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Summary

  1. Stella Nyanzi is awaiting trial for insulting the president's mother
  2. Ten killed by triple bomb blasts in Somalia's capital
  3. Libyan elections should be delayed to 2019, says UN
  4. Nigerian TV sorry for 'leaking Shia leader's $10,000 prison food bill'
  5. Global bodies want DR Congo militias to help curb Ebola
  6. Health warning issued over South Africa's 'fainting dance'
  7. Historic Ethiopia-Somalia flight touches down
  8. 'Small irregularities' in Madagascar poll, says EU

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    Natasha Booty

    BBC Africa Live

    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 check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: Hold a true friend with both your hands." from Sent by Kathi Giberman in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Sent by Kathi Giberman in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    And we leave you with this photo of a fisherman gathering his net underwater, off the coast of Madagascar.

    It's one of our favourite shots from the past week.

    A Malagasy fisherman gathers his net.
  2. Sahafi Hotel: Mogadishu landmark's family tragedy

    We reported earlier on the tragedy of a father and son who both died in attacks while owners of the same hotel in Somalia's capital.

    Renowned Somali businessman Abdifatah Abdirashid "Liqeyte" was among at least 10 people killed in today's deadly bomb blasts.

    He was the owner of Sahafi Hotel which was targeted by al-Shabab militants. They said they attacked the hotel because government officials stayed there.

    Abdirashid took over ownership of the hotel from his father - Abdirashid Mohamed - who was killed in a similar attack in 2015.

    Sahafi Hotel had been popular with visiting foreigners because it had good views across the capital city and was seen as being relatively secure.

    During the civil war in the 1990s, foreign journalists were known to shelter there.

    Read more: Why does al-Shabab target hotels?

  3. 'Fainting dance' comes with health warning

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    A dance craze which involves pretending to faint has taken South Africa by storm.

    Students and revellers are sharing videos online of themselves doing the #IdibalaChallenge - falling to the ground as they dance to the song.

    But it comes with a health warning.

    The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has told people not to endanger their lives, or those of other road users, as they simulate fainting while they are behind the wheel.

    "It is in the same category as texting and driving," said RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane. "Many fatal crashes are caused by this. Crashes happen within a split of a second and drivers should keep full concentration on the road."

    King Monada is the artist behind the hit song known as Malwedhe (or Idibala) which loosely translates as "fainting", in the Khelobedu language of Limpopo province.

    Footballers have joined in....

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    ...as have health workers:

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    The song's lyrics include the lines:

    Quote Message: I have an illness. If you date me, don’t joke about dumping me. I'm likely to faint. If you cheat, I will faint. If you don’t give me money. I will faint. If you don’t come home, I will faint. If you switch off your phone, I will faint." from Idibala lyrics King Monada
    Idibala lyricsKing Monada

    Firefighters also had their turn:

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  4. Ugandan activist rejects bail to 'teach Facebook'

    A Ugandan academic who was arrested and detained for insulting President Yoweri Museveni’s late mother in posts on her Facebook page has rejected bail, saying she wants to stay in prison to teach other women how to use the social media platform.

    Stella Nyanzi's trial is due to start on 22 November.

    Last year, she was charged with cyber harassment for referring to President Yoweri Museveni as a "pair of buttocks".

    Ms Nyanzi told Buganda Road Magistrates Court today:

    Quote Message: What are they investigating - that Yoweri Museveni is still offended? I will go and be with those ladies in Luzira [Prison] teaching them how to write on Facebook. When they are released they can write as much as I do.
    Quote Message: As a writer... A poetess... writing to a broad group of people, I write criticising the regime."
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  5. 'People call us Serena and Venus Williams'

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    Video caption: Cameroon tennis twins: 'People call us Serena and Venus'

    Cameroonian twins Linda and Manuela Eloundou were inspired to start playing tennis when they saw Serena Williams wearing the colours of their national flag.

    They each hope to become champions and win a grand slam.

    BBC What's New? went to meet them.

