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Summary

  1. UK wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth
  2. Africans react to Arsenal coach Wenger's resignation
  3. Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake
  4. Zimbabwe striking nurses push for better wages
  5. Author Chimandanda Ngozi Adichie reveals sexual assault
  6. Mugabe summoned over stolen mining revenue claims
  7. Former militia leader appointed Burundi foreign minister
  8. Trevor Noah makes Time magazine's '100 most influential' list
  9. South Sudan military chief dies
  10. Kenya's mohawk lion turns heads

Live Reporting

By Natasha Booty and Dickens Olewe

All times stated are UK

Scroll down for Friday's stories

We'll be back next week

That's all from BBC Africa Live for this week. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

The child of the crab walks sideways like his mother."

A Sotho proverb sent by Moeketsi John, Maseru, Lesotho

But, before we go, here's one of our favourite pictures tof the last week. Taken at the funeral of anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, it shows the moment when opposition politician Julius Malema was briefly moved to tears during his speech, causing his sign language interpreter to pause:

EFF leader Julius Malema stands a podium blotting his tears with a tissue while the sign language interpreter pauses to look at him with her hands aloft.
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'I survived the Mugabe and Wenger eras'

Many Africans have long compared Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign as the coach of Arsenal to an African president clinging to power.

So it's no surprise that Mr Wenger's announcement today that he will leave the club at the end of the season has sparked yet more comments and jokes on social media about African leaders.

One woman shared this photo on Twitter calling herself a survivor of both Wenger and Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe, who was forced from power after 37 years:

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Another person rebooted a popular hashtag from last week - #MalemaChallenge.

The hashtag was inspired by the speech firebrand South African politician Julius Malema gave at the funeral of anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, during which he asked the deceased icon to give him "a signal" instructing him how to treat his enemies.

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With Mugabe being forced from office and Wenger resigning, another person wondered if Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni was next in line.

The 73-year-old leader has been in power for 31 years and recently signed a law allowing him to run for president again in 2021.

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Amnesty calls for prosecution of Liberia war crimes

A sketch of "Jungle Jabbah", whose conviction has been lauded as a milestone for global justice
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A sketch of "Jungle Jabbah", whose conviction has been lauded as a milestone for global justice

Rights group Amnesty International has welcomed the sentencing of the Liberian warlord known as "Jungle Jabbah" to 30 years in prison in the US for lying about his role in his country's civil war.

“While Mohammed Jabateh was not convicted of the crimes he is allegedly responsible for under international law, this is nevertheless the first case to provide some justice for victims of Liberia’s civil war," said Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani.

Mohammed Jabbateh was found guilty of immigration fraud for falsely telling US authorities in the 1990s that he had never belonged to an armed group.

Amnesty said that the jailing of the brutal warlord should not distract from the fact that Liberia has not established a criminal court in the country to try those who committed war crimes.

The organisation said that it had written to President George Weah calling on him to help bring justice to victims of the 14-year armed conflict which killed 250,000 people.

Africa's newest airline partnership

Ethiopian Airlines has recently signed a deal with Zambia to rebuild its national airline, after 20 years without one.

From the Zambian capital, Lusaka, the BBC's Kennedy Gondwe has more.

Farmers could win $100,000 prize

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The closing date for nominations for the $100,000 prize is 15 May

Nominations are open for the Africa Food Prize, with four weeks left to submit entries for those who have changed farming on the continent from a “struggle to survive to a business that thrives”.

The organisers say the $100,000 (£71,000) prize aims to highlight “bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent”.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) is one of the sponsors of the award – and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will chair the panel that chooses the winner.

So if you know a farmer or project that should be up for consideration – head to the African Food Prize website.

Congo's football boss released after corruption questions

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Constant Omari is president of the DR Congo Football Association and a member of the Fifa Council

The president of the DR Congo Football Federation (Fecofa) Constant Omari has been released from detention but ordered not to leave the country.

He was taken into custody with three others on Tuesday as part of a probe into embezzlement.

The investigation will continue into the misuse of public funds in the organisation of matches in African competitions involving national sides as well as clubs.

"My sincere thanks to the real justice authorities who have finally realised that you cannot simply accuse officials based on lies, hatred and jealousy," Omari posted on Twitter.

