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Summary

  1. Nearly 70 Senegalese nationals 'expelled' from The Gambia
  2. Al-Shabab 'kills' Burundian troops in Somalia
  3. Detained South African was 'tired of eating human flesh'
  4. Mother of Grace Mugabe's alleged victim 'vows to pursue assault case'
  5. South Africa court approves rhino horn auction despite opposition
  6. Nigeria's leader addresses nation after three-month absence
  7. BBC Pidgin service launched

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By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

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 on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: When the nose is being beaten the eyes shed tears." from An Ijaw proverb sent by Edema Fuludu in Warri, Nigeria
    An Ijaw proverb sent by Edema Fuludu in Warri, Nigeria

    And we leave you with this photo of Desnoces, a fashion design student in Grand-Bassam in Ivory Coast. He is the only boy in his sewing class. He says sometimes people are surprised to see him there, but he does not mind. He wants to become a great fashion designer.

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  2. Morocco arrests over bus sex attack

    BBC World Service

    Police in Morocco have arrested four suspects in connection with the sexual assault of a young woman on a bus in the commercial capital, Casablanca.

    When a video of the attack circulated on social media it shocked the nation. The film showed six bare-chested teenagers touching and tormenting their victim, who'd been stripped half-naked. She screamed for help, but nobody intervened and the bus kept going.

    The attack has focused renewed attention on the harassment of women in public places in Morocco. A sit -in protest is planned for Wednesday in Casablanca.

    A Moroccan woman flashes the sign for victory during a protest calling for gender equality marking International women's day in Rabat on March 8, 2015
    Image caption: Women in Morocco have consistently campaigned for equal rights and respect
  3. Four in SA court over 'cannibalism'

    Sophie Ribstein

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Four suspects have appeared briefly in a court in South Africa to face charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder after they were accused of cannibalism.

    Two of them are traditional healers. Some of them use body parts for ritual purposes.

    The arrests followed the confession of a man who walked into a police station in Estcourt, a small rural town in KwaZulu-Natal, declaring to officers that he was "tired of eating human flesh".

    When policemen questioned him‚ the man produced part of a human leg and a hand.

    He then led investigators to a house where more body parts were found.

    A police spokesperson told the BBC that it is possible that the four young men, aged between 22 and 32 years-old, are part of a bigger syndicate and investigations are still continuing.

    A team of forensic experts has been called in order to identify the mortal remains, as it is not clear whether the body parts belong to one or several victims.

    People whose relatives had disappeared in Estcourt and surrounding areas have been urged to contact the police.

    A month ago in Durban, the biggest city in KwaZulu-Natal, a man was arrested in possession of a human head, which was concealed in a backpack.

    It is believed he was trying to sell it to a traditional healer.

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  4. BBC Pidgin don chop dia cake finish!

    As we reported earlier the BBC's Pidgin service has been launched today as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s.

    According to Regional Editor Solomon Mugera BBC Pidgin has scored a number of firsts including:

    • It is the first of the new language services to be launched under the BBC's World2020 project
    • It is the first fully digital language service for BBC Africa and the
    • BBC World Service has become the first international broadcaster to deliver news and current affairs in Pidgin English for Nigeria and the region.

    The team has not only had a cake they have finished it (dia cake finish!).

    Many congratulations!

    BBC Pidgin cake
    BBC Pidgin team
    Image caption: BBC Pidgin team pioneers in the BBC digital revolution
  5. 'Bread shortage' in Khartoum

    Sudanese vendors wait for customers at a bakery in Khartoum on December 17, 2010.

    There has been a shortage of bread in parts of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, for more than a week, forcing people to wait in long queues at bakeries to obtain a few loaves, reports Dutch-based Radio Dabanga.

    Bakers attribute the shortage to a cut in flour quotas. One of them told Radio Dabanga that the Sayga Mills, a private company, had reduced the quota from four sacks of flour to one sack a day.

  6. Egypt's government seizes firms

    BBC World Service

    Deposed President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death, during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015.
    Image caption: The military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi as president in 2013

    The Egyptian government has seized another 19 companies which it says are controlled by members of the proscribed Muslim Brotherhood group, only days after taking over 12 companies.

