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  1. Malawi football match played despite stampede deaths
  2. South African trade union defends prison wardens over 'erotic dance'
  3. DR Congo court convicts soldiers over Kasai killings
  4. Ugandan pastor summoned to court for burning Bibles
  5. Missing Kenyan policeman found alive
  6. African tourists boosting tourism on the continent
  7. Nigeria marks 50 years since Biafran war began
  8. Zambia's President Edgar Lungu defends emergency threat
  9. ICC condemns South Africa's failure to arrest Bashir
  10. Over 70 die in road crash in CAR

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By Dickens Olewe and Paul Bakibinga

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:

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    And we leave you with this photo of two men riding on a motorcycle in Ghana's capital city of Accra.

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  2. Tanzanian women using graffiti to tell their stories

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    These women call themselves "wanawake xpress" a group of graffiti artists.

    They were trained for seven weeks by a male graffiti group called Wachata before showcasing their work at a bus stop in Tanzania's commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.

    Graffiti on boards
    Image caption: Graffiti on public walls is not allowed in Tanzania so they brought their own boards.
    Tanzanian woman in front of her Art
    Image caption: It has enabled women to own conversations about women.
    Wanawake xpress"  women
    Image caption: "Wanawake Xpress" ladies after seven weeks of training.
    Tanzanian woman spraying grafitti
    Image caption: They are now using the art to tell their own stories
  3. Zambia's near 'state of emergency'

    Zambian Elected incumbent President Edgar Lungu (C) is escorted as he arrives to swear in as President at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on September 13, 2016 in Lusaka
    Image caption: President Edgar Lungu declared a 'threatened' state of emergency

    Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has been defending his decision to invoke emergency powers, saying he was bringing sanity to the country.

    However this has caused confusion. Has he or hasn't he declared a state of emergency?

    Zambian lawyer Makebi Zulu clarified the situation when he spoke to BBC's Focus on Africa programme:

    Quote Message: It is not a state of emergency. What has happened in the country is that there has been a spate of incidents that border on acts of terror. Many public installations have been sabotaged, some vandalised and there's been a disruption of services to the general populace.
    Quote Message: Following that, the President declared a 'threatened' state of emergency. Under Article 31 [of the Constitution] where the president sees that there are certain acts or there are prevailing circumstances that may lead to a state of emergency, he will take certain steps to stop it culminating into a state of emergency."

    Minister Zulu went on to say that the president had simply raised "threat levels", the highest of which is a state of emergency.

    The heightened state of alert now means that police now have powers to stop and search without a warrant.

    He added that within seven days of the president's declaration, the state of alertness will be debated in parliament as to whether it is necessary.

  4. DR Congo court convicts soldiers over Kasai killings


    A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbuji Mayi has found seven government soldiers guilty of killing members of a militia group in the central Kasai region, the Reuters news agency reports.

    A video of the incident which appeared in February showed soldiers shooting people, some of them young women, at point blank range provoking international condemnation.

    Two army majors were sentenced to 20 years, two others received death sentences.

    Three others were sentenced to 15 years for murder and improperly disposing of weapons. Defence lawyer Jimmy Bashile told Reuters that the soldiers would appeal against their convictions.

    More than 3,000 people have been killed and 1.3 million displaced since the start of an insurrection last August by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which demands that the government withdraws its forces from the Kasai.

    At least 52 mass graves have been found in the region.

    The Congolese government has denied that there's a systemic use of excessive force, saying that the prosecutions show its justice system has the ability to deal with crimes committed in the conflict.

    The UN and Human Rights Watch voted last month to establish an international investigation.

    Read:DR Congo's Kasai conflict: Voodoo rebels take on Kabila

  5. Libya's PM congratulates Benghazi on 'Liberation'

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Libya's Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj has congratulated the people of the eastern city of Benghazi following the city being declared "fully liberated" earlier this week from extremist groups.

    This follows three years of skirmishes and clashes between a self styled army and local Islamist militias.

