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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: Do not spill millet where there are many chickens." from A Swahili proverb sent by Tom O. Matoke in Euless, Texas, US.
    A Swahili proverb sent by Tom O. Matoke in Euless, Texas, US.

    We leave you with this shot taken in Mozambique - it's one of our favourite photos of the week:

    On Monday, this Mozambican girl sits patiently as another child braids her hair at the temporary aid shelter they are now living in because of the devastation wrought by the storm.
  2. Resident Presidents have money on their minds

    Our satirical presidents Olushambles and Kibakimad are back, and this week they've got money on their minds.

    Listen to their latest hare-brained scheme, recorded by BBC Focus on Africa:

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    Video caption: Why is Olushambles desperate to raise some money?
  3. 'Shut down Sars', protesters demand

    Andrew Gift

    BBC Pidgin


    Some young Nigerians have been protesting in the country's commercial hub, Lagos, asking the government to get rid of a controversial unit in the country’s police force.

    The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as Sars, has been accused of killing innocent citizens.

    Friday's protest was triggered by the recent killing of a young man, Kolade Johnson, by a police officer.

    Sars has not commented on this killing or others that it has been accused of being involved in.

    The protesters carried placards with inscriptions like "Sars stop killing innocent people" and "government should scrap Sars".

    Adelaja Adeoye, who called the protest, said the government must investigate Sars and all the officials who are alleged to have been involved in the deaths.

    There were similar protests in other cities.

  4. UN talks with Libyan general fail

    BBC World Service

    The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says his talks with Libya's most powerful military commander have ended in failure.

    "I leave Libya with a heavy heart and deeply concerned," he tweeted after meeting Khalifa Haftar in the eastern city of Benghazi, in an attempt to prevent what he called a bloody confrontation.

    On Thursday, Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to advance on the capital Tripoli, where the internationally recognised government is based.

    Mr Haftar has his powerbase in the east of the country, where he is allied to a rival government.

    In his tweet, Mr Guterres repeated the UN's commitment to facilitating a political solution and supporting the Libyan people.

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  5. Malawians mock 'botched' Mutharika statue

    Wycliffe Muia

    BBC Monitoring

    Malawians are venting on social media about a new statue of late President Bingu wa Mutharika that they say looks nothing like him.

    Some have even accused the government officials responsible for "disrespecting" their former leader, who served from 2004 until his death in 2012.

    South African sculptor Jean Doyle has defended her piece against the critics, telling the Nyasa Times it was supervised by government officials and Mr Mutharika's family who "gave it the go-ahead, they liked what they saw".

    The statue in Lilongwe is being unveiled by Malawi's President Peter Mutharika, the brother of the former president, on Friday to mark the seventh anniversary of Mr Mutharika's death.

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  6. US admits misreporting Somalia deaths

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    In a rare admission, the US military has acknowledged it killed two civilians in an airstrike in Somalia last year - following pressure from human rights groups and Congress.

    US Africa Command said a strike near the town of Eel Buur had killed two civilians and four militants, not five militants as originally reported.

    It described the killing of the civilians as an isolated occurence.

    The rights group Amnesty International says it has documented the deaths of 14 civilians during five US airstrikes in Somalia.

    The number of strikes has increased sharply in recent months.

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    A map showing the location of US airstrikes in Somalia
    Image caption: US air strikes in 2017 and 2018 focused mainly on the southern part of the country
  7. Boeing apology 'too small' says pilot's father

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Dr Getachew

    Boeing's apology for last month's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash has come too late, the pilot's father has told the BBC.

    "Too little, too small," is Getachew Tessema's verdict.

    He has also hit out at "nasty comments" from US newspapers at the time of the crash, and says previous comments from a Boeing employee suggesting that Ethiopian Airlines staff were inexperienced amounted to "character assassination".

    Dr Getachew says his son, Captain Yared Getachew, "was only 29 with a bright future and his life was cut short," yet doesn't regret his choice to become a pilot because he served honourably and "died in the course of his duty".

    He has called for a memorial to be created at the crash site.

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  8. The rapid rise of Romain Saiss

    Six years ago Romain Saiss was playing non-League football, but now the midfielder plays for a Premier League team and could make history as the first Moroccan to lift the FA Cup.

    His Wolverhampton Wanderers side hope to beat Watford when they meet on Sunday.

