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Summary

  1. Zuckerberg-backed Bridge schools re-open in Uganda
  2. Opposition politicians jailed in Ethiopia
  3. Ethiopia releases Islamic school teachers
  4. Outrage after ANC official assaults woman
  5. Suspected killer of Ugandan Afrobeats star arrested
  6. American ivory investigator stabbed to death in Kenya
  7. Two Kenyan TV stations back on air
  8. CHAN 2018: Morocco beat Nigeria 4-0 to lift trophy

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By Yaroslav Lukov and Farouk Chothia

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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 by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

When the elephants fight, the monkeys huddle quietly on the highest branches of the tallest tree."

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Ethiopia conflict 'displaces one million'

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Ethiopia's ethnic-based borders have been fuelling conflict between the Oromo and the Somali

Clashes between two of Ethiopia's largest ethnic groups - the Oromo and the Somali - have forced about one million people to leave their homes since 2015, the AFP news agency says, citing a UN report.

"Preliminary data from the latest round of the IOM (International Organization for Migration) Displacement Tracking Matrix conducted in November 2017 indicates that around 1 million persons have been displaced due to conflict along the Oromia-Somali regional border", says the document by the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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The latest figures suggest that the conflict-related displacement in the area is more widespread than previously thought, AFP adds.

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

Dissident DR Congo colonel to be 'charged'

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, holds a press conference for the first time in five years on January 26, 2018 in Kinshasa. DR Congo President Joseph Kabila on January 26 stood by the timetable for delayed elections despite demands that he step down ahead of the poll.
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President Kabila has resisted pressure to step down

A renegade colonel in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be prosecuted for planning a rebellion, the defence minister has said, Reuters news agency reports.

This comes after John Tshibangu was extradited from Tanzania.

In a video circulated last month, Col Tshibangu gave President Joseph Kabila a 45-day ultimatum to step down or risk being overthrown.

The authorities in Tanzania subsequently arrested and deported him.

Defence Minister Crispin Atama Tabe said the colonel would "face justice for rebellion", giving assurances that his trial would be free and fair, Reuters reports.

Mr Kabila's second and final term ended in 2016, but he has remained in power because of the electoral commission's failure to organise elections.

What ‘Dr Love’ says about DR Congo

South Sudan crisis: New peace talks open

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Refugees from South Sudan wait for food rations at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Photo: 1 February 2018
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Refugees from South Sudan wait for food rations at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya

A new round of peace talks for South Sudan have begun in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa - the latest attempt to end the civil war which has lasted more than four years.

There is growing international impatience with the political and military leadership after various peace deals and ceasefires have broken down.

Last week, the US imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, and the head of the African Union recently called for sanctions on those prolonging the conflict.

Tens of thousands have died in the fighting and about a third of the population has been displaced.

The last ceasefire between President Salva Kiir and several rebel groups was signed in December but lasted just a few hours.

South Sudan crisis: One million child refugees

Outrage after ANC official assaults elderly woman

Lebo Diseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

An official of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) - who was caught on video assaulting an elderly woman at a protest - will face disciplinary action, the party says.

The incident happened outside the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg, after pro- and anti-Zuma demonstrators clashed.

ANC members pulled the woman from a truck which was driving up to the ANC offices at speed, apparently carrying pro-Zuma supporters.

There was outrage on Twitter about the incident, with people calling on the police and the ANC to find the man responsible.

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The ANC has since named the man as Thabiso Setona, and confirmed that he is a secretary of one of its branches.

The party said in a statement that Mr Setona’s "acts do not represent what the African National Congress stands for, and as a result of his revolting behaviour he will face a disciplinary process hastily".

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Ethiopia releases Islamic school teachers

More than 60 Islamic school teachers have been released from prison in Ethiopia where they had been accused of being a security threat.

The teachers in Jijiga in Ethiopia's Somali region had been serving sentences of between three and 20 years.

They were released after Islamic scholars met regional government officials.

The Ethiopian authorities have in the past accused Islamic schools, known as madrasas, of teaching extremist views.

Zuckerberg-backed Bridge schools re-open in Uganda

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

A teacher interacts with a student at a Bridge International school in Uganda. File photo
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Bridge International has incorporated technology to help teachers assess pupils

In Uganda, 63 schools run by the Bridge International Academies, a private chain, have opened for the new academic year.

This is despite the government's previous insistence that the schools will remain shut.

Bridge academies - supported by foundations such as those set up by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates - have established themselves in poor communities in several African countries, where they take in children who have not got into public schools for comparatively modest fees.

But a dispute between Bridge and Uganda's education ministry threatened the project over various issues, including the academies' policy of employing teaching assistants rather than fully trained teachers.

The schools were first threatened with closure in 2016, following an order from the high court.

