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  1. Scroll down for this weeks' stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's it from the BBC Africa Live team for this week. There will be an automated service until Monday morning. You can keep up with the news by listening to our Africa Today podcast.

    Here is our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Being a good friend of a scorpion does not mean that you can't be stung by a honey bee." from Sent by Maureen Mungai in Spain
    Sent by Maureen Mungai in Spain

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with one of our favourite photos of the week, which was taken in Johannesburg, South Africa:

    A blurred figure of a woman is pictured walking past a bright mural.
  2. Bride dies after falling into well in Nigeria

    Fauziyya Kabir Tukur

    BBC News, Abuja

    A typical household well in northern Nigeria
    Image caption: Fatima Abubakar fell into a well like this one

    A bride-to-be has died after tripping and falling into a well at her bridal shower in Danbatta, northern Nigeria.

    Fatima Abubakar, 16, was set to tie the knot with her fiancé on Thursday.

    Her father told the BBC that she was standing very close to the well when the accident happened at her aunt's home on Wednesday, where she was celebrating with friends.

    He said his daughter was excited about the wedding, adding that she and her fiancé were very much in love.

    The groom is distraught and could not talk on the phone.

    Her father said their would-be wedding guests were now mourning at his home.

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    Video caption: Bloodhound car chases land speed record dream

    After successful trials in the South African desert, the arrow-shaped racer will now target 800mph.

  4. Wet welcome for new firefighters

    Zimbabwe's civil aviation authority has tweeted its congratulations to the latest group of firefighters to complete their training.

    Much to the amusement of onlookers, part of the festivities involved recruits being drenched with water from high-pressure hoses, as you can see in this video:

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  5. Bosnia to release table tennis players to Nigeria

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Bosnian authorities have told the BBC that two Nigerian students who say they were wrongfully deported to Bosnia from Croatia will soon be sent home, but haven't given a specific date for their return.

    The students who were attending a university table tennis championship in Croatia, say they were mistaken for illegal migrants.

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    According to Alexandro Abia and Kenneth Eboh, they were walking in Zagreb in mid-November, when Croatian police officers took them to a local station.

    After being questioned, they say they were dropped off in a van near the border and told at gunpoint to walk to Bosnia.

    They say the Croatian authorities didn't let them return to their hotel to get their passports which showed they had valid visas.

    The Croatian government has denied this, stating that the students disappeared after checking out of their hotel voluntarily.

    Mr Abia and Mr Eboh say since arriving in Bosnia over three weeks ago they’ve been in two migrant camps, and describe the conditions as poor.

  6. Will Uganda-Rwanda talks be a 'success story'?

    Analysis

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Representative sit at conference tables during the talks

    This meeting in Kampala between Uganda and Rwanda to resolve a row over security and spying allegations had already been pushed back a few times.

    It was meant to happen in October, with both countries trading accusations on why it hadn't gone ahead.

    At the last meeting in Kigali in September, Rwanda gave Uganda a list of 200 names of citizens who it says are illegally detained in Uganda and should be released in order to ease tensions between the two countries.

    Uganda accuses Rwanda of deploying its intelligence agents in Uganda and infiltrating the security services. Uganda has continued to arrest and deport dozens of Rwandans in the past weeks.

    It is hoped the meeting will cement an agreement made in Angola's capital Luanda in August, in which both countries agreed to resolve all issues between them. The deal was brokered by Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    These latest talks are not open to the press, so reporters are waiting for an official communique on what has been discussed.

    But at least one participant was hopeful heading into Friday's talks.

    "We’ve witnessed the political will of Uganda and Rwanda to improve relations to the benefit of their respective populations," said Angola's Foreign Minister Manuel Domingos Augusto.

    "We are confident that our two sister countries have all the necessary conditions to make this dialogue a success story."

  7. Cameroon debates Anglophone autonomy

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Members of parliament in Cameroon are debating whether to grant more autonomy to the country's Anglophone regions where thousands of people have died in a separatist conflict.

    President Paul Biya has recently spoken of granting special status to the English speaking north-west and south-west regions to try to help stem the violence.

    Analysts say it is highly unlikely that the government will agree to granting a significant level of autonomy.

    Many Anglophone Cameroonians have felt marginalised for decades by a government dominated by French speakers. It boiled over in 2016, when teachers and lawyers started to protest against the use of French in schools and courts.

    Following Cameron's much-vaunted national dialogue, a new law was adopted on Tuesday that means court decisions can be rendered "in any of the official languages, depending on the choice of the litigant and the understanding of all present in court".

    There are sporadic outbreaks of violence involving the military and separatist rebels in the Anglophone regions and most schools there have remained closed for three years. Some 700,000 people have fled their homes.

