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  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday morning

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There will be an automated service until Monday morning.

    You can also get the latest news by checking the BBC News website, or by listening to our Africa Daily and Africa Today podcasts.

    A reminder of our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: He who hits his neighbour's knee curls up his own legs." from A Fulani proverb sent by Abdullahi Adda’u Turawa in Zaria, Nigeria
    A Fulani proverb sent by Abdullahi Adda’u Turawa in Zaria, Nigeria

    And we leave you with this shot of three girls in Togo - one of our favourites taken this past week:

    Three girls pose for the camera in Lomé, Togo, on Wednesday.
  2. UN suspends flights to rebel-held Ethiopian city

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The UN says its flights to Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray region have been suspended after one of its planes had to abort its landing on the same morning as a military air strike was carried out on the city.

    The Ethiopian government said its planes had been targeting a training centre used by Tigrayan rebels.

    As the UN plane was approaching Mekelle the authorities at the city’s airport told the crew not to land.

    The fact that airstrikes were being carried out on the same city on the same morning will be of great concern to the UN – as the plane had been cleared for take off by the authorities in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    None of this will help repair the already strained relationship between the government and humanitarian agencies.

    The security situation continues to worsen. Since June the fighting has expanded to the Amhara and Afar regions displacing an additional 1.2 million people.

    Seven million people are now in urgent need of assistance and the UN says malnutrition rates are rising every day.

  3. From UK boy band to Malawi charts: Theo Thomson

    DJ Edu

    Presenter of This Is Africa on BBC World Service

    Theo Thomson

    It all started when Theo Thomson’s mum heard him singing in his bedroom. She thought it was Stevie Wonder on the radio and came running in - she had no idea her son could sing like that.

    Even though Theo was an introvert as a teenager, his mum persuaded him to enter singing competitions in the UK where they were living at the time. Eventually, he overcame his nerves and got a taste for the stage.

    He even auditioned for, and joined, a boy band which had a brief moment of fame when it was featured on British TV.

    "I learnt a lot from that actually. I learnt how to share the stage and how to own your section of the performance," Theo says.

    But it was a few years later when Theo returned home to Malawi that things really took off for him:

    "That was when I connected with my sound, my African sound. My first single there was a song called So Amazing. That had a mixture of what was happening in the States, my writing was very UK and the energy was very Afro. This song was in the charts for 25 weeks.

    "I wasn’t sure if I was going to be accepted doing this fusion in a territory that was kind of virgin to this urban-meets-Afro genre. But when it did get received the way it did, it was an amazing experience honestly. It made me feel like ok let’s go, we can push this.”

    Theo now has three albums under his belt.

    His biggest song to date – Maybe Tomorrow – riffs on the idea of a young man stalling his girlfriend who wants him to propose marriage. But it’s not a player thing, Theo assures us - it’s because the young man wants things to be perfect before he gets hitched.

    Thomson says he owes a lot to his parents, and not just to his mother, who spotted his talent and pushed him. His father, Oscar Thomson was a nightclub DJ and went on to set up Malawi’s first independent radio station FM 101 Power.

    "He loves music so much," Theo says. "I’d say he’s very responsible for everything that’s happening in Malawian music right now because he was the first one to give Malawian listeners Malawian music. He has an amazing ear. Whenever I finish a song, he’s the gatekeeper."

    You can hear more from Theo Thomson on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa, as well as online here.

  4. Head of Islamic State in West Africa killed - Nigeria

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Nigeria’s national security adviser says the new leader of a jihadist group in Nigeria linked to Islamic State has been killed.

    Babagana Monguno told journalists on Friday that Malam Bako, who recently succeeded Abu Musab al-Barnawi as leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (Iswap), was "taken out" by security forces two days ago.

    Al-Barnawi's death was announced a week ago.

    The reported deaths have refocused attention on the security crisis in Nigeria’s north-east, that began 12 years ago with an insurgency launched by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

    Nigeria is also reeling from devastating attacks by armed gangs who kidnap schoolchildren for ransom.

