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Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

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

    A reminder of today's wise words: A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy. An Ethiopian proverb sent by Chatim Daniel, Nasir, South Sudan.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a photo of Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine diving to stop the ball during their second one-day international cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Zimbabwe lost by 58 runs:

    Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine drives to stop the ball during their second one-day international cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
  2. Second Boko Haram suspect 'seized'

    The Nigerian army says it has arrested a second person on its list of the 100 most-wanted members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    Ishaku Wardifen was apprehended by troops this morning at a checkpoint in Maiha town in north-eastern Adamawa State, the army said in a statement.

    "Preliminary interrogation revealed that the suspected terrorist is a Cameroonian citizen," it added.

    Photos of suspected Boko Haram leaders
    Image caption: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appears as number 97 and 100 on the list

    Visual matching with photographs on the poster of the wanted list released by the army last month "shows that he clearly resembles the suspect on serial number 22," the statement said.

    Earlier, the army said id had arrested another suspect in the capital, Abuja while he was trying to board a flight to the main city, Lagos (see 09:01).

  3. German FA chief resigns over World Cup bid

    Wolfgang Niersbach

    The president of the German Football Association, Wolfgang Niersbach, has resigned over a Fifa payment related to the 2006 World Cup bidding process that has resulted in a tax evasion investigation.

    Germany beat South Africa by one vote to host the tournament.

    The sum of $7.2m (£4.9m) was allegedly used to bribe officials of world football's governing body to vote for Germany's bid.

    Niersbach said he always worked "cleanly, confidently and correctly", but was taking "political responsibility" for a payment to Fifa.

    Read more on BBC Sport story here

  4. New Nigeria election chief sworn in

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in history professor Mahmood Yakubu as the new head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec). 

    He replaces Attahiru Jega who resigned after conducting what many described as one of Nigeria's most credible election earlier this year:

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    Five other commissioners were also sworn in:

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  5. 'Deadly' suicide bombing in Cameroon

    Two female suicide bombers have killed three people in an attack near a mosque in northern Cameroon's Fotokol town, the AFP news agency quotes residents and security sources as saying.

    One suicide bomber blew herself up while a second was "neutralised and killed", a local source told AFP.

    "Three civilians also died," added a security source who asked not to be named.

    Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is active in the area, which borders Nigeria.

  6. UN chief condemns Burundi violence

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    The UN Security Council is also meeting later today to discuss the crisis.

    A cycle of violence began in April with opposition supporters protesting against Mr Nkurunziza's controversial decision to stand for a third term.

    At least 200 people have been killed since then.

  7. Ethiopia appeals for food aid

    An Ethiopian official says the country's more than 730,000 refugees could go hungry if $55m (£36m) in food aid is not raised by the end of the year, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    South Sudanese refugees wait for food in the Kule refugee camp near the Pagak Border Entry point in the Gambella Region, Ethiopia, on March 18, 2014.
    Image caption: Many people who fled South Sudan's conflict are taking refuge in Ethiopia

    Ayalew Awoke, deputy director of refugee affairs, said that a $20m donation by the US will be used up by the end of December and he warned of "a major crisis'" unless aid comes in, it reports.

    Ethiopia, which currently hosts Africa's largest refugee population, is experiencing a major drought in its eastern and north-eastern areas and has appealed for $596 million to feed its own population.

  8. Nigeria anti-corruption chief 'fired'

    Mansur Liman

    BBC Hausa editor

    The chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been removed from his post by President Muhammadu Buhari, sources in the government have confirmed to me.

    No reason was given for the sacking of Ibrahim Lamorde, pictured below, who had held that position since 2011.

    Ibrahim Lamorde

    A former senior member of the commission, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, has been appointed to take over on a temporary basis.

    The EFCC has been at the forefront of Nigeria's anti-corruption campaign since 2002 but it has sometimes been accused of targeting government opponents.

