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Summary

  1. Extra security deployed in Cameroon's Bamenda city over anti-government protests
  2. Sierra Leone opposition main offices damaged by fire
  3. Thousands flee flooding in Niger
  4. CAR aid agency says militia fighting has stopped its work
  5. SA health minister says Africa should be "ashamed" of leaders seeking treatment abroad
  6. Nigeria thanks US for sale of surveillance aircraft
  7. Uganda pledges to deter the spread of pornography

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We’ll be back tomorrow

    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: The eye doesn't carry a load but can recognise a heavy one." from A Mandinka proverb sent by Kasim Kenneh in Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
    A Mandinka proverb sent by Kasim Kenneh in Darby, Pennsylvania, United States

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

    And we leave you with this picture of a shepherd walking his goat around Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, looking for a buyer ahead of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim festival of sacrifice and generosity to friends, family and the needy.

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  2. 'A leader should set an example'

    Throughout today we've been getting reactions from people to the statement by South Africa's health minister ciricising African leaders for travelling outside their countries for medical treatment.

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made a number of trips abroad this year for treatment on his eyes, and the BBC's Shingai Nyoka heard from some Zimbabweans who did not seem impressed.

    Woman in vox pop

    This woman said:

    Quote Message: Instead of taking the money to other countries, we'd have medicines in our countries. And the leaders would know what is needed in our countries... What of us who are vulnerable?"
    Man being interviewed

    This man said:

    Quote Message: I think that a leader should lead by example. You are supposed to be treated within your country."
  3. Pape Souare: Crystal Palace defender back in action

    Senegalese international Pape Souare has made his first appearance for his English Premier League club, Crystal Palace, since breaking his thighbone and jaw in a horrific car crash almost a year ago.

    The 27-year-old defender had to be airlifted to hospital after the accident, and only returned to full training earlier this month.

    He played 45 minutes for Palace Under-23s as they were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest.

    He had a chance to give Palace a 2-0 lead on 41 minutes but headed wide.

    He tweeted about his return:

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  4. Some Ethiopian small traders 'go out of business' after tax hike

    Small-time traders in Ethiopia have been talking to the Guardian newspaper's William Davison about the struggles they are having meeting the new tax demands.

    Melaku Abdella, who had been selling basic items at a kiosk, said the 300% tax increase that he faced meant that he had to close his business.

    Another businessman told the journalist that he has also given up his metalwork business and has started using a friend's workshop instead.

    There were protests when the taxes were first introduced in July, and the government said there had been some administrative errors when the amount of tax to be paid was calculated.

    The Ethiopian authorities need to find a way to increase the tax base as the government relies on aid and loans to cover its expenditure, the Guardian reports.

    Textile factory
    Image caption: Some businesses in Ethiopia are booming, but small traders have been hit by the tax hike
  5. Liverpool agree club record deal for Guinean midfielder for July 2018

    Naby Keita ( centre)
    Image caption: Naby Keita has 25 caps for Guinea

    Liverpool have confirmed a deal to sign Guinean international Naby Keita, who plays for German side RB Leipzig, with the midfielder moving to Anfield in July 2018.

    The Reds have agreed to pay the $62m (£48m) release clause that will allow the 22-year-old to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

    Keita had been one of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig refused to sell.

    The deal surpasses the record £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011.

    Liverpool confirmed the deal on Tuesday, and Keita said: "I will become part of a project that excites me greatly.

    "My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club.

    "Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance."

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  6. 'We're afraid in Bamenda'

    We've been reporting about the tension in the city of Bamenda, north-west Cameroon, where the authorities have shut down shops in two market areas in response to an anti-government protest.

    The BBC's Outside Source programme has heard from one of the city's residents and petty trader, Giti Cyrile Tako, who said that the town is "full of military people".

    "We are just afraid in Bamenda," he added.

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    Video caption: Gitti in Bamenda describes the impact of authorities blocking local businesses.
  7. CAR militias halt aid work in two areas

    BBC World Service

    An international charity says it can no longer operate in two areas of the Central African Republic because militias have taken over.

    Mercy Corps said about 30,000 people in Niem and Yelewa were no longer able to receive help.

    In one village, 130 orphans are being cared for by local families.

    The charity says nearly half of the country's population depend on humanitarian aid for survival.

    More than a million people have been displaced by the conflict which began in 2012.

