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By Clare Spencer and Mirren Gidda

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

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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:

    Quote Message: Catch a thief but watch out for yourself. from Sent by Martin Ariel Majak in Alexandria, Egypt
    Sent by Martin Ariel Majak in Alexandria, Egypt

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

    And we leave you with this photo taken by Ethiopian photographer Maile Tadese:

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  2. Africans celebrate carnival

    The most famous carnival in the world is undoubtedly in Brazil.

    But the festival is celebrated across Africa too.

    So here are some of the most striking images from across the continent.

    From Angola:

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    To Cape Verde:

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    Today is the last day of celebrations before Christians start Lent, which marks Jesus's 40 days of fasting in the desert.

  3. British tourists begin flying back to Tunisia

    Enfidha airport
    Image caption: British tourists have begun arriving at Enfidha airport

    A plane load of British tourists has arrived in Tunisia as holiday company Thomas Cook resumes package trips.

    The country had been a hugely popular destination among holidaymakers, with close to 500,000 people visiting in 2014.

    A year later, following a terrorist attack near the city of Sousse, the UK warned against trips to the country - causing tourism to plummet.

    It had a serious effect on Tunisia's economy, which saw its foreign currency reserves fall to a 15-year low last month.

    The country remains in a state of emergency with the UK Foreign Office saying that another attack is still "very likely".

    Tunisian officials, however, say security has improved, with UK military and police officers providing counterterrorism training.

    The BBC's Emily Unia was on a Thomas Cook flight to Enfidha and arrived to a lively welcome:

  4. 21 students and two teachers die in Nigeria car crash

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Twenty-one secondary school students and two teachers have died in a car accident in Nigeria.

    The group was on its way from the town of Misau in northeastern Nigeria for a trip to the northwestern city of Kano.

    The Federal Road Safety Commission in Kano state and authorities from Junior Secondary School, Misau told the BBC the bus carrying the students had a head-on collision with a truck.

    One teacher and a student survived the crash.

  5. What's behind aid workers' 'culture of sexual abuse'?

    Oxfam sign

    After a whistleblower from the international charity Oxfam revealed what she called "a culture of sexual abuse" among aid workers, BBC Focus on Africa radio has been asking what enables such behaviour.

    The deputy director of the African Foundation for Development Stella Opoku-Owusu told Focus on Africa that there is sometimes a feeling of entitlement:

    Quote Message: Because we are going in with funds, whether we like it or not, there is already an imbalance and there needs to be that recognition of that."
    Quote Message: There is that kind of attitude that goes along with the power dynamic."
    Quote Message: As soon as you add another level to it which is about yourself and what you feel you are doing and how amazing that is and you are the only one going in there to help then absolutely, people go into these sectors with that sort of attitude.

    Oxfam faces allegations of top officials hiring prostitutes in Haiti and Chad, and sexual abuse being overlooked in South Sudan.

    Read more: Oxfam deputy resigns over how sex claims were handled

  6. Spain and Senegal working closely on Casamance attack

    Casamance

    Senegal and Spain are in close contact following the robbery and alleged rape of four tourists in Senegal's Casamance region last month, the AFP news agency reports.

    During the attack on 25 January, three members of the group were allegedly raped, while the four also had $6,200 (£4,500) worth of local currency stolen from them.

    "I am in touch with the Spanish embassy and the minister has told me investigations are under way and will soon be completed," Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said after talks with his Senegalese counterpart Aly Ngouille Ndiaye.

    On 28 January, Mr Ndiaye had cast doubts on the attack, saying that only one person had been examined and that there was "no trace of rape".

    Spain's foreign ministry said it wouldn't comment until the victims had told their stories.

    Read more: Tourists sexually assaulted in Casamance region

  7. Rights group condemns Tunisian ruling party

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    A picture taken on September 6, 2015 shows a copy of a pro-government Tunisian daily newspaper 'Essahafa' (C) at a kiosk in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.
    Image caption: This year has seen growing tensions between Tunisian journalists and the government

    Reporters without Borders has condemned Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda party for threatening legal action against the media.

