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  1. Scroll down for the week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. You can 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 Friday's proverb:

    Quote Message: Every dog has its day." from An Afrikaans proverb sent by Caxton Matete, Maseru, Lesotho.
    An Afrikaans proverb sent by Caxton Matete, Maseru, Lesotho.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with an image from our selection of the best pictures from Africa this week. It's from a charity event in Uganda called the Royal Ascot Goat Races, a parody of Britain's famous horse race.

    Goats racing around a track
  2. Resident Presidents discuss perks for South Sudan's MPs

    BBC Focus on Africa's satirical Resident Presidents have been pondering the perks of being an MP in South Sudan.

    Recently, they were given $40,000 each for a vehicle.

    But is this something our two heads of state would consider? Perhaps, they suggest, a helicopter or plane would be better.

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    Video caption: How much do they get for a car?
  3. 'I have been waiting to register to vote for three days'

    Voter registration ends today in Nigeria ahead of the general election next year.

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) says over 80 million out of nearly 200 million Nigerians have registered to vote.

    But many people who want to register say the process has been slow and discouraging.

    Chris Ewokor met some of them at one of the registration stations on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja.

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    Video caption: Electoral authority, INEC, under pressure to meet registration demand
  4. Doctors examine Uganda MP Bobi WIne

    A team of nine doctors, making up a medical board, have now examined Ugandan MPs Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake who were prevented from leaving the country on Thursday evening, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire in Kamapala.

    The two men were hoping to get treatment abroad for injuries they say they received while in police custody in recent weeks.

    The musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has been charged with treason and was released on bail on Monday. He appeared in court on crutches.

    President Yoweri Museveni has described the allegations of violence as fake news.

    Ugandans need permission from a medical board to get treatment outside the country.

    The MPs' lawyers are now waiting to hear what the medical board has to say before deciding their next move.

    Bobi Wine supporters
    Image caption: Bobi Wine has a big support base among Uganda's youth
  5. Gambian Isatou Ceesay makes fashion from plastic

    Isatou Ceesay runs a project in The Gambia which recycles plastic waste, and has created work for many women across the country.

    A BBC Africa One Minute Story, by video journalist Sasha Gankin.

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    Video caption: Isatou Ceesay recycles plastic to create purses and jewellery in The Gambia.
  6. Russia offers prize to young CAR poets

    BBC World Service

    Russia is offering creative teenagers in the Central Africa Republic the chance to spend a holiday in a youth camp on the Black Sea shores.

    The winners of a competition for young artists and poets in the CAR will spend three weeks at Artek, a vast Soviet-era holiday camp in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula seized by Russia in 2014.

    Russia has been supplying weapons and training to the country's army, and has donated building materials for hospitals in the north of the country.

    Last October, the two countries signed a deal for Russia to provide Bangui with military aid in return for mining rights.

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    Video caption: Russia and the Central African Republic: A curious relationship
  7. Car crash exhibition aims to shock Ethiopians

    Crashed car

    An exhibition of wrecked vehicles has gone on display in the main square of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, reports the BBC's Abebe Bayu.

    It has been organised by Samrawit Yirgalem who says she has survived four traffic accidents.

    The vehicles have been provided by local insurance companies.

    “I need people to learn from this," Ms Samrawit told the BBC.

    "The Ethiopian new year is coming [next month]. So people should make a resolution to have an accident-free year."

    Crashed car

    The World Health Organization says road traffic accidents are a major global public health problem, and low and middle-income countries, including Ethiopia, bear the brunt.

    Crashed cars

    Ethiopia's transport ministry says that 4,500 people are killed on the country's roads every year and more than 12,000 are injured because of traffic accidents.

  8. Muslim marriage 'should be recognised' in South African law

    BBC World Service

    A court in South Africa has ruled that the government has two years to honour the constitution by altering the law to give Muslim marriage formal recognition for the first time.

    The case, heard in the Western Cape High Court, was brought by the Women's Legal Centre, which argued that the constitutional right to equality was being violated.

    It said Muslim women in South Africa did not enjoy full marriage rights, particularly in relation to property and child access in the event of marital breakdown.

  9. Tanzania anger as 'pupil dies after beating'

    There has been an outcry in Tanzania after a teenager was allegedly beaten to death by a teacher who accused him of stealing, AFP news agency reports.

