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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We're back on Wednesday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page for now. There'll be an automated feed until we're with you again on Wednesday morning.

    In the meantime you can check out our latest updates on the BBC News Africa page or listen to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: A sharp cutlass can’t cut grass alone, it needs someone to wield it." from A Yoruba proverb from Nigeria sent by Olufemi Babalola in Leicester, UK.
    A Yoruba proverb from Nigeria sent by Olufemi Babalola in Leicester, UK.

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    And we leave you with these pictures from Somaliland taken by photographer Nichole Sobecki:

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  2. Nigeria police arrest dozens from banned Shia group

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Police in Nigeria say they have arrested 57 members of the banned Shia group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, during protests in the capital, Abuja.

    Hundreds of members of the group had marched through some of the city's major streets to mark the killing of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

    A spokesperson for the Shia group told the BBC that a combined team of police and military officers had opened fire on the march, killing at least eight people and wounding 11 others.

    Police spokesperson Josephine Adeh denied reports of casualties, saying security personnel only used teargas and not live bullets.

    But she told the BBC that 57 protesters, including women, were arrested for holding the protests without permission, blocking highways and carrying weapons.

    The group says its procession was peaceful.

    Members of the Shia group have frequently clashed with security forces in recent years during various demonstrations.

    Rights groups said more than 300 members of the group were killed during a military crackdown in 2015 in the northern city of Zaria when the authorities accused them of blocking a major highway on which the convoy of Nigeria's then army chief was travelling.

    The leader of the group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife were arrested and detained in the wake of that violence.

    They were released last July after a high court acquitted them of charges relating to inciting violence and unlawful assembly.

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  3. How a safe space for LGBT+ Kenyans transformed a life

    Annette Atieno
    Image caption: Annette Atieno found refuge at Paula’s House in Kisumu

    A queer woman in Kenya has opened up about her experiences of being outed by a relative 10 years ago when she was in her early 20s.

    Annette Atieno’s mother sent her away from the family home in the capital, Nairobi, to live in the port city of Kisumu in western Kenya.

    She felt shunned, lost and lonely, and so she turned to social media for help.

    A friend took her on a matatu journey through Kisumu’s suburbs to a place known as Paula’s House - one of Kenya’s first safe spaces for LGBT+ people set up by activist Paula Abuor.

    It transformed Annette’s life - and a decade on, she told her story to AfroQueer, the first documentary podcast series about the lives of African LGBT+ people.

    Executive producer Selly Thiam, who started the podcast in 2018, says: “We are excited to launch our new season with Annette’s story and to remember Paula and the space she provided for queer Kenyans over a decade ago.

    "We started AfroQueer to ensure that our stories and our history are remembered. We exist and always have.”

  4. Algerian army chief: Morocco has gone too far

    BBC World Service

    Algeria's army chief has accused Morocco of conspiring against his country, and promised a firm response.

    Gen Said Chanegriha said Morocco had "gone too far" with its "conspiracies and subversive propaganda campaigns".

    Last month Algeria cut all diplomatic ties with its neighbour, accusing it of hostile actions.

    Morocco said that decision was unjustified and absurd.

    Algeria alleges that the Moroccans support the separatist MAK movement, which seeks independence for its Kabylie region.

    The two countries have also been at odds for decades over the fate of the territory of Western Sahara, which Morocco claims as its own.

  5. Tunisia parties call on president to reverse power-grab

    BBC World Service

    Opponents of Tunisia"s President Kais Saied shout slogans as they take part in a protest against what they call his coup on 25 July, in Tunis, Tunisia, 26 September 2021.
    Image caption: The president's opponents rallied on the streets of the capital on Sunday

    Four Tunisian political parties have demanded that President Kais Saied reverse his recent decision to expand his powers and rule by decree.

    One of the four left-leaning factions warned that the president's actions risked a slide into violence or even civil war.

    He was accused of having installed one-man rule with a stroke of his pen.

    President Saied began gathering almost all power into his own hands in July, when he suspended parliament.

    His opponents accuse him of carrying out a coup, but many Tunisians have supported Mr Saied.

    They've been deeply disappointed by the performance of the country's political parties.

