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Summary

  1. Court upholds Morsi death sentence
  2. Furore over 'wardrobe allowance' for Nigerian MPs
  3. Pope concern over climate change impact on Africa
  4. Jihadist Belmokhtar 'did not die in US strike'
  5. Ivory Coast out of Women's World Cup

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday'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.

    Today's African proverb: "One does not count the fingers of a nine-fingered person in his or her presence." A Yoruba proverb sent by Abimbola Oladiran, Jos, Nigeria.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    We leave you with this picture of Cameroon's Wanki Awachwi training before their World Cup match against Switzerland. A win would secure a place in the last 16, but they could still go through if they draw.

    Cameroon training
  2. Nigeria 'Wardrobe allowance' debate continues

    As Nigerians continue to debate online the unconfirmed reports that nearly 9bn naira ($45m) will be spent on a "wardrobe allowance" for MPs, this graphic from the Economist in 2013 has been widely shared. 

    It shows that lawmakers in Nigeria earn a basic salary of $190,000, the second highest in the world behind Australia, roughly 116 times the country's GDP per person. 

  3. Media consider ICC 'dead' after Bashir exit

    BBC Monitoring

    Sudanese media are treating President Omar al-Bashir as a hero after he avoided being arrested in South African on the orders of the International Criminal Court, while commentators elsewhere deplore the decline in the court's reputation and clout. Click here for a full roundup of global media reaction.

    Hundreds of supporters welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, centre left, on his arrival from South Africa as he walks through the crowd at the airport in Khartoum
    Image caption: President Bashir is greeted by supporters after arriving in Khartoum
  4. UN denial of threat to SA troops

    There was no threat made to South African peacekeepers by Sudanese troops in the Darfur region, the UN is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

    UN spokesman Farhan Haq has contradicted reports on the South African News24 website that bases with South African troops were "surrounded" by Sudanese soldiers while President Omar al-Bashir was in South Africa for an AU summit.

    There was a possibility that President Bashir could have been arrested in accordance with an International Criminal Court arrest warrant, but he left the summit before a ruling was made.

  5. Tunisia train crash

    Photos have been coming in of the site of the train crash in Tunisia in which at least 19 people were killed and nearly 100 injured.

    A Tunisian rescuer works at the site of train accident after it derailed following a collision with a lorry near the town of El Fahes, 60 km south of Tunis, Tunisia,

    A passenger train collided with a lorry at El Fahes, about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the capital, Tunis, during the morning rush hour.

    People walk past the smashed cab of a truck outside Fahs, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

    The cab of the lorry was destroyed. And carriages were turned on their side.

    Interior of carriage on its side
  6. Nigerians react to 'wardrobe allowance' story

    Nigerians have been taking to social media to react to unconfirmed media reports that MPs will receive millions of dollars in a "wardrobe allowance" during their terms in office (see post at 16:13).

    The phrase "wardrobe allowance" and the hahtags #9billion (the reported value of the allowance in naira) and #OccupyNASS (referring to the National Assembly) are now trending. 

    Many of the responses have been angry:

    While other have been poking fun at what they see as the extravagance of some lawmakers:

  7. Migrant tragedy in Sahara

    The bodies of 30 migrants have been discovered in the Sahara in Niger, adding to the 18 that were found in another part of the desert on Sunday, the International Organization for Migration says. It is not clear how they died.

    Niger is a part of the route for migrants making their way to Europe

    "This tragedy highlights a feared but hitherto little-known danger too many migrants face long before they risk their lives at sea," the IOM's William Lacy Swing said.

    "All too tragically many of these deaths go unreported," he added.

  8. Arguments over contraception

    A bill to allow Kenyan adolescents access to contraceptives without parental consent is being tabled in parliament.

    The BBC's Anne Soy has been finding out why some think it is necessary.

    Screen grab

    One boy told our reporter about his active sex life. Some schools have decided to give teenagers contraceptives, even though their distribution in schools is against the law.

    Teachers Unions and some doctors are unhappy about the proposed bill.

    Jean Kagia

    Dr Jean Kagia thinks that handing out contraceptives will only encourage teenagers to have sex and increase the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

  9. Furore over Nigerian lawmakers' 'wardrobe allowance'

    Nigerians have reacted angrily to unconfirmed media reports that members of the National Assembly will receive a combined wardrobe allowance worth nearly 9bn Naira ($45m) over the course of the four-year term.

