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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from across the continent on the BBC News website.

    And we leave you with this photo of street art on a house in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town:

    Detail of street art on a house in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, 21 May 2015. Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city of around four million boasting a diverse collection of street art. Unique guided tours on scooters are possible through the streets of the city and suburbs giving the viewer an insight into the strong street art and graffiti community in the dynamic city
  2. Burundians escape to Tanzania

    International Committee of the Red Cross tweets

  3. Lesotho opposition leader 'flees again'

    Lesotho's opposition leader and former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, has fled the country for the second time in a year, news agencies report.

    Thomas Thabane

    Mr Thabane said he had fled to Botswana after discovering that there was a plan to assassinate him, he is quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

    Mr Thabane fled to South Africa in August, claiming the military had staged a coup - a charge it denied. Lesotho, a mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa, has experienced several coups since independence in 1966.

  4. Royalty meets

    Somali traditional leader King Burhan King Mussa is visiting South Africa and has held talks with newly crowned Xhosa King Mpendulo Sigcau.

    The somali traditional leader King Burhan King Mussa who met in south Africa King Mpen Mpendulo Sigcau of Xhoza..
    Image caption: The Somali monarch (L) held a rare meeting with the Xhosa king (R)

    King Mussa said he raised concern about the xenophobic attacks that Somalis and other migrants have faced in South Africa.

    "He promised that he will work on changing the situation, that they will show more respect to Somali people," the Somali monarch said.

    He is due to meet later today Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who was widely accused of fuelling the anti-foreigner violence that hit South Africa last month.

  5. Your reactions to al-Shabab 'invasion'

    Commenters have been reacting on the BBC Africa Facebook page to our earlier post on militant Islamist group al-Shabab briefly invading a mosque in north-eastern Kenya's Garissa county, and preaching to worshippers.

    Richard Rich Owaa says: "It shows they can still attack Kenya anytime they want to. Let the government wake up from its sleep."

    Paul Otuba agrees: "It is a shame that the Kenyan government continues to ignore beefing up security around the volatile Garissa belt and border with Somalia."

  6. Angola activist and generals in deal

    Lawyers for prominent Angolan human rights activist Rafael Marques say an agreement has been reached with a group of generals who are suing him for defamation.

    Mr Marques has agreed not to republish his book linking them to killings and torture in the country's lucrative diamond fields, his lawyer David Mendes said.

    Rafael Marques de Morais in London (March 2015)
    Image caption: Mr Marques is a fierce critic of Angola's government

    The generals and a company which sued him had now agreed to drop the charges, said Fernando Oliveira, the lawyer for ITM Mining, which filed its case along with the generals, AFP news agency reports.

  7. Nigeria army 'takes Boko Haram victims'

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigerian soldiers have taken away 275 women and children who had recently been rescued from Boko Haram captivity, officials say, amid suspicion that some of them were in contact with the militant Islamists.

    The group was removed from a camp in north-eastern Adamawa state, and flown to an unknown destination in a military plane, an official from Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency confirmed to the BBC.

    Those staying in the camp had been receiving rehabilitation treatment for trauma experienced during their captivity by Boko Haram.

    The Nigerian military has so far declined to comment.

    The BBC's Will Ross had heard harrowing testimony from several of those who were rescued when he visited their camp in Yola earlier this month.

    'Margaret' with two of her children (May 2015)
    Image caption: Margaret had to leave her son (at left) with another woman, and escaped with her daughter
  8. Belgium in aid threat to Burundi

    Belgium says it will sever aid to Burundi's government if President Pierre Nkurunziza goes ahead with his bid for a third term in office.

    The Belgian foreign ministry said standing for re-election would be a serious blow to his legitimacy.

    Begium, the former colonial power, is a major aid donor to Burundi. In 2013, the direct aid from Belgium amounted to about $53m (£34m; 47.4m euro).

    Belgium has already suspended aid for parliamentary and presidential elections due in Burundi next month.

    protests in Burundi
    Image caption: Protests against Mr Nkurunziza continued in the capital Bujumbura today
  9. Tanzania warns donors

    Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete has warned Western donors not to threaten his government by withholding aid.

