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By Clare Spencer and Natasha Booty

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  1. Scroll down for Thursday'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: Speech without proverbs is like food without salt." from An Oromo proverb sent by Mulugeta Tsehay in Sebeta, Ethiopia
    An Oromo proverb sent by Mulugeta Tsehay in Sebeta, Ethiopia

    And we leave you with these recent paintings from the Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey:

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  2. President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane denies alleged corruption

    Duduzane Zuma

    The son of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has denied involvement in alleged corruption despite his links with controversial businessmen.

    Duduzane Zuma told the BBC there was "nothing untoward" about his business partnership with the Gupta family.

    Leaked emails about links between President Zuma's family and the Guptas have resulted in an investigation into possible political influence.

    President Zuma and the Gupta family have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

    Read more on the BBC news website.

  3. UK to crackdown on modern slavery

    Stephanie Hegarty

    BBC Africa, Lagos

    The UK is cracking down on modern slavery, Priti Patel the International Development Secretary announced in Nigeria today.

    Ms Patel visited a safe house in Lagos where victims of trafficking are housed by the Nigerian government agency, Naptip (National Agency For Prevention of Trafficking in People).

    Many of them have returned from Libya and some from Europe. The safe house is not funded by the UK but receives some support from the's UK Department for International Development (DfiD).

    After speaking to young women and girls who told her of their harrowing experiences of enslavement and torture, Ms Patel announced that Britain would spend £7m ($9m) on anti-trafficking in Nigeria.

    However trafficking is a million-dollar industry, so where will £7m go?

    DfID is yet to decide where exactly the money will be spent, though Ms Patel was said that she expects other countries and the Nigerian government itself to do more.

    Britain"s International Development Secretary Priti Patel attends a meeting with representatives from humanitarian aid agencies in Mogadishu, Somalia June 17, 2017
    Image caption: Priti Patel is currently visiting Nigeria alonsigide UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
  4. 'Four burned alive in DR Congo mob justice'

    Four suspected criminals in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been "burned alive and their bodies displayed in public in what an official called 'people's justice'", reports AFP news agency.

    It follows a series of violent robberies in DR Congo, the news agency adds, quoting a police officer as saying that a couple have been killed in their shop today.

    Both incidents took place in DR Congo's second-largest city, Lubumbashi, where AFP says frequent reports of armed robberies have led to public anger.

    The news agency says a police spokesperson, General Paulin Kyungu, confirmed the killings and what he called "this people's justice" against the four victims.

    AFP reports that protesters have gathered in the Lubumbashi neighbourhood of Tabac Congo where the four individuals were lynched, and "a police uniform was placed next to one of the bodies", which General Kyungu says is an attempt to discredit his police officers.

    "We're angry," one resident of Tabac Congo told AFP.

    "The bandits work in tandem with the police. We decided to take charge with people's justice."

    Map showing Lubumbashi's location in DR Congo
  5. Five trapped SA miners confirmed dead

    Five mine workers who were trapped when parts of a gold mine collapsed in South Africa last week have died, mining company Harmony has said in a statement.

    "All of the employees who were trapped underground, are now accounted for," the company says.

    The accident happened last Friday morning at one of Harmony Gold's mines about 80 km (50 miles) west of Johannesburg, after a tremor hit below the earth's surface.

    That is when part of the mine located close to Carletonville caved in, trapping the miners.

    Harmony Gold has promised that an investigation involving the government, unions and company representatives will be launched.

    South Africa has some of the world's deepest gold mines, but accidents are common, AFP news agency reports.

    A general view of Harmony Gold Kusasalethu Mine, 72kms, northwest of Johannesburg, on February 22, 2015 in Carletonville, South Africa
    Image caption: Harmony Gold Kusasalethu Mine where five deaths have been confirmed
  6. Uganda beat Egypt in World Cup qualifier

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Uganda have beaten Egypt for the first time in 52 years with a 1-0 victory in Kampala this afternoon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

    Tanzania-based Emmanuel Okwi scored the only goal of the match for Uganda after 51 minutes.

    The win means Uganda are now top of Group E with seven points just one ahead of Egypt – both teams have now played three matches.

    The two sides meet again in Alexandria on Tuesday.

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    Ghana, who have one point so far, host Congo-Brazzaville, who are looking for their first points of the qualifying round tomorrow.

