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Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday'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 Africa News website.

    And a reminder of today's wise words‬: The papaya tree which bears sweet fruit always has a stick under it. An Akan proverb sent by Kwabens Kankam Boakye, Kumasi, Ghana.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of Zimbabwean designer Evernice Mwenda at a shop stocking Malian clothes in the South African city of Cape Town:

    Designer Evernice Mwenda from Zimbabwe checks stock of dresses at Mali South traditional African clothing store in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 July 2015
  2. Somalia election delay

    Mohamed Moalimu

    BBC Africa, Mogadishu

    Somalia will miss a 2016 deadline to elect a president and parliament through a popular vote, the UN special envoy to the country has told me.

    Nicholas Kay said the electoral commission had just been set up, making it difficult for elections to be organised by next year.

    "The security situation is very mixed and the formation of the federal member state and to review the constitution is taking longer than anticipated," he said.

    In 2012, members of parliament were chosen by elders and then those lawmakers chose Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president.

    Somalia soldiers
    Image caption: African Union troops are battling militants in Somalia
  3. Not guilty plea in lion case

    Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to prevent an illegal hunt when he appeared in court over the killing of the country's famous lion, Cecil, news agencies report.

    His co-accused, farm owner Honest Ndlovu, was not charged and is scheduled to appear in court later, AFP news agency reports.

    The two are accused of helping US hunter Walter Palmer kill the lion outside a game park for $50,000 (£32,000).

  4. Al-Shabab gunmen killed in Kenya

    Three fighters from militant Islamist group al-Shabab have been killed after they attacked a Kenyan military convoy in Basuba village in Lamu County, Kenya's defence ministry has said.

    The fighting left five soldiers wounded, two of them seriously, it added.

  5. Facts on hunting

    Here are some facts on lions and hunting in Africa, following the public outcry over the brutal killing of the animal by a US hunter in Zimbabwe:

  6. Kenya's 'unaccounted for' money

    Kenya's auditor-general has said that about 25% of Kenya's $16bn (£10bn) budget for 2013-2014 cannot be adequately accounted for.

    We incorrectly reported earlier that only 1.2% of the budget had been properly accounted for, and regret the error.

  7. Platini 'unacceptable' choice

    Liberia Football Association head Musa Bility says fellow Fifa presidential candidate Michel Platini is an "unacceptable" choice.

    Platini announced earlier today (see 12:26 post) that he would stand in next year's election.

    Bility told BBC Sport: "The world has asked for football and those who have managed football to be changed.

    "Platini would not represent change. He has been Fifa vice-president for eight years. He should not replace Sepp Blatter. It would be unacceptable."

    Musa Bility
    Image caption: Bility announced his candidature in June
  8. Update on lion court case

    Bail was set at $1,000 (£640) bail each by the Zimbabwean court for professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe from the capital, Harare.

    Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu

    The two men appeared in court in Hwange town, about 700km (435 miles) from Harare.

  9. BreakingBreaking News

    A court in Zimbabwe has given bail to the two men charged with poaching over the killing of a famous lion named Cecil, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe from the capital, Harare.

  10. Rare rhino dies


    One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died.

    Nabire, a 31-year-old female, died at the Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday evening of a ruptured cyst.

    Her death leaves just three females and one male alive; one of them at the San Diego Zoo in the US and three at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy reserve in Kenya.

    The sub-species has been on the brink of extinction for years because of hunting and habitat loss.

  11. Warm welcome for Buhari

    Cameroon's President Paul Biya is having a closed-door discussion with visiting Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential place in the capital, Yaounde, on how to combat militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    Mr Buhari received a warm welcome from his host when he arrived at the Yaounde international airport earlier this morning.

    The visit marks a significant shift in the fragile relationship between the two countries, which has been characterised by territorial disputes, in particular over the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula.

    Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
  12. Cecil killer under fire

    BBC Trending

    What's popular and why

    Twitter screen grab

    Social-media users have gone into overdrive in an attempt to shame the man who has admitted to killing Cecil the lion.

    US dentist Walter Palmer admitted to killing Zimbabwe's most famous lion on a hunting trip.

    He has now been swamped with abuse and dark humour from web users around the world.

  13. Ebola ‘isn’t over yet’

    Ebola workers
    Image caption: Affected families are kept in quarantine with regular checks

    The number of deaths from the deadly Ebola outbreak have fallen drastically, but there are still around 20-30 new cases a week in the three worst-affected countries.

    Before this outbreak, those numbers would have constituted a major epidemic.

    The BBC's Global Health correspondent Tulip Mazumda is back in Sierra Leone to access the situation.

  14. Who was Cecil named after?

    Famous Kenyan author reacts to the brutal killing of a Zimbabwean lion by US hunter Walter Palmer: 

  15. Poachers 'caught' in Kenya

    Two suspected poachers have been arrested in Kenya over the killing of five elephants at the Tsavo National Park, wildlife authorities have said.

