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    That's all for today from 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.

    A reminder of today's wise words: Never praise a person for their beauty but rather for their actions. A Kisii proverb sent by Daniel Osiemo Ondiere, Kisumu, Kenya.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a sculpture at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a World Heritage Site, in South Africa's Cape Town city:

    A life size anatomically correct Ornithocheirus Simus, Bird-hand Winged Lizard sculpture made from tin by David Huni in amongst cycads in the Cycad Amphitheatre at the World Heritage Site Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa, 20 August 2015
  2. What next for Pistorius?

    In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo Oscar Pistorius sits in the high court for the fourth day of sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa
    Image caption: Pistorius was due to be transferred from prison to house arrest on Friday

    For all the arguments about whether Oscar Pistorius should be released from prison early from his five-year sentence, one message is clear - he is not receiving preferential treatment, writes BBC Africa's Milton Nkosi in his blog.

  3. Your reactions

    Comments have been coming in on the BBC Africa Facebook page to the killing of a South Sudanese journalist (see 15:34 post).

    Mary Ajith says: "We are mourning for Peter Moi Julius today, but tomorrow it will be another journalist. Most private newspapers have already been shut down without any reason. South Sudanese must wake up to save their nation before things totally fall apart."

    James Ruei Majok comments: "It's not first time in South Sudan for journalists to die like fish."

  4. Overcoming South Africa's owl superstitions

    Kids with ecosolutions
    Image caption: Owl rescuer Kefiloe Motaung (second from right) helps students get to grips with the birds

    In South Africa, many people have superstitious beliefs about owls - some think witches use them to cast spells and they are associated with death.

    So when owls nest in people's roofs they are often killed. Enter Ecosolutions, an owl-rescuing charity. They remove unwanted owls from houses and put these much maligned creatures to use as a force for good.

    The owls are moved to nest boxes in schools in Johannesburg's townships where children can take care of them and learn not to fear them.

    Ecosolution's Jonathan Haw with students
    Image caption: Nervous-looking students are presented with an owl by Ecosolution's Jonathan Haw

    And while school's close at night, the owls earn their keep by hunting rats.

    BBC Outlook has been speaking to two owl rescuers, Jonathan Haw and Kefiloe Motaung.

    Click here to listen to the interview.

  5. South Sudan investigates killing

    South Sudan's police are investigating the killing of journalist Peter Julius Moi, a spokesman for President Salva Kiir has said.

    Ateny Wek Ateny denied that Mr Kiir had whipped up hostility against journalists in remarks he made on Sunday (see 14:49 post).

    Sakva Kiir
    Image caption: Mr Kiir has ruled South Sudan since independence in 2011

    Mr Kiir's comments were taken out of context, and a statement would be issued to clarify them, he added.

    Juba-based journalist Jason Patinkin told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that the killing was a very worrying development for the journalist community in South Sudan, which has seen a steady decline in press freedom since the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013.

  6. Sierra Leone's 'I am Hannah' campaign

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Women's rights activists are holding a candle-lit vigil in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, tonight following the alleged gang-rape and murder of a teenage sex worker.

    Hannah Bockarie's body was found on a beach last week, with sand stuffed in her mouth.

    The brutal way in which she was killed has shocked many people, especially after images of her body were circulated on social media.

    Activists have responded by launching an "I am Hannah" campaign.

    Police have not yet concluded a post-mortem, revealing the limited resources of law enforcement here.

    But a senior officer I spoke to said he was confident that the crime would be solved and there would be arrests.

    It is not clear how old Hannah was - some say she was 17 while others say she was 19.

  7. Fears of instability in Guinea-Bissau

    Clare Spencer

    BBC Africa Online

    The international community has been waiting to see if Guinea-Bissau's prime minister will be replaced swiftly after the last one was sacked by the president.

    This latest step (see previous post) does not bode well for the stability of the West African state. And stability is rare in Guinea-Bissau. Since 1980 it has seen five coups and no elected leader has served a whole term.

    In this context, the small country became a transit point for cocaine between South America and Europe. So, many outside the country are keen that a power vacuum doesn't open up.

  8. Guinea-Bissau tensions escalate

    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: Guinea-Bisseau's president said a simple reshuffle would not be sufficient to solve the dispute

    Guinea-Bissau's ruling party has rejected the new prime minister appointed by President Jose Mario Vaz and has called for protests, AFP news agency reports.

