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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

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    That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: We know the one who speaks rather than the quiet one." from An Oshiwambo proverb sent by Christopher Shimwele in Oshakati, Namibia
    An Oshiwambo proverb sent by Christopher Shimwele in Oshakati, Namibia

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of Stephen Okoth also known as Ondivow - a stylish fashionista in Kenya's Kibera slum:

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  2. Egyptian lawyer arrested for middle-finger gesture

    BBC Monitoring

    An Egyptian court has sentenced the former presidential candidate and human rights lawyer, Khaled Ali, to three months in prison for publicly performing a middle-finger gesture, privately owned Al-Youm al-Sabi has reported.

    Mr Ali, who recently spearheaded a case challenging the government's islands deal with Saudi Arabia, was detained for making the "obscene hand gesture" during a demonstration outside the State Council headquarters in January, according to his lawyer.

    A video was circulated in May in which Mr Ali appeared raising his middle finger while being lifted by the crowd.

  3. Kenya's electoral commission urges opposition to cancel demo

    Wafula Chebukati
    Image caption: The opposition want Wafula Chebukati to sack officials alleged to have bungled the 8 August election

    The Chairman of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has asked the opposition coalition, Nasa, to cancel its planned protest about it.

    Nasa said it would stage a series of anti-IEBC demos from Tuesday to force officials to resign from the commision, which it accuses of bungling the 8 August presidential election.

    In a letter, Mr Chebukati has asked Nasa to put off their demonstration and allow for a consultation meeting on Wednesday.

    Apart from the sacking of IEBC officials, the opposition also want new companies to be in charge of printing ballot papers and supplying the voting kits.

    It alleges that the companies that had these contracts allowed a fradulent election to take place.

    Nasa says that if these changes are not made it will not allow the rescheduled vote to take place on 26 October, as planned.

    It has given no further details about how it may do this.

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  4. Three policemen killed in Nigeria zoo attack

    Didi Akinyelure

    BBC Africa, Lagos

    Three policemen were killed by gunmen who attacked a zoo in Nigeria’s mid-western, Edo State on Sunday.

    The attackers stormed the 750-acre Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, hours before the park's security police arrived on duty.

    They kidnapped the head of the zoo. There has been no word from the kidnappers since.

    The incident occurred in the presence of more than 200 visitors.

    Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture has condemned the attack.

    He described it as a big blow to efforts to lift the tourism industry and said that the Government would step up security at all tourist sites.

  5. Sudan looks forward to 'normalisation' with US

    Sudan has welcomed its removal from a list of countries facing a US travel ban, according to AFP news agency.

    The move was "a positive development in the two countries' bilateral relations", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    It followed a "clear and long dialogue" and growing cooperation between the two countries, the ministry said.

    The statement added: "The government of Sudan will carry out more efforts to remove all obstacles to a full normalisation of relations with the American administration."

  6. 'Hundreds killed' in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

    The Ethiopian government says recent clashes between ethnic Somalis and Oromos have killed hundreds and displaced thousands from their homes.

    "We can say hundreds of the Oromo ethnicity were killed... and there were also deaths from the Somali side. We don't know exactly how many," AFP news agency has quoted government spokesman Negeri Lencho as saying.

    Historically, the relationship between the two groups has been characterised by territorial competition which often leads to disputes and conflicts over resources, including wells and grazing land.

    What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

    Map of Ethiopia
  7. Kabila refusal was 'big disappointment'

    The former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Herman Cohen, says DRC leader Joseph Kabila last week refused to rule out standing for president again.

    Mr Kabila was supposed to step down after his second and final five-year term came to an end last year but the vote to replace him was not held.

    Critics said he delayed the elections on purpose to hang on to power.

    The country of 71 million people has not had a peaceful transfer of power since its independence from Belgium in 1960.

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  8. Analysis: Chadians hit by US travel ban

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

    Chad has been a major partner for the US in the fight against Islamist militancy and its capital Ndjamena is home to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram.

    It has also hosted the annual US-led Flintlock military exercise three times.

