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Summary

  1. Google announces plans to roll-out technical training on the continent
  2. Tunisia's parliament changes the age of consent from 13 to 16
  3. Zimbabwe's first lady says President Mugabe should end squabbles over successor
  4. Nine Nigerian soldiers killed as they try to free people kidnapped by Boko Haram
  5. France announces an asylum processing centre in Libya
  6. Madonna and Malawi twins accept damages
  7. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela distances herself from a controversial book about Nelson Mandela
  8. Nigerian governors meet Nigeria's ailing President Buhari

Live Reporting

By Paul Bakibinga 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: Calves don't fear the horns of their mothers." from A Wolayta proverb sent by Firehun Necha in Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a trader in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, shot by photographer Daouda Corera:

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  2. Funeral for Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori

    In Uganda a state funeral has been held in Kampala for the President-elect of Rotary International Sam Owori,75.

    He is only the second African to have been voted to that position. Mr Owori was due to take office in 2018 but died unexpectedly this month in Texas.

    Rotary is a global networking and charity organisation for professionals. It has nearly 30,000 members across Africa. The association has played a key role in the global fight against Polio

    Here is how the sad event was followed on Twitter

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  3. Go for a virtual tour of Lagos

    In addition to announcing 10 million training opportunities in Africa (see earlier entry), Google has also officially launched a number of new projects today including its Street View of Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos.

    This allows you to see at street level what the city looks like and also go on a tour of the place without leaving your desk.

    You can travel across the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge:

    Image of the bridge

    Or visit one of the city's busy markets:

    Market scene

    Google has also announced faster web search results for people with 2G connections and a lower bandwidth version of YouTube.

  4. Funds to help southern Africa's landlocked countries

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    The African Development Bank (ADB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have announced that they are ready to invest in the development of Beira, Nacala and Maputo transport corridors which give landlocked countries access to export markets.

    The ADB's told a meeting in Beira that th bank was making $500m (£383m) available for the construction of the corridors in Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi.

    general view of the Commercial port of Beira , Mozambique.
    Image caption: The links will be vital for country's to access Mozambique's ports
  5. Luxury flight tour set for Kenya

    If you happen to be in Kenya at the end of September you might spot one of the 86 elite Chinese travellers who are forking out $45,000 for a luxury air-cruise to the country, Quartz is reporting.

    It says passengers on the Boeing 777, called Crystal Skye, will have butler service and top quality food.

    Drawings of what the interior will look like show how luxurious the flight will be:

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    Quartz says the passengers will stay in the same accommodation that President Barack Obama was thought to have used in 2015 and they will also go on safari.

    This is all part of a growing interest amongst Chinese tourists of travelling on the continent.

  6. Google 'to train' 10 million in Africa

    Google is planning to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in a bid to make them more employable, its chief executive Sundar Pichai said today in Lagos, Reuters reports

    A spokeswoman for the company is reported to have said the technology giant will also train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

    In March, Google said, it had reached its initial goal of training one million people.

    Mr Pichai stated that the company was "committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years".

    According to a Google blog the training is done in several languages including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu and is aiming to ensure that at least 40% of people trained are women.

    It did not say how much the programme cost, Reuters reports.

    People have been sharing pictures and videos from the event in Lagos.

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  7. Mining giant sets aside $100m for SA health claims

    Mining group Anglo American has allocated $101m (£77m) in case of potential compensation claims from its former South African staff who have the lung disease silicosis, the AFP news agency reports.

    Last year, former miners were told by a Johannesburg court that they could proceed with a class action against the firm over allegations that they fell ill because of their work.

    AFP says that this opened the way for as many as half-a-million claims.

    In a statement to the news agency, Anglo American said it was negotiating with the potential claimants and is waiting to "see where the negotiations land in the months ahead".

    Man holding a letter
    Image caption: Thousands of former South African miners say they are suffering from silicosis
  8. Senegal's Ismaila Sarr 'rejects Barcelona' for Rennes move

    Footballer Ismailia Sarr
    Image caption: Ismailia Sarr made debut for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations

    Senegal international winger Ismaila Sarr says he has rejected a move to Spanish giants Barcelona to sign for French side Stade Rennes.

    The 19-year-old Teranga Lion has secured a four-year contract in a deal worth $20m (£15.2m) as he switched from rivals Metz.

    "I could have gone to Spain and joined the great Barcelona, but leaving Metz to join them was too early," he said.