    President Vaz appointed former minister Baciro Dja as the new prime minister on Thursday, a week after he dismissed his cabinet amid political infighting.

    The West African state, which has had several coups, returned to civilian rule in June last year.

  9. NBA star calls for peace in South Sudan

    National Basketball Association star Luol Deng has been raising awareness of the civil war in South Sudan, the country of his birth, to his more than 200,000 followers on Instagram. 

    His post comes in a week when President Salva Kiir refused to sign a peace deal to end the devastating conflict in the world's youngest nation: 

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  10. Tributes for Senegal's music star

    Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader Doudou Ndiaye Rose (L) plays traditional Sabar drums with his band on October 14, 2010 in Dakar
    Image caption: Doudou Ndiaye Rose (l) was one of Senegal's most famous musicians

    Readers have been paying tribute on the BBC Africa Facebook page to Senegalese drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose, following his death aged 85.

    Bah Abdul Aziz Bah says: "Great man he was.. You are gone but your memories shall always live with us."

    Adu Amani adds: "Famous but not rich."

    And Alfred Osei-owusu says: "Worthy men are no more."

  11. Ethiopia 'acquits' top opposition activists

    BBC Monitoring

    Janet Onyango, Nairobi

    An Ethiopian court has acquitted four opposition figures arrested in July 2014 on terrorism charges for lack of evidence, according to privately owned newspaper The Reporter.

    Those acquitted include leadership candidates for several opposition parties, including the Unity for Democracy and Justice, Semayawi Party and Union of Tigrayans for Democracy and Sovereignty, also known as Arena.

    This is the first time anyone convicted on such charges has been acquitted in Ethiopia.

  12. The beauty slogan that sparked a race row

    What do you get when you search using the phrase "beautiful skin" online? Mostly white, beautiful women. 

    That's one reason why a group of Twitter users started the hashtag #FlexinMyComplexion to celebrate darker skin tones. But this is the internet... so of course there was a backlash:   

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  13. 'Prophet' funds Zimbabwean government

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe's government is increasingly finding it difficult to meet its financial obligations, so it's is turning to popular self-styled prophets.

    David Parirenyatwa and Walter Magaya

    Today, Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa (left in the photo above) received about $120,000 (£76,000) from Walter Magaya of PHD ministries, to rehabilitate medical facilities.

    Due to the tough economic times, self-styled prophets who promise miracles attract huge crowds and raise lots of money every Sunday.

  14. Cape Verde defeats Ivory Coast

    Cape Verde have begun their campaign at the Afrobasket championships in Tunisia with a comfortable 76-56 win over Ivory Coast, who were runners-up in 2009.

    Next up on court in 15 minutes are defending champions Angola as they face their Lusophone rivals Mozambique.

  15. Outrage over South Sudan killing

    An international media watchdog body has condemned the "senseless killing" of South Sudanese journalist Peter Julius Moi.

    The body of late South Sudanese reporter Peter Moi is collected by a police ambulance on August 20, 2015, from the scene in Korok, a residential area south-west of Juba town, where he was shot dead by gunmen.
    Image caption: The journalist was shot dead in the capital yesterday evening

    His death would "inevitably cast a pall over journalists in South Sudan, inducing them to self-censor as a means of survival", the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

    "More and more independent voices are being silenced in South Sudan at this critical time in the country's history, when the public desperately needs independent, impartial information," the CPJ's Tom Rhodes added, AFP news agency reports.

  16. British troops to help Gabon elephants

    Elephants are poached for their tusks, which are often trafficked to Asia
    Image caption: Elephants are poached for their tusks, which are often trafficked to Asia

    British soldiers have been sent to Gabon to tackle ivory poaching at the request of President Ali Bongo, as the trade brings the West African nation's population of elephants to the verge of extinction, the Press Association reports.

    A team of 12 soldiers will work with local rangers at a military training centre on the edge of Gabon's largest national park, it reports.

    It is estimated that 15,000 elephants out of a population of 22,000 have been killed by poachers in the vast rain forest which covers most of the country.

