BreakingCameroon's president orders release of anti-government protestors
Cameroon's President Paul Biya has announced live on radio that protest leaders from the English-speaking regions will be freed from prison.
Among those named are Paul Abine Ayah, Felix Nkongho and Fontem Neba.
It is not yet clear if they have been formally pardoned.
'Millions' sign petition inviting Russian military to Mali
The Mali patriots group, a civil society organisation, says several million people have signed its petition calling on Russia to lend military support to Mali's troubled north and central regions.
The group believe that Mali's security problems cannot be solved until the Malian army is better trained and adequately resourced. Group vice-president Dr Djibril Maiga says current security forces are not providing Mali with sufficient support.
Their petition is addressed to the Russian embassy in Mali's capital, Bamako.
Last week, Mali's Defence Minister Tienan Coulibaly attended an international military forum in Russia, saying:
Quote Message: We hope Russia will help to reinforce Mali's army. Russia are great champions in the fight against terrorism, so we hope they will do more in the fight against terrorism in Mali and the wider Sahel."
We hope Russia will help to reinforce Mali's army. Russia are great champions in the fight against terrorism, so we hope they will do more in the fight against terrorism in Mali and the wider Sahel."
Rwanda politician's family challenges police account of her 'arrest'
An uncle, who is based in Canada, told BBC's Focus on Africa programme that he has been told by people present during the arrest and by neighbours that the police arrested, handcuffed and took away five family members and put them in cells at the CID headquarters.
Police spokesperson Theos Badege had earlier told the same programme that the police did not arrest Ms Rwigara and did not know where she was:
Quote Message: They are said to be where they want to be, and because ours was just to conduct just the search, which is part of the investigation as I said, we don't know where they are. We can only say they are not in police hands, they have not been arrested."
They are said to be where they want to be, and because ours was just to conduct just the search, which is part of the investigation as I said, we don't know where they are. We can only say they are not in police hands, they have not been arrested."
He also said that they had confiscated computers and other communication gadgets to aid in their investigations of Ms Rwigara over alleged forgery and tax evasion.
What would you do if $1m was deposited in your account?
Quote Message: I would deactivate all my social media account and move to Cuba. Call myself James Santana from Sihle Radebe, on Facebook
I would deactivate all my social media account and move to Cuba. Call myself James Santana
Quote Message: Some of you are busy saying you would take the money back but deep down you know you would spend it on useless things... Anyway, I would just get that phone which makes me talk to the dead. And after that I would chill and wait to hear if any Illuminati member would call to say that the money is from them." from Roxy Kachupe Kapuka
Some of you are busy saying you would take the money back but deep down you know you would spend it on useless things... Anyway, I would just get that phone which makes me talk to the dead. And after that I would chill and wait to hear if any Illuminati member would call to say that the money is from them."
Quote Message: Take care of 50 needy children at school, build a house, open a business to employ fellow people in the country to ease pressure on government." from Solomon Bosomtwe Essoa
Take care of 50 needy children at school, build a house, open a business to employ fellow people in the country to ease pressure on government."
2018 World Cup: Crucial games for Africa's hopefuls
Algeria, Ghana and African champions Cameroon face a crucial week of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes.
The Group B rivals meet in Uyo on Friday and then in Cameroon's capital Yaounde three days later.
"Should we fail to achieve that target, I do not think it will be possible to qualify for Russia," Broos said.
Nigeria top the group with six points after two rounds, Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one.
Broos is hoping for an away draw and a home victory that would reduce the gap between the countries to one point.
The final two qualifiers will be played in October and November, with only the five group winners progressing to play in Russia.
"My players need little or no reminding of how important the matches against Cameroon are," said Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.
A Senegalese vlogger living in the United States has been expelled from the country.
Assane Diouf is known for his regular posts on YouTube and his outspoken criticism of both President Macky Sall and Senegal's religious and political authorities.
Mr Diouf, who says he supports Macky Sall's predecessor Abdoulaye Wade, is among a number of Senegalese citizens to have been kicked out of the United States because of their status as illegal residents.
Senegalese police have confirmed on local radio that Mr Diouf is being held by criminal investigators in the capital, Dakar.
Zimbabweans react to immunity for First Lady
We reported earlier on a solidarity march staged by supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife in the capital, Harare.
Mrs Mugabe was accused of assaulting a South African woman in a hotel in Johannesburg but was later granted diplomatic immunity by the South African authorities.
The BBC's Shingai Nyoka has sent these photos from the rally:
Shingai Nyoka/BBCCopyright: Shingai Nyoka/BBC
Shingai Nyoka/BBCCopyright: Shingai Nyoka/BBC
Opposition supporters angered by the decision to grant Mrs Mugabe immunity have cancelled their plans for a protest outside South Africa's embassy in Harare.
Nigeria's president leads first cabinet meeting in five months
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has led his first cabinet meeting today in five months after receiving medical treatment in the UK for an undisclosed illness.
In Togo, 15 supporters of the opposition Pan African National party (PAN), who were arrested during a protest against President Faure Gnassingbe 10 days ago, appeared in court yesterday and were given sentences ranging from five to nine months.
They were part of a group of 100 people arrested at the march held in the capital, Lomé, to call for presidential term limits to be imposed.
One of their defence laywers, Paul Dodi Apévon, says he’s disappointed that the
party’s Secretary General, Dr Kossi Sama, was given the toughest sentence.
He says Dr
Sama was sentenced to 18 months in prison including 9 months without parole.
