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Summary

  1. UN agency urges tech giant to help curb human trafficking
  2. Amateur boxing champion held at UK immigration centre
  3. UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo
  4. False payments of $1.7m for police shoes in Kenya
  5. Zimbabwe freezes back accounts of Mugabe allies
  6. Swine flu killed schoolchildren in Ghana
  7. Court sacks South Africa's chief prosecutor
  8. Zuma's deputy believes rape accuser
  9. Cameroon's football coach unsure about job

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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. 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:

The value of shade is not known until the tree is cut down."

Sent by Abu Bakarr Mansaray in Sierra Leone

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

And we leave you with this photo of a Senegalese dancer during a ceremony to open a new international airport that will serve the capital, Dakar.

It's one of our favourite shots from our gallery of the week.

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'I've never experienced racism in Russia'

Our colleague Piers Edwards was in Russia for the draw of the 2018 football World Cup last week.

He took some time off to meet with Africans who live in the capital, Moscow, to gauge their opinions about the tournament and their experience living in country.

Steve from Nigeria and Franklin from Namibia say they enjoy living in the city and have "never experienced racism".

Watch their interview below:

World Cup 2018: African fans in Russia downplay racism fears

Mozambique's ghost airport

In Mozambique, a $200m (£150m) airport was meant to be the second busiest in the country.

But three years after it opened it is operating at only 4% of its capacity.

Nacalas International Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.

The company was responsible for the airport's construction, and admitted to having paid bribes to high level officials.

Take a walk through Mozambique's ghost airport:

UK-based boxer risks deportation to Nigeria

A boxing champion living in London is facing deportation to Nigeria, despite competing for England on six occasions, the UK-based Mail Online reports.

Bilal Fawaz, 29, was detained at the Tinsley House immigration centre, after several failed applications for UK residency.

Fawaz won the ABA light-middleweight championship about three years ago.

“I am a national champion - in 2014 I even boxed for England against Nigeria, the country they want to deport me to,” The Sun newspaper quoted him as saying.

The boxer was brought to London by his uncle when he was 14.

He says he is stateless as his parents are Lebanese migrants in Nigeria who also do not have Nigerian citizenship, according to Mail Online.

Tanzanian soldiers killed in DR Congo attack

At least 12 of the UN peacekeepers killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo were Tanzanians, UN chief Antonio Guterress has said in a statement.

At least 40 were wounded, four of them critically, in an attack which constituted a war crime, he added.

A journalist based in Tanzania has tweeted that a government minister, January Makamba, has expressed sympathy with the families of those killed:

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See earlier post for more details

Drought in Cape Town hits local economy

Cape Town in South Africa has been in the grip of a severe drought for months and residents there are experiencing water restrictions.

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani reports on the impact this is having on local businesses.

Drought in Cape Town hits local economy

Lost boy meets Olympic Games

In 2008, former refugee Lopez Lomong carried the flag for the USA at the Beijing Olympics, before competing in the 1500 metres.

As a child, Lomong fled from a prison for child soldiers in South Sudan,eventually reaching a refugee camp in Kenya where he was one of the thousands of so-called “Lost Boys”.

Lomong was later adopted by an American family, who encouraged his dream to reach the Olympic Games.

He spoke to the BBC's Sporting Witness programme:

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The former Sudanese refugee who carried the flag for the USA at the 2008 Olympics.

Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru

On the streets of Accra in Ghana, Steloolive is making a name for himself as a sound and fashion artist.

He's collaborated with national and international brands but admits that back home, people don't always take artists seriously.

Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru

Congolese troops killed in raid on UN base

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Suspected Ugandan rebels killed five government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to 14 UN peacekeepers, in Thursday's attack, the UN has said in a statement.

A further 53 UN troops were wounded, the statement added.

The suspected Ugandan rebels had attempted to overrun a UN military base in the North Kivu region but they had been repulsed in a gun fight lasting for about four hours, UN-radio Radio Okapi reports on its news site.

