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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Goodbye

    Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    That's it for today, we'll be back at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

    Today's African proverb: "Bad counsel may cause you to fall into an abyss" was sent by Abshir Fire Cadde in Nelspruit, South Africa.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

    We leave you with this picture of student artist Gilbert Edeani drawing in his studio at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, south-east Nigeria, taken by the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong.

  2. Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter, the head of football's world governing body Fifa, has announced he will resign from as president of the organisation. He said an extraordinary meeting will be held to choose his successor.

    Fifa is currently dealing with corruption allegations including an accusation that a bribe was paid to help secure South Africa as host of the 2010 World Cup.

  3. Al-Shabab enters Kenyan village

    Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has entered a remote village in north-eastern Kenya, despite the fact that it is only about 15km from a military base, residents say.

    Hundreds of people have now fled Warankara and schools have shut, they said.

    This is only the second time that al-Shabab is known to have occupied territory in Kenya.

    Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia
    Image caption: Al-Shabab militants have been giving sermons to villagers in Kenya
  4. Ghana football boss: Respect Africa

    The president of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi has demanded more respect for Africa from fellow Fifa members.

    Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi

    His calls come after criticism in certain quarters over the strong backing by African football associations for Sepp Blatter's bid to be re-elected as Fifa president last Friday.

    "It's very irritating for someone to ask me why I voted for Blatter - why shouldn't I?" Mr Nyantaki asked BBC Sport.

  5. Contemporary African masks

    OkayAfrica website is promoting a new exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, starting later this month, called "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art". 

    The museum says that contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent will create "provocative new myths, taking us on mysterious journeys through city streets and futuristic landscapes".

  6. Nigeria Red Cross figures

    Will Ross

    BBC News, Lagos

    A bombing in Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria has left 13 people dead and 24 injured according to the emergency workers with the Red Cross. Other eyewitnesses said at least 20 people had died.

    The bomb went off in the abattoir section of the city's cattle market. There are conflicting reports over whether it was a suicide bombing or if the device was left at the scene.

    The attack is being blamed on the jihadist group Boko Haram.

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) taking his oath of office with his wife Aisha Buhari, the new first lady of Nigeria (L) during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria 29 May
    Image caption: There are a lot of hopes that Nigeria's new President Buhari will spearhead a defeat of Boko Haram

    Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari has said defeating Boko Haram is a key priority for his government.

  7. Kiir 'happy' to meet detainees

    South Sudan's government has been tweeting about President Salva Kiir's meeting today in Juba with five politicians, whom he previously accused of attempting a coup against him. (see earlier post)

  8. Police arrested over rhino theft

  9. Nigeria blast update

    The BBC's Chris Ewokor has told Focus on Africa radio that today's attack in a cattle market in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, was carried out by a female suicide bomber.

    She detonated the explosives strapped to her body at a point where people were doing business, eyewitnesses told the BBC.

    The authorities are yet to give any official casualty figures but local reports say at least 20 people were killed.

  10. Tanzanian wins royal engineering prize

    A Tanzanian inventor will receive $38,000 (£25,000) funding for his project after winning an innovation prize from the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Askwar Hilonga from Tanzania designed a sustainable water filter, which uses a combination of sand and nanotechnology to de-contaminate water that would otherwise be unusable.

    He told the BBC's Mo Allie in Cape Town that he was delighted with the award, which would allow him to scale up production in Tanzania, where he says 70% of people do not have access to clean drinking water.

    RAE prize nominees
  11. Kenya flood victims

    At least 600 people have lost their homes after floods in the Kalahari slum area of the Kenyan city of Mombasa, reports the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi.

    Displaced person

    He says they are being sheltered in a social hall in the area but there are concerns that unsanitary conditions could cause health problems.

    Two people died as landslides engulfed their homes at the weekend. Local aid agencies are offering help to those who have been displaced.

    Aid worker
  12. Presidents witness Sudan inauguration

    Kenya's president has been tweeting pictures of himself alongside the presidents of Somalia, Egypt and Zimbabwe at the swearing in of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

  13. French return to Ivory Coast

    Abdourahmane Dia

    BBC Afrique

    The French high school in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan has reopened after it was partly destroyed in 2004 during a wave of anti-French sentiment.

    This is seen by many as another sign of the gradual return of French influence in Ivory Coast since Alassane Ouattara came to power in 2011.

    screen grab

    Many French companies that left the country during the political and military crisis are making a comeback.

  14. J-Lo controversy in Morocco

    BBC Monitoring

    US singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the 14th edition of the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, 29
    Image caption: Jennifer Lopez was the headline act at the festival in Morocco on Friday

    There have been calls from Islamist politicians in Morocco for the communications minister to resign after a performance by the American singer Jennifer Lopez in Rabat which they have described as "a breach of public decency", local media are reporting.