    "The suspected gang is believed to comprise of four Tanzanians who operate across the Tanzania-Kenya border assisted by some Kenyans from the local area," said the Kenya Wildlife Service in a statement.

    "They are believed to have used motorbikes to escape with the tusks," it added.

    Elephant in Kenya
    Image caption: Elephant tusks are sometimes used to make jewellery
  16. Kenya's comedian mourned

    The BBC's Abdinoor Maalim sent this photo from the funeral of Kenya's much-loved comedian Benson Wanjau, as friends and relatives viewed his body at the national theatre in the capital, Nairobi:

    People at coffin

    The comedian, who died aged 78, has been buried at the city's Langata Cemetery, our reporter adds.

    Photo of comedian
  17. 'Heavy security' in Yaounde

    The AFP news agency reports that soldiers were posted on rooftops of houses and vehicles with machine guns mounted on them patrolled the streets of Cameroon's capital, Yaounde, as Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrived for his visit.

    He is due to discuss with Cameroon's President Paul Biya greater military co-operation to counter the threat by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has stepped up attacks in both countries.

    destroyed car
    Image caption: The insurgency has caused much destruction
  18. Europe 'dominates' Fifa

    Here's another tweet from our sports reporter on the decision of European Football Association head Michel Platini to run for Fifa's presidency:

  19. Zimbabwe lion case 'delayed'

    The court case of two Zimbabweans charged with poaching following the killing of a famous lion has been delayed by a few hours because prosecutors needed more time to make "their assessments", defence lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi says, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu appeared in court in Hwange town, about 700km (435 miles) from the capital, Harare, after being accused of helping US dentist Walter Palmer to kill the lion outside a famous game park in Zimbabwe earlier this month.

    Theo Bronkhorst

    A family friend has described Mr Bronkhorst, seen outside court in the photo above, as a "very honest conservationist" (see 11:49 post).

  20. Reaction to Platini's Fifa boss bid

    BBC sports reporter tweets on the decision of the head of the European Football Association, Michel Platini, to run for the presidency of Fifa:

  21. Hunting facts and figures

    US dentist Walter Palmer is under heavy criticism from conservationists and animal lovers following allegations that he paid $50,000 (£32,000) to go on a hunt in Zimbabwe. Here, are a few facts on the topic:

  22. Buhari in Cameroon

    Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde. He will meet President Paul Biya shortly to discuss the threat by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

  23. Platini enters Fifa presidency race

    President of UEFA Michel Platini on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    The President of the European Football Association (Uefa), Michel Platini, has confirmed he will run for the presidency of the world football governing body Fifa.

    The 60-year-old former France and Juventus midfielder declared his bid after receiving indications of support from four continental confederations.

    Liberian Football Association head Musa Bility had also announced his intention to enter the contest to replace Sepp Blatter.

    The election takes place on 26 February, after Mr Blatter stood down as a result of a corruption crisis.

  24. Your reaction to lion's killing


    Our readers have been reacting on the BBC Africa Facebook page to one of our top stories - the killing by a US hunter of a Zimbabwean lion which was a major attraction for foreign tourists.

    Anthony Machava says: "It was unfair. People have to learn to respect nature. May your soul rest in peace, Cecil. We will miss you more here in Zimbabwe."

    Malek Joseph takes a different view: "People spend thousands of dollars preserving wildlife instead of feeding the poor and protecting the weak.... Start looking into more important issues, please."

    Silensor Atitsogbui says: "If Western countries are protecting their animals why can't we do same for our own here in Africa."

    Send us your comments using #BBCAfricaLive on Twitter and Facebook or text us on +447756205075.

  25. Comedian's funeral under way

    A private TV station tweets from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on the funeral of of Benson Wanjau, a comedian popularly known as Mzee Ojwang (see 09:47 post):

  26. Zimbabwean hunter 'very honest'

    Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who has been charged with poaching following the killing of a lion, believed he was on a legal hunt, a family friend has told the AFP news agency.

    "He is a very professional, very honest conservationist," Ian Ferguson is quoted as saying.

  27. Zimbabwe accused 'arrive in court'

    Two Zimbabwean men have arrived in court over the killing of a famous lion outside the Hwange National Park, a major tourist attraction in the southern African state, Reuters news agency reports.

    Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu are charged with poaching offences for not having the required hunting permit.

    US dentist Walter Palmer shot the animal earlier this month (see 09:05 post).

  28. Rise and fall of Saif al-Islam

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

    Not too long ago, playboy Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, was heir-apparent to an oil-rich nation.

    Now he finds himself with a death sentence for his role in 2011 Libyan uprising after having been in prison for almost four years.

    BBC News charts the rise and fall of Gaddafi's favourite son.

  29. Get Involved

    Cecil lion

    What do you make of the killing of Zimbabwe's famous lion, Cecil? His death has caused outrage on social media.

    Send us your comments using #BBCAfricaLive on Twitter and Facebook or text us on +447756205075.

