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Summary

  1. The 74-year-old president can run in 2021
  2. Gambian soldiers' remains exhumed
  3. Nigeria's top judge is banned from public office
  4. Brothers of Sudan's ousted president arrested
  5. Fossils of giant mammal found in Kenya
  6. Boeing update software after Ethiopia crash
  7. Mo Salah makes the cover of Time

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. What will happen if Sudan protesters are forcibly removed?

    Alastair Leithead

    BBC Africa correspondent

    Huge change has come to Sudan in just a few days, but the street protesters want more - to ensure the risks they have taken for the gains they have made will shape the future of the country in the way they want it - with civilian rather than military rule.

    At this point trust is hard-won and easily lost.

    If those still demonstrating outside the military headquarters are forcibly dispersed, that trust will be shattered, as the transitional military council promised this would not happen.

    Many concessions have already been made - the arrest of former government figures, new heads of the army, police and the security service, and a promise the opposition can choose a new prime minister.

    The question is where the line is drawn - between where the demonstrators are satisfied their demands will be met, and the point when the military leaders feel they cannot give any more.

  2. UN fears escalation of Libya conflict

    Lyse Doucet

    Chief International Correspondent

    Gen Haftar
    Image caption: On 4 April the forces of Gen Haftar, pictured, launched an offensive to take the capital Tripoli

    The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé has expressed his growing concern that the battle for the capital Tripoli is escalating.

    Mr Salamé described the current situation as a military stalemate.

    But he said both sides in this battle for Tripoli were now mobilising resources and both still believed they could win militarily.

    In the past few days, the Libyan government and Gen Khalifa Haftar’s forces have launched air strikes against each other.

    Mr Salamé told the BBC his worst fear now was that foreign powers may become directly involved with more advanced weaponry.

    Gen Haftar has long received military backing from a number of Arab states as well as France while the government is said to be receiving military support from countries including Turkey and Qatar.

    This upsurge in fighting has shattered UN plans for a political solution to this turmoil which has fractured Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

    The human cost of this conflict is also mounting.

    Mr Salamé said that, so far, fighting was not focused on residential areas of the capital, but if this escalation continues, casualties would be, in his words, of “a completely different magnitude” in the city where nearly a third of Libya’s population lives.

    The UN says that In the last 10 days of fighting, more than 130 people were killed, more than 600 were injured, and thousands have been displaced.

    The latest upsurge started when on 4 April the forces of Gen Haftar, which dominate large swatches of Libyan territory, launched an offensive to take the capital Tripoli which is controlled by the UN-backed government.

  3. Commentators question Jumia's African identity

    News that shares for the e-commerce site Jumia went on sale on the New York stock market last week has prompted heated debate about the tech start-up's identity.

    It has been described by many news sites, including the BBC, as African.

    CEO Sacha Poignonnec insisted on CNBC TV news channel on Friday "we are a completely African company".

    But this has angered some.

    Jumia was founded by two French entrepreneurs in 2012.

    But that isn't the only thing that puts its African identity under scrutiny.

    Ugandan start-up founder TMS Ruges points out the company is registered in Germany:

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    Cameroonian tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong adds that the development team are in Portugal and the executive team are in the United Arab Emirates:

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    So how did we get here?

    Quartz news site says that Jumia’s identity as an African company is based on the continent being its primary market.

    This categorisation, it says, is quite common in reports on funding trends in Africa.

    But for Ms Enonchong, it's of vital importance that Jumia is not considered African:

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  4. Sudan protesters 'thwart efforts to break up sit-in'

    BBC World Service

    Protesters in Sudan are reported to have thwarted an attempt by the army to break up a sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum.

    The demonstrators are said to have held hands to prevent soldiers from removing stones and metal barricades.

  5. 'Efforts to break up' sit-in outside Sudan army HQ

    BBC World Service

    The group leading the anti-government protests in Sudan says there have been efforts to break up the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum.

    The details are sketchy, and the latest reports suggest the troops have stepped back from immediate confrontation.

    Earlier the group called for the full dismantling of what it described as the "deep state" left behind by President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted by the army last week after 30 years in power.

    The group rejected the military council that's currently leading Sudan, saying it should be replaced by a civilian council and cabinet.

  6. Five die in Accra flood

    Favour Nunoo

    BBC Pidgin

    Five people have died after heavy rain in Ghana's capital Accra on Sunday night.

    Their remains were retrieved from floods by Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) search and rescue team.

    Three of those who died were in a military pick-up truck which veered off a bridge.

    Deputy Director General for Nadmo Seji Saji told BBC Pidgin that a separate person was found dead in the storm drain.

