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  1. Prisoners 'tortured after riot' in Cameroon

    Campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Cameroon's authorities held more than 100 detainees incommunicado and tortured many of them, following a riot in one of the country's biggest prisons.

    Last month inmates set fire to parts of Kondengui maximum security prison in the capital, Yaoundé, and some even live-streamed on Facebook the initial protest from their mobile phones.

    Many people accused of being separatist rebels from the Anglophone regions are held in that facility, and in video footage from the 22 July protest prisoners were heard chanting pro-independence slogans as well as decrying their treatment and conditions.

    HRW reports that among the group sent to State Defense Secretariat the next day, where the alleged torture began, were suspected separatists as well as suppporters of the opposition CRM party.

    Cameroon's government has not commented on the allegations of torture, but confirmed the transfer of dozens of inmates from Kondengui to unspecified facilities.

    Prisoners seen in a crowded room
    Image caption: Footage of last month's riot was live-streamed on Facebook
  2. Trevor Noah 'world's fourth-richest stand-up'

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Trevor Noah seen on the red carpet in 2018.

    Trevor Noah is laughing all the way to the bank.

    The New York-based South African stand-up comedian is the fourth-highest paid in the world, according to Forbes Rich List 2019.

    It is the first time the Soweto-born star has been ranked in the magazine's top 10.

    The 35-year-old raked in $28m (£23,054) last year alone from various projects, including his day job as the TV host of The Daily Show.

    But the bulk of his income came from his 70-stop world tour as a stand-up comedian, making him eligible for the list of richest stand-ups. Other sources of income were his two shows on Netflix, and book sales from his bestselling autobiography Born A Crime.

    While the funnyman leads African stand-ups in earnings, the number-one spot goes to the US comedian Kevin Hart who made an estimated $59m in 2018.

  3. Death toll rises after Burkina Faso attack

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The military in Burkina Faso says the number of soldiers killed in a suspected jihadist attack on Monday has risen to 24.

    Dozens of militants are reported to have stormed the army base in northern Soum province, arriving on motorbikes and pick-up trucks.

    This is believed to be the heaviest loss the army has suffered in its campaign against Islamist militias.

    Burkina Faso's main opposition party has called on the government to resign, accusing it of failing to contain the jihadists who have killed hundreds of people in recent years.

    Burkinabe gendarmes sit on their vehicle in the north of the country in 2018.
    Image caption: Security forces have been under pressure as militant attacks increase
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    Video caption: Open Arms migrants try to swim to Lampedusa

    Ten migrants jumped off a rescue ship, hoping to swim to an Italian island.

  5. 'Why my parents sent me back to Nigeria for school'

    A common point of discussion among diaspora communities is whether parents should send their children back to their native countries for schooling.

    "My mum told me on my birthday, 'you're not coming back with the rest of the family'," says Titi Abi Odusanwo.

    She had gone on holiday from the UK to Nigeria with her family around her 11th birthday, when to her surprise she was told she would be starting boarding school in a rural part of Ogun state.

    "I was used to constant electricity and running water... my lasagne and my pizzas. So the contrast of waking up at 4am to fetch water in an external well - with toads - was horrifying," she says with a laugh.

    Now an adult, she reflects on the experience with her mother, Bolanle Soetan, at BBC's Focus on Africa's studio in London:

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    Video caption: Titi travelled to Nigeria with her family as a child - but they returned home without her
  6. Man mauled to death by lions in South Africa

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Three lions have mauled a man to death at a game reserve north of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.

    Staff members shot and killed the animals after the attack.

    "The decision to shoot the lions was made by people on the premises in order to get the deceased," spokesman for Best Care emergency services Xander Loubser told local site News24.

    He added that the victim was the owner of lions on the farm in the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

    A lion pictured in South Africa in 2010.
    Image caption: Lions are a key attraction of South Africa's game reserves (stock image)
  7. MPs resign amid Ramaphosa bank account leaks

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Cyril Ramaphosa pictured in 2018.

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing the most embarrassing period of his young presidency following leaked bank statements that revealed names of donors, as well as people who received money from his CR17 fundraising campaign, set up to help him become African National Congress (ANC) leader two years ago.

    Two opposition MPs from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) whose names appeared in the bank statements widely shared on social media, resigned after admitting to receiving funds from the CR17 campaign.

    In her resignation letter Tebogo Mokwela stated that she received two payments of 40,000 rand ($2,600; £2,150) each "for personal use". Nkagisang Mokgosi said she had accepted the same sum of money, a decision that was "related to personal situations I had".