    Both sides have played two qualifiers so far. They also play again on Tuesday in Brazzaville.

  7. Namibia's Himba people caught between tradition and modernity

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Himba women apply red-coloured ochre on their skin as a daily beautification ritual
    Image caption: Himba women apply red-coloured ochre on their skin as a daily beautification ritual

    Having survived genocide by German troops in the 1900s, Namibia's Himba people are now facing a bigger threat to their way of life - encroaching modernity.

    Little has changed in Omuhoro village for generations - people live off the land and are closed off from the rest of the world.

    But since Namibia's independence in the early 1990s, a different lifestyle has begun to filter through.

    A steady stream of young men and women has been opting to leave the slow village life in exchange for a fast-paced modern world.

    Now some are worried this move will eventually spell the death of Himba culture.

    Read the full feature on the BBC News website.

    A Himba woman in a supermarket
    Image caption: The Himba people often attract unwarranted attention outside their villages
  8. Roman ruins 'discovered in Tunisia'

    Archaeologists diving off the coast of Nabeul in northeastern Tunisia

    Underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off the coast of north-east Tunisia, reports AFP news agency.

    They add that this apparently confirms a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD.

    "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the head of the Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP.

    He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome.

  9. Date set for refugees' return to Burundi

    An agreement has been reached on the timeframe for Burundian refugees living in Tanzania to return home.

    The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) together with Tanzania and Burundi say they will "implement a plan" for the dates of "7 September to 31 December 2017" for the "voluntary repatriation... of all Burundian refugees who wish to return to their country of origin."

    In the same statement, the three parties state that 12,000 Burundian refugees have registered to return home voluntarily

    That's out of a total number of 256,850.

    The announcement comes a matter of months after the UNHCR expressed concern over "the unstable situation in Burundi".

    Tanzania UNCHR representative Chansa Kapaya has since said: "This [voluntary] return should be in safety and in dignity. And by safety we mean legal, physical and material safety."

    Food security and other basic needs will be crucial for those who return to the country they left some time ago.

    Burundian refugees gather along the shoreline of the Tanganyika lake in the fishing village of Kagunga, on May 21, 2015. UNHCR is transporting approximately 2000 refugees per day to a transit camp at the stadium in Kigoma.
    Image caption: Thousands of Burundians have sought refuge in Tanzania since 2015
  10. Nigerian in Houston's hurricane Harvey: 'I've run out of food'

    Dozie, a Nigerian man living in hurricane-hit Houston, US, has told BBC Pidgin that he has run out of food but is "hanging on, hunkering down":

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    Video caption: Hurricane Harvey: Nigerian resident: 'I've run out of food'

    Read the full BBC Pidgin story.

  11. Zambian charcoal trader jailed after market fire

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    Market fire
    Image caption: The fire destroyed around 3,000 stalls

    A Zambian charcoal trader has been sentenced to two years' hard labour after he admitted to leaving his brazier unattended, leading to a fire that destroyed around 3,000 stalls, reports Lusaka Times.

    The trader in Kapalala market in Ndola town, northern Zambia, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence.

    Copperbelt region police commissioner Charity Katanga told me the trader had apparently gone to offload charcoal that was being brought to the market when the fire started.

    This is the second Zambian market that has been destroyed by fire recently, after a fire started in the country's biggest market, City Market, last month.

  12. Tanzania invites bids to build dam in Selous game reserve

    BBC World Service

    Image caption: Selous is a World-Heritage listed game reserve

    Tanzania has invited bids for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam inside one of the country's largest game reserve.

    The project in the World Heritage-listed Selous reserve would double electricity capacity in Tanzania, which suffers chronic power shortages.

    Conservationists say the dam would have a devastating impact on wildlife and communities living in the area. The park is already affected by poaching.

    The Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, said in June that he would revive the stalled project in order to speed up the country's development.

  13. Swansea bid for Bony accepted

    Ian Dennis

    Senior football reporter

    Swansea City have had a £12m bid accepted by Manchester City for Wilfred Bony.

    Wilfred Bony
  14. Common man's commute for Kenya's youngest MP

    John Paul Mwirigi, Kenya's youngest MP, travelled not by chaffeur-driven car to the first sitting of parliament today but in a humble matatu.

    The 23-year-old Kenyatta University student, who became the youngest member of Kenya's parliament when he was elected earlier this month, says he wants to be closer to the people than his predecessors.