    He added that one child who was swept away in the flood has also not been found.

    Nadmo has warned the public against driving through flood waters.

    It also promised to increase its work removing silt from drains to prevent flooding.

  7. Kenya leads efforts to contain fire in 'Roof of Africa'

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC Amharic, Addis Ababa

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    A Kenyan firefighter helicopter has been throwing water over a huge blaze which has been raging in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park - a Unesco world heritage site famous for its endangered foxes, goats and baboons.

    It was deployed after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed asked for international help to extinguish the fire which has been raging for about a week.

    The 220 sq-km (84 sq-miles) park in Ethiopia's highlands is sometimes called the "Roof of Africa" as it forms the largest continuous area of elevation on the continent.

    Ethiopia's ministry of culture and tourism spokesman Gezahegn Abate told the BBC that the helicopter did five rounds on Sunday, throwing water on the inferno. It will continue doing so today.

    Mr Gezahegn said an Israeli team of experts also arrived on Sunday to offer advise on how to contain the fire, and prevent similar incidents in future.

    Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia tweeted that strong winds could cause the fire to spread:

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    Ethiopia's government is convinced that the fire - the second one this month - is "man-made" and an investigation is under way to establish who is behind it, Mr Gezahegn told the BBC.

    The government has not yet determined the extent of damage caused by the fire on wildlife, but "we think none of the endemic animals were killed," he said.

    According to Unesco, the park is home to rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

    Scene in park after fire
    Image caption: A fire a few weeks ago had caused widespread destruction
  8. Tanzania speaker wants auditor general to resign over remarks

    Speaker of Tanzania's parliament Prof Job Ndugai
    Image caption: Speaker of Tanzania's parliament Prof Job Ndugai wants the auditor general to resign

    The speaker of Tanzania's parliament has called for the resignation of the auditor general over his alleged statement of contempt against parliament while in the US.

    ''Our problem is the words that Prof Musa Juma Assad spoke in the United States, and recently when he called reporters in Dodoma and told them he would continue making the same statement. We condemn his remarks," said Prof Job Ndugai.

    The auditor general said that the Tanzanian parliament was weak.

    The speaker said Prof Assad was summoned and grilled by a parliamentary committee, but he maintained his statement and now members of parliament do not want to work with him.

    Prof Ndugai said that the auditor general was in contempt of parliament for his "careless remarks" against parliament.

    Renowned cartoonist Gado has tweeted an illustration on the Tanzanian parliament:

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    Read BBC Swahili

  9. Kenyan teacher who won $1m prize gets new role

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    A Kenyan teacher who won a $1m prize (£760,000) after being voted the world's best teacher has been appointed as a champion for children caught up in conflicts by a global charity.

    In a statement, the charity, Varkey Foundation, said Franciscan brother Peter Tabichi, who is a science teacher at a rural school in the east African country, will promote the cause of 75 million children globally, whose learning is cut short by conflicts and natural disasters.

    The charity says Mr Tabichi's "inspiring story and powerful voice will help raise the urgency on the world stage to invest in the future of girls and boys left behind in crisis".

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  10. The man behind Somalia's only free ambulance service

    Naima Mohamud

    BBC News

    ABDULKADIR ABDIRAHMAN ADAN
    Image caption: Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan was struck by the lack of ambulances in Mogadishu

    Somalia's capital city - where there are frequent and deadly bomb blasts - only has one free ambulance service, which was founded by Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan 13 years ago.

    When he returned from Pakistan, where he had been studying dentistry, to Mogadishu as a fresh graduate he was struck by the lack of ambulances on the busy streets - and people using wheelbarrows to ferry the sick to hospital.

    The very few ambulances that did exist and respond to calls came from private hospitals and patients had to pay for their collection.

    So not long after his return, Dr Adan decided to start an ambulance service.

    "I bought a minibus, revamped it and made it accessible for wheelchair users too," he told the BBC.

    Read more of his incredible story here

  11. Sudanese demand 'full freedom'

    The Sudanese Professionals Association - which spearheaded protests against ousted President Omar al-Bashir - appears to be in little mood to compromise with the new military junta.

    Thousands of Sudanese continued their protest through the night outside army headquarters, demanding an immediate move to a civilian government.

    "People are chanting and calling for full freedom," SPA member Amjed Farid told BBC Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

    "It is the role of politicians and technocrats to run the country - not the army. There are many problems caused by 30 years of tyranny," he added.

    Listen to the interview here:

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    Video caption: Protesters call for civilian leadership following the overthrow of President al-Bashir
  12. Empty desks placed in field to remember Chibok girls

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    Empty desks with name tags were placed in an open field at the Unity Fountain in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Sunday to remember the 112 Chibok girls and one Dapchi girl still being held by Boko Haram militants.

