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Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Goodbye - we'll be back tomorrow

    That concludes our Africa Live coverage for today. Download the Africa Today podcast and visit for the latest news on the continent.

    And we leave you with this picture of Nigerians protesting outside the South African consulate in Lagos. They were worried about the xenophobic violence and the possible impact on Nigerians in South Africa.

    Protesters in Lagos
  2. Challenging the Zulu king

    Tim Flack is the man trying to take Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini to court. He told BBC's Focus On Africa radio programme that recent comments made by the king are responsible for inciting the xenophobia in South Africa which has led to violent attacks in Durban and elsewhere in the country.

  3. 'Worried and ashamed'

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Latest update from Benoni, east Johannesburg, where earlier police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a crowd chanting anti-immigrant slogans:

    "Foreign-owned shops were forced to bring down the shutters because of skirmishes earlier in the day. I met shop owner Sharif Danis, a Nigerian who has lived here for more than 15 years.

    Mr Danis points out that the tavern next door, run by a South African businessman, is the only place open in the area. But he gets along with his neighbour and the South African insists that Sharif is his "brother from another mother" and should be operating and making money."

  4. Response to SA xenophobia

    There's been a huge response on the BBC Africa Facebook page to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa:

    Emeka finds fault with the country's leaders, saying: "Every ANC leader with a Twitter account is posting #No2Xenophobia . Yet none of them is saying a word about King Goodwill's alleged incitement".

    The Zulu king has said his remarks have been distorted.

    Ahamdu in Nigeria, blames a "broken system" for the troubles, saying: "this is an economic struggle shrouded in xenophobia".

    Nick in Tanzania addresses the attackers directly: "You forget everything our countries offered during your fight against apartheid, the blood of our soldiers, even political asylum for your leaders. We offered them with love, despite being poor."

  5. 'Influential' Africans

    Alongside author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Time magazine's 100 most influential people is fellow Nigerian Obiageli Ezekwesili. She has been instrumental in the #BringBackOurGirlsCampaign which has highlighted the plight of the more than 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok by the militant group Boko Haram.

    Scree grab form Time magazine

    Ironically the magazine has also named the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in the top 100. Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari is also on the list.

    Other Africans named include Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi and the Liberian Dr Jerry Brown who has been at the forefront of fight against Ebola in his country.

  6. Rape case hits Ugandan athletics

    A former national athletics coach in Uganda has been charged for the rape of three teenage female national runners, aged between 15-17 years old. The case first came to light last year when Uganda's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Moses Kipsiro relayed complaints made against Peter Wemali from female team-mates to the authorities.

    Wemali is accused of having told the girls to get pregnant and then abort so that they could run better. The girls then told Kipsiro they had been advised if their private parts were widened "their legs would move more easily". Wemali denies the charges.

  7. Mediterranean murder investigation

    Italian police say they have arrested 15 African migrants for religiously-motivated murder, after 12 Christian passengers were reportedly thrown overboard during a Mediterranean boat crossing on Tuesday.

    According to a statement from Italian police, witnesses said a small group of Christian migrants from Nigeria and Ghana were outnumbered and threatened because of their faith by a group of Muslim migrants from Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast. Survivors told police that many of them only survived by forming a human chain.

  8. 'Who benefits?'

    Construction of a railway in Addis Ababa

    "In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, there is a clear image of frantic construction taking place," says Lerato Mbele, the presenter of the BBC's Africa Business Report. But in her latest blog she wonders who the development is for as she says she "noticed that many of the buildings are empty".

  9. 'Influential' Chimamanda

    The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people. Also included on the list of what the magazine calls "titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons" are the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and performer Kanye West.

    Screen grab form Time magazine
  10. Mozambique reacts

    Mozambique's President Jacinto Nyusi has been speaking about the recent outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa: "We note with great concern and anguish the suffering of our fellow citizens who are the victims of xenophobic acts in a brotherly country.

    "I express my government's determination to do everything to mitigate the suffering of these brothers, giving them all the necessary assistance."

    Peace rally
    Image caption: Thousands of South Africans took part in a rally against xenophobia in Durban
  11. Nigerian's North Pole pride

    The first Nigerian to run the North Pole Marathon has told the BBC how proud she felt to plant her country's flag in the snow at the end of the race.

    Tuedon Morgan

    Tuedon Morgan, 42, spoke about how she managed to keep going despite the brutal conditions, with the temperature as low as -41C.