    Sperius Eradius, 13, died on Monday a few days after being punished for allegedly taking a teacher's handbag, AFP adds.

    In protest, his family are refusing to bury the child until the teacher is suspended.

    The country's health ministry has also condemned the incident, saying it violated the country's Children's Act, which seeks to protect every child, Tanzania's Guardian newspaper reports.

    Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said that an independent pathologist has been sent to Bukoba, north-west Tanzania, where the pupil died, to investigate what happened, the Citizen newspaper reports.

    The Tanzania Media Women's Association is quoted by AFP as describing the incident as a "cruel and inhumane act" and called for "beatings and murders" to stop.

    Tanzanian law allows for corporal punishment but says that it should be done in a "reasonable" manner and focused on the hands and buttocks, AFP reports.

    Pupil with exercise book
    Image caption: Corporal punishment is legal but the law says it should be administered in a reasonable manner
  10. Merkel pledges to help Nigerian youth

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nigeria"s President Muhammadu Buhari address a news conference at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her country is keen to provide more legal pathways for migration to Nigerian citizens.

    She made the remark during a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

    Nigeria is the last stop on the German leader’s tour of West Africa.

    Mrs Merkel said she also wanted to increase the number of Nigerians studying in Germany, which currently stands at 1,200.

    She added that Germany would do more to share its expertise in technical and vocational training with Nigeria.

    Mrs Merkel and President Buhari said they had agreed that human trafficking and illegal migration could only be tackled if economic opportunities were provided for young people.

    There are currently an estimated 30,000 Nigerians living illegally in Germany.

    Mrs Merkel said she's also keen to deepen economic ties with Nigeria beyond the industrial sector.

    The two leaders signed deals in agriculture and car production, including agreeing to providing credit to farmers.

    Mrs Merkel is the second Western leader to visit Nigeria this week. The British Prime Minister Theresa May also travelled to Abuja and Lagos on Wednesday.

  11. How condoms protect fishermen from the sea

    Kenyan fishermen in Mombasa are using condoms for protection - but not in the way you think.

    Video journalist: Anthony Irungu

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    Video caption: Kenyan fishermen use condoms for protection from the sea
  12. Bobi Wine 'guarded by plain-clothes policemen'

    One of the lawyers acting for Ugandan musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine has spoken to journalists outside the hospital where he is being held.

    He was taken there after being stopped from boarding a plane at Entebbe Airport on Thursday night, where he was hoping to travel to get medical treatment.

    Fellow MP Francis Zaake is also being held there.

    The authorities said they should undergo further checks in Uganda.

    The government has sent a team of nine doctors from the medical board to look at them and they will work the MPs' personal doctors.

    The MPs allege that they were assaulted while in custody.

    Lawyer Erias Lukwago said that plain-clothes security operatives were guarding the ward where Bobi Wine and Mr Zaake had been admitted, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire in Kampala.

    He said that the MPs' own doctors had already treated them and there was no need for more doctors to get involved.

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    Video caption: Uganda pop star MP Bobi Wine freed
  13. Genocide victims' skulls return to Namibia

    An official ceremony is under way in Namibia as the skulls of some of the victims of the German genocide of Herero and Nama people returned to the country.

    The Namibian newspaper has been broadcasting footage on Facebook from the parliament's gardens in the capital, Windhoek:

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    On Wednesday, Germany handed back more than 25 human remains of people killed during the genocide in colonial Namibia more than 100 years ago.

    The bones had been sent to Germany for now-discredited research to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans.

    Tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people were murdered in response to an anti-colonial uprising.

    It is thought that 75% of the Herero population and half of the Nama population died.

    People surrounding a cabinet with the skulls in them
    Image caption: The skulls were handed back at a ceremony on Wednesday in Germany's capital, Berlin
  14. Saraki: I did not mean to upset youth activists

    The leader of Nigeria's senate, Bukola Saraki, has responded to accusations that he "usurped" a youth forum on Thursday to announce his intention to run for president (see earlier story).

    A statement issued by Mr Saraki's spokesperson said:

    Quote Message: It was not the intent of the Senate President to put the group or its leadership in an invidious position."
    Quote Message: The announcement by the Senate President that he intends to throw his hat into the ring to contest for the presidency was made in good faith to young PDP [party] aspirants, partly as a symbolic act of encouragement."