  30. What's in a name?

    A prominent Nigerian writer tweets on media coverage of the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe (see 09:05 post):  

  31. Kenya's financial 'mess'

    BBC Monitoring

    Mary Wachira, Nairobi

    Kenya's auditor-general has revealed that the national government has been able to properly account for only 1.2% of its budget for the 2013-14 financial year, the Standard newspaper reports.

    The rest is described as "unexplained expenditure".

    Kenya's government is under growing pressure to end financial mismanagement and corruption - an issue US President Barack Obama raised when he visited the East African state from Friday to Sunday.

  32. South Africa sees 'drop' in visitors

    South Africa's new visa regulations have led to a "worrying drop" in foreign tourists, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has said.

    "We need to find a better way of doing it. The impact is not only on tourism but on investment into the country as well," Hanekom told the local 702 radio station.

    New rules required visitors to provide biometric data when applying for visas, and the full birth certificates of children in addition to their passports.

    Other government officials have defended the regulations, saying they were aimed at curbing child trafficking and other crime.

    The tourism sector has grown steadily since South Africa hosted the football World Cup in 2010 and is now the third largest contributor to gross domestic product.

    Table Mountain National Park on March 29, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa
    Image caption: Table Mountain National Park is a popular tourist site in South Africa
  33. Reaction to Kenyan comedian's funeral

    Kenyans have been remembering on social media Benson Wanjaumedi, the famous comedian who will be buried today (see 09:47 post) following his death earlier this month: 

  34. Inspired by Tutu

    A former leading anti-apartheid activist in South Africa pays tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 83, following his re-admission to hospital after being discharged last Tuesday. 

    It is unclear what the Nobel peace laureate is being treated for.

  35. The women duped by traffickers

    People in Benin city in Nigeria

    Thousands of women and girls from West Africa are bought and sold every year - most end up in Europe.

    The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime estimates West African trafficking victims, many of whom originate in Nigeria, make up about 10% of those forced into sex work in Western Europe.

    Benin City, in Nigeria's south, is a key player - with networks and infrastructure built around the trade in people.

    The BBC has been speaking to Bilkisu and Jane who were sent from Nigeria to the UK under false pretences.

  36. Kenya's renowned comedian

    Caroline Karobia

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Benson Wanjau

    The father of TV comedy in Kenya, Benson Wanjau, will be buried today following his death aged 78.

    Known as Mzee Ojwang, he died a pauper despite having brought humour to the lives of many through his popular comedy shows.

  37. Niger ban on Islamic veil

    Niger has banned the wearing of the full-face Islamic veil in Diffa region which borders Nigeria.

    The region's governor told religious leaders at a meeting that the ban was necessary to prevent suicide bombers from disguising themselves as devout Muslim women.

    Suspected Boko Haram bombers dressed in the religious garment have carried out attacks in Diffa and nearby Bosso.

    Woman in full-face veil
    Image caption: Cameroon, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon have all banned the full-face veil.
  38. Fatal shooting in Cairo

    Gunmen on a motorcycle have shot dead an Egyptian police officer guarding Niger's embassy in Cairo, police say.

    A second officer was wounded in the attack on Tuesday night. It is unclear who carried out the shooting.

    A car bomb exploded outside the Italian consulate earlier this month, killing one civilian and wounding nine others.

    A militant Islamist group said it carried out the bombing.

    Workers clear rubble at the site of an an explosion near the Italian Consulate in downtown, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Image caption: Italy said it would not be intimidated by the bombing outside its consulate
  39. Zimbabweans due in court for killing lion

    Two men are due to appear in court in Zimbabwe later today over the killing of Cecil, the country's most famous lion.

    Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu, are charged with poaching offences for not having the required hunting permit.

    US dentist Walter Palmer shot the animal with a crossbow and rifle outside Hwange National Park.

    Lion and dentist
    Image caption: Mr Palmer has been heavily criticised for killing the lion

    Police say Mr Palmer, who claims he was unaware of the lion's identity, could also face poaching charges.

    Mr Palmer says he regrets shooting the animal and believed he was on a legal hunt, saying he relied on professional guides to find a lion and obtain the necessary permits.

  40. Buhari to visit Cameroon

    Usman Minjibir

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Cameroon today for talks with President Paul Biya in a bid to strengthen the regional alliance against militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    An 8,700-strong multinational force from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger is due to start operations at the end of July.

    It will be able to pursue the Boko Haram militants across borders, Mr Buhari's spokesman told the BBC.

    Mr Buhari will travel to Benin on Saturday for talks with President Boni Yayi to round-off the diplomatic shuttles to neighbouring states as he tries to get to grips with the insurgency that has threatened regional stability.

    President Buhari of Nigeria
    Image caption: President Buhari has promised to end Boko Haram's insurgency
  41. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: The papaya tree which bears sweet fruit always has a stick under it. An Akan proverb sent by Kwabens Kankam Boakye, Kumasi, Ghana.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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