    Nigeria's ThisDay newspaper reports that the money would be split between the 469 parliamentarians, with 21.5m naira ($110,000) for each senator, and 17.5m naira ($88,000) for each member of the House of Representatives.

    Thousands of tweets have been posted in protest at the "allowance", some of them urging Nigerians to organise rallies and protest against the MPs, reports the BBC's Nasidi Yahaya in Abuja.

    ThisDay Live

    The paper says that the figure does not include other allowances for furniture, housing and cars which MPs also receive.

    MPs' allowances are not debated in parliament, and would not normally be made public, our reporter says.

  10. Kenyans demonstrate for Juma

    Demonstrators in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, stopped traffic briefly today as they were demonstrating against members of parliament who took the unusual step of rejecting President Uhuru Kenyatta's appointment of Monica Juma as cabinet secretary.

    Demonstration in Nairobi

    They accused her of arrogance and of not being a team player, reports the BBC's Robert Kiptoo.

    Ms Juma's supporters say that the MPs were using their powers to exact revenge on someone they saw as an enemy.

  11. SA army denial

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    The spokesperson for the South African National Defence Force has told me that there is absolutely no truth in the reports that South African troops were threatened in Sudan.

    Siphiwe Dlamini added: "our troops are carrying out their duties as expected".

    The website News24 had earlier reported that South African peacekeepers in Darfur were "surrounded" by Sudanese military forces until President Omar al-Bashir returned home from the AU summit in Johannesburg. (see earlier post at 14:55)

  12. Burundi video 'highlights police abuses'

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a video which it says documents police abuses in Burundi during protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid.

    The rights group says the footage proves that police have fired indiscriminately on protesters, and carried out beatings.

    HRW footage of Burundi's police 'firing at demonstrators'

    Burundi's Red Cross says more than 20 people have been killed since the protests began in April.

    HRW says that although most protesters have been peaceful, some have thrown stones and used molotov cocktails against police.

    injured policeman

    Burundi's government has denied using excessive force against protesters.

  13. Tunsia update

    The BBC's reporter in the Tunisian capital Tunis has more ontoday's fatal train crash:

  14. World Cup possibilities

    Nick Cavell

    BBC African Sport

    Ivory Coast may be out but Nigeria and Cameroon could still qualify for the knock-out stages of the Women's World Cup.

    Cameroon take on Switzerland in Group C with the winners guaranteeing themselves a spot in the last 16. A draw for the Indomitable Lionesses might be enough to take them through as one of the best third-placed teams. And if they're really lucky, they could lose and still qualify, depending on other results.

    Cameroon team

    Nigeria's Super Falcons must beat USA tonight and hope other results go their way to have a chance of making the last 16 from Group D.

  15. South Africa 'blackmailed' over Bashir

    Military bases housing South African peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region were "surrounded" by Sudanese troops until President Omar al-Bashir returned from South Africa, the News24 website is reporting.

    President Bashir had to cut short his visit to the African Union summit because of the possibility that he could have been arrested in compliance with an International Criminal Court warrant.

    News24 says that South Africa was in effect "blackmailed" into letting the president leave.

    Erika Gibson, the journalist behind the story, has tweeted a response from the South African army (SANDF): "According to SANDF there was "Sudan military traffic" in Darfur but no serious threat to SA troops".

    celebrations as Bashir returns
    Image caption: President Bashir got a big welcome when he returned to Khartoum
  16. Money flowing to Africa

    Foreign investment into Africa in 2014 was more than double the previous year, reports South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper.

    Its website is quoting a study by Ernst and Young which found that $128bn (£82bn) flowed into the continent last year, making Africa the second most attractive global region for investment.

    But the report found that there is still a perception of corruption and political instability that is slowing further growth.

    Construction in Addis Ababa
    Image caption: Construction is one of the booming sectors that is attracting foreign money
  17. #IAm76 part II

    Some young South Africans - including this young graduate - are using Youth Day, which marks the 1976 Soweto uprising, to reflect on the changes in the country:

  18. #IAm76

    #IAm76 is trending in South Africa as people there remember the events in Soweto of 16 June 1976. 