Omari, who is also on the Fifa Council and a vice-president with the Confederation of African Football, was questioned along with sports ministry secretary-general Barthelemy Okito and two Fecofa vice-presidents, Roger Bondembe and Theobad Binamungu.

The lawyer for the four men, Alain Makengo, told AFP they were being questioned over what happened to US $1m (800,000 euros) earmarked for four matches.

Sacked Zimbabwe nurses get public support

Hundreds of people have come out to support Zimbabwe's sacked nurses who have been holding a public clinic to demonstrate their lack of resources.

The nurses' union had urged its striking members to take part in the events in the capital Harare and the southwestern city of Bulawayo.

An activist tweeted this picture of the gathering in the capital:

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One of the nurses at the event said that hospital working conditions had made it difficult for them to do their jobs:

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The government sacked 15,000 nurses on Wednesday after they refused to call off their strike and has begun the process of replacing them by recruiting unemployed and retired nurses.

Is East Africa ready for kitenge Fridays?

You may have heard of dress-down Fridays, but have you heard of kitenge Fridays?

The East African Community recently recommended people in its six member countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda - wear the colourful cotton fabric on Fridays:

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Wenger resigns: Your views

Our colleagues at Focus on Africa radio have been compiling comments that listeners have been sending in about the planned resignation of Arsenal's coach Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman's 22-year tenure has earned him both fans and foes but today's announcement has been met with an outpouring of admiration for the man nicknamed "the professor".

Listen here:

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Will Africa's open skies project take off?

Connecting flights in Africa can be so difficult that sometimes it's easier to fly via Europe to get to another African city.

But in January the African Union agreed that all African airlines can fly to any destination on the continent.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza looks at the challenges of implementing this change:

Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake

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President Emmanuel Macron during a citizenship ceremony in Orleans in 2017

A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official.

The woman, who has not been named, said her "religious beliefs" prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.

A government ruling said it showed she was "not assimilated into the French community" and denied her citizenship.

She appealed, but France's highest administrative court upheld the ruling.

The Algerian woman has been married to a French man since 2010.

Former militia leader appointed Burundi foreign minister

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

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The national flag of Burundi

A former militia commander has been named as Burundi's new foreign minister.

Ezekiel Nibigira was the leader of Imbonerakure – the ruling party’s youth wing – a group the UN and campaign groups have accused of torture, killings and rape.

Mr Nibigira has however denied the role of the Imbonerakure in any killings.

His appointment is part of a cabinet reshuffle announced by President Pierre Nkurunziza which comes just a month before a referendum which could see him staying in office beyond his current controversial third term.

Burundi is under European Union sanctions and has frosty relations with some of its neighbours.

The East African nation also pulled out of the Rome Statute – the treaty that established the International Criminal Court.

Commonwealth summit: The countries where it is illegal to be gay

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Fourteen African countries in the Commonwealth have laws that criminalise or ban gay sex.

They are:

  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Gay rights activists from Commonwealth countries are now demanding that laws banning homosexuality should be overturned.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell has said people face violence and imprisonment just because they are gay.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) that she "deeply regrets" the UK's colonial anti-gay laws and called for their repeal.

There are 53 countries in the Commonwealth and most of them are former British colonies.

Out of those, 37 have laws that criminalise homosexuality.

UK wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth

The UK has said it would "strongly support Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth," 15 years after then-President Robert Mugabe withdrew his nation's membership.

Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth in 2003, after the international body criticised disputed elections and land seizures from white farmers.

Speaking today, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also praised what he called "impressive progress" made by Mr Mugabe's successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He however said that July's election will be a bellweather for the direction of a new Zimbabwe.

"The Zimbabwe government must deliver the free and fair elections the people of Zimbabwe deserve and which it has promised," he said.

Mr Mnangagwa's government has said it will invite Western powers to monitor the polls.

David Coltart, a former education minister and MP from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said he was "appalled" by the Commonwealth's change in tone towards Zimbabwe given the country's media restrictions and the recent sacking of thousands of nurses.

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Snapshots from Nigeria's drumming festival

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Our colleagues at BBC News Yoruba have shared these photos from the annual African Drum Festival in Nigeria's south-western city of Abeokuta.

Drummers from 20 African countries have been invited to the event, Nigeria's Guardian newspaper reports. Local media say Nobel-Prize winning author Wole Soyinka will feature in the event.