  8. Construction and rubble in Addis Ababa

    On her Instagram account over the last few days, Ethiopian photographer Maheder Haileselassie has been documenting what she calls "destruction and construction and reconstruction" in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

    The city is rapidly expanding and building sites can be seen in many places.

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    In the photo below, which features one of the city's ubiquitous Lada taxis.

    In her commentary Maheder writes: "We continued to tear down in the name of growth, transformation and development.

    "If we were right, then how come so many people already feel nostalgic about the present scene being peeled off to become the past before our own eyes?"

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  9. Dlamini-Zuma dismisses criticism of presidential bid

    Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma
    Image caption: Jacob Zuma wants his ex-wife to succeed him as party leader

    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former chairperson of the African Union commission, has dismissed claims that her bid to run for the South African presidency is about shielding President Jacob Zuma, her ex-husband, from prosecution over alleged corruption.

    Ms Dlamini-Zuma told AFP news agency in an interview, that she found the claims were "offensive":

    Quote Message: I will not be elected by President Jacob Zuma... If I am elected, I will be elected by South Africans, and they will have reasons why they elect me - and that is why I find it offensive."

    She is seen as a leading candidate alongside Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the African National Congress (ANC) conference in December, where a new party leader will be elected, who will then be the likely South African president after the 2019 elections.

    Read: Can Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma succeed her ex-husband as South Africa's president?

  10. Kenyans adjusting to life without plastic bags

    Kenyans are having to get used to life without plastic bags after a ban came into force on Monday.

    Failure to comply with the new rules could result in severe penalties, including fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years.

    The BBC's Ahmed Adan picked up his dinnertime chapati wrapped in newspaper rather than the usual plastic bag:

    Newspaper wrapping

    And when it comes to carrying large amounts of shopping, Ahmed says that people are now snapping up the alternatives available:

    Reed baskets
  11. One death after torrential rain causes landslide in eastern Uganda

    In Uganda, Red Cross officials say one person has died and seven others are missing after a landslide hit a village in the Sironko region, in the mountainous east of the country.

    Rescue teams have been sent to the area as torrential rains continue to pound the Mount Elgon region.

    This comes a day after a landslide reportedly hit three villages in neighbouring Bududa district, but there have been no confirmed details of the extent of the damage.

  12. Leaders' actions expose 'failing public hospitals'

    The remarks by South Africa's health minister that African leaders should be for seeking medical help abroad has got a lot of response on the @BBCAfrica Twitter account.

    And it seems that our presidents aren't getting a lot of love.

    Some see a vibrant health sector as a sign of independence:

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    While others say that leaders going abroad for treatment suggests they have no faith in their own public services:

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    And then there is the suspicion that nothing homegrown is worth it:

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  13. Protests after Sudanese student sentenced to death

    Ibrahim Haithar

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    A Sudanese court has sentenced a student member of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party to death.

    Asim Omar Hassan was convicted under Article 130 of the Sudanese penal code for allegedly killing a policeman during protests at the University of Khartoum two years ago, the website of privately-owned Al-Tareeq newspaper reports.

    As soon as the verdict was announced crowds gathered outside the court. They started chanting slogans against the court before police dispersed them with tear gas and arrested several of them, a witness told the newspaper.

    @Sudanchangenow, a Sudanese political movement established in 2010 by young activists working for peaceful democratic change in Sudan, has been tweeting pictures of protests outside the court.

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  14. Zimbabwe apologises to celebrity after underwear row

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    The head of Zimbabwe's Tourism Board has apologised to South African celebrity Zodwa Wabantu, who is set to headline the Harare International Carnival, after he said that she would only be invited if she wore underwear, Times Live reports.

    Zodwa has gained some notoriety in the region for her preference for not wearing underwear.

    Karikoga Kaseke had said that Zodwa, who is a dancer, would offend traditional leaders if she performed without her "panties".

    Times Live reports that Mr Kaseke told Zimbabwe state TV that the celebrity was free to bring her act to the Harare Festival, especially since she was "well received in Bulawayo" - a city largely viewed as conservative compared to the capital, Harare.

    Zodwa told Times Live that she would would not compromise her brand and would not be told how to live her life.