    Gabon has burned ivory stockpiles to show its commitment to tackling the trade
    Image caption: Gabon has burned ivory stockpiles to show its commitment to tackling the trade
  17. South Sudan journalist killed amid tensions

    The killing of South Sudanese journalist Peter Julius Moi comes at a tense moment for journalists working in the country.

    At least five journalists have been killed in targeted attacks this year, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

    It is not known who was behind the attack, but the killing comes days after the CPJ condemned comments made by President Salva Kiir:

    "The freedom of press does not mean that you work against your country. And if anybody among them does not know this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day on them," he told journalists on Sunday in the capital Juba.

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir waves at members of his cabinet as he boards a plane in Juba to attend an African Union (AU) summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on 25 June 2014
    Image caption: Mr Kiir made the comments before leaving to attend peace talks in Ethiopia
  18. Tanzania bans employment agencies

    Tanzania's government has shut down 70 employment agencies in an attempt to curb human trafficking, reports the BBC's Sammi Awami from the main city, Dar es Salaam.

    Many jobseekers, mostly women, have been trafficked to Middle Eastern states after being promised decent jobs but end up working in slavery-like conditions, our reporter says.

    Reuters news agency says the 70 constitute about a quarter of employment agencies in Tanzania.

    The skyline of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014, is seen at night in this aerial photograph from a helicopter.
    Image caption: Many Africans hope for a better life in the Middle East
  19. South Sudan journalists being 'eliminated'

    Colleagues of the South Sudanese journalist shot dead in the capital, Juba, have been reacting to his death.

    "This was an intentional killing," said Oliver Modi, chairman of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan, AFP news agency reports.

    New Nation newspaper's Peter Moi was the seventh journalist killed this year in South Sudan.

    "Today it is Peter, tomorrow is someone else. We are being taken one by one," Mr Modi added.

    See the 12:08 post for more details.

  20. Tuareg rebels reject UN cordon

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

    Tuareg rebels say they will defy a UN security cordon imposed around a key town in the desert of northern Mali.

    On Tuesday, the UN imposed a cordon 20km (12.4 miles) around Kidal to protect it from attack.

    UN peacekeepers patrol in Kidal, Mali, July 23, 2015.
    Image caption: Fierce battles have raged for control of Kidal

    The rebels who control Kidal say the cordon has been imposed too late by the UN.

    A rebel spokesman says it unfairly prevents his group, the Co-ordination of Movements for Azawad, from retaliating.

    Pro-government militias seized several of the rebels' positions, south of Kidal, last weekend.

    The fighting is in breach of a ceasefire. Both sides signed a peace plan several weeks ago but follow-up talks have collapsed.

  21. Wade's conviction upheld in Senegal

    Senegal's Supreme Court has upheld the corruption conviction of the flamboyant son of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, AFP news agency reports.

    Karim Wade was sentenced to six years in prison in March for illegal enrichment during his father's 12-year rule.

    A picture taken on October 30, 2008 in Dakar shows the son of then Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Karim Wade
    Image caption: Karim Wade was a senior minister in his father's government
  22. Kenyan pastor charged over road death

    Controversial Kenyan televangelist Pastor James Ng'ang'a has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

    The self-confessed criminal-turned preacher denied the charge during an appearance at Limuru court, about 200km (125 miles) west of the capital, Nairobi.

    Mr Ng'ang'a was driven to court under tight security following his arrest yesterday.

    The pastor will remain in police custody until his bail application is heard tomorrow.

    He also denied three other charges - giving false information to the police, conspiring to defeat justice and failing to report an accident.

    Also charged with the pastor are two police officers - one is accused of helping him to cover up the accident which killed a woman, Mercy Njeri last month while the other is accused of acting as his bodyguard.

    Both officers deny the charge.

  23. Photos from Beijing

    BBC Africa's John Nene has sent these photos from the Chinese capital Beijing, as it gears up to host the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.

    bird's nest stadium in beijing

    This is the famous Beijing National Stadium, known as the 'Birds Nest', where the championships will take place.

    volunteers inside bird's nest stadium

    Volunteers have been rehearsing this morning for Saturday's opening ceremony.

    china agricultural university

    Away from the athletics, John has been exploring other parts of the city, speaking to African students at China's Agriculture University. Simon Kizito has moved to China from Uganda to pursue his studies there.

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  24. South Sudan journalist killed

    Gunmen have shot dead a South Sudanese journalist in the capital Juba in an apparently targeted attack, his colleagues have told AFP news agency.