The ministry accused them of teaching without a proper curriculum, substandard school structures and an unsanitary environment.

A Bridge International classroom, which lacks windows in Uganda
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Bridge International has been criticised for classrooms that are partially built

But Bridge says they have made efforts to comply with government regulations.

Its Ugandan country director says that endorsements from local councils, environmental impact assessments and health department certificates have all been submitted to the ministry, as required.

Even though the schools have been allowed to re-open, licenses for them to operate have still not been issued.

An education ministry official told the BBC that the schools remained illegal because they had not met all the requirements.

As they start a new school year, 14,000 students in Bridge academies across the country fear the dispute could still disrupt their education.

Uganda court orders closure of low-cost Bridge International schools

Two Kenyan TV stations back on air

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The world through its media

Civil society activists shout slogans during a protest against the closure of three private TV stations by government in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 05 February 2018.
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Protesters said the ban violated press freedom

Two private Kenyan TV stations are now back on air after being shut down for seven days.

“Government switches NTV and KTN News back on after seven days,” privately-owned NTV said on its live feed on YouTube.

But the stations are only available on pay TV platforms. Two other stations - Citizen TV and Kikuyu-language station Inooro TV - remain off air.

Earlier, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Nairobi, demanding that the government obey a court order to allow the stations to resume broadcasting until a final ruling is made.

The government shut down four private TV stations on 30 January after they failed to abide by a state-imposed ban against broadcasting the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president".

Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i had said the TV stations would remain closed until an investigation of the media houses was concluded.

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In pictures: Rival rallies over Zuma's future

Police hold back African National Congress supporters at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg
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Scuffles have broken out in South Africa's Johannesburg between supporters and opponents of the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma
Supporters ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa call for President Jacob Zuma to resign
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Supporters of ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa were calling for President Zuma to resign over corruption allegations. He denies any wrongdoing
Members of the Black First Land First (BLF) march in Johannesburg
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Meanwhile, members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement staged their own rally to show support for Mr Zuma
ANC supporters attack suspected BLF members on the back of a pick up lorry in Jahannesburg
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ANC supporters then challenged BLF members, eventually chasing them away
Police patrol a street outside the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg
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Police had to intervene to keep the rival protesters apart

Meet Ghana's autistic models storming the catwalk

These autistic teenage girls have become successful models in Ghana, where they have won awards and been made brand ambassadors for a water company.

The BBC went to see Yacoba Tete-Marmon, Nana Ohenewaa Kuffour and Maame Bema Baffour Awuah strut their stuff.

Video producers: Onyinye Chime, Joshua Adeyemi and Sulley Lansah.

Ghana's autistic models turn heads and win awards

Rwandan cyclist makes history

Areruya Joseph
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Areruya Joseph

Rwandan cyclist Areruya Joseph won the Tour de l’Espoire 2018 for U-23 in Cameroon on Sunday evening.

The victory makes him the first Rwandan to qualify for the Tour de France for U-23 later this year.

Anger after 'gay sex' medical tests in Ghana

Favour Nunoo

BBC Pidgin

Two men holding hands (archive shot)
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Homosexual acts are illegal in many African states

Leading rights group Amnesty International has condemned Ghana's authorities for carrying out medical tests on the private parts of two male students accused of having sex with each other.

The tests amounted to “torture and degradation of their human dignity" in violation of Ghana's constitution, Amnesty's Ghana spokesman Robert Amoafo told BBC Pidgin.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Ghana, with religious groups and politicians such as the speaker of parliament opposed to legalising it.

The two, aged 18 and 23, were allegedly caught having sex when other students barged into their room at a private hostel at a university in Takoradi, the main city in Ghana's Western Region.

Regional police spokesperson Olivia Adiku confirmed to BBC Pidgin that medical tests had been carried out on the genitals of the two, as part of investigations into the incident.

News in Pidgin

Cape Town's Day Zero to move to mid-May

Residents fill up a containers with water from a polluted river near Cape Town. Photo: 2 February 2018
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South Africa's Cape Town city says that "Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, is expected to move out to mid-May 2018 due to a decline in agricultural usage".

In a statement, the city's Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson, still warns that "Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero".

"There has not been any significant decline in urban usage. All Capetonians must therefore continue to use no more than 50 litres per person per day to help stretch our dwindling supplies," he added.

A severe drought has forced the city's municipality to drastically limit water consumption for residents.

Officials earlier predicted Day Zero for 16 April, but Mr Neilson said it was now likely to be 11 May.

If taps are turned off it would make Cape Town the first major city in the world to run dry.

Cape Town residents urged to turn off toilet taps

Tear gas fired at pro-TV protesters in Kenya

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

An empty studio of the NTV channel in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: 1 February 2018
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Kenya's government has ignored a court order to lift the media ban

Police in Kenya have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators calling on the government to reopen television stations that have been shut down since last week.