  15. Thanksgiving prayers for Zambia's opposition leader

    A cathedral in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, is hosting a thanksgiving prayer service for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

    Mr Hichilema left prison nearly two weeks ago after being held in custody for five months while facing treason charges.

    It is believed that he was released after a deal brokered by the Commonwealth.

    The church has organised today's service in his honour and it is being streamed live on Mr Hichilema's Facebook page:

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    The opposition leader''s incarceration led some to question the democratic direction that the country is moving in, and President Edghar Lungu faces accusations of growing authoritarianism.

  16. Sierra Leone opposition leader says attack was politically motivated

    We've been reporting on the fire in Sierra leone's capital, Freetown, at the headquarters of the opposition Alliance Democratic Party (ADP).

    Its leader, Kamaraimba Mansaray, had alleged that the fire was the result of a petrol bomb, but the police have not commented.

    Fore at a building in Freetown

    Talking to the BBC he alleged that the attack was politically motivated and that he had received threats after criticising corruption in Sierra Leone.

    He said this was not the first time that one of his party's buildings had been torched.

    Mr Mansaray used to be a member of the governing All People's Congress but fell out with the leadership three years ago.

  17. 'Severe water shortages in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan'

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    The UN children's agency, Unicef, says that 30 million people, including 14.6 million children, in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are in urgent need of safe water.

    In Nigeria, it says that three million people are at risk because 75% of water and infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed in the region, which is on the front line of the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

    Sanjay Wijesekera, Unicef's head of water and sanitation, says that in South Sudan, where there is a civil war, half of places where people got water have been destroyed leaving the vulnerable, mostly children, prone to diseases:

    Quote Message: When children have no safe water to drink, and when health systems are left in ruins, malnutrition and potentially fatal diseases like cholera will inevitably follow.”

    Unicef also says that 19,000 cases of cholera have been recorded in the country since June.

    Somalia has also recorded "nearly 77,000 cases of suspected cholera/acute watery diarrhoea" in the past five years, it adds.

  18. 'It's a disgrace to us all'

    Reaction to criticism of Africa's 'health tourist' leaders

    We've been getting a lot of comments on our Facebook page in reaction to the story about criticism of African leaders who travel abroad for health treatment.

    At least five African heads of state have gone overseas for medical reasons in the past year and judging by many of the comments there isn't much sympathy

    Lunga Dlamini Bisca writes:

    Quote Message: it's a big disgrace to us Africans. We don't trust our own health professionals. We are the one who trained these doctors and nurses in our hospitals. If we don't trust them, then why do we train them?"

    Chux Enyia wonders why people still support these leaders:

    Quote Message: It's very shameful indeed, and the worst part of the story is that some gullible citizens will still offer these leaders a warm welcome after spending public money abroad."

    But one commenter, calling himself Mutatis Mutandis, is more sympathetic:

    Quote Message: Do you want them to stick to the same poor facilities at home in the name of nationalism and die? Let them seek better attention wherever they can afford. Let's just focus on uplifting standards and not stopping them from accessing services where it's better than here."
    Hospital in northern Nigeria
    Image caption: Activists argue that presidents travelling abroad for treatment affects services at home
  19. Map showing rapid urbanisation in Sierra Leone

    We have been drawn to this tweet shared by an account which says that it represents an alliance of conservationists and scientists who are "working to support environmental resilience in Sierra Leone".

    It shows the disappearing forest in the capital, Freetown:

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    At least 400 people were killed by a mudslide which struck the outskirts of the capital on 14 August, and the disaster has been blamed on unchecked construction and forest clearances.

    Read: Freetown: A disaster waiting to happen?

  20. Stellar African line-up for next month's Berlin marathon

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Ethiopia’s former long distance Olympic and World Champion Kenenisa Bekele has been added to an outstanding field for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September.

    The second-fastest man over the distance will take on Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge later this month.

    Kipsang broke the world record in 2013 when he clocked 2 hours 3 minutes and 23 seconds on the Berlin course. But this was broken a year later by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto at the same event.

    Kimetto’s mark of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds still stands, although both Bekele and Kipsang came close last year in Berlin

    Olympic marathon champion Kipchoge missed the London marathon earlier this year as he attempted to be the first man to run under 2 hours at a special event in Italy - he was just over 25 seconds shy of the target.

    Kenenisa Bekele
    Image caption: Kenenisa Bekele won the 2016 Berlin marathon