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Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page for today, but you can check the BBC News website for the latest African news stories.

    Today's African proverb: "Too many whistles confuse the dog." A Swahili proverb sent by Mudenda Sipho Bulando, Livingstone, Zambia.

    Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send in your proverb.

    We leave you with this picture of Nigeria's Rachael Tonjor competing in a heat of the women's 100m breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships in Russia.

    Nigeria"s Rechael Tonjor competes in a preliminary heat of the women"s 100m breaststroke swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan
  2. It will take time to solve Boko Haram problems

    The President of the Nigerian senate has been tweeting about his visit to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the birth place of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

  3. Dispute in SA mining industry

    Matthew Davies

    Africa Business Report editor, Johannesburg

    A strike at South Africa's gold mines has moved a step closer, after a union representing about a third of the workforce rejected a pay offer.

    Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) rejected wage increases of up to 17% on Sunday. The mining companies say anything more is unaffordable in the face of rising costs and a falling gold price.

    Basic monthly pay is currently around $457 (£293), but Amcu wants that doubled, whereas the largest union in the sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), is demanding an 80% rise.

    The NUM and the two other unions involved in the talks will respond by Friday.

    Miners in South Africa
    Image caption: Pay disputes have become common in South Africa's mining industry
  4. Concerns over Kenya Airways

    MPs in Kenya are concerned that the country's troubled airline, Kenya Airways, is on the "verge of collapse", after recording its biggest ever annual loss, a senator has told the BBC (see 10.04 post).

    Abudlkadir Omar, a member of the Senate public account committee investigating the matter, told Focus on Africa radio that they are not convinced with the company's performance.

    "We want to get to the bottom of it... we want to make sure that everybody concerned with either poor management or misuse of Kenya Airways is brought to account before it is publicly funded again," he said.

  5. President Obiang marks 36 years in power

    President Obiang

    Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has now completed 36 years in the top job.

    Africa's longest serving president seized power from President Francisco Macias Nguema on 3 August 1979.

    In terms of longevity in the job he is closely followed by Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who became head of state in September 1979.

  6. Egypt displays Yemeni flag by mistake

    The authorities in Egypt's capital city have inadvertently left the streets festooned with Yemeni flags ahead of a major national event.

    Egypt's red, white and black flag has been hung from major buildings and along streets in Cairo to celebrate the opening of the second Suez Canal on 6 August.

    But Egyptian media point out the absence of a critical element on many of the banners - the central golden eagle of Saladin, a national symbol.

    The "Yemeni" flag hanging from a pillar in Cairo

    The oversight left the capital's streets "awash with Yemeni flags", the Al-Masry al-Youm news website said.

    But many passers-by failed to notice the difference.

  7. Scheme creates new life in computing for South Africa prisoners

    South African organisation Brothers For All is running a programme to help prisoners escape a life of crime by teaching them how to code. 

    Watch our video report produced by Christian Parkinson.

    View more on youtube
  8. SA public prosecutor defends her reputation

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Thuli Madonsela

    South Africa's corruption ombudsman Thuli Madonsela insists that President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the $20m (£12m) used to upgrade of his Nkandla private residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

    She has been at the centre of a storm with Mr Zuma's supporters following her report that he had unduly benefited from the upgrade.

    She explained her findings at a packed press briefing in Pretoria following fresh attacks from some politicians mostly from the governing African National Congress who visited Nkandla two weeks ago.

    Ms Madonsela said she was saddened by the "vitriolic attacks" by politicians of the office of the Public Protector.

  9. Benalouane happy to join Leicester

    Tunisia defender Yohan Benalouane says he is looking forward to life in England after completing $8.7m (£5.6m) move to Premier League side Leicester City from Atalanta.

    View more on twitter
  10. Ethiopia Muslim leaders sentenced

    A court in Ethiopia has sentenced a group of Muslim leaders, activists and journalists to jail terms of up to 22 years under controversial anti-terrorism legislation.

    The 18 defendants were convicted last month of charges including terrorism and conspiracy to create an Islamic State.

    They were arrested three years ago during protests against alleged official interference in religious affairs.

    They denied the charges and complained of mistreatment during detention.

    Obama and Hailemariam
    Image caption: Activists urged US President Obama to raise the issue of the trial on his recent visit to Ethiopia
  11. Heavy flooding in Nigeria's Kano city

    Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai

    BBC Africa, Kano, Nigeria

    Floods in Kano

    Heavy rain that lasted for more than seven hours has caused floods in parts of northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano.

