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  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

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    That's all for today for the BBC Africa Live page. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from across the continent on the BBC Africa News website.

    Today's African proverb: If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance. Sent by Usman Al-Amin, Nguru, Nigeria.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture from Egypt's capital, Cairo, of a horse standing under the shade of a makeshift roof, amid a heatwave that has killed at least 67 people in the country:

    A horse stands under the shade of a makeshift roof made by its owner in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, August 13, 2015
  2. Somali disco from before the war

    Okay Africa website has tweeted about the discovery of  "Au Revoir, Mogadishu,"  a 1970s-80s Somali disco mixtape featuring pre-war songs from “the golden days of Somali music.”  Read the article here and click below to listen to the mix: 

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  3. UK may have Zimbabwean skulls

    Alastair Leithead

    BBC Africa correspondent

    The Natural History Museum in London says it may hold Zimbabwean human remains in its collection, but cannot confirm whether they are the "skulls of beheaded heroes" which President Robert Mugabe has demanded be returned.

    The two governments have been discussing the potential repatriation of remains and now Zimbabwean technical experts have been invited to meet museum staff in London.

    President Mugabe says they are the skulls of the decapitated heads of war heroes from a rebellion against the British at the end of the 20th century.

    Robert Mugabe (C) inspects an honour guard during Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on August 10, 2015
    Image caption: Mr Mugabe raised the issue of the skulls on Tuesday, when commemorating National Heroes Day
  4. Morocco men jailed over homophobic attack

    A court in Morocco has sentenced two men to four months in prison for beating up a presumed homosexual because of his appearance, a rights group has said, AFP news agency reports.

    The verdict was delivered by a court in the ancient city of Fez where a crowd of angry youths assaulted a man in July, accusing him of being a homosexual.

    The convicted men were also ordered to pay a fine of around $55 (£35), said Mustapha Jebbour of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, AFP reports.

  5. CNN boss meets Kenya's leader

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta says a CNN executive has apologised after the US broadcaster labelled East Africa a "hotbed of terror" last month. #SomeoneTellCNN trended worldwide after Kenyans took to twitter to refute the description. 

    At the time, Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said CNN would apologise if it was "civilised enough".

     President Kenyatta has posted his account of his conversation with CNN’s Global Executive Vice President Tony Maddox on his twitter account:

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  6. Ghana finance minister optimistic about the economy

    Ghanaian Finance Minister Seth Terkper has told the BBC he expects the country's economic performance to improve after a disappointing few years.  

    Once one of the most feted economies on the continent, Ghana has seen growth shrivel in the past two years. The economy is expected to grow at 3.9% in 2015, which is below average for sub-Saharan Africa. Listen to the interview below:

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  7. Ghana's Opare joins Augsburg

    Daniel Opare

    Ghana defender Daniel Opare has joined German Bundesliga side Augsburg from Portuguese club Porto.

    The 24-year-old right-back, who has 16 caps for the Black Stars, has signed a three-year contract with Augsburg.

  8. Eritrean 'killer suspect faced deportation'

    The main suspect accused of killing two people at an Ikea furniture store in Sweden faced imminent deportation and attended a meeting on his asylum status just hours before the knife attack, officials say.

    The 35-year-old Eritrean, who was found at the scene with serious knife injuries, had earlier met to discuss his failed residency application, the Swedish Migration Agency said.

    A mother and her adult son died in the attack in Vasteras on Monday.

    A police car in front of an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras on 10 August 2015
    Image caption: The Ikea store in the Erikslund shopping centre re-opened on Wednesday
  9. 'Horse-riding' militants raid Cameroon village

    Randy Joe Sa'ah

    BBC Africa, Yaounde

    Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed five residents and a soldier in northern Cameroon, after riding into a village on horses and bicycles to escape detection by the authorities.

    The militants also burnt down homes and a school in Lame village, near the town of Fotokol, a military source said.

    Boko Haram is based in Nigeria, but has been stepping up attacks in neighbouring Cameroon.

  10. AU reacts to Guinea-Bissau crisis

    Guinea-Bissau map

    The African Union representative to Guinea-Bissau has told the BBC it is "unlikely" the military will become involved in the country's political crisis, after President Jose Mario Vaz dismissed his government. Read the full story here.

