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Natasha Booty

All times stated are UK

  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.

    Get real-time updates on the last few minutes of the Nigeria-Iceland World Cup Group D match over on BBC Sport.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: An old rabbit suckles its young." from A Rwandan proverb sent by Delphine Umutoni in Toronto, Canada
    A Rwandan proverb sent by Delphine Umutoni in Toronto, Canada

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

    And we leave you with these images of artworks on display at Cameroon's Douala Art Fair:

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  2. Goal!

    Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

    Nigeria's Ahmed Musa stuns Iceland with a second goal in the 75th minute.

    Ahmed Musa scores Nigeria's second goal against Icelance
  3. Kenyan officials arrested over fertiliser imports

    Mohamud Ali

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Fertiliser pellets

    Ten senior government officials have been arrested over fertiliser imports. Among them is the head of Kenya’s food safety regulator.

    This comes after days of uncertainty over the safety of sugar being imported into the country.

    On Thursday, two senior ministers contradicted each other on whether impounded sacks of sugar brought into the country from Brazil contained mercury.

    The sugar was confiscated by the interior minister, which claiming that the sugar contained mercury and copper deposits.

    This was contradicted by the trade minister who said the sugar is safe.

    Over the last few days, the country has witnessed an unprecedented crackdown on sugar imports. Dozens of traders have been arrested.

    The director of the national food safety regulator, the Kenyan Bureau of Standards, appeared before a parliamentary committee yesterday where he said some of the sugar was found to have contained lead and copper, and not mercury.

    In some parts of the country, the price of sugar has risen following the crackdown on sugar imports.

    *Correction: This entry has been updated to reflect court documents, circulated on Monday 25 June, which refer only to fertiliser imports.

  4. 'My CAR passport is real' - Boris Becker

    Boris Becker

    Boris Becker has assured the BBC that his passport for the Central African Republic (CAR) is genuine, despite the foreign ministry there claiming it is fake.

    He has told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme:

    Quote Message: I don't know what's internally happening within the politics of the Republic of Central Africa [sic], but I have received this passport from the ambassador. I have spoken to the president on many occasions."

    The tennis star was declared bankrupt last year and is being pursued for "further assets".

    To stave off that pursuit, he became a diplomat for the CAR - something which could give him diplomatic immunity. He says of the process:

    Quote Message: It was an official inauguration. I believe the documents they're giving me must be right. I'm very happy - anytime soon - to visit Bangui, the capital, and to speak to the people personally about how we can move forward and how we can solve this mis-understanding and this confusion. I have a real passport at the embassy in Brussels, last time I checked."

    Watch more of the interview:

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    Video caption: Boris Becker tells Marr: My CAR passport is genuine
  5. Goal!

    Nigeria 1-0 Iceland

    Ahmed Musa scores in the 48th minute to take the Super Eagles into the lead.

    Ahmed Musa
  6. Half time: Nigeria v Iceland

    Nigeria 0-0 Iceland

    This match is a meeting of Africa's most populous country and the smallest nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

    That's a staggering 180 million people cheering on Nigeria at home, versus just 300,000 people in Iceland.

    Our colleagues have made this handy image:

    A graphic showing the relative size of Nigeria and Iceland
  7. Seychelles blocks Indian naval base deal

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The government of the Seychelles says a deal allowing India to build a naval base in the archipelago will not be sent to parliament for approval - because it knows it would be rejected.

    The two countries agreed in January to build military facilities on the island of Assumption, but the project was criticised by the opposition and there were protests.

    India is seen as keen to counter the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean.

    The deal has been blocked for now but the president of the Seychelles, Danny Faure, is about to start an official visit to India and the issue is likely to be brought up again.

  8. Ethiopia's outlawed Ginbot7 'halts armed resistance'

    The Eritrea-based opposition Patriotic Ginbot7 movement has suspended armed resistance against the Ethiopian government, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate TV website reports.

    "As of today 22 June 2018, Patriotic Ginbot 7 has suspended all self-defence operations using firearms in all regions of Ethiopia," the group said in a press statement.

    "Our forces have received strict orders to refrain from any form of armed resistance," the statement added.

    The group said it was inspired by reforms introduced by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which it said had "given us a ray of hope that peaceful transition to genuine democracy, our long-standing objective, is a real possibility".

    Ginbot7 had been designated as a terrorist organisation by previous governments.

