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    Video caption: South Africa xenophobic attacks: Schoolchildren give their view

    Schoolchildren in South Africa tell the BBC how they feel about a recent wave of xenophobic attacks.

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    Video caption: Nigerian magician Babs Cardini: 'I want to be the best'

    Nigerian magician Babs Cardini wows audiences on the streets of Lagos.

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    Video caption: Robert Mugabe: Current and former African leaders attend funeral in Zimbabwe

    Current and former African leaders attend Robert Mugabe's funeral, but Zimbabwe's national stadium is not full.

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    Video caption: Robert Mugabe: Coffin arrives ahead of state funeral

    Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's coffin arrives at the national sports stadium in Harare ahead of his funeral.

  5. Sampa The Great: No ordinary rapper

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    Video caption: Zambia-born rapper Sampa The Great talks about her identity and the Zambian hip-hop scene

    Zambia-born Sampa The Great talks about her identity and the Zambian hip-hop scene

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    Video caption: 'I fled Boko Haram and had to leave my son behind'

    Nigerian mother Asibi faced an impossible choice when she was forced to flee Boko Haram.

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    Didier Six

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Former Togo and Mauritius manager Didier Six is named as the new coach of Guinea, replacing Paul Put who was sacked after the Nations Cup in Egypt.

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    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If you don't know death, look at sleep." from An Akan proverb from Ghana and Ivory Coast sent in by Thomas Nsiah in Edinburgh, UK
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    And we leave you with a picture of the Pope being welcomed in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo.

    You can see more of the week's best pictures here.

    The Pope pictured in Madagascar where he is welcomed in the capital, Antananarivo
  9. Ugandan MPs warned to 'eat slowly'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    This general view shows Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (C) as she presides over a session at the Ugandan Parliament
    Image caption: Legislators were also reportedly warned not to drink excessively

    The speaker of Uganda's parliament has issued a stern warning to MPs to be on their “best behaviour” during a forthcoming conference that will attract delegates from across the world.

    The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) takes place between 22-29 September in the capital, Kampala, and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told legislators to observe etiquette, respect the official dress code, and also warned them against “indulging with delegates”, the Daily Monitor website reported.

    Ms Kadaga also issued some guidance on how to behave in the canteen.

    “When you load your plates... don’t overload. Don’t mix dessert and meat [or] matooke [boiled bananas] and the soup,” she said.

    She added: “While eating, even when you are hungry, don’t rush.”

    Ms Kadaga also implored MPs and parliamentary staff not to drink excessively.

    “Your drinking should be done in your homes and avoid the smell of alcohol in the morning,” she warned.

  10. Ethiopia police camp hit by ‘grenade attack‘

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    A police camp has been hit by a suspected grenade attack in Ethiopia’s Oromia state.

    The attack, which left nine people injured, happened at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on Thursday as Ethiopians were celebrating the country’s New Year.

    The area police commander told the BBC Afaan Oromo service that no arrests had been made, denying earlier reports that 22 people were in custody.

    The police post in Burayu town houses the riot police for Oromia state.

    No group has said it was responsible for the attack.

    This post has been updated to reflect the police denial.

  11. Death toll revised in DR Congo crash

    Image taken from the scene of the crash
    Image caption: The UN mission in the country shared this image from the scene

    Fifteen people were killed when a freight train derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, officials say.

    Earlier, a government minister said at least 50 people were killed in the accident.

    But Humanitarian Affairs Minister Steve Mbikayi later clarified that officials had mistakenly combined the number of dead with the number of injured.

    “We got confirmation from [the] national railway company that there were 15 dead and about 30 wounded," Mr Mbikayi said in a statement on Friday.

    It is not clear what caused the accident, which happened at around 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT) in the south-eastern province of Tanganyika.

    Many of the victims are reported to have been people who stowed away on the train.