    Mr Muhammadu, who was elected in March partly on a pledge to tackle corruption, has promised to recover what he has described as the mind-boggling sums stolen under previous administrations.

  9. MTN 'under pressure from shareholder'

    Mobile phone giant MTN's biggest shareholder is demanding "more collective responsibility" at the company over the $5.2bn (£3.4bn) fine imposed on it by Nigeria, South Africa's financial publication fin24 reports.

    The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) said MTN chief executive Sifiso Dabengwa had done the "noble thing" by resigning, but "a lot more people need to take collective responsibility for the fine that was imposed on MTN Nigeria for alleged failure to comply with regulatory requirements", said the PIC in a statement, fin24 reports.

    MTN service provider tries to register a client's SIM card in Lagos, on October 27, 2015
    Image caption: MTN dominates the mobile phone industry in Nigeria

    The PIC added that questions remain about the role of the South Africa-owned company's board of directors.

    "In particular, we question the role of the risk and compliance function within MTN," the publication quotes the statement as saying.

    "Could risk and compliance have not foreseen that there were instances of noncompliance, which could lead to penalty? What actions were taken to address noncompliance and mitigate possible fallout?"

  10. Africans could 'benefit' from athletic doping report

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    South Africa's Caster Semenya could 'win' two more 800 metres gold medals following today's report by an Independent Commission set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

    The Commission has recommended sanctions against several Russian athletes as well as the Russian Athletics Federation - including the possibility of suspending them from the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

    One of those athletes recommended for sanctions is Mariya Savinova-Farnosova who finished ahead of Semenya to take gold at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea and again a year later at the Olympics in London.

    Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates winning silver in the Women's 800m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London.

    The report says "the cases of those individuals identified by the IC for appropriate discipline by IAAF be pursued as expeditiously as possible, accompanied by provisional sanctions."

    Any re-awarding of medals will depend on what sanctions the IAAF decide upon and over what time period, but in the past, punishments have included suspensions as well as the annulment of past races including the re-awarding of medals.

    If medals are re-distributed Kenya's Pamela Jelimo could go from fourth to second at the 2012 Olympics because as well as Savinova, the bronze-medallist from that race Ekaterina Poistogova is also recommended for sanction in the Commission's report.

    Another Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei could swap her bronze for the 800 at the 2011 World Championships.

  11. Liberian wins top prize for fighting rape

    A Liberian teenager has been awarded a prestigious international prize for his role in fighting sexual abuse against girls in the West African state.

    Abraham Keita was only nine years old when he joined a child-led protest in West Point, one of the biggest slums in Liberia's capital, to demand justice for a teenage girl who was sexually abused and brutally murdered by her foster parents.

    He later became a member of the Children's Parliament, the driving force behind a campaign to enshrine children's rights to education, healthcare and birth registration in law.

    Seventeen-year-old Abraham Keita from Liberia receives the International Children"s Peace Prize 2015 at the Ridderzaal (Knight"s Hall) in The Hague, The Netherlands, 09 November 2015

    Liberia's 2012 Children's Law has since been hailed as one of the most comprehensive on the continent by campaigners.

    "I was inspired to do something by the murder of the girl in West Point and the terrible situation in Liberia for young girls - the victim could have been my sister or a close friend," said Keita, now 17, who was named the winner of the annual International Children's Peace Prize.

    "Winning this award will give hope to children across Liberia, but a lot more needs to be done so they can be compared to children in cities like Amsterdam, Washington and London," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  12. Ethiopia targets manufacturing businesses

    Ethiopia plans to build four industrial parks in the next two years investing up to $500m (£350) in each, a senior government official said, Reuters news agency reports.

    The country has made strides to attract low-end manufacturing businesses seeking new factory locations as wages soar in China, it reports.

    People working on the assembly line at Huajian shoe factory in Dukem, Ethiopia.

    It has so far finalised the construction of the 156-hectare Bole Lemi Industrial Zone south of Addis Ababa.