The stations - Citizen TV, KTN and NTV - had angered the government by covering the symbolic swearing in of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

He lost last year's election to Uhuru Kenyatta - but has not accepted the result.

The government has ignored a court order to lift the media ban.

Two opposition politicians were arrested for playing a role in the ceremony.

How Kenyans are coping with a TV shutdown

Ethiopian opposition politicians jailed for contempt

Anti-government protesters in Ethiopia. File photo
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Ethiopia has been hit by anti-government protests since 2015

Four opposition politicians in Ethiopia have been given six-month jail sentences for contempt of court after refusing to stand up or speak to the judges.

Last month, they received similar sentences for singing a protest song in court.

Among them is Bekele Gerba of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who has been in prison since 2016 after being accused of instigating protests.

Tens of thousands of people have been detained and held without trial for taking part in the demonstrations.

In a surprise move last month, the Ethiopian government said imprisoned opposition politicians would be pardoned.

Boko Haram torch Nigeria village - reports

Boko Haram jihadists burnt an entire village in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday, killing two people, the AFP news agency reports, quoting a local resident and a security source.

It says the attack on Alau-Kofa village, about 12km (7.5 miles) from Borno's state capital Maiduguri - happened in the evening, with the militants firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

"Two people were burnt alive and the whole village was burnt, along with our food," village resident Bulama Bukar says.

Who are Boko Haram?

Dead ivory investigator: A sharp dresser

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

Dr. Esmond Martin of Care for the Wild International holds a news conference at the National Press Club to release the 'Wild Ivory Report' which 'identifies the US as one of the world's leading ivory markets' on May 5, 2008 in Washington, DC.
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Esmond Bradley Martin was stabbed to death in Kenya's capital

Always sharply dressed with a colourful handkerchief falling from his top pocket, Esmond Bradley Martin - the illegal ivory trade investigator who has been killed in Kenya - would immediately cut to the chase, honing in on the latest issue that was consuming him.

He was a well-known and highly respected character in the conservation community - passionate and unwavering in his efforts to crack down on illegal wildlife crime.

In a major report last year from Laos, he and his colleague Lucy Vigne established that the country had the world's fastest growing ivory trade.

They risked their own safety, staying at a Chinese casino inhabited by gangsters and traffickers in order to visit the illegal markets and find out the latest prices by posing as dealers.

His life's work was combating the illegal trade of wildlife and he produced a huge body of highly respected research and investigative reports.

He will be a huge loss to the international conservation community.

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Zuma in 'courtesy call' to king

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is paying a courtesy visit to Zulu King Goodwill, the president's office has said, the privately owned News24 site reports.

His spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga is quoted as saying:

This is a longstanding courtesy meeting between the president and His Majesty which was initially meant to take place in January but was postponed due to diary challenges on both sides."

The meeting comes amid mounting speculation that the governing African National Congress (ANC) plans to oust the scandal-hit Mr Zuma.

Zulu monarch 'summons' Zuma

South Africa's influential Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has summoned the embattled President Jacob Zuma to a meeting later today, the local TimesLive news site reports.

The reason for the meeting is unclear, but it comes at a time when Mr Zuma is under intense pressure to resign.

President Jacob Zuma (L) greets Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at the Moses Mabhida Football stadium to celebrate South Africa's Heritage Day in Durban on September 24, 2016.
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President Zuma is a subject of the Zulu monarch

Ivory investigator killed in 'botched robbery'

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

Elephants forage at the Tsavo-east National park in Kenya on 19 March 2012
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Elephants are killed by poachers for their tusks

Kenyan police suspect that a leading investigator in the illegal ivory trade, Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, was killed in a botched robbery at home in the capital Nairobi on Sunday.

The investigator went to the strangest and most dangerous of places to secretly photograph and document the illegal sale of ivory and rhino horn.

His ground-breaking work for Save the Elephants took him to China, Vietnam, and Laos where he and his fellow-investigator would pose as buyers to establish black market prices – an important statistic for those trying to stop the illegal trade in wildlife.

Dr Bradley-Martin had recently returned from a trip to Myanmar, and was writing up his research.

He first came to Kenya from the US in the 1970s when there was a surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory.

His work on illegal wildlife markets helped pressure China to ban the rhino horn trade in the 1990s.

Scuffles between rival groups over Zuma's future

Scuffles have broken out in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, between supporters and opponents of the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma, a BBC correspondent tweets from the scene.

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The protests come ahead of an emergency meeting of the governing African Naional Congress to discuss Mr Zuma's future.

His critics are demanding he step down in favour of newly elected ANC leader Cyril Rampahosa ahead of Thursday's annual state of the nation address, but his allies insist that he remain in office until his term ends in next year's general election.