    He told the Nation news site why he rode the public minibus into work today:

    Quote Message: I didn’t want to bother my colleagues even though many of them were willing to give me a ride.”

    The news site adds that: "He boarded the matatu like any other passenger from Meru Town to the famous Tearoom stage in Nairobi’s River Road.

    "Throughout the two-and-a-half hour journey, nobody seemed to recognise him", until he met a friend "who offered to drive him [the last stretch] to Parliament Buildings".

    The Nation says that this same friend of Mr Mwirigi has volunteered to drive him around until the MP gets a car.

    Mr Mwigi, who stood and won as an independent candidate for Igembe South in eastern Meru County, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that he believed his victory will inspire Kenya's young people:

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    Video caption: Kenya elections: 23-year-old university student, John Mwirigi, becomes youngest MP
  15. No airtime for critics of Gabon's president?

    Authorities in Gabon say that “political leaders who deny the legitimacy of Ali Bongo as the president of the republic” will no longer have access to public media.

    Government spokesperson Alain-Claude Billie-By-Nzé has defended the move, telling BBC Afrique it is in line with Gabon's constitution:

    Quote Message: Freedom of expression is guaranteed provided that the law is respected.
    Quote Message: We cannot allow people to appear on the public airwaves and call for an uprising.
    Quote Message: Nor can we allow onto the airwaves someone who declares himself to be president despite the fact that the [real] president has been elected and a new government has been formed."

    Opposition leader Jean Ping, a career diplomat and former chair of the African Union Commission, is still contesting the results of last year's presidential vote which gave President Bongo a second term in office.

    Ali Bongo
    Image caption: Gabon's constitutional court upheld President Ali Bongo's election victory in 2016
  16. BreakingIvory Coast's Aurier to join Spurs

    Footballer Serge Aurier is leaving Paris Saint-Germain join Tottenham Hotspur on a deal until 2022.

    The Ivory Coast international has said of his move to Spurs:

    “This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.

    "This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me. The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”

    The right-back has been with PSG since July 2014 and played 81 times, scoring five goals for the Parisians.

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  17. Zambian opposition politician 'harbours no bitterness' about arrest

    A leading Zambian opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema says he harbours no bitterness to the people who arrested him.

    Mr Hichilema was arrested in April, accused of endangering the president's life after his motorcade allegedly refused to give way to the one transporting Mr Lungu.

    He had been held in prison since April and released earlier this month.

    "We harbour no bitterness as we have wholeheartedly forgiven those who arrested and detained us, we want to move our country forward," he said in a Facebook post.

    He is in South Africa with his counterpart Mmusi Maimane from the Democratic Alliance and they gave a press conference on Facebook Live:

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    Read more: Treason trial puts Zambia at crossroads

  18. Cameroon to release anti-government protestors

    We reported yesterday that Cameroon's President Paul Biya announced live on radio that protest leaders from the English-speaking regions will be freed from prison.

    Among those named are Paul Ayah Abine, Felix Agbor Nkongho and Fontem Aforteka'a Neba.

    Yesterday's presidential decree has been followed by a press release today, which warns "all enemies of peace and progress" who, "under the guise of political demands, attempt to jeopardise the future of our country".

    It is not yet clear how many prisoners are to be released or when their release will happen.

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  19. Crystal Palace agree fee for Senegalese striker Niasse

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Everton for striker Oumar Niasse.

    Niasse, who had also been a £10m target for Brighton, spent last year at Hull, where he scored five goals in 20 games.

    Everton paid Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m for him 18 months ago, but the Senegalese made just five appearances.

    Oumar Niasse

    Get the latest on transfer deadline day on the BBC Sport website.

  20. Breaking'Two Algerian policemen killed in suicide bombing'

    A suicide bomber has killed two Algerian policemen this morning, AFP reports state media as saying.

    It adds that one of the policemen threw himself on the attacker whose explosives belt then detonated.

    The officers had intervened when the attacker tried to enter the police headquarters in the region of Tiaret, about 350 km (220 miles) south-west of the capital Algiers, the official APS news agency reported.

    The attack was the second time this year that a suicide bomber has targeted Algerian police, AFP adds.

    In February a policeman foiled an attempted suicide attack on a police station in the eastern city of Constantine. That attack was claimed by the so-called Islamic State.