    Korean garment-maker Myungsung Textile Company and Taiwan's George Shoe Corporation have operations in the park, which is currently undergoing expansion work.

    The country is hoping to become a hub for light manufacturing industries.

  13. Zimbabwe MDC MP 'arrested'

    Zimbabwe's police have detained an MP and 16 opposition supporters after breaking up a rally on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has said, AFP news agency reports.

    Obert Gutu said police arrested the group yesterday as supporters gathered for the rally that the police ordered cancelled at short notice.

    Police beat up opposition supporters, fired teargas at people heading to the venue and randomly arrested party activists, he added.

    "We are deeply disturbed and appalled by the arrest of Honourable Eric Murai and 16 supporters," he told AFP.

    "The police have charged them with disorderly conduct and want them to pay fines," Mr Gutu added.

  14. Why #IStandWithJanet is trending in Kenya

    #IStandWithJanet hashtag has been trending on Twitter in Kenya after a concert was held last night in support of a popular TV presenter, Janet Kanini Ikua, who was last month diagnosed with cancer. 

    It was attended by several Kenyan musicians and other celebrities. 

    Mrs Ikua, who hosts a weekly show on privately owned station NTV, said that some of the money raised from the campaign will also be used to support other cancer patients.

    The hashtag has been tweeted more than 10,000 times:

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    A journalist also tweeted his interview with Janet about her experience:

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  15. UK court hears Libya dissident rendition claim

    One of the most controversial claims of rendition involving the UK is being heard by the Supreme Court in London.

    Ex-Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj says MI6 helped to arrange his and his wife's rendition - saying they were covertly taken from Thailand to Libya.

    The case, involving allegations against ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and an ex-MI6 chief, prompted an unprecedented battle over whether it can even begin.

    Abdel Hakim Belhaj
    Image caption: Mr Belhaj was an opponent of then-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi at the time of his rendition

    The Supreme Court is to decide whether the couple can sue the UK government.

    Police have investigated the claims but the Crown Prosecution Service is yet to announce its charging decision.

    The so-called extraordinary rendition programme operated for years in the wake of the 9/11 attacks of the US.

    The claims involve the secret detention and transfer of terror suspects between countries for interrogation, allegedly including torture.

  16. Interpol probe into athletics' corruption'

    The global police body Interpol says it will be coordinating a worldwide investigation into suspected corruption and doping involving athletes and athletics officials, Reuters news agency reports.

    Interpol announced the news at the same time as a team of investigators for the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended disciplinary action against the Russian athletics federation to clean up the sport.

  17. Controversy in Togo over proposed wildlife park

    The office of Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe says that plans to relocate villagers to make way for a wildlife reserve have been suspended, after clashes between police and residents left five people dead, reports the BBC French service.

    The violence broke out on Friday in the town of Mango, some 600km (380 miles) north of the capital, Lome.

    The wildlife reserve was due to cover an area of around 180,000 hectares (440,000 acres).

  18. South Africa investigating reports of Jordan shooting

    A spokesman in South Africa's international affairs department has been tweeting about the gun attack in Jordan: 

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  19. Diack 'complicit in doping cover-up'

    File photo dated 30-08-2015 of Outgoing IAAF president Lamine Diack

    More on the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have called for former International Association Athletic Federations president Lamine Diack, pictured above, to be provisionally suspended.

    The 82-year old from Senegal is accused of being complicit in a cover-up of doping by Russian athletes.

    French police confirmed that he is under investigation for allegedly receiving more than 1 million euros to cover up doping.

    His son Papa Massata Diack, advisor Habib Cisse and the former IAAF anti-doping chief Gabriel Dolle are also being investigated by French police.

  20. BreakingBreaking News

    The International Olympics Committee have recommended that former IAAF president Lamine Diack should be provisionally suspended as an honorary member, reports BBC Sports.