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Analysis: Wenger loves African football

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

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Ivorian striker Gervinho is one of the many African players who Arsene Wenger brought to Arsenal

In my three seasons of covering the English Premier League I have found Arsene Wenger to be a rare gentleman in the game.

His planned departure is certainly an end of an era not just at Arsenal but in English football in general. He's a rare breed.

It will be impossible for the world of football to witness someone with his staying power.

I have been fortunate to work with him up close and interview him a couple of times.

He always had a glow whenever I asked him about African players who had played under him.

He said he found them to be passionate, creative, powerful, and possessing the agility that's key in the modern game.

If there's something that he's proud of is the help he gave to many African players who he coached.

He told me recently how he remembered with great fondness his visit to Liberia, during the civil war, with George Weah, who now president of the West African country.

His love for African football was also quite telling in the number of players from the continent he brought to the club.

I hope now that he's leaving Arsenal he will have time to visit Africa again to meet his adoring fans and help in the development of the game on the continent.

What is so serious about South Africa's protests?

Analysis

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home.

Police have been firing rubber bullets at crowds of protesters in the small town of Mahikeng in the North West province.

Residents want the provincial head Supra Mahumapelo to be removed from office for misuse of state funds - accusations he denies.

Protesters have been looting shops, barricading roads and setting vehicles set alight.

The tense situation has resulted in schools and some businesses being closed for the day.

These protests are no more serious than we've had here in the past. But President Ramaphosa needs to be seen as hearing out people's grievances.

Some see the protests as a cry for help to the president - he has promised clean governance and many see Mr Mahumapelo as a compromised man.

Some of the main problems in the North West province are a hangover from former President Jacob Zuma's administration: a lack of service delivery, government contract irregularities and problems in the province's public institutions including the near collapse of healthcare.

Mr Ramaphosa has a tough day ahead, meeting provincial ANC leaders in an attempt to restore calm.

Nationally, the ANC has been plagued by divisions, factionalism and allegations of corruption.

Mr Ramaphosa who has only been party president since December, is also hoping use the meeting to bring unity within the ANC in the North West province ahead of elections next year.

Mugabe summoned over stolen mining revenue claims

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Robert Mugabe
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Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe is to appear before a parliamentary committee next month over his 2016 claim that millions of dollars in revenue from diamond mining were stolen.

The former leader is expected to appear before the mines committee on 9 May but it's not clear if the 94-year-old leader will obey the summon.

The committee’s chairman Temba Mliswa has told state media that the committee aims to establish the extent of diamond plundering in the Marange fields.

In 2016 he claimed that $15bn (£10bn) worth of gems had been stolen. He has since said that figure was a metaphor.

Several companies, including the army police and a Chinese state company, were given vast tracts of concessions to mine diamonds.

Rights groups have described diamond mining operations in that area as opaque.

Who will win the men's London Marathon?

The world's top male distance runners will fight it out for a podium place at the 2018 London Marathon.

Three of the competitors Kenenisa Bekele, Sir Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge have a combined total of eight Olympic gold medals and twelve World Championship golds between them.

Daniel Wanjiru from Kenya won the race last year and is hoping to again prove he's just as good as the more well-known athletes.

Race organisers have said the showdown is between "the greatest runners of their generation".

Trevor Noah and Emmerson Mnangagwa 'most influential'

Trevor Noah on set at The Daily Show
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Noah is hailed as "a fantastic storyteller" by Time magazine

Time Magazine has named South African comedian Trevor Noah and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnagagwa among the "100 most influential pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons of 2018".

Each person in the list is profiled by another famous name.

Noah, the presenter of The Daily Show in the US, is hailed as "a fantastic storyteller" and "a defier of rules" by actress Lupita Nyong'o who will star as his mother in an upcoming biopic.

But President Mnangagwa receives a less glowing profile from Zimbabwean protest leader Evan Mawarire, who calls him "careful" and "patient", adding: "The undeniable paradox of Zimbabwe’s moment of healing is that the doctor was once the butcher."

Other Africans recognised by Time include Ghanaian-American Virgil Abloh who has been appointed as Louis Vuitton's menswear director and South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Kenyan campaigner Nice Nailantei Leng'ete is also named in Time's "most influential" list. Her fight against FGM began in her childhood, when she persuaded village elders to drop the practice.

Time says she has since saved an estimated 15,000 girls across Kenya from being cut, thanks to her work with Amref Health Africa and Safe Hands for Girls.