    Here is his statement in part:

    Quote Message: I extend my sincere congratulations to the Libyan people, especially our people in Benghazi, for the return of normal life to the glorious city and for the end of years of suffering, and thus ended a difficult phase to begin the stage of building and reconstruction.
    Quote Message: We look forward to the next phase of building the united democratic civil state, with the unified army and sovereign , and that security and stability will prevail throughout Libya."
    President of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj delivers the opening speech of a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 27, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland
  6. Sadio Mane to return in days

    Senegal international and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is set to return to training within 10 days after recovering from a knee injury.

    Mane, 25, needed surgery and missed the final eight games of last season after picking up the injury during a 3-1 win over Everton on 1 April.

    He is set to miss Liverpool's opening pre-season friendlies.

    "He will continue to be monitored and assessed by the club's medical staff to ensure he returns in the best shape," said a Liverpool statement.

    Mane scored 13 goals in 27 Premier League games after signing from Southampton for $44 (£34m) in June 2016.

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    Sadio Mane
    Image caption: Sadio Mane joined Liverpool on a five-year deal in June 2016
  7. Court drops charges against suspects accused of lynching Ghananain soldier

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    A magistrate court in Ghana has discharged 13 suspects linked to the murder of a military commander in May in the central region of Denkyira Obuasi, after the state failed to establish a substantive case against them.

    According to the prosecutor the suspects will be used as witnesses against 19 others who are still facing charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was attacked and lynched while he was out jogging.

    Residents say they mistook him for an armed robber after he was found carrying a weapon while dressed in plain clothes.

    The act was condemned nationwide and the military commander was given a state burial.

    Following the incident, the police arrested 32 suspects, 13 others are still at large.

    Soldiers take part in a military procession for Major Maxwell Adam Mahama's state funeral on June 9, 2017 in Accra
    Image caption: A military procession at the funeral of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama
  8. ICC rebukes South Africa on Bashir

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    The International Criminal Court has ruled that South Africa’s government acted unlawfully when it failed to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al- Bashir when he visited the country in 2015.

    Mr Bashir is the first person ever to be charged by the court with genocide and has a warrant of arrest against him.

    In a sense, the court was merely stating the obvious. Few people seriously expected South Africa’s lawyers to win the legal argument, and they were duly brushed aside today.

    The country is a signed up member of the ICC and knows the rules.

    But in Africa, this is as much about the politics as the law.

    The continent was once a big supporter of the ICC, but now South Africa, and several other countries, are getting cold feet, convinced the court is unfairly targeting Africans, and arguing that building up local institutions would be a better way forward.

    Today the ICC put its foot down. But fairly gently. It could have referred South Africa to the United Nations Security Council. It chose not to.

    Presiden Bashir
    Image caption: South African government acted unlawfully by failing to arrest President Bashir
  9. 'Diabetes taking its toll on Africa'

    The cost of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60bn (£46bn) annually, as growing cases of obesity leads to a rapid increase of the disease, AFP news agency reports quoting a report by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

    According to the research in 2015, the total cost of diabetes was nearly $20bn or 1% of sub-Saharan Africa's total economic production.

    This included the cost of medicines, hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death.

    Rifat Atun from Harvard University, who is the lead author of the report, says "in its current state, sub-Saharan Africa is not at all prepared for the increasing burden of diabetes caused by rapid, ongoing societal transitions,"

    According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.5 million deaths in 2012 were directly caused by diabetes.

  10. Malawi football match played despite stampede deaths

    Packed stadium
    Image caption: The 40,000 stadium was packed

    A planned football match between two top clubs in Malawi went ahead despite eight people being killed and dozens others injured in a stampede as they tried to enter the stadium.

    The BBC's Frank Kandu says the 40,000 capacity Bingu National Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe was packed for the match, in which Nyasa Big Bullets beat Silver Strikers.

    President Peter Mutharika who had said he was "shocked" by the incident did not attend the match which was part of the independence day celebrations.