    Ovideo Pequeno told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio that the military has said it considers this a political issue and not their concern.

    "I don't see this as a reason to be fearful of the military," he said.

  11. Your reactions

    Readers have been commenting on the BBC Africa Facebook page on some of our top stories.

    On the deadline Nigeria's president has given the military to defeat militant Islamists, Sa'id Lawal says: "Let them fight Boko Haram but a deadline is kind of boasting... meaningless, considering how war is. You might win or lose."

    Emmanuel Turo Evans focuses on the crisis in Guinea-Bissau, saying the West African state should have learned from the conflict in South Sudan.

    "It started as a misunderstanding between the top two powerful men in the country, and it's brought a whole country into crisis," he says.

  12. African fashion thriving in unlikely places

    More than 180,000 people have fled Burundi to neighbouring states since unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid broke out in April. 

    But this refugee in Rwanda is making sure he stays fashionable despite the difficult situation:

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  13. Sacked Guinea-Bissau minister warns of trouble ahead

    A sacked government minister in Guinea-Bissau has warned of instability after the president dismissed his entire cabinet.

    "The consequences of this are unpredictable. The crisis has just begun... I am not talking about a coup but there are all possibilities as a call for civil disobedience, and from there if the state does not work, if people are in the street, we don't know what can happen," Angelo Regala, the sacked communications minister, told BBC Afrique.

    He also described the president's decision to dismiss the cabinet as "incomprehensible and unbearable".

    Guinea-Bissau newly elected President Jose Mario Vaz listens to questions during a joint press conference with his Ivorian counterpart after their meeting at the Presidential palace in Abidjan on June 11, 2014
    Image caption: President Jose Mario Vaz said a simple reshuffle would not be enough to resolve the current crisis

    The West African state returned to civilian rule in June last year.

    With a history of coups, no elected leader has served a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.

  14. 'More resources' for Nigeria army

    Nigeria's leader says that Boko Haram has caused "wanton destruction" in Africa's most populous state.

    Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, 30 July 2015
    Image caption: Boko Haram launched the insurgency in 2009

    "You need to brace up and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well co-ordinated joint effort which will bring a desired end to these insurgencies within three months," Muhammadu Buhari told military chiefs.

    He would give troops the necessary resources to achieve the "feat", Mr Buhari said.

    The president urged the armed forces to abide by the law when fighting the militants.

    "In particular you must protect innocent civilians and respect the rights of combatants," he said.

  15. Buhari sets deadline to defeat Boko Haram

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is interviewed by the Associated Press at Blair House in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammad Buhari has given the military three months to defeat militant Islamist group Boko Haram, the privately owned The Nation newspaper is reporting.

    He set the deadline during the swearing-in ceremony of military chiefs he appointed after becoming president in May, it adds.

  16. Couple killed in Burundi

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    A husband and his wife have been killed in a grenade and gun attack in a neighbourhood of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

    What is worrying about the attack is that it took place in Kamenge, which has been largely unaffected by violence. However, a lot of gunfire was heard there last night.

    It is unclear who was behind the violence.

    Parts of Burundi have been hit by unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he was running for a third term.

    Two men in Musaga, Bujumbura on 24 July 2015
    Image caption: Residents of Bujumbura are hoping that conflict will not escalate
  17. Kenyan footballer 'found'

    Kenyan footballer Osborne Monday is at a police station in the capital, Nairobi, following earlier reports that he had gone missing, local media is reporting.

  18. #VirginActive gym trends in South Africa amid pro-Palestinian T-shirt controversy

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    A heated debate has broken out on Twitter in South Africa over allegations that a man was removed from a gym for wearing a T-shirt bearing a political message in support of Palestinians and of a boycott on Israel.

    Muhammed Desai says police were called to escort him from the Virgin Active gym in Johannesburg in a dispute over the T-shirt. Virgin Active has issued a statement, saying that Mr Desai "aggressively declined" the gym's request not to wear the T-shirt after it "generated strong complaints" from other gym members.

    "We do not believe our clubs should be forums for contentious political activity. Mr Desai has not been banned and is welcome to return to train as a member as long as he respects the conditions of membership," the club said in a statement.