UN helicopters have been flying over the base since morning, it adds.

See earlier post for more details

Tanzania 'ostrich smugglers jailed for 25 years'

An ostrich walks at the Mashatu game reserve on July 25, 2010 in Mashatu game reserve, Botswana
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Two Tanzanian men have been sentenced to 25 years in jail for illegally possessing 16 ostrich eggs, AFP news agency reports.

Matiko Marwa, 32, and Julius Marwa, 42, were convicted of "economic sabotage" by a court in Serengeti in northern Tanzania, where there is a famous game park, AFP reports.

The two men were caught with the eggs in December 2016. They said at the time that they planned to sell them in neighbouring Kenya where they would be used in a purported cure for Aids, according to AFP.

Fourteen DR Congo peacekeepers killed

At least 14 UN peacekeepers were killed in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late on Thursday, UN officials have said.

A Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was responsible for the attack in North Kivu province, UN-backed Radio Okapi reports.

The group has its roots in Uganda but operates in DR Congo.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, said that reinforcements have been sent to the scene and "medical evacuations" are continuing.

Aid agencies say that conflict in DR Congo has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes this year.

The Norwegian Refugee Council called it "a mega-crisis" worse than Syria.

Read: DR Congo country profile

African fans pick favourites for AFOTY crown

With three days to go until we find out who will be crowned the BBC African footballer of the year 2017, fans across Africa have been telling us who they think should win, and why.

Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #BBCAFOTY.

The nominees for this year's award are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah.

BBC African Footballer of the Year: Fans pick their favourites

The winner will be announced on Monday 11 December from 17:30 GMT. Follow the drama on BBC World Service radio, BBC World News TV and www.bbc.com/africanfootball.

And here's a reminder of some of the special African football coverage we've had to celebrate this year's award:

Facebook asked to help fight smuggling

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Migrants have been held in detention centres in Libya

The UN agency in charge of migration has called on tech giant Facebook to help curb the use of its platform by people smugglers, the Reuters news agency reports.

Leonard Doyle, the spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that smugglers used Facebook to lure would-be migrants from West Africa.

"We think it's time for some grown-up responsibility by the social media companies writ-large for their platforms which are clearly having a very detrimental role on young vulnerable populations across West Africa," Mr Doyle said at a media briefing in Geneva, Reuters reports.

Videos of migrants being tortured were sometimes sent to families on Whats App, a messaging platform owned by Facebook, as a means of extortion, he is quoted as saying

Social media firms were "giving a turbo-charged communications channel to criminals, to smugglers, to traffickers, to exploiters", Mr Doyle added, Reuters reports.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have attempted to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, mostly through Libya.

Reports have emerged showing migrants being held in detention camps and sold in slave markets in the North African nation.

IOM announced that it was repatriating 4,000 migrants to Niger and 167 to Guinea as part of a voluntary repatriation of 15,000 by the end of this month.

South Africa arrests Liberia arms supplier

South Africa has arrested a Dutch arms dealer who was convicted in the Netherlands of delivering weapons to former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor's regime in violation of a UN arms embargo.

The Netherlands has requested the extradition of Guus Kouwenhoven, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in April, the Dutch prosecutor's office said in a statement.

He was convicted of supplying weapons to the Taylor regime between 2000 and 2003 in exchange for lucrative contracts in the logging industry, AFP news agency reports.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor sits in the courtroom during his trial on 16 May, 2012 at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in Leidschendam outside The Hague, the Netherlands.
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Charles Taylor was tried in the Netherlands by a UN-backed court

Kouwenhoven appeared in court earlier today in the South African city of Cape Town.

The case was adjourned to 12 December for a bail application, South Africa's News24 site reports.

Taylor is serving a life sentence in a UK prison after a UN-backed court convicted him of war crimes in Sierra Leone, Liberia's neighbour.

