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  1. Mugabe 'owned vintage cars - not homes'

    Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe saw himself as an African revolutionary

    Zimbabwe's late President Robert Mugabe did not own any of the properties listed as being part of his estate in an article published in a state-owned newspaper, but he did own vintage cars, his lawyer Terrence Hussein has said.

    Mugabe's daughter Bona Chikowore wrote to the Master of the High Court in October, listing her father's estate as including $10m (£7.7m) in a local bank, 10 cars, four houses in the capital, Harare, his rural homestead, an orchard and a farm, the Herald newspaper reported.

    Mr Hussein said none of the properties listed were in Mugabe's name.

    "The Zvimba homestead is communal land and no title exists. It is state land. The Glen Lorne and Mount Pleasant properties [in Harare] are registered in the name of Zanu-PF," he said, referring to the ruling party.

    "The 10 cars are a vintage car collection which frankly had value only to him," Mr Hussein added.

    Mugabe - who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted in 2017 - died in a Singapore hospital in September at the age of 95.

  2. 'Internet fraud academy' busted in Nigeria

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has arrested 23 people undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of the country.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the suspects - aged between 19 and 35 - were being trained on how to carry out romance and trading scams, as well as identity theft.

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    This is the biggest so-called internet fraud academy that the EFCC has busted in its long battle against cyber-crime.

    A total of 34 laptops and 21 mobile phones were seized during the raid on the building in southern Akwa Ibom state, the EFCC said.

    The suspects would be charged once investigations were concluded, it added.

    People trained to commit romance fraud usually trawl through profiles and piece together information such as wealth and lifestyle, in order to manipulate their victims.

    They cover their tracks by masking IP addresses and using unregistered phone numbers.

  3. Search for survivors after fire engulfs Sudan factory

    Scene at factory

    The emergency services have been evacuating the bodies of victims and searching for survivors after a fire swept through a ceramics factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.

    State television reported "heavy losses of life and property".

    Burnt factory

    The cause of the fire is unclear, but an explosion was heard before the building went up in flames.

    "The explosion was loud. Several cars that were parked in the compound of the factory also caught fire," an employee of an adjacent factory told AFP news agency.

    People evacuated from site

    Doctors say at least 15 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded.

  4. Militants 'kill 20' in Burkina Faso

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Reports from Burkina Faso say at least 20 militants and three soldiers have been killed in two simultaneous attacks near the border with Mali.

    In one incident, suspected jihadists seized large quantities of military equipment after storming an army base in Toeni in the north of the country.

    Across the border in Mali, at least two soldiers were killed and seven others wounded by a roadside bomb in the central region.

    Another nine were injured in a bomb attack near Burkina Faso.

    Islamist militants and other armed groups operate across the region, regularly moving across borders.

  5. Huge fire and blast at Sudan factory 'kills 15'

    Mohanad Hashim

    BBC Africa

    Scene at factory

    At least 15 people have died and 90 others have been injured after an explosion caused a huge fire at a ceramics factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, the government has said.

    Sudanese Doctors Union (SDU) has said.

    The SDU appealed to off-duty doctors to rush to hospitals across the city to treat victims, amid fears that casulaty numbers could rise.

    A witness has tweeted videos of raging flames and plumes of smoke at the industrial site in northern Khartoum.

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  6. George Weah recalls lawmakers amid cash crisis

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC Africa, Monrovia

    Liberian President George Weah
    Image caption: George Weah took office with a promise to improving living standards

    Liberia's lawmakers have been asked to return from their annual break for a special session of parliament to discuss “issues of pressing national concern" at the request of President George Weah, parliamentary press secretary Isaac Redd has said.

    Mr Redd did not elaborate, but media speculation is that Mr Weah - a former football star who became president last year - wants parliament to hastily authorize the printing of 35bn Liberian dollars ($200m; £154m) to pay salaries to employees ahead of Christmas.

    However, the deputy press secretary in Mr Weah's office, Smith Toby, said that “nothing like that is mentioned in the president’s communication” to the parliamentarians.

    Liberia has been hit by a severe financial crisis, which has seen lawmakers and civil servants complaining of delays in the payment of their salaries.

  7. UN deploys troops to curb deadly South Sudan clashes

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    UN peacekeeper in South Sudan (archive)
    Image caption: The UN troops are battling help achieve stability in South Sudan

    The United Nations mission in South Sudan says it has redeployed some of its troops to Aloor county to try to halt communal clashes.

    The UN said nearly 80 people had been killed and more than 100 injured in the past few days of fighting between the Gak and Manuer communities.

    The two sides have also been looting each other's property and stealing cattle.

    Civil war erupted in South Sudan six years ago. Although a ceasefire is currently holding, the establishment of a power-sharing government has been repeatedly delayed.

  8. Swiss-Cameroonian expelled from Ivory Coast

    A Swiss-Cameroonian activist, Nathalie Yamb, says she has been deported from Ivory Coast after being accused of engaging in "activities against the national interest".

    Ms Yamb - who is an adviser to Ivory Coast's main opposition leader Mamadou Koulibaly and a fierce critic of France's influence over its former colonies - tweeted a photo of herself in a plane, following her expulsion from the West African state:

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    She was reportedly put on a plane to Zurich, with a stop-over in Paris.

    Ivory Coast's government has not yet commented on the decision to expel her.

  9. Mugabe left behind '$10m in cash'

    Robert and Grace
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe married Grace, 41 years his junior, in 1996

    Zimbabwe's late President Robert Mugabe left behind $10m (£7.7m) in the bank and several properties in the capital, Harare, the state-owned Herald newspaper has reported.

    Mugabe, who died in September at the age of 95, had failed to leave a will, prompting legal authorities to call a meeting this week to appoint an executor, it added.