    "I saw Rennes as a club that will help me progress and reach great heights."

    With just six caps for his country, Sarr has already been compared to former Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, who now plays for Borussia Dortmund.

    However the teenager is keen to create his own legacy.

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  9. Grace Mugabe 'challenges' husband to name successor

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has "challenged" her husband to name his successor so as to end the factional fighting in the governing Zanu-PF party, state broadcaster ZBC reports.

    President Robert Mugabe, 93, is set to run again in next year's election thereby extending his 37-year rule. But discussions about who will come after him have threatened to split his party.

    Mrs Mugabe was talking to members of Zanu-PF's women's league when she said that there was nothing wrong with the president naming a successor so that all members could rally around one candidate, ZBC reports in live updates of her speech.

    In the past Mr Mugabe has refused to name anyone and has been critical of the factional in-fighting. He said the people should choose a leader.

    Robert and Grace Mugabe
    Image caption: Grace Mugabe, seen here with President Mugabe, is the head of Zanu-PF's women's league
  10. Al-Shabab militants accused of burning Somali villages

    The Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabab is accused of burning numerous homes in attacks on villages in the country's Lower Shabelle region in May this year, rights group Human Rights Watch says in a report out today.

    The report is based on interviews with eyewitnesses and satellite imagery analysis, which indicate that the militants abducted civilians, stole livestock and burnt down houses causing over 15,000 people to flee their homes.

    The report further says that from 21 May 21 al-Shabab raided villages in the Merka and Afgooye districts of Lower Shabelle.

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  11. Libya's Haftar 'not opposed to role for Saif Gaddafi'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
    Image caption: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (pictured in 2011) was sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli in 2015

    The commander of Libya's east-based army, Khalifa Haftar, has said that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the country's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, could play a political role in the country if he wanted to, according to the London-based, Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Hayat.

    Saifal-Islam was released on 10 June by the Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade, a Libyan militia that had kept him in captivity in the western city of Zintan for six years.

    Asked if Saif al-Islam is currently living freely in areas held by the east-based Libyan National Army (LNA), Gen Haftar told Al-Hayat that "he is an ordinary Libyan citizen".

    "I have not seen him but have followed his moves since his release; he is in a specific place. I have nothing against him; on the contrary, he is welcome."

    Asked if Saif al-Islam could have a political role in Libya, Haftar said: "Why not? If he wants to play a political role, there is no problem".

    Before the 2011 revolution, Saif was viewed as Gaddafi's heir apparent, and also a potential figure for democratic change in Libya.

    In contrast, the public prosecutor of the UN-backed Government of National Accord said Saif was still wanted by the authorities.

    Earlier this week, Gen Haftar (on the right in this picture) committed his soldiers to a conditional ceasefire with the leader of the rival administration:

    Haftar shaking the hand of a rival
  12. British-Ghanaian musician nominated for major prize

    British-Ghanaian grime musician Stormzy has been shortlisted for one of the UK's top music awards - the Mercury Prize.

    The nomination for his Gang Signs & Prayer album comes a year after Nigerian-British musician Skepta won the same prize.

    British artists of African origin have been at the forefront of the grime music scene in the UK.

    Stormzy has been tweeting about today's nomination:

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    Stormzy is up against 11 other artists, here's a rundown of all those up for the award:

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    Video caption: A rundown of the nominees for this year's Mercury Music Prize.
  13. 'Don't exclude Machar in South Sudan peace process'

    BBC World Service

    Civil society activists in South Sudan say that moves to exclude the exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar, from a new regional peace process, will perpetuate the four-year civil war.

    They said that if peace was to be revitalised, all parties to the conflict must be included.

    Ministers from East African countries, meeting in South Sudan this week, said Mr Machar's representatives could be included, but he would not be invited.

    Millions of people have fled their homes since war broke out in December 2013.

    South Sudanese rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar addresses a meeting of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the Upper Nile state in South Sudan on April 15, 2014.
    Image caption: South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar is currently living in South Africa
  14. Burundi's feared youth wing out in force

    Thousands of members of Burundi's feared Imbonerakure youth wing party took to the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, last weekend to show support for President Pierre Nkurunziza.

    The group has denied accusations that it has attacked and intimidated political opponents since a political crisis broke out two years ago.

