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By Nduka Orjinmo, Lucy Fleming and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back on Thursday

    BBC Africa Live

    Nduka Orjinmo, Lucy Fleming and Farouk Chothia

    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 check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of Wednesday's wise words:

    Quote Message: Though the earth is solid, the chameleon is cautious with its steps." from An Ewe proverb sent by Eugene Akpatsa in Volta Region, Ghana
    An Ewe proverb sent by Eugene Akpatsa in Volta Region, Ghana

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a photo of a man holding a flag at the mausoleum of South Sudan's most revered political figure, John Garang, in the capital, Juba:

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  2. Nancy Pelosi: Seeing Ghana slave site was transformative

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    Video caption: Nancy Pelosi: Seeing Ghana slave site was transformative

    The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has addressed parliament in Ghana on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the US.

    She said that the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo's declaration that 2019 was the “Year of Return" for Africans in the diaspora was a "wonderful" gesture and added that visiting a fort where slaves were held was a "transformative" experience.

  3. Bloodhound Diary: All roads lead to South Africa

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    A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,610km/h (1,000mph).

    Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year.

    By the end of 2019, Bloodhound wants to have demonstrated speeds above 804,672km/h (500mph).

    The next step would be to break the existing world land speed record (1,228km/h, 763mph).

    The racing will take place on Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa.

    Read the full BBC story here

  4. Anti-George Weah protesters arrested in Liberia

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC Africa, Monrovia

    George WEah
    Image caption: The former Fifa World Player of the Year became president in 2018

    About 15 people have been arrested in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for defying a government order not to take to the streets to protest against former international football star and President George Weah.

    The group insisted on breaking through police lines to assemble, despite the fact that no permit had been issued to stage a protest, police added.

    The group apparently did not know that organisers had temporarily halted plans to stage a protest against the rising cost of living and alleged corruption in government.

    Read: The president no-one dares to tackle

  5. Nigeria Shia group suspends protests

    Protesters hold placard and shout slogans demand to release the Nigerian Ibrahim Zakzaky, next to the Nigeria embassy in Tehran, Iran, 17 July 2019
    Image caption: Supporters of the detained cleric says he is in urgent need of medical treatment

    A pro-Iranian Shia group in Nigeria has announced that it is temporarily halting street protests to demand the release of its leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

    The announcement by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) comes days after the government banned it, accusing of it of being violent - an allegation the group denies.

    In a statement, the IMN said it was suspending street protests in "good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups" who had intervened to try and resolve the crisis over the "illegal" detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.

    The IMN also said it would challenge the government's decision to ban it in court.

    Sheikh Zakzaky was arrested nearly four years ago after the army accused his followers of attempting to assassinate the chief of army staff. The IMN denied the allegation.

    Read: Meeting Sheikh Zakzaky

  6. More African Champions League confusion

    BBC Sport

    Esperance were initially awarded the trophy but then ordered to return it days later
    Image caption: Esperance were initially awarded the trophy but then ordered to return it days later

    The destiny of the African Champions League is uncertain after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled the decision to replay the final.

    Tunisia's Esperance and Morocco's Wydad Casablancalodged appealsafter the Confederation of African Football decided to replay the second leg - both felt they should be awarded the win.

    Wydad had a goal disallowed and left the pitch because VAR was not working.

    Esperance were winning 2-1 on aggregate and declared champions initially.

    Read full BBC Sport story here

  7. Flag raised at Kenya hotel attacked by militants

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    People with flag at Dusit hotel in Nairobi

    A flag-raising ceremony has been held at an upmarket dusitD2 hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, which was attacked by militant Islamists in January, ahead of its official reopening on Thursday.

    The flag was hoisted at the main entrance of the hotel as a bagpiper led the procession in a sombre tune.

    At least 21 people - including six employees of the hotel - were killed when al-Shabab militants stormed the hotel compound.

    The hotel’s general manager, Michael Metaxas, said the reopening symbolised “defiance and resilience" in the face of terror attacks.

  8. AU calls for swift prosecution over student killings

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Students
    Image caption: Students, many dressed in their school uniforms, took to the streets of Khartoum

    The African Union (AU) mediator in Sudan has called for the swift prosecution of those responsible for the killing of children by the security forces at a protest in North Kordofan.

    Thousands of students took to the streets of several cities to condemn the shooting dead on Monday of at least four students. The military has now ordered all schools and universities to close.

    There is still a great deal of anger following the killings. The military is also deeply mistrusted.

    But behind the scenes efforts are continuing to try to end the political crisis.