    Peter Moi, a reporter for the New Nation newspaper, was shot dead after leaving work yesterday evening.

    Colleagues told AFP that money and his mobile phone were recovered from his body.

  25. Tribute to Senegal's master percussionist

    Senegalese percussionist Doudou Ndiaye Rose with his group plays 16 April 2004 on the island of Goree during the opening of the Dakar-Goree Jazz Festival which runs until 19 April 2004
    Image caption: Doudou Ndiaye Rose was considered by many to be a musical genius

    Rapper Didier Awadi has told the BBC's Newsday programme about his memories of Senegal's master drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose, whom he regarded as a mentor.

    Rose, who has died aged 85, was at ease playing with modern acts as he was with traditional groups, he said.

    The percussionist was a genius, who was able to turn the sound of many drums into a symphony, the 46-year-old Senegalese musician added.

    Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader Doudou Ndiaye Rose holds a stick as he plays traditional Sabar drums with his band on October 14, 2010 in Dakar
    Image caption: He inspired many people

    "He can organise more than 100 drums and make the sound smooth."

    Awadi said every piece that Rose played had a message: "He knew the language of the drum, because you know the drum was our first cell phone to communicate."

    The rapper said it was difficult to choose one track to sum up Rose's career: "It is like Mozart or a great master, every piece is a 'chef d'oeuvre' (masterpiece)."

    Click here to read the full BBC story.

    A picture taken late on July 24, 2011 shows Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi performing during the 47th session of the International Carthage festival at the Roman theatre in Carthage, near Tunis
    Image caption: Didier Awadi saw him as a mentor
  26. Burundian leader in peace pledge

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    Burundi leader being sworn in

    The swearing-in ceremony for Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is over.

    In his speech, Mr Nkurunziza promised to bring an end to violence within two months.

    Two senior officials, including a powerful general who was a former intelligence chief, have been killed in separate attacks since last month's disputed presidential election.

    A leading civil rights activist was also shot and wounded.

    Mr Nkurunziza survived an attempted coup in May.

    Click here to read the full BBC story

  27. No foreign leaders at Nkurunziza's inauguration

    No foreign head of state was present at Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza's inauguration for a controversial third term, and only South Africa was represented at ministerial level, AFP news agency reports.

    Several African countries, as well as China and Russia, sent their ambassadors, it adds.

    An election official tallies ballots during counting for Burundi's presidential elections in the capital Bujumbura, July 21, 2015
    Image caption: Mr Nkurunziza won a disputed third term by a landslide

    The ambassadors of the US and European Union nations did not attend, but were represented by lower ranking officials, AFP reports.

    The UN observer mission said last month's presidential election was not free and credible and was held "in an environment of profound mistrust" between political rivals.

    The African Union did not send observers - the first time it has taken such a stance against a member state.

  28. Title-holders set to play at Afrobasket championship

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Angola begin the defence of their Afrobasket title today in Tunisia as they take on Lusophone rivals Mozambique in the opening Group B clash of the tournament.

    Before that in Group D at 12:30 GMT Ivory Coast play Cape Verde later in the afternoon Algeria play Zimbabwe in the same group.

    angola basketball player
    Image caption: Angola are the reigning champions and top-ranked African side in the tournament

    The final game of the day sees 1997 champions Senegal up against Morocco in Group B.

    On Tuesday in Group C it was Egypt 96-49 Gabon, Mali 56-70 Cameroon and then in Group A it was Nigeria 88-63 Central African Republic and hosts Tunisia 77-55 Uganda

  29. Burundi leader takes oath

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has taken the oath of office at his inauguration in the capital Bujumbura.

    "It's been demonstrated that nobody can stop the sun from shining,'' Mr Nkurunziza said after being sworn in, reports the BBC's Ines Kayange from the city.

    The president also received the "Grand Collier des Ordres Nationaux", the highest national order.

  30. Steenkamp family speaks on Pistorius' fate

    BBC Monitoring

    Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock of the court in Pretoria, October 21st 2014
    Image caption: Pistorius says he mistook is girlfriend for an intruder

    The parents of Reeva Steenkamp believe the decision to block South African athlete Oscar Pistorius' early release from prison is a form of justice, reports the Johannesburg-based Times newspaper.

