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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

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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, including in the Angola elections by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If you want to improve your memory, lend someone money." from Sent by Donald Chanaiwa in Harare, Zimbabwe
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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 man cycling home as the sun sets in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

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  2. Angola's '3G generation' guard their election closely

    Clare Spencer

    BBC News, Luanda

    Sergio Lopez
    Image caption: Sergio says whatsapp groups will prevent election fraud

    An opposition activist has urged Angolans to watch every step of the vote-counting process following today's general election, and to take pictures of everything they see in an effort to record fraud, should it happen.

    This kind of surveillance is part of the culture now, one young voter told me.

    I met Sergio Lopez, 28, after he had voted in the business district of Angola's capital, Luanda.

    He said that he felt there wouldn't be much trouble with the counting of votes because it would be all over WhatsApp if there were.

    He said he was part of the "3G generation", referring to people who were constantly connected to the internet on their phone.

    If anything suspicious happened, people would make it known to their WhatsApp groups, he said.

    This is a significant departure for Angola which has had the same president for 38 years - ten years longer than Mr Lopez has been alive - and where it is illegal to insult the president.

  3. Egypt arrests doctors over 'organ removals'

    BBC World Service

    The authorities in Egypt say they have broken up a ring of criminals who were involved in the trafficking of human organs.

    Police have shut down a medical centre near the capital, Cairo, that specialised in kidney transplant, and have arrested a dozen doctors and members of staff.

    The doctors are alleged to have removed organs from poor people, including some refugees, for use by wealthy Egyptian and foreign patients.

    Seven years ago, Egypt criminalised the trade in human organs after the World Health Organization ranked it among the top five offenders in the world.

  4. Niger police jailed for assaulting student

    Three policemen in Niger have been sentenced to one year in prison and fined 15 million CFA francs ($27,000; £21,000) for assaulting a student in an incident that caused an uproar in the country last April, BBC Afrique reports.

    The officers beat a university student with a truncheon during a student demonstration to demand better studying conditions and access to scholarships.

    The court found the police officers guilty of premeditated assault.

    Niger students take part in a march on February 16, 2016 in Niamey called by 'Union des Scolaires Nigeriens' (USN - Niger Students Union) to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the peaceful February 9, 1990 USN demonstration where three students were killed by police forces on Niamey's Kennedy bridge
    Image caption: Many students complain that the cost of education is too high in Niger
  5. Mozambique police bust trafficking ring

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    An attempt to illegally take 15 young women from northern Mozambique to Saudi Arabia has been foiled, police say.

    The alleged traffickers were Mozambicans, Saudis and Tanzanians, some of whom had been arrested, police spokeswoman Malva Brito said.

    The women, aged between 21 and 28, were allegedly offered job and education opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

    Most Mozambican women who are trafficked to other countries, including neighbouring South Africa, are forced to do hard labour, farming and prostitution.

    Many African women complain that in Saudi Arabia they are forced to work in slavery-like conditions, and are abused by their employers.

  6. Islamic State behind Libya beheadings

    The militant Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the beheading of nine Libyan soldiers and two civilians at a military checkpoint about 500km (300 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli, a website that monitors its activities has reported:

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  7. Kenyans irked by pay demands of MP

    The hashtag #MPsPay is trending in Kenya as people react to a comment by MP Gladys Wanga, who serves in a parliamentary commission that deal with lawmakers' welfare, that their salaries should not be cut.

    In June, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission proposed a 15% cut on their monthly salary of $7,200 (£5,500), as well as a reduction of some of their generous allowances, as part of a plan to slash the public sector wage bill.

    Here's a sample of reactions to Ms Wanga's opposition to the idea:

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  8. Kidnapped Libyan leader freed

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Ali Zidan
    Image caption: Mr Zeidan has previously been accused of corruption

    Libya’s former Prime Minister Ali Zidan has been released by his abductors in the capital, Tripoli.

    The city’s most powerful militia, the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, kidnapped him from a hotel in the capital ten days ago, according to witnesses.

    This armed group is nominally under the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

    It’s still not clear why the militia kidnapped the former prime minister, but his family has confirmed to the BBC that he was released on Tuesday night, and that he’s in good health.