    Tanzania would tell them to keep their aid if it felt "degraded", he said in a statement.

    Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrives to attend the World Economic Forum in Abuja on 8 May 2014
    Image caption: Mr Kikwete has been president since 2005

    The BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Dar es Salaam says it is unclear what prompted the statement, but Mr Kikwete may be under pressure over his plan to approve two new laws, including one aimed at fighting cyber crime.

    Non-governmental organisations say the legislation would violate civil rights, a position which some donors may support, he adds.

  10. Malawi sex workers win

    A Malawian court has awarded compensation to 11 sex workers who were forced by police to undergo HIV tests.

    The judge said the treatment of the women by police and health workers had been "irrational, unjust, unfair and unreasonable".

    The victims' lawyer, Chrispine Sibande, hailed the ruling as "a victory for sex workers who are usually abused every day", the AFP news agency reports.

    The group will have to launch a separate court action to claim the damages.

  11. Adebayor on leave

    BBC football reporter tweets

  12. Burundi photos

    Photos are coming in from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of protests against President Pierre Nkrunziza's bid for a third term in elections due next month. Here, the military clears a barricade in the Ngagara neighbourhood:

    Soldiers clear barricades in the Ngagara neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday 21 May 2015, after a protester was shot dead by police. Police withdrew and the Red Cross picked up the body. Protests continue against the President's decision to seek a third term.

    There were also clashes in the Nyakabyga neighbourhood between stone-throwing protesters and police:

    Protester throw stones at police during clashes in the Nyakabyga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday 21 May 2015
  13. Kenyan on China death row

    BBC Trending

    What's popular and why

    The story of a young mother who has been sentenced to death in China has gripped Kenyans, as they use her case to discuss the influence of China in Africa.

  14. Pastors 'on trial'

    Sudanese broadcaster tweets

  15. Burundi protester 'killed'

    A protester has been shot dead in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as demonstrations continue against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, reports the BBC Great Lakes service.

    The protester was shot in the back by police in the opposition stronghold of Musaga, a witness said.

  16. Hooked - Part 4

    Here's the fourth instalment of the BBC's graphic novel, tackling the human impact of the global drugs trade in Guinea-Bissau.

    Buba's crack cocaine addiction is getting worse. He has sold his broken-down taxi, and his father has thrown him out of the family home - but he still has to fund his craving for drugs.

    hooked part 4

    Missed an instalment? Start from the beginning with Part 1.

  17. Nigeria actor dies

    News website tweets

  18. Africa's 'forgotten' conflict

    Soldiers in Western Sahara

    Photographer Simon Brann Thorpe has visited Western Sahara to explore a conflict that has been forgotten, yet has lasted for 40 years, with no sign of a resolution. Click here for his report.

  19. Police use tear gas

    RFI reporter Sonia Rolley in Burundi's capital Bujumbura tweets that police have fired tear gas at a small group of women near Independence Square. 

  20. Female protester 'slapped'

    Al-Jazeera reporter tweets

  21. Fast builders in Mozambique

    BBC Africa producer tweets

  22. Final pitch for votes in Ethiopia

    The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza has sent photos from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where the last leg of campaigning is taking place ahead of national elections on Sunday. The ruling EPRD coalition, in power since 1991, is expected to win again. It held a big rally in Addis Ababa today:

    campaign outside stadium

    Women were out in force at the rally. Election officials say that out of the 36.8 million people registered to vote, 48% are women:

    ruling party supporters

    The EPRDF has displayed models of housing and transport projects to show voters that development has taken place under its rule:

    ethiopia elections
  23. Mass arrests in South Africa

    More than 12,000 people have been arrested in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province since the security forces launched a controversial anti-crime operation following last month's xenophobic violence, South Africa's Eyewitness News reports.

    They have been arrested for alleged offences ranging from murder to theft in what the government sees as a highly successful operation in the fight against crime, it reports.

