Call for apartheid policeman to be charged with murder
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
As the inquest in South Africa continues into the 1971 death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, his family has called for the 78-year-old former policeman they believe was responsible to be charged with murder.
Jan Rodrigues denied at the inquest that he pushed Mr Timol out of a 10th floor window of a police building, but rather that he "dived" through the window.
But Timol family lawyer Howard Varney said this was inconsistent with the truth.
He also emphasised that he will ask the court to instruct the
National Prosecution Authority to “criminally prosecute” Mr Rodrigues for
Mr Rodrigues is believed to be the last person to have seen the
anti-apartheid activist alive.
At times during this inquest, it has felt like the whole
apartheid system has been on trial with details emerging about how the security forces operated including crushing the testicles of activists.
Murdered Kenyan election official was 'tortured'
An autopsy on the body of Christopher Msando, the man in charge of Kenya's electronic voting system, has revealed that he was tortured and strangled to death.
Mr Msanda was reported missing on Friday and his body was discovered in a city mortuary three days later.
Deep scratches were found on his back, indicating the body was either dragged on
a rough surface or scratched, according to the report.
The autopsy was performed by Kenya's chief government pathologist
and a family pathologist.
A 21-year-old student, Carol Ngumbu, died along with Mr Msando and an autopsy is due to be performed on her body tomorrow.
Mr Msando's family has urged the Kenyan authorities to accept the offer of help by the US and the UK governments to investigate the murder.
In a statement, the family calls upon Kenyans to be mindful of what they are posting on social media during their time of mourning, given that photos of the deceased are being
circulated on social media.
Thousands march against Guinea's president
Thousands of opposition supporters have been marching in Guinea's capital, Conakry, in a protest against President Alpha Conde.
They are calling on the president to respect an agreement signed last October to organise local elections.
The polls have been postponed numerous times since they were last held in 2005.
Many protesters also said they were worried that Mr Conde would change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term in the elections due in three years' time.
One of the protest's organisers told the BBC's Alhassan Sillah:
Quote Message: The people of Guinea have decided to come out in these massive numbers today to give a yellow card to President Alpha Conde and his regime who have failed the people.
The people of Guinea have decided to come out in these massive numbers today to give a yellow card to President Alpha Conde and his regime who have failed the people.
Quote Message: The red card will come in the next march on the other side of town. This regime calls us street boys and delinquents forgetting that it was through our struggles that democracy was won for this country."
The red card will come in the next march on the other side of town. This regime calls us street boys and delinquents forgetting that it was through our struggles that democracy was won for this country."
Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo has been tweeting from the demonstrations:
Liberia's Sirleaf to back female candidates in next election
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said she will be backing all the female candidates in October's elections.
President Sirleaf became Africa's first female elected head of state after she won the 2005 vote, but will not be running again as she is coming to the end of her second term.
A report on Liberia's state house website says that the president told women activists that "she will be on her feet everywhere in her own little way to campaign for women listed and certified" by the electoral commission.
She said that she wanted to reciprocate "the Liberian women who stood under the sun and the rain, telling the Liberian people: 'We, the women of Liberia, this is our time.'"
Just over 15% of candidates running in the presidential and parliamentary elections are women, AFP news agency reports.
But there is only one female candidate for president - MacDella Cooper - running against 19 men.
Ms Sirleaf did not explicitly say that she was backing her for president.
Restoration to begin around Africa's first Unesco site
The area surrounding a world heritage site in Nigeria that had been threatened by Islamist militants is to receive support from the government and the UN's cultural agency, Unesco.
Known as the Sukur Cultural Landscape, the Unesco-protected site in north-eastern Adamawa state was attacked by insurgents in 2014.
"They tried to wreak havoc with some of Sukur's features," says Yusuf Abdallah, head of the national monuments commission.
"The major features of the site that convey its outstanding universal value are
still intact, but the primary school and interpretation centres were destroyed," he adds.