    She took to the stage on Friday as part of the Mawazine music festival and the state-run media described it as "a memorably stunning performance".

    But the complaints started after it was aired on television and calls for the minister's resignation followed.

    Mustapha Khalfi has said he is not stepping down.

  15. New Boko Haram video released

    For the first time in many months, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has released a new video on social media denying recent successes claimed by the Nigerian military.

    A masked person in military fatigue flanked by well-armed fighters said they are still operating in the Sambisa forest, described as their hideout, and promised to counter any attack by the army.

    It's not clear why the group leader Abubakar Shekau did not appear in the video and the person who speaks did not introduce himself or make any reference to Shekau.

    Boko Haram fighters

    The video was released under the banner of Islamic State branch of West Africa.

  16. South Sudan president meets ex-detainees

    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has met five politicians who were at one point detained for allegedly trying to launch a coup against him, which led to the country's ongoing civil war.

    The men have returned to the capital Juba in an effort to restart the peace process.   

    The AU has posted photos of them meeting President Kiir. 

  17. BreakingBreaking News

    At least 20 people have died in a bombing in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

    The city had already been attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants. Hours later, a man blew himself up at the Gamboru cattle market in the city, a witness told the Associated Press news agency.

    At his inauguration on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was moving the military headquarters in the war against the militants, from the capital Abuja, to Maiduguri.

    Map of Nigeria showing Maiduguri
  18. Drones search for migrants in Mediterranean

    The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse has been on board a private migrant rescue ship, as it set sail for its latest mission off the coast of Malta.

    More than 5,000 people have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean Sea over the past three days.    

    He says that while European leaders disagree over how to tackle the most acute migrant crisis for a generation, an independent organisation called Moas has taken matters into its own hands.  

    ABC News foreign correspondent Alexander Marquardt is also on board the vessel.

  19. Boko Haram on the agenda

    The presidential office in Nigeria has released images of President Muhammadu Buhari meeting the country's security chiefs for the first time since his swearing in. Boko Haram and other security challenges are top of the agenda.

    Nigerian president and his security chiefs

    The president is due to visit Niger and Chad on Wednesday and Thursday. The two countries alongside Cameroon have been part of the regional task force fighting the insurgents.

    Nigerian president and his security chiefs
  20. Ethiopia rebels freed after kidnapping

    Ahmed Adam

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Two officials from a faction of the Ethiopian rebel group the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) who had been kidnapped from Nairobi in 2014, are now back in the Kenyan capital after being released.

    Sulub Abdi Ahmed
    Image caption: Sulub Abdi Ahmed told the BBC he was fine after being freed

    The two, Sulub Abdi Ahmed and Ali Ahmed Hussein, were taken during peace talks in Nairobi that were being brokered by the Kenyan government.

    It is believed they were held in Ethiopia, and the kidnapping created a diplomatic rift between Kenya and Ethiopia.

    Rebels in the Ogaden region have been fighting for independence since the 1970s and the ONLF has been at the forefront of the fight since it was founded in 1984.

  21. DRC airport attacked

    At least two people have been killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on Goma airport, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, say government officials.

    They said two Congolese soldiers died and several others were injured.

    The region has been beset by violence since the end of the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda. Dozens of militia groups and rebels regularly attack civilians and soldiers in the area.

  22. South Sudan peace initiative

    A new effort is being made to restart the peace process in South Sudan to end the civil war that began in December 2013.

    Five men who had been at one point detained in South Sudan over an alleged attempt to overthrow President Salva Kiir returned from Kenya, where they have been living since they were released.

    They travelled with South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, who tweeted this picture of the former detainees speaking in the capital, Juba:

    Detainees returning

    The aim of the visit is to start trying to bring the different factions of the governing SPLM together.

    It was a split in the party which helped fuel the civil war.

  23. Ultimatum for Zimbabwe vendors

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe's government has given thousands of street vendors operating in the capital Harare seven days to vacate their pitches or face arrest.

    It has accused the vendors of causing chaos on the streets by operating in undesignated points.

    Local government minister Ignatius Chombo said "we cannot fold our hands... we have decided to put a stop to it".

    Zimbabwe vendors

    But Vendors Association leader Samuel Wadzai said his members are not going anywhere. "The government should set up designated areas first and create jobs," he added.

    Zimbabwe vendors
  24. Mozambique 'poaching' arrests

    Mozambique's police detained five Chinese nationals suspected of animal poaching on Monday, the state news agency AIM says.

    They were were found with two rifles that could be "used to kill large mammals such as rhinoceros or elephants", it reports.

    The carcasses of three animals, an antelope, a rabbit and a wildcat, that they had just killed, were also found with them.

