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Summary

  1. Rwandan preacher says 'nothing good' in women
  2. Nigerian airline blames passenger after door falls off
  3. Ethiopia pardons jailed blogger
  4. US says time for 'diplomatic niceties' over in South Sudan
  5. Commonwealth welcomes back The Gambia
  6. Cheers and hugs for exiled Kenyan lawyer in Canada
  7. UN in $1bn appeal for northern Nigeria

Live Reporting

By Flora Drury and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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  1. SA patients' families to get compensation

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Protesters outside the hearing in January
    Image caption: People protest after more than 140 people died in a "reckless" attempt to save money

    Families of mentally ill patients who died after a "reckless" attempt by South Africa's government to save money will receive 200,000 rand ($16,500; £11,900) in compensation for emotional trauma and to help cover funeral costs.

    More than 140 patients died between March and December 2016 after being transferred from the specialised Life Esidimeni centres to unlicensed, cheaper care homes.

    The state has now reached a deal with Section27, an NGO representing many of the families at the tribunal hearings.

    Last year, the health ombudsman Professor Malekgapuru Makgoba revealed they died of starvation, dehydration and diarrhoea.

    He described the move was a "reckless" attempt by the government to save money.

    The provincial health minister Qedani Mahlangu resigned from her job following the biggest health scandal to hit South Africa since the end of apartheid.

    The settlement also said victims’ families will receive counselling.

    Read: Why did my sister die in a care home?

  2. Miguna Miguna arrives in Canada

    Kenyan opposition figure Miguna Miguna was greeted with cheers and hugs after landing in exile in Canada.

    The dual-national citizen was forced to leave the country of his birth just over a week after taking part in the unofficial inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga in the capital, Nairobi.

    People have been sharing pictures of the lawyer, who had flown with Dutch airline KLM via Amsterdam, arriving to joyful scenes in Toronto:

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    Questions have been raised over the legality of Mr Miguna's deportation.

    A Kenyan judge had initially ordered he be released on bail on Friday, but he remained in custody until he was put on the plane on Tuesday night.

    He had been facing a treason-related charge.

    He spoke to BBC Focus on Africa yesterday:

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  3. The Gambia rejoins Commonwealth

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    Gambian President Adama Barrow gestures as he leaves after his meeting with the French President at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on March 15, 2017.
    Image caption: President Adama Barrow has improved relations with Western governments

    The Gambia is rejoining the Commonwealth, almost five years after it withdrew under the rule of ousted President Yahya Jammeh who branded it a "neo-colonial institution".

    The occasion will be marked at the Commonwealth's headquarters in London later today.

    President Adama Barrow applied for The Gambia's readmission to the body soon after he took office last January.

    Mr Jammeh fled into exile, ending 22 years of authoritarian rule in the small West African state - a popular tourist destination.

    The Gambia will be the fourth country to return to the Commonwealth - after South Africa, Pakistan and Fiji.

    Mr Jammeh clashed with the Commonwealth over his government's poor human rights record.

    Mr Barrow has sought to improve The Gambia's relationship with Western governments, and to secure much-needed funding to tackle poverty and unemployment.

  4. Nigeria airline blames passenger after door falls off

    A Nigerian airline has blamed a passenger after one of its aircraft doors fell off on landing.

    Dana Air says it is impossible for a door to fall off by itself "without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it”.

    Reports of the apparent maintenance fail began to circulate yesterday after several social media users tweeted:

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    The flight had travelled from Lagos to Abuja when the door apparently came away.

    But a Dana Air spokesman said there was no way it could have been shaken as, "when an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurized".

    What's more, the airline went on to say it had been inspected by engineers alongside a Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority team and "no issue was reported".

    The spokesman added: “The [return] flight was only delayed for eight minutes as we needed to demonstrate to the regulators that the safety and comfort of our guests is at the centre of our operations.”

  5. Today's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: The falling of a yellow leaf is a warning to a green one." from A Dinka proverb sent by John Maguang Garang in South Sudan
    A Dinka proverb sent by John Maguang Garang in South Sudan

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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