    BBC Sport Africa profiles the 29-year-old:

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    Video caption: Romain Saiss: From non-league to FA Cup glory?
  9. 'We've had enough'

    The BBC's Sally Nabil has been speaking to protesters in Algiers

    Algerian protesters

    The youth are the main driving force behind these demonstrations, young men and women who have known no president other than Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    But they are not satisfied.

    "We are tired of this regime, they have robbed us. We've had enough of that," an emotional young woman tells me.

    Nearly half of the population is under 30, many of whom are unemployed and having to live in poor conditions.

    But I have also seen Algerians from older generations taking part in the protests. Everybody here wants a change.

    They are sending a clear message: "A new phase with new faces". They tell me the don't trust anyone associated with the Bouteflika era.

    The mood is full of enthusiasm and energy but the people here take pride in the peaceful nature of the protests.

    They have been emboldened by their success in unseating the president and now believe the same can happen with his entourage.

    Algerian protesters
  10. French panel to probe Rwanda genocide

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    France's president has appointed a panel of experts to look into the country's actions during the Rwandan genocide 25 years ago.

    The presidency said the commission of researchers and historians would consult all of France's archives relating to the genocide in order to analyse the French activities in Rwanda at the time.

    Rwanda for years has accused France of complicity in the genocide, and the two countries severed diplomatic relations for a time.

    France last year dropped a probe into the possible role of officials allied to the Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the shooting down of a plane that sparked the genocide.

    There have been a number of other French investigations into its possible role in the genocide.

    Individual photos of genocide victims, including a family, are displayed on a wall.
    Image caption: Many victims are remembered in the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
  11. Algerian protesters continue to demand regime change

    Protesters in Algeria

    Thousands of protesters are again taking to the streets in Algeria demanding a complete overhaul of the country's political structure.

    It's the seventh successive Friday that anti-government demonstrations have taken place. Earlier on Friday, the head of intelligence was reportedly sacked.

    Athmane Tartag was a close ally of the four-term president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who tendered his resignation this week.

    A caretaker government is currently in place, but opposition leaders have refused to negotiate for now, saying they will only be satisfied with radical change.

    Algerian protests
  12. UN to meet Libyan general as crisis spirals

    UN chief Antonio Gutteres is to meet the leader of forces in eastern Libya who hours earlier ordered troops to march on the capital, Tripoli.

    General Khalifa Haftar controls some parts of the country, while Tripoli is the base of the internationally recognised government.

    "There is no military solution to the Libyan crisis, only a political one," Mr Guterres said in a tweet.

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    Libya has been riven by violence and division since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.

    The US, UK, France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a joint statement appealing for calm following the news of General Haftar's advance on the Libyan capital.

    The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss the situation following a request from the UK, reports said.

    Regarding the passage of migrants through Libya and into Europe, UN Secretary-General Guterres said in a tweet that they are "not only Libya's responsibility, they are the responibility of the whole international community".

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  13. Sudan 'tortured and killed peaceful protesters'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The pressure group, Physicians for Human Rights, says it has evidence from Sudan of the killing, persecution and torture of peaceful protesters and the medical professionals who care for them.

    It said the security forces had attacked at least seven medical facilities in Sudan and arrested at least least 136 health workers.

    It added that 60 protesters had been killed by government forces, including a doctor and two medical students.

    There have been months of anti-government protests, sparked by the rising cost of living, but with increasing demands for President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

    A Sudanese man has a stomach wound dressed with a medical bandage.
    Image caption: This man was injured at a demonstration in January

    Read more:'Why Sudan is shooting medics'

  14. Nigeria's president decries money lost to medical tourism

    Muhammadu Buhari
    Image caption: President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term following elections in February

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said his country loses $1.1bn (£837m) every year to medical tourism, local media reports say.

    In a speech to policy makers read out on his behalf, Mr Buhari said that the gaps in universal healthcare provision need to be addressed, the Vanguard newspaper reports.

    Several newspapers quote the president as saying in the speech:

    Quote Message: Our health sector is still characterised by low response to public health emergencies, inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.
    Quote Message: This has resulted in increasing medical tourism by Nigerians in which Nigeria loses over 400bn naira ($1.1bn) on an annual basis."

    At his own expense, Mr Buhari himself made several trips to the UK for medical reasons during his first term, resulting in a long absence from office.

  15. 'Algeria spy chief sacked'

    BBC World Service

    Reports from Algeria say that the head of intelligence has been dismissed as anti-government protesters say they will take to the streets again today to demand a complete overhaul of the political system.

    Several media outlets in Algeria say that Athmane Tartag had been removed from his post.

