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  1. Gambians refused US visas for robot competition
  2. Speaker says Nigeria 'effectively under state of emergency'
  3. Order to arrest Tanzania MP for 'insulting' president
  4. Ugandan female civil servants warned not to show cleavage
  5. South African broadcaster 'fires' presenter for anti-Zuma jibe
  6. Lusaka traders in tears after market fire
  7. Sudanese writer wins top literary award
  8. Ethiopian and Ivorian parks removed from danger list
  9. Testosterone tests may return to athletics
  10. Zimbabwe hires three football coaches

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  1. Sudanese writer wins top literary award

    Sudanese author Bushra al-Fadil has won the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story entitled The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away.

    The £10,000 ($13,000) prize, launched in 2000, is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English.

    Mr al-Fadil spoke to BBC Newsday's Alan Kasujja about his book:

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    Video caption: The winning book describes life in a bustling market through the eyes of the narrator.
  2. Ugandan women warned not to show cleavage

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Uganda's Ministry for Public Service has told public servants to dress "decently", and has warned women not to show their cleavage.

    In a circular, it says women are not allowed to wear dresses or skirts that are above the knees, sleeveless blouses or any clothing made out of see-through material.

    The privately owned Observer newspaper has tweeted the order:

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    Women's pant-suits are allowed, but female public servants will not wear any tight-fitting clothing.

    Flat, open shoes are also ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons.

    The circular further states that accessories should be modest, and women should not have brightly coloured braids or extensions.

    Men are required to wear neat, long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, trousers that are not tight, keep their hair short and neat, and also not wear brightly-coloured clothes.

    The circular is derived from Public Service Standing Orders on dress-code, put in place in 2010. However, the dress-code does not seem to have been paid much attention to up to now.

  3. Nigeria's Kanu on saving lives

    Nigeria and Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu inspired millions across Africa as a player. Now he wants to make a difference off the pitch, by improving healthcare on the continent.

    He was talking to the BBC as part of the Where Are They Now? series, looking at ex-Premier League players from Africa.

    Video journalist: Stanley Kwenda

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    Video caption: Nigeria's Kanu on saving lives through his heart foundation
  4. Zambia's biggest market burns down

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka


    Zambia's biggest market has been burnt, destroying the livelihood of its many traders.

    City Market, which is located in the capital Lusaka, has been on fire since the early hours of Tuesday.

    Police spokeswoman Esther Katongo and Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba said they were still investigating the cause of the fire.

    The fire has left some traders tearful as they have lost most of their goods.

    "How will I feed my family now because this is all I depend on for survival?" said Loveness Banda, while watching from a distance as the market was in flames.


    Onlookers suspect the fire could have been caused by an electrical fault and blamed the late arrival of firefighters for not stopping its rapid spread.

    The market has the biggest number of traders in Zambia. They sell, among other things, second-hand clothes, electrical appliances, hardware and food.

  5. SA journalist 'sacked for calling Zuma a zombie'

    A popular radio presenter in South Africa has been fired by the public broadcaster, SABC, for calling President Jacob Zuma a "zombie" in a Facebook post, the privately owned News 24 site has reported.

    Radio Lotus presenter Ravi Govender's contract was terminated because of concerns that he had brought the public broadcaster into disrepute, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago was quoted by News24 as saying.

    African National Congress (ANC) and South African President Jacob Zuma dances and chants during the closing session of the ANC's National General Council (NGC) in Durban on September 24, 2010.
    Image caption: Mr Zuma has faced mounting allegations of corruption

    Mr Govender has not commented since his dismissal, but had earlier apologised for the post that he said he had put up in anger after listening to a speech by the scandal-hit Mr Zuma at the governing African National Congress' (ANC) policy conference in the main city, Johannesburg, on Friday

    “Just heard a Zombie Zuma giving a speech on the news. Massacring the beautiful English language. Uneducated creature. Even the other moron [Zimbabwe's President Robert] Mugabe speaks much better," he was reported to have said in the post which was later deleted.

    Mr Zuma’s son, Edward, accused Mr Govender of hate speech, and threatened legal action against him.

    “We fail as a family to understand what prompted Ravi Govender to make such a statement referring to our father as a zombie. Is this still part of freedom of speech? We believe that this is the worst form of abuse of democracy that many of our leaders fought so hard to achieve,” he was quoted by the Times Live news site as saying.

    Mr Zuma has refused to bow to public pressure to resign despite being dogged by allegations of corruption.

    Read: The colourful and controversial Zuma

  6. Today's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: No-one has ever given birth to an ugly child." from An Akan proverb, sent by Frank Adjei in Accra, Ghana
    An Akan proverb, sent by Frank Adjei in Accra, Ghana

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