    Mozambique is battling to control the poaching of its wild animals, which is partly fuelled by a demand for ivory in Asia.

    This handout photo released by the Maputo Provincial Police shows confiscated Elephant ivory and rhino horns in a private residence in Matola on May 13
    Image caption: Mozambique police seized a large collection of animal horns in May
  25. Sudan's Bashir sworn in

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been sworn in for another five years after his election victory in April.

    President Bashir won the elections with more than 94% of the vote, but the poll was boycotted by many opposition parties. (see post at 10:15)

    The leaders of Egypt, Zimbabwe and Kenya were all at the ceremony.

    Sudan"s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses supporters during victory celebrations at the (NCP) National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum April 27
    Image caption: President Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur
  26. 'Award winning artists'

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa Enugu

    Fine art students from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, south-east Nigeria, have been telling the BBC about their wishes for the future.

    They want the new government of Muhammdu Buhari to invest more in education so they can compete globally and become the next generation of Nigeria's award winning artists.

    But first they have to pass their exams for a Higher National Diploma which they are painting for.

    Fine arts students from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria
  27. Enslaved Africans remembered

    More than 200 enslaved Africans who drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of South Africa have been remembered in a ceremony today.

    The slave ship Sao Jose went down near Cape Town in 1794 when it was on its way from Mozambique to Brazil, but the wreck's past has only recently been uncovered.

    Artefacts found on the ship are due to be revealed later today.


    Kamau Sadiki was one of the divers who in a symbolic act scattered Mozambican soil at the wreck site, the BBC's Christian Parkinson reports.

  28. Fifa paid $10m 'after SA request'

    Fifa says it paid $10m (£6.5m) to a Caribbean football body led by Jack Warner, who is charged by the US with corruption, at South Africa's request.

    South Africa's instruction was that the money was for a Diaspora Legacy Programme which should be "implemented directly" by Mr Warner, Fifa said.

    The US says the $10m was a bribe in exchange for Mr Warner supporting South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid.

    South Africa's government and Safa have denied any bribes were paid.

    Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, is presented 17 July 2007 by (back, from L) Brazilian football legend, Pele, FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and Cameroon and Barcelona striker, Samuel Eto'o, the jersey, that will be used by the African and FIFA Invitation teams during the '90 Minutes for Mandela' match, to be played at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 18 July
    Image caption: Mr Warner stands directly behind Nelson Mandela after meeting him in 2007
  29. Appeal for 'right to life' decision

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Prosecutors in South Africa have won the right to appeal a decision by a high court which gave a doctor permission to assist a terminally ill patient take his life.

    The man, 65-year-old Robin Stransham-Ford, died hours before the judgment was delivered in his favour.

    The advocate and his family argued that he had a right to die with dignity.

    Judge Hans Fabricius made the original decision but agreed that a higher court could test his findings.

    Robin Stransham-Ford
    Image caption: Robin Stransham-Ford died hours before a court said he could be helped to end his life
  30. 'No revelations' in World Cup letter

    Football's world governing body Fifa says there is nothing new in a 2008 letter addressed to its secretary general Jerome Valcke from the South African FA about a $10m payment for a "Diaspora legacy programme". (see post at 10:55)

    The $10m payment is one of the elements in the US bribery investigation concerning Fifa.

    The South Africa Football Association has said this was not a bribe to secure the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

    A Fifa spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that Mr Valcke acted within Fifa regulations and was not involved in the "initiation, approval and implementation of the Diaspora project".

  31. Greeks welcome Essien

    It looks like Panathinaikos fans are pretty excited at the prospect of Michael Essien signing for the club. The Ghana and former Chelsea star was greeted by crowds of supporters when he arrived in Athens on Monday night, ahead of the planned move.

  32. Boko Haram top agenda

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC News Abuja

    Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting the country's security chiefs for the first time since his swearing in last week.

    The fight against militant group Boko Haram and the relocation of the Nigerian military command centre to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, which is closer to areas where the group operates, are likely to be top of the agenda.

    Muhammadu Buhari

    In his first speech as president, Mr Buhari reiterated his commitment to tackle Boko Haram, which he described as "a mindless, godless group, who are as far away from Islam as one can think".

  33. Kenya flights resume to Sierra Leone

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Kenya Airways has resumed flights to ‪‎Sierra Leone‬ today. It suspended its service last August due to ‪the Ebola‬ outbreak.

    There will be seven flights a week.

  34. Kenya slum collapse

    People in the Kalahari slum area of the Kenyan city of Mombasa have been trying to retrieve the bodies of two people who were killed as their houses collapsed in the recent flooding.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi has been sending in some pictures:

    Rescue efforts

    He says there were tears and cries of agony as a second body was retrieved. People are furious that the county government has "failed to help" the rescue efforts.