    Black students fighting a policy forcing them to learn in Afrikaans were shot while on a demonstration in the Johannesburg township.

    One Twitter account is tweeting the events in real time, including the killing of Hector Peterson, the first student to die on the protest.

  19. BreakingCourt upholds Morsi death sentence

    An Egyptian court has upheld the death sentence imposed on ousted ex-President Mohammed Morsi over a mass jailbreak.

    The sentence was initially passed in May, but was confirmed after consultation with Egypt's highest religious figure, the Grand Mufti.

    The verdict is subject to appeal.

    Mohammed Morsi gestures in the dock at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt (3 March 2015)
    Image caption: Morsi and others were sentenced to death by hanging

    Morsi was also sentenced to life imprisonment by the same court on Tuesday for spying on behalf of foreign militant groups, including Hamas.

  20. Odemwingie 'to stay' at Stoke

    Nick Cavell

    BBC African Sport

    BBC Sport understands that Nigerian footballer Peter Odemwingie will sign a one-year contract extension at Premier League club Stoke City - the deal should be finalised later this week.

    Odemwingie missed most of the 2014-2015 season with a serious knee injury.

    Peter Odemwingie
  21. Bashir's 'popular return'

    BBC Monitoring

    Sudan's newspapers have been awash with reporting on President Omar al-Bashir's return from South Africa.

    The president defied a court for him to stay in the country, so a ruling could be made on whether he should be arrested to comply with a warrant from the International Criminal Court.

    The privately-owned al-Watan carries pictures of his return and the headline reads: "Al-Bashir returns to the country, is welcomed by large crowds."

    Front page of Al Watan

    The privately-owned al-Taghyir has similar pictures and its headline says: "Amidst close international and regional scrutiny, al-Bashir returns to the country."

    front page
  22. SA ballerina who performs 'The Black Dying Swan'

    Celebrated Soweto-born ballerina Kitty Phetla speaks to Kim Chakanetsa about her career in this week's episode of The Conversation.

    Kitty became known for performing the famous Russian piece The Dying Swan with an African twist. 

    Instead of wearing a white tutu, pink tights and pointe shoes, she dances in an all-black costume to become The Black Dying Swan.

  23. Petrol price rises in Ghana

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana's government took a big step today towards removing all fuel subsidies.

    Deregulation of pump prices began today, meaning that the oil companies whose names Ghanaians see branded on those filling stations will set the price at the pumps.

    At some filling stations in the capital Accra, fuel has gone up by 4%, the maximum increase companies are allowed to make under new government rules, which come into force today.

    Shell petrol station in Accra

    People have been complaining about the deregulation, but the government says the move will help it clear its debts and will eventually benefit the consumer.

  24. Al-Shabab bombing kills three in Somalia

    The army in Somalia says militant Islamists detonated a roadside bomb outside the capital Mogadishu, killing at least three soldiers.

    The militant group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack about 17km south-west of the city.

    Al-Shabab militants
    Image caption: Al-Shabab was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 but continues to carry out raids in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya.
  25. Seun Kuti interview

    Focus on Africa TV's Peter Okwoche has tweeted photos of him with Seun Kuti, son of Fela Kuti. The interview airs at 17:30 GMT on BBC World News. 

  26. Uganda's president hits back

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC, Uganda

    Soon after Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrived back from the AU summit in South Africa he launched a verbal attack on Amama Mbabazi.

    Mr Mbabazi announced on Monday that he would be challenging Mr Museveni to become the ruling party's presidential candidate for next year's poll.

    The president said that Mr Mbabazi was wasting Ugandans' time with "premature electioneering".

    Screen grab
    Image caption: President Museveni spoke about Mr Mbabazi for 18 minutes on Ugandan TV

    He then went through the claims of Mr Mbabazi - or his "younger brother" - as he referred to him, that things needed changing.

    Mr Museveni said that his rival had held high level positions in government which should have allowed him to change things, and if there were failures then Mr Mbabazi owed the country an explanation.

  27. Nigerian online gang blamed for boy's suicide

    A UK teenager killed himself after an online Nigerian gang blackmailed him into posting intimate photographs on social media, according to his parents.