  21. The words that made a champion

    What do dacoit, yow and katti mean? Three words that helped Nigerian Wellington Jighere become Scrabble world champion (see 09:02 post).

    • Dacoit - a member of a class of robbers in India and Burma
    • Yow - Australian slang for keeping a look-out
    • Katti - an alternative spelling for a weight used in China
    • Aah - an expression of surprise

    Lewis MacKay put down:

    • Jomo - an alternative spelling for zhomo, an animal bred from a yak and a cow
    • Yex - an Old English word for sobbing
    • Guiro - a musical instrument made from a gourd
    • Wemb - an obsolete alternative spelling of womb
    • Onely - an obsolete alternative spelling of only

    (Source: oed.com)

  22. Photos of Nigerian Scrabble champion

    Wellington receiving the prize
    Image caption: Wellington Jighere won the competition after winning 32 rounds of matches in four days

    Nigerians have been congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who has become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

    The 32-year-old beat Englishman Lewis MacKay 4-0 in the final in Australia.

    The winning board
    Image caption: Wellington Jighere won the final with words like aah, dacoit and ungifted

    Mr Jighere said on his Facebook page that he felt he was playing with the "whole continent" behind him.

    He added that it "still baffles" him that he managed to win, given how tired he felt as he had "not slept well in about a week".

    Nigeria scrabble team
    Image caption: Nigeria was also the best-placed team in the competition

    Mr Jighere and the five other members of the Nigerian team only arrived in Australia the day before the tournament started, so had little chance to get over the 20-hour flight or the seven-hour time difference.

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  23. Jordanian gunman's motive 'not clear'

    A spokesman for the Jordanian government Mohammed Momani has said the motive behind the shooting of a South African and two Americans at a security training centre was not immediately clear, the Associated Press news agency reports (see 12:45 post).

    Mr Momani said the shooter - a policeman - has committed a "crime," but did not say whether authorities considered the fatal act a terror attack.

    The shooting, at a police training camp on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, raises questions about the country's image as an island of relative stability in a trouble region, analysts say.

    File photo of security training at the US-funded facility in Muwaqqar, Jordan
    Image caption: The facility in Muwaqqar is used for training Iraqi and Palestinian security forces

    Jordan has recently taken a high-profile role in the fight against militants, including the so-called Islamic State (IS).

    There has been concern that they could carry out revenge attacks on Jordanian soil.

  24. Boko Haram suspect arrested: Your reaction

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    Some of you have been having a heated debate on BBC Africa Facebook page on the announcement by the Nigerian army that it has arrested one of the 100 most-wanted members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the capital, Abuja (see 09:01 post).

    William Kokulo In Monrovia: "This is welcoming, Boko Haram days are numbered. I hope he will disclose the location of his colleagues".

    Solomon Ateh: They are arrested everyday yet no evidence of peace. Buhari thought he was going to wipe out Boko Haram in two weeks, still waiting for results".

    Owoyele Dipo: Good job. The terrorist are now fleeing, Nigerian troops are no longer fleeing from them. Boko Haram can no longer kill or kidnap en-mass & take over local governments".

    Oliver Matthew: "Nigerians have heard enough of all these arrests and interrogations of suspects, we want to see the trials and convictions of all these corruption and terror suspects".

    Rashid Ali Duku: "Capturing one out of a hundred is not worth being proud of, please fight harder and better."

  25. Zuma jet purchase 'unlikely to go ahead'

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma

    Reports of the government's intention to buy a multi-million dollar jet for South Africa's president could not come at a worse time - after huge public protests by students calling for no fees at universities.

    It is not the first time a new aircraft for President Zuma has been proposed. The last few occasions, those plans never came to fruition.

    So it is unlikely that the state will go ahead with the procurement against the current barrage of condemnation.

    The timing is just not right.

  26. Jordanian gunman 'shot dead'

    Jordanian security forces shot dead the police officer who killed a South African and two Americans at a US-funded security training centre near Amman, said Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad Momani.