    The ex-president's daughter, Bona Chikowore, wrote to the Master of High Court in October, listing her father's estate as including $10m in a local bank, four houses in Harare in addition to his rural home, an orchard and a farm, the Herald reported.

    He also owned 10 cars, the newspaper reported.

    Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 as prime minister and president, before being forced out of power in 2017.

    He is survived by his second wife, Grace Mugabe, and four children. Under Zimbabwean law, they will inherit his wealth

  10. Kenya importers 'forced to use costly rail line'

    Railway
    Image caption: The line between Mombasa and Nairobi was built with China's help

    Kenyan importers have told Reuters news agency they have been forced by the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) to use a new rail line between the coastal city of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi.

    The port confirmed the policy in August, but rescinded the order in October after protests, Reuters reports.

    Businesses told the news agency that little has changed and they are still required to use the more expensive railway.

    They say their costs have shot up nearly 50% thanks to extra fees, the longer time it takes to clear goods at the congested Nairobi train depot and because they have to send lorries to collect the goods from there.

    Importers must pay at least 25,000 Kenyan shillings ($243; £188) for a truck to collect the goods from the Nairobi depot and 15,000 shillings in depot fees, three businessmen, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

    The higher charges are necessary to meet loan repayments, Daniel Manduku, head of the state-run KPA and a board member of Kenya Railways, said, the news agency reports.

    The contract between China's Exim Bank, KPA and Kenya Railways requires KPA to provide one million tonnes of cargo to the railway per year, according to Reuters.

    Kenya owes Exim Bank 660 billion shillings for the railway and other projects, about a tenth of its total national debt. The bank and KPA did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

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  11. Plea to Trump to remove Sudan from terror list

    Leading Sudanese public figures have signed an open letter, asking US President Donald Trump to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    The letter said Sudan should not be held responsible for the actions of the regime of ex-President Omar al-Bashir, who was forced out of power earlier this year following a popular uprising.

    The letter was signed by politicians, academics, activists, and professionals in the diaspora.

    Sudan was added to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 after it was accused of harbouring Islamist militants. At the time, Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network were among those based there.

    One of the 79 signatories of the letter, Sara Abdigalil, the president of the Sudan Doctors Union in the UK, told BBC Newsday that the sanctions have limited investment options in Sudan.

    "Things have changed," she said.

    "Lifting the sanctions has got benefits not only for the people of Sudan but globally. If you talk about terrorism without having [a] sort of economic stability it will be difficult to fight terrorism," she added.

    Listen to her interview on Newsday:

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    Video caption: Prominent Sudanese sign an open letter to President Trump
  12. Amnesty outraged at Tanzania rights court decision

    Sammy Awami

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    International Tribunal for Rwanda
    Image caption: The court itself is in Tanzania, which has also hosted the Rwanda genocide tribunal, but Tanzanians will not be able to use it

    The human rights organisation Amnesty International has said a decision by Tanzania to withdraw from part of the treaty that established the remit of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights which allows its citizens and NGOs to sue the government at the court.

    Amnesty said the withdrawal denies individuals and organisations access to justice.

    This "is clearly a cynical attempt to evade accountability”, Japhet Biegon, Amnesty International’s Africa Advocacy Coordinator said.

    Tanzania, which hosts the court in the northern city of Arusha, will become the second country after Rwanda to withdraw from this clause.

    The move is likely to raise concerns over the country whose human rights record has been under scrutiny in the last few years.

    In a letter to the African Union, whose member states established the court, Tanzania explained that it was taking the action because the court had failed to uphold reservations that the country made about allowing individuals and NGOs to sue it.

    Almost 40% of the cases to have been filed at the court are against Tanzania, despite 51 other African countries being signatory.

    In 2010, Tanzania said that individuals and NGOs should only refer to it once all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted.

    Amnesty International believes Tanzania’s move is the latest sign of growing hostility towards human rights and rights defenders. The organisation has challenged the country to reconsider its decision.

  13. Adut Akech wins model of the year in fashion awards

    South Sudanese model Adut Akech in the 2019 Fashion Awards

    South Sudanese model Adut Akech was named model of the year at the 2019 Fashion Awards on Monday.

    The 19-year-old was recognised in a star studded ceremony that as held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.

    Akech had been nominated alongside Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow.

    The Awards, which act as a fundraiser for the British Fashion Council’s talent initiatives, are moderated by 2,500 key members of the fashion industry who nominate, and then elect, the winners.

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  14. Main defendant acquitted in Mozambique fraud case

    BBC World Service

    US Dollar bank notes
    Image caption: Many others have been charged in the Mozambique $2bn loan fraud case

    A federal jury in New York has acquitted the main defendant in a fraud case which plunged Mozambique into a serious financial crisis in 2016.

    Prosecutors had argued that the Lebanese businessman, Jean Boustani, had paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to Mozambican politicians and officials, and bankers at Credit Suisse, to secure a $2bn (£1.5bn) loan for the Mozambican government.

    Mozambique did not initially disclose the loan and defaulted once it became public knowledge. International donors then cut off funds.

    US prosecutors got involved after part of the loan was sold to American investors, who eventually lost their money. Three Credit Suisse bankers previously pleaded guilty in the case.

  15. Tuesday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Do not kill a snake and swing it around; the ones inside the holes are watching you. from A Tsonga proverb sent by Thomas Manyoshi Vhauke, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    A Tsonga proverb sent by Thomas Manyoshi Vhauke, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Picture of a snake

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

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    We'll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. There will be an automated service until Tuesday morning.

    Or you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: The good milking cow is praised after her death." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by Ngugi Muchane in Kenya
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by Ngugi Muchane in Kenya

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo taken by Gabonese visual artist Yannis Davy Guibinga:

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