    France too is another Western power that has seen value in keeping Chad close, basing its regional counter-terrorism force Operation Barkhane in Ndjamena.

    While Washington’s decision to add Chad to the travel ban list could be a tactic to arm-twist it into providing the information the US needs, it could also be counterproductive.

    President Idris Deby has long complained about the lack international support, particularly in funding for his (and regional) troops to fight the insurgency and carry out sufficient patrols along the 1,100 km-long border with Libya.

    He has even threatened to withdraw his forces from the MNTJF. Chad made a significant contribution in suppressing Boko Haram between 2014 and 2015 when the group was controlling huge swathes of territory in neighbouring Nigeria, so its cooperation would be vital both now and in the future.

    As Chad ponders the new US declaration, Sudan will see its removal from the travel ban list as a sign of progress in its relations with Washington.

    The Trump administration is expected to end sanctions on 12 October, after the State Department concluded Sudan was cooperating better on counter-terrorism and in improving humanitarian access to conflict areas, such as Darfur.

    Sudan will welcome its renewed ability to trade freely with international partners and see this as a path to attracting investment in its agriculture, mining and petroleum sectors.

    French troops, part of Force Barkhrane, participate at a ceremony to mark France's Bastille Day at the SCH Adji Kossei air base in N'Djamena, Chad July 14, 2017.
    Image caption: France has a counter-terrorism force based in N'Djamena
  9. Kenyan MP arrested for verbal abusing president

    Police in Kenya have arrested an opposition MP who abused President Uhuru Kenyatta during a political rally at the weekend, privately-owned Capital FM reports.

    Babu Owino, who represents Embakasi East constituency in the capital, Nairobi, was caught on video calling the president "mtoto wa mbwa", a Swahili insult which means "son of a dog".

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    The politician's name is trending on Twitter in Kenya, with people tweeting their support or condemnation of his comments.

    Supporters of Mr Kenyatta in his stronghold of Kiambu, in the outskirts of the capital, blocked major roads and lit fires to demand an apology from the MP, with some calling for his arrest.

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    Political tension has been rising ahead of a presidential election re-run set for 26 October.

  10. Dlamini Zuma: I hope SABC won't have to apologise again

    Ms Dlamini Zuma on 24 September at a rally

    South African presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has responded to the apology issued by national broadcaster, the SABC, which said it was sorry for referring to her as "Zuma's ex-wife".

    Ms Dlamini Zuma, a former chairwoman of the African Union Commission who has also held several ministerial portfolios in South Africa, acknowledged the apology in a tweet.

    She added that she hoped the SABC would not have to apologise to her for a third time.

    Ms Dlamini Zuma is widely viewed as President Jacob Zuma's preferred candidate to succeed him when the governing African National Congress meets in December to choose a new leader.

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  11. What's it like to be a woman in public office in Africa?

    Kim Chakanetsa

    BBC World Service

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iwaela and Lindiwe Mazibuko

    In this week's episode of The Conversation, we heard a frank discussion between Nigeria's former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iwaela and South African politician Lindiwe Mazibuko.

    Ms Okonjo Iwaela remembers her daunting first day as finance minister, looking at a stack of documents that needed reading and wondering if she had made the right decision.

    She also talks about the challenge of being in politics as a "non-politician".

    As one of a few women in parliament in South Africa, Lindiwe faced incredible sexism with criticism directed at her looks.

    She talks about how that affected her and what she would do differently in the future.

    Listen to The Conversation here.

  12. Nigeria's NGO regulation bill criticised

    Critics of a proposed law to regulate NGOs in Nigeria have said it is an attempt to frustrate operations of organisations that push for government accountability.

    The law which according to media reports will also monitor operations of churches and mosques is currently being debated in the lower house of representatives.

    The NGO regulatory agency, if established, would be headed by officials appointed by the Nigerian president for a five-year tenure, Premium Times reports.

    Its functions would include issuing licences to NGOs, renewable every two years.

    The agency would also have the power to revoke NGO licences.

    NGOs would be required to seek permission from the regulator before executing any project.

    The agency would also regulate how donated funds were spent, the report adds.