    He was instead represented by Sports Minister Henry Mussah.

    Police boss Lexan Kachama told Reuters that seven children and one adult were killed in the stampede and he expected the number to rise.

  11. Missing Kenyan policeman found alive

    One of two Kenyan policemen who went missing yesterday after gunmen from Islamist militants group al-Shabab attacked a police post and a school in Pandanguo area in Lamu county has been found alive, the Daily Nation reports.

    He was among 19 policemen who were stationed at the police post when militants attacked in a dawn raid and engaged them in a day-long gunfight.

    According to a police statement three police officers were killed during the clashes.

    One of the residents told the Daily Nation that security services recovered a police vehicle that the militants had commandeered.

    He said that foodstuff and drugs that had been stolen at a local hospital were found in the vehicle.

    Another resident told the newspaper that the attackers were youthful and spoke Kiswahili, one of Kenya's official languages and widely-spoken in the coastal area.

    Reports yesterday said that over 200 militants took part in the attack.

    Read:Who are Somalia's al-Shabab?

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  12. Lungu 'bringing sanity to Zambia'

    Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has defended his announcement last night, to move towards declaring a state of emergency, saying he was bringing sanity to the country.

    He vowed to operate within the constitution.

    But his political opponents see things very differently. They point to the suspension of opposition MPs, to a media clampdown, and to the arrest of the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilehma, who is now in prison, facing treason charges for a traffic incident involving the President’s motorcade.

    The growing fear is that President Lungu is pushing the nation towards dictatorship – a charge he rejected today.

    Quote Message: I know people think I’m targeting political players... I’m just bringing sanity to our country, so law and order... people’s property is not destroyed in [the] manner that we have seen."

    The President sought to reassure investors, saying he and his government would stick to the law at all times.

    Zambian President Edgar Lungu reacts after participating in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017
    Image caption: President Edgar Lungu " I’m just bringing sanity to our country".
  13. Emmanuel Emenike leaves Turkey for Greece

    Former Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has joined Greek champions Olympiakos from Turkish club Fenerbahce.

    The 30-year-old has signed a two-year deal and cost around $2.8m ( £2.1m)

    After struggling with injuries and a lack of first-team football last season, Olympiakos provides him with a platform that includes the European Champions League next season.

    "I know there are big expectations from the fans and club, but I am ready," Emenike told BBC Sport.

    "I've joined the most succesful club in Greek football and I want give my best for the team,"

    Emenike, who retired from international football in 2015, made 93 appearances in all competitions during his time at Fenerbahce scoring 25 goals

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    Emmanuel Emenike
  14. ICC rules South Africa should have arrested Bashir

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that South Africa erred by not arresting Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the country in 2015.

    It said that Mr Bashir did not enjoy diplomatic immunity and therefore should have been arrested and handed over to the court's prosecutor for his alleged role in the conflict in Darfur.

    President Jacob Zuma's government has been arguing that the ICC demands were incompatible with South African law which accords diplomatic immunity to heads of states.

    The ruling African National Congress is currently pushing for the withdrawal of South Africa from the ICC, a move that has been criticised by human rights groups.

    (see earlier report)

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  15. Malawi stampede: Seven children killed

    Malawi's police boss Lexan Kachama says that seven children and one adult were killed in the stampede at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe.

    He added that he expects the number of those killed in the tragedy to rise, the Reuters news agency reports.

    Mr Kachama said that people who had gathered outside the stadium ahead of a football match between two of the top sides in the country had tried to force their way into the stadium.

    An eyewitness however told Reuters that the stampede occurred because "police lost control" and used teargas to disperse the crowds that were fighting to find seats in the 40,000 capacity stadium.

  16. BreakingEight killed in Malawi stadium stampede

    At least eight people have been killed and 40 others injured following a stampede at a football stadium at Malawi's Bingu National Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe.