    Jordanian police take part in a training session at the police training centre in Muwaqqar, Jordan (21 August 2008)
    Image caption: Iraqis and Palestinians are trained at the centre

    Earlier reports said the police officer killed himself after carrying out the attack.

    Mr Momani said the assailant also wounded two Americans and four Jordanians during the shooting spree.

    The US-funded Jordan International Police Training Centre (JIPTC) hosts mainly Palestinian and Iraqi officers.

    US contractors are sent to the facility in Muwaqqar, on the eastern outskirts of Amman, to assist Jordanian police trainers.

    Read the full BBC story here

  27. Your weekend Instagram photo

    We've been looking at your pictures from the weekend and spotted this one taken by @marcocontisikic.

    He painted these wings on the wall of a restaurant car park in Bamako, Mali, and got the chef, Sylla, to pose. 

    To see more of his wings, search#wingsforfreedom and #wingsforbamako.

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    We'll want to post another next Monday morning so let us know what you've been doing at the weekend by adding #regramtheweekend to your pictures.

  28. 'South African killed' in Jordan attack

    A South African has been shot dead along with two Americans in a gun attack at a police training centre outside Jordan's capital, Amman, a Jordanian government spokesman has said, Reuters news agency reports.

    Security sources said the assailant was a Jordanian police officer and that he had killed himself after opening fire.

  29. Boko Haram suspect being 'interrogated'

    A spokesman for Nigeria's army has told the BBC that they are interrogating one of the most wanted Boko Haram suspects following his arrest yesterday in the capital, Abuja (see 09:01).

    Col Sani Usman did not give details about the suspect identified as Chindo Bello, but said he was spotted at the airport as a result of the army's decision last month to publish 100 photos of the most-wanted Boko Haram suspects.

    Read: Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists?

  30. Sleeping sickness breakthrough saves lives

    Richard Hamilton

    BBC World Service

    Researchers say thousands of lives in Africa have been saved by an initiative to help eradicate sleeping sickness.

    Acute cases of the disease among people in rural Uganda fell by 90% after transmission to humans was prevented by eliminating the parasite from domestic cattle.

    Scientists hope to expand the project.

    Sleeping sickness is a neglected killer in Africa and the World Health Organisation believes there are about 30,000 cases a year.

    Researcher Hamid Darban works at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, as the Institute presented 14 July 2005

    The disease is transmitted by the tsetse fly which comes into contact with people, cattle and wild animals.

    Many poor people in rural areas have no access to treatment.

    Researchers from Edinburgh University in Scotland tried a new strategy by injecting half a million cows with a drug that kills the parasite.

    After a success rate of 90%, they now aim to extend the project to other parts of Uganda and treat two and a half million cattle.

  31. Nigeria press celebrate World Cup victory

    Screen grab of Leadership newspaper

    The victory of Nigeria over Mali in the final of U-17 World Cup in Chile dominates the front pages of some of the country's newspapers.

    The Golden Eaglets beat their African rival 2-0 to successfully retain the trophy they won in 2013 (see 09:12 post).

    Screen grab of Daily Trust newspaper
  32. Row over Zuma jet

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Plans by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to buy a new jet for President Jacob Zuma at a reported cost of around $280m (£185m) have been met with fierce criticism.

    The announcement came soon after the government said there was not enough money to fund university education. Students held massive public protests calling for no fees at universities in their #FeesMustFall campaign.

    The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party said the plan to buy the jet was unjustifiable. DA shadow defence minister Kobus Marais said the treasury was already struggling to balance its books.

    South African President Jacob Zuma sings and dances during the opening ceremony of the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) on December 16, 2012, in Bloemfontein
    Image caption: Mr Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption throughout his presidency

    He said it was "absolutely unacceptable that in this time when people are losing their jobs, unemployment is increasing, that they're even considering" the idea.

