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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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    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.

    Today's African proverb: "The forest yields when you are tired." A Shona proverb sent by Kudzai Makomva, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

    We leave you with this photo of the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala scoring Nigeria's second goal against Sweden at the Women's World Cup, the final score was 3-3.

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  2. Nigeria prepares to launch regional task force

    In an effort to boost the fight against the jihadist group, Boko Haram, the military chiefs of Nigeria and its neighbours have been meeting in Abuja. It's their first meeting since Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in, pledging to improve the fight against the jihadists.

    "It's been dragging on for long, and we want to get a final solution to it, and that's why we're here," Nigeria's Maj Gen Tukur Buratai told the BBC.

    General Tukur Buratai

    "Our troops have been doing well in Sambisa and other parts of the north-east, so we are not under any pressure [from Boko Haram]," said Gen Buratai, who has been chosen to head the new Multi-National Joint Task Force, which will involve troops from across the region and receive international funding.

  3. Zambia's bold bald photographer

    Zambian photographer Natasha Nguni was born with a full head of hair. But at the age of six, it began to fall out, and within weeks she was completely bald.

    Finally, Ms Nguni was diagnosed with alopecia totalis - a condition where the immune system fails to recognise "its own" and attacks hair follicles stopping hair growth.

    Zambian photographer Natasha Nguni

    She's been speaking to the BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo about her career and how she's learnt to embrace her unique look.

  4. 'New dawn' for African trade

    Kenya's Deputy President has been tweeting pictures of his visit to Egypt, where he will be signing a deal aimed at creating a free trade area stretching from Cairo to Cape Town.

    It will take in 26 African countries and some are hailing it as a major step in improving the economy of the continent.

  5. Nigeria drops child bride murder case

    A court in northern Nigeria has dropped charges against a 14-year-old girl accused of using rat poison to kill her husband, aged 35.

    The Kano state government asked that the case be dismissed because she was a minor who had been forcibly married.

    The girl is to be freed from detention following the ruling, reports the BBC's Habiba Adamu from the capital, Abuja.

  6. Nigeria bombers arrested

    Nigeria's Ministry of Defence says it has arrested two "high profile terrorists" who were "masterminds" of a bombing at a bus station in Gombe, north-east Nigeria, last year. There were several attacks there in 2014 and it is not clear which one is being referred to.

    In a series of tweets the ministry says the arrests came after a shoot-out on Sunday following "surveillance and intelligence operations that tracked them".

  7. Double debut for Gambia stars

    Swansea's Modou Barrow and Mustapha Carayol who plays for Middlesbrough both made their debuts today for The Gambia after committing to play for the Scorpions earlier this year.

    Barrow could have chosen to try and represent Sweden while Carayol had turned down calls to play for The Gambia in the past. Both players started as The Gambia drew 1-1 in Kampala with Uganda.

    Swansea's Modou Barrow
    Image caption: Swansea's Modou Barrow chose Gambia over Sweden

    Both sides are preparing for the opening games in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday - Uganda host Botswana while The Gambia now travel on to South Africa to face Bafana Bafana.

  8. Anger at Egyptian court

    Relatives of people who died in football violence in Egypt three years ago have said that sentences handed down to police officers implicated in the Port Said clashes were too lenient.

    An Egyptian court upheld death sentences on 11 men for their involvement in the violence in which 74 were killed. Although several police officers were tried in the case, none were among those who received death sentences.

    A relative of a victim of the 2012 soccer riot that killed more than 70 people in the city of Port Said reacts after an Egyptian court confirmed death sentences against 11 people for their role in a deadly 2012 soccer riot
    Image caption: There were angry scenes amongst victims' relatives outside the court when the verdicts were read out.

    The father of one of the victims, who was outside the court, accused the authorities of being too close to the police officers:

    "Today, the police officers only have a few more months to go until being released," he said. "[The court] sympathised with them and didn't sentence them to death, but didn't sympathise with those who were killed."

  9. 'Optimism' about Libyan peace

    The UN representative in Libya has said that "there is a general sense of hope" and "optimism" over a new proposal to bring unity in Libya.

    Bernardino Leon has presented a draft proposal for a Libyan unity government to warring factions in an attempt to stabilise the conflict-torn country.

