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  1. Mozambique and Botswana bans Zimbabwean chicken over bird flu
  2. Thousands of chicken have been culled
  3. Burundi says documents reveal EU wanted to overthrow government
  4. Ethiopia explains week-long internet shutdown
  5. South Africa's economy slips into recession
  6. Third London Bridge attacker 'was Italian-Moroccan'
  7. Wife of Nigeria's president says he is recovering from his illness
  8. Soldier murdered by mob will be buried on Friday
  9. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 6 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Paul Bakibinga 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.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: You cannot cut someone's hair in their absence." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Nafiu Osam Shittu in Ibadan, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Nafiu Osam Shittu in Ibadan, Nigeria

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

    And we leave you with this picture of the sky at dusk in South Africa's Western Cape. People there are expecting a big storm to hit overnight:

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  2. Nigerian government 'not doing enough to free kidnapped Lagos children'

    The Nigerian authorities are not doing enough to secure the release of six children who were abducted from their secondary school in Lagos, says a parent who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity.

    The authorities at federal and state level are also accused of being evasive and elusive.

    The parent added that he had not yet met Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

    The children were kidnapped towards the end of May. Their abductors are demanding a ransom of around $30,000 (£25,000) which the parents say they cannot afford.

    They denied local media reports that they are trying to raise the ransom themselves

    Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos state
    Image caption: Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos state
  3. Ivory Coast mourns Tiote

    Tamasin Ford

    BBC Africa, Abidjan

    Outside of tailoring shop

    Here in Ivory Coast's main city, I have been to visit the tailoring shop of Madah Tiote, the widow of footballer Cheick Tiote who collapsed and died in China after training on Monday.

    It's closed today of course and Madah is at home, pregnant with her third child.

    But I have spoken to some people in the neighbourhood:

    Quote Message: I know Cheick. He's a friend of my little brother. They grew up together so he's my little brother too. Everyone is in mourning. The whole of Abidjan is in mourning. He's a national star."
    Quote Message: The news was so shocking The entire neighbourhood is crying. My sister called me to tell me the news and it was so difficult. The whole district is crying."
    Quote Message: When I heard the news yesterday I was truly speechless. I had hoped that it wasn't the husband of our friend because he's not the only Cheick Tiote. It's just shocking. It's unimaginable to think of someone who's just 30 years old in the prime of his life. He had so much more to do."
    Cheick Tiote
    Image caption: Cheick Tiote was training with Beijing Enterprises when he died
  4. Uganda's Museveni 'gets $1,000 per month salary'

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has given his annual state of the nation address.

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    He had some criticism for the police:

    Quote Message: The other day, some youth were complaining of the police arresting them for being 'idle and disorderly'. This must stop completely. Some of the youth are idle because they do not have jobs. Why arrest them for that?"

    The president has also made some off the cuff statements away from the prepared text quoted by State House:

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    Mr Museveni says he does not go to banks to get loans.

    He pays in cash with money from his cattle farm. He said he gets paid about $1,000 (£780) per month:

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  5. Zimbabwe culls thousands of chickens over bird flu

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe’s top poultry producer and exporter Irvines Private Limited has said that 7,000 chickens have died due to avian flu.

    And it has been forced to cull 140,000 as a precaution following an outbreak on its premises.

    However, the Zimbabwean government says this strain of bird flu has not shown any risk to humans.

    As we've reported neighbouring Botswana and Mozambique have implemented a blanket ban on all poultry products from Zimbabwe.

  6. Sakho on safari in Tanzania

    Crystal Palace central defender Mamadou Sakho is on holiday with his family in Tanzania and he's tweeted this short film from there:

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    Sakho was born in France but his parents were from Senegal.

  7. Cape Town braces for heavy rains

    We've been reporting about the storm that's due to hit South Africa's Western Cape province tonight.

    It comes after a prolonged period of drought in the province.

    So what can South Africans expect over the next few days?

    BBC Weather's Ben Rich has been looking at the forecast:

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    Video caption: Cape Town braces for Heavy rains
  8. Will the UK election affect foreign aid?