    The government pardoned the group's secretary-general, Andargachew Tsege, on 29 May.

    He was arrested in Yemen in 2014 after being sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for allegedly plotting a coup.

  9. Kick-off: Nigeria v Iceland

    Nigeria 0-0 Iceland

    Players from the two teams fight for the ball

    Nigeria must win this match to stay in the World Cup. Do they have what it takes?

    Former Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba says they need to be more creative than they were in their last game against Croatia:

    Quote Message: In their opening defeat, Nigeria were too conventional, the shape of the team, the passing was good but there was not much creativity.
    Quote Message: They didn't play their game, Croatia were good but they didn't make the things that make African teams good - scaring other teams."
  10. 'Gun battle' leaves four dead in Cameroon

    Randy Joe Sa'ah

    BBC Africa, Bamenda

    A map showing the location of Bamenda in Cameroon

    Three civilians and a police officer have been killed following gunfire in the Cameroonian city of Bamenda.

    The civilians were separatist fighters, a source at the state-run Bamenda Regional Hospital said.

    Five other civilians and eight police officers were injured.

    Eyewitnesses told the BBC they heard gunshots at 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

    "My children were terrified," one resident told me, adding: "It was very serious. Maybe it was a confrontation between the soldiers and separatist fighters. Or, it could just have been the military shooting into the air to scare off the separatists."

    Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s Anglophone North-West region, has been rocked by waves of violence.

    Soldiers yesterday raided the Alabukam neighbourhood, where suspected separatists are believed to be operating from.

    Cameroon's Prime Minister Philémon Yang says more than 84 soldiers and police officers have been killed by secessionist fighters over the past year.

    No official figures are available for civilian and separatists' deaths at the hands of the security forces.

  11. Nigeria fans look ahead to Iceland

    Iceland v Nigeria (15:00GMT)

    Nigeria fans from across Africa have sent us their predictions for the crucial World Cup game against Iceland.

    Hear what they have to say ahead of today's match:

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    Video caption: Nigeria fans from across Africa sent us their predictions for the crucial World Cup game
  12. Somalia is exporting fish after 30-year lull

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Somali vendors prepare fish for sale at Bosaso beach in Puntland northeastern Somalia, on December 17, 2016.

    For the first time in 30 years Somalia has begun exporting fish to neighbouring Kenya, thanks in part to a reduction in the level of piracy off the Somali coast.

    The civil war in Somalia has prevented many businesses from developing. but fish traders in the port of Kismayo say they are now able to export thanks to better refrigeration at a new processing factory.

    Kingfish and tuna are the most popular.

    In recent years Kenya has increased its imports of fish from China as the country's supply, from the coast as well as Lake Victoria, has been unable to match demand.

  13. Why farms in Zimbabwe were confiscated

    Many white farmers in Zimbabwe were forced to leave their land under Robert Mugabe. But now the new government might give some of them permission to return.

    BBC Rewind looks into why they were taken away in the first place:

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    Video caption: A history of Zimbabwe's farm confiscations
  14. Ethiopia unblocks censored TV and websites

    Ashagre Hailu

    Editor, BBC News Amharic

    A still from ESAT
    Image caption: Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) is among the broadcasters allowed back on air

    A senior Ethiopian official says the country has opened access to 264 blocked websites and TV broadcasters.

    Fitsum Arega, who is the prime minister’s chief of staff, said in his tweet that "freedom of expression is a foundational right" and "essential for engaged and responsible" citizens. He added that "only a free market of ideas will lead to the truth".

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    Among the broadcasters allowed back on air are the US-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN). Both TV stations were charged in absentia for inciting violence and promoting terror, but the charges were dropped a few weeks ago.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April with a pledge to open up the airwaves, even calling on foreign-based opposition TV broadcasters to open offices in Ethiopia.

    One broadcaster - the US-based OMN station - has sent a team to establish a office in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

    Ethiopia has been accused of blocking foreign-based TV and radio broadcasts, websites and blogposts from being accessed in the country for many years by different human rights and press freedom groups.

  15. World Cup: Nigeria's battle to stay in the game

    Iceland v Nigeria (15:00GMT)

    Nigeria's World Cup team jog at a training session
    Image caption: Defender Elderson Uwa Echiejile (C) and teammates looked upbeat at yesterday's training session

    Nigeria must win their match against Iceland this afternoon to stay in the World Cup beyond the group stage.

