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  1. How Kenya sex worker with HIV rebuilt her life

    Betty Sande is a former sex worker who is also HIV positive.

    The mother of three was shunned by her family and community in Nairobi.

    But she now helps others living with HIV and says her life is now back on track.

    Video Journalist:Judith Wambare.

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    Video caption: How Kenya sex worker with HIV rebuilt her life
  2. Huge emerald found in Zambia

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Inkalamu emerald

    Miners at Zambia's Kagem mine, in the north of the country, have discovered a rare high quality 5,655 carat (1.13kg) emerald crystal.

    The emerald – dubbed "Inkalamu" (meaning lion) - "shows remarkable clarity with a perfectly balanced golden green colour," according to a statement released by Kagem Mining Ltd.

    The emerald is already creating a buzz in the global gemstone industry ahead of its auction in Singapore next month, the statement added.

    “We are experiencing strikingly increased demand for high quality Zambian emeralds from the major brands, particularly in Europe, all of whom admire the rich colour and unique transparency of our gems.

    The huge gemstone will be cut into smaller stones to be sold.

    Inkalamu was discovered in the eastern part of Kagem’s largest open-pit mine on 2 October.

    Kagem is 75% owned by London-based Gemfields and 25% by the Zambian government through its investment wing, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia.

  3. First Nairobi-New York direct flight lands

    Kenyans are celebrating on Twitter after Kenya Airways inaugural direct flight from Nairobi to New York landed.

    People have been tracking its progress across the Atlantic Ocean through the night.

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    The plane got a water salute on its arrival at JFK Airport.

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    When it took off late on Sunday night, President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted that the 15-hour flight would boost tourism and trade.

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    In East Africa, direct flights to the US are already available from Ethiopian Airlines.

    South African Airways also flies direct from South Africa.

  4. African players pay tribute to Leicester FC chairman

    Stanley Kwenda

    BBC Africa

    Leicester City’s African players have been reacting to the death of the club’s chairman, Thailand billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium at the weekend.

    The club has the biggest contingent of African players in the English Premier League.

    “May the good Lord accept your soul. Rest on boss,” Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho wrote on Twitter.

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    Iheanacho's countryman Wilfred Ndidi tweeted: "Thank you for all you did for the club."

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    Among others to pay tribute were Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal, Tunisian defender Yohan Benalouane and Malian midfielder Fousseni Diabaté

    Srivaddhanapraba bought Leicester City in 2010 and had overseen its gradual rise first to the Premier League and then winning the league in 2016.

    Read more on our African football website.

  5. Ghana university vice chancellor 'asked to step aside'

    Favour Nunoo

    BBC Pidgin, Accra

    Ghana's government has asked the vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Knust), Professor Obiri Danso, to step aside following violent protests a week ago.

    Deputy Education Minister Osei Adutwum confirmed the news to Accra-based radio station Star FM

    The trouble started at Knust, in Ghana’s second largest city of Kumasi, two weeks ago after 11 students were arrested by police for taking part in their usual end-of-week party, known as a jamboree, which the university authorities had recently banned.

    Planned peaceful protests against the arrests turned violent resulting in the indefinite closure of the university last Tuesday. The university’s governing council was also dissolved.

    Man breaking a sign
    Image caption: Protests at Knust turned violent last week

    The University Teachers Association of Ghana (Utag) at Knust have embarked on an indefinite strike arguing government’s dissolution of the governing council amounts to interference of tertiary education which is supposed to be autonomous.

    Some experts say that the government’s removal of the vice chancellor could plunge the university, and by extension Ghanaian tertiary education into crisis, if the union action spreads.

  6. Gabon president 'recovering in hospital'

    Gabon's President Ali Bongo is in hospital suffering from severe fatigue but is now recovering, the president's spokesperson has confirmed.

    President Bongo was taken ill during a trip to Saudi Arabia last week and is receiving treatment in a hospital there.

    Spokesperson Ike Ngouoni said the fatigue is a result of "extremely high levels of activity in recent months".

    He also called on Gabonese to stay vigilant over fake news about the president's health circulating on social media and online, saying the presidency would update people regularly.

    The government tweeted this video (in French) on Sunday evening:

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    Mr Bongo, who is 59, took over the presidency following the death of his father Omar Bongo in 2009.

    Omar Bongo became president in 1967.

  7. SA minister sex tape 'leaked by opposition'

    The spokesperson for South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has tweeted that someone from the opposition was behind the leaking of the sexually explicit video that was stolen from the minister's phone.

    Vuyo Mkhize said it was initially obtained by state security officials who tried to blackmail Mr Gigaba, and was then passed to others.

  8. Anonymous 'hacked' Gabon government sites

    BBC World Service

    The Anonymous Group – a collective of dispersed international hacking activists - says they brought down 70 government and other official websites in Gabon.

    Sites run by the civil service and communications ministry were among those hit.

    A Twitter account with links to the group said servers and mail systems were offline, adding that as the tweet put it: “the dictators should have been expecting us”.

    There’s no independent confirmation of the claim.

    The apparent attack came a day after legislative elections in Gabon, with the governing party of the long-entrenched Bongo family looking set to retain power easily.

  9. SA minister 'blackmailed over sex tape'

    Malusi Gigaba
    Image caption: Malusi Gigaba was finance minister when he alleges he was blackmailed over the tape

    The spokesperson for South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said that "state security agents" hacked his phone and stole a sexually explicit video.

    His spokesman said people then tried to blackmail Mr Gigaba.

    “Several started demanding from around April an amount of 10m rand ($690,000, £540,000) in cash.

    "When it became clear that he was really not interested in entertaining these blackmail demands the call now began to demand that he intervenes in various state entities," Vuyo Mkhize is quoted by the public broadcaster SABC as saying.

    A tape with sexually explicit material from Mr Gigaba's phone was leaked over the weekend.

    The home affairs minister responded by saying that the video was meant for him and his wife only:

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    He also issued an apology for the embarrassment that it caused:

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    But the minister has said this was a privacy issue:

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    A position that was backed up by the country's former anti-corruption tsar Thuli Madonsela who tweeted that "what [the minister's] does in private without harming anyone or the dignity of his office is nobody’s business":

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  10. Wise words

    Monday's African proverb:

    Quote Message: The wealth which enslaves the owner isn't wealth." from Sent by Delphine Kabanga, Chingol, Zambia.
    Sent by Delphine Kabanga, Chingol, Zambia.
    Cartoon of man with suitcase with money in it

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  11. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up to date with news and developments from the continent.