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By Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    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.

    Today's wise words "Restless feet may walk into a snake pit" were sent in by Cheryl Nganje, Mannheim, Germany.

    Click here to send us your African proverb and scroll to the end of the page.

    We leave you with this picture from our selection of some of the best images of the week, it shows boys near the Libyan city of Benghazi displaying their diving skills.

    Boys near the Libyan city of Benghazi show off their diving skills
  2. Kenya targets more medals

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    (l-r) Marina Arzamasova of Belarus, Melissa Bishop of Canada and Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya cross the finish line in the Women's 800 metres semi-final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China.
    Image caption: Jepkoech Sum of Kenya (R) is the defending champion

    Eunice Sum will hope to add to Kenya's gold medal tally on Saturday as she starts as favourite to defend her 800m title at 11:15 GMT, Morocco's Rababe Arafi is also in the final.

    Then at 11:30 GMT the Kenyan trio of Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, Caleb Ndiku and Isiah Koech all have a chance of a medal in the men's 5,000m final as they try and dethrone Britain's Mo Farah.

    Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia is also in the final and he has the fastest 5,000m time of the year so far - his compatriots Imane Merga and Hagos Gebrhiwet also compete.

  3. Inside a Kenyan speciality tea factory

    Tea producers in Kenya

    Tea production is crucial to the Kenyan economy, and in the town of Kerugoya tea producers are becoming more adventurous by making speciality teas, in particular purple-tea.

    In this video report, the BBC's Lerato Mbele travelled to a farm near Mount Kenya, to find out more.

  4. Bolasie to return after father's death

    Nishat Ladha

    BBC Africa Sport

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that his DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie will return to the team for their Premier League match away to Chelsea on Saturday.

    Bolasie missed last weekend's victory over Aston Villa following the death of his father, but Pardew says Bolasie wants to play.

    DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie
    Image caption: Bolasie is a key member of Crystal Palace
  5. Alleged attack mastermind sentenced in Chad

    The man alleged to be the mastermind of the June attack in Chad's capital, Ndjamena, Nigerian Mahamat Moustapha was among the 10 Boko Haram members sentenced to death today in Chad.

    Thirty-eight people died and more than 100 were injured in two suicide attacks.

    Mahamat Moustapha
  6. Standing up for Chibok schoolgirls

    A campaigner for the Bring Back Our Girls movement in Nigeria tweets a video of her standing in the rain at the group's main protest side in the capital, Abuja.

    View more on twitter
  7. Police confirm Mozambican editor's murder

    Police in Mozambique have confirmed the murder of a veteran journalist who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Maputo on Friday morning (see 10.50 post).

    "A group of armed individuals fatally shot Paulo Machava before fleeing," police spokesman Arnaldo Chefe told a news conference, AFP news agency reports

    Paulo Machava, editor of the Diario de Noticias, was fired at between four to six times by gunmen driving a white pick-up truck, according to preliminary police investigations.

  8. First female spokesperson for Nigeria police

    Nigeria state-owned TV tweets about a new police spokesperson appointed by the country's police inspector general:

  9. Boko Haram trial completed in three days

    The ten suspected members of Boko Haram who have been sentenced to death in Chad went on trial on Wednesday for crimes related to an attack on the capital, Ndjamena, in June in which 38 people died, the AFP news agency reports.

    10 men on trial

    This was the first trial in Chad involving suspects of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group and it took place behind closed doors.

    Chad is part of the regional multi-national force fighting militants from the group.

  10. BreakingChad sentences Boko Haram 'members'

    Chad has sentenced 10 suspected Boko Haram members to death on terrorism charges.

  11. What's in a name?

    There's been a lot of debate around the use of the terms migrant, refugee and asylum seeker in recent weeks.

    People walking away from the camera

    News website al-Jazeera has decided it will not use migrant and "will instead, where appropriate, say refugee".

    The use of migrant to mean someone who is on the move is no longer seen as neutral by some.

    The BBC's Camilla Ruz says there are people who dislike the term because it implies something voluntary but that it is applied to people fleeing danger.

    But which term is appropriate? Read more here.

  12. More children released by CAR armed groups

    The UN children's agency Unicef says an armed group in the Central African Republic has released 163 children.

    Their release, in the northern town of Batangafo, is the result of a deal that was reached between 10 militia groups in May, as part of a peace and reconciliation process.

    Altogether, nearly 650 children have been freed since then.

