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Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

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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 Africa News website.

    And a reminder of today's wise words‬: It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man. Sent by Raymond Adjei Opoku, Accra, Ghana.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a man bowing in front of a traditional healer at a fetish market in Togo's capital, Lome:

    A man bows in front of a traditional healer in Lome
  2. Angola-China in 'currency deal'

    The currencies of China and Angola, the renminbi and kwanza respectively, are to become legal tender in each other's countries, Portugal's Lusa news agency reports.

    BBC Africa's Zenaido Machado says that Angola's Trade Minister Rosa Pacavira spoke about the move earlier in the week, but Chinese officials have no yet commented.

    Angola is hoping that it will increase imports of products from China, which are much needed now because of the southern African state's lack of foreign currency as a result of the drop in oil prices, she says.

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (L) is welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 9, 2015.
    Image caption: Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met in June
  3. Nigeria artist releases new song

    Popular Nigerian musician Olubankole Wellington, who is known as Banky W, has released a new song called #HighNotes which is now trending on Twitter in Nigeria: 

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    Many of his fans have been reacting to the new song:

  4. Sierra Leone soldiers freed

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    A military court in Sierra Leone has acquitted 13 soldiers charged with treason and mutiny.

    The soldiers were arrested about two years ago.

  5. Ghana medical strike 'to worsen'

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    It looks like the nationwide strike by doctors in Ghana, now in its eighth day, will get worse.

    The doctors plan to activate the second stage of their protest tomorrow - stopping the treatment of patients in emergency care.

    President John Mahama's office has indicated in a series of tweets that the government will not yield to their demands for better working conditions.

    Ghana presidency Twitter screen grab
  6. Mahrez 'has potential to flourish'

    Jason Bourne

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Riyad Mahrez

    Algerian international Riyad Mahrez has extended his contract with English football club Leicester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

    This is a great news for the club and the supporters.

    He's become a real fans favourite since joining in January last year with his trickery, flair and eye for goal.

    Mahrez could be one of Claudio Ranieri's most important players this season and has real potential to flourish in his favoured number 10 role.

  7. Number of rescued in Libya rises to 400

    Italian Coast Guard commander Filippo Marini says 400 migrants have been saved after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya and 25 bodies have been recovered so far, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    Rescue operations involving seven ship were still ongoing, he added.

    Mr Marini said survivors had indicated that up to 600 people were on board the vessel when it capsized, AP reports.

  8. Tunisia 'terror link' no surprise

    Rana Jawad

    BBC Africa, Tunis

    The announcement by UK police of a "strong" link between the beach massacre in Tunisia's Sousse resort in June and the killings at the Bardo Museum in the capital in March is not surprising, but it provides some credence to what has so far remained cryptic rhetoric from Tunisian officials.

    Flowers on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia (3 July 2015)
    Image caption: Most of those killed in Sousse were UK nationals

    Less than a week after Saifeddine Rezqui's rampage in Sousse, authorities here said the gunman was "likely" to have trained in Libya at the same time as the Bardo Museum assailants.

    How and why they reached that conclusion was unclear.

    By mid-July security services here had arrested more than 100 people they describe as being "suspected members of terrorist gangs" - in the majority of these cases, it's unknown what happens to these detainees or what "gangs" they belong to.

  9. Your reaction to South Africa stolen car

    Many of you have been commenting on our story of police in South Africa finding a car that was stolen in 1993 (see 09:04 and 15:09 posts):

    Send us your comment using #BBCAfricaLive on social media or text us on +447756205075.

  10. Libya boat disaster update

    At least 16 people have been confirmed dead after a boat carrying about 600 people capsized off Libya's coast, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency has said.

    About 250 people have so far been been rescued, Melissa Fleming said.

    The Italian Coast Guard is co-ordinating rescue operations, she added.

    The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said hundreds of people are feared to have drowned.

    MSF vessel
    Image caption: MSF confirmed that one of its vessels was involved in rescue efforts
  11. US home 'quarantined' after Ebola scare

    A home in the US city of Alabama has been put under quarantine after an unidentified person developed symptoms of the Ebola virus which devastated three West African states, Associated Press news agency reports.

    The patient who recently travelled to a country affected by Ebola cases is undergoing medical tests, Jefferson County Medical Director Edward Khan said.

    Police say two family members of the patient have been asked to stay indoors. Officers are guarding the home, AP reports.

    There have been four confirmed cases in the US since an Ebola epidemic broke out last year in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Ebola vaccine
    Image caption: The medical profession is struggling to find a cure for the virus
  12. Hundreds 'abducted' in Libya

    BBC North Africa Correspondent Tweets

  13. 'Welcome home' to Somalia

    The UN refugee agency is tweeting the arrival of some Somali refugees returning home from Kenya (see 13.51 post).

  14. South African stolen car in working order

    Here is the photo of the car that was recovered by police after it was stolen 22 years ago in South Africa (see 09:04 post).

    South Africa stolen car

    Have the police ever found your property after it was stolen? Let us know your experiences.

