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Dickens Olewe and Clare Spencer

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    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: No matter how long and lonely the road is, it always leads home. from A Tiv proverb sent by Lizzie Kwaghbo Bauchi, Nigeria
    A Tiv proverb sent by Lizzie Kwaghbo Bauchi, Nigeria

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a co-ordinated pair in one of Accra's shopping malls, Ghana.

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  2. Senior anti-corruption investigator 'shot in Nigeria'

    A top anti-corruption investigator has been shot in southern Nigeria, the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told AFP news agency.

    Austin Okwor, an operative in the property fraud section of the EFCC, was leaving his Port Harcourt office late on Saturday when gunmen shot him, said spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told AFP.

    Mr Okwor "escaped death by the whiskers" with bullet wounds Mr Uwujaren said, adding that he had received "threat messages" in recent months.

    Mr Okwor was reportedly working on corruption cases connected to judicial officials.

    President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to stamp out corruption. One of a slew of raids by the EFCC revealed $43m (£34m) in a flat in Lagos:

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    Video caption: Inside the Nigerian flat full of cash in Lagos
  3. DR Congo mayor warns against hate speech

    Patrick Kihara

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    The mayor of the restive northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) city of Butembo has cautioned residents against using social media platforms to transmit incendiary messages.

    In an official statement issued on 27 June, and shared by Twitter users, Sikuly'uvasaka Makala said:

    Quote Message: Users of mobile messaging platforms, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, IMO and all other social networks, are informed that enemies of the republic, and peace, are transmitting poisonous messages through this avenue".

    The mayor has further warned that "all group administrators on these social networks and those who transmit these incendiary messages risk judicial prosecution".

    Three cities, which are in North Kivu province, have recently witnessed increased heavy fighting between DR Congo armed forces and militia groups operating in the region.

  4. Nemley Junior: chimp rescued from Ivory Coast traffickers dies

    An orphaned baby chimpanzee whose plight moved people around the world has died.

    Nemley junior had been seized by poachers in West Africa and offered for sale but was then rescued following a BBC News investigation.

    Despite dedicated care in the past few weeks, he succumbed to a series of illnesses including malaria.

    A leading vet who helped care for him said that, without his mother, Nemley suffered from a "failure to thrive".

    In the wild, baby chimps usually live with their mothers for at least four to five years.

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    Baby chimpanzee
    Image caption: Nemley Junior had received dedicated care but succumbed to illness
  5. Tanzanian president insists on dam on game reserve

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Tanzanian President John Magufuli says he knows there will be objections to a controversial energy project but vows to go on with the plan.

    He was speaking after meeting energy experts from Ethiopia about a plan to construct a hydro power dam on the Selous game reserve.

    He said he was determined to fulfill the dream of the first president Julius Nyerere.

    "The project will occupy 1,350 square Kilometers, which is only 3% of the Selous Game Reserve" Mr Magufuli said.

    The energy project is set to be constructed at the Stiegler's Gorge, within the world heritage site which is famous for its diverse wildlife.

    Activists have long protested the establishment of the project at this reserve saying it could potentially affect wildlife and their habitats.

  6. Italy may stop migrant rescue boats using its ports

    James Reynolds

    BBC News, Rome

    Migrants wait in a small wooden boat
    Image caption: Migrants are picked up by a combination of official Italian or EU rescue boats

    Italian media reports that their government may decide to stop foreign-flagged rescue boats from using its ports.

    Reports say the country's government has told the European Commission that Italy has reached its limit.

    The warm summer weather has encouraged more migrants from Africa to attempt the sea journey towards Europe.

    These migrants are picked up by a combination of official Italian or EU rescue boats and also ships operated by humanitarian organisations.

    Since 2014, more than 550,000 migrants have made it to Italy.

    The numbers have left many Italians feeling fed up. On Sunday, right-wing political parties - who've campaigned campaigning against migration - made gains in local elections.

  7. This week's Kenya Election podcast is out

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    The two main political coalitions in Kenya have just launched their manifestos and they are full of promises to improve access to healthcare, education and fight against corruption.

    On this week's podcast I speak to writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola about the distinguishing policies from the two camps and whether they can be achieved.

    The show also looks at the claim that President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration has borrowed more than the previous governments since independence.

    The audience question this week deals with election rigging and what should be done to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

    Listen here:

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    Video caption: Kenya Election Watch 5
  8. Juba university at risk of closure

    James Copnall

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The vice chancellor of South Sudan's most prestigious higher education institution, the University of Juba, says it may have to close before the end of the academic year because of a financial crisis.

    South Sudan's economy has collapsed because of a civil war and the fall in world oil prices, and extremely high inflation means the university doesn't have enough money to pay its costs.

    The vice chancellor John Akec told the BBC that he was considering asking students to contribute money to print their exam papers.

    He also hopes the government will find more funding.

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  9. Mali's first 'prince of the church' meets the Pope

    Archbishop of Bamako Jean Zerbo

    Archbishop of Bamako Jean Zerbo met the Pope eariler today during a ceremony making him a cardinal at the Vatican.

    AFP news agency says he is the first Catholic cardinal ever from Mali.

    The Catholic News Agency says he has already been called the “cardinal of peace.”

    He was one of five new so-called princes of the church today.

    The new cardinals from El Salvador, Laos, Mali and Sweden were also the first from their countries. The fifth is from Spain.

    Archbishop of Bamako Jean Zerbo
  10. Top Kenyan author boycotts Swedish book fair

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Celebrated Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o has pulled out of an annual book fair in Sweden to protest against the invitation of Nya Tider, a right-wing newspaper, the AFP news agency reports.

    In April, more than 200 Swedish authors signed an article in a daily newspaper saying they would boycott Gothenburg Book Fair in September if the right-wing newspaper is represented.