    The AU mediator, Hassan Lebatt, has a tough job trying to bring the opposing sides together and speaking out against blatant human rights abuses.

    He urged the ruling military council and the opposition coalition to get back around the negotiation table and sign a constitutional declaration that they have been wrangling over for weeks.

    Read: Rape and the revolution

  9. Somali woman 'tortured and abused’ in Libya

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    Video caption: 'Tortured and abused’: One Somali woman's ordeal in Libya

    "Leyla" recounts her detention in Libya at the hands of people smugglers and the government.

    More than 500,000 migrants and refugees are estimated to be trapped in the war-torn country.

    Reporter: Rana Jawad

    Visual Effects Designer: Jilla Dastmalchi

    Visual Effects Camera: Derrick Evans

    Assistant producer: Rhian John-Hankinson

    Produced and Directed by: Louise Adamou

    Executive Producer: Vladimir Hernandez

  10. Ex-Nigeria goalkeeper 'grateful' for Dijon chance

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport

    Former Nigeria goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama
    Image caption: Former Nigeria goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama

    Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has expressed his thanks to French Ligue 1 side Dijon despite failing to sign a deal with the Reds.

    The 36-year-old, who has not played competitively since April 2017 and was released by Lille in August 2018, trained with the club's first team this week.

    BBC Sport understands that despite impressing officials and players, talks collapsed late on Tuesday following discussions regarding the structure of the deal.

    Read the full BBC Sport story here

  11. Ebola could 'spiral out of control'

    A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 17, 2019.
    Image caption: More than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo since August 2018

    Leading charity Oxfam has warned that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the "potential of spiralling out of control", after a second case was reported in the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday.

    The DR Congo government has since confirmed that the patient has died.

    Oxfam’s Country Director in DR Congo, Corinne N’Daw, said increased violence and displacements in the country were hampering efforts to control the virus, adding that lack of clean water and sanitation had resulted in "conditions that are highly conducive for the spread of diseases".

    The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Ebola a global health emergency last week, the highest level of alarm the UN agency can sound.

    It has only been used four times previously - including the Ebola epidemic that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016, and killed more than 11,000 people.

    Read: Your questions about Ebola answered

  12. Sudan power sharing deal 'almost finalised'

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A boy flashes the v fo victory sign as Sudanese protesters demonstrate in Khartoum on July 25, 2019.
    Image caption: Sudan has been hit by a wave of protests to demand civilian rule

    The African Union mediator trying to resolve the political crisis in Sudan says the details of a power sharing agreement are almost finalised.

    Hassan Lebatt called on the opposition Forces For Freedom and Change and the ruling military council to restart negotiations as soon as possible and to sign a constitutional declaration that they have been wrangling over for weeks.

    The mediator also called for the swift prosecution of those responsible for Monday's killing of school children at a protest in North Kordofan.

    Thousands of students took to the streets of several cities to condemn the shooting dead of at least four students by the security forces.

    The military has now ordered all schools and universities to close.

  13. Nancy Pelosi tearful as she recalls slave trade

    BBC World Service

    Nancy Pelosi looks on during her visit to the palace used by Paramount Chief of Cape Coast traditional area, Osaabarima Kwesi Atta II, after her tour at Cape Coast Castle which was used as a trading post from where slaves would be taken to America, in Ghana July 30, 2019.
    Image caption: Nancy Pelosi is leading a high-powered delegation on her visit to Ghana

    The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has given an emotional address to parliament in Ghana on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in America.

    Ms Pelosi appeared tearful as she recalled the horrors of the slave trade.

    She paid tribute to the contribution African Americans had made to the United States and said that Ghana's struggle for independence had been an inspiration for the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King and others.

  14. Egypt hunger strike over prison 'cruelty'

    Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Image caption: Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is accused of leading a brutal regime

    About 130 inmates at a prison in Egypt's capital, Cairo, have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks to protest against inhumane conditions and the denial of family visits, rights group Amnesty International has said.

    The authorities at al-Aqrab maximum security prison in southern Cairo have retaliated against the detainees by "beating them, applying electric shocks with tasers and punished some of them with disciplinary measures", Amnesty quoted a statement from the detainees as saying.

    “By refusing to allow detainees to see their families, the Egyptian authorities are flagrantly flouting both Egyptian and international law and displaying callous cruelty," Amnesty added.

  15. Second Ebola patient dies in DR Congo border city

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    A patient who tested positive to Ebola in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo has died.

    The head of the government's response team, Jean Jacques Muyembe, told the BBC that the man had died on Wednesday morning.

