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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: If you look at your child, you will see his questions before you hear them. Sent by Yvon Atsiba in Quebec, Canada

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a Pharaons boxing match at the All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville. Pharaons boxing is a form of Congolese wrestling, inspired by an ancient Egyptian martial art.

    Pharaons Boxing athletes competetion at All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo - 6 September 2015
  2. Counting the cost of African piracy

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe says Africa loses more than $7bn (£4.5bn) a year to piracy.

    Speaking after meeting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Togo's leader also revealed that more than 40% of fishing activities in the Gulf of Guinea were illegal, causing a huge loss of revenue to the region.

    Mr Gnassingbe said he had invited his Nigerian counterpart to a summit on maritime security and development in West Africa to be hosted by Togo in November.

    Faure Gnassingbe and Muhammadu Buhari
    Image caption: Faure Gnassingbe (L) and Muhammadu Buhari addressed reporters after their meeting
  3. ICC warrants for Kenyans unsealed

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has published arrest warrants for two Kenyans accused of using corruption to influence witnesses.

    The warrants for Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett were issued in March but were kept sealed until now.

    The court said both men were arrested in July.

    ICC prosecutors last year dropped charges of crimes against humanity against the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    But his deputy, William Ruto, and a Kenyan journalist still face similar charges related to violence which broke out after disputed elections in 2007. They deny the charges.

  4. Temperature warning: Southern Africa heating up

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Temperatures in southern Africa could rise by up to 6C by the end of the century unless man-made climate change is tackled, according to a new report.

    Temperatures are already rising more than twice as fast as global average increase, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.

    Further inland in South Africa, "places where we have 10 days a year that are regarded as heat waves, this could increase tenfold", CSIR researcher Francois Engelbrecht has said.

    Coal powered station
    Image caption: South Africa still relies on coal to supply most of its energy needs

    The predictions, reached by modelling temperature changes on the African continent, point to a dire future.

    It shows that globally over the past century temperatures have risen at 1C per century but in southern Africa the increase has been more than 2C.

  5. Tracing gold mined by children

    Almost seven tonnes of gold was imported into Switzerland from Togo last year, despite the West African nation not being a gold producer, a report by Swiss rights group the Berne Declaration says.

    It reveals that the gold comes from artisanal mines in Burkina Faso, where it is extracted under abysmal conditions, by adults and children.

    Artisanal mining Alga , Burkina Faso , August 2015
    Image caption: Berne Declaration says 30% to 50% of the labour force are children at Burkina Faso's artisanal mines
  6. Your views: The ethics of hiring domestic workers

    This week, our Letter from Africa is all about the moral dilemmas faced by Nigerians when hiring domestic workers.

    We asked you whether people who hired poorer relatives were helping them or exploiting them. Here are some of the your BBC Africa Facebook Page comments:

    Stephen Katetein Zambia: "It is exploiting them if you cannot help them access school. From the time I started employing maids, we have been enrolling them in evening school programs to upgrade their education standards. Our first maid is now in college training as a nurse as a result of education we helped her acquire."

    Maria Ashot: "Put yourself in the shoes of the help. Are you treating them harshly? Asking of them that which you would not yourself wish to be asked in their place? Burdening them more than you would reasonably burden yourself, or your own child, if they were not available? Hitting household help or keeping them locked up, with no free time and no money, is indeed abuse and exploitation. "

  7. Cameroonian soldiers awaiting payment

    The 300 Cameroonian soldiers demanding payment for their peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic (CAR) are yet to be paid, BBC French service's Jean David Mihamle reports from Yaounde.

    They are still waiting in a military barracks after the communications minister said that the government had authorised 6bn CFA francs ($10m; £6.6m) to pay them on Thursday.

    The soldiers had demonstrated in the capital on Wednesday, saying that many of them had not been paid, while others got only 10% of what was due to them.

  8. Hope for Egyptian football fans

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Africa Sport

    The lifting of the ban on Egyptian football fans attending international matches will obviously be a boost to the players.