    Zulu hostel dwellers lay face down on the floor during a joint South African Police and South African army raid in Johannesburg on 21 April 2015
    Image caption: Night-time raids have been carried out

    Rights groups say the operation has unfairly targeted immigrants and reflects "state-sanctioned xenophobia".

  24. Uganda musician in court

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC, Uganda

    Ugandan musician Jemimah Kansiime, known as Panadol wa Basajja, was late for her court appearance in the capital, Kampala, this morning.

    She is one of the first people to be tried under Uganda's controversial Anti-Pornography Act.

    Jemimah Kansiime on 21 May 2015

    The charges are linked to a music video in which Miss Kansiime is seen in a bikini, gyrating. She denies the video is pornographic.

    Her lawyer argues that the legislation is being challenged in the Constitutional Court, and her case should be stopped until it hands down its verdict.

    The case was adjourned to 9 July.

  25. Mosque 'invasion' update

    Mary Harper

    BBC News, Somalia analyst

    The al-Shabab militants are reported to have disappeared into a bush after taking over a mosque for about two hours in Kenya's north-eastern Garissa county.

    The militants criticised the Kenyan authorities and warned the congregation against spying for the government, local leaders told the BBC.

    Last month, al-Shabab besieged a university in Garissa town, killing nearly 150 people. The group is based in Somalia but is also active in Kenya.

    Kenyan university students participate in a demonstration against an attack by gunmen at the Garissa University College campus, along the streets of the capital Nairobi, 7 April 2015
    Image caption: The Garissa attack was the deadliest carried out by al-Shabab
  26. Presidential kickabout

    Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza has a lot on his plate at the moment, after a failed coup last week, and continuing protests over his third-term bid. But matters of state weren't enough to prevent the president playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura on Wednesday.

    Burundi leader playing football

    The president's passion for football is well known. He even has his own team, called Hallelujah FC.

    Burundi leader playing football

    His official biography on the Burundian government website says he is "a talented sportsman who enjoys playing soccer and riding a bicycle", and that when playing for Hallelujah FC "he plays as a striker and scores regularly".

    Burundi leader playing football
  27. Militants 'invade' Kenya mosque

    BBC Somalia analyst tweets

  28. Somalia 'camelcash'

    Famously entrepreneurial, some Somali businessmen have come up with a new device, dubbed Camelcash, to overcome a clampdown on remittance firms by the US, Europe and Kenya. Click here to read the story.

    somali bank teller
    Image caption: The large Somali diaspora uses money-transfer firms to support their families back home
  29. Burundi defence chief warns against split

    Burundi's new defence minister has called for unity in the army, warning that a split could lead to a situation similar to Somalia emerging in the central African state, the AFP news agency reports

    Emmanuel Ntahonvukiye also told troops that "the survival of Burundi as a nation depends on the cohesion of the army", it quotes an official statement as saying.

    A group of demonstrators follow soldiers running towards a cordon of police in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, 20 May 2015
    Image caption: The army has been deployed to end protests against the president

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza appointed Mr Ntahonvukiye, a civilian, to the post following last week's failed coup.

  30. Oldest stone tools found in Kenya

    The world's oldest stone tools have been discovered in northern Kenya, scientists report.

    They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana, and date to 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say.

    Stone tool
  31. Nigeria military trials a 'travesty'

    A prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer has denounced the military trials of 579 officers and soldiers charged with offences related to the fight against Islamist group Boko Haram.

    Femi Falana said the court-martialling of the group on charges of mutiny, cowardice and disobedience was a "travesty".

    The trials were being held in secret because evidence supplied by some of the accused, whom he represented, condemned Nigeria's military establishment, indicating corrupt officers often diverted money meant for salaries and arms, Mr Falana said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    In this 15 October 2014, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country"s northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria
    Image caption: The military also held a court-martial last year

    Army spokesman Sani Usman said the trials were intended to emphasise discipline and professionalism.

    More than 60 Nigerian troops were sentenced to death last year for mutiny.

  32. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: Life, like a wheel, turns. A Setswana proverb sent by IndomitableGg Phaladi, Gaborone, Botswana.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

  33. Good morning

    Welcome to today's BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up to date with all the developments from across the continent.