    He had been in Ituri doing some artisanal mining, but travelled to outskirts of Goma where was admitted to hospital on 13 July.

    He developed symptoms that tested positive to Ebola on Tuesday.

    More than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo since the outbreak began in August 2018, but those have been in more remote areas.

    The World Health Organization called it a global health emergency last week.

    This came after a priest in Goma, which home to two million people, died from Ebola earlier in the month.

  16. Ethiopia tuk-tuk driver 'arrested with ammunition'

    Firehiwot Kassa

    BBC Amharic

    Tuk-tuks in Ethiopia
    Image caption: Tuk-tuks or bajajs are a popular form of transport in Ethiopia

    A tuk-tuk taxi driver in the northern Ethiopia city of Gondar has been arrested for transporting machine gun ammunition, police say.

    The city’s police chief, Sete Zergaw, told BBC Amharic that officers had seized a total of 3,217 bullets from the tuk-tuk, which is known locally as a bajaj.

    The driver was detained after failing to stop at a road that had been closed for an official function.

    Officers then chased him and arrested him with the bullets, the commander said.

    Police are investigating if others are involved in the smuggling of the ammunition.

    Gondar in the Amhara region is about 170km (105 miles) from the regional capital, Bahir Dar, where a coup attempt was foiled in June.

    The smuggling of weapons is not uncommon in Ethiopia.

    The national police chief said earlier this year that between July and October 2018 more than 2,500 weapons and more than 7,800 bullets had been seized by the authorities.

  17. Grieving ex-president's corruption case postponed in Sudan

    Omar al-Bashir (archive shot)
    Image caption: Omar al-Bashir is in the custody of the military

    A court in Sudan has postponed deposed President Omar al-Bashir's corruption case, BBC Arabic reports.

    The reasons are still unclear. Earlier, Sudan's privately owned Baj News reported that the detained ex-president's lawyers had asked for the case to be suspended because of his "aggravated psychological well-being" following his mother's death two days ago.

    The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news site reports that the case has been postponed to 15 August.

    Mr Bashir was arrested soon after the military overthrew him in April.

    He was charged in June. The charges are related to laws on "suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders", the public prosecutor's office said at the time.

    Read: The ruthless mercenaries who run Sudan for gold

  18. Zimbabwe official arrested over 'vehicle scam'

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A senior official in Zimbabwe has been arrested after being accused of importing vehicles and pretending they were for state use in order to avoid customs duty.

    Douglas Tapfuma, who last year was responsible for running the president's state residence, is expected to appear in court later on Wednesday.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on during his official inauguration ceremony as the President of Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare, on August 26, 2018
    Image caption: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to tackle corruption

    Local media is reporting that Mr Tapfuma used letters from the president's office to import duty-free vehicles for friends and relatives.

    Last week, Zimbabwe's tourism minister, Priscah Mupfumira, pleaded not guilty after being charged with corruption linked to the disappearance of $94m (£77m) from the country's pension fund when she was welfare minister.

  19. Fears of 'more chains of Ebola transmission'

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Women are seen washing their hands at an Ebola screening station as they enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Rwanda on July 16, 2019 in Goma
    Image caption: Goma is the main trading centre in eastern DR Congo

    Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they do not believe a second case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma is linked to the first.

    In a BBC Newsday interview, Dr Emanuele Capobianco of the Red Cross said this suggests there are more chains of transmission, which would make it harder to stop the virus spreading.

    Goma - a bustling city of about two million people - is on the border with Rwanda.

    There have been more than 2,500 cases of Ebola in DR Congo since the outbreak began a year ago.

    Dr Capobianco said the immediate response to this latest case had been good and the Ebola vaccine would be given to people who may have come into contact with the patient - a man in his 40s.

    Read: Six steps to stop Ebola from spreading

  20. Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa polls delayed again

    Posters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are seen on a tuc-tuc in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 07, 2018.
    Image caption: Abiy Ahmed rose to power on a pledge to give Ethiopians more political freedom

    Ethiopia's parliament has approved the postponement of elections for the city councils of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa after the election board requested more time to prepare for the polls.

    The elections were due to have been held this year, but have now been scheduled to take place together with the general election next year.

    This is the second postponement. Last year, the elections were postponed to this year because of political unrest.

    Ethiopia has been hit by a wave of ethnic and political conflict since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office last year on a promise to introduce far-reaching political and economic reforms.

    There are fears that the instability could jeopardise the holding of a free and fair general election and damage Mr Abiy's credibility.

    Read: Abiy Ahmed's reforms lift the lid on ethnic tensions