    "I was just singing and praying and when I got to the bend where I could see where other people had planted their flags, I kept saying to myself: 'I have to plant the Nigerian flag there; your country's flag has to be there.'"

  12. A celebratory exchange

    The Mbum people in northern Cameroon have welcomed their relatives from abroad to celebrate the traditional festival of Mgbor Yanga, says the BBC's Muhammad Babalala.

    People at festival

    The festival was first celebrated in 933 and gives Mbum people a chance to meet their relatives from Libya and Chad to discuss how to develop their ancestral lands.

    People at festival

    "The Mbum people have problems as we live in different countries, that is why we use this opportunity every year to get solutions to our problems," says King Belaka Salihu Saw Mbum.

  13. BreakingBreaking News

    Boat carrying migrants sinks off Sicily, with more than 40 people drowned, Italian media report. More details to come.

  14. Waiting for migrants

    Photo of Sicily port

    The BBC's Efrem Grebreab sent this picture from Sicily's eastern port of Augusta. As you can see it is all quiet at the moment, but he says nearly 600 migrants are expected to arrive later on, according to the Italian coast guard. A further 300 are expected at another port. They have been picked up while trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.

    More than 10,000 migrants have arrived in Italy in the last few days, according to the charity Save the Children.

  15. 'Work together'

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has just finished addressing the National Assembly by making this call to his people: "Let us work together to provide support to all foreign nationals who have been affected by this violence.

    "We reaffirm our responsibility to contribute to a better Africa and a better world. Let us work together to make our country a better place for all who live in it."

    You can see his speech here.

  16. 'Ready for evacuation'

    Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed has said that the government is keeping an eye on the xenophobic violence in South Africa. She told Kenyan radio that the government is "preparing an evacuation plan in case we need it" and she reassured Kenyans that "whoever wants to come back will be assisted".

    She also said that some Kenyans in South Africa have voluntarily moved into a temporary shelter for their protection.

  17. 'No justification'

    South African President Jacob Zuma is currently addressing the National Assembly about the recent xenophobic attacks. You can listen now via this livestream

    Key quotes so far (from South African government News twitter feed):

    "No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks and looting on foreign nationals. We condemn them."

    "Refugees and asylum seekers will be provided support in line with international law and protocols."

    "There are perceptions that foreign nationals are involved in criminal activities. This is an inaccurate perception."

    President Zuma speaking in parliament
  18. Flights grounded

    Nigerian air traffic controllers have gone on strike over pay and conditions grounding domestic flights, the AFP news agency reports. International flights have not been affected.

    Spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Yakubu Dati said the grievances are being looked into and says the disagreement will be resolved soon.

  19. Kenya bus accident

    The BBC's Ahmed Adan in Nairobi was sent these photos of a bus which was swept away in a flash flood as it travelled from Mandera to Kenya's capital. Here, rescuers are trying to help one of the passengers out of the fast-flowing water.

    rescue attempt on bus in a river

    The Kenyan Red Cross says so far two people have been confirmed dead, 16 are missing and 42 have been rescued.

    bus in the middle of a river
  20. Sudan elections defended

    James Copnall

    BBC Africa, Khartoum

    Sudan's presidential adviser Ibrahim Ghandour has made a spirited defence of the elections, which several Western countries and an internal African Union report have already criticised.

    Mr Ghandour said the polls were a constitutional requirement. He dismissed widespread reports of low turnout, and criticised what he called a "distorted image" of Sudan on Western media like the BBC.

  21. Ebola zero deadline

    A deadline for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to become Ebola-free passes today. The World Health Organization says 37 people are still infected in Guinea and Sierra Leone, but there are no cases in Liberia.

    At the end of 2014 more than a thousand new cases were being reported every week. A spokeswoman for the UN's Ebola response team told the BBC people still needed to be educated about protecting themselves and that unsafe burials were still being carried out.

    US President Barak Obama met with leaders of the West African countries worst affected by Ebola at the White House on Wednesday April 15.

    US President Barak Obama met with leaders of the West African countries worst affected by Ebola at the White House on Wednesday.

  22. Retaliation fear


    The BBC's Zenaida Macahdo tweets on the reaction in Mozambique to the xenophobic violence in South Africa: "Reports: #SouthAfrican workers at multinational Sasol in Mozambique abandon their posts in fear of retaliation for #xenophobicattacks in SA".