    But the real significance of this move, announced by the country's sports, lies in the hope it gives that the ban on fans going to domestic club matches might soon come to an end.

    Egyptian fans in November 2014
    Image caption: Egypt's next home game, at least competitively, is set to be in November

    The minister also announced that fans will be allowed to attend a potential clash between Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek in the Confederation Cup, Africa's second string club competition. They have both qualified for the last four.

    He cited the rules of the Confederation of African Football, but if the authorities feel able to police a contest between these two great rivals, can an easing of restrictions on domestic matches be far away?

    Egyptian clubs, even continental giants like Ahly and Zamalek, have been badly financially hit by the ban on crowds and the game is crying out for a boost.

    But the last time tentative moves were made towards opening up football again, more than 20 Zamalek fans died in a stampede in February after clashes with police. Trying to manage any return to normality will be very difficult.

  9. Uganda rally under way despite tear gas

    Uganda's ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has succeeded in holding a campaign meeting for his possible presidential bid in the eastern town of Jinja, despite police earlier blocking his path and using tear gas to disperse his supporters (see earlier post at 14:55).

    The privately owned Daily Monitor newspaper has been tweeting excerpts from his speech, in which he is outlining his bid to challenge incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in next year's elections:

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  10. Africa's appetite for 'Nollywood' movies on mobiles

    Business Live

    iRokoTV, which has been likened to Netflix, is largely regarded as one of Africa's hottest tech companies. It offers films and TV from Nigeria's "Nollywood" and from Ghana.

    Jason Njoku
    Image caption: iRokoTV's Jason Njoku was interviewed today on BBC Business Live

    Jason Njoku, the firm's founder, says it is popular on mobiles: "People's access to television is actually quite limited in Africa because electricity is quite limited. Most people have access to a mobile phone.

    "We are essentially bringing them content the same way you would bring television, but simply to someone's mobile phone."

    People seem to be moving from streaming to downloading, as it's more cost effective, and because 3G networks haven't kept up with demand, he says.

    Nollywood movies are popular around the world, he says, and its stars are recognised throughout Africa.

  11. The Congo River capitals

    The BBC's Farayi Mungazi took this shot of DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, from across the other side of the Congo River in Brazzaville earlier today during his lunch break:

    Kinshasa pictured from Brazzaville

    He's in Congo-Brazzaville to cover the All Africa Games - and is heading off this afternoon to watch some basketball, traffic permitting.

  12. Nigeria's 'oldest pupil' dies

    Mohammud Modibbo, who has died at the age of 94, was believed to be the oldest school pupil in Nigeria.

    Nigeria's oldest student

    He started primary school in his mid-eighties, and had recently begun secondary school in the northern city of Kano.

    He was unable to go to school as a child because he worked as a trader, travelling from place to place.

    "He was easygoing and very jovial," Abdulkarim Ibrahim, a teacher at his school, told the BBC Hausa Service.

    "During classes, he was very attentive and asked questions when he didn't understand - either asking the teacher or a student sitting beside him."

    Mohammud Modibbo outside class
    Image caption: His teacher said Mr Modibbo made friends easily

    Correction: Mohammud Modibbo's family has told the BBC he was 94 years old, not 83 as was first published in this post.

  13. Judges in Ghana court over bribery claims

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Judges in Ghana are appearing before a panel looking into alleged corruption in the judiciary.

    Those attending were allegedly caught on camera asking for bribes - and have been shown the videos at the start of the investigation, judicial sources say.

    Most of the 34 judges implicated have been suspended. None of them has commented on the allegations. The inquiry follows a two-year investigation by a journalist.

    Anas Aremeyaw Anas says he handed over nearly 500 hours of video evidence to the chief justice. Some 180 court officials are said to be implicated.

    He says he approached the judges with bribes to set clients free - some of whom were armed robbers. He says he has them on tape extorting money, and others having sex with clients.