    In a statement last week, Ennahda’s executive branch threatened to prosecute some media organisations and journalists that it accused of engaging in a so-called "smear campaign" to discredit its members.

    In response, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists said that the party - which governs the country as part of a coalition - was “trying to drag journalists into a battlefield they are not interested in”.

    This year has seen a growing rift between the media and the state.

    At a parliamentary hearing last month, Tunisia’s minister of interior admitted that journalists were being monitored.

    He was citing a case where the police summoned a reporter for questioning because of a wiretapped phone conversation he had had.

    Journalists have been reporting a marked increase in police harassment and state intimidation for their work.

  8. Soyinka: 'President Buhari is in a trance about attacks'

    Karina Igonikon

    BBC Pidgin, Lagos

    Wole Soyinka

    The Nigerian playwright and poet Wole Soyinka has told the BBC that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to wake up.

    The Nobel Laureate was reacting to the spate of attacks by suspected herdsmen against Nigerian farmers.

    One of the attacks recently left 73 dead in north central Benue state.

    In an exclusive interview with the BBC Mr Soyinka called the attackers “successors to Boko Haram”.

    He said their activities are “internal colonialism... which should shake the marrow of every citizen".

    When I asked him what he would tell President Buhari if he were present, Mr Soyinka said: “If I met the president I will say to him, ‘Mr. President, I think you are under a trance.’”

    Calling the current response to the attacks unsatisfactory, he added: “too many things are happening now which made me say that and the sooner he gets out of that trance, the better for the nation.”

  9. Mozambique police detain man carrying eight elephant tusks

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Elephants play in the Mara Triangle, the north western part of Masai Mara national reserve managed by Non profit organization Mara Conservancy, in southern Kenya, on January 24, 2018.

    Police in the Mozambique's central Sofala province say they have detained a man for the illegal possession of eight elephant tusks.

    The police say the man was carrying the ivory, packed in plastic bags, in a van with no visible number plate.

    According to police spokesperson Daniel Macuacua, officers were alerted to the suspect following a tip-off.

    The detainee says that he bought the elephant tusks from a local market.

    In Mozambique and neighbouring countries poachers regularly target elephants in the hope of selling their valuable tusks.

  10. South African song hit by plagiarism accusation

    Wanjiku Mungai

    A South African musical duo is battling allegations that they plagiarised the hit song Omunye from another musician.

    Durban-based Distruction Boyz released Omunye late last year to massive popularity. The catchy rhythm spawned hundreds of video responses in which South Africans recorded themselves dancing to the song - including one of the opposition politician Julius Malema playing it at a party.

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    Now, allegations have been made that the song was stolen from another musician named DJ Lag.

    The artist's management has commissioned a 31-page forensic report comparing Omunye to DJ Lag’s song Trip to New York, which was released three months earlier, news site City Press reports.

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    The report, which is intended to be presented as evidence in court, concludes that the “tempo, key signature, instrumentation and lead melodies” of the two songs are identical.

    An account which says it belongs to DJ Lag’s music label tweeted that they had attempted to resolve the issue with Distruction Boyz.

    In an interview with Tshisa Live, Distruction Boyz denied plagiarism and said that they will continue to play the song.

  11. Clinic releases baby it detained for five months

    Baby

    A mother has been reunited with her baby after the hospital she gave birth in detained the child over her unpaid medical bills.

    The Gabonese private clinic just north of the capital Libreville finally handed over baby Angel after a five month wait.

    The clinic director had held the baby in an attempt to try to force the mother to pay the bill of two million CFA ($3,628; £2,612).

    BBC Afrique correspondent Charles Stephan Mavoungou reports that the clinic's director was arrested on Monday and freed after 24 hours.

    A campaign was started to raise money to help the family and even President Ali Bongo contributed.

    The mother, Sonia Okome, told our correspondent that she is happy but cannot breastfeed her daughter because, after being separated for five months, she has stopped producing milk.

    She also complained that the baby has not had any vaccines.

