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Togo slippery frog scientist wins award for conservation effort
Caleb Ofori-Boateng rediscovered the Togo slippery frog and created the first conservation area for it.
Obafemi Martins

Oluwashina Okeleji

Football Writer, Nigeria

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins is looking for a new club after bouncing back from a long lay-off with a torn hamstring injury.

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Asamoah Gyan appointed 'general captain'

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana's football star Asamoah Gyan has been given a new title after he was stripped of the team captain role for the national team.

Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, named Gyan "general captain", because of his seniority in the team.

Andre Ayew was named the new permanent captain.

Coach Appiah’s decision follows a meeting with the top management team of the Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee.

On Monday, Gyan announced his retirement from the national team to protest against plans to replace him as captain.

He rescinded his decision after a telephone conversation with President Nana Akuffo-Addo.

Before his replacement, Gyan had been the Black Stars' captain for seven years and had scored 51 goals for the team.

The captaincy controversy has been a problem for the Ghanaian national football team for many years.

The Black Stars will play their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Benin on 25 June.

They have not won the tournament since 1982.

Major anti-protest operation in Algeria

BBC World Service

An Algerian woman shouts slogans as security forces stand guard during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers
An Algerian woman shouts slogans as security forces stand guard during an anti-government demonstration in the capital

Police in Algeria have been carrying out a major operation to try to limit the latest Friday mass protest demanding comprehensive political reform.

Witnesses say that there have been a larger number of arrests than usual and a heavier police presence in the capital, Algiers.

This is the fourteenth consecutive Friday that Algerians have taken to the streets calling for the country's leaders to resign.

The protest movement forced the veteran president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to stand down last month - some of his closest aides are now facing trial.

The authorities are planning to hold a presidential election on 4 July.

Uganda testing two for Ebola

BBC World Service

The authorities in Uganda are testing blood samples from two people who have died in the west of the country.

There is suspicion they may have contracted the Ebola virus.

Uganda has been on high alert because of the outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in eastern Congo, just across the border from Kagadi where the victims died.

On Thursday the United Nations warned the risk of Ebola spreading to neighbouring countries was very high.

Gaelle Enganamouit

Njie Enow

Football Writer, Cameroon

Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa names his women's World Cup squad with experienced attacker Gaelle Enganamouit called up despite doubts over her fitness.

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