    The South African National Defence Union, which represents soldiers, said the money could be better spent on troops and military equipment.

    It is not clear whether the statement issued by President Zuma's office today requesting that the procurement process be as transparent as possible and stating that all aircraft purchased by the SANDF ultimately "belong to the state" will do enough to quieten the outcry.

  33. Deadly political clashes in Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Bauchi

    Security forces have been deployed to the town of Wukari in the Nigerian state of Taraba following deadly political violence which left at least 15 dead and 40 others inured.

    The violence followed a court ruling over the weekend which nullified the election of Darius Ishaku, an opposition candidate, as the state governor and awarded victory to his opponent Aisha Alhassan of the governing party.

    Dozens of homes and shops were also vandalised in the town which has a history of deadly religious and ethnic violence.

    Branded umbrellas and with symbols of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are displayed with photographs of presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan and running mate Namadi Sambo on March 24, 2015 during a rally to mobilize support for re-election ahead of the March 28 election in Akure, Ondo State in southwestern Nigeria
    Image caption: The PDP lost power in Nigeria after 16 years

    Mr Ishaku, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), indicated he would appeal the ruling after a court dismissed his candidacy on the grounds that the party had not followed proper procedures when nominating him.

    The situation seems to be under control now with soldiers and police on the streets.

  34. 'Killings' in Burundi

    At least two people have been killed and a policeman wounded in gun battles in Burundi's capital, police and witnesses say, the AFP news agency reports.

    "Armed criminals" wounded the officer when they threw a grenade at a patrol in the capital Bujumbura's Musaga district, AFP quotes a police officer as saying.

    Witnesses said two people, including a student were killed, by officers who opened fire, it reports.

  35. Video of Nigeria's victory over Mali

    Watch the highlight of Nigeria's 2-0 win over Mali to retain their U-17 World Cup trophy.

    They also become the second country to successfully defend their title after Brazil.

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  36. Zambia's currency takes a battering

    Zambia's currency, the kwacha, has fallen by more than 4% against the dollar to a new record low, Reuters news agency reports.

    This is mainly because the price of copper, the southern African nation's main export, slipped below $5,000 (£3,300) per tonne to a six-year low, it adds.

    "Copper accounts for more about 70% of Zambia's foreign exchange earnings and falling prices have telling effects on the kwacha," a commercial bank trader is quoted as saying.

  37. UK Supreme Court hears Libya rendition claim

    Former Islamist fighter Abdul Hakim Belhaj

    A hearing is due to begin shortly at the UK Supreme Court in London to decide whether a Libyan man can sue the British government over allegations that it was involved in his forced return to Libya.

    Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a former Islamist fighter who opposed the deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, says he was seized by US forces alongside his wife, Fatima Boudchar, in 2004 as they tried to fly from Asia to the UK to seek asylum.

    They were imprisoned and Mr Belhaj says he was tortured.

    The British government, which was on good terms with the then Libyan leader denies it has acted unlawfully.

    Read more on the BBC story here

  38. Shake-up in MTN after Nigeria crisis

    Matthew Davies

    Africa Business Report editor, Johannesburg

    The resignation of MTN chief executive Sifiso Dabengwa has not come as a surprise to analysts and market watchers - his job was on the line ever since the authorities in Nigeria slapped the company with a $5.2bn (£3.4bn) fine for failing to cut off mobile phone users who were using unregistered Sim cards.

    Mr Dabengwa had been in the top post at MTN for four years, but had served as the company's chief operating officer and as head of its Nigerian operations before that.

    A picture taken on October 27, 2015 shows a man walking past a MTN notice board in Lagos

    The ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch lowered MTN's credit rating last month because of the Nigeria fine, the size of which the South Africa-owned company is still thought to be trying to negotiate lower.

    MTN's non-executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, has been appointed as a caretaker boss for a maximum of six months, while a new chief executive is found.