Painter Kehinde Wiley, whose father is Nigerian, also makes the list. He recently painted former US President Barack Obama official portrait which hangs in Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

Actress and producer Issa Rae, who has described her upbringing with a Senegalese father as "halfrican", was also recognised.

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Issa Rae is the creator of TV series Insecure

Africa reacts to Wenger's resignation

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The shock announcement by Arsenal's long-serving manager that he will leave the club at the end of the season has got the continent talking.

In Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa his name is the top trending topic on Twitter.

Wenger, 68, has been at the helm for nearly 22 years.

Nicknamed "the professor", the Frenchman has had a successful reign though full of frustration for fans who have become disillusioned by his managing style especially in recent years.

There have been growing calls for him to resign with the hashtag #WengerOut being used to put pressure on the club to sack him.

The hashtag was one of our selected stories for 2017.

His critics see him as an entitled and arrogant. Others compared him to former Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe who was forced out of power after 37 years.

Here's a sample of some of the social media reaction from the continent:

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South Sudan military chief dies

Mariantonietta Peru

BBC Monitoring

South Sudan military chief James Ajongo Mawut has died, the privately owned National Courier reports.

"South Sudan is in shock today as the untimely death of chief of defence force is announced - a man of immense integrity and courage with ironclad liberation credentials. General Ajongo’s death is a sad loss for the army," the National Courier said in a Facebook post.

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Gen Ajongo was reportedly being treated for a kidney ailment in Egypt. Last week, his family denied media reports that he had died.

“He is responding well and will soon return home to live among his people and continue to discharge his national duties," the family said in a statement.

He was appointed head of Sudan People's Liberation Army in May last year.

He replaced General Paul Malong, who recently rebelled against President Kiir.

Amazing photo of Kenya's 'mohawk' lion

A photographer in Kenya's Nairobi National Park has snapped a lion with an on-trend hairstyle.

Paras Chandaria told the UK news site Daily Mail that he thought the animal's unusual look was "awesome".

Male lions, unlike lionesses, tend to have full and bushy manes.

Mr Chandaria suggested that the big cat had had some grooming:

With a slick top knot and apparently unshaven beard, the king of the jungle certainly looks like he's had a little help securing his look".

The Star newspaper in Kenya has tweeted the picture of the animal.

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Ramaphosa returns home to quell unrest

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to attend a meeting of regional African National Congress (ANC) party chiefs in the North West province later today to try to quell a wave of unrest that has broken out there.

Violent clashes in the city of Mahikeng prompted Mr Ramaphosa to cut short his participation in the Commonwealth summit in London.

On Wednesday, protesters accusing the provincial premier of corruption barricaded roads and set vehicles ablaze.

It's the worst unrest since President Ramaphosa took office in February.

He has promised to tackle corruption which his predecessor Jacob Zuma is accused of allowing to thrive.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reveals sexual assault

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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'I pushed his hand away, gently, nicely, because I didn't want to offend him,' the author says

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by a "powerful man in the media" in Lagos who she has not named.

The writer, who has been a prominent supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, shared her story in a speech at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality in Sweden:

There was a powerful man in the media who I knew would help with this book launch, and so I found my way into his office in Lagos and I told him about my book. Would he please support the book? I asked. He was very impressed, he told me. While other teenagers were hardly reading at all, I was serious enough and focused enough to have written a book.

He was pleasant, avuncular, warm, and then he got up from his desk and walked around to where I was seated and stood behind me, and in a move that was as swift as it was shocking he slipped his hand under my button down shirt, under my bra and squeezed my breast. I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds. Then I pushed his hand away but gently, nicely, because I didn't want to offend him."

She described the loathing and anger she felt after the assault:

Later that day I broke into a rash - on my chest, my neck, my face. As thought my body were recoiling. As though my body were saying what my lips had not said. I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did.

I felt as if I didn't matter, as if my body existed merely as a thing to be done with as he wanted, yet I told no one about it and I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he would help with my book."

Reflecting on the effect the assault had had on her, she added that she had been a feminist "long before she knew what the word meant".

Many people on social media have praised her for speaking out:

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Sacked Zimbabwe nurses to hold open air clinic

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The government has begun recruiting unemployed and retired nurses

Sacked state hospital nurses in Zimbabwe are planning to hold an open air clinic today to showcase the limited resources they work with.