The insurgency has also prevented communities from holding festivals
and initiation ceremonies over security fears.
Mr Abdallah says these concerns have prevented any intervention until now, but that the site is now safe to access.
'Three dead' in Kenya al-Shabab attack
BBC World Service
Three people have been killed in a suspected al-Shabab attack on a bus in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu, local media are reporting.
Kenya's Star newspaper says suspected al-Shabab militants attacked the passenger bus on the Lamu-Garsen highway.
On 27 July, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa warned that all public and private vehicles travelling the Lamu-Mombasa route without armed police escort would be impounded and licences withdrawn, due to the level of al-Shabab attacks.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab is based in neighbouring Somalia, but has carried out attacks in Kenya including on a university campus in Garissa, in April 2015, in which 148 people died.
Italian MPs back plan for navy to support Libyan coastguard
BBC World Service
The Italian parliament has approved proposals to send its navy to help the Libyan coastguard combat people-traffickers.
A force commanded by an Italian admiral and led by a frigate will help Libyans carry out measures ordered by the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
Several members of parliament said they hoped other European countries would join the effort to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.
Defence staff said an Italian vessel had already entered Libyan waters with permission on a reconnaissance mission.
A Libyan militia in the east has threatened a strong response to what it called a reckless Italian intervention.
'Deadly ambush' in South Sudan
The world through its media
At least five people have been killed in South Sudan after their vehicle was ambushed on the main road between the capital, Juba, and Nimule town, along the border with Uganda, police have been quoted by The National Courier newspaper as saying.
It is unclear who was behind the ambush.
There have been a spate of attacks irecent months on roads in South Sudan.
In early June, gunmen killed 14 people in an ambush on a convoy of buses.
The newspaper has posted details of the latest attack on its Facebook account:
In his bid to dampen speculation that Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan had lost 36 TVs in a burglary, his spokesman said that only six had been taken when his house in the capital, Abuja, was broken into.
But six is still a lot - so why so many?
Nigerian writer and critic Elnathan John has the answer:
Survey reveals extent of rape in South Sudan civil war
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Research carried out in Uganda among South
Sudanese refugees has revealed that more than 20% of the women surveyed, and about 4% of the men, say they have been raped.
million South Sudanese have fled the civil war in their country into
neighbouring Uganda, with most having arrived in the last year.
violence is an extremely sensitive subject in South Sudan, particularly when
the victims are men.
But male and female refugees told the researchers from
Uganda's Refugee Law Project about rapes, gang rapes, and many other forms of
Several women also said they had been forced into sexual
In some cases the alleged attackers were known to the victims, but more
often they were armed men.
Government soldiers were blamed most frequently, though rebels and
unidentified armed men were also accused.
Nigeria's President Buhari absent for 87 days
BBC Hausa, Abuja
With Nigeria's ailing President Muahammadu Buhari absent from duty for 87 days, some people are speculating that he will be removed from office if he is away for three more days.
He is currently in London getting treatment for an undisclosed illness.
But barrister Muhammad Yusuf told BBC Hausa that there is no constitutional requirement for the president to step down or to be replaced if he is away for 90 consecutive days.
He said the president can lose power for the following reasons:
A court nullifies his election
Parliament impeaches him if he
commits an offence
He is incapacitated for health reasons
When some opposition politicians fuelled speculation last month that Mr Buhari was on a life support
machine, senior members of the governing party flew to London to meet him.
Later, some governors from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were also invited to visit him.
Both delegations said that Mr Buhari, 74, was not incapacitated.
Mr Buhari was also in London from January to March for treatment. When he returned, he said he had never been so ill and hinted that he had had a blood transfusion.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has been filling in for Mr Buhari in his absence.
This is the first time a Nigerian president has been absent for so long, although there was a case of a state governor, Danbaba Suntai being absent for about three years after he sustained serious injuries in a plane crash.
