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  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We’ll be back on Monday

    BBC Africa Live

    Damian Zane, Nduka Orjinmo and Clare Spencer

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check BBCAfrica.com.

    A reminder of our wise words:

    Quote Message: It is a light rain that chases a child indoors." from A Yoruba proverb from Nigeria sent by Ademola in Atlanta, the US
    A Yoruba proverb from Nigeria sent by Ademola in Atlanta, the US

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    And we leave you with one of our favourite pictures from this week - check out Sadio Mane's face!

    Philemon Otieno (L) next to Sadio Mane

    Mane's Senegal won 3-0 in Monday's Africa Cup of Nations match against Kenya.

    To keep up with the latest scores from the rest of the matches from that tournament over the weekend, check out our African football coverage.

  2. More nuns evicted amid hospital closures in Eritrea

    BBC Tigrinya

    Nuns in Zager
    Image caption: The nuns were running a hospital in the village of Zager

    Catholic nuns in Eritrea have been evicted from a church-run hospital, the latest to be closed by the authorities.

    The hospital in Zager provided maternity and general services for the village and others 30km (19 miles) from the capital, Asmara.

    The nuns were stopped from taking any hospital equipment with them, sources told the BBC.

    In the last few weeks, 22 Catholic hospitals and clinics have been shut in what appears to be a response to the church’s criticism of President Isaias Afwerki’s rule.

    Eritrean Catholic bishops have said in their pastoral letters that they want political reforms in the country, which does not have a constitution and has never held a national election.

    But the government insists that the closures are in line with regulations they introduced in 1995, which limit developmental activities of religious institutions. These can range from running schools to digging wells.

    On Thursday, another group of nuns, who were running a health facility in south of the country, were also told to vacate their residences.

    A nun told the BBC she was saddened: “This action hurts the people above anyone else.”

  3. Protest over Malawi's election turns violent

    Peter Jegwa Kumwenda

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    The military has been called on to Malawi's streets after nationwide protests quickly turned into riots as government offices were burnt in several districts in the north.

    Several shops have also been vandalised and motor vehicles were stoned in many other parts of the country, bringing business to standstill.

    The protesters are demanding the head of Malawi's election commission stands down.

    They are unhappy with how the presidential elections in May were run.

    Malawi's President Peter Mutharika was narrowly elected to a second term in office with 38.5% of the vote. But the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said there had been vote-rigging.

    Timothy Mtambo - the chair of Human Rights Defender Coalition, the group that called the protests - distanced himself from the rioters by labelling them criminals and called for the police to deal with them.

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  4. Three arrested in Ghana's parliament

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ernesto Yeboah taken away
    Image caption: Ernesto Yeboah, the protest leader, was one of those arrested

    Three people have been arrested in Ghana’s parliament for attempting to protest against plans to build a new parliamentary chamber.

    The plans are controversial because of their estimated cost: More than $200m (£160m).

    Members of the Economic Fighters League entered the public gallery during parliamentary proceedings.

    The leader of the group, Ernesto Yeboah, was handcuffed and taken away by two security personnel.

    He was heckled when he attempted to resist arrest.

    The spokesperson for Ghana’s parliament, Kate Addo, said that they had entered the parliament during a debate and screamed "at the top of their lungs".

    The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, told journalists that the new building was necessary because they had run out of space.

  5. Algerians protest on week of cancelled election

    Algerian march
    Image caption: Today is also Algerian Independence day

    Around 2,000 people have joined a protest in Algeria's capital Algiers, reports AFP news agency.

    While protests have become a common occurrence on Fridays in Algiers, this demonstration had a special significance - this week the country was meant to vote for a new president.

    But the constitutional council cancelled the election, saying that there weren't enough candidates.

    Only two people registered to stand in the election.

    It was a victory for protesters who demanded it should be cancelled.

    But interim President Abdelkader Bensalah has warned that the country risks going into a constitutional vacuum, reports AFP.

    His mandate as leader runs out on Tuesday.