Tunisia protest over Trump's Jerusalem move

Tunisians have been proresting in the capital, Tunis, against US President Donald Trump's contentious recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Some protesters chanted: "The people want the [US] ambassador to be ousted."

Our North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad sent us photos from the protest:

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Tunisia protest
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'Sixty killed' in South Sudan cattle war

At least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in fighting between two rival communities in South Sudan, following a dispute over cattle, the AFP news agency reports.

Deputy Information Minister Akol Paul Kordit described the conflict as "senseless", and said that security chiefs had been summoned to a meeting to discuss the violence, AFP adds.

Zuma to appeal court judgement

South African President Jacob Zuma and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) speak to the media following talks at the Chancellery on November 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Zuma is on a three-day official visit to Germany.
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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will appeal against a High Court ruling which declared his appointment of chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams unlawful.

In a statement, his office said:

Minded by the principle of the separation of powers, constitutional legality, and the rule of law, the judgement will be appealed."

See earlier post for more details

Burundi talks collapse

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Violence erupted in 2015 after President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term

Our colleagues from the BBC Great Lakes service are reporting that talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Burundi have ended inconclusively.

They say that the negotiation parties have failed to agree on the key issues that sparked the crisis.

Burundi media reports that some of the issues under consideration included the release of political prisoners and the push to drop arrest warrants for opposition leaders.

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, who is the facilitator of the talks, said there was "no agreement, no declaration and no binding document”.

He told the delegates that their views have been summarised in what he called a "facilitator’s summary" which will be presented to the talks' mediator, President Museveni of Uganda.

Burundi has been rocked by a political crisis since 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to step down after his term ended, leading to protests which turned violent.

Read more: Burundi country profile

'Heavy blow' for Zuma

Analysis

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has suffered another big blow, following a court ruling that he appointed chief prosecutor Shaun Abrams unlawfully.

Mr Abrahams, referred to by local media as “Shaun the Sheep”, is seen as a lackey of the president.

Given that President Zuma has 18 charges of corruption hanging around his neck, a new prosecutor might just decide to put him on trial.

The court also diminished Mr Zuma’s credibility by ruling that his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, must appoint the next head of the National Prosecuting Authority, effectively taking away the president's constitutional powers.

South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) sing and dance during the closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress policy conference in Johannesburg on July 5, 2017.
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Jacob Zuma (L) and Cyril Ramaphosa (R) were once allies

Mr Ramaphosa has been portraying himself as an anti-corruption crusader as he campaigns to succeed Mr Zuma as leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference starting next week.

Last month, he said the president should appear before a parliamentary inquiry to answer corruption allegations, if MPs ask him to.

Mr Ramaphosa pointedly remarked that "Nelson Mandela went to court as president and demonstrated that even if you are head of state‚ you should never be above the law”.

And last night, he told a local radio station that he believed the late Fezekile Kuzwayo, when she accused Mr Zuma of raping her more than a decade ago. A court acquitted Mr Zuma in 2006.

There is no doubt now that the gloves are off in the race for the top job.

President Zuma, who is due to step down as ANC leader in the next 10 days, is backing his former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him.

Mr Ramaphosa has so far won the nomination of the majority of ANC branches, but the race between the two is tight.

See earlier post for more details

Detained in hospitals for not footing the bill

Imagine going to hospital for an operation and being forcibly detained because you can't pay your medical bills.

This situation results from emergency care, often following road accidents or complications in childbirth in much of sub-Saharan Africa and in countries like India and Indonesia.

Robert Yates of the UK-based think tank Chatham House discussed with BBC Newsday the root cause of the problem.

But the programme first spoke to Philemon Omondi Otieno, who was detained in a hospital for six weeks:

Poor people are imprisoned for not paying fees

False payments for police shoes in Kenya

An audit of the Kenyan ministry in charge of policing has found that at least $1.7m (£1.3m) may have been lost following irregularities in the purchase of shoes for police officers.