    Three days before his death Ronan Hughes, 17, told his parents that the gang had threatened to share the photos with his friends on social media unless he paid them $5,000 (£3,300) within 48 hours, the Irish News newspaper reports.

    Ronan Hughes
    Image caption: Ronan Hughes died less than two weeks ago

    Ronan took his own life hours after learning that the threat had been carried out, his parents told the paper.

  28. US support for Boko Haram fight

    The US says that it is providing $5m (£3.2m) of funding for the multi-national task force that has been set up to fight Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria and elsewhere in the region.

    The Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield told journalists that the US does not see Boko Haram as just a Nigerian problem.

    She added that the US is in discussions with the new Nigerian government and is looking for ways to bolster its support.

    Kerry meets Buhari
    Image caption: US Secretary of State John Kerry attended President Buhari's inauguration
  29. Burundi's new election commission

    Burundi's presidency has tweeted a picture of the electoral commission with its two new members, Annonciate Niyonkuru and Alice Nijimbere:

    The new line up comes after two commissioners fled the country.

    Parliamentary elections are due on 26 June and the delayed controversial presidential election will take place on 15 July.

  30. Celebrating in Kenya

    Today is Youth Day in South Africa and also the Day of the African Child marking the 1976 Soweto uprising.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Malindi on the east coast of Kenya has been snapping the celebrations there.

    Scouts in Malindi

    People are also in fancy dress.

    Two people in fancy dress

    These two are entertainers and came as members of the Cameroonian dance outfit Zangalewa.

    There is also a serious side, our correspondent says, as the one of themes of the day is child marriage. The county that Malindi is in has the highest rate of child marriage in the country.

  31. Tunisia train crash

    At least 14 people have been killed and 70 injured in a train crash in Tunisia.

    The train collided with a lorry in the town of El Fahes, about 60km from the capital, Tunis. The transport minister has warned the death toll could rise.

  32. Europe to discuss migration

    EU interior ministers are to discuss how to respond to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, with Italy threatening a strong response if no deal is reached.

    Many of those going to Europe are coming from Africa.

    A key issue at the talks in Luxembourg is a plan to distribute asylum seekers more evenly across all 28 EU states.

    More than 1,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far this year - a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014. The majority had set sail aboard rickety, overcrowded boats from Libya.

    Migrants map
  33. Pope: Africa 'bears brunt' of climate change

    Pope Francis has criticised rich countries for causing global warming through massive consumption, which then disproportionately impacts poorer parts of the world, especially Africa.

    In a leaked copy of the pontiff's encyclical, the Pope says global warming, combined with drought, has had a devastating impact on crop yields in Africa.

    pope francis

    The Pope is said to be keen for the encyclical to set the tone for the debate at a UN summit on climate change later this year in Paris, says the BBC religious correspondent.

    It is due to published on Thursday.

  34. Ivory Coast exit World Cup

    Nick Cavell

    BBC African Sport

    Ivory Coast lost their third game at the Women's World Cup in Canada despite a stunning strike from Ange N'Guessan as they lost 3-1 to Norway.

    It means the Ivorians are out of their first Women's World Cup finishing bottom of Group B after losses to Germany (10-0) and Thailand (3-2).

    Ivory Coast Canada match

    Nigeria and Cameroon are still flying the flag for Africa and complete their group matches this evening - both have a chance of going through to the knock-out stages.

  35. Mokhtar Belmokhtar 'not dead'

    The Ansar al-Sharia jihadist group in Libya has published the names of seven activists and local residents it says were killed at the weekend in US air strikes, but the name of Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar is not on the list.

    On Monday a US Defence Department spokesman said he was confident that the al-Qaeda-linked mastermind of the deadly 2013 siege at an Algerian gas plant was killed in the attacks in eastern Libya.

    Islamist militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar
    Image caption: Belmokhtar was a former senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

    The Pentagon later said evidence was still being assessed, but there have been mistaken claims of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's death before.

  36. Wise Words

    Today's African proverb: "One does not count the fingers of a nine-fingered person in his or her presence." A Yoruba proverb sent by Abimbola Oladiran, Jos, Nigeria.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

  37. Good morning

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