    Algerian march
    Image caption: AFP reports the crowds shouted "Long live Algeria! Peacefully, our claims are legitimate!"
    Algerian march
    Image caption: They also reportedly chanted slogans against any elections organised by a "mafia gang".
    Algerian march
    Image caption: The protesters defied a significant police presence

    He was put in place as president after protesters forced Abdelaziz Bouteflika, previous the previous president, from power.

    Street protests started after Mr Bouteflika announced he was going to stand for president again.

    But when he stood down, protesters continued to go on to the streets every Friday to insist everyone associated with him also gives up power.

  6. Why did Tunisia ban the niqab?

    The Muslim country has banned the Islamic dress.

    Woman wearing a niqab

    When Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced he was banning people from wearing the full face veil, called the niqab, in public institutions, he said this was for security reasons.

    While he didn't divulge further, the decision follows an attack by a suicide bomber from so-called Islamic State, who blew himself up in the capital Tunis on Tuesday.

    Witnesses said the suicide bomber was disguised in a niqab, reports Reuters news agency.

    But, Reuters adds, the interior ministry denied this.

    Tunisia has been battling militant groups since an uprising overthrew President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

  7. Algeria former police chief 'detained' in corruption probe

    Abdelghani Hamel

    Algeria's former police chief Abdelghani Hamel has been placed in detention over alleged "diversion of funds", AFP news agency reports.

    Mr Hamel's two sons were also detained overnight, AFP adds.

    None of them have commented on the allegations.

    Algeria's police are targeting state officials and businessmen close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of corruption.

  8. Tunisia 'bans niqab in government offices'

    Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the niqab Muslim face covering for women in government offices "for security reasons", AFP news agency quotes his office as saying.

    The niqab is a veil worn by Muslim women that covers the whole face apart from the eyes as a sign of modesty and a symbol of religious faith.

    Women wearing niqab

    Full or partial bans are also in place in some European countries including France, Austria and Bulgaria.

  9. Plane 'shot down' in Libya

    A fighter loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) holds a rocket propelled grenade launcher as he keeps position near the Salah al-Din military compound, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on May 7
    Image caption: The violence has been escalating over the last three months

    Troops loyal to Libyan military strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar said they shot down a plane belonging to forces loyal to the rival unity government, reports AFP news agency.

    The UN-backed Government of National Accord forces said they had lost contact with one of their planes that was on a combat mission south of the capital, and there was no word on the crew's fate, adds AFP.

    The two rival camps have both lost several planes in the past three months of fighting.

    A recent upsurge in violence began in April when the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Gen Haftar, launched an offensive against the GNA, led by PM Fayez al-Sarraj.

  10. Ramaphosa shows politicians how to be in two places at once

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa might just have achieved what most politicians live for; appearing in two places simultaneously.

    While he physically addressed a digital economy summit audience in Midrand, Johannesburg, his holographic likeness delivered remarks 128km (80 miles) away at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

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    In a statement, the president's office said the first-of-its-kind presentation showcases “the advancements in technology and immense opportunities of the digital economy".

  11. Gunmen 'kidnap Chinese workers and kill Nigerian police guard'

    Gunmen have kidnapped two Chinese citizens and killed their police guard in Nigeria, AFP News agency quotes police as saying.

    It goes on to say that they were ambushed outside the glass and aluminium firm where they worked in Utesi town, in the southern Edo state on Wednesday.

    There has been a bout of kidnappings of Chinese workers this year.

    Five Chinese citizens, kidnapped in April in Bobi in central Niger state, were freed a month later in a forest.

    Also in April, two Chinese workers who were abducted on a building site in Ebonyi state were released unharmed after two days.

  12. Nigerian tales of city hustlers

    Caine Prize shortlist: All Our Lives by Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor

    Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor
    Image caption: Based in the US, Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor studied electrical engineering in Nigeria

    Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor is one of five authors up for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing - the winner will be announced next Monday.

    The Nigerian writer, the only man on the shortlist, has been nominated for his story All Our Lives, which looks at the lives of young men who come to Nigerian cities to make a living.