    Child soldier
    Image caption: The UN estimates that up to 10,000 children have been used by militia since violence erupted in 2013
  13. Get Involved: Kenya tops athletic medals table


    Some of you have responded to our post on Twitter asking if Kenya will be able to maintain their lead at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China:

  14. Ancient religious sites burnt down in Madagascar

    Three ancient royal temples in Madagascar have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack. 

    The buildings outside the capital, Antananarivo, form part of the island's second most important sacred site, and houses tombs of the ancestors of the Merina people - the dominant ethnic group in pre-colonial times. 

    Photographs show the timber-framed buildings at the town of Ambohidratrimo engulfed by flames. 

    A BBC reporter in Madagascar says other royal tombs were set on fire last week.

  15. Libya recovers 82 bodies

    Libya's coastguard have recovered 82 bodies after two boats packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea and said another 100 people were missing, feared dead.

    The vessel sank on Thursday as they tried to cross from Zuwara, west of Tripoli.

    Lacking navy ships, Libyan officials were searching for survivors with fishing boats and inflatables provided by locals. About 198 people had been rescued by noon, officials said, as Reuters news agency reports.

    Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard after their boat sank on August 28, 2015, sit in a security center between the coastal cities of Subrata and Zuwara, west of the capital Tripoli.
    Image caption: Survivors are being kept at detention centre
  16. Oil prices fall after rally

    An oil refinery

    Oil prices have strayed into negative territory after a strong rally yesterday. Brent crude is down 1% at $47.10 per barrel, and New York crude is down 1.1% at $42.10.

  17. Kenya remains top of medals table

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Kenya still tops the medals table at the end of the seventh day of competition at the World Athletics Championships despite not adding to their tally today.

    medals table

    Kenya lead because of the six golds in their total of 11 medals. The USA have won more medals overall with 14 but only 4 of them are gold.

    Kenya will have a chance to add to the gold tally at the weekend.

  18. South Sudan's struggling economy

    South Sudanese are struggling to keep their companies afloat as a result of the brutal conflict which broke out between government and rebel forces in December 2013. 

    But despite the challenges of the civil war, which should be coming to an end, there are entrepreneurs and businesses with big hopes. 

    Watch this report by Catherine Byaruhanga from Juba.

    View more on youtube
  19. Carayol opts out of The Gambia squad

    Mustapha Carayol
    Image caption: Gambia have invited some young players for the match

    Mustapha Carayol has revealed he asked not to be in The Gambia's squad to face Cameroon in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 6 September.

    The 26-year-old spoke to BBC Sport: "I told coach Raoul Savoy I need to concentrate on my transfer away from Middlesbrough.

    "I have just joined Huddersfield on loan so need to concentrate on settling here first then we will see next time."

    Modou Barrow, on loan at Blackburn Rovers from Premier League side Swansea, will lead a new-look Scorpions side.

  20. DR Congo bush fire displaces thousands

    Thousands of people have been made homeless by bush fires in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The United Nations humanitarian agency said that in Kabambare district about 300 homes had been burnt down in three villages.

    A UN spokesman said it was possible some of the fires were being caused deliberately by armed groups.

    Aid workers in the eastern province of Maniema said strong winds were causing the fires to spread rapidly.

  21. Campaigning for Tanzanian homosexuals

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    A Tanzanian human rights advocacy group is raising money to defend the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people in the country in what they term as oppressive laws.

    Director of LGBTI voice of Tanzania James Wandera says they have raised almost $30,000 (£20,000) from online contributors.

    LGBTI campaigner

    They plan to use the money to prevent the possibility of a bill sponsored by a private MP, which will increase the penalties for homosexuality, from ever becoming law.

    Tanzanian law prohibits homosexuality and those charged face sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment.

  22. Half-way point in men's decathalon

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    After the first five events of the men's decathlon today - 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m - Algeria's Larbi Bouradda was in sixth place. Unfortunately African record holder Willem Coertzen of South Africa did not start the final event of the day, the 400m.

    The final five events are tomorrow with defending champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton of the USA leading the way on 4,703 points.

    Bouradda is 61 points behind Germany's Rico Freimuth, who is currently in the bronze medal position.

    Willem Coertzen
    Image caption: South Africa's Willem Coertzen has dropped out of the decathalon
  23. Fallout from China economic slowdown

    Russell Padmore

    Business reporter, BBC News

    China's slowing economy is hurting South Africa's mining industry as demand for commodities falls, says the country's chamber of mines.

    This week Lonmin warned the platinum mining sector in South Africa was "extremely ill".