    The EFF's deputy president tweeted out both statements:

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    President Rampahosa's office has responded for the first time since the leaks at the weekend.

    His spokesperson Khusela Diko said “if someone requested [money] for bereavement" it simply shows that the president is a caring and compassionate human being.

    This week the president, who campaigned on a ticket of "clean government", is expected to face opposition MPs in parliament in a question-and-answer session.

    Opposition MPs are already rubbing their hands together with glee in anticipation.

  8. Rwandan brewery apologises for sexist beer jokes

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Rwanda Skol beer bottles with the sexist jokes

    A Rwandan brewery has apologised to those upset by derogatory jokes about women printed on its beer labels.

    One of the jokes appearing on the bottles of Skol beer says: “When can a woman make you a millionaire?” The answer: “When you are a billionaire.”

    Tweeters reacted in fury to the #livelaughlager campaign.

    “Sexist jokes are NOT funny… they perpetuate the narrative that women are less intelligent and capable than men!” one person tweeted.

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    Another tweeter, Juliette Karitanyi, posted that women weren’t laughing, adding it undermined the work of Rwandan women.

    The minister of gender and family planning agreed, saying such language demeaning women was not acceptable in Rwanda.

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    The illustrator involved in the campaign for Skol - one of Rwanda's most popular beers - was the first to apologise, saying it did not correspond with his personal values.

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    After the BBC contacted Skol Rwanda, the brewery tweeted that it was sorry for any offence caused.

    “We’ve stopped production of these jokes,” it said.

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  9. Kenyan anger over order to close bars for census

    Ashley Lime

    BBC News, Nairobi

    A Kenyan census official pictured in 2009
    Image caption: Kenya's last census was conducted 10 years ago

    Kenyans on Twitter are not happy about an order for all bars and entertainment venues to be shut down in Machakos county during the national census taking place next Saturday and Sunday.

    The governor of Machokos, in eastern Kenya, issued the directive on Monday, saying the closure would allow "families to be together".

    Markets, shops, factories and construction sites have also been ordered to close.

    But one tweeter said, he was upset as the directive meant he would miss a key Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool on Saturday.

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    Others have pointed to the losses businesses will face, querying if they will receive any compensation:

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  10. University blocked off by Zimbabwe riot police

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Anti-riot police seen in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwean security forces have been deployed to block an opposition protest for the third time in five days.

    The latest deployment is in the central city of Gweru, where police are patrolling in trucks and have cordoned off a university.

    The opposition MDC, which called the rallies, described the move as a determined effort by the authorities to ensure there was no more democratic space in Zimbabwe.

    The MDC failed to overturn earlier bans on protests in the city of Bulawayo and the capital, Harare.

  11. Ethiopia plane 'not allowed to land in Somali city'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    A map showing the location of Kismayo in relation to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    An Ethiopian plane was denied permission to land in southern Somalia on Thursday, sources at the airport in Kismayo say.

    Tension is high in Kismayo, the capital of Somalia's Jubbaland province, where controversial regional elections were supposed to be held on Thursday.

    The UN and government, backed by Ethiopia, want them postponed. While the regional authorities, backed by Kenya, want them to go ahead.

    Both Ethiopia and Kenya are part of the more than 20,000-strong African Union (AU) force in the country.

    A Kismayo-based journalist has reported that more than 90 Ethiopian commandos were thought to be on board the plane that tried to land.

    Many Kenyan troops are based in Kismayo.

    A high-level delegation led by the AU mission commander Tigabu Yilma - an Ethiopian - is expected in the southern city to try and mediate a solution to the impasse.

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    Video caption: Woedikou Afi Apéafa: 'Female players have potential but we are denied visas'

    Togolese footballer Woedikou Afi Apéafa says women are denied the chance to travel for tournaments.

  13. Relief as Cape Town water levels rise

    A man fills a large water bottle from a tap

    Dams supplying the South African city of Cape Town are now 81% full, a year after a chronic water shortage almost forced officials to cut the supply off entirely.

    At this time last year the level was just 53%, News24 reports.

    Residents have been praised for limiting their daily consumption of water, with current guidelines banning motorists from using hosepipes to wash their cars.

    "Predictions show that rainfall will decrease further over years to come. We must therefore continue to use water wisely," the local government representative for environmental affairs, Anton Bredell, told reporters.

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  14. Somali refugee poet: Why I am a walking stereotype

    Eighteen-year-old Saida Dahir, a Somali refugee living in the US, has told the BBC that her new spoken-word collection of poetry is her way of showing people - like US President Donald Trump - what it is like to be a migrant.