  6. Uganda opposition stage walk-out over detained MPs

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Opposition MPs in Uganda have walked out of parliament after the prime minister and attorney general failed to give a satisfactory answer over the whereabouts of two legislators.

    The lawmakers, Mohammed Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana, both members of Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform party, were recently released on bail after being charged with murder relating to attacks in the country's central region.

    But they were detained immediately after leaving prison.

    On Monday evening, Mr Ssegirinya was pulled out of his lawyer’s car outside Kigo prison by armed security personnel dressed in black and driven off in an unmarked Toyota Hiace van.

    Police say he now faces fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence.

    Mr Ssewanyana was detained under similar circumstances five days ago.

    Both were first arrested in early September.

    The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah asked the government to explain the circumstances under which the two opposition MPs were re-arrested.

    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja told parliament that Mr Ssewanyana had already been interrogated while Mr Ssegirinya would be questioned in his lawyer’s presence soon.

  7. Nigeria suspends 2,000 passports over Covid breaches

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    The Nigerian government says it has suspended the passports of more than 2,000 Nigerians accused of violating Covid-prevention protocols after returning from abroad.

    Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, who sits on the president's Covid committee, said that the passports would remain suspended for a year.

    As the country anticipates a third wave of infections, Nigeria appears to have strengthened its surveillance system at the airports, seaports and land borders.

    Attention is now focused on travellers, especially those arriving from what are seen as high-risk countries who might try and evade isolation orders.

    People arriving from places such as India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey are expected to be in quarantine for 14 days at government-approved facilities.

  8. WHO horrified by staff's sex abuse in DR Congo

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
    Image caption: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said all perpetrators would be held to acocunt

    The World Health Organization says it is horrified by the findings of an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by staff working in the Democratic Republic of Congo during an Ebola outbreak.

    The allegations came to light a year ago following an investigation by the New Humanitarian news agency and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Local women were allegedly plied with drinks, "ambushed" in hospitals, forced to have sex, and two became pregnant.

    WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti apologised to the women and girls who had suffered between 2018 and 2020 because of the actions of the agency's staff and other health workers.

    Independent investigators cited structural failures and individual negligence in their report.

    WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the report made for harrowing reading.

    He apologised, adding that the buck stopped with him and promised support, protection and justice for the victims.

  9. Playing for Nigeria still sinking in for Terem Moffi

    Terem Moffi

    Lorient forward Terem Moffi admits he was left "speechless" when he joined up with the Nigeria squad for the first time in June.

    His debut in a friendly against Cameroon came after a breakthrough campaign in Ligue 1, which saw him score 14 league goals in his first season in France.

    "It's been very surreal - obviously I never thought this was going to be happen so soon," the 22-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

    "I recall my first time in the Super Eagles with these top players. I took a step back and wondered if it's the same players that I wanted to have pictures with that I was [there] with.

    "It was crazy. You see Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi, senior man Kelechi Iheanacho - it's impossible."

    Read more on the BBC Sport Africa website.

  10. Eritrean-born woman elected German MP

    Tesfalem Araia

    BBC Tigrinya

    Awet Tesfaiesus

    Following Sunday's German elections, Green party politician Awet Tesfaiesus will become the first African-born black female MP in the country's parliament, known as the Bundestag.

    Since graduating from Frankfurt University in 2006, the 47-year-old has been practising law, often representing asylum seekers and refugees, local media report.

    Born in Eritrea, she migrated to Germany with her family at the age of six and grew up in Heidelberg.

    A member of the Greens since 2009, she was thrust into active politics following the 2020 shooting in Hanau, just outside Frankfurt, in which a neo-Nazi sympathiser killed at least nine people.

    Her name, Awet, means victory in her native Eritrean Tigrinya language.

    Negotiations to form the next German government are on-going but Ms Awet's party is likely to play a key part.

    Last year another Eritrean made headlines after he became the first African-born member of New Zealand’s parliament. Ibrahim Omer is a member of the Labour Party.

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  11. Zambia owes Chinese lenders $6.6bn - new research

    A new estimate for the amount of money that Zambia owes Chinese lenders is nearly double what the Zambian government had previously admitted.