    These are some extracts from the short story:

    Quote Message: We are city people. We live in wooden shacks alongside lagoons that smell of decaying fish and shit. We live in rented apartments with flush toilets and airy bedrooms. We live under bridges, with torn tarpaulins to cover us, feet pounding and vehicles speeding above our heads. The air in this city is rancid with sweat, gas flares, and sun-warmed garbage. Some of us live in face-me-I-face-yous. We are tired of the daily bickering with our neighbours. Of the lack of privacy. Of infections contracted from pit latrines. We wish we had our own homes. Homes full of servants and pets, with pretty gardens, and fences to shield us from the foulness of this city...
    Quote Message: We are newspaper vendors, taxi drivers, waiters, housekeepers. In this city where the buildings breathe into each other, and the power lines are thin black criss-crosses in the skies, we hustle, threading our paths in a busy crowd. We look for customers. Some days, when we make good sales, we are happy. We buy drinks. We invite our friends to join us. We eat salad, chicken, or pizza. We thank God in many languages. Other days, we endure insults from customers. We curse the day we were born. We do not thank God. We survive for long stretches without food. We fold our arms and watch the government take down trees to erect mega city halls. Yet we have no proper homes. We have no light. We have no water...
    Quote Message: The cybercafés are our second homes. They are tight spaces on ground floors in one- or two-storey buildings. Because the government never provides us with regular power, you can hear generators, chained outside to metal rails to stave off thieving boys, bleating into the day and night. All night, mosquitoes sing into our ears, their songs louder than the clacks of our fingers on the keyboards. We rub insect repellent onto ourselves until our skin is waxen. By night, the internet is so fast that the drowsiness in our eyes flees. We download photos from websites we cannot recall. A wiry-built white man baring his chest. An African-American, grinning, his hair tousled, both ears studded in a full semi-circle. Hunks. Perfect jaws. Perfect cheekbones. Glorious bodies. By night, we glow in these bodies that are not our own. Do not think we are searching for love. Love does not exist in this city. We are men of the night. Our reward is money."

    You can click here to read the whole story, or listen to it here.

    This week all five of the shortlisted authors are being featured on BBC Africa Live - and BBC Focus on Africa radio will have full coverage of the Caine Prize ceremony and winner, who will win £10,000 ($12,600).

  13. South Sudan steps up Ebola screening at border

    South Sudan has scaled up Ebola screening at its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo after a case of the deadly virus was confirmed just 70km (43 miles) from the border, a health ministry official told South Sudanese radio station Radio Miraya.

    Dr Richard Lino Laku said a team had been sent from the capital, Juba, to Yei River state to support local health officials.

    He also said that they are on the look-out for people who could have used "illegal routes" to get into the country from DR Congo, where more than 2,300 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the last 11 months.

    The person with Ebola 70km from South Sudan is a 40-year-old woman who travelled 500km from Beni, in DR Congo's North Kivu province, according to Voice of America quoting Congolese officials.

    The latest outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people in DR Congo, the World Health Organization says.

    The WHO says "national and regional risk levels remain very high" but the current outbreak has not been declared a global threat.

    Last month in Uganda, two people who had travelled from DR Congo died of Ebola, but there have been no other cases recorded outside DR Congo since then.

    Health worker wearing protective gear
    Image caption: Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to contain the spread of Ebola
  14. Wife of 'alleged Ethiopia coup plotter arrested'

    In Ethiopia, the wife of the man the authorities say masterminded a failed coup in Amhara state has been arrested, his daughter Mahalet Asamnew has told BBC Amharic.

    Brig Gen Asaminew Tsige was accused of being behind the killings of the state governor and two others on 22 June.

    Two days later he was killed as he attempted to escape from his hideout in Amhara's main city, Bahir Dar, police said.

    Brig Gen Asaminew's daughter told the BBC that police had raided their home in the capital, Addis Ababa, last week and taken away a car, laptop and other documents.

    Then on Thursday, they arrested her mother, Desta Asefa. It is not clear why she was detained.

    The police would not comment on the reported arrest.

