.

    Ava DuVernay is slated to direct the film and she has tweeted the news:

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    It is not clear, though, when this could happen.

  13. Guinea clinch first U20 World Cup point

    Guinea picked up their first point at the Fifa under-20 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with England in Jeonju, South Korea, on Tuesday.

    England took the lead in this Group A encounter after the break when Lewis Cook's 25-yard effort found the back of the net.

    But a comical own goal from Fikayo Tomori saw the two sides share the points.

    Unaware that goalkeeper Dean Henderson had strayed from his goal, Tomori played a blind back-pass which rolled into an empty net.

    It was Guinea's first ever under-20 World Cup goal.

    Naby Bangoura of Guinea (left) is challenged by Lewis Cook of England
    Image caption: Naby Bangoura of Guinea (left) is challenged by Lewis Cook of England
  14. Has Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony been defeated?

    The international hunt for Joseph Kony seems to be over, but the notorious rebel leader, who was first chased from his native Uganda to South Sudan and then to the Central African Republic, is still at large.

    In 2011, lobbying led by US charity Invisible Children prompted President Barack Obama to send about 100 soldiers to support the country's dealing with the LRA.

    The aim of the mission was to back armies that have "the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA".

    Six years on, Kony is still on the run and has a small force of around 100 fighters. But the US and Uganda, which had more than 2,000 soldiers in the CAR, have ended their mission.

    So what do those civilians most vulnerable to attacks from Kony's Lord's Resistance Army do now?

    Read the full story on BBC News Online.

    Joseph Kony
    Image caption: Kony founded the LRA in Uganda in the late 1980s, saying he wanted to govern according to the Biblical Ten Commandments
  15. FGM 'is not an African issue, it's a global issue'

    Hugo Williams

    BBC News, Oslo

    "It sounded like an animal being massacred."

    Leyla Hussein recalls the screams of her sister and the moment when, as a young girl growing up in Somalia, she realised something terrible was about to happen to her.

    Three decades later, now a prominent anti-FGM campaigner based in the UK, Ms Hussein has been sharing her story with the audience at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway.

    She remembers what happened after she had been cut: "I was taken to a room that was full of gifts: there was a gold watch, sweets and chocolates. I wasn't allowed the chocolates because apparently I'd made too much of a fuss."

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    Ms Hussein argues that FGM is "about oppressing women's bodies. It's not an African issue, it's a global issue." she says.

    She says she is living proof that FGM doesn't work. "I wasn't supposed to have a voice, to have sexual freedom or urges. Show me a picture of Idris Elba and you'll see about that."

  16. SA labour federation bans Zuma from its rallies

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a long-time ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC), has banned President Jacob Zuma from addressing its activities.

    Reading from a statement at a media briefing on Tuesday following its special executive committee meeting, Coastu secretary-general Bheki Ntshalintshali said: “Comrade Jacob Zuma will no longer be welcome to address Cosatu initiatives.”

    Mr Zuma was booed at a May Day rally organised by Cosatu earlier this month.

    Factionalism has divided the ANC ahead of its conference at the end of this year, where Mr Zuma is expected to step down as leader of the party.

    The country’s largest labour federation reiterated its call that it no longer supports his leadership.

    President Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: Cosatu no longer wants to see Mr Zuma at its meetings
  17. Ethiopian appeals for votes in race to become WHO head

    Ethiopia's Teodros Adhanom and the other two candidates for the next head of the UN's World Health Organization are addressing the World Health Assembly in Geneva (see earlier entry).

    It's their last chance to address the delegates - one from each UN member state - before the vote.

    One doctor has been tweeting what is being said.

    Mr Teodros was the first to speak:

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    Teodros speaking

    You can follow the speeches here and delegates will start voting once they are over.

  18. Koran reciters gather to pray for Buhari

    The government of Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara has brought together 500 Koran reciters to pray for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, Premium Times reports.

    An official from the state said the scholars were drawn from 14 local government areas in the state.

    He added that they were also praying for the country.

    Quote Message: If the president, as the leader of Nigeria, is not well, then it becomes the concern of all Nigerians to know that his recovery is highly important to us as a people and as a nation.
    Quote Message: We have organised different prayer sessions throughout the state and we believe the... prayers will be of immense benefit for our state, its leaders and people and the nation, especially the president, who is now on medical treatment in London.’’
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    Mr Buhari is on medical leave in the UK - for the second time this year - over an undisclosed illness.

  19. Three pupils die in Tanzania boat tragedy

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Three students have died while nine others survived after a boat they were travelling in capsized in Lake Victoria, in the Geita region, north-west Tanzania.

    Regional police commander Mponjoli Mwabulambo said the incident happened yesterday afternoon when the students were traveling from school to their homes

    Mr Mwabulambo said that the initial investigation shows the boat capsized about 20 metres from the lake's shore after the schoolchildren moved to one side of the vessel forcing it to tip over.

    He said police are holding the owner of the boat for further questioning on the cause of the accident.

    Boats are a main mode of transport in the islands within Lake Victoria but most of the vessels are in poor condition.

  20. Swahili words get into English dictionary

    The Oxford University Press (OUP) has just published its latest dictionary for primary school students in East Africa

    This is the OUP's third edition of the dictionary and includes a lot of new words that have entered English from Swahili and other languages.

    The lexicographers have sent us some of the words and their definitions and uses:

    • Bodaboda – (East African English) a bicycle or motorcycle taxi: there were boys on bodabodas riding on Kampala’s street
    Boda boda rider
    • Mwananchi - (East African English) an ordinary person, a member of the public
    • Daladala - (in Tanzania) a small bus that is used as a taxi
    • Sambaza - (East African English) to share good or useful things with other people ;you can pay bills here and sambaza money to your family
    • Mwalimu - (East African English) a word that you use before the name of someone who is respected as a teacher: Mwalimu Nyerere
    Julius Nyerere