    A retired army general, he was an ally of the veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who announced his resignation earlierthis week in the face of mass protests.

    A picture taken in the capital Algiers on December 14, 2015 shows the front pages of Algerian newspapers bearing headlines on General Athmane 'Bachir' Tartag, who recently replaced General Mohamed Mediene, better known as General Toufik, as head of the Algeria's military intelligence.
    Image caption: Athmane Tartag's appointment made the headlines in 2015
  16. Rwandans welcome Kagame's abortion pardon

    An activist and abortion rights advocate in Rwanda has welcomed President Paul Kagame's move to forgive more than 360 women and girls convicted in abortion-related cases over the years.

    Chantal Umuhoza told BBC Newsday the decision is a positive step that shows willingness from the government to take steps to legalise or decriminalise abortion in Rwanda.

    "I was really happy because this is the second time that our president pardons women and girls who are convicted of abortion," Ms Umuhoza said.

    In 2016, Mr Kagame pardoned 62 girls and women.

    The president's decision covers cases of women who were jailed for carrying out either abortions, infanticide or were accomplices in such cases.

    The announcement was made after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

    Ms Umuhoza said many women think twice before seeking abortion services.

    She said, when it comes to abortion, the law allows it in "very limited cases" such as rape, and this forces the majority of women who are looking to end unwanted pregnancies to opt for unsafe abortions.

    Ms Umuhoza said she hoped the government would decriminalise abortion so that any woman can access it as a healthcare service.

    Some Rwandans on Twitter have celebrated the president's decision:

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    One person called for an investigation into the abortion cases:

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  17. The NFL star abandoned on London's streets at age of 10

    Efe Obada seen during an NFL training session
    Image caption: Four years ago, Efe Obada had not even played American football

    Efe Obada, who made a stunning NFL debut in September 2018, has spoken to the BBC about his extraordinary rise to the heights of international sport.

    Born in Nigeria, Obada moved to the Netherlands to live with his mother when he was eight years old. Two years later, he and his sister were taken to London.

    The details of how they came to arrive in England's capital are still unclear. The word "trafficked" has been used, but Obada has not exactly described it in those terms.

    The most open he has been on the subject was in a blog on the Carolina Panthers website in August 2017. Writing there, he said he and his sister were brought over "by a stranger who was supposed to look after us - they did not".

    Revisiting that time now, he is reluctant to share full details of the traumatic experience. But what is certain is that at the age of 10, he was abandoned with his sister on the streets of Hackney, east London.

    They spent two nights sleeping rough before a security guard gave them shelter in the tower block he was working in. With his help, the children were eventually looked after temporarily by a friend of their mother. When that arrangement broke down, Obada spent the remainder of his childhood in more than 10 different foster homes.

    "It was my life. It was my story," he says. "It was what I was going through.

    "There were some lows but it was so normalised. Then getting into the NFL and looking back and having all these people having an opinion on my life it was like: 'Oh, actually maybe that's not normal.'

    "But at the time it was normal for me. It was my surroundings. You have just got to survive. Do you know what I mean?"

  18. Cameroon beat Croatia 2-1

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Africa Sport

    Staying with football - Cameroon's women continued their preparations for the World Cup later this year with a victory over Croatia at a four-team tournament in China.

    They won 2-1 with goals from Madeleine Ngono Mani and Henriette Akaba.

    Cameroon will play China in the final after they beat Russia 4-1.

  19. Football: Simba confident of defeating TP Mazembe

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Africa Sport

    Patrick Aussems
    Image caption: Simba coach Patrick Aussems says they are not afraid of TP Mazembe

    There are four African Champions League football matches on Saturday – all of them quarter-final first-leg games.

    Defending champions Esperance are in Algeria to play CS Constantine, Guinea’s Horoya host Wydad Casablanca, eight-times winners Al Ahly are in South Africa to take on Mamelodi Sundowns, and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s Simba - who have never been to this stage of the tournament before - host TP Mazembe from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Speaking to the BBC, the coach of Simba, Patrick Aussems, believes his team, who have won every single home game in the competition this year, have what it takes to overcome their opponents.

    He said:

    Quote Message: I think that TP Mazembe is the best African team of the last five years.
    Quote Message: It’s a team with a big experience. We have a lot of respect for this team, but we are not afraid.
    Quote Message: When at home you are able to beat Vita and Ahly, I think you can expect to beat Mazembe as well. But I know it will be a very, very tough game."