    The plan unveiled at talks in Morocco addresses terms of a truce and disarmament of armed groups.

    Bernardino Leon
    Image caption: The UN's Bernardino Leon has been holding talks with Libya's warring factions
  10. Mediterranean migrants pass 100k

    The International Organization for Migration has been tracking the migrants coming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East and Asia:

  11. Illegal 'diaspora tax'

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    Britain's Metropolitan police are "examining" a dossier with accusations that the Eritrean embassy in London is putting Eritreans in the UK under pressure to pay a diaspora tax, the Guardian newspaper reports.

    The money used to be handed over in London, but it is claimed that the tax now has to be paid on their behalf in the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

    "Officers are assessing the information provided to them to establish whether any offence has been committed," the newspaper quotes a police spokesman as saying.

  12. Eritrea 'promotes' human rights

    A critical UN report into the human rights record of the Eritrean government has been described as an "attack" on the people of Eritrea in a government statement.

    The UN report said that the government may have committed crimes against humanity, including a shoot-to-kill policy on its borders.

    The report described extrajudicial killings, sexual slavery and enforced labour.

    The Eritrean government has said the charges are "totally unfounded" and part of a campaign to undermine the country and ignore the progress that is being made on human rights in the country.

    Migrants from Sub-Saharian areas receive bottles of water on a rescue boat of Italy"s Navy ship San Giorgio after being rescued in open international waters in the Mediterranean Sea between the Italian and the Libyan coasts May 14, 2014.
    Image caption: An estimated 5,000 Eritreans leave every month; many say they are fleeing the political situation.
  13. Weah junior gets Liberia call-up

    The eldest son of the former World Footballer of the Year Liberian George Weah has been included in the national squad for a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

    The 27-year-old George Weah junior has been named in Liberia's squad for Sunday's match in Togo.

    George Weah senior
    Image caption: Geroge Weah senior is an African football legend

    He last played professional football at another of his father's old clubs with two substitute appearances for Paris St Germain's amateur team last year.

  14. Home schooling

    Kenyan high school students Ali Abbas and Safari Muli have been suspended from school over unpaid fees, so they're having to revise for their final exams in their rented accommodation, reports the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi from Mombasa.

    Kenyan students revising for exams

    The pair come from Kilifi County, some 56 km north-west of Mombasa.

    The government has repeatedly warned school heads not to send pupils away for lack of school fees, but the policy is not always enforced, our reporter says. National exams are in October.

    Kenyan students revising for exams
  15. Burundi president's third-term bid 'non-negotiable'

    Burundi's government has insisted that President Pierre Nkurunziza will not back down, despite weeks of violent street protests calling for him to go.

    A presidential spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said Mr Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term was non-negotiable and the presidential election, which has been postponed until mid-July, would not be delayed again.

    burundi protesters
    Image caption: Protesters offer prayers at the end of a demonstration in the town of Ijenda

    Earlier the opposition rejected a proposed new timetable from the electoral commission, questioning its legitimacy.

  16. SA search on for missing lion

    Game rangers are searching for a lion which escaped from a wildlife park in South Africa's Western Cape province.

    It is believed to have left the park, near the small town of Beaufort West, through a hole under the fence.

    A lion and a lioness rest at Lion Park, near Pretoria, on June 29, 2010.
    Image caption: South Africa has a large lion population

    "A helicopter is on standby and rangers are walking around with attacker dogs in case they came across the lion," South African National Parks official Fayrouch Ludick told the BBC.

    A tourist was killed last week by a lion at a game park near Johannesburg.

  17. West Africa defence chiefs meet

    Nigeria's ministry of defence has tweeted a picture of the meeting of regional defence chiefs in the capital, Abuja.

    They are there to discuss a regional force to fight the militant Islamists Boko Haram.

  18. Eritrean 'anger' at UN report

    Janet Onyango, BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    There has been a strong reaction on Twitter to a UN report that accused the Eritrean government of committing crimes against humanity, including a shoot-to-kill policy on its borders. 

    These comments echo earlier tweets from an official in the office of Eritrea's president:

  19. Nigeria parliament opens

    Nigeria's Senate has controversially opened today, with only 57 out of 108 senators present to elect Bukola Saraki of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as its president.