    Zambia spends at least 30% of its income on interest payments, according to credit ratings firm S&P Global.

    Last year, it missed an interest repayment, making it the first African country to default on a loan during the pandemic.

    The country is now under a new President, Hakainde Hichilema, who told the BBC earlier this month that he had inherited an "empty" treasury.

    He said the debt situation had not been "fully disclosed" by the former government.

    This included what was owed to Chinese lenders.

    A new paper from the China Africa Research Initiative, based at Johns Hopkins University in the US, estimates that the sum now amounts to $6.6bn (£4.8bn). A previous Zambian government figure put it at $3.4bn, the paper’s authors say.

    Zambia's finance ministry said these figures were "broadly consistent" with official government reporting, Reuters news agency reports.

    It also quotes Bwalya Ngandu, who was finance minister under the former government, as saying: "We have never hidden any debt.”

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    Video caption: Zambian President Hichilema: Corruption at 'horrifying' levels
  12. Rwanda announces casualties in Mozambique operation

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Some of the Rwandan troops deployed to Mozambique
    Image caption: Rwanda has a 1,000-strong contingent in Mozambique

    Four Rwandan soldiers have died in military operations against the Islamist militants in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, according to the Rwandan press.

    This is the first time Rwanda has announced casualties in its 1,000-strong contingent since the beginning of its military intervention in Mozambique.

    The four soldiers died and 14 others were "seriously wounded" in "fierce battles", according to Rwandan media.

    It is unclear where exactly in Cabo Delgado province the Rwandan soldiers were killed.

    Last Saturday, Mozambique's president and his Rwandan counterpart presided over an award ceremony for soldiers who had given “commendable” resistance to militants in various parts of Cabo Delgado since the beginning of the insurgency.

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    Video caption: Mozambique militant attacks: 'So much destruction'
  13. South Sudan peace process hampered by conflict - monitors

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    Map of South Sudan

    Ceasefire monitors based in South Sudan have warned that the fresh conflict in the Tambura area of Western Equatoria state is having a detrimental impact on the implementation of the peace agreement.

    Last week, a UN panel of experts said that political leaders are responsible for the ongoing deadly conflict in Tambura county, previously one of the most peaceful areas in the country.

    The experts said recent violence between the Azande and the Balanda communities in Tambura resulted in the deaths of more than 100 civilians. A further 80,000 people have been forced from their homes and hundreds of children became separated from their parents.

    They also said the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/In Opposition were responsible for arming the Azande and Balanda communities.

    Gen Teshome Gemechu Aderie, who heads the committee monitoring the ceasefire, said the regional group Igad should urge the armed groups not to get involved and rather work to end the conflict.

    “The level of violence in the Tambura area and its potential detrimental to the peace process remains a very serious concern," he said.

  14. Kenya delays Pfizer jab over lack of correct syringes

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC health reporter, Nairobi

    Pfizer vaccines
    Image caption: The country is using different syringes that cannot be re-calibrated

    Kenya has delayed the introduction of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines because of a lack of the correct type of syringe needed to administer them.

    The vaccines arrived 10 days ago, but the roll-out will only begin next week once a consignment of the correct type of syringes used to draw out the vaccine from the vials arrive.

    The problem is that the syringes currently available in Kenya are only calibrated to draw out 0.5ml from the vial.

    But when using the Pfizer vaccines, health care workers must draw only 0.3ml.

    “The needles we are using cannot be calibrated to draw the amount required," health ministry official Andrew Mulwa told the BBC.

    The vaccines are currently frozen and undiluted. This means that they can be stored in ultra-cold refrigerators for up to four months.

  15. Uganda climate activist: World leaders are lost

    Ugandan environmental activist Vanessa Nakate has made a powerful speech at a Youth4Climate event in the Italian city of Milan.

    She told delegates that world leaders were lost and the planet had been damaged.

    "Africa pollutes little but suffers a lot from the climate crisis," she said.

    Ms Nakate also asked who was going to pay for the environmental destruction:

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    The Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has also spoken and accused world leaders of words that sound great but lead to no action.

    She ended her speech by leading chants of "What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now!"

    Nearly 400 young people taking part in the meeting will send ideas to be vetted by climate and energy ministers also meeting in Milan.

