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  1. Could Japan use diplomatic ties in Africa to boost trade?

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    Video caption: Japanese firms want Tokyo to use good African relations to create investment opportunities

    Japanese firms want Tokyo to use good African relations to create investment opportunities.

  2. Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Nigeria's women's team

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Nigeria women's coach Thomas Dennerby names 18 locally-based players in a 24-woman squad to face Algeria in their two-legged 2020 Olympic qualifier.

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  3. Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Comoros coach Amir Abdou

    Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Comoros coach Amir Abdou names his squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Togo as the Indian Ocean island nation seeks a first-ever World Cup win.

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  4. Souhail Khmira

    Football Writer, Tunisia

    Radhi Jaidi

    Souhail Khmira

    Football Writer, Tunisia

    Former Tunisia captain Radhi Jaidi dismisses rumours linking him to the vacant national coaching position.

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  5. Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Afriyie Acquah

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah signs a two-year deal with Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyapsor, his seventh club in eight years.

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  6. Yasine Mohabuth

    BBC Sport, Mauritius

    Liverpool's international academy in Mauritius

    Yasine Mohabuth

    BBC Sport, Mauritius

    Liverpool launch a new international academy in Mauritius, saying they hope to 'bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world.'

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  7. Favour Nunoo

    BBC News Pidgin, Ghana

    Kambon and family

    Favour Nunoo

    BBC News Pidgin, Ghana

    Ghana is encouraging African Americans to relocate to the country, which was at the heart of the slave trade.

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    Video caption: Medieval martial arts brings sword duels to South Africa

    Meet South Africa's medieval martial arts enthusiasts, who duel with swords and armour.

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    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: To castrate a lion is not a problem but who will open its legs." from Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba, Kono, Sierra Leone, and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan.
    Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba, Kono, Sierra Leone, and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan.

    And we leave you with this photo of boys cooling off in The Gambia River - one of our favourite shots taken this past week.

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  10. Cardboard cut-outs of cops used to deter speeding

    Videos and photos of cardboard cut outs of cops on the roads of Cape Town, South Africa, has got people talking on social media:

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    The logic is simple.

    Motorists would usually slow down if they are speeding and see a traffic cop, spokesperson for Cape Town's Traffic Services Richard Coleman, is quoted as saying in News24.

    He didn't mention if the tactic has worked.

    But it appears it is not actually anything new - the method has been used since 2017, he added.

    "Thus far we have only received positive feedback", he said.

  11. Toddler confirmed to have polio in Ghana

    A two-year-old girl in Ghana has tested positive to having vaccine-derived polio.

    This strain of polio occurs when an unvaccinated person catches the virus from somebody else who has been given the vaccine, often through their faeces in unsanitary housing.

    The toddler was admitted to Cheperoni District hospital in north-east Ghana in July after she suddenly got weak legs. She later developed paralysis, said the head of Ghana's national health service Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare in a statement.

    Polio
    Image caption: Ghanaian authorities said they will increase vaccinations in the affected area

    He called the confirmation of the case a national health emergency.

    "The global community is in the polio end game and a case of polio constitutes a public health emergency of national concern," he said.

    He added that vaccinations in the affected area will be increased.

    Outbreaks of this kind can be stopped with two to three rounds of immunisations, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

    BBC health correspondent James Gallagher reports that cases of vaccine-derived polio are an expected part of a vaccination programme, but can be prevented by immunising all children.

    He said there had also been vaccine-derived polio cases in nine countries - including Angola, Central African Republic and Somalia - this year, but the incidences did not affect when a country was declared wild polio-free.

    Africa is on track to become free of wild polio.

    The last recorded case of wild polio was more than three years ago in Nigeria and the country is expected to be officially declared polio-free by the World Health Organization early next year.

  12. War crimes investigators find 23 South Sudan suspects

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    UN experts say they have identified 23 people in South Sudan who they say are responsible for serious human rights abuses including killings, torture and rape during the recent civil war.

    Forty-three others were identified last year but all the names will be kept confidential until a special war crimes court is set up by the African Union.

    The UN Human Rights Commission in South Sudan says many of them are military commanders from both the government and the rebel sides.

    After five years of war, a peace deal and a ceasefire signed last year have stopped most of the fighting. But members of the UN commission say they are continuing to document human rights abuses and collect evidence.

    South Sudanese military personnel
    Image caption: Many of them are military commanders from both the government and the rebel sides