    The decision by the justice minister was a victory for women's rights, a family spokesperson said.

    The double amputee was due to have been freed tomorrow after serving a sixth of a five-year jail sentence.

    Reeva Steenkamp (4 November 2012)
    Image caption: Ms Steenkamp was killed on Valentine's Day

    He was convicted of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting dead Ms Steenkamp, his girlfriend, at his home in 2013.

    Pistorius was due to serve the rest of his sentence under correctional supervision, a form of house arrest.

  31. Kenya clears al-Shabab accused

    Kenya's government has cleared 30 individuals, organizations and companies that had been banned on suspicion of supporting militant Islamist group al-Shabab, the BBC East Africa bureau reports.

    The 30 include money transfer firms, bus companies and non-governmental organisations.

    Fifty-five others still remain on the list.

    A file photo taken on March 5, 2012 shows Al-Qaeda linked al-Shebab recruits walking down a street in the Deniile district of the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation
    Image caption: Al-Shabab has carried out a spate of attacks in Kenya
  32. Burundi's president has been inaugurated

    Burundi's presidency tweets:

    (Translation from French below): 

    "Just now, President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a new five-year term."

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  33. Tutu in hospital for two weeks

    In this photo provided by Oryx Media shows retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, praying in his hospital bed in Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015
    Image caption: Archbishop Tutu was at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid

    South Africa's Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 83, will stay in hospital for another two weeks after being put on a new course of antibiotics, his foundation said in a statement.

    "He is in good spirits and not in any pain," it added.

    Click here to read the full story.

  34. Burundi's president in profile

    As President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a controversial third term, click here to read our profile of Burundi's football-mad leader.

    Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza doing a header in Ivory Coast - 2007
    Image caption: President Nkurunziza, who qualified as a football coach, has his own team called Hallelujah FC
  35. Stage set for Burundi leader's swearing-in

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is due on stage any minute for his inauguration for a controversial third term. The BBC's Africa correspondent tweets:  

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    Earlier, the red carpet was rolled out for guests arriving at the inauguration. 

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  36. Fatal attack at Tunisia beach resort

    A Tunisian police officer has been shot dead in the beach resort of Sousse, where 38 people, mainly British tourists, were killed in June by a militant Islamist.

    Officials said three officers were attacked by two men on a motorcycle.

    Read the full story here.

  37. UN hit by new sex abuse claims

    UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been accused of sexually abusing three young females, including a minor.

    UN troops in CAR
    Image caption: UN troops were deployed to end conflict between between mainly Christian and Muslim militia

    "A new series of disturbing allegations of misconduct have recently come to light," UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters.

    The alleged abuse took place in recent weeks in Bambari city, where troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo are deployed, she added.

    The UN headquarters had been "immediately informed" of the alleged rapes and "all available evidence" was being collected, Ms Maestracci added.

    Read the full story here.

  38. Famous Senegalese musician dies

    A file photo taken on December 10, 2010 shows Senegalese drum master Doudou Ndiaye Rose performing at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, during the opening ceremony of the third edition of the "World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures".

    Renowned Senegalese drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose has died at the age of 85.

    "Today we lost our father, our friend, a great man," his nephew Doudou N'diaye Mbengue told AFP news agency.

    A file photo taken on April 29, 2013 shows Senegalese drum master Doudou Ndiaye Rose performing in Dakar, during a concert as part of the international Jazz Day

    He became ill and died yesterday morning, his family said.

    Rose introduced traditional Senegalese music, notably music using the tam-tam, to the world.

    The master percussionist collaborated with Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel and the Rolling Stones.

    He was named a 'living human treasure' by Unesco in 2006.

  39. Burundi's Nkurunziza being sworn in

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa

    Pierre Nkurunziza, file pic

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is being sworn in this morning for a controversial third term at a ceremony in the capital Bujumbura.

    The inauguration is taking place a week early, after being announced unexpectedly a few hours ago.

    There has been violence, mainly in parts of Burundi's capital Bujumburua, since Mr Nkurunziza decided in April to run for a third term. At least 100 people have been killed in the unrest, according to the UN.

  40. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: Never praise a person for their beauty but rather for their actions. A Kisii proverb sent by Daniel Osiemo Ondiere, Kisumu, Kenya.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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