    It is Scandinavia's largest book fair and draws around 100,000 visitors each year.

    The fair's head of communications Jacobsson Ekblom told AFP that the best way to confront bigotry is through conversation.

  11. Egypt screening passengers from Sudan for cholera

    Passengers arriving in Egypt's Cairo airport from Sudan are being screened for cholera following a reported outbreak, the Reuters news agency reports.

    The same measures have been in place for people arriving from Yemen, reuters adds.

    Medhat Qandil, Head of Airport Quarantine, told Reuters that authorities had deployed several health workers to the airport.

    Sudan's government has not officially declared a cholera outbreak, reporting instead on cases of acute watery diarrhoea, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters.

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  12. SA gets a point at women's cricket world cup

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    South Africa has been awarded a point in their second match at the women's Cricket World Cup without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain here in the UK.

    Their opponents New Zealand also got a point.

    South Africa are due to play the West Indies on Sunday.

    Water clogged pitch
    Image caption: Heavy rain has prevented play from taking place
  13. South Sudan deports three US citizens who served in military

    South Sudan has deported three US citizens, two of whom served in the military and a third who deserted, US and South Sudanese officials told Reuters news agency.

    Craig Austin Lang, William Wright-Martinovich and Alex Zwiefelhofer were detained on 21 June trying to cross to South Sudan from Kenya, US Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino told Reuters.

    South Sudanese foreign affairs ministry spokesman Mawien Makol said the three had been deported because they did not have visas but said they may have claimed to be journalists.

    Reuters adds that a Facebook page and Instagram account in Zwiefelhofer's name show him in military uniform and photographs of flags, weapons and buildings that appear to have been taken in Ukraine, where foreign volunteers are helping to fight pro-Russian separatists.

    Woman with bucket
    Image caption: The three were stopped trying to cross the South Sudan border
  14. What does Kenyan bridge collapse mean for Chinese construction firms?


    Business news site Quartz suggests the collapse of a Chinese-built bridge in Kenya on Monday doesn't bode well for the reputation of Chinese construction firms.

    Lily Kuo writes:

    Quote Message: Over the past decade, as Chinese companies have won more contracts to build roads and other infrastructure projects across the continent, Chinese officials and companies have worked to overcome a reputation for poor quality and lax safety standards.

    She points to two examples of bodged jobs: Portions of a Chinese built road in Zambia that washed away by rains in 2009, and a hospital in Angola was evacuated when local officials feared it would collapse in 2010.

    Chinese Overseas Construction and Engineering Company Project Manager Jerome Xzue Hua told the Daily Nation his company is "baffled" by the collapse and wasn't ruling out sabotage.

  15. Gabon and Niger lead Africa medal quest

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    African teams are guaranteed their first two medals in the men's over 87 kg category in the ongoing World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea.

    Gabon's Anthony Obame will meet Olympic silver medallist Abdoul Razak Issoufou of Niger in the semi-final tomorrow.

    The winner will fight for gold or silver in the final and the loser will get a bronze medal.

    Taekwondo athletes
    Image caption: Abdoul Razak Issoufou in action during the Olympics in Rio
  16. SA hairdresser gives free haircuts to the homeless

    Eye Witness News has caught up with Cape Town hairdresser Mark Hughes who has decided to give free haircuts to homeless men.

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    Mr Hughes said that he was looking at ways of giving back to the community.

  17. Gabonese politician 'arrested for threatening Ali Bongo'

    Authorities in Gabon have placed an opposition politician in custody after he threatened President Ali Bongo, the AFP news agency reports.

    Roland Desire Aba'a Minko was placed in custody after "he threatened state security, inciting rebellion and circulating fake news to undermine public order," state prosecutor Steeve Ndong Essame Ndong told AFP.

    Earlier this month Mr Aba'a Minko threatened to blow up government property if Mr Bongo refused to step down within three days.

    He said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in last year’s disputed presidential vote, was the country’s leader.

    Mr Aba’a Minko stood as an independent candidate in the election before withdrawing in support of Mr Ping.

    Ali Bongo
    Image caption: Mr Bongo beat opposition candidate Jean Ping in last year's election
  18. The man behind SA school religion campaign

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    It’s been a long road for South Africa’s Hans Pietersen, who began his legal bid against public schools advocating religion nine years ago.

    Today a high court ruled infavour of his application.

    Mr Pieterson, who founded Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy (known by its Afrikaans acronym OGOD), has in the past said he is not against religion, and had been a religious scholar at university.

    However he felt that public-funded schools were not the place to shape people’s religious beliefs or even uphold them.

    Mr Pieterson said the role played by schools when it came to religion was an abuse of a pupil's right to associate with scientific and cultural knowledge and engaging “religious coercion”.

    Some of the practices he objected to in his court application was supressing the teaching of evolution and teaching creationism.

  19. OGOD - the most appropriate acronym?

    We reported earlier that a group in South Africa has won it's landmark ruling arguing public schools should not favour one particular religion.

    A tweeter has noticed the apt nature of the acronym for the organisation: it's OGOD:

    The group is called The Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy. If you are wondering how that could end up as OGOD it is because the group's name is in Afrikaans: Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie.

  20. Bristol City sign Senegal's Diedhiou for £5.3m

    Famara Diedhiou (left)
    Image caption: Famara Diedhiou (left) has scored once in six senior international games for Senegal

    Bristol City have signed Senegal international striker Famara Diedhiou for a club-record fee of £5.3m (£6.8m) from French top-flight club Angers.

    The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Ashton Gate.

    Diedhiou's 22 goals in 37 games in 2015-16 for French second-tier side Clermont led to a £1.36m move to Angers, for whom he scored nine times in 36 appearances last season.

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