    Other mining companies in the country, like Glencore, Kumba Iron Ore and Sibanye Gold plan to axe thousands of jobs to cut costs.

    "As a country we are concerned," President of South Africa's Chamber of Mines Mike Teke told the BBC. "I think it will have a huge impact - it has already impacted us where we have seen lay offs, in terms of jobs, that have taken place because of the global economic challenges."

    Mine shaft
    Image caption: Miners are facing job losses as demand for commodities slows down

    Read Lerato Mbele's analysis on the possible impact on Africa of China's slowdown.

  24. Facebook hits billion users in a day

    For the first time more than one billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    The "milestone" was reached on Monday, when "1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family", he said in a post.

    Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, but this was the most in a single day. Read the BBC News story for more

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
    Image caption: Facebook opened its first office in Africa in June
  25. Kenya's Kiprop through to 1,500m final

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, who has the fastest time of the year, will defend his 1,500m world title on Sunday after winning his semi-final as he controlled the whole race.

    His compatriot Silas Kiplagat, who won World Championship silver four years ago, was third and also qualified automatically:

    L-R: Matthew Centrowitz of the United States, Silas Kiplagat of Kenya and Asbel Kiprop of Kenya cross the finish line in the Men's 1500 metres semi-final during day seven of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing - 28 August 2015 in Beijing, China

    But Ethiopia's Mekonnen Gebremedhin just missed out as he finished sixth and failed to progress as a fastest loser - Yassine Bensghir of Morocco and Djibouti's Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin also failed to qualify for the final.

    In the second semi-final Olympic Champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria was second behind Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi with Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider third and another Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot in fifth all qualified automatically.

    Ethiopia's Aman Wote made it through to the final as a fastest loser but Johan Cronje of South Africa missed out.

  26. Libya migrant photos

    Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard after their boat sank on August 28, 2015, sit in a security centre between the coastal cities of Subrata and Zuwara, west of the capital Tripoli.

    About 100 people rescued from two migrant boats that sank off the Libyan coast are being held at a security centre between the coastal cities of Sabratha and Zuwara, west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

    Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard after their boat sank on August 28, 2015, sit in a security centre between the coastal cities of Subrata and Zuwara, west of the capital Tripoli.

    At least 76 people were confirmed to have died after the boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized on Thursday, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent told AFP news agency.

    Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard after their boat sank on August 28, 2015, sit in a security centre between the coastal cities of Subrata and Zuwara, west of the capital Tripoli.
  27. Liberia sacks two ministers

    BBC Africa reporter tweets

  28. The meaning of hats in Mali

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

    Bamako hat seller Youba Diarra

    Bamako hat seller Youba Diarra wishes he could offer his customers a wider variety of models. ''The market is flooded with baseball caps,'' laments Diarra, 41, who has been selling hats for 20 years.

    ''Some mosques tell people that caps aren't good because they prevent you from seeing the sky, and therefore God. Caps are associated with rap, so the market for them is really limited to young men.

    The real demand is for felt hats with rims but I can't get hold of enough of them,'' says Mr Diarra.

    Bamako hat seller Youba Diarra

    Mali-based French researcher Fabrice Escot has studied hat trends said: ''Hats are a mark of status. In northern Mali, the colour of a turban and the way it is are tied give you an immediate introduction to a person.

    The Bellas (descendants of Tuareg slaves) wear the biggest, most extravagantly-tied turbans," he added.

    Hats in Bamako
  29. Call for a more compassionate European response

    Fishing boats off western Libya are searching for more bodies, after two migrant vessels capsized on Thursday.

    Dozens of survivors have been found, but many are feared to have drowned - adding to the more than 2000 who have already died in 2015 trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.

    Regina Catrambone from the Maltese charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station told the BBC that Europe needed to take a more compassionate approach to the issue.

    "People are dying, and we need to have solidarity with these people, because these are human beings like us," she said.

    Body bags
    Image caption: Up to 200 people may have been drowned in Thursday's accident
  30. SA's Viljoen through to javelin final

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Sunette Viljoen of South Africa competes in the Womens Javelin during day two of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in London

    Former World Championship bronze medallist Sunette Viljoen of South Africa qualified for Saturday's final of the javelin with a throw of 63.93m - the automatic qualifying distance is 63.50m. Viljoen has the longest throw of the year so far at 66.62m.

