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Summary

  1. Ghanaians protest against corruption
  2. African court rules in favour of Kenya's Ogiek people over eviction
  3. South Sudan government releases reporter George Livio
  4. Zambia's opposition leader remains in detention after court adjourns
  5. Kidnappers have taken six school pupils from a Lagos school
  6. 'Many feared dead' in gun attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians
  7. Manchester bomber 'was part of anti-Gaddafi militia'
  8. SA opposition leader barred from entering Zambia
  9. Thirty-three people including policemen due in court over 2015 Sousse attack
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 26 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    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 fight between two grasshoppers is a joy to the crow." from Sent by Frank Dotu in Kumasi, Ghana
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a shopkeeper getting ready some traditional Ramadan lanterns ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo. It's one of our favourite pictures from the week.

    An Egyptian seller dusts a traditional Ramadan lantern called "fanous" at his shop stall ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
  2. Burundi orders couples to wed amid drive to 'moralise society'

    Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences.

    The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign "to moralise society".

    A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion.

    He said too many schoolgirls were getting pregnant and men were taking advantage of women by cohabiting with several simultaneously.

    Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 when Mr Nkurunziza, a born-again Christian, announced he would run for a controversial third term.

    Bride covering her face
  3. DJ leads protest against corruption in Ghana

    We're getting photos in of a protest in Ghana's capital, Accra, against corruption in the country:

    Protestor

    Protesters marched towards the Economic and Organised Crimes Office to present a petition urging action:

    Protestors
    Protestors

    Ghana Web reports the protesters were calling for an investigation into people who were alleged to have been involved in corruption in a recent Auditor General’s report.

    Joy FM adds that the protest was led by "Captain Smart", a DJ of a morning radio show which uncovers dodgy deals.

    “Corruption has taken over this country; from the presidency to down to the labourer. Virtually everybody in this country thinks that corruption is now normal,” they quote him as saying.

  4. South Sudan frees journalist held for over two years without charge

    South Sudan's government has freed a journalist after two and a half years of imprisonment without charge, UN officials told the Reuters news agency.

    South Sudanese journalist George Livio, who worked for the UN radio station Radio Miraya, was arrested in August 2014 but never brought to trial, the news agency adds.

    A journalist covering South Sudan tweets the latest:

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  5. Reaction to the Ogiek ruling

    Activists have been reacting to the ruling by the African Court on Human and People's Rights that the Kenyan government cannot evict the Ogiek community from the Mau Forest (see earlier entry).

    Daniel Kobei, Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program said:

    Quote Message: For the Ogiek, this is history in the making. The issue of Ogiek land rights has finally been heard and the case has empowered them to feel relevant. I know that the case also gives hope to other indigenous peoples: it has made the issues seem real."

    Muthoni Wanyekin from Amnesty International said:

    Quote Message: In this one ruling, the court has both affirmed the Ogiek’s right to live freely on their ancestral land, and proved to the continent that regional justice mechanisms work.
    Quote Message: But a ruling is not enough, it must be respected. The Kenyan government must now implement the ruling and let the Ogiek live freely on their ancestral land.”

    As a signatory to the court, which is based in Tanzania, Kenya is obliged to abide by the ruling.

    Ogiek man
    Image caption: The Ogiek have been facing eviction for a decade
  6. Tanzanian fashion week focuses on modesty

    Munira Hussein

    BBC Africa

    As Muslims around the world prepare for Ramadan, one way some women in Tanzania are getting ready is by considering if clothes can be modest and stylish at the same time.

    This was the theme of Stara Fashion week:

    Model
    Model
    Model

    One of the organisers, Latifa Makau, told me that the aim of the event was to challenge the idea that women who cover up are unfashionable.

    "A lot of people have this wrong perception that you can't be modest and stylish at the same time. So they'd abandon modesty just so they wouldn't look outdated," she said.

    One of the audience members, Fatma Sosthenes, told me the show inspired her.

    "From now on I will try and be a modest but classy Muslim girl"

  7. 'Heavy fighting' in Libya's capital

    There have been clashes in Libya's capital, Tripoli, with heavy gunfire heard since the morning, the Reuters news agency reports.