He says the trial was politically motivated, and the prosecution did not offer any evidence to back up its case:
Quote Message: All they’ve said today is that people damaged public property, but no-one has testified to this. There is nothing in the prosecution case that names a witness who could prove that they were seen somewhere doing a specific crime."
All they’ve said today is that people damaged public property, but no-one has testified to this. There is nothing in the prosecution case that names a witness who could prove that they were seen somewhere doing a specific crime."
At the protest, police had clashed with opposition supporters who were chanting "50 years is too long".
Mr Gnassingbe has been in power since the 2005 death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years.
The opposition is planning more protests next week.
The ruling Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) held its counter rally yesterday calling for peace and reconciliation:
We reported earlier about a student from Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in South Africa who had $1m wired to her bank account by mistake and is accused of spending some of it.
News24 has more details about this story, which is currently the top trend on Twitter in the country.
It reports that the university's spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, has said that the money transfer was an error that should have been detected by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which manages the payments.
NSFAS has however denied this in a series of tweets, saying that it is not responsible for the error.
Ms Tukwayo said that the student, who had already spent $38,000 (£30,000), would be held liable "for every cent''.
The report says that the student holds a leadership position in the student body.
A colleague at the student organisation told News24 that a post on a Facebook page allegedly admitting to receiving the money was written by the student and that it was legitimate.
The post says that the money has been returned:
Quote Message: The answer is simple NSFAS made a mistake and allocated more money in a wrong account and that account happened to be mine.
The answer is simple NSFAS made a mistake and allocated more money in a wrong account and that account happened to be mine.
Quote Message: So I am not denying anything, the money was indeed loaded on the 1st of June and reversed on the 13th August .''
So I am not denying anything, the money was indeed loaded on the 1st of June and reversed on the 13th August .''
The animal's skin is also boiled to produce gelatin, a key ingredient in
a traditional Chinese remedy called ejiao which is used to treat coughs, anaemia and heavy menstruation and can sell for up to $388 (£300) per kilo.
Baringo News, which is based near East Africa's biggest donkey slaughterhouse, reports that several new abattoirs have been built this year in Kenya to keep pace with demand.
Other African countries - including Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal - have banned China from buying their donkey skins because demand has become unsustainable.
The demand for donkey hide has also grown in South Africa, as the BBC's Nomsa Maseko reported back in April:
Police raid home of Rwanda opposition figure
Police in Rwanda have denied reports that they have arrested a prominent opposition leader, Diane Shima Rwigara, and her mother.
Police spokesperson Theos Badege told the BBC that security officers had conducted a raid at the politician's home in relation to investigations over her alleged use of forged signatures to endorse her failed presidential bid.
This led to her disqualification in this month's election which Paul Kagame won.
He added that her family was also being investigated for alleged tax evasion.
Reports say that unknown armed men dressed in civilian clothes spent a night outside her home before storming in on Wednesday morning.
They then held Ms Rwigara and her family at gunpoint, searching the house for hours.
Her family say that they don't know where she and her mother are now.
Student splurges $1m deposit 'sent in error'
A South African university has said it mistakenly wired 14m Rand ($1m; £774m) to a student's personal bank account from a student financial aid scheme, EWN reports.
Walter Sisulu University said the money was deposited five months ago and only noticed the error when a receipt showing the student's multi-million (rand) account balance was shared on social media:
The university said that it was investigating why the student did not report the cash transfer, but the student disputes this, the report says.
EWN reports that other pictures have also surfaced online showing how the woman splurged on at least one party and luxury goods, including a mobile phone.
It is understood that she's already spent nearly 400,000 Rand ($30,000)
University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo has said that the deposit was made in error by a company which administers National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and that the student will have to refund the money:
Quote Message: We are also looking at the NSFAS rules, which the child did sign an agreement to adhere to... in terms of how that money should be used. So the student will be liable to repay every cent of the money spent even if it takes 20 years to do so."
We are also looking at the NSFAS rules, which the child did sign an agreement to adhere to... in terms of how that money should be used. So the student will be liable to repay every cent of the money spent even if it takes 20 years to do so."
NSFAS has however denied the allegation, saying that the university is to blame:
The Cameroonian government says it has banned Southern
Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC TV) from the airwaves, but hasn’t been
able to stop transmission.
That’s because the channel is broadcast from South Africa,
and Cameroonian officials haven’t been able to persuade South African
authorities to take it off air.
Cameroon wants the SCBC TV banned because it is operated by activists
who say it "gives authentic and unbiased news and information about the
Anglophone struggle for independence".
In recent months there have been increased
tensions in the English-speaking regions of the country following protests and
strikes against marginalisation by the majority Francophone government. Some say they want to breakaway and form a separate country.
SCBC TV airs programmes about the history and culture of the
Anglophone region, interviews with exiled lawyers and documentaries about human
rights abuses in Cameroon.
Cable television providers have been warned to remove the channel
from their roster or face sanctions.
But the ban, announced by Communications Minister Issa
Tchiroma, has had the unintended effect of providing free publicity for SCBC TV and
triggering a rush among many to install or download the channel, which can also be streamed on mobile devices.
SCBC TVCopyright: SCBC TV
Four killed in DR Congo landslide
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Four people have died after a mine collapsed in the southern city of
Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities say.
Local media reports had put the death toll at 28.
The area is an important
mining centre for copper and cobalt.
A recent mudslide in the north-east killed
some 200 people, following heavy rains that caused a hill to cave in on a
fishing village on the shores of Lake Albert.
This entry has been updated to correct the number of people found dead.