    Our BBC colleague Aliyu Tanko is feeling hopeful about the Super Eagle's chances and tweeted this photo outside the match venue in Russia:

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    Nigeria have the youngest squad on average at this World Cup, but the biggest concern heading into a crunch game with Iceland is that age-old problems remain.

    While it would be convenient to blame Nigeria's defensive frailties in the defeat by Croatia on the relative inexperience of their squad, a weakness at set pieces has long been Nigeria's Achilles heel.

  16. Ethiopia hails 'encouraging' Eritrea relations

    Ethiopia's foreign ministry has hailed relations with Eritrea as "very encouraging" following this month's announcement it would implement the 2002 peace deal that ended their deadly border war.

    A spokesman for Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu would not reveal the topic of any future discussions between the two nations, but said "Ethiopia has the willingness and the readiness to welcome the Eritrean delegation".

    The US government has praised Ethiopia's decision to fully accept and implement the 2002 border commission ruling, which awarded disputed territories, including the town of Badme, to Eritrea.

    In a statement it said the measures will "yield greater prosperity and security not only for the citizens of Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also for their neighbours".

    A map showing the location of the disputed town of Badme in relation to Eritrea and Ethiopia
  17. CAR might charge Boris Becker over 'fake passport'

    BBC World Service

    The foreign minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) says the German former tennis star Boris Becker could face prosecution in the country if he is found to have gained a diplomatic passport illegally.

    Mr Becker's lawyers told the High Court in London that he could not undergo bankruptcy proceedings because he had diplomatic immunity from the CAR.

    They say say he acquired diplomatic status being awarded the position of special attaché for sport and culture at the country's embassy in Brussels.

    But CAR's Foreign Minister Charles-Armel Doubane said the passport was fake and he had asked the justice minister to investigate.

    This photo of Boris Becker appeared on the website of the CAR embassy in Brussels until a few days ago but has since been deleted:

    Boris Becker sits at a desk with the CAR national flag
  18. 'It's the last currency linked with colonialism'

    A group of musicians from across Central and West Africa have launched a protest song and video called Sept Minutes De Chanson Contre Le Franc CFA, or Seven Minutes Against the CFA Franc.

    Many former French colonies are still limited in their financial sovereignty because they are still tied to the CFA franc, a currency guaranteed by the French treasury.

    Senegalese singer Daba Makourejah told BBC Newsday why she and other musicians are fed up and want change:

    Quote Message: It's a reminiscence of a past that we are trying to emancipate ourselves from. Many countries took their independence in the 1960s but this currency stayed. We believe we won't have true independence if our economy is not ours."

    Listen to the interview in full:

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    Video caption: Senegalese singer Daba Makourejah on why she's using music to protest against the CFA franc

    Read more: African protests over the CFA 'colonial currency'

  19. US blocks visas for 'corrupt' DR Congo officials

    BBC World Service

    A close-up shot of a passport with US visa

    The US State Department has imposed visa bans on a number of Congolese officials accused of corruption or electoral malpractice.

    It declined to name those targeted, but said the move was intended to send a strong signal that Washington was committed to fighting corruption and to supporting credible elections.

    The Democratic Republic of Congo is to hold a much-delayed presidential election in December to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila.

    His second and final term in office ended in 2016 but many suspect he is trying to stay in power.

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  20. South Sudan rejects rebel leader's return

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Riek Machar
    Image caption: Regional leaders have instead endorsed a plan to move Riek Machar to a third, neutral country

    South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar is to be relocated to a neutral country outside the region as part of a deal to end more than four years of civil war in the country.

    The plan is endorsed by regional leaders.

    Mr Machar has been under house arrest in South Africa since fleeing South Sudan's capital, Juba, in 2016.

    Two days of peace talks held in Ethiopia have failed to break the deadlock between the warring sides.

    President Salva Kiir rejected proposals to work together with his former vice-president in any transitional government.

    It was the first time Mr Machar had met face-to-face with his rival, President Kiir, in almost two years.

    The next phase of talks are to be held in Sudan and Kenya and will for the first time focus on the country’s economy, which has been shattered by the violence.

    Oil production has almost ground to a halt in the mineral-rich country.

    Mediators have however warned of sanctions if no deal is reached.

    Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions more displaced since fighting broke out in December 2013.