A notice by the nurses union says that the event will be held in the capital, Harare and the south-western city of Bulawayo from noon local time.

The union said its members will offer consultation, counselling, vital observation and take patients' pulses.

It added: "As nurses we are ready and able to provide care to Zimbabweans but we cannot continue to work under the current conditions that have been forced upon us by the government."

The body also appealed to the public to support their cause by wearing white clothes.

The government fired 15,000 nurses on Wednesday after they failed to call off their strike demanding better wages.

A spokesman for President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the government was recruiting unemployed nurses and recalling retired nurses below the age of 70 who were willing to work.

Good morning

Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news from around the continent.

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

It is not necessary to blow out the other person's lantern to let yours shine."

A Swahili proverb sent by Beda Mushi in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

And we leave you with this from an artist based in Cotonou, Benin:

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Nigeria 'sex-for-grades' lecturer suspended

Uche Akolisa

BBC Igbo, Lagos

A Nigerian university lecturer has been suspended for allegedly demanding sex in return for improved grades.

An investigation was launched by Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun state after a lecturer in a leaked audio recording seemed to offer a student who had failed a course an opportunity to pass if she agreed to have sex with him five times.

Abiodun Olarenwaju, OAU’s public relations officer, told the BBC it had been established that the voices in the recorded telephone conversation, that went viral, were that of Richard Akindele, a business professor, and a postgraduate student at the university.

He said the investigating committee had established “a prima facie case”.

The lecturer at government-run university had been suspended pending a “final determination of disciplinary case against him”, Mr Olarenwaju said.

Prof Akindele has not commented publicly on the case.

Bissau parliament 'meets for first time in two years'

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Guinea-Bissau's parliament building hasn't been seeing much action

Parliament in Guinea-Bissau has convened for the first time in nearly two years, reports the AFP news agency.

The parliament has not been able to function because the president sacked the prime minister and the ruling party was not able to agree on a new candidate.

It all started with squabbles over international aid money, according to insiders who spoke to journalist Lorraine Mallinder.

In 2015 donors pledged $1.5bn (£1bn) to Guinea-Bissau.

President José Mario Vaz wanted to use the money for private agriculture project in his home village but then-Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira resisted, the sources suggested.

A few months later the president sacked Mr Pereira.

However, the ruling party sided with the sacked prime minister and a stalemate ensued, with the two sides unable to agree on a replacement.

Earlier this year the West African regional body Ecowas imposed sanctions on the country and finally on Monday the president named veteran politician Aristides Gomes as the new prime minister, reports VOA news.

Nigeria's Kaduna state denies sacking teachers

The spokesman for Kaduna’s governor, Samuel Aruwan, has denied that the northern Nigerian state has sacked more than 4,500 teachers for incompetence.

Earlier, an education official in Kaduna told the BBC the new recruits had been fired because they hadn’t been able to write acceptance letters.

A teacher has also told the BBC that she was one of those whose employment was terminated before she took up her post.

The state has been on a recruitment drive after sacking about 22,000 primary school teachers last year for failing a test set for their six-year-old pupils.

Mossad spies ran fake diving resort in Sudan

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A soon-to-be released Hollywood film is set to tell the story of a diving resort in Sudan which was a base in the 1980s for Israeli agents with a secret mission to rescue Ethiopian Jews.

The resort in Arous, on the shores of the Red Sea, was set up and run for more than four years in the early 1980s by operatives from the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.

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They used it as a cover for an extraordinary humanitarian mission - to rescue thousands of beleaguered Ethiopian Jews stranded in refugee camps in Sudan and evacuate them to Israel.

Some 14,000 Beta Israelis made a perilous 800km (500-mile) journey by foot along with over a million other Ethiopians seeking refuge across the Sudanese border.

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Some of the first evacuations were organised by sea but when that became too dangerous and they were secretly airlifted out of the country.

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Ethiopian Jews being transported by boat from the beach to a navy ship

Read the whole story on the BBC News website: The holiday village run by spies

'I was shunned because I had cancer'

Christine Imbosa Maloba tells the BBC how she was rejected by friends and family after being diagnosed in Kenya with cervical cancer:

How one woman was shunned for having cancer but found a 'new family'

Video produced by David Whitty and Rajni Boddington

Fifa fines Laos for using African child players

Team
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The team in Laos bought in underage players from West Africa

Football's governing body, Fifa, has fined the Lao Football Federation (LFF) 690,000 CHF ($711,000; £500,000) after the BBC revealed African footballers as young as 14 were being trafficked there.

Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players to a foreign club or academy until they are 18.

But Laos side Champasak United imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in 2015.

The club fielded overseas players as young as 14 in league games.

One 14-year-old player, Liberia's Kesselly Kamara, told the BBC that his contract promised him a salary and accommodation, but he was never paid and had to sleep on the floor of the club's stadium - as did the rest of the travelling party.

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Anger over urine-drinking university initiation

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

An initiation ceremony for new undergraduates in Mozambique has caused outrage after photos circulated on social media showing the students being forced to drink and bath in urine and faeces.

A student at Unizambeze covered in human waste
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Some of the first-year students at Unizambeze's agriculture, forestry and engineering faculty in central Zambezia province also had their heads shaved.

According to privately owned STV, the initiation happened a few days ago.

One victim, Artemiza Nhantumbo, told the broadcaster about her experience:

The initiators cut our hair. It was horrific. It was unbearable. They forced human urine and faeces into our mouths. We were bathed with urine and they rubbed our noses with faeces."

Another student, Quiteria Jorge, said the second-year students pulled them out of their classrooms to do the initiation:

They removed our hair because, for them, it was too long. But, we could do nothing. I cried and cried until I got home.”

This has not pleased parents of the students, who have urged the authorities to take measures against the culprits.

Cardoso Miguel, provincial director of higher education, said an investigation was now under way, “As we can see from images on social media, it’s clear that the behaviour this initiation was improper.

"The inquiry committee will assess the degree of involvement of each student - some will probably be suspended, and others may be expelled.”

Initiation ceremonies for new undergraduates are not officially sanctioned but are a common practice at most universities in the country, usually organised by second-year students.

Zuma's son to be prosecuted over car crash

Duduzane Zuma
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An inquest found that Duduzane Zuma had been negligent

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to prosecute Duduzane Zuma - the son of former president Jacob Zuma - for culpable homicide, local media reports.

Duduzane Zuma's Porsche hit the back of a minibus in Johannesburg in 2014, killing one woman instantly.

At an inquest that year, the ex-president's son said he had lost control of his car after driving into a puddle.

The inquest recommended he was prosecuted but the NPA said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him.

In October 2017, AfriForum - a group that campaigns to protect the rights of white Afrikaners - said it would prosecute him privately.

ENCA reports that it is now unclear what will happen to that prosecution.

Kenyan court 'declares phone tapping illegal'

Ibrahim Aydid

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

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The court reportedly ruled that listening to private conversations was unconstitutional

A Kenyan court has declared that plans by the government to tap private phone conversations is illegal, the Daily Nation reports.

The Communication Authority (CA) and the government wanted three telecommunications networks to “tap computers on their behalf by planting spy gadgets on all networks”.

But Justice John Mativo has declared the plan “illegal and violation of consumer rights”.

He ruled that the move was adopted in a manner “inconsistent with the constitution”, saying there was inadequate public participation prior to adoption and implementation of the system.

King changes name of Swaziland

Swaziland's King Mswati III has changed the name of Swaziland to eSwatini, the BBC's Nomsa Maseko has tweeted:

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The monarch made the announcement at the dual celebration to mark his 50th birthday and the country's 50 years of independence:

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Diamond Platnumz apologises for kiss

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Diamond Platnumz
BBC

Tanzania’s top music star Diamond Platnumz has apologised for posting a video clip on Instagram of himself playfully kissing a woman.

He removed it from his account earlier this week after he was questioned by police.

The authorities have deemed the footage to be indecent, in breach of Tanzania’s culture and in violation of new laws regulating online content.

The award-winning "bongo flava" star told reporters this morning why he realised that he had been in the wrong:

I’ve had a long conversation with the authorities and I have learnt that what I did was not right.

As a role model to many young people, not just in Tanzania but across the continent, posting a private moment was irresponsible of me."

His apology comes after he met top officials at the country’s communication regulatory authority, the body charged with implementing the controversial regulations that came into force a few weeks ago.

Apart from censoring obscene content, the legislation requires bloggers to pay a hefty registration fee of more than $900 (£630).

Many activists, online content providers and ordinary users have accused the government of using these regulations to suppress freedom of expression.

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