  19. Lone passenger speaks

    Nigel Short
    Image caption: Nigel Short had the undivided attention of the crew

    Yesterday, we reported that a lone passenger had been on an Air Zimbabwe flight from South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, to Victoria Falls, one of the world's natural wonders in Zimbabwe.

    Well, our colleagues at BBC Newsday have been speaking to him - and he is none other than Nigel Short, the English Chess Grandmaster.

    "All passenger announcements were addressed to me personally, probably the first and last time I'm going to experience that," he said.

    You can listen to the full interview here.

  20. Sakho remains with West Ham squad

    Sarkho

    Senegal international Diafra Sakho remains in contention to play for West Ham against Leicester on Saturday despite his recent arrest, manager Slaven Bilic has said.

    The 25-year-old striker was arrested in London last week on suspicion of assault, but was in the West Ham team that won 2-0 at Arsenal and is likely to start for the Hammers when they welcome Leicester to Upton Park.

  21. 'Descendant of Yoruba god' dies

    Peter Okwoche

    BBC Africa

    The traditional Monarch of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse ll (R) meets with former Commonwealth Secretary General Emeka Anyaokwu as they tour the 'Dynasty and Divinity:
    Image caption: The king (r) died at the age of 85

    The death of the king of the Yoruba people will be felt across what is referred to as Yorubaland, south-west Nigeria, Togo and Benin.

    The king - or Ooni of Ife - is believed to have died in London about three weeks ago, while attending the wedding of one of his sons.

    But his death has only now been confirmed - not surprising as the royal court first needed to have extensive consultations and begin the search for a successor before the announcement could be made.

    He was respected by most Yorubas, who number about 35 million. The Ooni was said to be the direct descendant of Oduduwa, who is a Yoruba god.

    His palace was in the south-western city of Ife, regarded as the cradle of Yoruba civilisation.

  22. Uganda defeated by Jamaica

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Uganda lost their second match in the second groups stage of the Netball World Cup to Jamaica 59-31 - it means they are bottom of Group E and cannot qualify for the semi-finals even if they win their final match against New Zealand tomorrow.

    Instead, Uganda will go into the play offs to decide the lower rankings.

    Malawi face Jamaica in their final Group E match tomorrow - the winners will qualify for the semi-finals.

    It's a similar situation for South Africa as they play England in their final Group F game tomorrow.

  23. More bodies found after Nigeria crash

    Rescuers have pulled two more bodies from the water, bringing to six the number of people killed when a helicopter crashed into a lagoon in a ball of fire in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    Four bodies were recovered yesterday after the crash of the helicopter owned by Texas-based Bristow Group.

    A marine police officer collects parts recovered from the helicopter, operated by the US-based Bristow Group, which crashed into a lagoon at the Oworonshoki district of Lagos, on August 12, 2015

    Six people are recovering from injuries in hospital, according to Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.

  24. Somalia faces impeachment crisis

    Ahmed Abdinur

    BBC Somali Service

    Somalia is facing a new political crisis as 96 MPs have signed a motion to impeach President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected by parliament in September 2012.

    It is not clear whether the motion by the rebel MPs - to be debated in the coming weeks - will get enough support.

    somali president

    President Mohamud has had a lot of support in parliament, but he has been losing popularity over accusations that he is trying to establish his own power bases across the country as regional assemblies are being set up.

    Last month, all politicians agreed that it was not possible to hold popular "one-man one-vote" elections next year - a promise the government had made to its foreign backers.

  25. Spy chief back in Rwanda

    A photo taken on December 17, 2010 shows Rwandan Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake at Nasho Military training school in Kirehe District, in Rwanda"s Eastern Province,

    Rwanda's spy chief Gen Karenzi Karake has returned home after a UK court on Monday rejected a bid to have extradited to Spain to stand trial for alleged war crimes.

    He was arrested in June while on a visit to London, under a European arrest warrant.

    Spanish investigative judge Andreu Merelles had indicted Gen Karake for his alleged role in massacres after the 1994 genocide.

  26. Nigerian king mourned

    Bashir Sa'ad Abdullahi

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Yoruba monarch
    Image caption: The king was seen as the custodian of Yoruba culture

    Traditional rites of passage are under way in the historical city of Ife in south-western Nigeria, following the official announcement that one of the nation's most revered monarchs, the Ooni of Ife, has died.