    It says that the violence was a result of forces backing the self-declared "national salvation government" battling with those of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

    The GNA is struggling to assert its authority over the country.

    Libya has been riven by factional fighting since the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

  8. Zambian treason case sent to judicial review

    Mutuna Chanda

    BBC Africa, Lusaka

    The Lusaka Magistrates Court has told opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema to seek a judicial review to decide whether his treason case will be tried in the High Court.

    Mr Hichilema was charged with treason after his convoy allegedly refused to make way for President Edgar Lungu's convoy:

    Video content

    Video caption: How road rage led to treason charge in Zambia

    Mr Hichilema's lawyers argued in court today that there was a problem with the way the case was first put forward.

    The court gave the opposition leader 15 days to apply for the judicial review.

  9. More details: Landmark ruling goes against Kenya

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    The African Court on Human and People’s rights based in Tanzania has made a landmark ruling allowing an indigenous Kenyan group known as the Ogiek to keep their ancestral land.

    The court, sitting in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, said that the Kenyan government should never have tried to evict members of the Ogiek community from the Mau Forest because it is their ancestral land.

    The court dismissed the government allegations that they had to evict them them to conserve the forest, saying the Kenyan authorities had failed to demonstrate that the Ogiek harmed the forest.

    The court further said the government had violated a series of rights of the Ogiek community, including the right to culture and right to property.

    Ogiek woman
  10. Ogiek people win land case against Kenyan government

    There was singing at the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, today as the court found in favour of Kenya's Ogiek people who challenged the plan by the Kenyan government to move them from their ancestral home in the Mau Forest:

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    Andrew Songa from the Kenya Human Rights Commission has been tweeting every moment of the case:

    View more on twitter
  11. How South Africans have reacted to Zambia row

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Mmusi Maimane

    We reported earlier that South Africa's main opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has been expelled from Zambia to prevent him from attending the treason hearing of his detained counterpart, Hakainde Hichilema.

    Mr Maimane has now told a crowd in Johannesburg: “All I simply wanted was to stand side-by-side with someone who has been fighting for the rule of law, HH, a fellow African,” he said.

    There have been mixed reactions in South Africa to Zambia's decision to bar Mr Maimane from entering the country.

    While some have questioned why he would involve himself in the issues of a sovereign state, many have applauded him for trying to bring awareness to the Zambian opposition leader’s plight.

    Mr Maimane has accused the Zambian government of dictatorship, adding that he was compelled to act because of South Africa’s own fight against oppression.

    He’s been calling for support on social media using the thread #iCantBeSilent. Authorities in South Africa have said they will look into the matter. They probably want to avoid a diplomatic row with Zambia.

  12. Breaking the taboo around menstruation

    Ethiopian photographer Martha Tadesse has published the latest in her series of portraits of women with quotes of the subjects talking about their first periods.

    This one is of Meheret Gebreeyesus who says: "I was too scared when I first had my period, I felt like an older woman because I only heard my older friends talk about it. We have to be open that's all.''

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    She has also photographed Mekhon Afework who said: ''Even though, my dad believes in open discussions and taught me about menstruation, I didn't tell my family about my period for over a year, I was 12 years old.

    "I would just steal my mom's pads, but my mom caught me in the bathroom one time and I had to pretend that it was just my first time. You can't open up about it because the society makes it such a taboo.''

    View more on instagram

    Maraki Tesfaye said she did not keep quiet: "I felt burdened when I first saw my period but my parents had told me about it so I was also excited.

    "Girl! I told everybody, 'Hey, my period came' I was 9 years old.

    "We just need to talk about it. There is nothing wrong with having periods.''

    View more on instagram
  13. CAR violence empties nearly an entire town

    Violence this month in the Central African Republic has led to 300 deaths, 200 people being wounded and around 100,000 people being displaced, the UN and government say.

    A joint statement highlights fighting in the town of Bria (nearly 600km north-east of the capital, Bangui) where almost the entire population of the city has fled.

    The fighting is between rival militia but it could be taking on an ethnic element, the UN and government warn.

    CAR Social Affairs Minister Virginie Baikoua told journalists that "the displaced are afraid it could degenerate at any moment because armed men are roaming around the camps".