    The collection, The Walking Stereotype, was released on iTunes last month and includes 13 poems, all in English, as Dahir does not speak Somali.

    She told BBC Newsday that Paper and Pen was her favourite poem, written in response to President Trump's move last year to ban the citizens of several Muslim countries, like Somalia, from coming to America.

    Quote Message: Dear Mr President, In those seven countries, children can't even go to school. And here we have the audacity to sit in class and drool. So many children wish for an education, with no limitation - but they live in a nation where little boys learn about war way before they learn their ABC, while their families are thirsty and dying of disease. And when those bombs hit, there's no where left to flee. Are you too blind to even see clearly?"

    She told the BBC that it felt natural to turn to poetry to express herself as Somalia is "the nation of poets":

    Quote Message: Every single person in my family writes poetry and has a way with their words.''

    The teenage poet, who lives in Salt Lake City, says the title of her collection came from a joke her friend made when they noticed that she was a part of many marginalised groups in the US:

    Quote Message: I am black, I am a Muslim, I am a refugee, I am a woman... .and she joked, 'Saida, you're basically the walking stereotype.' From there, I took that phrase and ran with it, because it was so true.''

    Listen to her full interview:

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    Video caption: The teenage poet living in Salt Lake City tells us what inspires her work
  15. Cameroon's separatist leader sentenced to life

    Leocadia Bongben

    BBC Pidgin, Yaoundé

    Sisiku Ayuk Tabe
    Image caption: Sisiku Ayuk Tabe had been based in Nigeria for some time before his arrest

    A leader of Cameroon's separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers have been given life sentences by a military court in the capital, Yaoundé.

    The 10 had been arrested in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, in January 2018 and were sent to Cameroon to face trial.

    They have been convicted of various charges, including rebellion.

    Tabe and his followers have been campaigning for the creation of an independent state called Ambazonia, made up of Cameroon’s English-speaking North-West and South-West regions.

    Cameroon's English-speaking minority say they have been marginalised for decades by the central government and the French-speaking majority.

    The Anglophone crisis started in 2016 when lawyers and teachers went on strike over attempts to impose French in schools and courts in the North-West and South-West.

    Some took up arms in 2017 and the crisis has forced more than 500,000 people from their homes.

  16. Fears over Ghana bank crackdown

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    A woman holds a fan of cedi notes in her hand.
    Image caption: About 70,000 savers are affected

    Thousands of people in Ghana who deposited their money in some bank accounts are worried they'll never get it back, after 23 savings and loans companies had their licences removed in a crackdown by the country's central bank.

    It says these companies are not fit for purpose because they don't have enough cash reserves to meet demand if lots of savers want to withdraw their money at once.

    Some 70,000 people are affected, with as much as 9bn cedis ($1.6bn; £1.3bn) tied up.

    Here's what one investor told the BBC anonymously:

    Quote Message: When I heard the news I was really worried - I’m a single parent and my rent is due. Now that they have promised to pay, they should pay it quickly. I hustle under this scorching sun to make money, it’s not easy at all. I don’t think I will invest in any financial institution again."

    The central bank, the Bank of Ghana, has pointed the finger at endemic mismanagement across the sector. But many say the central bank itself is to blame for not carrying out its supervisory role effectively.

    Most small businesses and entrepreneurs rely on these institutions for their savings and business loans.

  17. Spectacular launch for Morocco's African Games

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa, Rabat

    The opening ceremony for the African Games in Morocco's capital, Rabat, on Monday night was spectacular - with amazing light displays to kick off the continent's biggest sporting event.

    The tournament, formerly known as the All Africa Games and involving more than 6,000 athletes from all 54-member states of the African Union (AU), is largely seen as a test run for the North African country’s ambition to host the Olympics for the first time in Africa.

    About 17 of the 30 competitions will also serve as qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    Morocco is participating in the games for the first time since it rejoined the AU in 2017.

    Here are some photos from the show:

    Light show at the opening ceremony of the African Games in Morocco
    Light show at the opening ceremony of the African Games in Morocco

    Spectators enjoyed the extravaganza:

    Spectators at the opening ceremony for the African Games in Morocco
    Fireworks at the opening ceremony of the African Games in Morocco

    And athletes also got to parade into the stadium - below is the Ethiopian team. Nigeria has brought along the largest contingent at 427, followed by Kenya with more than 300 athletes and officials.

    Ethiopian team at the African Games opening ceremony