    Several places, including the city's famous Kurmi market and several bus and taxi parks were flooded.

    Floods in Kano

    There are no reported deaths but many residents say it was one of the heaviest downpours in recent years.

    Floods in Kano
  12. SA takes silver at World Swimming Championships

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    The World Swimming Championships are underway in Kazan, Russia, and in the 100m breaststroke South Africa's Olympic Champion Cameron van der Burgh has won silver.

    Van der Burgh and Peaty
    Image caption: Van der Burgh (left) was beaten to the gold in the final stroke by Great Britain's world record holder Adam Peaty (right)
  13. Ex-Kenyan athlete supports doping allegation

    John Nene

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya's former world steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui has said the latest doping allegations made by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD are plausible.

    It's alleged that a third of the medals in long distance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious tests.

    Rita Jeptoo
    Image caption: Kenyan Rita Jeptoo cannot compete for two years for testing positive to banned substances
  14. Is Nigeria winning the battle against Boko Haram?

    Nigerian soldiers

    The Nigerian military said on Sunday it rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

    President Muhammadu Buhari has made defeating the insurgents his top priority.

    But how feasible is this? This the topic for today's World Have Your Say on BBC World Service.

    You can listen to the programme here.

  15. Wakaso on his way to Saudi Arabia

    Ghana's Football Association has tweeted that the country's international Wakaso Mubarak is on his way to Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad from Russian club Rubin Kazan. 

    He spent the last season on loan at Scottish champions, Celtic.

  16. Can computer coding help prisoners find a new life?

    South African prisoners

    A South African organisation Brothers For All, founded by former criminals, is helping prisoners to find new life by teaching them how to code.

    Computer software, apps and websites are all made using coding languages or code for short.

    Ex-South African prisoner

    The programme is being run both in poor neighbourhoods and in prison.

    See here for more.

  17. Near-empty waiting rooms at Ghana hospital

    The BBC's Sammy Darko in Ghana's capital, Accra, has been looking at the impact of the strike by doctors now in its sixth day.

    Empty benches

    The out patients section of the gynaecology department at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital was empty.

    Empty benches

    There are some people at the out patients section of the physicians department - but they're trying to rebook appointments, our correspondent says.

    Patients waiting

    Doctors are striking for better pay and conditions.

  18. Moroccan man suffocates while being smuggled

    Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan man after his brother, who was being smuggled into Spain inside a suitcase, suffocated to death.

    The men were taking a ferry from the Spanish territory of Melilla in north Africa to the port of Almeria in southern Spain when the older man noticed that his brother was not breathing and alerted the crew.

    Despite attempts to revive the man, he died.

    Police have charged the surviving brother, who was travelling legally on a French passport, with involuntary manslaughter.

    A picture provided by Spanish Guardia Civil on May 8, 2015 shows an X-ray image showing an 8-year-old sub-Saharan boy hidden in a suitcase.
    Image caption: In May, police in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta discovered an eight year old boy from Ivory Coast curled up in a suitcase
  19. Where does Nigeria rank in champagne drinking?

    The fact checking website Africa Check has been looking into claims made in a BBC story that Nigeria is the world's second largest consumer of champagne.

    In Milton Nkosi's report Silvana Bottega, head of the Southern Africa Luxury Association, said that this fact is "very well documented".

    Africa Check found that the research she was referencing suggested that Nigeria's champagne market would become the second fastest growing in the world.

    In terms of its rank, in 2014 Nigeria was the 23rd largest champagne importer in the world.

    Champagne bottles
  20. Boko Haram leader missing form latest video message

    Militant group Boko Haram has released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it.

    His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate.

    He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.

    In the eight-minute video, an unidentified young man speaks in the name of the Islamic State in West Africa calling on people to be patient despite recent military setbacks: "We are still present everywhere we had been before."

    Boko Haram video
    Image caption: In the video the man spoke in the regional Hausa language, with subtitles in Arabic and English

    The video shows the militants attacking a security checkpoint, seizing weapons, and slitting the throat of a man dressed in a police uniform.

    Mr Shekau also failed to appear in a Boko Haram video released in June.

  21. Heineken sales down in Africa


    The world's third biggest brewer has revealed a rise in profits in all markets, except Africa, Reuters news agency reports.

    Heineken reported profits of $1.7bn (£1.1bn) for the first six months of the year, thanks to robust growth of its Tiger brand in Vietnam and rising beer sales in Mexico and parts of Europe.