    On 14 April 2014 Islamist militants kidnapped 276 girls at Chibok Girls' Secondary School, while more than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from the town of Dapchi in February 2018.

    Co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group, Oby Ezekwesili, tweeted that the girls were not "mere statistics", and called on President Muhammadu Buhari's government to step up efforts to secure their release:

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    Read: Chibok parents turn to TV 'miracle' pastor to find daughters

  13. Rally driving across the Sahara with no GPS

    The annual Rallye Aicha des Gazelles sees all-female teams driving off-road across the Sahara desert in Morocco.

    Competitors can only use a map, navigational plotter and compass - GPS, binoculars and cell phones can't be used.

    The winner isn't the fastest, but the team who have travelled the shortest distance between checkpoints.

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    Video caption: Rally driving across the Sahara with no GPS
  14. Ivanka Trump has 'incredible' first day in Ethiopia

    US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, has tweeted that she has had an "incredible" first day in Ethiopia.

    Ms Trump - a White House adviser - visited a coffee shop and a female-run textile company on Sunday, as part of her efforts to champion women's rights in the workplace.

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    This is her first visit to Africa since Mr Trump unveiled the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in February, setting aside $50m (£38m) for the project.

    "Fundamentally we believe that investing in women is a smart development policy and it is a smart business," Ms Trump said after drinking coffee and inhaling incense at a traditional Ethiopian ceremony in the capital, Addis Ababa, Reuters news agency reports.

    Read more here

  15. Ethiopia's ancient stelae 'risks collapsing'

    Hana Zeratsyon

    BBC Tigrinya

    Stelae in Aksum
    Image caption: Many tourists visit Ethiopia's Aksum city to see its monuments

    "If the stelae falls, Ethiopian history will fall apart," the director of archaeology and tourism at the University of Aksum, Tekleberhan Legesse, told BBC Tigrinya.

    "History will blame us. We will be ashamed of our age," he added.

    The granite stelae, obelisks and royal tombs in the historic city of Aksum are the pride of Ethiopians. These ruins date back to the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, making them a popular tourist attraction.

    But now, one of these stelae, 24 metres tall and weighing 160 tonnes, has tilted backwards, raising fears that it could eventually fall down.

    "There is water under the basement of stelae number three. If it increases, it may erode the soft sand and leave the stelae under a rough surface which could damage it. Because of this the whole stelae might collapse," Aksum's head of tourism, Gebremedihn Fitusmberhan, said.

    Tombs
    Image caption: Royalty is buried in the tombs in Aksum

    We tried to walk down to the tombs beneath the stelae, but could not reach them - the area was flooded with water, and the tombs had cracked.

    Fortunately, the Ethiopia government's heritage authority has set up a committee of experts to look into the problem, and save the stelae from collapse.

    Otherwise, the children of Aksum, who welcome tourists to the city and try to sell them souvenirs and give them guided tours, will lose their income and history.

    Read BBC Tigrinya

  16. Sudan arrests former government members

    Demonstrators in Khartoum
    Image caption: Demonstrators in Khartoum have vowed to continue their sit-in until a civilian government is in place

    Sudan's transitional military council has arrested members of the former government and promised not to disperse protesters.

    A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime minister and vowed to implement their choice.

    Months of protests in Sudan led to the ouster and arrest of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.

    Demonstrators have vowed to stay on the streets until there is an immediate move to civilian rule.

    A sit-in is continuing outside the defence ministry in the capital, Khartoum.

    Read the full BBC story here

  17. Huge haul of rhino horns seized in South Africa

    BBC World Service

    Rhinos roam around a farm in South Africa on 28 May 2016
    Image caption: South Africa is home to about 80% of the world rhino population

    Police in South Africa say they have arrested two people transporting 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Asia.

    The police told AFP news agency it was one of the biggest ever hauls of rhino horn in South Africa.

    The suspects were picked up in North West province in a car packed with horns.

    They are are due in court later today.

    The horns can fetch up to $60,000 (£46,000) a kilogramme in Asia where they are used in traditional medicine.

    Watch: Could farming rhinos save them from extinction?

  18. Monday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: A stubborn chicken learns its lesson in a pot of soup. " from Sent by Timy Hanson, Calabar, Nigeria, and Abubakar Mairamri Jnr, Abuja, Nigeria.
    Sent by Timy Hanson, Calabar, Nigeria, and Abubakar Mairamri Jnr, Abuja, Nigeria.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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