  8. 'I spent eight years awaiting trial before being freed'

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    Video caption: Awaiting trial: 'I'm scared to be here; it's where I was arrested'

    Nine days after Babagana Aliyu arrived in Lagos from north-eastern Nigeria, he was arrested for alleged armed robbery.

    He spent the next eight years in prison awaiting trial, during which time his family were displaced due to Boko Haram.

    In 2018, he was released due to a lack of evidence against him. He maintains his innocence.

    Babagana is one of thousands of Nigerians who spend years in prison, despite not being found guilty of a crime.

    Video producers: Yemisi Adegoke and Joshua Akinyemi

  9. Mass strike called over pay arrears in Liberia

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Liberia's 77,000-strong civil service workforce has announced a nationwide strike beginning on Monday to demand salary arrears.

    The announcement was made on Thursday evening after civil service union leaders and government officials failed to broker a deal.

    Union leader Moibah Johnson told a news conference that workers resolved to stay away after giving government "ample time" to look into their delayed salaries to no avail.

    Mr Johnson later told the BBC that the government had been dishonest in resolving the dispute:

    Quote Message: We receive alerts on our phones that salaries have been placed into our bank accounts, but when we go to check, there is no money."

    Presidential press secretary Isaac Solomon Kelgbeh told the BBC that the government was surprised by the decision since it was already responding by paying part of the salary arrears.

    He said the union's leadership will be asked to reverse their decision.

  10. Tribute to soldiers after 'dark day' in Niger's history

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Niger army badge
    Image caption: Niger's army is struggling to contain the spread of armed groups

    The president of Niger has paid tribute to the 71 soldiers who were killed on Tuesday in the country's worst ever jihadist attack.

    At a military air base in the capital Niamey, Mahamadou Issoufou described the incident as a "dark day" and a "terrible ordeal" for the army.

    On the ground were rows of body bags - each one covered by Niger's orange, white and green flag.

    Many relatives of the dead soldiers attended the ceremony, which comes three days after jihadists linked to the Islamic State group attacked a military camp near the border with Mali.

    Over the past four months at least 230 soldiers from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have been killed in jihadist attacks.

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  11. World Bank to loan Ethiopia $3bn for economic reforms

    Ethiopia is set to receive $3bn (£2.2bn) from the World Bank for "macroeconomic, structural and sectoral reforms", Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said. He also mentioned investment from the UAE and Saudi Arabia but did not go into more detail.

    "This reaffirms both governments' and donors' partnership to transition Ethiopia to a prosperous and peaceful nation," Mr Abiy wrote on Friday.

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    On Wednesday the International Monetary Fund also said it had reached a preliminary agreement for a three-year, $2.9bn package to also finance Ethiopia's economic reforms.

    Mr Abiy's economic ambitions including privatising Ethiopia's telecoms, energy, shipping and sugar industries. A domestic stock exchange is set to launch in 2020.

  12. 'One dead in attack on South Sudanese refugee camp'

    A South Sudanese refugee has been killed close to Uganda's northern border during clashes with locals, according to the AFP news agency.

    Other people were reportedly badly wounded in the violence in Adjumani district, which began on Wednesday after a local man died, AFP says. Some people then suspected a South Sudanese refugee of killing him.

    "Armed with arrows and machetes, the host community attacked the refugee settlement villages," district commissioner Peter Dana told AFP.

    "The police and the army have deployed in the refugee camp and the surrounding areas to stop the violent clashes and calm has been restored."

    More than one million South Sudanese refugees live in Uganda, which has been praised for its hosting policies. According to AFP more than 200,000 South Sudanese refugees live in the district where this attack happened.

    A map showing the location of Adjumani in Uganda, close to the border with South Sudan.
  13. How Africans are reacting to UK election results

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for Buckingham Palace - 13 December, 2019
    Image caption: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won the election by a landslide

    The landslide election victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been met with varied responses by leaders and citizens in African countries.

    Brexit and Boris Johnson trended on social media Friday morning - a sign of widespread interest in how the UK's departure from the European Union would affect Africa.

    In a tweet, Zambian President Edgar Lungu expressed confidence that Zambia and the UK will "continue to explore avenues of cooperation and investment" under Mr Johnson's leadership.

    Somalia's President Mohamed Farmajo said the UK is a "valuable ally and friend of Somalia". While Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Mr Johnson and promised to work to strengthen bilateral ties.

    Many people appeared surprised by the margin of the win. Others wondered how what appeared to them to be a tight political contest ended up as a heavy defeat for the opposition Labour party.

    And there are those bracing for "interesting times" ahead, while making references to a world in which Boris Johnson and Donald Trump hold two of the most powerful seats in the world.

    Here is a sample of the responses on Twitter:

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  14. BreakingAlgeria elects new president

    Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria's presidential election with 58% of the vote, the national electoral body says quoting preliminary results.