    The main political parties in the UK have pledged to keep spending 0.7% of the country's national income on foreign aid if they are elected.

    But some critics question whether countries which do not have a good human rights track record should get aid.

    Ahead of the British general election on Thursday we take a look at the issue:

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    Video caption: Will the UK election affect foreign aid to Africa?
  9. SA schools told to close ahead of storm

    Schools in South Africa's Western Cape province have been told to close as the region prepares for a big storm to hit tonight.

    In a statement, the local education department said: "The storm may damage some schools, which could place learners and staff at risk, as well as those who commute to school, especially in rural areas."

    The provincial premier has been warning people of what is coming in a series of tweets:

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    She has also asked people to avoid driving if they can:

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    People are using the hashtag #MotherOfAllStorms to tweet about what's coming:

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  10. Mozambique bans import of Zimbabwe poultry products

    Poultry free range

    The Mozambican government has banned the import of all poultry and poultry products from neighbouring Zimbabwe, reports Jose Tembe in Maputo.

    The ban follows an outbreak of avian flu, announced last week, on a commercial poultry farm in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland East province, which led to the cull of over 715,000 birds.

    There are various strains of avian flu and the one discovered in Mashonaland East is reported to be the most deadly.

    This strain, known as H5N8, is highly contagious and lethal to poultry.

    Zimbabwe's neighbour Botswana has also made a similar announcment today

  11. Burundi says documents 'show EU wanted regime change'

    Burundi's government has accused the EU of having tried to seek regime change before the political crisis of 2015, reports the BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge from Bujumbura.

    A government spokesman has said that it has got hold of documents that show that the EU delegation in the country funded people who wanted to destabilise Burundi.

    He did not reveal more details about what was in the documents.

    The EU has often been critical of the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

    In 2015, his decision to run for a third term precipitated a political crisis which included a failed coup attempt.

    Fire burning on street
    Image caption: Protests broke out in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, as people demonstrated against the president running for a third term
  12. Comoros offended by Macron joke

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News

    Comoros' Foreign Minister Mohamed Bacar Dossar has summoned the French ambassador following a remark by President Emmanuel Macron, which he considered offensive.

    Last week, the president appeared to make a joke suggesting that Comorans who were picked up in the sea trying to make their way to the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte were like fish.

    The boats they sail in frequently capsize and, according to a report to the French senate, up to 10,000 people have drowned in those crossings in the past 20 years.

    Mr Dossar told journalists that Mr Macron's comments were ''disdainful and shocking. The Comoran people have a right to dignity and apologies are necessary''.

    On Monday, Comoros President Azali Assoumani had a telephone conversation with President Macron.

    President Assoumani said his French counterpart's ''unconsidered'' remark ''reflects his young age''.

    But he added: ''Now that President Macron has put the issue in the public arena, it would be good to work at finding a solution to the tragedy.'.

    Emmanuel Macron
    Image caption: Mr Macron's comments were put down to his young age
  13. Criticism of Ghana church which organised thanksgiving for Chelsea

    We posted a story on Facebook yesterday about a special thanksgiving service that a Ghanaian church organised in the wake of Chelsea's Premier League success.

    Long-time Chelsea fan Pastor Azigiza told the BBC he wanted to use the power of football to talk about God.

    People in church wearing Chelsea shirts

    But looking at the comments under the post, it seems that Living Streams International church in the capital, Accra, has come in for a lot of criticism.

    Jesse Abedi-Boafo says:

    Quote Message: Let the pastor organise a party in his house in honour of Chelsea... nothing wrong with that, but to dedicate a whole church service in honour of a football club, it's only here in Africa we'll hear of such things. God have mercy on our continent for we're blind and far behind.

    Abongile Gotye says:

    Quote Message: Wow... Too many glory hunters in one church jumping on the bandwagon of a successful sporting club from the other side of the world. Couldn't they just do that for local clubs Asante Kotoko or Hearts Of Oaks, if they are so in love with footy?