    Last week, the authorities said that more than 250 people had been arrested, suspected of being involved in the 22 June violence. Along with the officials killed in Bahir Dar, army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen, and another general were killed in Addis Ababa.

    Map showing details of what happened in alleged coup
  15. Fuel prices rise again in Egypt

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Woman holding cooking gas cylindar
    Image caption: The fuel price increase will hit Egypt's poorest who use cooking gas

    Egypt has increased fuel prices by up to 30% - the fifth price hike since introducing a tranche of tough economic reforms in 2014.

    The most commonly used fuels - diesel and 80-Octane - rose from 5.50 Egyptian pounds ($0.33; £0.26) to 6.75 pounds ($0.41) per litre, according to the the privately owned Shorouk website.

    The price of cooking gas, used mostly by poorer Egyptians, was also increased from 50 to 65 pounds ($3 to $3.90) per cylinder, while the price of a commercial cylinder has risen from 100 to 130 pounds ($6 to $7.80).

  16. Kenyans debate 'white man in black body' comment

    Kenyans are debating remarks made by the former head of the telecoms giant Safaricom, Michael Joseph, about his successor at the company, the late Bob Collymore.

    Mr Collymore died of cancer earlier this week. He was seen as an inspirational leader of one of the most important companies in the East African region.

    At his memorial service in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday, Mr Joseph described his successor as a "white man in a black body".

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    "Over the last 15 years I went from being amused by this white man in a black body pretending to be a very serious corporate person to really becoming a serious corporate leader,” he said.

    Some are calling this a "racist remark":

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    Some though are suggesting that his comment was supposed to be "a light note between friends":

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  17. 'We wanted much more'

    Reaction to the deal agreed overnight in Sudan

    One of the protesters in Sudan has described the power-sharing agreement as a "step forward" but said protesters "definitely wanted much more".

    The military and civilians have agreed on a three-year transition period leading to elections.

    For the first half of the three-year period, a military figure would head up the administration, followed by a civilian for the remainder.

    Under the deal, the sovereign body would be made up of 11 representatives. Six of them would be civilians, including five people appointed by the protest movement. The other five would be chosen by the military.

    Lena al-Sheikh - who had been out on the streets of Khartoum at the height of the protests - told the BBC's Newsday programme, that she, along with other protesters, were a "little bit" sceptical about the details.

    "We were saying 'congratulations, is this real?' because until the 30 June, the military council has shown that... there was brutality against protesters, people died, people were hurt and we were thinking maybe this is never going to happen, maybe we are never going to reach an agreement," she said.

    She added that the protesters wanted just civilians in the transitional council, but realised they had to reach a compromise.

    One of the sticking points for some people is that the military will choose the leader of the sovereign council first, but that is not an issue for Ms al-Sheikh.

    She said: "I think the military council is going to be in quite a challenging position in the 18 months because we are facing a lot of problems, [for example] economic collapse. So to be honest, maybe we are better off with the military council beginning and then the civilian government."

    Negotiators shaking hands
    Image caption: The deal was announced at an overnight press conference
  18. A story of scandal and illegal adoption

    Caine Prize shortlist: It Takes A Village Some Say by Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti

    Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti
    Image caption: US-born Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti spent several years as a teenager living in Cameroon

    Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti is one of five authors up for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing - the winner will be announced next Monday.

    The Cameroonian-American writer has been nominated for her story It Takes A Village Some Say, about a childless couple in the US and their illegal adoption of a young girl from Cameroon.

    It is split into two sections, both narrated in the aftermath of a scandal. The first is from the adoptive mother’s point of view and in the second the girl tells her story.