    Ghana's Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood
    Image caption: Ghana's Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood is leading the inquiry
  14. Bid to get West Africa's trains back on track

    A French company, Bollore, has started work on the rehabilitation of a 1,200km (750 mile) railway line linking Ivory Coast with Burkina Faso.

    The $450m (£290m) project will link landlocked Burkina Faso with Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, which is on the coast. The eventual plan is to build a railway linking these two countries with Niger, Benin and Togo.

    Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan (L) gestures as new locomotives of rail operator Sitarail
    Image caption: Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan (L) took official delivery of the new trains on Wednesday
    Ivorian ministers pose on one of the new locomotives of Sitarail during a ceremony marking the official start of renovation works of the Ouagadougou-Kaya railway section
    Image caption: Ivorian ministers stand on one of the new trains, draped in the flags of Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast
  15. Police fire tear gas fired at ex-Uganda PM rally

    Police in Uganda have fired teargas at crowds in the eastern town of Jinja, blocking an attempted rally by sacked Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who has said he wants to challenge long-standing President Yoweri Museveni in elections next year. 

    Mr Mbabazi had planned to hold so-called "public consultations" over his possible presidential bid, but was blocked by police, who reportedly surrounded his car and detained his head of security. 

    A journalist for Uganda's NTV network has been tweeting photos from the scene:

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    Mr Mbabazi, a former close ally of President Yoweri Museveni, was arrested while travelling to canvass support in July. 

    The government said that he violated public order laws by attempting to hold meetings without permission.

  16. Testing the strength of ostrich eggs

    BBC Africa Business Report's Taurai Maduna has discovered, while covering a story about ostriches in South Africa, that the eggs of the big birds are strong enough to carry the weight of an average sized human:

    Taurai Maduna standing on ostrich eggs

    He was pictured in the Western Cape town of Oudtshoorn, known as the "ostrich capital of the world".

    It was one of the areas worst-affected by the European Union ban on the importation of South African ostrich meat in April 2011.

    Ostriches in Oudtshoorn

    It was imposed following a bird-flu outbreak, which led to the culling of tens of thousands of ostriches.

    The EU ban was lifted last month and many people in Oudtshoorn are happy that they can resume trade with the world, our reporter says.

    Workers handling ostrich meat
    Image caption: Oudtshoorn's economy is heavily reliant on the ostrich industry
  17. South Africa rugby boss denies racism

    South Africa's rugby chief has said it is "frankly laughable" to suggest that rugby remained an "exclusive, white-dominated" sport.

    Oregan Hoskins hit back at allegations of racism following a row over the selection of a mainly white squad for the World Cup.

    Efforts were being made to promote the game among black people, and he did not need a "lecture" on racial transformation, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) president said in an open letter to South Africans.

    Springbok player Pat Lambie (2-L) trains with the rest of the Springbok team as their prepare for the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 September 2015
    Image caption: A legal attempt to block the team from playing in the World Cup has been dismissed

    Eight black players have been included in the 31-member squad.

    Critics say good black players were excluded, and racism is rife in South African rugby.

    Read the BBC News story for more.

  18. Get involved: Nigeria's home help dilemma

    Is using poorer relatives as domestic workers helping them or exploiting them?

    Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at the thorny issue in her latest Letter from Africa as she says African societies walk the tightrope between tradition and international law.

    Image caption: If a rich aunt pays for her niece's school fees, is it ok for her to ask the girl to do the cleaning?

    "Many poor families in the villages send their children to live with more comfortable families in the cities - usually as a 'house help', who will clean, do laundry, cook, babysit and whatever else brawn can accomplish," she says.

    "In exchange, the helps are fed, housed, clothed and if they're lucky, educated, with their parents sometimes receiving a fee."

    Get involved: Let us know your views using the hashtag #BBCAfricaLive

  19. South Sudan editor quits over 'death threats'

    Mary Harper

    BBC News

    A respected South Sudanese newspaper editor has quit journalism following what he says are death threats from the government.

