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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    BBC Africa Live

    Natasha Booty

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. 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: When the lead animal limps, the herd fails to reach the pasture." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by John Nganga in Ruiru, Kenya
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by John Nganga in Ruiru, Kenya

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    We leave you with this photo of children at play in Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

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  2. Cameroon seeks to delay elections

    Authorities in Cameroon appear to want to postpone October's general election to a later date.

    The BBC has obtained a copy of a letter from President Paul Biya to the leader of the senate, requesting that it debate the possibility of postponing elections for a year.

    President Biya's letter to the Senate president requesting that it consider postponing the elections due in October by one year

    It follows last week's news that only 3% of new voters registered since the start of the year are from the country's Anglophone regions, although English speakers account for about 20% of the population.

    Separatists in Cameroon's two mainly English-speaking areas - the North-West and South-West regions - have been demanding independence.

    Tens of thousands of Anglophone Cameroonians fleeing violent clashes with Francophone security forces have crossed into neighbouring Nigeria in recent months.

    Lawyer and presidential challenger Akere Muna tells BBC Focus on Africa radio that the proposal to delay elections "shows the level of incapacity in taking care of issues that concern the common man".

    But he describes the document as a "simple, procedural letter... asking the opinion of the president of the Senate before such a proposal goes to parliament".

    He says that Cameroonian law dictates that only municipal and legislative can be postponed - not senatorial nor presidential elections.

    He adds:

    Quote Message: By the constitution you cannot defer the presidential elections. To defer those you'd have to change the constitution. I don't think it will be tampered with. It would mean that the president is trying to extend his term of office, which is rather irregular."
  3. Tanzania scraps 'tampon tax'

    Tanzanian schoolgirls
    Image caption: One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their period, the UN says (stock photo).

    The Citizen news site reports that Tanzania is to join Kenya and Mauritius in waiving taxes on women's sanitary pads.

    Finance minister Philip Mpango revealed the change as part of yesterday's budget announcement.

    It is hoped the removal of 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) from the sanitary products will make them more affordable to young girls in particular.

    According to the UN's education agency, one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period.

    Some girls reportedly lose 20% of their education for this reason, making them more likely to drop out of school altogether.

  4. 'No chickens allowed,' Nigeria World Cup fans told

    A white hen

    Nigerian football fans hoping to bring live chickens into Russia's World Cup venues as good-luck charms have been warned off by a government official.

    Russian culture and tourism minister Andrei Ermak is quoted by Nigerian media as saying:

    Quote Message: Our information centre receives a lot of questions: fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, the citizens are with them at all matches. We told them that to pass [with] a live chicken, in any case, it is impossible."

    But he said that Nigerian fans watching their team outside of official stadiums had every right to find a feathered friend, adding:

    Quote Message: We will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be bought. We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries."

    Punch news site reports that Nigeria fans were turned away from a 2010 World Cup match in South Africa "after their demand to take chickens, painted in the nation’s colours into the stadium was refused".

  5. Revealed: Boris Becker's official ambassador photo

    Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be remaining tight-lipped over whether or not tennis star Boris Becker is an official ambassador, but it seems their Belgian outpost appears not to have got the message.

    On its official list of "notre équipe" ("our team") is one of Mr Becker, posing with a CAR flag:

    Boris Johnson in his official picture on the CAR Belgium embassy website

    According to the page, Mr Boris-Franz Becker is the attaché for sports, culture and humanitarian issues.

    We do not know when this page was last updated.

    Scroll down to read what people in CAR think of Mr Becker, or click here to read the whole story.

  6. 'This Boris Becker is unknown in the CAR'

    Former tennis star Boris Becker

    It is one of today's more surprising stories: tennis star Boris Becker has announced he holds a diplomatic post with the Central African Republic (CAR) - meaning he is protected from any legal claims.

    And it seems among the most surprised are CAR residents.

    "This Boris Becker is unknown in the CAR," one man told the BBC.

    "The case is just bizarre because even if he didn’t have legal troubles, he should not be representing the Central African Republic at the European Union. That job should be for a Central African national."

    "It’s a moral issue," another said, adding:

    Quote Message: This comes as a surprise to a Central African like me: to learn that a German man who is having legal troubles should be using CAR diplomatic immunity. We need the government to shed light on what is going on.’’

    However, the government appears to be remaining quiet over the claims.

    Albert Yaloké Mokpème, spokesman for the CAR's president, told BBC Afrique :

    Quote Message: Boris Becker is responsible for his actions wherever he goes. It’s not for us to have a position on this matter. We are not the guardians of the physical or moral integrity of Boris Becker. I’m not going to answer a question about something that’s none of our business.’’

    Read the full story on the BBC News website here.

  7. 'Ignacius Sancho made me sure of who I am as a black Briton'

    A new play, written and performed by actor Paterson Joseph, tells the story of Britain's first black voter.

    Charles Ignacius Sancho was born around 1729 on a slave ship and went on to become the owner of a grocer's shop in London.