  5. Police charged with letting Kenyan serial killer escape

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A mugshot of Masten Wanjala
    Image caption: Masten Wanjala confessed to drugging and killing more than 10 children

    Three Kenyan police officers have been charged with helping a self-confessed serial killer escape from custody last week.

    Masten Wanjala was then killed by a mob when he returned to his village in western Kenya.

    His arrest last July was over the disappearance of two children.

    But he then admitted to police that he had killed at least 10 others.

    Three officers have denied the charge of assisting his escape. They have been released on bail.

  6. Facebook bans Oromia rebel group

    Ameyu Etana

    BBC News Afaan Oromo

    The social media giant Facebook has told the BBC it's currently removing posts and accounts related to Ethiopia's Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) after it had listed the group under ''dangerous organizations'' and "violent non-state actors".

    The group, which broke away from legally registered party Oromo Liberation Front in April 2019, was designated a terrorist group by Ethiopia's parliament in May.

    The OLA been accused of killings and massacres mainly in western and southern regions of Ethiopia's Oromia state, which it denies.

    It is also in alliance with the Tigray People's liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting government troops in northern Ethiopia for almost a year.

    In response to Facebook's decision, an OLA spokesman claimed the social media company was ''influenced by a propaganda campaign waged by Ethiopian right-wing groups''.

    Recently, the OLA had been branded ''an enemy'' by two influential traditional leaders from Ethiopia's Oromo people.

  7. Exiled Burundi politician aiding Congo rebels - president

    Alfred Lasteck

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye
    Image caption: Burundian President Ndayishimiye has been promised support from Tanzania's President Samia

    The president of Burundi has accused an exiled politician of uniting with Congolese rebels to cause anarchy in the Great Lakes region.

    He said the unnamed politician was working with Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) soldiers who have been launching sporadic attacks, killing people and destroying villages.

    Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye made the comments on a three-day visit to Tanzania, where his counterpart President Samia Suluhu Hassan promised to co-operate with Burundi and other neighbours to ensure regional peace and stability.

    Landlocked Burundi heavily depends on Tanzania's port city of Dar es Salaam, and Mr Ndayishimiye will inspect major projects there as well as the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway - plus he'll visit Kwala Dry Port where Burundi has been allocated 10 hectares of space.

  8. Mali mum's nine babies pictured together for first time

    Halima Cissé's nine children, who were born in May, "are getting on very well, and are... getting stronger every day", the Malian told the UK's Daily Mail newspaper.

    The newspaper has also published a series of photos of the nonuplets pictured together for the first time.

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    The record-breaking brood were born in Morocco after Mali's government flew her there for specialist care.

    At birth they weighed between 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb) and were kept in incubators.

    But as they're now making progress they could be "allowed to leave full-time medical care soon, so that we can take them home", Ms Cissé told the Daily Mail.

  9. Gambian migrants repatriated from Libya

    BBC World Service

    The United Nations says it has repatriated a group of Gambian migrants from Libya, after the authorities there allowed the resumption of evacuation flights.

    Nearly 100 people were flown home. Libyan officials had been blocking such flights for months.

    The UN has welcomed the permission to re-start the flights, but it says they can only benefit a small number of migrants and has urged the Libyan authorities to address the dire conditions they face in the country.

    Rights activists have condemned the treatment of more than 5,000 people who were recently detained in Tripoli. Many are said to have subjected to beatings and other abuse.

  10. Uganda wants children to spy on parents' illicit wealth

    Uganda's anti-corruption tsar says she will employ new strategies in fighting corruption, including getting children to monitor their parents.

    Beti Kamya told a delegation of European Union diplomats that her office intends to be innovative in the fight against corruption by using methods that don't require a lot of money:

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    Quote Message: We want primary schoolchildren to recognise illicit wealth at home and to ask their parents whether their salary can afford that new, expensive car... the luxurious house, the overseas education and the holidays abroad.
    Quote Message: We want teachers in posh schools to give homework to the 10-year-olds in fifth grade to write down their father's name, his place of work, his job title, the car he drives, its cost and a picture of their house. That's how down the ladder we intent to go."