    Watch more about the Imbonerakure in this video:

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    Video caption: Burundi's youth wing out in force for President Nkurunziza
  15. Kargbo Jnr unsure about Sierra Leone commitment

    Crystal Palace's Ibrahim Kargbo Junior admits match-fixing allegations against his father are making him doubt whether he would ever play for Sierra Leone.

    Kargbo senior has always denied 2014 allegations of match-fixing made by the Sierra Leone Football Association.

    The 17-year-old's father is a former Leone Stars captain and now plays for non-league English side Dulwich Hamlet.

    "I really don't know if I'd play [for Sierra Leone] as what they've done to my dad is not nice," he told BBC Sport.

    "You never know we'll see what God wants."

    Kargbo Jnr could also play for Belgium after he moved to Europe at the age of eight to join his father who was playing professionally and secured citizenship.

    Ibrahim Kargbo junior and his father
    Image caption: Ibrahim Kargbo Junior (left) is hoping to break into the Crystal Palace first team while his dad plays for Dulwich Hamlet
  16. Age of sexual consent in Tunisia rises from 13 to 16

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    The Tunisian parliament has ratified a law that raises the age of girls' sexual consent from 13 to 16, privately-owned Shems FM has reported.

    The new law also stipulates that rapists will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, Tunisia's Minister of Women, Family and Children Naziha Laabidi said during the parliamentary session held on 26 July.

    According to the law, rapists will be sentenced to life if they use violence or drugs; if they rape minors (who are under 16); and if they commit incest.

    The Islamist Ennahdha Party has said that it supports the change from 13 to 16.

    In comparison to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisian personal status law is widely seen as being more progressive.

    However, in October 2016, this "progressiveness" was brought into question when a popular Tunisian presenter told a young female guest - who had been abused by different members of her family since the age of 14 - to marry the man she accused of raping her.

    Rear view of two muslim women with child
  17. Are Libyan coast guards playing a double game in the Med?

    The European Union wants to seal off the central Mediterranean migration route.

    It's strategy rests on two pillars. In Libya, it is funding and training the Libyan coastguard to stop the migrants before they cross into international waters, and send them back to Libya.

    Outside Libyan waters, it has deployed military vessels to disrupt the smugglers' business, mainly by burning their boats so they cannot be reused.

    But increasingly the strategy has come in for criticism.

    Successive reports have suggested a link between the burning of the boats and the rising death rate on the Central Mediterranean. As the smugglers adapted by using cheaper boats that were more unseaworthy, the crossing became more dangerous for the migrants.

    And testimony from the migrants themselves suggests the Libyan coast guard could be playing a double game: taking money from the EU to intercept migrants, and money from smugglers to let them pass.

    Read more from the BBC's Rami Ruhayem: Are migrants paying price as EU targets smugglers in the Med?

    Migrants on a dinghy off the Libyan coast
    Image caption: The migrants come from a number of countries including Nigeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast
  18. Nigeria to open major fertiliser plant

    Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is about to open a huge fertiliser plant in the country's south-east as part of ongoing efforts to boost the agricultural sector.

    A bid to diversify the economy away from the reliance on oil is one of the aims of the current government.

    Reuters reports that the plant has cost $1.5bn (£1.1bn) and should produce 1.5 million tonnes of fertiliser.

    Mr Osinbajo's media team has been tweeting about his trip to the south-east of the country.

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  19. What do Somali women learn at marriage school?

    In Somali culture, like in some other places, conversations around love and marriage can often be taboo.

    But a marriage school in the self-declared republic of Somaliland is working to change that.

    In a conservative society, the unique school is encouraging women to open up emotionally, as well as teaching them cooking and other skills.

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    Video caption: Marriage school for women in Somaliland
  20. Madonna accepts damages over adopted Malawi twins story

    Madonna

    Madonna and her adopted twin daughters from Malawi have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a "serious invasion of privacy".

    The singer adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Estere in February.

    At the time she asked the media to "respect our privacy during this transitional time."

    Madonna brought the case at London's High Court over a MailOnline article that caused her "considerable personal distress", her solicitor said.

    The article revealed the girls' names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna.

    "The MailOnline published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm," solicitor Jenny Afia told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies on Thursday.

    Since the adoption, Madonna has published pictures of the children on her Instagram account.

    The PA news agency quotes Ms Afia as saying that the pop star will donate the damages to The Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery in Malawi.

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    Including the twins, Madonna has adopted four children from Malawi.

    Read more here.