    They also say that he will remain in Tripoli until Friday, and plans to hold a news conference in an effort to "clear his name" over corruption allegations made against him in the past.

    Mr Zidan led the Libyan government from 2012 to 2014, when he was ousted by parliament.

    At that time, the prosecutor-general’s office imposed a travel ban on him for alleged financial irregularities, which he denied.

  9. Johnson: 'Libya in the frontline against illegal migration'

    BBC World Service

    Boris Johnson (L) speaks during a press conference with Mohamed al-Taher Siala (R), Foreign Minister of the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord, in the capital Tripoli on August 23, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Johnson is visiting politically unstable Libya

    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that Libya was Europe's frontline in its struggle against illegal migration and terrorism.

    Mr Johnson, on a visit to the capital, Tripoli, agreed with Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj that the EU need to do more to help tackle the migration crisis.

    He said different countries had conflicting agendas in its response to the migration crisis.

    Mr Johnson said Britain would help Libya to set up an electronic border in its southern desert.

  10. Africa to bid for 2025 World Athletics Championships

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport

    Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and Lord Coe
    Image caption: Hamad Kalkaba Malboum says that IAAF President Lord Coe supports an African bid

    The head of African athletics says the continent will bid to host the 2025 World Championships.

    Africa has never staged the biennial event, which started in 1983, despite being home to many world champions.

    Hamad Kalkaba Malboum says he believes a bid is set to come from one of six African nations.

    "We are talking with Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco - those countries have the facilities," said the Cameroonian.

    People said that Africa could not host the World Cup in football, but we did it very successfullyHamad Kalkaba Malboum, Confederation of African Athletics

    "I have very positive sounds from some of them," added the president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).

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  11. Chad orders closure of Qatari embassy

    Sammy Maina

    BBC Monitoring

    Chad has ordered the closure of Qatar's embassy in the capital, N'Djamena, and the departure of its diplomats after accusing it of trying to destabilise the country from neighbouring Libya.

    It gave the ambassador - along with the rest of the embassy staff - 10 days to leave.

    A statement from the foreign office said the decision had been taken because of Qatar's "continued involvement in activities meant to destabilise Chad from Libya".

    A general view shows an exhibition of artworks, which were donated by members of the community, depicting Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani titled 'Glorious Tamim: in celebration of national unity ' at the garden of the Islamic Museum in Doha on August 20, 2017
    Image caption: The emir of Qatar is under pressure from other Gulf leaders

    It is unclear if this latest move is a result of a proxy battle being waged between Qatar and its Arab neighbours in the region.

    Chad recalled its ambassador to Qatar when the dispute broke out in June.

    Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed sanctions on Qatar after accusing it of supporting extremist groups - an allegation Qatar strongly denied.

    Read: Qatar crisis: What you need to know

  12. Tanzania revokes newspaper licences

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC Africa, Arusha

    Locals look at newspaper headlines in Stone Town,
    Image caption: The directive affects more than 100 publications

    Newspapers and magazines in Tanzania will have to apply for new licences after a government directive revoked permits which allowed them to publish.

    The government's Director of Communication, Hassan Abbas, told journalists in the main city, Dar es Salaam, that the media groups have until 15 October to apply for the licences.

    The move is likely to be seen as another affront on press freedom by President John Magufuli's government, and an attempt to silence publications deemed to be critical of his administration.

    Bakari Machumu, the executive editor of the publishing group behind The Citizen newspaper, told the BBC that the new licences would have to be renewed annually.

    The move would burden operating costs across the industry and negatively affect businesses, he said.

    Mr Machumu added that the directive meant that publications which failed to comply will be forced to close, and this would "infringe on the right of the public to get information from the various media outlets".

    The government has, however, dismissed the criticism.

    It says the move will enhance professionalism.

    The directive, which will affect more than 100 newspapers and magazines, has caused worry among owners of electronic media organisations that they are next in line.

  13. Elected Kenyan MPs oppose pay cut

    Some newly elected MPs in Kenya have opposed a plan to cut their salaries by 15%, a local TV station has tweeted:

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    The pay cut, which includes a reduction on some generous allowances, was due to come into effect after the 8 August election.

    In June, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission said the cut was part of a plan to reduce Kenya's public sector wages by 35%.