    For Joseph, his story still resonates today:

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    Video caption: 'Ignacius Sancho made me sure of who I am as a black Briton'
  8. Heartbreak for Egypt as they lose first match

    Mo Salah's face appears to say it all: after 89 goalless minutes, Uruguay scored.

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    Minutes later, the game ended.

    At full time, it was 1-0 to the South Americans.

  9. Agony for Egypt! Joy for Uruguay!

    In the 89th minute, Carlos Sanchez floats over a free-kick from the right, and Jose Gimenez rises above two defenders to plant a header into the corner. Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay's 71-year-old head coach, springs from the bench like a teenager.

    It is 1-0 to Uruguay.

  10. CAR has bigger problems than Boris Becker

    A woman cries
    Image caption: Violence has forced about 27% of the population to flee their homes

    The Central African Republic (CAR) has been put back in the spotlight after former tennis champion Boris Becker claimed diplomatic immunity.

    He says that his 2018 appointment as a CAR's sport and culture attaché to the EU affords him protection from any legal claims.

    Mr Becker is attempting to thwart ongoing bankruptcy proceedings against him in the UK.

    But for the citizens living in the landlocked Central African country - which has been plagued by hunger, coups, rebellions and destitution since it gained independence from France in 1960 - the German tennis ace's financial woes are the last things on their minds.

  11. 'Mystic micro pig foresees Nigeria in semi-finals'

    A pig with "special powers" has chosen the four nations that will reach the World Cup semi-finals.

    Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from Derbyshire in the UK, chose Belgium, Argentina, Nigeria and Uruguay.

    He did it by eating apples marked with the flags of all the other teams.

    He correctly predicted the outcome of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election, said owner Juliette Stevens.

    Mystic Marcus
    Image caption: Mystic Marcus ate 28 apples, with flags of each nation, and left four which it is claimed will make the semi-finals
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  12. World Cup: Egypt v Uruguay kick-off

    The first African match of the tournament is under way, as Egypt take on Uruguay in Yekaterinburg in Russia.

    The Pharaoh's star player is on the bench (see earlier post for details):

    Mo Salah

    Meanwhile, Uruguay's national team, which won its first World Cup in 1930 and a second in 1950, comes into this fixture on a run of three consecutive victories.

    Uruguay fans
  13. Husband jailed for life over parachute murder bid

    Victoria and Emile Cilliers
    Image caption: Victoria Cilliers almost died in the 2015 parachute jump

    An Army sergeant has been jailed for life for trying to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachute.

    Victoria Cilliers, 41, survived a 4,000ft (1,220m) fall at Netheravon airfield, in the UK, in April 2015.

    South African-born Emile Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, also tried to kill her by causing a gas leak at the family home.

    At Winchester Crown Court, Cilliers was told he would have to serve a minimum of 18 years.

    In sentencing, Mr Justice Sweeney told Cilliers he was "of quite exceptional callousness and a person who would stop at nothing to gratify your own desires".

    He described the evidence as "overwhelming" and said Cilliers had three motives.

    They were the money he thought he would receive in life insurance, the concern that his wife - a senior officer - could ruin his Army career, and because it would clear the way for a new life with another woman.

  14. In photos: Africa's Muslims mark Eid

    Muslims across the continent are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

    Eid al-Fitr is "the feast of the breaking of the fast" that begins when the moon rises on the final day of Ramadan. About 1.6 billion Muslims across the world are believed to be marking the festival this year, including this girl with her family in Kenya's capital Nairobi:

    Kenyan Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayer which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the clicket field at Sir Ali Muslim Club on June 15, 2018.

    Ramadan lasts between 29 and 30 days, with the exact dates varying from one year to the next, based on the lunar calendar.

    The timing of Eid can vary from country to country and community to community, with some following the moonrise in Mecca, and others using local sightings.

    These worshippers began their celebrations outside Cairo's El-Seddik Mosque on Thursday:

    Egyptians attempt to catch balloons released after Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at a public park, outside El-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, Egypt June 15, 2018.

    Eid is marked with a special set of prayers on the first morning of the festival - as these women in South Africa are observing - followed by the first daylight meal in a month, usually shared with friends and family. Many return to their family homes to celebrate.

    Muslim women attend the Eid-Gah, the prayer on the morning of the Eid Al-Fitr celebration which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan on June 15, 2018 at the Rasooli Masjid in Pretoria, South Africa.

    A second Eid festival - Eid al-Adha, which means "feast of the sacrifice" - is celebrated just over two months after Eid al-Fitr, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

    A vast array of sweet dishes and treats are prepared and consumed on the morning of the celebration, like these biscuits seen at a bakery in Somalia's capital Mogadishu:

    A Somali woman prepares traditional cakes and biscuits at a bakery in Mogadishu, Somalia

    "Eid Mubarak" is a greeting used during the festival - Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak "blessed".

  15. Egypt's Mo Salah will not start in World Cup opener

    Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah will not start in today's World Cup opener against Uruguay in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

    Salah, 25, has not played since injuring shoulder ligaments during Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on 26 May.