    Mr Saraki, 55, was addressing a meeting organised by the Not Too Young To Run movement, which encourages youth involvement in politics, when he announced that he wanted to run for president in 2019.

    People holding up tablets and cameras to take selfies
    Image caption: Some of the people at Thursday's meeting were excited to see Bukola Saraki
  15. Ugandan pop star MP 'had no permission to go'

    Ugandan musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine was unable to leave the country on Thursday night because the courts had not authorised the trip, the head of the country's government information service has said.

    The Uganda Media Centre is tweeting quotes form an interview given by Ofwono Opondo.

    Bobi Wine was stopped at Entebbe Airport where he was hoping to board a plane to seek medical treatment abroad.

    Mr Opondo said that there was a risk the MP could abscond:

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    Bobi Wine, and 32 opposition politicians, were charged with treason last week, following the alleged stoning of President Yoweri Museveni's convoy.

    A second MP - Francis Zaake - was also prevented from leaving Uganda.

    Both men were taken to a hospital, but Mr Opondo said the medics there were not cooperating with the police.

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    Read more: Bobi Wine: Uganda's pop star MP re-arrested at airport

  16. Tunisia minister sacked over corruption allegation

    BBC World Service

    Tunisia's Energy Minister Khaled Gadour and four other senior officials have been dismissed over accusations of corruption.

    Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has ordered an investigation into the allegations, while saying that the ministries of energy and industry will now be merged.

    The move has taken Tunisia's political scene by surprise.

    A government spokesman said that more details would be made public later today.

  17. Journalist 'beaten' in Uganda over Bobi Wine coverage

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Ugandan security agents have allegedly beaten up a journalist covering protests in Kamwokya, a suburb of the capital, Kampala, the privately-owned NBS Television reports.

    The TV station posted a statement and picture showing journalist Joshua Mujunga lying on a hospital bed.

    It said he was "beaten by security operatives while covering a riot that started in Kamwokya".

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    Supporters of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine have been protesting against his detention on 30 August at the country's main airport as he was heading to the US for medical treatment.

    The head of the Ugandan government's information service said reports of mistreatment will be investigated:

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  18. Bagpipes welcome Merkel to Buhari meeting

    Journalists have been tweeting videos and pictures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at Aso Rock, Nigeria's state house, to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

    She was welcomed by bagpipers:

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    This is the third stop for Mrs Merkel on her trip in West Africa.

    The two leaders are set to discuss migration and security, among other topics.

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  19. Kenyan athlete loses shoe but wins race

    Close up showing athlete without his shoe

    Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto lost one of his shoes just after the first lap of his 3000m steeplechase Diamond League race on Thursday night but still went on to win.

    The Olympic and World Champion beat Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali in a sprint finish.

    Video shows Kipruto's left shoe went flying off as he entered the home straight - see here 32 seconds in:

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    TV pictures after the race show the Kenyan limping as he waved to the crowd in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Athletes leaping over a hurdle

    "I have big pain. I am injured because I lost my left shoe. That was a mess, but it motivated me to fight as hard as I could, so the race went well,” the Standard newspaper quotes Kipruto as saying after the race.

    Other top African performances at the Diamond League finals included victories for South Africa's Cater Semenya in the 800m, Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure in the 100m and Kenya's Helen Obiri in the 5000m.

    All winners received a $50,000 (£38,000) prize.

  20. Saraki accused of 'usurping' youth platform

    Bukola Saraki

    The leader of Nigeria's senate, Bukola Saraki, has been criticised for announcing his intention to run for president at a youth forum on Thursday.

    Mr Saraki, 55, was addressing a meeting of the Not Too Young To Run campaign when he said he was answering "the call of teeming youth" who wanted him to become Nigeria's next president in 2019.

    The campaign is intended to make it easier for young people to get involved in politics.

    It released a statement condemning Mr Saraki's move:

    Quote Message: The movement wishes to express its disappointment with Senator Saraki for usurping a platform designed for young aspirants to dialogue with party leadership to advance his political ambition.
    Quote Message: We dissociate ourselves from this political move."

    Mr Saraki hopes to be the candidate for the opposition People's Democratic Party.

    He is the most senior politician to announce his intention to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is set to run for a second term.