    Nhial Bol's independent newspaper, The Citizen, was shut down last month after it published an editorial supporting a proposal to end the country's civil war. His television station was also closed.

    "I suffered and endured everything because of the dream I had. And now, the dream is dead, and I choose to leave," he told the Sudan Tribune newspaper about ending his career in the media.

    The Citizen newspaper comes out off the printing press at their offices in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on 28 January 2011
    Image caption: South Sudan's The Citizen was a daily English language paper

    Last month, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir publicly threatened journalists who filed what he called reports against the country.

    Seven journalists have been killed in South Sudan this year.

    Read this article for more about the dangers African journalists face.

  20. South Africa's human ancestor discovery trends worldwide

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    #HomoNaledi is trending worldwide, and of course here in South Africa, where people are reacting to the extraordinary discovery of a previously unknown human-like species, which lived in Africa up to three million years ago.

    Hundreds of fragments from 15 partial skeletons, found in an inaccessible cave near Johannesburg, were presented at a ceremony this morning.


    Someone has even opened a Twitter account for the newly discovered human-like species, whose first tweet "#AlmostHuman", wades into the debate about just how "human" Naledi can be considered to be.

    twitter account for naledi
  21. $11m for South African TB and HIV researcher

    South African Thumbi Ndung'u is one of the scientists who will benefit from the estimated $100m (£65m) fund for Africa-focused science research, launched this morning in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    He will be getting $11m for his research on how best to deal with tuberculosis and HIV on the continent.

    Prof Thumbi Ndung'u in his lab at K-RITH
    Image caption: Thumbi Ndung'u works at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute

    He is one of seven African researchers who will be supported by the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

    Read the BBC News story for more details about the fund.

  22. Nigeria floods hit north-western states

    Halima Umar Saleh

    BBC Hausa, Abuja

    Flooding has displaced hundreds of people in different states in northern-western Nigeria, as a result of continuing heavy rains.

    Thousands of families have lost their homes and their farms in areas of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.

    Ten people have been reported dead as a result of the flooding.


    The Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (Nema) has warned all communities who along the rivers to leave their towns and villages.

    Nema's Thickman Tanimu told the BBC Hausa Service that the government has provided temporary accommodation for the displaced.

    There are fears that the flood may cause drought in the areas in the near future.

  23. Gang warfare at illegal mines in South Africa

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South African police say they are investigating the murder of 15 suspected illegal miners, known as "zama-zamas", who were shot dead this week at the Grootvlei mine outside Johannesburg.

    The battle for gold dust in abandoned mines between rival illegal mining gangs is becoming increasingly violent, and police have said they expect the body count to keep rising as the violence intensifies.

    Illegal miners live underground for months looking for their piece of gold - and that means abandoned shafts become war zones when rival gangs clash.

    Rescuers use a crane to save workers that have been trapped in an illegal gold mine in Benoni, outside Johannesburg
    Image caption: Workers also risk getting trapped in the illegal mines

    They sometimes throw improvised bombs at one another and open fire with machine guns. Several police units have been deployed in various areas to deal with the situation.

    But it appears that the potential rewards are more powerful than the deterrent of arrest and even death.

  24. Ethiopian Oromo campaign for BBC language service

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    Ethiopian Oromos have started a petition asking the BBC to consider the Afan Oromo language for proposed news services for Ethiopia.

    "This language is spoken as a first language by more than 30 million Oromo and neighbouring peoples in Ethiopia and parts of northern Kenya," it says.

    On Monday, the BBC announced it was proposing to introduce a news service for Eritrea and Ethiopia on medium- and short-wave radio - but gave no further details.

    It would be ideal if the BBC decided to broadcast in three languages spoken in Ethiopia - Amharic, Tigrigna and Afan Oromo - the campaigners said.

  25. Ghana cartoonist on 'corrupt judges'

    One of Ghana's best-known cartoonist, the Black Narrator, has penned a response to the corruption scandal facing the judiciary.

