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Summary

  1. Mukhtar Robow was one of the founders of al-Shabab
  2. Ethiopia issues warning over arms smuggling
  3. Egypt president 'saddened' by attack on Coptic Christians
  4. Nigeria army uses Trump to justify use of force
  5. South Africa Airways 'should be shut down'
  6. Thousands seek refuge in hospital after CAR fighting
  7. Tanzanian opposition leader charged with sedition
  8. Hundreds of sexual violence victims treated in one Congolese town

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back next week

    BBC Africa Live

    Clare Spencer

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for 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.

    Here's a reminder of Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: When a coward sees a man he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight." from An Igbo proverb sent by Vincent Ikemelu in Kano, Nigeria, and Joel Mugadza in Keningau, Malaysia.
    An Igbo proverb sent by Vincent Ikemelu in Kano, Nigeria, and Joel Mugadza in Keningau, Malaysia.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from our favourite pictures this week.

    A cycling fan passes on October 30, 2018 near the Yako village, near Ouahigouya, northen Burikna Faso, after taking part in the 5th stage of the Burkina Faso's cycling tour.
  2. Egypt's president 'saddened' by attack on Coptic Christians

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has tweeted his support to the victims of today's attack which killed seven people.

    "I am mourning with deep sadness the martyrs who fell today at the hands of traitors who are trying to harm the tightly-knit fabric of the nation," Sisi said.

    "I wish the wounded a quick recovery and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to fight the darkness of terrorism and pursue the criminals."

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    The bus was heading towards a local Coptic Christian monastery in the Minya region, south of the capital, Cairo, when it was attacked, a senior Coptic cleric says.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamist militants have targeted Egypt's Coptic Christian minority repeatedly in recent years.

  3. Ethiopia warning over arms smuggling

    Abiy Ahmed
    Image caption: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that some people are getting hold of guns to resolve border disputes

    The Ethiopian police say that the smuggling of illegal firearms and ammunition is an increasing problem in the country.

    They report that over the last four months more than 2,500 guns and 13 bombs were confiscated.

    The police say the seizures were made in different areas of the country including the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Last week an oil tanker was found near the Sudanese border in which dozens of guns had been hidden.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed this week warned that people were acquiring guns to resolve regional border disputes.

    Correspondents say Mr Abiy's biggest challenges include reducing ethnic tensions and resolving border disputes within the country.

  4. Burna Boy song starts #MyYèIsDifferentToYourYè meme

    A song by Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy has become an internet meme after another singer added his own lyrics.

    Burner Boy's Ye was released back in August:

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    But it gathered extra attention after singer OSH uploaded his own version to Instagram:

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    The lyrics "my ye is different to your ye" have really tickled tweeters who took it to mean they are effortlessly superior.

    They spread the video with their own absurd examples of how they are better than everyone else.

    Everything from academic superiority...

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    ... to matters of the heart:

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    The meme spread so quickly that, just one day after it was first posted, nearly all the revellers at this club in Essex, UK, knew the words:

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    And it stepped up a level yesterday, when our colleagues at BBC 1xtra invited the singer OSH to sing his version live on the radio:

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    How could this have happened? Our only explanation is that OSH's ye is different to your ye.

  5. The six-year-old Kenyan fighting e-waste

    "I want the whole world to join me to collect e-waste for a safer environment."

    Six-year-old Mellisa Njeri is an e-waste ambassador for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (Weee Centre) in Nairobi, Kenya. Since starting her mission a year ago, she has recycled 150kg of electrical waste.

    Video Journalist: Gloria Achieng.

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    Video caption: The Kenyan six-year-old fighting to save the planet
  6. English football’s only African manager

    Born in a tent in the Tunisian desert, Noureddine 'Dino' Maamria has undertaken an unusual route to becoming manager of League Two side Stevenage FC.

    Today, the 47-year-old is the only African manager working in professional English football.

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    Video caption: Dino Maamria: English football’s only African manager
  7. Mozambique malaria levels 'alarmingly high'

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A mosquito seen under a microscope

    Mozambican health authorities say despite a drop in malaria cases in the country, the figures are still alarmingly high.

    There have been about six million cases of malaria reported in Mozambique between 1 January and 30 September this year, and more than 800 deaths.

    The new figures represent a 17% reduction on last year.

    Mozambique Health Ministry’s spokesperson Lidia Chongo Chongo said there is a greater risk of malaria during the rainy season which runs between October and March.