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  15. Angola to celebrate in style

    BBC Africa producer tweets on the music stars who will be on stage in Angola's capital, Luanda, on 11 November: 

  16. What lay behind Sudan's spying case?

    Mohanad Hashim

    BBC Africa, Sudan analyst

    Many people in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, say the spying charges against the pastors who were released by a court today were fabricated - and the real battle is over land.

    Government officials want the church to give up some of the vast tracts of land that it owns so that it can be used for investment purposes.

    The church has been reluctant to part with the land, even though its position has weakened since South Sudan became independent in 2011. As a result its clerics are being persecuted.

    Family members of the two South Sudanese pastors who were freed on 5 August 2015 in Khartoum
    Image caption: Relatives of the pastors distributed sweets outside court to celebrate the verdict

    A court acquitted the pastors of spying for South Sudan, made up mainly of Christians and animists.

    Significantly, their release coincided with a visit by US government officials to Sudan to assess religious rights.

    Most people in Sudan are Muslims.

  17. Footballer on the move

     Mali's international winger has been tweeting about his move from   Wolverhampton Wanderers to Crystal Palace in the English Premiership League:

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  19. Somali refugees fly home

    Abdullahi Abdi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Somali refugees

    The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said insecurity on the road from Kenya to Somalia has forced it to repatriate more than 100 refugees by air.

    "This is an exceptional case and it is being done due to the insecurity on the roads leading to Mogadishu," said the UNHCR's Raouf Mazou.

    Somali refugees

    The refugees were flown from Africa's biggest refugee camp, Dadaab in north-eastern Kenya, to Somalia's capital.

  20. Crystal Palace sign Sako

    Bakary Sako

    Crystal Palace have signed Mali international winger Bakary Sako, 27, on a three-year deal.

    He was signed on a free transfer after his contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers expired earlier in this summer.

    Sako scored 36 goals in 118 appearances since joining Wolves in 2012.

  21. Twin Tunisia massacres 'linked'

    There are "strong" links between June's Tunisia beach massacre and the Bardo Museum killings in March, UK police say.

    The attack on the beach in Sousse killed 38 tourists while the attack on the museum left 24 people dead.

  22. Celebrations as Sudan frees pastors

    Friends and relatives of two pastors rejoiced and sang when a court in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, ordered their release after acquitting them of spying charges, AFP news agency reports.

    Peter Reith

    They chanted "Hallelujah!" at the news that the two reverends, Peter Reith (above) and Yat Michael (below), would be freed after eight months in prison.

    Yat Michael

    Judge Ahmed Ghaboush convicted Reverend Michael of the lesser charge of disturbing the public peace and Reverend Reith of creating and running a criminal organisation, AFP reports.

    However, he said they should be released immediately because "the sentence they served in prison is enough", it reports.

    He also ordered that the two pastors should be given back their laptops and mobile phones, AFP adds.

    Sudan is governed by Islamic law and Christians often complain of persecution.

  23. Aid for Lake Victoria crash survivors

    Staff from a Kenyan medical agency have been helping survivors of last night's collision between a passenger and fishing boat (see 09:01 post):

  24. Cameroon repatriates Nigerian refugees

    Cameroon plans to repatriate 12,000 refugees who fled the Boko Haram insurgency in neighbouring north-eastern Nigeria, National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) says.

    Nema, a Nigerian government agency, said 1,771 of the refugees have already been sent back.

    A woman works near piles of firewood on November 13, 2014 in a camp for Nigerian refugees in Minawao, in the extreme north-west of Cameroon.
    Image caption: More than one million Nigerians have fled their homes because of the insurgency

    The refugees are arriving through the Sahuda border post, and are currently being screened by Nigeria's immigration and security officials, the statement added.

    The repatriations come amid concerns in Cameroon that militants disguised as refugees are entering the country (see 10.22 post).

  25. Athletics Kenya needs 'overhaul'

    The former head of Kenya's anti-doping task force has called for an overhaul of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the wake of the latest allegations about doping in athletics.

    Moni Wekesa told BBC Newsday there needed to be a change of guard in the organisation and that it should reign in its affiliates such as Athletics Kenya.

    He said the national athletics organisation in Kenya had buried its head in the sand about the issue of doping.

    Kenya is one of the countries that has been named in the latest media reports.

    Athletics Kenya has described the accusations as an attempt to smear and destabilise its squad ahead of the world championships later this month in Beijing.

    Rita Jeptoo of Kenya celebrates after winning of the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
    Image caption: Kenya's Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years following her positive test
  26. Switching sides?

    BBC football reporter tweets

  27. Lion killer 'a good man'

    Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst has strongly defended US dentist Walter Palmer, who is wanted for killing a famous lion in the southern African state.

    "I feel sorry for my client [Mr Palmer]. He is a good man. He did nothing wrong," Mr Bronkhorst told reporters as he left the court in Zimbabwe's north-western Hwange town, the AFP news agency reports.

    Cecil the lion (left) and Walter Palmer, the US dentist who killed the animal
    Image caption: The dentist has said he had no idea the lion was a "local favourite"

    Mr Palmer has gone into hiding since he found himself at the centre of a public storm for shooting dead the protected lion, named Cecil, outside the Hwange National Park last month.