    Cartoon about Ghana's judicial corruption scandal

    "For many years, the ordinary Ghanaian lived the sad illusion that justice was always upheld in their courts," the cartoonist wrote on Facebook.

    Ghana's judicial council is today investigating judges after journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas handed over evidence to authorities alleging that 34 justices have taken bribes and extorted money.

  26. New human-like species unveiled

    A BBC producer has been tweeting from a ceremony to unveil a new human-like species, whose remains were discovered in cave near Johannesburg in South Africa.

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    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (pictured below, left) and Prof Lee Berger (below, right), who made the discovery, have both been speaking at the event. 

    "We are bound together in a common ancestry...We did not imagine that a new species would be unearthed telling us more about our own human journey than we ever knew before," Mr Ramaphosa is quoted as saying by the Guardian's David Smith, also at the ceremony. 

    Cyril Ramaphosa and Prof Lee Berger handling the skull

    Prof Lee Berger said that the species had to be older than 2.5 million to 2.8 million years, but that they couldn't say exactly how old the fossils they discovered were. 

  27. South Africa's Kevin Anderson beaten at US Open

    South African tennis player Kevin Anderson, who beat Andy Murray earlier this week, is out of the US Open.

    He lost 6-4 6-4 6-0 to Swiss star Stan Wawrinka during the quarter-final match:

    Kevin Anderson of South Africa returns a shot to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland
  28. Zimbabwe schools 'ban porridge used to make beer'

    Some Zimbabwean students have been using porridge to brew beer, according to South Africa's News24 website.

    Now some boarding schools have banned their pupils from bringing breakfast cereal, it quotes Zimbabwe's Bulawayo-based state-run Chronicle paper as saying.

    Children lining up for porridge in Zimbabwe
    Image caption: Only breakfast prepared by schools will be allowed

    Parents were reportedly warned that children heading back to school for the new term with oats or sorghum cereals would have them confiscated as some have been mixing them with brown sugar and yeast and leaving the concoction to ferment in the sun.

  29. Generations of bling at Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls

    The Ndau people from Zimbabwe are well known for their artistic skills. Joe Mutoko comes from a third generation of jewellers and is keeping up the family tradition in the resort town of Victoria Falls by creating bespoke high-end jewellery, known as the Ndau Collection:

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  30. Human-like species discovered in South Africa

    Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa.

    The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa.

    The researchers say the discovery will change ideas about our human ancestors.

    Naledi Skeleton
    Image caption: Homo naledi has a mixture of primitive and more modern features

    The species which has been named naledi has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo to which modern humans belong.

    The researchers who made the find have not been able to find out how long ago these creatures lived - but the scientist who led the team, Prof Lee Berger, told BBC News that he believed they could be among the first of our kind (genus Homo) and could have lived in Africa up to three million years ago.

    Read the BBC story here

  31. Ghana judges to be questioned over 'bribes'

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    The disciplinary committee of Ghana's judicial council will today begin its inquiry into corruption in the judiciary following a two-year investigation by top journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

    In all 180 court officials, including 22 lower court judges and 12 high court judges, are facing removal procedures following the report which allegedly shows them on tape extorting money and taking bribes.

    From today, the 22 lower court judges will be suspended. The high court judges will continue in their jobs, but must respond to the allegations against them by the close of today.

    Ghana's Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood
    Image caption: Ghana's Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood will be holding the inquiry

    Read the BBC News story

  32. Transforming scientific research in Africa

    A $100m (£65m) fund for scientific research in Africa is being launched today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) aims to empower African scientists and governments to set their own agenda for research and development.

    Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a respected biologist herself, has told the BBC the recent Ebola outbreak was a strong wake-up call for Africa, and that African governments should move towards a pledge of 1% of GDP being put into scientific research.

    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
    Image caption: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is attending the launch

    The fund has been set up by initial investment from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Department for International Development.

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