    It's unclear if the information gathered in the students' homework will be shared with anti-corruption authorities.

    She said her team will encourage schools, with the help of the ministry of education, to hold discussions in classrooms about corruption.

    The Inspectorate of Government, which Ms Kamya leads, is an independent institution charged with the responsibility of eliminating corruption and abuse of authority, according to information on its website.

  11. UN plane forced to divert because of Ethiopia airstrike

    A woman walking past a destroyed building
    Image caption: The ongoing struggle in Ethiopia's Tigray region has killed thousands of people and displaced more than two million.

    A United Nations humanitarian plane was forced to cancel its landing on Friday in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, because of a government airstrike, a UN spokesperson has told the BBC.

    Earlier the government had confirmed its latest aerial attack, saying it targeted Tigrayan rebels who are controlling the city. They say civilians were hit.

    The UN World Food Programme says its flight was forced to return to Addis Ababa because of this latest strike.

    It is the fourth day of aerial bombardments on the city of Mekelle as fighting intensified between the central government and regional forces.

    The government said it had struck a training area used by Tigrayan fighters but a spokesman for the rebels said the city's university was hit.

  12. Goodbye Nigeria - why are so many young people leaving?

    The Comb podcast

    In recent months, social media has been flooded with messages of Nigerians leaving or planning to leave the country.

    The trend even has a name #japa - the Yoruba word for running away or running off.

    Benjamin, who works in the tech industry in Lagos, told The Comb podcast that he had to reschedule his wedding because of the number of his friends who would have been unable to attend because they were not in the country.

    "It's sad, like do you know how big of a deal it was for me to consider moving my wedding? That was really heartbreaking."

    Tolu, a young research student currently based in Abuja, is in a similar situation.

    "Between August and now I can't count how many of my friends are still in the country," she says.

    But while she also feels a great pressure to leave, she says there’s something holding her back.

    "I really love being in Africa. I enjoy the air that I breathe in Africa... It's almost like an emotionally abusive relationship where I really want to get out, but I also can't get out because I love where I am."

    Listen to these thoughts and more on this week’s episode:

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  13. Top Kenyan athletes carry body of Agnes Tirop

    Michelle Guda

    BBC Sport Africa, Eldoret

    A photo of Friday's procession, with marchers carrying a banner
    Image caption: The world record-holding long-distance runner was murdered last week

    A host of leading Kenyan athletes have conducted a peaceful procession in honour of the late Agnes Tirop, while escorting her body from Eldoret Hospital to her home ahead of her burial on Saturday.

    Faith Kipyegon, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Eunice Sum and Mary Keitany were among the 300 or so marching behind a banner reading "End gender-based violence".

    Several leading male athletes - including Ezekiel Kemboi, Julius Yego and Conseslus Kipruto - also attended.

    Ms Tirop was stabbed to death at her home earlier this month, and police have detained her husband Ibrahim Rotich in jail as the prime suspect.

    He is being held for 20 days, during which time he will be assessed to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

    Ms Tirop's murder has sparked other Kenyan athletes to talk about what they have faced when it comes to gender-based violence.

  14. Boy killed after sneaking into girls' school - Kenyan police

    A 17-year-old Kenyan schoolboy has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked after sneaking into a girls’ school, police say.

    The final-year secondary school student was among six students who had reportedly entered a neighbouring girls’ school in Kiambu county, which neighbours the capital Nairobi.

    Police said the students entered a dormitory at around 04:00 local time before they were spotted by some of the girls who raised the alarm.

    This reportedly attracted the attention of the school security, staff and the head teacher.

    Five of the boys escaped, and police say the remaining one was confronted by angry students and members of the staff.

    "Sadly, they descended on him causing him life threatening injuries. The boy later succumbed to his injuries," the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said in a tweet:

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    Crime scene detectives later visited the scene and said they recovered planks of wood suspected to have been used to beat the student.