It found that amounts for the items were inflated and that receipts were falsified.

The audit also found that the cost of 4,420 motorcycles bought for the police had been inflated.

The ministry's records show that there was a plan to buy 26,500 pairs of shoes but the payment vouchers show money was paid for 78,000 pairs, Kenya's NTV station tweets:

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The report says that ministry officials defended the payments by claiming that the extra shoes were for police trainees and another police unit.

Auditor General Edward Ouko said the audit discovered forged documents and that a physical inspection found some police officers had worn-out shoes:

A physical check of the condition of shoes being used by the police across the country revealed a pathetic and unpleasant situation as some officers use worn-out shoes while others have opted to buy shoes from various vendors, contrary to dress regulations for police officers.”

Cameroon's coach unsure about job

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Hugo Broos has been in charge of Cameroon since February 2016

The man who led Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations crown this year has told the BBC he has no idea if his contract will be extended.

Hugo Broos described his situation as "a soap", after leaked documents revealed the country's football authorities want him out.

The final decision rests with Cameroon's sports minister.

Broos told the BBC's World Football that he wants to know one way or the other by 15 December.

"I don't know now what will happen," Broos told the BBC.

"I'm waiting now, this is something that is not serious, it's something to laugh [at], it's a soap, what happens now in Cameroon."

He says his contract, salary and expenses should all be resolved by 15 December, whether he remains in the role or not.

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370,000 Kenyan schoolgirls 'impregnated' in one year

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Some 378,397 schoolgirls aged between 10 and 19 got pregnant in Kenya since July last year, according to a UN report quoted by the privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper.

The report, which was put together by the UN population agency, says that 28,932 of the girls are aged between 10 and 14.

The report blamed conductors of popular matatus (mini-buses) and riders of boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) of preying on the schoolgirls.

It also blamed "discos at funerals" and child marriages for the pregnancies.

UN population agency official Kigen Kori called on the government to improve health education in schools to tackle the problem, the Daily Nation reports.

He added:

“Most of the girls dropped out of school. It compromises education attainment and ability to secure decent economic opportunities...

It leads to an economic and social burden on families."

Anti-apartheid hero dies

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Anti-apartheid activist and close friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada (L), talks next to Nelson Mandela's fellow Robben Island prisoner, Laloo 'Isu' Chiba, during a tribute to Mandela at Gandhi Hall on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg.
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Laloo Chiba (R) was a friend of Ahmed Kathrada (L) and Nelson Mandela

One of the heroes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, Laloo Chiba, has died aged 87.

He suffered a mild heart attack a few days ago and was hospitalised.

Mr Chiba was once a platoon commander of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), which was formed in 1912 to fight white minority rule in South Africa.

He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and was jailed on Robben Island, alongside the late Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and many others who fought racism.

Mr Chiba is survived by his wife Luxmi, three daughters and grandchildren.

Museveni spokesman defends poverty pledge

A newspaper article - which reports on a pledge by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni to end poverty this year - is doing the rounds on Twitter, causing a bit of a spat between a leading opposition politician and a government spokesman.

Mugisha Muntu, the president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), tweeted the article:

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It is unclear when the article was published, but government spokesman Ofwono Opondo fired back, saying Mr Muntu had promised to change structures of the FDC, the main opposition party.

He asked Mr Muntu: "Did you?"

But you too said that you build @FDCOfficial1 party vibrant structures countrywide. Did you? @UgandaMediaCent twitter.com/mugishamuntu/s…

President Museveni, 73, who has ruled the East African nation since 1986, recently defended a push to remove presidential age limits in Uganda, saying that it would help deal with the leadership crisis in Africa.

The opposition says he is behaving like a dictator who wants to be in office for life.

Court sacks South Africa's top prosecutor

A High Court judge has ordered South Africa's chief prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, to vacate his post.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo also stripped President Jacob Zuma of the power to appoint Mr Abrahams' successor because of corruption charges pending against him.