  8. The Resident Presidents mull over the Khashoggi affair

    Olushambles and Kibarkingmad ponder the implications of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

    Listen to the latest episode of our satire:

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    Video caption: Olushambles and Kibarkingmad's take the death of Jamal Khashoggi
  9. Thousands seek refuge in hospital after CAR fighting

    BBC World Service

    Map showing Central African Republic

    The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says violence between armed groups in the Central African Republic has forced more than 10,000 people to seek refuge at a hospital.

    MSF says the clashes on Wednesday in Batangafo in the north of the country led to three camps for displaced people being set on fire as well as homes and a market.

    Since 2013, CAR has been mired in a cycle of ethnic and religious violence with clashes between largely Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the mostly Christian vigilante group known as anti-Balaka.

    In July the UN said deliveries of Russian weapons to CAR’s security forces had caused rebel groups to stockpile guns.

    Most of the country is beyond the control of the central government.

  10. Prince Charles to remember Africa's WW1 soldiers

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

    The Prince of Wales and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Ghana on the second stop of their nine-day tour of West Africa.

    They were given a rousing welcome in the capital, Accra, and a 21-gun salute from the Ghanaian Armed Forces.

    Prince Charles meets Ghana's president

    They were greeted by President Nana Akufo-Addo and the first lady.

    Traditional welcome for the prince

    While in the country, the couple will lay wreaths at the Christiansburg War Cemetery in Accra where 1,800 mainly troops from West African forces from two World Wars are buried.

    War graves

    While they are here, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will also be visiting Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, where they will be attending a meeting of traditional chiefs at the Manhiya Palace. They will also open a university science and technology park.

    Ahead of his visit, President Akufo-Addo described the prince as an old friend of Ghana.

    The couple will head on to Nigeria on Tuesday.

    The prince's office has been sharing videos on Twitter of their arrival in Ghana:

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  11. The South African sound taking over Europe

    Gqom is a type of South African house music that's becoming increasingly popular in clubs across Europe.

    Durban's Distruction Boyz are at the forefront of the scene - and are nominated for best African act at this weekend's MTV Europe Music Awards.

    They've done all this without a record label. But do they need the backing of one to reach their ultimate goals?

    The BBC's Nomia Iqbal went to meet the duo.

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    Video caption: Distruction Boyz and gqom: The South African sound taking over Europe
  12. BreakingSeven killed in attack on Egyptian bus

    Seven people have been killed in an attack on a bus in Egypt.

    The bus was heading towards a Coptic Christian monastery in upper Egypt, the Archbishop of Minya told Reuters news agency.

    No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  13. Tanzanian opposition leader charged with sedition

    Zitto Kabwe

    Tanzanian opposition party leader Zitto Kabwe has been charged with sedition - or inciting people to rebel against authority.

    It comes after the campaign group Amnesty International complained about the MP being detained without charge for speaking out against recent killings in his constituency.

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    He alleges that more than 100 people were killed in a confrontation with police in Kigoma, western Tanzania, while police say four were killed.

    He was released on bail earlier today and he has to return to court on 26 November.

  14. Two people loyal to South Sudan rebel leader freed

    BBC World Service

    ormer army colonel William Endly and former SPLM-IO spokesman James Gatdet in Juba being handed over to the ICRC
    Image caption: William Endly (left) and James Gatdet Dak in Juba were handed over to the ICRC

    The authorities in South Sudan have released two prominent figures loyal to the rebel leader Riek Machar - months after they were given death sentences.

    James Gatdet Dak, Mr Machar's former spokesperson, was found guilty of treason in February.

    William Endley, a South African military advisor to Mr Machar, was charged with espionage.

    Both men were pardoned earlier this week by President Salva Kiir during celebrations to mark the signing of a peace deal in September.

    On leaving prison, both men said they were looking forward to being reunited with their families.

    Riek Machar has been calling for all political prisoners to be released.

  15. Nigerian army tweets Trump video 'to justify shooting Shias'

    Nigeria's army have tweeted a video of US President Donald Trump, in which he says soldiers can use force against migrants throwing stones, to justify opening fire on a Shia group this week, reports AFP news agency.

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    Nigeria's defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in reaction to an Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against Shia protesters.

    "Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed".

    "We intervened only because the IMN [Islamic Movement of Nigeria] members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us... at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle."

    The army admits that three people were killed in clashes in Abuja on Monday, but the IMN says that dozens died.

    They were demanding the release of their leader Ibraheem Zakzaky who has been in custody for 34 months.

    In the video Mr Trump was referring to Central American migrants attempting to cross the border illegally.