    President Muhammadu Buhari said the monarch, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, had for more than three decades been the "chief custodian of the traditions of the Yorubas", one of Nigeria's biggest ethnic groups.

    His "place in posterity" had been assured by his "long and worthy service" to his people and the nation, Mr Buhari said in a statement.

    The Ife traditional council confirmed his death yesterday, after weeks of denial by chiefs who had insisted that the monarch was not unwell.

    He died aged 85. The Ooni's burial will take place tomorrow, according to his family.

  27. Kenyan footballer 'missing'

    Local media are reporting that Kenyan Premier League player Osborne Monday has gone missing, amid fears he may have been kidnapped. 

    The Tusker FC midfielder was reportedly picked up at his home early on Wednesday morning by a group of people claiming to be police officers, and was then driven away in a 4x4.

    Kenyan sports journalist Carol Radull is quoting a Kenyan police officer on Twitter as saying that authorities are now trying to locate the former Kenya international after his mother reported him missing. 

    Some people on twitter, including the official account of Kenyan Premier League team Gor Mahia FC, have been appealing for help to find him using the hashtag #FindOsborneMonday.

  28. Zimbabwean broadcaster in new wave of sackings

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    The state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has fired almost 300 employees, including managers and journalists, state-run newspaper The Herald reports.

    There have been 20,000 job losses nationwide since a Supreme Court ruling on 17 July, which has made it easier for companies to sack employees.

    zimbabweans listening to the radio

    The ruling states that employers can fire any worker without paying benefits, provided they give three months notice.

    The Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions has described the ruling as "madness".

  29. 'Red Ants' squad behind Johannesburg evictions

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    A private security firm in South Africa, dubbed the Red Ants, has evicted 1,500 people from a residential block in the main city, Johannesburg, the IOL news site reports.

    A member of the Red Ants on his way to and eviction in downtown Johannesburg
    Image caption: Members of the Red Ants wear overalls and helmets of the same colour

    Grown men were reduced to tears as they watched armed members of the Red Ants remove possessions from their flats in Hillbrow suburb, it reports.

    The mass eviction was allegedly to allow the new owners to refurbish the dilapidated building and make it safe for people to live in, IOL adds.

    Many live in fear of the "Red Ants" because of its ruthless approach to evictions.

  30. Government in 'narco-state' sacked

    Guinea-Bissau's president has dismissed his prime minister and government, following a rift between the two men.

    In a televised address, Jose Mario Vaz said a simple reshuffle would not resolve his differences with Domingos Pereira, so he sacked him.

    Jose Mario Vaz (R) react following a meeting on 20 May 2014 in Bissau
    Image caption: The president (r) was elected in 2014 in a state where the military is very powerful

    The two men are said to have disagreed on a number of issues, including the use of aid money and the return to Guinea Bissau of a former army chief of staff.

    Dubbed a narco-state because of the foothold Latin American drug cartels have gained in the country, Guinea Bissau has been hit by numerous coups and conflicts since independence from Portugal in 1974.

  31. Gun attack in Mali

    Gunmen opened fire on a police outpost near one of the biggest bus ranks in Mali's capital, Bamako last night, wounding at least two policeman and a civilian, reports BBC Afrique.

    The unidentified gunmen fled after the attack.

    Interior Minister, Sada Samake said: "This is an isolated act. We have opened an investigation."

    It is not clear who carried out the attack, but al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants have been fighting the army in northern Mali for a number of years.

    In March, five people were killed in a machine-gun and grenade attack on a bar in Bamako.

    La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako, Mali
    Image caption: The attack on the bar came as a surprise as Bamako had been free of attacks by militants
  32. Kenyan students drown in Indian ocean

    Seven Kenyan school children have drowned in the ocean while swimming off the Kenyan coast near Mombasa, after they had gone on a school trip.

    Kenyan Red Cross officials who retrieved the bodies said they were among a group of 60 students, aged between 13 and 15, who were being accompanied by their teachers on the trip to Diani in Kwale County.

  33. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance. Sent by Usman Al-Amin, Nguru, Nigeria.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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