    Thousands of people had gathered at the 40,000 capacity stadium ahead of a match between the country’s top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers as part of independence day celebrations.

    The BBC's Frank Kandu reports that the stadium gates were to be opened at 06:30am local time to allow for a steady flow of fans for the free match but they were opened three hours later.

    Fans then tried force their way in leading to a stampede.

    President Peter Mutharika said he was shocked and said he will be visiting the bereaved families:

    Quote Message: “I want to begin by offering my condolences to the families affected by the tragedy following deaths of our brothers and sisters this morning.
    Quote Message: “I will be visiting the people at the morgue after this service and my government will do all it can to assist the bereaved families.

    The authorities have launched investigations.

  17. Cosafa Cup: 'New' Zambia to face Zimbabwe in final

    Zambia clinched a place in the Cosafa Cup final with a 4-2 win over Tanzania in South Africa.

    Justin Shonga scored twice for Zambia.

    They will now play Zimbabwe in Sunday's final after they edged past Lesotho 4-3 in the other semi-final of the southern African regional championship.

    Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda said it was a major achievement:

    "We came with a new team and for them to get to the final is a major achievement ".

    Zambia were among the top six seeds and only entered at the quarter-final stage and will be much fresher for the deciding game as they seek a record fifth success.

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    Justin Shonga
    Image caption: Wedson Nyirenda's Zambia will face neighbours Zimbabwe in the 2017 Cosafa Cup final
  18. NGO's tell Tanzania government to stop threatening them

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    A group of 18 international rights organisations has told the Tanzanian government to stop threatening local civil society organisations which champion gay rights and the right for teenage mothers to return to school.

    Last week, the government threatened to deregister any organisation which continued to campaign for schoolgirls who get pregnant to be allowed to return to school after giving birth.

    In the latest criticism of President John Magufuli's crackdown on dissent, the group has called on the government to let organisations operate without any fear of reprisals.

    Signed by organisations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, the joint statement has expressed solidarity with 25 local organisations which last week jointly supported the re-entry to school for teenage mothers

    They have also challenged President Magufuli's administration to focus more on educating citizens without any form of discrimination.

    Last month, Mr Magufuli stated that, as long as he is a president, no pregnant student will be allowed to go back to school.

    His statement reiterates the country's education law which forbids teenage mothers from returning to school.

    Jacinta 15 excluded from school after being found pregnant.
    Image caption: Fifteen -year -old Tanzanian schoolgirl excluded from school for being pregnant
  19. South Africa trade union defends 'erotic' show for prisoners

    A South African trade union has defended prison officers for organising an erotic dance show for prison inmates last month as part of annual Youth Day celebrations, AFP news agency is reporting.

    The Public Servants Association (PSA) trade union, in a statement, says that the performers were not strippers as they were "not half naked as alleged".

    Pictures of the entertainers dressed in black lingerie and knee-high boots dancing with prisoners in orange gear, at the high-security Johannesburg Correctional Centre jail, went viral.

    A member of group is reported to have told the Sowetan newspaper that they were not strippers but professional street dancers called Sexy Lingerie and Boys group.

    Authorities suspended 13 prison staff over the incident.

    The PSA statement says that an innocent dance had been turned into something ugly:

    Quote Message: Social media took an innocent entertainment program of the youth day celebrations at the prison and turned it into something ugly...
    Quote Message: The dancers were clothed in appropriate, suitable dancing attire (tights) and not half naked as alleged."
    Entertainment for inmates
    Image caption: A cuddle for an inmate
    Two women wearing very little entertain an inmate
    Image caption: These pictures went viral in South Africa last month

    The trade union has to challenge the prison officers's suspension, AFP reports.

  20. 'We fought for Biafra'

    Veterans of the Biafran War, which began 50 years ago this week, remember what it was like to fight on the front line and explain why they still support independence from Nigeria.

    They say they don't want a return to the conflict but a referendum to allow the people to determine their future:

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    Video caption: Biafran War veterans remember the conflict 50 years on