    Nigeria's Centre for Social Justice has produced a public awareness video about the bill:

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  13. Dissident Zimbabwean pastor pleads not guilty to subversion

    The Zimbabwean dissident pastor, Evan Mawarire, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to subvert the government and inciting public violence.

    The charges relate to national protests Mr Mawarire is accused of organising last year. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail.

    The pastor was re-arrested on Sunday, apparently over a video he posted on social media accusing President Mugabe and his ministers of wrecking the economy.

    "He was exercising his constitutional rights of challenging the policies of government. This... was done in a lawful manner," defence lawyer Harrison Nkomo told the court, according to Reuters.

  14. Kenya's chief justice feted at regional conference

    Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga, who captured the world's attention for leading the historic ruling that cancelled the 8 August election, has been warmly received at a regional conference, Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reports.

    It reports that Mr Maraga was "greeted by thunderous cheers from other participants" at the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Conference, which is being held in Dar es Salaam.

    Mr Maraga, who has attracted praise and condemnation in roughly equal measure over the ruling, has told his critics that he is willing to pay the ultimate price to defend the rule of law.

    Tanzania's Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma commended Mr Maraga for standing up for judicial freedom in Kenya, the report says.

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    Read:David Maraga: The brave judge who made Kenyan history

  15. 'Rwigara to be charged for plotting against Kagame'

    Diane Rwigara
    Image caption: Ms Rwigara was disqualified from running in the presidential race

    Renowned Rwandan human rights activist Diane Rwigara is facing treason charges, the newspaper The East African reports.

    It also reports that she is facing charges for inciting revolt and revealing “sensitive information”.

    Ms Rwigara, who was arrested on Friday, has been under investigation over alleged forgery.

    Authorities have also investigated her family over alleged tax evasion.

    Police spokesperson Theo Badege said in a statement on Sunday that Ms Rwigara had been arrested for failing to co-operate with the police:

    Quote Message: The decision to arrest was in addition to the behaviour of the suspects during preliminary investigations, particularly their consistent refusal to co-operate with the police and publicly revealing information that is, by law, supposed to be confidential.”

    He added that she could be held for five days:

    Quote Message: The criminal procedure law gives investigators powers to detain a suspect for a maximum of five days in order to conclude investigations and decide, based on the evidence, whether or not to forward the case to prosecution.”

    On Monday morning, a local website alleged that members of the Rwigara family were involved in a plot to overthrow the government, working with exiled groups including the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), the East African reports.

    Ms Rwigara has previously denied working with exiled opposition groups, it adds.

    Ms Rwigara was disqualified as a candidate in last month's presidential race which was won by incumbent President Paul Kagame.

    Investigators allege that Ms Rwigara committed an electoral offence by collecting forged signatures to endorse her candidacy.

    She has denied the accusation.

  16. South Africans celebrate Heritage Day

    Today is a public holiday in South Africa after this year's Heritage Day fell on a Sunday.

    South Africans have been posting colourful photos on social media of how they celebrated their diverse cultural heritage.

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  17. In pictures: Living with violence in DR Congo

    Photographer John Wessels has travelled to the Kasai region in Democratic Republic of Congo and met some of those who have been caught up in violence there.

    The army and a government-backed militia known as the Bana Mura have been clashing with a rebel group called Kamuina Nsapu.

    Many villages have been burned down and it is estimated that more than a million people have been displaced in the region in the past year.

    See John Wessels' photographs from Kasai here.

    Health clinic in Kasai region
  18. Africa's Great Green Wall

    Can the Great Green Wall succeed in transforming the lives of millions living in the Sahel?

    Thomas Fessy previews his report for BBC's Discovery programme:

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  19. Ivory Coast accepts maritime boundary ruling

    Ivory Coast has accepted a ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that favoured Ghana in a dispute over the location of the maritime boundary, Reuters reports.

    The news agency quoted Ivorian government spokesman Bruno Kone as saying:

    Quote Message: What’s important is to preserve our good neighbourly relations with Ghana. And this judgement allows for a definitive demarcation of the maritime boundary."