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    Video caption: Females IN: The women's group inspired by the Chibok girls

    Women discuss issues from domestic violence to career advice in the million-strong Facebook group.

  2. 'The worst place in the world to be a woman'

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    Video caption: Somalia has set up a blood bank service. It should benefit women in childbirth

    Somalia has set up a blood bank service. It should benefit women in childbirth, as well as victims of Islamist attacks. Our Africa editor Mary Harper talks to Jill McGivering.:

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    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now but there will be an automated service until Monday morning. You can also catch up on African news by listening to our Africa Today podcast.

    Here's a reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: Friendship takes steps." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by Benjamin Gathumbi in Meru, Kenya
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by Benjamin Gathumbi in Meru, Kenya

    And we leave you with this image from our best pictures of the week of Entle Maungwa competing in a karate competition in Qatar:

    Woman doing karate
  4. Ebola drug receives crucial approval

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Person preparing vaccine
    Image caption: The Merck vaccine has been used in the current Ebola outbreak despite it not being licensed

    The experimental vaccine currently being used to prevent the spread of Ebola has been approved by European regulators.

    The vaccine, manufactured by US drug maker Merck, has been shown to be effective in protecting people from the deadly virus.

    The World Health Organization says the first fully licensed doses will only be available from mid-next year.

    More than 2,000 people have died and over 3,000 have been infected in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The European Medicines Agency has allowed the conditional marketing of what is the world’s first Ebola vaccine.

    A full marketing licence is expected in a few weeks.

    These are important steps towards making the life-saving vaccine available beyond the countries that have allowed its use under a research protocol.

    The approval does not change how it’s being used to fight the ongoing outbreak in DR Congo, where more than 230,000 people have been vaccinated. But it means the world is now closer to having a fully licensed drug to prevent the spread of Ebola in future.

  5. Deadly flooding causing problems across Africa

    BBC World Service

    Destroyed house
    Image caption: The flooding has destroyed houses in northern Ghana

    Heavy rain has caused serious flooding in several countries in Africa with northern Ghana amongst the worst hit.

    There, 28 people have died in recent days and hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

    Benin, Chad, the far north of Cameroon and South Sudan are also badly affected by floods.

    At least 11 people have died in the Morogoro region of eastern Tanzania.

    BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker says a weather pattern featuring enhanced storms has stayed over Africa for an unusually long period.

    He says this is possibly due to the relatively high water temperatures in the Indian Ocean creating unusual air currents that are stopping the storms from moving away from the African continent.

  6. Bobi Wine calls Museveni 'enemy of Uganda'

    Bobi Wine wearing a red beret
    Image caption: Bobi Wine will run against President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 election

    Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has hit back at President Yoweri Museveni who, in a BBC interview, called his rival "an enemy of progress".

    Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulani, recently declared that he would challenge Mr Museveni, 75, for the presidency in the 2021 election.

    Uganda's president has been in power since 1986.

    In a tweet, Bobi Wine called the country's leader "the enemy of Uganda" who rules "through the barrel of the gun".

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    In the BBC interview, Mr Museveni alleged that the musician had said on a visit to the US that "people should not come and invest in Uganda".

    But the presidential hopeful's party, People Power, said Mr Museveni must have been dreaming about its leader, as he has never made such a comment.

    In a statement it said that the president must have been referring to a September 2018 interview with Al Jazeera, in which he said that Americans should be wary of giving military aid to Uganda as "it's not being used to protect Ugandans".

    Watch Mr Museveni's interview here:

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    Video caption: Yoweri Museveni on Bobi Wine, Rwanda and being an 'elder'
  7. Safety fears stop Ethiopian students travelling

    BBC World Service

    Map showing location of Tigray and Amhara

    The authorities in Ethiopia's Tigray region have stopped students from going to study in the country's Amhara region, saying their safety cannot be guaranteed.

    Over the last year there have been several outbreaks of ethnic violence on university campuses.

    The federal government in the capital, Addis Ababa, says the officials in Tigray do not have the authority to make the decision and insist security has improved so the students will be safe in Amhara.

    Correspondents say the dispute highlights tensions between the Ethiopian government and Tigrayans who used to be the dominant ethnic group in the government before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power last year.

    Last week, Mr Abiy won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation". But ethnic tensions within Ethiopia have increased over the past year, which have threatened the stability of the country.

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  8. Lesbian film Rafiki screened in Kenyan court

    Mildred Wanyonyi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) cited homosexual scenes for banning the film
    Image caption: Rafiki made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year

    The controversial award-winning Kenyan film Rafiki, which was banned in the country because of its lesbian theme, has been screened at a court hearing in the capital, Nairobi.

    The judge, who has to rule on whether the ban should be lifted, wanted to see the film in order to make an informed decision.

    The film's director, Wanuri Kahiu, said in a tweet that it was ‘’great to see [an] LGBT+ story here in [a] Kenyan court. Even if only as evidence as part of case. Every voice matters, every voice is important.’’

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    Last year, Rafiki became the first Kenyan movie to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

    The Kenya Film Classification Board had banned it from being shown in the country as it said the film "sought to legitimise lesbian romance".

    Rafiki, which means "friend" in Swahili, traces a coming-of-age love story between two young women, who meet and fall in love.

    Their romance unfolds against a backdrop of homophobia and intolerance in a country where sex between people of the same gender is outlawed.

    Earlier this year, an attempt to get the law banning gay sex overturned failed in Kenya's High Court.