    Video journalist: Arwa Barkallah

  6. The newspaper for Africans in Delhi

    A community-based newspaper in the Indian capital, Delhi, is providing a voice for Africans living there.

    Africans make up to 25% of the population in the city's Khirkee village area, but often face discrimination and struggle to integrate.

    Khirkee Voice co-publisher Malini Kochupillai told the BBC that they are "providing a voice for the unheard to be heard".

    Video Journalist: Angelica Jopson

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    Video caption: Khirkee Voice: The Delhi newspaper bridging the Indian-African divide
  7. The family tragedy of Mogadishu hotel owners

    It has emerged that the owner of Hotel Sahafi in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, was among those killed by today's bomb attack outside the building.

    He had inherited the business from his father, who was himself killed in a similar attack on the hotel in 2015, by Islamist group al-Shabab, which has also said it carried out today's attack.

    It said it targeted the hotel because government officials stayed there.

    Read more: Why does al-Shabab target hotels?

    Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu.
    Image caption: In the 2015 attack on Hotel Salafi 15 people were killed, including its owner.
  8. What else could Zakzaky's 'meal budget' buy?

    Kunle Falayi

    BBC Yoruba, Lagos

    Grilled fish
    Image caption: ...$322 per day would buy you *a lot* of grilled fish.

    We reported earlier on how a Nigeria TV station was forced to apologise for leaking a recording in which a government minister is heard to say that high-profile prisoner, Ibraheem Zakzaky, is fed meals costing $9,600 (£7,400) per month. That works out around $322 per day.

    So what else could that money get you?

    For starters, that sum would feed 17 ordinary prison inmates in Nigeria for one year.

    Or, 208 inmates for one month.

    Many Nigerians have questioned what Zakzaky could possibly be eating that would amount to this sum.

    Here's an idea: In an average Italian restaurant in Abuja, a platter of spaghetti Cartaccio – consisting of spaghetti tossed with classic tomato sauce and king prawn – costs $14, a bottle of Eva non-alcoholic fruit wine costs up to $14, while a large and well-garnished barbecued fish also costs $14.

    Zakzaky would have to drink seven bottles of Eva, eat eight plates of Cartaccio plus eight plates of barbecued fish each day to exhaust $322.

    That would take some eating.

  9. Somalia blast: Pictures of the aftermath

    Gruesome pictures of the aftermath of the bomb blast in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, are being shared on Twitter.

    There are conflicting reports about the number of fatalities. Reuters news agency reports that 20 have been killed while AFP news agency puts the number at 10.

    A VOA journalist has shared pictures showing damage to a hotel close to where the three bombs were set off by suicide attackers:

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  10. Somalia blast: Guards fired at attackers

    Guards at Hotel Sahafi and police officers opened fire after suicide attackers detonated two bombs in a car close to the hotel and the offices of the Criminal Investigation Department in Mogadishu, news agency Reuters quotes police as saying.

    A third blast then went off in the busy street 20 minutes later.

    A police officer told Reuters that 17 people had been killed in the blast but the news agency says its photographer has counted 20 bodies.

    No group has claimed responsibility, but militant group al-Shabab has been behind previous attacks in the capital.

  11. Somalia bomb blast: '17 killed'

    At least 17 people have been killed in a bomb blast in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, news agency Reuters reports, quoting a police officer.

    "So far we have confirmed 17 civilians dead. They were travelling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire occurred. The death toll is sure to rise," Ali Nur, a police officer in the city, told Reuters.

    He said suicide attackers using two car bombs were behind the attack which happened at a hotel near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department.

  12. Three bomb blasts reported in Somali capital

    Three bomb blasts are now known to have hit Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, where there have also been reports of gunfire.

    It not yet known if there have been any casualties.

  13. Plumes of smoke over Mogadishu after bomb blasts

    A VOA journalist has tweeted this photo close to the scene in Mogadishu where two bomb blasts have been heard in the last half-hour:

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    We will continue to monitor events and bring you updates.

  14. BreakingBomb blasts in Mogadishu

    Reports are coming in of two, consecutive bomb blasts in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    It is not yet known if there are any casualties.