    Family reunited
  12. Kenya president accepts attorney general's resignation

    Githu Muigai, the Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya, looks on before the hearing seeking to nullify the October 26 repeat presidential election on grounds that the IEBC did not conduct fresh nominations for candidates before gazetting the names and proceeding with the poll, on November 14, 2017 at Nairobi supreme court of justice. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election with 98 percent.
    Image caption: Githu Muigai was appointed in 2011

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has accepted the resignation of the attorney-general, announcing his decision in a tweet:

    Mr Muigai's resignation comes after the government ignored several court orders in recent weeks.

    Ahead of the 30 January mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the self-declared "people's president", the government took several Kenyan TV stations off air to prevent them broadcasting the ceremony.

    It then ignored court requests to reinstate the channels.

    It also ignored a judicial order to release one of Mr Odinga's supporters, Miguna Miguna, on bail.

    Mr Muigai was appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki in 2011. He has twice appeared as a friend of the court in petitions challenging Mr Kenyatta's 2017 election.

  13. South Africa pushes back Day Zero to 4 June

    People queue up to collect drinking water from taps that are fed by a spring in Newlands on May 15, 2017, in Cape Town.

    The South African city of Cape Town has pushed back the day it runs out of water from 11 May to 4 June, Reuters news agency reports.

    The deputy mayor of Cape Town has credited this to residents' water saving efforts, Reuters adds.

    Over the past week, people in Cape Town have used 526 million litres of water, Ian Neilson told Reuters, the first time its weekly average has remained under 550 million litres.

  14. BreakingANC: Zuma will respond to recall tomorrow

    Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, waits to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2017 in New York City.

    The secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, has said South African President Jacob Zuma will respond to its decision to recall him on Wednesday.

    At a press conference held earlier today, Mr Magashule said the ANC had recalled Mr Zuma, but the president wanted a three to six-month time period in which to resign.

    The ANC wants Mr Zuma to step down immediately.

    The party can hold a no-confidence vote in the president, but Mr Magashule said this was not a certainty.

    Read more: No confidence vote might not happen

  15. Ghanian actor 'Super OD' dies

    The Ghanian actor Asonaba Kweku Darko, better known as Super OD, has died, local media reports.

    Mr Darko passed away on Tuesday at the Swedru Government Hospital, his son told the Ghanian news site My Joy Online.

    The actor began his career in the 1970s and gained nationwide fame two decades later for his role in the popular Akan Drama television series.

    On Twitter, people have offered their condolences, including the former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama:

  16. Insurance company pays up for kidnapped Kenyan pilots

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    An insurance company has agreed to pay compensation demanded by South Sudanese rebels who abducted two Kenyan pilots.

    They have been held hostage for more than a month after crashing their plane in South Sudan's Upper Nile region.

    Rebels asked for financial compensation for the death of one person and 11 cows, as well as the destruction of several houses in the crash.

    They claim to be speaking on behalf of the affected local community.

    On Monday, an association of pilots in Kenya called for flights to the South Sudanese capital of Juba to be suspended in protest at their colleagues’ detention.

  17. ANC no-confidence vote is not certain

    Jacob Zuma

    If South Africa's President Jacob Zuma decides not to resign following the ANC's decision to recall him, then the party can proceed with a vote of no confidence.

    But the secretary-general of the ANC, Ace Magashule, indicated that this is not a certainty:

    "As the revolutionary party I don’t know whether we will support a motion of no confidence", he said at a press conference about Mr Zuma's future.

    Mr Magashule was responding to a question from the BBC's Fergal Keane.

  18. Tanzania burns 5,000 illegally-imported chicks

    A picture taken on July 12, 2017 shows day-old chicks at the Valentine Chicken Hatchery

    Tanzania has burned 5,000 chicks that were illegally imported into the country, the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reports.

    The one-day-old animals were brought into the country through the northern Namanaga border.

    An official in the ministry of livestock, Maria Mashingo, told the Daily Nation that the chicks were imported without the necessary documents and that their entry posed a bird flu risk.

    In November, Tanzania burned 6,400 chicks at the same entry point, angering animal rights groups.

  19. When will Zuma respond to being recalled?

    The BBC's Lebo Diseko tweets from the press conference where South Africa's ruling party the ANC has announced it is recalling Jacob Zuma:

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