    But Echere Henry Nzubechi comes to the defence of the church:

    Quote Message: People are really foolish. What is wrong with a Church organising a thanksgiving to God for the victory of a team that the pastor loves?
    Two people wearing an Arsenal and Chelsea shirt
    Image caption: The church wanted to encourage friendly rivalry
  14. Museveni delivering state of the nation

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is now speaking at a special session of Uganda's parliament at a conference centre in the capital, Kampala.

    He has used the first part of the speech to talk about security and has had some harsh words for the police:

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    Recently, he has been critical of the use of torture in police investigations.

    You can watch the speech live here:

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  15. Don't make a joke out of Uganda's parliament

    Uganda's parliament
    Image caption: Uganda's President Museveni speaking to parliament in 2012

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is about to deliver his annual state of the nation address and, in advance of that, parliament has sent out a warning to journalists covering the event.

    In a statement, parliamentary officers said

    Quote Message: Some sections of the media, have taken it upon themselves... to project images that cast parliament in bad light or to attempt to ridicule or make a mockery of the deliberations by showing unflattering shots/scenes.
    Quote Message: In covering the proceedings of the House, the media shall have regard to the dignity of the House and its functions as a legislature rather than a place of entertainment.
    Quote Message: No extracts of Parliamentary proceedings may be used in any light entertainment programme or in a programme of political satire."

    The BBC Catherine Byaruhanga says that in the past pictures of MPs dozing off have gone viral and this is an effort by parliament to stop those images being taken.

  16. Analysis: South Africa's recession

    Matthew Davies

    Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

    South Africa"s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa April 4, 2017.
    Image caption: South Africa's Finance Minister has a big job on his hands

    South Africa's new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will not be pleased with this set of GDP numbers.

    The 0.7% contraction of the economy was not only unexpected, but follows figures last week that showed unemployment in the country at a 14-year high.

    It also comes just a couple of months after part of the country's debt was downgraded to junk status.

    The ratings agencies warned last week that weak economic growth and the political uncertainty as a result of virtual open warfare within the governing African National Congress could spark further downgrades.

    The political tension is unlikely to be resolved until the ANC's elective conference in December. However by then if there's been further weakness in the economy, the cost of living for many millions of South Africans could be a lot higher.

  17. Ugandan social media abuzz

    Ugandan social media is abuzz after revelations at the funeral of a leading educationalist, Prof Lawrence Mukiibi, last week.

    Mr Mukiibi was the owner of various schools and colleges called St Lawrence. However at his funeral several dozen children were introduced as his progeny

    The famous teacher had no known wife.

    This has led many to ask questions about the late Prof Mukiibi:

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  18. Tiote adds to Africa's on-field casualty list

    The death of Ivorian footballer Cheik Tiote has reminded us of long list of other African players who have died on the pitch, almost all of them suffering a form of cardiac arrest.

    • 1989 - Nigeria's Samuel Okwaraji collapsed while playing for the Super Eagles
    • 2003 - Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe had a heart attack while playing for Cameroon
    • 2007 - Zambia's Chaswe Nsofwa died during a club match in Israel
    • 2016 - Cameroonian Patrick Ekeng collapsed playing in Romania

    There are many others and you can read more about them in this piece by Mark Gleeson.

    Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the pitch during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France
    Image caption: Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the pitch during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France
  19. Is this Africa's tallest tree?

    A German scientist says a tree he discovered in Tanzania is Africa's tallest.

    It is a rare species, called Entandrophragma Excelsum, and stands 81.5m (267ft) tall.

    We've been taking a look:

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    Video caption: Is this Africa's tallest tree?
  20. Caught in the middle of Libya's kidnapping nightmare

    Woman in shadow on the phone

    "My father was kidnapped yesterday."

    Rana Jawad, our reporter in Tunisia, got that text message from a friend, Lina.

    She told her he was taken in Libya and has now not been seen for more than a month.

    Rana speaks to her about the nightmare world of phone calls, misinformation and anxiety.

    Lina's father is one of many people taken in a spate of kidnappings.

    Read more about what happened to Lina

    Lina's father