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  1. Lucas Alcaraz appointed new Algeria coach

    Algeria have appointed Lucas Alcaraz as their fourth full-time coach in the last 13 months.

    The Spaniard was sacked on Monday as the coach Granada who are currently bottom of La Liga.

    The 50-year-old replaces Belgian Georges Leekens who quit after Algeria were eliminated from this year's Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage.

    Christian Gourcuff left as coach in April 2016 to be replaced by Milovan Rajevac who quit after just two games.

    Read the full story

    Lucas Alcaraz
    Image caption: Lucas Alcaraz was replaced as coach of Spanish club Granada by former England defender Tony Adams
  2. 'Fake news goes offline' in Kenya

    Political parties in Kenya have begun their nomination process, usually a highly contested exercise, to elect candidates to contest various seats ahead of the general elections in August. 

    An opposition candidate for the governor position in Busia county, in western Kenya, was surprised to find fake print-outs of the country's widely-read Daily Nation newspaper being distributed in the region - alleging that he had defected to the ruling Jubilee Alliance party, which does not enjoy wide support in the county.

    Paul Otuoma was pictured holding up a copy of the fake print-outs and a poster of him with the ruling Jubilee Alliance colours.

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    Daily Nation reports that his opponent, the incumbent governor, Sospeter Ojaamong, "appeared to reinforce the fake news about his opponent by saying that it was true Dr Otuoma had defected".  

    The Nation Media Group, which owns the newspaper,  tweeted a statement disassociating itself from the fake printouts saying its brand had been misused and that it had reported the matter to authorities. 

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    Read:Fake news: How can African media deal with the problem?

  3. 'I paddle across a lake to school'

    Many children who live on Lake Bunyiyoni in south-western Uganda have to cross the water every day to get to school.

    It often means they are late and when the weather is rough, it can be dangerous.

    Video journalist: Mark Sedgwick

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    Video caption: The Ugandan children who canoe to school
  4. Cholera and diarrhoea warning in Somalia

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that there could by a cholera and diarrhoea epidemic in Somalia in the coming months, the Reuters news agency is reporting.

    It adds that 25,000 people have been infected so far and that number could double.

    Two deaths out of every 100 infected people is currently being observed.

    Reuters says that 533 deaths from cholera or diarrhoea have been recorded so far.

    The WHO has been tweeting today about the dangers of contaminated drinking water saying that it kills a lot of people across the globe every year

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  5. US imposes sanctions on CAR militia leaders

    The US has imposed sanctions on two militia leaders from the Central African Republic (CAR), saying they were responsible for the prolonged instability in the country. 

    Abdoulaye Hissene, a chief of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, and Maxime Mokom, a leader in the anti-Balaka mainly Christian militias, who were rivals in the country's civil war are accused of teaming up afterwards to destabilise CAR 

    Any assets they have in the US will be frozen - though it is unclear if they actually have any. 

    US citizens are generally banned from any transactions with them, according to a Treasury statement. 

    Read: Central African Republic profile - Timeline

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    Image caption: UN peacekeepers were sent to CAR in 2014
  6. Mugabe's new hairdo attracts attention

    Robert Mugabe

    What's in a haircut? 

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe debuted a new hairdo on Wednesday at the burial of a former solider. 

    Some believe it's the first time he has shaved off all his hair as well as his characteristic toothbrush moustache.

    Images posted on social media have drawn some comments from Zimbabweans. 

    Some have said that the hairdo makes him look younger. 

    But others are wondering what the fuss is about.

    Perhaps sporting a new cut is a growing trend amongst heads of state. Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila also showed off a new bushier style when he addressed MPs last week.

    Joseph Kabila
  7. The woman who fought to become Egypt's only deaf dentist

    Esraa was born deaf and grew up in Egypt where she was classed as "unfit" due to her disability.

    Despite the discrimination, she had aspirations of becoming a dentist and applied to many dental schools across the country.

    She was turned away by all but one.

    Accepting the only place she was offered, Esraa went on to become Egypt's first deaf dentist.

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    Video caption: The woman who fought to become Egypt's only deaf dentist
  8. DA to charge ex-leader Zille for tweets on colonialism

    South Africa's main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) has charged its former leader Hellen Zille with bringing the party into disrepute for her remarks on colonialism, eNCA reports. 

    A date for a formal hearing has however not yet been set.  

    The party accuses her of damaging the party.

    Ms Zille, who is serving as the premier of Western Cape province, posted tweets on 16 March that were interpreted by some as glorifying South Africa's colonial legacy:    


    Ms Zille later apologised. 

    DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who took over from Ms Zille in 2015, said at the time that the social media posts had undermined the party's project to build a "a non-racial, prosperous democracy".  

    Read:Helen Zille undermines Democratic Alliance with colonialism tweets

    Helen Zille
    Image caption: Helen Zille stepped down as leader of the DA in 2015
  9. Ivory Coast's Drobga co-owns US soccer team

    Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner.

    Drogba, 39, has not played since leaving Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact in November.

    He will start out as a player but has also joined Phoenix's "MLS expansion franchise ownership group".

    "To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it's going to be very exciting," Drogba said.

    "It's a good transition because I want to carry on playing but I'm almost 40 and it's important for me to prepare for my later career."

    Phoenix have just started their fourth season in the Western Conference of USL, which forms part of the second tier of the American league system.

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    Video caption: Drogba to own and play for Phoenix
  10. Millions of dollars-worth of cash uncovered in Nigeria


    Nigeria's security authorities have uncovered more than $40m (£32m) in cash in local and foreign currencies following a raid on a property in Lagos. 

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it got the "neatly arranged US dollars, pound sterling and some naira notes in sealed wrappers" in two rooms of a four-bedroom apartment. 

    It says that the investigators forced entry into the property and found $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m in cash.

    It adds that a further search of one of the rooms found more cash hidden in wardrobes. 

    It says it believes the cash are proceeds from unlawful activity. 

    EFCC said that a whistle blower alerted them about suspicious movements of bags in and out of the apartment:

    Quote Message: Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that some women usually appeared on different occasions with Ghana Must Go bags. She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn't quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise."
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    The statement also says that the officials interviewed guards at the property who said that no one lives there. 

  11. Kenyan-born woman becomes Australian senator

    Kenya-born Lucy Gichuhi is set to become the first person of African descent to sit in Australia's 76-seat senate if her election is confirmed by the high court, the Guardian reports.

    The upper house of Australia's parliament has the power to both amend and block legislation.

    She took the seat after her colleague from the Family First party, who originally won the election, was forced to step down.

    Ms Gichuhi, a lawyer, moved to Australia in 1999 and became a citizen two years later, ABC news reports.

    ABC quotes a statement from her saying: 

    Quote Message: I am honoured and grateful for this opportunity to serve Australia. I see it as an opportunity to give back to this great nation."

    The website adds that she could face a challenge herself if she is found to have held dual citizenship at some point, but she says she is "eligible to serve".

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  12. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with news stories on the continent.