    These include a nationwide electronics retailer, a news website and Egypt's only independent English-language daily newspaper, Daily News Egypt.

    A government-approved committee will take over the day to day running of the concerns.

    Since its formation four years ago, the committee has seized the assets of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members.

    Read: Paying the price for seeking freedom in Egypt

  7. Court upholds ban on IAAF's ex-marketing consultant

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Papa Massata Diack, son of former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lamine Diack, speaks during an interview with AFP on March 6, 2017 in Dakar.
    Image caption: Papa Massata Diack has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a life-time ban for Senegal’s Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant for athletics' world governing, the AAF.

    He is also the son of Lamine Diack, who was IAAF president between 1999 and 2015.

    The two men have denied accusations they took bribes in order to help cover-up a Russian athlete's failed doping test.

    Papa Massata was charged alongside Russians Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov in December 2015 with multiple breaches of anti-doping rules relating to Liliya Shobukhova.

    In February last year they took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, sport's highest legal authority, which has now dismissed their appeals and upheld the life-time bans that were imposed by the IAAF.

  8. Lagos: The megacity set to triple by 2050

    Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, reaching 2.5 billion people.

    On a continent where nearly two-thirds of the population is already under 25, this vast new baby boom could do one of two things - either provide a huge workforce to transform African economies and lift millions out of poverty, or create an even bigger migration problem and lead many more young people into the hands of extremists.

    The BBC is reporting this week from Kenya, Niger, Ethiopia and Nigeria, which is set to become the world’s third most populous country in the next 30 years, and where many rural people are now moving into urban areas, especially the commercial capital, Lagos.

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    Video caption: Lagos: The megacity set to triple by 2050
  9. Protests in Togo against president

    Arwa Barkallah

    BBC Afrique, Dakar

    Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe (L) speaks to jounralists after a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 15, 2013.
    Image caption: President Faure Gnassingbe inherited power from his father in 2005

    Opposition leaders in Togo have called on their supporters to maintain pressure on the government following massive demonstrations at the weekend against the Gnassingbe family, which has ruled the West African state for 50 years.

    According to the authorities two protesters were killed in the second city, Sokode. The protest organisers seven people died at the hands of security forces across the country.

    The protest centres on calls for a return to the 1992 constitution, which imposed presidential term limits.

    The constitution was changed in 2002, allowing to president to serve an indefinite number of terms.

    It is unclear how many people demonstrated, but images on social media suggest that tens of thousands marched.

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    There are reports that several opposition militants have been arrested.

    There have also been allegations that soldiers have been going house-to-house today in Sokode and the capital, Lome, beating up people.

    President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005. He succeeded his father, who took power in a military coup in 1967.

  10. Tributes paid to Burkina Faso's speaker

    BBC World Service

    Picture taken on December 3, 2015 in Ouagadougou shows Burkina Faso's Salif Diallo. Salif Diallo, a former right-hand man of ousted president Blaise Compaore, was on December 30, 2015 elected head of the national assembly, the country's second most powerful position.
    Image caption: Speaker Salif Diallo was the second most powerful politician in Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has paid tribute to National Assembly Speaker Salif Diallo following his death in Paris on Saturday.

    The president described him as a patriot, a man of conviction and action. Mr Diallo was a major figure in Burkina Faso's political life for three decades. For much of that time he was a close ally of then-President Blaise Compaore.

    He and Mr Kabore formed an opposition party three years ago. They came to power in the elections after Mr Compaore was overthrown in a popular uprising.

  11. Round-the-clock guard for former al-Shabab leader

    The Somali government has put restrictions on the movements of Mukhtar Robow (Abu Mansur), the former al-Shabab deputy leader, who recently handed himself over to the government, the privately owned Dhacdo.com website is reporting.

    Mr Robow formally defected from the militant Islamists last Tuesday at a press conference in the capital Mogadishu.

    Dhacdo.com reports that since his arrival in Mogadishu, Mr Robow has been staying at the heavily guarded Habar Khadijo building. The building also houses the National Intelligence and Security Agency (Nisa).

    The government has now assigned a round-the-clock guard for Mr Robow.