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Egypt's Salah hits brace for Liverpool

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Tottenham
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Tottenham

Egypt's Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool against Tottenham at Anfield - but that was still not enough as Harry Kane's last-gasp penalty salvaged a point for the visitors.

The dramatic match finished 2-2.

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Protest to demand Zuma's resignation

Supporters of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) are protesting outside the party's headquarters in Johannesburg, demanding the resignation of the beleaguered President Jacob Zuma.

A local journalist has tweeted a video of the rally.

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A rival group, Black First Land First, organised a protest in support of the president, but its members were chased away by the anti-Zuma protesters, South Africa's News24 website reports.

Mr Zuma is a highly divisive figure. His critics accuse him of being corrupt, while his allies see him as a champion of black economic empowerment.

His deputy, Cyril Rampahosa, replaced him as ANC leader in December.

Some of Mr Rampahosa's supporters are now pushing for Mr Zuma to resign, opening the way for the ANC leader to become president.

A top leadership body of the party, the National Working Committee, is due to meet later on Monday to discuss the power struggle.

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CHAN 2018: Morocco beat Nigeria 4-0 in final

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Morocco's goalkeeper Anas Zniti (L) defends as Nigeria"s Okechukwu Ojo attempts a shot on goal during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) football final between Morocco and Nigeria at the Mohammed V. Casablanca Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Casablanca
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Morocco's goalkeeper Anas Zniti defends as Nigeria"s Okechukwu Ojo attempts to score

Morocco became the first host nation to claim the African Nations Championship (CHAN) title with a convincing 4-0 win over 10-man Nigeria in Sunday's final.

Key moments either side of half-time turned the match in the hosts' favour as Morocco's Zakaria Hadraf scored just before the break with Nigeria's Peter Eneji Moses sent-off for a second yellow card just after.

Walid El Karti and Hadraf - with his second - added to Morocco's lead in quick succession on the hour mark.

The rout was completed by Ayoub El Kaabi, who had hit the woodwork twice, scoring his ninth goal of the tournament which is for home-based African players.

The tournament - held every two years - features players exclusively from Africa's national leagues.

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Pressure grows on Zuma to quit

South Africa President Jacob Zuma. Photo: 29 January 2018
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Jacob Zuma refused to resign after Sunday's talks, reports say

South African President Jacob Zuma is under growing pressure to step down.

He and senior members of his African National Congress (ANC) party held talks on Sunday, and party leaders are to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday.

South African media report that Mr Zuma has defied his party and refused to resign as leader, but details of their meeting have not been released.

Mr Zuma, who faces corruption allegations, was replaced as ANC leader by Cyril Ramaphosa last December.

Julius Malema, an opposition leader and former ANC member, said on Twitter that Mr Zuma had refused to stand down.

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Ugandan singer's suspected killer arrested

Mowzey Radio performing in a white suit
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Mowzey Radio was one half of the duo

Police in Uganda have arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of popular musician Mowzey Radio,who died last week of head injuries sustained during an alleged brawl in a bar.

At the funeral of the 33-year-old Afrobeats star on Saturday, his mother, Jane Kasumba, cursed his killers, Uganda's privately owned Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

It quoted her as saying:

I feel pained, totally pained. However, what hurts me is that I did not see my son’s killers. I curse those who killed my son. I curse you. I curse you."

Unnamed police officers are quoted by the newspaper as saying that the suspect denied assaulting Radio at the bar in Entebbe town, near the capital Kampala on 22 January, saying he found him lying motionless at its entrance.

Radio, real name Moses Ssekibogo, succumbed to his injuries in hospital last week.

Police have also detained the bar managers for questioning, the Daily Monitor reports.

The authorities have shut the bar while investigations continue, the state-linked New Vision reports.

Leading ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

Esmond Bradley-Martin in Washington. Photo: May 2008
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Dr Bradley-Martin published a number of investigative reports on rhino and ivory smuggling

Dr Esmond Bradley-Martin, one of the world's leading ivory trade investigators, was found dead in his house in Nairobi, Kenya, the Star newspaper reports.

It says the 75-year-old American former UN special envoy for rhino conservation, had a stab wound in the neck.

His wife reported his death after returning to the house from a walk early in the evening, reports say.

A police investigation is now under way.

Dr Bradley-Martin published a number of investigative reports on rhino and ivory smuggling in Kenya and the trade in China, Laos and Vietnam.

Dr Bradley-Martin inspects confiscated rhino horns, elephant tusks and ivory objects at the Taipei Zoo in 2004
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Dr Bradley-Martin inspects confiscated rhino horns, elephant tusks and ivory objects at the Taipei Zoo in 2004

Today's wise words

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When the elephants fight, the monkeys huddle quietly on the highest branches of the tallest tree."

A proverb from Cuba’s Bakongo tradition sent by Roberto Carrasco

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