His deputy, Umar Garba, served as acting goverrnor in his absence.
Bodies of Ugandan troops brought home from Somalia
BBC Africa, Kampala
The bodies of the 12 Ugandan soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Somalia on Sunday have been flown home.
A military ceremony was held when their bodies arrived at Entebbe airport.
Family members were also present, and some were in tears when the plane touched down.
Ugandan troops make up the largest contingent of Amisom - the African Union force which is supporting the government in Somalia in its fight against al-Shabab militants.
This was the largest loss of life suffered by Uganda in Somalia since September 2015 when 19 soldiers were killed in an al-Shabab attack.
Nigeria police: Only 'some items' missing from ex-leader's home
Nigeria's police have launched a fully-fledged investigation into the burglary at the home of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the capital, Abuja, a police statement has said.
A preliminary investigation showed that "some items" were missing from the residence, the statement added.
This contradicts the claim by Mr Jonathan's spokesman, who said that the house had been "stripped bare" by the burglars.
The policemen who were supposed to be on guard duty at the
house have been detained for questioning, the police statement said.
Emails linking Gupta family to Zuma 'not authenitc'
In South Africa, a member of the controversial Gupta family has told the BBC that leaked emails indicating a close relationship between the family and President Jacob Zuma are fake.
The recent publication of the emails, known as the Gupta leaks, is the latest episode in the long-running saga of allegations that the three Gupta brothers were attempting to influence political decisions for their own gain.
In a rare interview, one of the brothers, Atul, told the BBC that there was "no authenticity" to the Gupta leaks. He said the emails were created by people to "drive their own agenda".
Mr Gupta also denied that his company used British PR firm Bell Pottinger to support a strategy that stressed the power of white-owned businesses and promote the #WhiteMonopolyCapital hashtag.
Bell Pottinger has apologised over the controversial social media campaign that critics say inflamed racial tensions.
Zimbabwe averts power blackout
Zimbabwe has averted an electricity blackout by paying $8m (£6m) to its power suppliers in South Africa and Mozambique, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.
This was the second time in as many months that Zimbabwe was threatened with load-shedding for failing to meet its payments to the power utilities of the two neighbouring states, the newspaper adds.
Zimbabwe, which is facing a severe shortage of cash, is battling to wipe out arrears amounting to about $50m.
Sending Italian navy to Libyan waters debated
BBC World Service
The Italian parliament is debating proposals to send the navy into Libyan waters to help their coastguard combat people-traffickers.
The lower house has backed the idea, with 328 in favour and 113 against.
The Italian cabinet wants to send a force commanded by an Italian admiral to protect Libyans carrying out measures ordered by the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.
They will also discuss helping to set up a maritime surveillance centre on Libyan soil.
A Libyan militia in the east has threatened a strong response to what it called a reckless Italian intervention if it goes ahead.
'Elections are not war'
BBC Africa, Eldoret
Residents in Kenya's western town of Eldoret have held a peace march ahead of Tuesday's general election.
Eldoret, which is in Uasin county, was the epicentre of the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election - an estimated 1,200 people were killed across Kenya and about 600,000 fled their homes.
There are reports here that hate leaflets have been circulating ahead of the election, targeting one community and some have actually started leaving the area in fear for their lives.
The marchers shouted "amani", meaning "peace" in Swahili, as well as the same word in other Kenyan languages:
Sam Kiplagat and Juliet Cheptoo were both nine when the post-election violence happened nearly a decade ago and have vivid memories of the horrors.
They are now part of the Peace Ambassadors group.
Sam's T-shirt says "Kenya first" and Juliet's says "elections are not war".
'I never thought we would choose corruption'
Makhosi Khoza, a member of the governing African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, has received death threats against her and her children after branding President Jacob Zuma "a disgrace".
She says her treatment for speaking out has been more fitting of a dictatorship than a democracy.
Parliament is expected to vote on a motion of no-confidence in President Zuma on 8 August.