    We will bring you updates as this story develops.

  15. 'People think you can pray things away'

    Hauwa Ojeifo set up a mental health helpline for women in Nigeria after suffering from depression herself.

    People seeking support can go to the She Writes Woman walk-in centre, or call its 24/7 helpline.

    Hauwa says most people understand very little about mental health, which is something she is determined to change:

    Quote Message: We have a misinformed narrative. What we've been told for generations about mental illness is: 'You've done something bad and it's caught up with you'.

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    Video caption: Hauwa Ojeifo launched mental health support organisation She Writes Woman
  16. Historic Ethiopia-Somalia flight touches down

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    An Ethiopian Airlines plane has landed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu - the first such flight in four decades.

    All flights were halted in the 1970s after a border conflict broke out between the two countries.

    The political landscape in the Horn of Africa region has changed dramatically since April, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.

    He is currently holding a meeting in the Ethiopian city of Gondar with the Somali president, Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo and the Eritrean president, Isias Afwerki.

    The former rivals are looking at ways to boost trade between their countries.

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  17. Didier Drogba loses final in 'last match'

    Didier Drogba takes a selfie
    Image caption: Drogba scored as Phoenix Rising won the USL western conference

    Didier Drogba has lost what could be the final game of his career, as Phoenix Rising were beaten 1-0 by Louisville City FC in the United Soccer League Cup final.

    The former Chelsea striker, 40, has said this will be his last season.

    In April 2017, Drogba became player-co-owner of Phoenix Rising in the second tier of US football.

    Fellow owner Berke Bakay thanked him for his "amazing contributions to the beautiful sport" after Friday's loss.

    Drogba scored a goal in each of the club's three play-off matches en route to their first ever USL Cup final.

    "You have laid the foundation of something really special that we are all going to enjoy for many years to come," tweeted Bakay.

    Before the final, Bakay told BBC World Service that Drogba would be moving into the boardroom after retires.

  18. 'Small irregularities' in Madagascar poll

    BBC World Service

    Delegates are seen handing over election reports at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina Antananarivo, on November 8, 2018 where the national tallying centre has been set up
    Image caption: Party delegates have gathered at the national tallying centre in the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in the capital, Antananarivo

    European Union election observers say there were only a small number of irregularities in Madagascar's election on Wednesday.

    The head of the EU team, Cristian Preda, said these would not affect the credibility of the poll.

    On Thursday one of the presidential candidates, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, denounced the election as fraudulent.

    He stepped down as president in September in order to run for office again - as required under Madagascar's constitution.

    Results from just 6% of polling stations so far give a clear lead to two other former presidents, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana.

  19. Hugh Masekela remembered

    Hugh Masekela, the "father of South African Jazz" who died this year aged 78, is to be celebrated with two tribute concerts - one in Johannesburg, and another at the UK's London Jazz Festival.

    Among those due to perform on the night are two of his long-time friends and collaborators -Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi and Sibongile Khumalo, a South African singer.

    They reflect on Masekela's extraordinary life and legacy with BBC Newsday:

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    Video caption: The musician was a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid
  20. Nigerian TV sorry for 'leaking Shia leader's prison food bill'

    A boy holds a large sign reading "Free Zakzaky" at a protest in Nigeria in 2016.
    Image caption: Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, has been in prison since 2015

    A Nigerian TV station has apologised for leaking a recording in which a minister was heard to say that the government spends 3.5m naira ($9,600; £7,400) per month on feeding a high-profile prisoner.

    The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed was reported to have made the disclosure off the record about imprisoned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.

    OAK TV has since published an open letter of apology and says it has sanctioned the journalists responsible:

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    Members of IMN, a pro-Iran Shia Muslism sect, held protests in the capital, Abuja, earlier this month calling for the release of Zakzaky.Some protesters were killed by Nigerian police, who arrested 400 others. The exact number of deaths has been disputed - the army says six people died, while Amnesty International says there were dozens of fatalities.

    (See our later post: What else could Zakzaky's 'meal budget' buy?)