    "We're not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back," he said on Thursday.

  16. Ex al-Shabab leader allowed to run for office

    Ahmed Adan

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Sheikh Mukhtar Robow,
    Image caption: Mukhtar Robow was one of the founders of al-Shabab

    A former al-Shabab commander has been cleared to run for public office in Somalia in this month's regional election.

    He left the militant group in 2012 and surrendered in August last year.

    Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansoor, was previously banned from running by the central government.

    But the Baidoa regional election commission has now cleared him for running for the presidency of South-West state.

    The chairman of the regional elections commission said he has a right to run for the office as he is a Somali citizen.

    He was one of the founders of al-Shabab and trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    He then became one of the highest ranking al-Shabab militants to defect because of what he called ideological differences.

    In June last year, following reports that he was in talks with the Somali government, the US State Department removed him from its terror list and revoked a $5m (£3.8m) reward for his capture.

  17. Ebola death toll in DR Congo 'rises'

    Vaccination
    Image caption: More than 25,000 people have been innoculated in DR Congo since August

    The Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 180 lives, AFP news agency reports the health ministry as saying.

    The ministry is reported as saying that it had recorded 285 possible cases.

    The latest outbreak is spreading in North Kivu, concentrated in Beni, a town near the border with Uganda.

  18. 'Shut down South Africa Airways' says finance minister

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Planes

    South Africa’s national airline should be shut down, according to the country’s new finance minister.

    Tito Mboweni said South Africa Airways (SAA) – which has been losing money for years – was not worth bailing out any more.

    This isn’t government policy yet. But the future of SAA is clearly up for debate.

    As Mr Mboweni pointed out, the airline has been hemorrhaging money for years and is unlikely to find private investors.

    New in the job, Mr Mboweni seems keen to show there are no longer any sacred cows for a government and a country facing huge economic challenges, and urgently needing to slash spending.

    Under former President Jacob Zuma, the national carrier became tied up in politics – sticking with unprofitable international routes, and piling up debts.

    SAA has just been given another huge government bail-out.

    But with an election coming, the governing ANC needs to show its priorities are tackling unemployment and corruption – not subsidising an unprofitable airline mostly used by the middle classes.

  19. Miners clarify 'oil find' in Zimbabwe

    Queue
    Image caption: Zimbabwe suffers from frequent liquefied gas shortages

    Australian energy company Invictus has said it has not found oil and gas deposits in northern Zimbabwe, reports Reuters news agency.

    On Thursday, Zimbabwe's information ministry tweeted that oil had been discovered.

    But in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Invictus put a dampener on Zimbabwe's expectations of an oil bonanza saying "an oil or gas discovery has not been made".

    It added that there were indications of oil which could only be confirmed by drilling an exploration well.

    Zimbabwe's Mines Minister Winston Chitando said the well would be sunk in 2020 at a cost of $20m (£15.35m).

    He said that this will be the largest undrilled onshore resource in Africa.

    Invictus is using data first gathered by Mobil Oil during its studies in the 1990s.

    Reuters reports Mr Chitando as saying that Invictus had made more progress than Mobil because it had a better knowledge of the Muzarabani basin which has a similar geological structure to Uganda and Kenya, where oil has been discovered.

  20. 2,600 sexual violence victims treated in one Congolese town

    Louise Dewast

    Kinshasa, DR Congo

    Soldier in DRC
    Image caption: Some 80% of victims said their attacker was armed

    Doctors without Borders says it has treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in just one town since May last year.

    The town is Kananga in Democractic Republic of Congo - a country where rape continues to be used as a weapon of war.

    The town is in the central province of Kasai which is one of the poorest provinces in the DR Congo and in the summer of 2016, a violent ethnic conflict erupted there.

    The report details some shocking stories, including a woman raped next to her husband’s dead body, a five-year old child raped by a soldier and a man forced to rape his neighbour.

    Of those treated by the humanitarian organisation, more than 150 were under the age of 15 and at least 20 were under the age of five.

    Some 80% of victims say they were attacked by armed men.

    Human rights violations in the region are perpetrated by defence and security forces and various militias such as Kamuina Nsapu and Banu Mura, according to the UN,.

    One of the major problems is that victims often seek help long after they have suffered sexual violence, yet prompt care is essential to ensure protection against infections such as HIV.

    And beyond the medical and psychological impact of rape, victims are also often ostracised by their own communities. As a result, the very social fabric of the region is affected by the consequences of sexual violence.

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