  31. Tumbling and contorting with Ghanaian acrobats

    Kim Chakanetsa

    BBC Africa, Edinburgh

    Ghanaian acrobats

    Balancing two bottles and a ball on a tiny stick held in your mouth, contorting your body so you can fit into a bowl and turning into a dizzying three-man-tower - these were some of the eye-popping trick that happened when Ghana's Fanti Acrobats brought their circus to the arts festival in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.

    Ghanaian acrobats

    It's an exhibit they say brings together traditional culture and acrobatics that can only be found in Accra.

    Ghanaian acrobats

    You can hear more from the troupe on the BBC's Fifth Floor programme

  32. World Championships preview

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    Former World Championship bronze medallist Sunette Viljoen of South Africa goes in the heats of the women's javelin at 11:00 GMT, and as she's in good form she should qualify for Saturday's final.

    The first five events of the men's decathlon are today with African record holder Willem Coertzen of South Africa and Algeria's Larbi Bouradda in action.

    Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, who has the fastest time of the year, continues the defence of his 1,500m world title at 11:55 GMT.

    Asbel Kiprop of Kenya celebrates winning gold in the Men's 1500 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia in 2013.
    Image caption: Kiprop won the event in Moscow in 2013

    Several other Africans are in the two semi-finals that sees the top five in each and the next fastest two qualify for Sunday's final.

  33. Ghana universities 'targeted by IS'

    Ghana's authorities are investigating activities at several universities over links to suspected recruitment to the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials say.

    IS agents are trying to recruit students after urging them to join radical online forums, National Security Coordinator Yaw Donkor told the GhanaWeb news site.

    Mr Donkor also confirmed reports of two Ghanaians travelling to join IS.

    For more on this story and Islamic State militants click on this BBC News story.

    Ghanaian Mohammad Nazir Nortei Alema who was confirmed to have joined IS
    Image caption: Mohammad Nazir Nortei Alema was confirmed as one of those who is believed to have joined IS
  34. Why can't Libyan coastguard do more?

    Rana Jawad

    BBC News, Tunis

    As the reported death toll from the capsizing of the two boats full of migrants off the Libyan coast is rising there are questions about what the Libyans can do to halt the ships trying to make the crossing.

    Libya has been in a lawless state for over a year now and a lot of smugglers have taken advantage of that power vacuum.

    We know, when they can, that the Libyan coastguard will get involved in a rescue - like last night - but they are often unable to intervene.

    Rescue operation
    Image caption: Many died in the accident, but at least 100 people have been recued.
    Those rescued being held
    Image caption: The migrants who have been rescued are now being held at a security centre near Sabratha
  35. SA government defends leasing of Gupta private jet

    The South African government has been responding to the reports that the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa flew to Japan last week in a private jet owned by the Gupta family.

    This has raised eyebrows because of a number of connections between the presidency and the wealthy family.

    The government has denied there was any wrongdoing in a briefing that has also being tweeted:

    It says the leasing process was above board:

    And there was a call to journalists not to make a story where there wasn't one:

  36. Get Involved: comment on two Ghanaians joining IS


    Some of you are commenting on BBC Africa Facebook page on Ghana's government admission that two of its citizens have joined the so-called Islamic State group.

    Dido WaMhango Mkhaliphs: Where is this world going to? Lord have mercy on our continent!

    Kaylerr Adrian Arciniegas: Ghana has been a peaceful country why do you want to destroy it. It takes seconds to destroy but years to build.

    Jechoniah Baule: The Ghanaian authorities should do something fast about it before they start crying for losing friends, families and so on like Nigeria.

    Chipiliro Elliot: Provide jobs to the youth, they will not join the ISIS.... I rest my case.

  37. Libya capsizing death toll

    The number of people killed in the two boats packed with migrants that sank near the western Libyan town of Zuwara on Thursday has risen to 76, aid workers told AFP news agency.

    Pie charts showing breakdown of routes by top three nationalities
  38. Mozambican newspaper editor murdered

    The editor of the Mozambican newspaper Diario de Noticias, Paulo Machava, has been shot dead in the capital, Maputo, while he was out jogging this morning, local media are reporting.

    There is a suspicion that this was a targeted attack and his life has been threatened several times before, says the BBC's Mozambique analyst Zenaida Machado.

  39. Boko Haram attack Niger village

    At least three people were killed including a soldier after suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in southern Niger, killing three, Reuters news agency reports.

    The overnight attack took place in the village of Abadam in the Diffa region near Niger's border with Nigeria.