    Some families have been relocated to a social hall, but others are instead demanding proper drainage system in the slum to protect their homes.

    Slum dwellers
  35. Burundi protests restart

    Small protests have resumed in the Burundian capital Bujumbura this morning against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, according to reports.

    One of the leaders of the protests used his Facebook page to encourage people to go back on the streets.

    Screen grab

    Nininahazwe Pacifique called on demonstrators to remain calm and avoid confrontation with the police.

  36. Ghana survive late scare against Argentina

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Sport

    Ghana survived a late fight-back to beat Argentina 3-2 in Group B at the Under-20 Football World Cup in New Zealand.

    Benjamin Tetteh, Clifford Aboagye and a penalty from Yaw Yeboah gave Ghana a 3-0 lead before two goals in the last 10 minutes from Argentina..

    Ghana now top Group B on goals scored ahead of Austria.

  37. Safa letter raises questions

    Martyn Ziegler, chief sports reporter for the Press Association, has tweeted a letter, dating back to 2008, from the South African Football Association to Fifa, concerning the $10m payment which is at the centre of a US bribery investigation.

    The letter is addressed to Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, whom Fifa says was not involved "in the initiation, approval and implementation" of its "Diaspora Legacy Programme", for which it says it approved the $10m payment. (see post at 09:59).

    Safa letter
  38. Assisted dying debate

    A South African judge is due to decide today whether the government can appeal against a decision to grant a dying man the right to an assisted suicide.

    The BBC's Nomsa Maseko has been hearing from different sides of the argument.

    South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants the decision to be reversed, so that it does not become a legal precedent.

    Aaron Motsoaledi

    He describes assisted dying as executing people and does not think that is dying with dignity.

    Sean Davison (below) helped his terminally ill mother to die:

    Sean Davison

    He says his mother was near death, living a miserable life when she asked him to assist her. At first he was unsure, but then decided to honour her request.

  39. Sudan president to be sworn in

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is due to be sworn in later in the capital Khartoum, following his re-election in April with 94% of the vote.

    The election was boycotted by country's main opposition parties, who said that the polls were not free and fair.

    Khalid al-Mubarak, spokesman for the Sudanese embassy in London, told the BBC's Newsday programme that Mr Bashir was "no longer isolated", having been asked to help mediate in conflicts in South Sudan and Libya.

    Mr Bashir denies International Criminal Court war crimes charges relating to the Darfur conflict.

    Sudan's President Omar al Bashir
    Image caption: Mr Bashir has been in power since 1989
  40. Fifa responds to US corruption probe

    World football governing body Fifa has said neither secretary general Jerome Valcke nor "any other member of Fifa's senior management" were involved in a $10m payment, which is one of the subjects of an American bribery investigation.

    According to a report in today's New York Times, US authorities believe Fifa's general secretary Jerome Valcke authorised a $10m payment back in 2008 which US prosecutors say was a bribe designed to secure votes for the South Africa 2010 World Cup.

    Fifa says the $10m was for a "project to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries as part of the World Cup legacy".

    SA fans at World Cup 2010
    Image caption: South Africa was chosen ahead of Morocco to host the 2010 World Cup
  41. Al-Shabab 'take' Kenyan village

    Local leaders and residents of Lafey in north-eastern Kenya have told the BBC that fighters from the Somali militant group al-Shabab have taken over the nearby village of Wankara.

    The area is just 15km away from a military camp and close to the border with Somalia.

    Al-Shabab fighters have been active in other parts of the region, including April's attack on Garissa University College which killed 148 people.

  42. Slave memorial in South Africa

    A memorial service is being held in South Africa for the more than 200 enslaved Africans who died aboard the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa when it went down off the coast of Cape Town in 1794.

    Recent research revealed that the wreck was in fact a slave ship, and artefacts are due to be revealed at a Cape Town museum later in the day.

    Divers are expected to swim down to the wreck site and leave earth taken from Mozambique Island, where the ship left with its human cargo.

    Iron ballast bars
    Image caption: Iron ballast bars like these were often used to weigh down slave ships, because human cargo was not heavy enough
  43. South Sudan criticised for 'expulsion'

    The UN's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a decision by South Sudan to expel its humanitarian coordinator Toby Lanzer.

    But there has been no statement from the government confirming the expulsion or giving any reasons for it.

    Mr Lanzer has been working in South Sudan since the beginning of the civil war in December 2013 and has raised the alarm about the humanitarian situation in the country.

    Earlier this month, Mr Lanzer warned that more than 300,000 people were without access to vital aid because of fighting in Unity state.

    Toby Lanzer
  44. Wise Words

    Today's African proverb: "Bad counsel may cause you to fall into an abyss." A Somali proverb sent by Abshir Fire Cadde, Nelspruit, South Africa.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

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