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  16. Morocco announces fresh World Cup bid after defeat

    Morroco's national football team

    The King of Morocco has insisted that the country must bid for the 2030 World Cup.

    It follows the announcement from football's world-governing body Fifa on Wednesday that the north African nation had lost out to the US, Canada and Mexico's joint bid to host the 2026 event.

    Moncef Belkhayat, a member of the Moroccan 2026 Bid Committee and former sports minster, confirmed the new bid to the BBC:

    Quote Message: Yes. I am delighted to see that His Majesty the King Mohammed VI has taken the decision to make Morocco a nation bid for World Cup 2030.
    Quote Message: That shows that Morocco is a country of openness, tolerance and shares values of the world, making football a key driver for social development and economic growth.
    Quote Message: It shows also our perseverance to do better and better for the sake of Morocco and worldwide football.”

    By the time the 2026 finals take place, Africa will have hosted just one of 23 World Cups - while Mexico alone will have staged three separate tournaments.

    The 2010 finals in South Africa only came about after football's world governing body specifically introduced a rotation system in 2001.

    Some African football delegates are keen for Fifa to reintroduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco failed attempt to land the 2026 World Cup.

    "Rotation would be a solution," said Malawi FA president Walter Nyamilandu.

  17. Grace Mugabe's son 'faces eviction'

    The stepson of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe is facing eviction from his home over claims he failed to pay rent for over three years.

    Businessman Russell Goreraza, who is Grace Mugabe's son from her first marriage, is accused of owing his landlords $65,801 (£49,569) in rent arrears for the property in the capital Harare's upmarket suburb of Highlands.

    Lawyers for the property's owners - the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council - have applied to the High Court to evict Mr Goreraza. In their legal application their lawyers state:

    Quote Message: The claim is for the eviction of the defendant (Goreraza) and all those claiming occupation through him and payment of the sum of US$65,801 being arrear rentals payable between the parties.
    Quote Message: In breach of terms of agreement, the defendant failed to pay rentals from March 2015 to March 2018. Despite demands, the defendant failed to, refused or neglected to pay the arrear rentals."
  18. Austerity drive as Zambia seeks to lower debt

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Pickers remove unripe or overripe coffee beans and foreign debris from their daily harvest to prepare it for weighing at the Mubuyu Farm, Zambia. Mubuyu farm is the largest producer of coffee in Zambia and the only private one.
    Image caption: Total public external debt rose to $9.3bn by March 2018 from $8.7bn in 2017

    Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has announced new austerity measures in a bid to halt the country’s rising debt.

    The measures include cancellation of new loans, restrictions on ministers’ travels and an audit of the government’s payroll to clear suspected "ghost workers" - those who claim a salary, but do not do any work.

    The government says Zambia’s debt is about $10bn (£7.5bn) but independent analysts say it is much greater.

    Zambia's government has since banned "unmandated" officials from making public comments on the state of the economy and the debt situation.

    The country has struggled over the years to secure an International Monetary Fund stimulus package to revitalise its ailing economy.

    Announcing the cost-cutting measures in a statement on Thursday night, Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said President Lungu had also ordered the cancellation of some existing loans.

    In addition, she said the president had banned any letters of credit from being issued, as well as any guarantees to state-owned enterprises. Development projects which were less than 80% complete would have their financing terminated.

    Further measures include compelling fuel importers to declare their of fuel imports at borders to curb the problem of smuggling of fuel, and the use of a telecommunication transactions monitoring system for mobile service providers.

    Legislation to introduce taxes on precious metal exports is also expected.

  19. Boko Haram leader's mother laments his 'very bad' behaviour

    Abubakar Shekau
    Image caption: Abubakar Shekau, pictured here in 2014, is the leader of the Nigerian militant Islamist group

    The mother of Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has spoken out, telling Voice of America that her son has "brought many problems to many people" and that she hasn't seen him in 15 years.

    "I am praying for God to show him the good way," she told the broadcaster.

    Falmata Abubakar added:

    Quote Message: Yes, he’s my son and every mother loves her son, but we have different characters. He brought a lot of problem to many people.
    Quote Message: He just took his own character and went away. This is not the character I gave him. I don’t know what this type of behavior is. It’s only God who knows.
    Quote Message: Where can I meet him to tell him that these things he is doing is very bad?"

    Boko Haram launched an insurgency against the Nigerian government in 2009 with the aim of establishing an Islamic caliphate in West Africa.

    Mostly focused in north-eastern Nigeria, the conflict has reportedly left around 20,000 dead and displaced at least two million.

    Led by Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS) in March 2015.

    In August 2016, the group apparently split, with an IS video announcing that Mr Shekau had been replaced with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, believed to be a son of Boko Haram's founder.

    Mr Shekau disputed this, insisting he was still in charge.

    “I don’t now if he’s alive or dead," says his mother, Falmata. "It’s only God who knows."

  20. Today's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: When the lead animal limps, the herd fails to reach the pasture. " from A Kikuyu proverb sent by John Nganga in Ruiru, Kenya
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by John Nganga in Ruiru, Kenya

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