    Kenyan MPs are some of the best-paid lawmakers in the world, and the pay cut is part of a government plan to reduce spending on public sector wages.

    The average income in Kenya is $150 (£117) per month.

  14. Angola elections: A look at a voting station

    Voting is under way in Angola, where President José Eduardo Dos Santos is stepping down after 38 years in power.

    He is not contesting this election and the current Defence Minister Joao Lourenco is standing for the governing MPLA party.

    BBC Africa's Mayeni Jones goes inside a polling station in the country's capital, Luanda:

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    Video caption: Angola election: Voters queue at polling stations
  15. Gang frees prisoners in South Africa

    Gunmen have freed 20 prisoners after ambushing a police lorry in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, police have said.

    The men, armed with rifles, surrounded the lorry and broke a lock to free the prisoners who were being transported from court to jail, police added.

    In a statement, police spokesman Col Lungelo Dlamini said:

    Quote Message: They were awaiting trial prisoners charged with various crimes including armed robbery‚ housebreaking and theft and possession of drugs."

    Polie have launched a manhunt for the gunmen and the prisoners.

  16. Controversial rhino horn auction starts

    The first online rhino horn auction in South Africa is under way on

    Potential buyers have to pay a refundable deposit to register and bidding will continuing until Friday.

    Auction organiser John Hume, who runs the world's biggest rhino farm, hopes to sell hundreds of horns by the time the auction closes.

    A South African court ruled that the auction can take place, despite opposition from the government and some conservationists who fear that the sale will fuel the illegal market.

    A ranger measures a rhino's horn to be trimmed at John Hume's Rhino Ranch in Klerksdorp, in the North Western Province of South Africa, on February 3, 2016.
    Image caption: A ranger measures a rhino's horn to be trimmed at Mr Hume's ranch
  17. Ethiopia strike 'partially observed'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A five-day strike call by the opposition in Ethiopia's Oromia region is being partially observed.

    Businesses and transport services are closed in some areas in protest against a recent hike in taxes for small businesses and the imprisonment of opposition politicians.

    There is a heavy security presence in some towns. Other areas are relatively unaffected.

    Deadly opposition protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions led to the imposition of a state of emergency last year. It was lifted earlier this month.

    Read: What was behind the protests?

    Oromo protesters took to the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa
    Image caption: More than 650 people died during anti-government protests that began in 2015.
  18. Libyan soldiers 'beheaded'

    At least 11 people have been beheaded in an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar, a spokesman for his forces has said, AFP news agency reports.

    The dead included nine soldiers and two civilians were beheaded, Col Ahmad al-Mesmari said.

    He blamed the militant Islamic State (IS) group for the attack on the checkpoint, about 500km (300 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli, AFP quoted him as saying.

    Read: Beheadings and racial tension in Libya

    A Libyan soldier, loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government of Abdullah al-Thani and General Khalifa Haftar, rests on a sidewalk in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on February 28, 2015.
    Image caption: Libya has been unstable since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011
  19. Angola elections: 'Voter turnout at 40%'

    Angolan officials are reporting a high voter turnout in the general election which heralds the end of President Eduardo dos Santos' 38-year rule.

    From the capital Angola, BBC Focus on Africa's Mayeni Jones has tweeted:

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  20. No ban on Olamide music video

    Didi Akinyelure

    BBC Africa, Lagos

    A music video by renowned Nigerian artist Olamide caught the eye of the Federal Ministry of Health for allegedly violating the Tobacco Control Act.

    It is a song that will make you move your feet but it has caused some controversy in Nigeria.

    The award-winning Olamide wanted to show the lifestyle in the area he grew up, in the video for his hit song Wo.

    The video, which has close to one million views on YouTube, has a scene showing young people smoking.

    Nigeria’s Ministry of Health tweeted that this violated the country’s Tobacco Control Act, and reports alleged that the song was banned by the National Broadcasting Commission.

    But a spokesperson for the commission has confirmed to the BBC that there was never a ban on the music video.

    And Olamide retweeted a tweet to this effect:

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    Olamide has edited his video with a tobacco health warning and an age restriction on television.

    He tweeted:

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    In response, the Health Ministry tweeted:

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