    Mr Saraki was not the favoured candidate of the party.

    In what appears to be a deal with the opposition, senators also retained Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party, as deputy senate president.

    During the vote most of the APC's MPs were absent as they were meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Bukola Saraki raises the gavel after he was elected as the senate president of the 8th Nigeria Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria June 9, 2015

    A similar process to elect the leader of the lower house of parliament, the House of Representatives, is now taking place.

  20. Zambian musician on bail

    The Zambian musician known as Pilato has been released on bail after pleading not guilty to charges of conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.

    Pilato, whose real name is Chama Fumba, mocks a man called Lungu - the name of the president - in his latest song, which supporters of the Zambian leader have objected to.

    Freedom of speech groups have criticised the charges.

    Pilato
    Image caption: Pilato is one of Zambia's top musicians.
  21. UN 'alarm' over Burundi violence

    The UN is getting dozens of calls on a daily basis from "frightened people" in Burundi "pleading for protection", the human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says.

    In a statement he says he is alarmed by the "increasingly violent and threatening actions by a pro-government militia" and he called on the government to disassociate itself from violent supporters.

    Mr Hussein also says there are signs that opposition elements are trying to force people into supporting them.

    Protester
    Image caption: Burundi has been engulfed in months of protest following President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office
  22. Cameroon canoe accident

    At least 35 bodies have been recovered in Cameroon's Lagdo River following a canoe accident on Sunday, reports the BBC's Jean David Mihamle in Yaounde.

    Two canoes carrying dozens of people capsized in the northern Garoua region.

    Rescue operations are continuing and authorities are investigating what happened. Local media have blamed the bad weather.

  23. Islamic State 'seizes Libyan power plant'

    Islamic State militants have seized a power plant west of the Libyan city of Sirte, Reuters news agency is reporting, quoting a statement by the group and an unnamed Libyan military source.

    Forces loyal to the self-declared government that controls the Libyan capital Tripoli pulled out of Sirte after Islamic State attacked the plant, Reuters says.

    Privately-owned Libyan newspaper al-Wasat has also been reporting the plant's seizure, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Libya Dawn fighters look at Islamic State (IS) militant positions near Sirte March 19, 2015.
    Image caption: Fighters from Islamist militias have been battling IS near Sirte for several months
  24. New Nigeria parliament to be sworn in

    Naziru Mikailu

    BBC Africa

    Nigeria's new parliament is expected to open today with elections of leaders of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

    President Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC), which holds a majority in both houses, is struggling to resolve a dispute among its members over who should lead the parliament.

    Negotiations are now under way to try and resolve the dispute with the new president holding a meeting with his party's MPs.

    New Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, salutes his supporters during his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015
    Image caption: Muhammadu Buhari promised to improve the lives of Nigerians

    It is believed that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party could use its influence to form a minority leadership which could damage Mr Buhari's government.

  25. Burundi mediator 'should step down'

    The main civil society group leading the opposition to Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid has called for the UN envoy mediating a peaceful solution to step down.

    In a letter to the UN Secretary General the group says that the talks led by Said Djinnit focused on the consequences of the government repression instead of on the president's bid for another term in office, which the group says is the root of the crisis

    Said Djinnit
    Image caption: Said Djinnit has been trying to end the political crisis in Burundi

    The letter also says opponents to the president are not safe in the country, making dialogue impossible. And Mr Djinnit has not ensured all opposition and civil society leaders could take part.

  26. UN Ebola operation scales down

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa Health Correspondent, Nairobi

    The United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (Unmeer) has scaled down its operations in Accra, Ghana as the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone weakens.

    The outbreak in Liberia was declared over on 9 May.

    Ghana's President John Mahama said the reduction in the size of Unmeer was a sign of success. Most of the mission's staff and assets have been moved to Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 24 new cases of Ebola were reported in the last week.

  27. Nigeria army chiefs 'to feel the heat'

    Nigeria's presidential spokesman has been speaking to the BBC about the decision to move the army headquarters to the northern town of Maiduguri to improve the fight against Boko Haram.

    "If you are not in the kitchen, you will not feel the heat," Garba Shehu told Newsday, referring to the fact that military chiefs have been based in Abuja, far from the front line.