    "Boko Haram attacked Tuesday night," one military source said to Rueters. "They killed two civilians and looted shops of goods. We lost a sergeant on Wednesday during a pursuit of the terrorists. But we neutralised them."

    Thousands of people have fled to Diffa which is under a state of emergency, to escape Boko Haram violence in the past two years.

  40. More than 300,000 migrants cross Mediterranean

    A spokesperson for the UN's refugee agency has been talking about the number of migrants trying to reach Europe - saying the figure for 2015 has now topped 300,000.

  41. High jump disappointment at Beijing

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    There was disappointment in the heats of the men's high jump at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing as both African competitors failed to make the final - Kabelo Kgosiemang of Botswana, who reached the final two years ago and Ali Mohd Younes Idriss of Sudan.

    High jumper
  42. Libya rescues 100 migrants

    Libya rescue workers

    At least 100 people have been rescued from two boats that sunk off Libya and have been transferred to a detention centre in the western city of Sabratha, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has told the BBC.

    The IOM's Samer Haddadin said that most of the survivors were men but among them were at least nine women and two children.

    He told the BBC Newsday programme that another 150 rescued by the Libyan coastguards were expected to arrive at the same centre.

    "Unfortunately the Libyan coastguards have only basic equipment, they are trying to do their best but unfortunately they don't have the right equipment," he added.

  43. Rest day at Afrobasket

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    It's a rest day for the main event at the Afrobasket championships in Tunisia ahead of tomorrow's semi-finals. Today's games will decide the classification for the lower places at the tournament.

    In yesterday's quarter-finals Nigeria beat Gabon 88-64, reigning champions Angola were 83-63 winners over Egypt, Senegal beat Algeria 75-58 and hosts Tunisia beat Mali 67-60.

    Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane (R) drives to the hoop as Nigeria's Al-Farouq Aminu and Ike Diogu defend during the Me's Preliminary Round Group A basketball match Nigeria vs Tunisia at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
    Image caption: Nigeria and Tunisia are aiming to end Angola's dominance

    Senegal will play Nigeria and Angola face Tunisia in the semi-finals.

    The overall winner on Sunday will not only be crowned African champions but also claim a place at the Olympics in Rio next year.

    The other three semi-finalists will all get a chance to play in Olympic qualifying tournaments next year.

  44. Guinea 'blocking' Dadis return

    Guinea's exiled former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara has told the BBC that the authorities in Guinea are blocking his return home.

    He was travelling via Ivory Coast on his way to Guinea's capital, Conakry, on Wednesday, but the commercial flight he was on was refused permission to land in Abidjan and was turned back.

    "I think President Alpha Conde does not want me to come back home," Capt Camara said. "The instructions [for the plane not to land] came from Conakry," he told BBC Afrique.

    Capt Camara hopes to run for president in October's election, but he is wanted in connection with a stadium massacre in 2009 in which more than 150 people died.

    Capt Camara was Guinea's military leader for a year from December 2008
  45. Reward for information on Kenya terror suspect

    Caroline Karobia

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya has offered a $20,000 (£13,000) reward for information that will lead to the arrest of a female terror suspect, Rukia Faraj.

    She is wanted for organising young people to join her husband in Somalia for training and to fight alongside militant group al-Shabab.

    Her husband Ramadhan Kufungwa is accused of planning attacks in the coastal city of Mombasa.

    Wanted poster
  46. Ghana government speaks on IS 'recruits'

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana's national security boss has broken his silence on the alleged Ghanaian recruits to the so-called Islamic State group.

    Newspaper front page

    He told journalists, including from the Daily Graphic, that two young Ghanaians including the 25-year-old we reported on this week have joined the group.Dr Yaw Donkor says other attempts at recruitment are being closely monitored, but he warned journalists to be cautious in its reporting of the story so as not to "create panic".

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  48. Migrants feared dead in Libya sinking

    About 200 migrants are thought to have drowned on two boats which capsized near the Libyan coast, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says.

    UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told the BBC that around 500 migrants, trying to reach Europe, had been on board the vessels and that the Libyan coastguard was still bringing survivors to shore.

    Bodies of migrants who died off the coast of Libya

    They're thought to include nationals from Syria, Bangladesh and several sub-Saharan African countries.

    The UN says about 2,400 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year. More in the BBC News story

  49. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "Restless feet may walk into a snake pit." Sent by Cheryl Nganje, Mannheim, Germany


    Click here to send us your African proverb and scroll to the end of the page.

  50. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page for today where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest news developments on the continent.