    MTN fine graphic
  39. UN to discuss Burundi crisis

    The UN Security Council is due to meet later today in New York to discuss the crisis in Burundi.

    The meeting is being held at France's request, amid growing international concern about violence and ethnic tension in the country.

    Yesterday, Rwandan President Paul Kagame condemned the upsurge in violence in the neighbouring state.

    "People are being killed every day, bodies are found on the streets... Leaders are spending time killing people", he said.

    A file photo taken on May 20, 2015 shows policemen holding a position in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura during a demonstration against the Burundian President"s third term
    Image caption: Parts of Burundi have been hit by unrest since April
  40. Nigeria retain U-17 World Cup

    Nigeria have defeated Mali 2-0 to win the 2015 Fifa U-17 World Cup in Chile for a record fifth time.

    Second half strikes from Victor Osimhen and Funsho Bamgboye were all the defending champion needed to crush their fellow African rivals who were chasing their first ever title.

    The Golden Eaglets have now become the second country to successfully defend their title after Brazil.

    Nigeria's players celebrate with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 trophy, at Sausalito stadium in Vina del Mar, on 8 November 2015.

    Victor Osimhen stole the show once again thanks to his record-breaking 10th goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later.

    Samuel Diarra had saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to Chile 2015.

  41. Nigerian crowned scrabble champion

    Nigerians have been celebrating 32-year-old Wellington Jighere victory in the world scrabble champion - the first African to win the title.

    Mr Jighere beat Englishman Lewis MacKay with four straight wins in the best-of-seven final round at the World English-language Scrabble Players' Association championship in Perth, Australia, on Saturday.

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buahri phoned Mr Jighere to congratulate him, his office said.

    "I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy," it quoted Mr Buhari as telling the champion.

  42. Security force raids in Burundi's capital

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    Police are continuing with house-to-house searches in parts of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, after a deadline for the surrender of illegal weapons expired on Saturday.

    President Pierre Nkurunziza warned last week that anyone who refused to give up arms would be "dealt with as enemies of the nation".

    Burundians load belongings on a truck in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Image caption: Some families fled their homes ahead of the crackdown

    The raids are taking place in Bujumbura's northern areas, which are seen as opposition strongholds.

    A cycle of violence began in April with opposition supporters protesting against Mr Nkurunziza's controversial decision to stand for a third term.

    He argued that his first term as president did not count towards the constitutional two-term limit as he was chosen by lawmakers.

  43. MTN chief quits over Nigeria fine

    The embattled chief executive of South Africa-based mobile phone giant MTN has resigned over a $5.2bn (£3.4bn) fine imposed imposed on the firm by Nigeria.

    "Due to the most unfortunate prevailing circumstances occurring at MTN Nigeria, I, in the interest of the company and its shareholders, have tendered my resignation with immediate effect," CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said in a statement.

    A man walks past a billboard for MTN, Africa's leading cullular telecommunication company on July 14, 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria
    Image caption: Nigeria is MTN's biggest market

    MTN has a 16 November deadline to pay the fine, imposed over its failure to register all Sim cards.

    This allegedly opened the way for militant Islamist group Boko Haram to use the network.

    MTN said its its non-executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko would act as executive chairman until a successor to Mr Dabengwa is found.

    Mr Nhleko said he would continue to seek a solution to the dispute with Nigeria over the fine.

  44. Boko Haram suspect 'arrested'

    Nigeria's army says it has captured one of the 100 most-wanted members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, as he attempted to board a flight in the capital, Abuja.

    The suspect, identified as Chindo Bello, was apprehended by aviation security while attempting to "flee", it said.

    The flight was bound for the commercial capital, Lagos, the army added.

    The arrest showed the army's decision last month to widely circulate 100 photos of the most-wanted Boko Haram suspects had started to "pay the desired dividends", the army statement said.

    Photos of Boko Haram supects

    Read: Islamic State ties broaden Boko Haram threat

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