    It also confirmed that voter turnout was just 40% - the lowest ever for a multi-party election in Algeria.

    The polls had been boycotted by people in the protest movement who said all the candidates were too close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and wanted the political establishment swept away for a new kind of politics.

    Mr Tebboune, 74, rose from a long career as a civil servant to become prime minister in 2017 but lasted just seven months because of a conflict with influential businessmen.

    He also served as housing minister and information minister.

  15. Nairobi church 'bans miniskirts and ripped jeans'

    A church in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has warned its congregants against wearing "inappropriate church attire", the Daily Nation newspaper reports.

    St Peter's Claver Catholic Church in the city centre has hung a notice on its entrance with photos of 10 kinds of clothing that should not be worn by worshippers.

    They include miniskirts, dresses with slits, ripped jeans, T-shirts inscribed "Red Devil", crop tops, caps, sunglasses, chains, clothing that exposes arms and sagged trousers.

    It is not clear what measures the church will take against congregants who defy the ban.

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  16. 'I took mum to my graduation ball - she missed hers because of me'

    Mduduzi Ndlovu and his mother
    Image caption: Mduduzi Ndlovu warmed hearts on Facebook with his post

    A South African teenager says he took his mother along to his graduation ball as his date because she missed out on her own, local media report.

    Mduduzi Ndlovu is said to have written in a post on Facebook:

    Quote Message: Took my mother to my matric dance. She had me at a young age and couldn’t go to her matric dance. I wanted her to experience it also, 'cause if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here."

    As TimesLive reports, people responded with compliments and their congratulations.

    "I came across your post. It brought tears to my eyes. Only few would be proud about their mother this way," wrote a Facebook user from Nigeria.

    "You're the best son a mom can ask for," another person said.

  17. Bashir's wife 'summoned over finances'

    President Omar al-Bashir and his wife Widad Babiker
    Image caption: Widad Babiker is Omar al-Bashir's second wife

    The wife of Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir, Widad Babiker, has been summoned for questioning over possession of land and bank accounts, Arabic-language website Baj News reports.

    Mrs Babiker who has been under house arrest since the ousting of her husband on 11 April was taken to the prosecution office on Thursday.

    "The Unlawful and Suspicious Enrichment Prosecution on Thursday [12 December] arrested Widad Babiker at her house in the Kafouri neighbourhood of Bahri today. Widad will be questioned over the possession of plots of land and bank accounts," Baj News reported.

    The report further said that it was "unlikely that she would be released soon".

    Another news site al-Ain reported that Mrs Babiker was taken to Omdurman national women's prison after the questioning.

  18. 'Record low turnout' in Algeria's disputed election

    A protester chants slogans in an anti-government demonstration in Algiers - 12 December, 2019
    Image caption: The protesters say the five presidential candidates are associated with the regime of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    A record six in 10 Algerians abstained from voting in the country's presidential election, AFP news agency reports.

    The electoral authority chief Mohamed Charfi announced on national television that under 40% of registered voters cast a ballot on Thursday.

    The turnout was the lowest rate for a multi-party election in the country's history, AFP reports.

    Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Algiers, to protest against Thursday's residential election.

    They are demanding the sweeping away of Algeria's entire political establishment.

    All five presidential candidates standing in the election were closely linked with the rule of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    President Bouteflika was in power for two decades, but was ousted following anti-government demonstrations across the country.

    For close to a year, thousands of Algerians have been protesting every Friday in the capital, Algiers and other cities across the country against any elections under the current government.

    They want all officials associated with the regime of ousted President Bouteflika to be removed from office.

  19. Zimbabwe first lady 'begs retailers to lower food prices'

    Zimbabwean first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa
    Image caption: Auxillia Mnangagwa is concerned about the rising cost of food

    Zimbabwe's First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has asked manufacturers and retailers to lower prices of food and basic commodities, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    Mrs Mnangagwa reportedly urged the traders to consider the plight of low-income earners.

    "I implore all of us to continuously work on our pricing models so that they are reflective of the poor, whose right to food security remains paramount. Let us improve access to basic commodities to the marginalised, while ensuring that your businesses remain viable," she said at the the annual retailers and manufacturers awards.

    The first lady said she was aware of the high cost of production in the country.

    "I am aware of the challenges business is facing like foreign currency, load-shedding, fuel situation and high cost of rentals," she is quoted as saying.

    Around a half of the country's population is facing hunger, with 7.7 million reported to be experiencing severe hunger.

    The UN has already announced that it will provide food aid to 4.1 million of those facing hunger.

    Zimbabwe was once a major food producer in southern Africa but is currently in the middle of a drought and inflation that have both adversely affected food production.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa government plans to scrap its plan to remove grain subsidies next year, a move it says will protect impoverished citizens from rising food prices, state media reported last month.