  9. Nigerian clerics charged after pupils found shackled

    BBC World Service

    The backs of people found at the school
    Image caption: Police found men and boys who had been chained and abused

    Two clerics have been charged following this week's raids on private Islamic schools where men and young boys were being subjected to physical abuse, police in northern Nigeria say.

    One of them ran a facility in President Muhammadu Buhari's hometown of Daura in Katsina state.

    The police said they had been charged with multiple counts including running illegal detention centres, torture and abuse.

    In September police raided another Islamic school, in Kaduna state, where nearly 500 boys and men were found - many in chains.

    Correspondents say these facilities are a last resort for some families whose children have committed petty crimes or are addicted to drugs.

  10. Call for Guinea dialogue after protest deaths

    Louise Dewast

    BBC Africa

    Barricades on fire
    Image caption: At least nine people have been killed since the start of the week

    The international community has called for a political dialogue in Guinea, where at least nine people have been killed since protests began on Monday.

    In a joint statement, the regional group Ecowas, the UN, and European countries said the government should organise elections that respect the country’s constitution.

    Demonstrators are denouncing a possible change to the constitution that could lead to President Alpha Condé seeking a third term.

    A coalition of opposition groups said that 70 protesters had been wounded by bullets and 200 people had been arrested in recent protests. The government has not commented on those allegations.

    On Wednesday, footage emerged on social media showing police officers using batons to beat two protesters and, in one case, parading him naked while pretending to slit his throat, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

    "The Guinean government’s brutal suppression of protests and the near-total impunity for security forces abuses is a recipe for a worrying deterioration in human rights," Corinne Dufka of HRW said.

    The government – who initially justified a ban on this week’s protests on the grounds that the protesters did not notify the government in advance - eventually said it strongly condemned and regretted the violence.

    Representatives of the international community also suggested that a speedy release of the opposition members detained could help ease tensions.

    Mr Condé's second and final five-year term expires in 2020, and last month month he asked his government to look into drafting a new constitution.

    For now, the president has not said whether he intends to run again.

  11. ICJ postpones Kenya-Somalia maritime border case

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has postponed the maritime border case between Somalia and Kenya to June 2020.

    The Hague-based court has agreed to Kenya's request for a one-year delay of the public hearings, after the east African country said it needed time to reconstitute its legal team.

    The hearings were due to start on 4 November.

    "The court has duly considered the views and arguments of the parties regarding Kenya's request. It has decided to postpone oral proceedings to the week beginning on Monday 8, June, 2020. This postponement is granted on the understanding that both parties will be represented in the hearings and that no further postponement will be granted," the court said in a statement.

    The court had earlier this month summoned the governments of Somalia and Kenya to discuss the case over the maritime boundary dispute at the court.

    Somalia took Kenya to court in 2015 over a disputed territory in the Indian Ocean that stretches for more than 100,000 sq km (62,137 sq miles) and which has off-shore oil and gas reserves.

    Somalia wants the maritime border to continue along the line of the land border to the south-east, while Kenya wants the sea border to go in a straight line east.

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  12. SA blackouts 'necessary to avoid grid collapse'

    Vauldi Carelse

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Power plant in sihouette
    Image caption: Most of Eskom's power plants run on coal, an abundant resource in South Africa

    South Africa's state-run power company, Eskom, has implemented a new round of rolling blackouts as maintenance problems continue to dog its power stations.

    Eskom said the planned outages were necessary to prevent the collapse of the country’s electricity grid.

    The power cuts in South Africa have also affected electricity supplies in Zimbabwe – where Eskom exports up to 400 megawatts every day.

    South Africa's neighbour is already suffering country-wide power cuts that can last up to 18 hours a day. Zimbabwe’s electricity utility said Eskom’s problems were making the situation worse.

    The last round of blackouts in South Africa was seven months ago and Eskom has admitted these latest outages took it by surprise. The problems mean the company’s woes are far from over.

    The power cuts themselves are putting further pressure on an ailing economy. The blackouts earlier this year hampered economic growth.

  13. Widow appears to get dead husband's job after mix-up

    Peter Mwai

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya’s minister for information, Joe Mucheru, has revoked the reappointment of a member of the country’s film regulatory body, who has been dead for more than a year, and appears to have replaced him with his widow.

    Robert Kochalle, who died in May last year, had been reappointed to serve as a member of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) for three years.

    But some have expressed dissatisfaction with the replacement - Charity Kochalle.

    Media reports say she is Mr Kochalle's widow.

    An obituary posted on KFCB's Twitter account said a Charity Kochalle was his wife.

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    The board’s chief executive Ezekiel Mutua says the mistake may have been caused by an administrative mix-up following the transfer of the KFCB from one government ministry to another.

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  14. Teenagers to appear in court over classmate's murder

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Three 17-year-old school boys are due to appear in court charged with the murder of a teenage boy at their school.

    It will be the second time the boys appear in the Postmasburg Magistrates' court in the Northern Cape province.

    It is alleged that they stoned and stabbed 16-year-old Itumeleng Witbooi in the head at Blinnkklip High School last Tuesday after they had an argument with him.

    The victim was rushed to hospital and underwent brain surgery but later succumbed to his injuries.

    Witbooi is reported to have been a keen footballer playing for the second division league team Tsantsabane Stars FC.

    A journalist working for state broadcaster SABC tweeted the victims' photo:

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    In a separate court appearance in the Western Cape Province, three other boys were arrested this week for stabbing and killing a fellow pupil at Hillcrest Secondary School in Mossel Bay.

    Police say they are investigating the murder.

    South Africa has some of the highest murder rates in the world. The police minister said that on average there are 58 murders a day in the country.