The new chief prosecutor should be appointed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa within 90 days, he ruled.

South African National Prosecuting Authority Shaun Abrahams holds the appeal papers during a press conference on May 23, 2016 at the NPA Head Office in Pretoria, SOuth Africa
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Shaun Abrahams denies accusations of political bias

Three campaign groups - Freedom Under Law‚ Corruption Watch and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution - went to court to ask for Mr Abrahams' appointment to be set aside.

He was chosen for the post by Mr Zuma in 2015.

In October, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that Mr Zuma should be tried on 18 counts of corruption over a multi-billion dollar arms deal negotiated in 1999.

Mr Abrahams' critics accused him of dragging his feet in the case, rather than moving swiftly to put Mr Zuma on trial.

He always maintained that he acted professionally.

Mr Zuma has been dogged by numerous corruption allegations for more than a decade. He denies all wrongdoing.

Read: Zuma - South Africa's controversial leader

Ghana schoolchildren die of swine flu

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Health officials in Ghana have confirmed that four students died of swine flu following an outbreak of the disease at a high school in the second city, Kumasi.

A total of 12 out of 19 students at the Kumasi Academy School tested positive for the H1N1 virus, an acute respiratory infection, the health ministry said.

Initially, the ministry suspected an outbreak of meningitis after more than 40 students complained of fever-like conditions.

It caused panic and parents stopped sending their children to school, especially after four students died.

There are fears that the disease could spread but Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu said no new cases have been reported.

Vaccines would be sent to the school to contain the spread, he said.

Officials have urged parents to send their children back to school.

Bank accounts of Mugabe allies frozen

Robert Mugabe (archive shot)
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Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980

Zimbabwe's central bank has ordered that the bank accounts of two top allies of ousted President Robert Mugabe be frozen, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

In a directive sent to the country's financial institutions, it ordered them to "identity and freeze" all accounts run by former government ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere.

The two were influential members of a faction within the ruling Zanu-PF party which backed former First Lady Grace Mugabe's campaign to succeed her husband.

The whereabouts of the two have been unclear since last month's military takeover, which forced Mr Mugabe, 93, to resign after 37 years in power.

The central bank's directive also ordered that all accounts of companies where the two former ministers are directors "or have a known beneficial interest" be frozen.

Mr Moyo, who was the higher education minister, has tweeted that the directive "spells doom for ordinary people and the businesses".

He said due process had not been followed:

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Read: Five ways to revive Zimbabwe's economy

Ramaphosa believes Zuma guilty of rape

Andrew Harding

BBC News, Johannesburg

South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) shake hands as they arrive to attend the opening session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference on June 30, 2017 in Johannesburg.
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) is campaigning to succeed his boss, Jacob Zuma

A leading contender to replace South Africa's President Jacob Zuma as head of the governing African National Congress (ANC) has waded into a controversy about a rape case from over a decade ago.

Mr Zuma was acquitted of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo - the daughter of an old family friend - in 2006, before becoming president in 2009.

Now, as the governing ANC prepares to choose a new leader, Mr Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, has spoken publically of his concerns about the case.

Talking on a local radio station, Mr Ramaphosa praised Ms Kuzwayo’s courage for taking the case to court.

Asked about her allegation of rape, he said: “Yes, I would believe her.”

Mr Zuma maintained during his trial that he had consensual sex with Ms Kuzwayo, and a High Court judge acquitted him.

Ms Kuzwayo fled abroad and later died, but controversy surrounding the case has lingered.

Reaction to Mr Ramaphosa’s comments has been mixed.

Plenty of South Africans believe President Zuma has serious character flaws.

But others point out that Mr Ramaphosa has served as his deputy since 2014, and say he’s only speaking out now to enhance his own political fortunes in an increasingly bitter succession battle.

Mr Zuma is stepping down as ANC leader at its national conference, due to start on 16 December.

Read: Ramaphosa - the man who wants to make South Africa great

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