    Former Deputy Leader and spokesman of Somalia"s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabab rebels, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansur, speaks to journalists on August 15, 2017 in Mogadishu. A
    Image caption: Mukhtar Robow the former al-Shabab deputy leader maintains he left the militant group five years ago

    The paper reports that Nisa has placed restrictions on which parts of Mogadishu the al-Shabab co-founder can visit. The security agency is also reported to have told Mr Robow that he cannot receive visitors without giving it 48 hours in order to enable the agency to run background checks on them. Dhacdo.com reports that a Nisa official has told them that Mr Robow has not left the Habar Khadijo building for the past two days.

    While some people have praised the government for putting these restrictions on the former Islamist commander, others believe this could discourage potential al-Shabab defectors, Dhacdo.com reports.

  12. Aid agencies 'struggling' in South Sudan

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    A vendor sells beans at the Al-Nimir camp for South Sudanese refugees in the Sudanese state of East Darfur on August 15, 2017
    Image caption: Some South Sudanese have fled to Sudan because of conflict

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, has told the BBC that aid agencies can't cope with the extent of the crisis in South Sudan.

    Over four million people have fled their homes as a result of the country's civil war and the majority of the population rely on food aid.

    Speaking after visiting South Sudan, Mr Maurer said aid agencies were buckling under the pressure.

    He called for an intensified effort to find a political solution, saying there was no military solution to the conflict which broke out in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar.

    He also expressed concern about the availability of cheap weapons in the country.

  13. Buhari is back in his job

    BBC World Service

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, has written to the national assembly to officially confirm his return to office after three months medical leave in the UK.

    This morning, Mr Buhari - looking thin as he read slowly from a prepared statement - addressed the nation, but made no reference to his health.

    The president called for unity in Nigeria. He listed the country's challenges, including the war against Boko Haram militants, a sectarian uprising in the east and clashes between nomadic herdsmen and farmers.

    A handout image made available by the State House of Nigerian on August 21, 2017, shows Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari addressing the nation on state television
    Image caption: Mr Buhari has never disclosed what is wrong with him
  14. Burundian troops 'killed in Somalia'

    Seven Burundian peacekeepers have been killed in an ambush in Somalia by al-Shabab, a news site allied with the militants has reported.

    Al-Shabab carried out a mortar and landmine attack on the troops as they were travelling yesterday on a road linking the town of Jowhar to Balad in Middle Shabelle region, Calmada news site quoted residents as saying.

    Burundian troops are in Somalia as part of an African Union force fighting the al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

    There has been no independent confirmation of the allegation.

    The AU force, known by the acronym Amisom, has not mentioned the attack on its Twitter account, but it has announced the arrival of a new contingent of Burundian troops.

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  15. Senegalese nationals 'expelled' from The Gambia

    Macky Sall and Adama Barrow
    Image caption: Senegal's president Macky Sall (L) helped The Gambia's Adama Barrow (R) take power

    Nearly 70 Senegalese nationals have been expelled from The Gambia into Senegal's Casamance region, BBC Afrique is reporting.

    The measure comes only three days after a meeting held by the interior ministers of the two states in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

    Senegal played a key role in helping President Adama Barrow take power in January, forcing long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to go into exile.

    The expulsions took place after undocumented Senegalese nationals were arrested by immigration authorities during spot checks in Banjul and its suburbs.

    Last Wednesday, Gambian Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty was in talks with his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo in a bid to work out a joint strategy to tackle cross-border crime, including drug trafficking and potential terror threats.

    Gambia's immigration director, Buba Sanyang, ordered the expulsions without allowing those detained to appeal, BBC Afrique is reporting.

    It quotes a Gambian government source as saying that the expulsions are not a reflection of President Barrow's immigration policy.

    According to the source, no officials from the justice and interior ministries were consulted over the expulsions.

    Before the expulsions, relations between Banjul and Dakar have been cordial. President Barrow was initially sworn in as president in Dakar, and Senegal sent troops to The Gambia to force Mr Jammeh out of power.

    Mr Barrow defeated Mr Jammeh in elections, ending his 22-year rule.

    However, Mr Jammeh tried to cling to power, alleging that the result was rigged.

  16. Grace Mugabe immunity 'half-expected'

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    The mother of the 20-year-old Gabriella Engels, who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe last week, has told me that she is disappointed with the South African government.