    Nigerian soldiers cordon off a road leading to the scene of a blast at a business district in Abuja (June 2014)
    Image caption: Nigeria says the move to Maiduguri will improve its response to Boko Haram

    Mr Shehu criticised the previous system, where "issues of basic supply to the troops had to be referred to Abuja, several hundred miles away".

  28. BreakingEgypt death sentences upheld

    An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences for 11 men over deadly football stadium violence in February 2012 in Port Said.

    The violence followed a match between the al-Ahly and al-Masry.

  29. #DemolishWestonHotel

    Janet Onyango, BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    #DemolishWestonHotel is trending on Twitter here, days after Deputy President William Ruto admitted to owning shares in the Weston Hotel, which was caught up in a scandal in January, when police used tear gas on schoolchildren who were demonstrating to save their playground from developers. 

    There were reports that the hotel was involved in purchasing the land in order to turn it into a car park. The hotel denied any involvement. 

    But some are questioning the wisdom of demolishing the hotel:

  30. G7 offers Nigeria 'unconditional support'

    Nigeria has opened a "new page" with its international partners, after President Muhammadu Buhari met with leaders at the G7 summit in Germany, a presidential spokesman has told the BBC.

    Garba Shehu told the BBC's Newsday programme that there was "enormous goodwill" towards the new administration, and that Nigeria was expecting "to get training and support" in the fight against Boko Haram.

    Mr Shehu said that the Nigerian army was by its own assessment "ill-equipped and poorly trained, and even lacks the commitment and the will to fight".

    President Buhari at g7 summit in germany with other world leaders
  31. Winning start for Cameroon

    Cameroon thrashed Ecuador 6-0 at the Women's World Cup in Canada to become the first African team to record a victory at this year's competition.

    Gaelle Enganamouit, who was celebrating her birthday, got a hat-trick including a penalty.

    Gaelle Enganamouit
    Image caption: Gaelle Enganamouit celebrating her third goal
  32. Pistorius decision is 'correct'

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    The South African authorities have defended the recommendation for the early release from prison of Oscar Pistorius, reports Eyewitness News.

    Pistorius could still be kept under house arrest after his proposed release.

    The Paralympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.

    South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise said that Pistorius had completed the programmes that he "should undergo" and therefore was eligible for "release on probation".

  33. Madagascar opposition 'found with cash'

    The BBC reporter in Madagascar has been tweeting about action against opposition voices there:

  34. Nigeria comeback

    Sweden and Nigeria played out an epic 3-3 draw in their opening Group D match at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Winnipeg.

    Sweden led 2-0 at the break but the Nigerians produced a stirring response to level within eight minutes of the restart.

    Linda Sembrant soon put Sweden back in front but Francisca Ordega grabbed a richly-deserved equaliser for Nigeria three minutes from time.

    Nigeria"s Francisca Ordega (17) celebrates her goal against Sweden with teammate Asisat Oshoala (8) during the second half of a FIFA Women"s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8
    Image caption: Francisca Ordega (left) scored late in the game to make it 3-3
  35. Co-ordinating fight against Boko Haram

    Will Ross

    BBC News, Lagos

    Nigeria's military chiefs are due to meet their regional counterparts in the capital, Abuja, in an effort to improve the fight against Boko Haram.

    For the fight against Boko Haram to succeed it is vital that these countries work well together. In the past the jihadists have been able to seek refuge across Nigeria's porous borders only to sneak back in and carry out deadly attacks.

    The meeting comes after President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the G7 summit in Germany where he said Nigeria would welcome more international support in the struggle with the jihadists.

    Buhari meets Deby
    Image caption: Nigeria's President Muahammadu Buhari has already held talks with his Chad counterpart Idriss Deby
  36. New date for Burundi presidential election

    Burundi's electoral commission has proposed delaying the presidential election to 15 July.

    It had been scheduled for the 26 June but the decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term has prompted weeks of demonstrations as well as a failed military coup.

    The postponement falls short of the demand by the East African Community for a delay of at least six weeks.

    The dates now need to be confirmed by presidential decree.

    Burundi refugees
    Image caption: Tens of thousands of Burundians have fled the tension caused by the controversy over the president's third-term bid
  37. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "The forest yields when you are tired." A Shona proverb sent by Kudzai Makomva, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

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