    However Heineken said Africa was the group's Achilles heel, as a devaluation of the Nigerian naira currency led to inflation of over 9%, squeezing its profit margins in West Africa.

    The beer maker also encountered problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt, where tourism dropped off.

  22. Anti-Boko Haram meeting in Equatorial Guinea

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent

    Heads of state from west and central Africa are meeting in Equatorial Guinea to draw up a regional counter-terrorism strategy which is expected to focus on militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    The Nigeria-based insurgents have carried out cross-border attacks neighbouring countries in recent months.

    Chad and Cameroon, which are already members of the new multinational military force fighting Boko Haram, are among those taking part in the talks.

    Nigerian army
    Image caption: The Nigerian military is leading the regional fight against Boko Haram

    This entry has been corrected, it originally said that regional security officials were meeting in Gabon.

  23. Gunmen 'kill Mali soldiers in Timbuktu region'

    Gunmen have killed 10 Malian soldiers at the Gourma Rharous base in northern region of Timbuktu, an army official said, Reuters news agency reports.

    "The provisional death toll is 10 dead on the army side," said Souleymane Maiga, head of the army's information office, without giving further details.

    Two soldiers were killed on Saturday when they were ambushed in an area close to the country's border with Mauritania. (See our 09.44 post).

  24. Nigeria 'winning' Boko Haram war

    A Nigerian senator has told the BBC that the country is winning the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, after the army said it had freed 178 people from captivity.

    Senator Abubakar Kyari, who represents Borno state for the governing APC party, said President's Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to fighting the insurgency is making a difference.

    "The political will is certainly there... recently a new army chief was appointed and he went straight to work, he was with the troops on the frontline... that boosted their morale and makes them more committed," he told BBC's World Update programme.

    People rescued in Nigeria
    Image caption: Another group of Boko Haram captives were rescued by the army last week
  25. Vedanta to investigate Zambia allegations

    The mining firm Vedanta says it takes the health and safety of employees, as well as the wellbeing of communities close to its mines, "very seriously" in response to the start of legal action brought by a group of Zambian villagers.

    In a case filed at London's High Court the villagers allege that their water source and farmland has been polluted by the company's mines.

    Vedanta says it will investigate the issue.

  26. Your reaction to African millionaires

    Some of you have been reacting on BBC Africa Facebook page to our story that Mozambique will see the fastest growth rate in Africa for the number of dollar millionaires in the next decade (see 09:59 entry).

    Emeny Raul says "I wish it was South Sudan where its very scarce."

    Elton K. Elliott says "Good news for Africa but they should have an impact on their respective communities."

    Simon Gundy in Ghana says "Our country is the fastest growing poverty bragging millionaires."

    Emmanuel John in Nigeria: "It is good news for Africa. It shows that we are slowly getting there, hope it will improve the lives of ordinary citizens."

    Piles of cash

    Get involved by using #BBCAfricaLive on social media or text us on +447756205075

  27. Ghana doctor strike gets heated on social media

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    We're now six days into a strike by Ghana's doctors over service conditions and no solution is in sight.

    Instead, social media has become the battleground between doctors and the communication team for the ruling party.There's been a cocktail of insults, insinuations and salary comparisons.

    Screen grab

    For example, Benjamin Essuman, who works for the governing NDC party, calls the doctors "greedy" on his Facebook page.

    Doctors have been angered by the insults and one of their leaders said in an angry radio interview that the government supporters were being foolish and they should rather address the doctors' concerns.

    New patients are not being treated at state-run hospitals and the National Health Insurance Authority has told patients to visit private hospitals with their insurance cards.

  28. Burundi leader in vengeance warning

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has appealed for calm after gunmen in military uniform killed one of the country's most powerful generals on Sunday.

    In a radio address hours after the killing of one of his close aides, the president urged restraint; warning that revenge could "wipe out an entire generation". Here are some other quotes from the speech:

    "Burundi has just lost a great servant, Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana was a hardworking man".

    "I call on security institutions to expedite the investigation within one week so that the criminals can be identified and prosecuted."

    "I call on all Burundians, in their respective hills and neighbourhoods, to remain calm and united."

  29. Nigerians try to sum up their lives in four words

    How do you describe your life in four words?

    That's the challenge that some have taken up using #StoryOfMyLifeIn4Words on Twitter.

    And it's been trending in Nigeria.

    Some have gone for the practical:

    Others have an optimistic view:

    And there are many who reflect a religious outlook:

    What sums up your life?