    This an extract from Volume 1: Our Girl

    Quote Message: She was 11 years old when we got her, Our Girl. She came to us with a shocking expedited-shipping efficiency after years of adoption delays: endless home studies, background checks, credit checks, health checks - then ding-dong, ding-dong, a child, handily home-delivered. Imported from the motherland. She was bundled up in this sad little polyester coat, the colour of off-brand cola - fudgy brown, tasteless, fizzy - utterly useless in warding off the cold and bluster of that winter night. We pulled her shivering frame into the warmth of our home and she scuttled off to an entryway corner-so straight-backed and vigilant between our coatrack and umbrella stand. Her guardian, Mrs Dukong, a booming storm cloud of a woman, thundered in behind her…
    Quote Message: 'We’re so grateful -' 'Nonsense. It is the girl’s family that is grateful,' she answered. 'Grateful that one of you is from Cameroon so she will know her culture. Not grow up like these young girls twerking their makande on television. Godless Americ-,' she stopped to gape silently at the salt and pepper set we made, ‘sorry, sorry. The cold has scattered my brains.’ We were suitably understanding. How could we be otherwise? What followed was all courtesy and business: Yes, Our Girl had all the appropriate papers. The girl’s parents? Her father, may he rest, would be so honoured by this opportunity for his youngest daughter to live in white man country. Her mother? Back home, with Our Girl’s six younger sisters, happy to know that at least one daughter would go to bed each night with more than cold gari in her belly.
    Quote Message: This saddened us, this sibling separation, but we couldn’t take them all on, could we? We - a chemist, a botanist turned floral stylist - were hardly millionaires. We lived an average middle-class New Jersey ’burb life: a two-story colonial with a three-car drive and ballooning mortgage payments, two car notes paid off, the other, not so much. Our new Aunty understood, took the balance of the $30,000 in fees we had agreed upon, told us it would help them, told us that this was the way it was done ‘back home’. One child lifted up and up till they returned and lifted their whole family out of shantytown quartiers, out of thatch huts, out of hollowed and hungry lives. We nodded in understanding. Our Girl’s family would be our family, we told her. How could it be otherwise?"

    You can click here to read the whole story, or listen to it here.

    This week all five of the shortlisted authors are being featured on BBC Africa Live- and BBC Focus on Africa radio will have full coverage of the Caine Prize ceremony and winner, who will win £10,000 ($12,600).

  19. Somalia cuts off diplomatic ties with Guinea

    Somalia has cut diplomatic ties with Guinea because it hosted the president of the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

    Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia 28 years ago but Somalia has never recognised this.

    Somalia now says that Guinea has violated its unity.

    A statement by the foreign ministry said Guinea "accorded the protocols of a Head of State" to a "separatist movement in Somaliland".

    President of the self-declared republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi received a red carpet reception earlier this week in Guinea.

    The statement said Guinea had disregarded all "relevant resolutions of the UN and African consensus".

    The countries did not have close relations so in reality this move may not change anything, but Somalia's government is sending a powerful diplomatic message, the BBC's Somali Service says.

    No foreign government officially recognises Somaliland as a state but last week, Kenyan's foreign ministry had referred to Somaliland as a "country" in a controversial tweet.

    Somalia's government summoned Kenya's ambassador to Mogadishu to explain the tweet.

  20. 'May God be with everyone'

    AU mediator announces Sudan deal

    AU mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt

    The deal in Sudan was announced at a press conference in the capital, Khartoum, in the earlier hours of the morning.

    Announcing the power-sharing agreement, the African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt said:

    Quote Message: The two sides have agreed to establish the most efficient procedures to create the best environment for reconciliation and for moving forward with the people and the country of Sudan.
    Quote Message: May God be with everyone, and may He create a safe, stable, united and democratic Sudan that can play its role in the region, continent and the world."
    Military and civilian leaders shaking hands

    The deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemeti, said:

    Quote Message: We would like to reassure all political forces, armed movements and all those who participated in the change from young men and women that this agreement will be comprehensive and will not exclude anyone and will also reach up to the ambitions of the Sudanese people and its pure revolution."

    Omar al-Degair, a leader of the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change, said:

    Quote Message: A nation that is like its revolution, one that suits its greatness, its nobleness, and pride.
    Quote Message: This agreement opens the path for establishment of transitional bodies, which will begin executing reformation programs, in all social, political, and economic aspects, the first of which is the issue of peace, and the independent, transparent investigation and punishment of the killers of the martyrs."