    Zimbabwe's government is seeking his extradition, and has described him as a "foreign poacher".

    Mr Bronkhorst, below, has been charged with failing to prevent the hunt. He says he did nothing wrong, and the lion - popular with tourists - was no longer of breeding age.

    Theo Bronkhorst
  28. First China-Kenya direct flight

    A Chinese airline has been tweeting about its first direct flight from China to Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

  29. Will new Nigeria oil chief deliver?

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa

    The new head of Nigeria's state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has started his job today - a day after his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Mr Kachikwu, the former vice-chairman of oil firm Exxon Mobil's Africa operations, will be under huge pressure to tackle corruption in the NNPC.

    And that pressure will come from the very top - Mr Buhari has said that oil worth billions of dollars have been stolen, and has vowed to end the corruption.

    It is not clear how many barrels of crude Nigeria produces, or how much of it is stolen.

    There are allegations, so far unproven, of under-declaring the amount sold and of money being diverted to private accounts.

    Nigeria oil rig
    Image caption: Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer
  30. Saudi Arabia 'executes' Ethiopians

    Saudi Arabia has put to death two Ethiopians and a Saudi convicted of murder, bringing to 113 the number of executions in the kingdom this year, the AFP news agency reports.

    The Ethiopians, Argawi Aldo Heilan Meriam and Hadish Zel Alam, had been convicted of beating a fellow countryman to death and robbing him, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

    Saudi national Mushasha Harisi was executed for shooting dead another Saudi, AFP reports.

  31. Pastors 'released in Sudan'

    Two pastors on trial in Sudan on charges of spying have been freed, a Christian advocacy group says.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide said it was awaiting more details about the release of the two reverends Yat Michael and Peter Reith.

  32. South Sudan brewery 'risks closure'


    South Sudan's only brewery - once hailed as a symbol of freedom from Islamic rule - may be forced to shut down, the AFP news agency reports.

    Its managing director Carlos Gomes said it was "difficult to continue with our operations", amid basic shortages of fuel to run generators and hard currency to buy materials.

    Around 100 workers, roughly a quarter of the total workforce, had been sent home on leave, he told AFP.

    Drinks giant SABMiller opened the brewery in 2009, two years before South Sudan gained independence from Islamic-ruled Sudan which places heavy restrictions on drinking alcohol.

    The brewery was the biggest foreign investment outside the oil industry in mainly Christian and animist South Sudan.

  33. Cameroon arrests 'female bombers'

    Muhammad Babalala

    BBC Africa, Yaounde

    Cameroon has arrested two suspected female bombers in its northern region, which borders Nigeria, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary has said.

    They were arrested with explosive devices in their luggage at Minawao refugee camp and are now being questioned by security agents, he said.

    The camp hosts Nigerians who have fled the six-year insurgency waged in their country by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    Security forces transport with a blanket the remains of some of the eleven victims of a double blast in the northern Cameroonian city of Maroua on July 22, 2015
    Image caption: Northern Cameroon has recently been hit by suicide bombings blamed on the militants
  34. Hunter's trial 'postponed'

    The trial of Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, has been postponed until next month at the request of his lawyers, AFP news agency reports.

    Magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa ordered the trial to reconvene at the court in Hwange town on 28 September.

  35. Hunter 'in court'

    Lion, named Cecil

    The AFP news agency reports that the Zimbabwean hunter, charged with organising an illegal hunt which led to the killing of a famous lion known as Cecil, has arrived in court in the north-western town of Hwange (see 09:03 post).

  36. South Sudan media targeted

    BBC Monitoring

    Authorities in South Sudan have shut down two more media outlets in the capital, Juba. 

    Privately-owned Arabic language newspaper Al-Rai and FM station Free Voice-South Sudan were closed by the National Security Service (NSS) yesterday after they had earlier shut The Citizen newspaper.

    Officials alleged that one of Al-Rai's board members, Lam Kuei, had left the country to join the opposition.

    A private radio station which is still open has been tweeting about the crackdown:

  37. 'Stolen car found in SA after 22 years'

    BBC Monitoring

    A stolen car has been recovered 22 years later in South Africa, thanks to the dedication of a police officer, reports South Africa's News24 site.

    "It's still in mint condition," said the owner, Derrick Goosen.

  38. Hunter due in court over lion killing

    Theo Bronkhorst

    The Zimbabwean hunter who led the expedition that killed a famous lion at the Hwange National Park is due to stand trial today on charges of organising an illegal hunt.

    Theo Bronkhorst, who runs a safari company, denies any wrongdoing over the hunt.

    US dentist Walter Palmer is reported to have paid around $50,000 (£32,000) to shoot the lion, Cecil, with a gun and bow and arrow.

  39. Deadly boat disaster

    Two children died when a passenger boat capsized after colliding with a fishing vessel last night in Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

    A local official said fishermen responding to distress calls rescued 21 of the 23 people on board the passenger boat and recovered the children's bodies.

    There were no casualties on the fishing vessel, which also capsized.

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