  23. Looking for allies

    Rana Jawad

    BBC News, Tunis

    Russia says it is willing to supply arms to Libya's internationally recognised government if the United Nations arms embargo is lifted. Libya's prime minister is on a state visit to Russia lobbying for increased support. The past year has seen Libya torn apart by political and militia rivalry.

    Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni criticised Western governments, accusing them of abandoning Libya, and described Russia and China as being key to helping them combat terrorism.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, second right, in Moscow
    Image caption: Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has been meeting Russian officials in Moscow
  24. Durban 'peace march' under way

    Thousands of people have joined a march in Durban calling for peace in the wake of recent xenophobic attacks. Earlier supporters gathered at the city's Curries Fountain stadium.

  25. SA attacks 'unacceptable'

    African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has said the attacks on foreigners in and around the South African city of Durban are "unacceptable".

    She added that "whatever the challenges we may be facing, no circumstances justify attacks on people, whether foreigners or locals".

    A foreign man brushes his teeth in a camp on a sports field in Isipingo, south of Durban
    Image caption: Hundreds of foreigners are living in temporary camps in and around Durban
  26. Surprised parents

    The BBC's Tulanana Bohela has been tracing the past of 21-year-old Rashid Mberesero, one of the suspects in the Garissa University College attack in Kenya in which 148 people died.

    He is a Tanzanian citizen, but was found in the grounds of the college even though he was not studying or working there.

    His step-father Salehe Amani told our reporter in the northern Tanzanian town of Gonja that he was surprised to hear the news of his arrest: "[He did] nothing beyond going to a religious school to pray. He was very close to God."

    Rashid Mberesero taking part in a Koran recital competition
    Image caption: Our reporter saw this family photograph of Rashid Mberesero as a young boy taking part in a Koran recital competition
  27. Ethiopia gas

    The Chinese firm POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Ltd should soon start exploratory drilling for natural gas in south-east Ethiopia, reports the Reuters news agency.

    Several foreign companies have acquired licenses for gas drilling in Ethiopia in recent years. The East African region is expected to become a major source of Liquefied Natural Gas, Reuters reports.

  28. Zulu King comments investigated

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that it is investigating two complaints laid against the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. One of the complaints is "alleging hate speech and the violation of the right to life", SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena told me.

    This latest round of xenophobic attacks in Durban is believed to be linked to alleged comments made by the Zulu King some weeks ago telling migrants to go home. The king says his comments were mistranslated.

    South African President Jacob Zuma (L) applauds Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini (R) on May 8, 2010 after officially opening the Central Terminal building of Durban's new King Shaka International Airport and Dube Trade Port, north of Durban
    Image caption: South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini (R) in 2010 at the opening of Durban's international airport
  29. Tanzania aid resumed

    The European Union has released $56.7m (£38.2m) to Tanzania as part of an aid package which had been suspended over corruption allegations, Reuters news agency reports. The EU is part of a donor group that withheld nearly $500m (£337m) in budget support to Tanzania over the government's failure to investigate the allegations.

  30. Zimbabwe concern

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Front page of Zimbabwe Herald

    Zimbabwe's state-controlled newspaper The Herald has announced that the government has set up a cabinet committee to look into the xenophobic attacks in neighbouring South Africa. It says the government is ready to evacuate its citizens from the country.

  31. 'No to xenophobia'


    Mayihlome Tshwete, the spokesperson for South Africa's home affairs ministry, is tweeting from the anti-xenophobia march in Durban: [These are] "the South Africans who should get as equal coverage as the criminals. The actions of a few don't represent us."

    South Africans gather in Durban for anti-xenophobia rally
  32. 'Doing our best'

    As people in the South African city of Durban gather for a peace rally to protest against the recent wave of xenophobic violence, the city's deputy mayor has told the BBC the authorities are trying to talk to the communities involved to work out the problem.

    Nomvuzo Shabalala told the BBC's Newsday programme that the violence involved both "a criminal element and those who have a real hatred [of foreigners] that we don't understand. But we are doing the best we can to make sure that everybody lives in harmony."

    A woman makes her way through a refugee camp Wednesday
    Image caption: Hundreds of foreigners are living in temporary camps in and around Durban
  33. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "A man who does not know about war is likely to be the one who will rush to it." Sent by Mohamed Basal in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Mohamud Hussein Caate in Juba, South Sudan.

  34. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page. We are following news stories across the continent and will bring you updates throughout the day.