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  1. Three killed in Burundi protests
  2. US 'deeply concerned about' Burundi president third-term bid
  3. Israel's PM meets Israeli-Ethiopian soldier allegedly assaulted by police
  4. Journalists in Somalia told not to use name al-Shabab

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More updates on Tuesday

That's it from us today. Listen to the

Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from
across the continent on the BBC News website.

We leave you with this photo of Malagasy children playing by some water in Behenjy, central Madagascar. It was snapped by the BBC team there who are on the island for Africa Business Report.

Children playing by some water

Migrant rescue

The Italian coastguard says that more than

5,800 migrants were rescued this weekend off the Libyan coast. So what's it like taking part in the rescue operations? The BBC's Outside Source
has been speaking to someone directly involved.

migrants packed on a rescue boat off the coast of Libya
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

Martin Xuareb, from the marine NGO MOAS, says their operation rescued 369 migrants, thought to be Eritrean, over the weekend.

rescue operation of migrants in the Mediterranean
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

The migrants are now on their way to Sicily in a rescue vessel called the Phoenix.

migrants being rescued to be taken onto a MOAS rescue ship
Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

Rebuilding lives

Some foreigners in South Africa affected by the recent wave of xenophobic violence are trying to rebuild their lives, reports the BBC's Rage Hassan in Durban.

This Somali businessman, Farah, is now restocking his grocery shops after they were looted.

Somali businessman at a wholesaler

Ethiopian-Israeli anger

An Ethiopian-Israeli social activist has told the BBC's Focus on Africa TV programme that police violence against people of Ethiopian origin "has been going on for many years".

Fentahun Assefaw-Dawit said that most of those who demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday had experienced this kind of police behaviour and the protest was about expressing their anger.

See more on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT.

Screen grab of Fentahun Assefaw-Dawit

Homes besieged

Alhassan Sillah

Conakry, Guinea

Some of Guinea's main opposition leaders, including two former prime ministers, Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure, have been confined to their private homes in the capital, Conakry, besieged by police and gendarmes since early this morning.

The opposition had called for another demonstration today to protest against the election calendar that schedules presidential elections this year and municipal elections next year. The opposition says the reverse should be the case.

Togo's president sworn in

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for a third term, reports the BBC's Blame Ekoue from the capital, Lome. The ceremony went ahead despite Togo's opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre rejecting the election results.

Togo"s Incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe speaks to media after he casting his ballot at a polling station in Lome, Togo, Saturday, April 25, 2015
President Faure Gnassingbe's family have ruled Togo for 48 years

'Congratulations Mr Mayor'

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

A billboard praising Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the mayor of Ghana's capital, Accra, has been creating a lot of comment on social media here.

Accra billboard
Anny Osabutey

Mr Vanderpuije has just come back from Angola where Accra was recognised as the best run city in Africa at an awards ceremony.

But some people are questioning who paid for the billboard and whether the money could have been better spent.

Three protesters killed in Burundi

The Red Cross in Burundi confirms three protesters have been killed in today's clashes, reports the BBC's Maud Jullien from the capital Bujumbura.

South Sudan warning

The promise that South Sudan had at independence in 2011 is at "grave risk of being squandered", the US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Speaking in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Mr Kerry said that there had been an "absence of leadership" in South Sudan and that those in charge had failed to act in the best interests of the people by not solving the civil conflict.

'Police fire live rounds'

The BBC's Maxime Le Hegarat in Burundi has sent these photos of the police using live ammunition amid protests in the capital Bujumbura.

armed police in Burundi take shelter by a house in the capital Bujumbura

The AFP news agency says the Red Cross in Burundi has now confirmed that at least three protesters have been shot dead and dozens wounded.

policeman in Burundi fires his weapon
police face off against protesters in Burundi

Meanwhile, speaking on a visit to Kenya, US secretary of State John Kerry has said he is deeply concerned with the situation in Burundi, and has urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to respect the country's constitution.

Keep Dadaab open

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 500,000 Somali refugees, needs to stay open until they can return to a peaceful Somalia.

Mr Kerry was speaking in the Kenyan capital after talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said that he was moved by conversations that he had with young Somali refugees who wanted to make a difference at home, but any repatriation should be done in an "orderly and voluntary manner".

John Kerry

'Not our fault'

Ethiopian-Israeli community leaders have given different accounts of who was behind the violence at a Tel Aviv demonstration, reports the Times of Israel


Former member of parliament Shimon Solomon said that "anarchic interest groups" got involved in Sunday's protest about the treatment of Ethiopian Israelis.

But Hana Elazar Legesse, from the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, said the police bore sole responsibility for the violence in which 46 police and seven protesters were hurt, the Times of Israel reports.

An Israeli of Ethiopian descent (L) gestures during a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel in this May 3, 2015
The protests were sparked by a film showing two policemen assaulting an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier

Burundi stand-off

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

It started off as a peaceful protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, here in the neighbourhood of Musaga, with over a thousand people in the streets.

Then the clashes started with some protesters throwing stones and the police responded by firing live rounds. I saw several protesters being arrested and several policemen wounded.

The army then arrived and they were able to contain the protests.

The protesters are not moving for now, but they still say they want to make it to the city centre.

Protesters hold a dead bird during a protest in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura, on May 4
The protesters have been using a dead bird in the demonstrations. The eagle is a symbol of the ruling party.

Telecel closure defended

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's telecoms minister has defended the decision to close the country's third largest mobile network, Telecel, saying it did not comply with Zimbabwe's economic empowerment rules.

Supa Mandiwanzira says the law states that at least 51% of a company should be owned by Zimbabweans and that was not the case for Telecel.

He added that the government was considering buying a large chunk of the foreign-owned shares.

Faster internet demand

Alex Duval Smith

Bamako, Mali

Malian IT entrepreneurs fed up with a slow and expensive internet connection have launched a campaign to improve the service called


Screen grab
Damian Zane

Small businesses want a cheaper, faster service and they argues that the industry regulator is not doing its job. One company, Orange, dominates the internet market.

US support


US Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Kenya, has offered America's support in securing the country.

He has

tweeted: "The U.S. continues to stand resolutely with the government and people of #Kenya in the effort to end scourge of violent extremism."

He also posted this photo of a wreath-laying honouring the victims of terrorist attacks in Kenya, including the 1998 US embassy bombing, the 2013 Westgate Mall attack and the attack on Garissa University College in April.

John Kerry laying a wreath
Secretary of State

Red Cross treats injured

The BBC's Robert Kiptoo in Bujumbura has sent this photo of Red Cross workers treating an injured policeman following clashes in the Burundian capital. Medics have also been treating injured protesters, but the photos were too graphic to post here.

Red cross medics treat an injured policeman

Protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid have now entered a second week.

Down to business


Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been holding talks about business and security with the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

State House

tweets: "Top of the agenda was the ease of doing business in Kenya and the opportunities for American firms".

President Kenyatta and John Kerry
Kenya State House

BreakingBreaking News

Maud Jullien

BBC News, Bujumbura

Two protesters have been killed this morning in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. I just saw the two bodies being carried away by the Red Cross.

Protesters wounded

At least six people have been wounded after clashes in Bujumbura, Red Cross officials have told the BBC's Maud Jullien in the Burundian capital. It's not clear if that number includes two policemen who have been injured.

Our reporter says that the army entered the Musaga district after clashes between police and protesters, which had been going on for half an hour. Protests are now continuing, but the clashes have stopped, according to our reporter.

Police in Burundi have made arrests
Police have made arrests this morning as protests enter a second week