    The UN and government are appealing for more help in dealing with the humanitarian problem.

    The recent outbreak of fighting is part of a cycle of violence that goes back to when President Francois Bozize was overthrown in 2013.

    UN peacekeepers in CAR
    Image caption: The UN force of 13,000 peacekeepers is struggling to quell the violence in the Central African Republic
  14. Namibian arrested after 'dumping baby in suitcase'

    Police in Namibia have arrested a woman who allegedly abandoned her baby by leaving her in a suitcase, the Namibian newspaper is reporting.

    It adds that the new-born was found by a passer by who could hear the baby screaming.

    She had been left in long grass by a railway track near Walvis Bay, in the west of the country.

    Screengrab from the paper's website
  15. Zambia court on treason charges in session

    The magistrate's court in Lusaka that will rule on whether the treason trial against opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will go ahead is now in session.

    Mr Hichilema's party is tweeting from the court:

    View more on twitter
  16. The football revolution made in Ghana

    Stanley Matthews in Ghana

    Sir Stanley Matthews remains one of England's most famous footballers. But a trip to Ghana also arguably led to football becoming the massive global phenomenon it is today.

    Matthews came to Ghana to play a series of exhibition matches to celebrate independence.

    He was mobbed on arrival and more than 80,000 spectators turned up to watch his first three matches against Kotoko, Sekondi Hasaacas and Kumasi Cornerstone.

    Shortly after his arrival, Matthews was presented with an ivory sword and installed as a "soccerhene" (soccer chief) in front of the press.

    The success of the tour helped convince Ghana's first President Kwame Nkrumah that sport was the perfect vehicle for the expression of pan-African idealism.

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  17. Angolan president's son buys 500,000 euro watch at Cannes

    The son of Angola's President Jose dos Santos has been filmed at an auction buying a 500,000 watch.

    View more on youtube

    The auctioneer was the US actor Will Smith and you can hear him saying (at 44 seconds) "he looks way too young to have 500,000 euros" as Danilo dos Santos gets to the stage.

    The Angolan news and gossip site Club-K says the auction at Cannes Film Festival was for the Foudation For Aids research.

    The site went on to say the video has left Angolans "feeling indignant about the extravagance of Danilo dos Santos”.

    One comment picked out by K-club complained the son of the president should be “a little more discreet”.

  18. Cutting HIV and Aids treatments costs

    India is among the fastest growing pharmaceutical markets in the world, establishing itself as a global manufacturing and research hub.

    About 15% of their pharmaceutical exports are to in Africa, and in South Africa the availability of generic anti-retrovirals (ARVs) from India has led to a significant drop in the cost of treatment for millions of people with HIV.

    The active ingredients are made into tablets in South Africa.

    The BBC's Taurai Maduna has more for Africa Business Report.

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    Video caption: Cutting HIV and Aids treatments costs in South Africa
  19. ANC veterans renew call for Zuma to go

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    In South Africa, governing African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts are calling for the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) to remove President Jacob Zuma this weekend.

    The NEC is the governing party’s highest decision making body between party conferences which are held every five years.

    The group of veterans which describes itself as "101 plus" wrote an open letter appealing to their party’s leadership.

    One of the signatories Wally Serote said “the ANC, dear comrades, is falling apart as you meet and the country, supporters and members of the ANC are looking for leadership that must and should take us out of this nightmare".

    While the NEC has the power to recall the president, as they did when they removed President Thabo Mbeki in dramatic fashion back in 2008, it is unlikely that they will do so this weekend.

    President Zuma still commands a high degree of support among some of his comrades inside the NEC.

    Anti-Zuma protests
    Image caption: President Zuma has faced protests calling for him to go
  20. Somali police 'get first drones to combat bombings'

    Drones

    A former US intelligence specialist has donated five surveillance drones to police in Somalia to help investigate bomb sites, reports Reuters news agency.

    Brett Velicovich is in the capital, Mogadishu, to train Somali police in how to use the drones, which have infra-red or night vision capabilities.

    He told Reuters that drones could have helped find last year's Lido beach attacker "in minutes". Police were unable to find the last attacker for several hours.