    The best ideas will go to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow next month.

    Scientists say people aged under 40 face an unprecedented life threatened by heatwaves, floods, and crop failures.

  16. France slashes visa numbers for North Africans

    BBC World Service

    France is slashing the number of visas issued to people from Algeria, Libya, and Morocco.

    A government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, told Europe 1 radio that it was a drastic and unprecedented decision, made necessary by the refusal of the North African countries to take back nationals that France doesn’t want and can't keep.

    He said “there was dialogue, then there were threats, and today we're carrying out those threats".

    Immigration is likely to be a key issue in next year’s presidential election.

    President Emmanuel Macron is widely expected to face off again against the anti-immigration far-right leader, Marine Le Pen.

  17. Kenya government dampens speculation about Asian visitors

    The foreigners waiting in line at a barber shop

    Kenya's government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna says groups of foreigners, who many said had come from Asia and had been spotted in residential areas in Nairobi, were tourists.

    Mr Oguna spoke after days of speculation on local media over the noticeably increased presence in parts of the capital of visitors from Asian countries.

    The interior ministry told the BBC that the travellers were Pakistanis on transit to Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi Arabia has put several Asian countries on its red list designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    People have been sharing photos and videos of the visitors arriving at Kenya's main airport and in residential areas.

    Some have been wondering whether the country had taken in any refugees or was being used as a quarantine centre.

  18. Somalia mourns death of popular comedian

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring

    Somali comedian, actor and TV host Abdi Muridi Dhere
    Image caption: Somali comedian Abdi Muridi Dhere died on Monday

    Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the celebrated Somali comedian, actor and TV host Abdi Muridi Dhere, popularly known as Ajakis, who died on Monday in Mogadishu after a short illness.

    Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was among those who sent their condolences, according to the media.

    “President @M_Farmaajo extends his heavy-hearted condolences to the family, relatives and the people of Somalia on the shock death of the popular comedian... ,” the state-owned Somali National TV said in a tweet.

    "Ajakis was a talented comedian who entertained the Somali people, especially the youth," another user wrote.

    Dhere was a host of a live stand-up comedy show, which was broadcast on privately-owned Universal Somali TV.

    He also presented a weekly satirical show, where he wryly criticised Somali politicians for their unending political squabbles.

    In the past, the show annoyed some of the regional authorities in Somalia.

    In early 2017, the self-declared Republic of Somaliland reportedly arrested Ajakis and the owner of Universal Somali TV, and thereafter banned the television station.

    Ajakis was said to have never left the country, even when warlords were battling for the control of the capital and in the past decade as al-Shabab insurgents banned the watching of TV and entertainment.

    His hilarious voice featured in many Indian Bollywood films dubbed into the Somali language in the 1990s and early 2000s.

  19. Mixed-heritage Rwandans speak about their plight

    Jean Claude Mwambutsa

    BBC News, Kigali

    Rwanda Metis Association leader Alain Numa
    Image caption: Alain Numa runs an association to help mixed-heritage people in Rwanda

    Children in Rwanda born to one Rwandan and one foreign parent face discrimination, rejection and a lack of identity, according to a local association set up to support mixed-heritage people.

    The Rwanda Metis Association helps both the children and their mothers as they deal with these issues.

    Its leader Alain Numa, who is of mixed heritage himself, says he was ridiculed as he was growing up because of his background. He never managed to track down his father and had an identity crisis.

    “The [children] need support, they need to be comforted that they are Rwandans and that they are entitled to all the constitutional rights,” Mr Numa told the BBC.

    Jeannine Ankera, 26, had a daughter, who is now three, with a Turkish man who briefly came to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for work.

    She says whenever she calls the father, he agrees to come to confirm through a DNA test that he is the biological parent but has never shown up.

    Jeannine Ankera
    Image caption: Jeannine Ankera is in touch with the Turkish father of her child

    In another case, a 16-year-old boy who was born to a Rwandan mother and a German father had to seek help at the embassy when he wanted to find out who his father was.

    “By God’s grace, in July 2020 they told me that they found my dad. I was very happy when we talked on phone. I am looking forward to meet him face-to-face,” he told the BBC.