    Ours might be: Busy updating live page #StoryOfMyLifein4Words

  30. AU condemns killing of Burundi General

    AU chief Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma has said she is horrified by the killing of Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana, a close aide to the president of Burundi.

    In a statement she described it as a "barbaric act that is likely to further destabilise the country".

    Rubble in streets of Bujumbura
    Image caption: Weeks of protests and political tension followed President Nkurunziza's announcement that he would run for a third term

    She also urged Burundians not to be provoked into retaliating.

  31. Benalouane joins Leicester

    Tunisia and Atlanta defender Yohan Benalouane, 28, has confirmed that he's agreed to join Premier League side Leicester City in a $8.7m (£5.6m) move, reports Bergamo Post.

    Yohan Benalouane
    Image caption: Benalouane (right) opted to play for Tunisia rather than France - but hasn't played for them yet
  32. Arts festival parade in Nairobi

    An East African arts and culture festival - Jamafest - is underway in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    Festivities began with a carnival this morning, and the BBC's Ken Mungai saw some of the procession - including these drummers from Burundi.

    Burundian drummers
  33. Julius Malema trial delayed

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The court case involving South African opposition leader Julius Malema and two others has been delayed.

    The Lawyer representing one of Mr Malema's co-accused wants a separate trial, while the other wants a long postponement, and the court now needs to consider this.

    Julius Malema
  34. Closer look at Kenya Airways accounts

    Caroline Karobia

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya airways

    Kenya's parliamentary committee on public accounts is expected to audit the lifestyle of all current and former managers of Kenya Airways after the company announced its biggest ever annual loss.

    Last week, the airline, one of Africa's largest, reported a post-tax loss of $250m (£160m), the largest loss in Kenya's cooperate history.

    The audit, due to start this morning, is taking place as the treasury assesses the possibility of bailing the airline.

  35. Millionaire numbers growing fast in Mozambique

    The number of dollar millionaires is expected to grow in Mozambique at a faster rate than anywhere else on the continent, a report quoted by Bloomberg news agency says.

    Research company New World Wealth predicts that by 2024 there'll be 2,200 dollar millionaires in Mozambique.

    The number of millionaires in Ivory Coast and Zambia is also expected to grow fast.

    But the African countries with the largest number of dollar millionaires are, and will remain, South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria.

  36. Malian soldiers killed in ambush

    Two Malian soldiers were killed and four others wounded after they were ambushed in an area near Nampala close to the Mauritanian border, according to officials quoted by the AFP news agency.

    "A Mali army escort was ambushed about 3 pm (1500 GMT)," the government said in a statement.

    Islamist fighters have long been active in the area.

    Ten Malian soldiers were killed by jihadists in an assault on their garrison base in Nampala in January in a raid claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

  37. South Africa's Malema to go on trial

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The fraud trial of Julius Malema, leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters party, and his two co-accused is expected to start soon at the High Court in Polokwane.

    The trial was postponed last September because some counsel were not available.

    Mr Malema, and the co-accused, face charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption, and money-laundering.

    On Sunday, his supporters held a night vigil in a nearby town hall.

    Mr Malema has repeatedly denied any wrong doing, saying the charges were politically motivated because of his strong criticism of President Jacob Zuma - a former ally.

    Julius Malema portrait
    Image caption: Julius Malema's EFF is South Africa's third largest party
  38. SA opposition leader in court

    A South African radio station is following the start of the trial of Julius Malema, the leader of the opposition EFF party.

    He is accused of fraud among other things.

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  40. Burundi to pursue leader's aid killer

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has ordered an urgent investigation into the killing of one of his close aids, his spokesman Gervais Abehayo told the BBC's Newsday programme.

    Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana who was a former army chief of staff and intelligence chief, was shot dead on Sunday in the capital, Bujumbura.

    "It is a very serious situation for us," he said, adding that the president had asked the investigators to submit their report within seven days.

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza
    Image caption: President Pierre Nkurunziza was recently elected for a controversial third term

    He dismissed any suggestion that the government is loosing the support of some elements within the army.

    "This is one case of somebody who the country is loosing but the army remained strong and united.... this does not means the whole military has been wiped out," he said.

  41. Nigeria army rescues 178 people

    The Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 people from the militant group Boko Haram in northern Borno state.

    In a statement it said that 101 of those freed were children and a further 67 were women.

    It did not say if the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among them.

    Nigerian troops celebrate after taking over Bama from Boko Haram on 25 March
    Image caption: The army has made gains against the militants in recent months

    More details here

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    Dog in Senegal

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