    Mrs Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity, which meant she could travel back home on Sunday with her husband, Robert Mugabe, who was in South Africa for a summit of regional leaders.

    “I half-expected it but when you hear the news it still comes as a shock,” Debbie Engels said.

    “We are saddened by the news and I am angry with the government for protecting their political allies’ interests over the safety of their citizens,” she added.

    Gabriella Engels, who claims to have been assaulted by Grace Mugabe, arrives for a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa, August 17, 2017
    Image caption: Gabriella Engels alleges that Mrs Mugabe hit her on the head with an extension cord

    Ms Engels says they will continue to fight and they want Mrs Mugabe to answer to the assault charge in court.

    She said her daughter was traumatised following the alleged assault in a hotel in Sandton, a an upmarket suburb north of Johannesburg, on the night of 13 August.

    “It’s very difficult for her to make peace with what happened to her. She wants to forget about it and live her life. The stories that people have been saying about her being a drug dealer and this and that have really hurt her," Debbie Engels said.

    "I know my daughter. She’s not an angel, but I know her and I know that she would never do that stuff that people have said about her," she added.

    Since the story broke there have been a few posts by supposed supporters of Mrs Mugabe accusing the 20-year-old of a range of things, including that she had been the one who attacked the first lady.

  17. Usakos, a community scarred by apartheid

    A new exhibition in London combines modern and historic photos of a small Namibian town, exploring its history of colonialism and apartheid.

    Usakos - Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums, 1920s to 1960s, is showing at the Brunei Gallery.

    The contemporary images taken by Paul Grendon show the traces left on the land and the people, by years of political change in Namibia.

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    Video caption: A new exhibition combines modern and historic photos of a small Namibian town
  18. Angola election campaigns reach climax

    As we reported earlier it is the final day of campaigns ahead of Wednesdays general election in Angola.

    At the weekend two mammoth rallies were held. The one was organised by the MPLA, which has been in power since independence from Portugal in 1975.

    It is expected to win, and President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (on the left in the picture below) is likely to pass the baton to Defence Minister Joao Lourenco (on the right) after 38 years in office:

    President of Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos (L) and Joao Lourenco (R), the candidate of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), join hands during an election campaign rally in Luanda, Angola, 19 August 2017

    MPLA supporters were out in full force at the rally in the capital, Luanda, on Saturday, waving party flags:

    Supporters of Joao Lourenco (unseen), the candidate of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) cheer during his elections campaign rally in Lobito, Angola,
    Supporters of Joao Lourenco (unseen), the candidate of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), cheer during his elections campaign rally in Luanda, Angola, 19 August 2017

    The third biggest party, Casa-CE, held its rally in Luanda on Sunday:

    upporters of Abel Chivukuvuku (unseen) candidate of the CASA-CE (Broad Convergence of the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Commission) during the closing campaign rally in Luanda, Angola, 20 August 2017

    Its candidate, Abel Chivukuvuku, hopes to cause a major upset by becoming the next president:

    Abel Chivukuvuku, the candidate of the CASA-CE (Broad Convergence of the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Commission) waves a flag of the party during the closing campaign rally in Luanda, Angola, 20 August 2017.

    The main opposition Unita party, with Isaías Samakuva as its presidential candidate, is due to hold its final campaign rally today.

  19. Suspected cannibals arrested in South Africa

    Three people suspected of cannibalism have been arrested in South Africa after one of them apparently walked into a police station and said: "I am tired of eating human flesh,” local media reports.

    “When he was questioned, he produced part of a human leg and a hand," police spokeswoman Col Thembeka Mbhele said.

    The man was arrested, along with two other people, following investigations in the area around Estcourt town in KwaZulu-Natal province, she added.

    “It is alleged that the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed. The allegations by the suspect are that they would rape and kill the victims before they could cut them into pieces and eat their parts,” Col Mbhele was quoted by the News24 site as saying.

    The former head of the police's Investigative Psychology Section, Gerard Labuschagne, said people who ate human body parts were often in the throes of psychotic episodes, the IOL news site reported.

    “They are usually experiencing audio and/or visual hallucinations - hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there - and having bizarre thoughts like ‘I must eat this body part as it will make me powerful’," he was quoted as saying.