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  1. China's president announces massive funding support for Africa
  2. Nigerian authorities admit typing error in MTN letter about fine reduction
  3. Burundi general targeted in convoy attack
  4. #NoToSocialMediaBill trends in Nigeria with complaints over proposed new law
  5. At least 16 killed in Egypt restaurant attack
  6. Email stories and comments to - Friday 4 December 2015

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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Egypt postpones world squash tournament

This month's Men's World Team Squash Championship due to take place in Egypt's capital, Cairo, has been postponed, the Professional Squash Association website reports.

This follows a number of teams, including title holders England, pulling out over security concerns.

“We request this postponement with a heavy heart as Cairo is a safe city,” said the president of Egypt's squash federation Assem Khalifa.  

Ebola doctors remembered

Sierra Leonean journalist Umaru Fofana has been tweeting from a memorial service for 11 doctors who died during the Ebola epidemic:

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A total of 3,955 people died from Ebola in Sierra Leone during the recent outbreak.

The country was declared Ebola free last month.

Civilians die in CAR attack

The UN's humanitarian coordinator in the Central African Republic says that eight civilians have been killed by armed men in a camp for displaced people in the centre of the country, Reuters news agency reports.

One UN peacekeeper was also wounded in the attack in Ngakobo, 60km south of Bambari.

The attack happened on Thursday, just three days after Pope Francis had left the country after a two-day visit where he preached a message of peace.

Uganda welcomes Chinese investment

Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa told the BBC that China is welcome in Africa because it does not "interfere in Africa's internal affairs.

He added that "some other countries should learn a lesson" from this behaviour.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the Africa-China summit in Johannesburg.

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Cost of doing business

Our satirist is aghast that a whistle blower who paid bribes said it was the "cost of doing business in Africa". 

Catch up on his sideways view of this week's goings on across the continent:

Satire series What's Up Africa is a BBC and RNW Media co-production.

It's broadcast on Wednesdays and Fridays on Focus on Africa on BBC World News & partner stations across Africa from 1730gmt

The impact of flooding near Kenya's Tana River

The BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay had to roll up his trousers to get the full story on the impact that Kenya's flooded Tana River is having on the farmers.

Bashkash in river

The farmers told him that the recent flooding meant that they lost the crops they were waiting to harvest.

Somali farmer in river

Many had lost livestock because of a drought earlier this year.

Olushambles' surprise visit is a shambles

When Tanzanian President John  Magafuli was voted into power recently he started making surprise visits to check public servants were doing their jobs properly.

Our satirical president Olushambles was inspired to copy this. But his resolve didn’t last for long.

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What will the new Chinese money be spent on?

China has pledged $60bn in new money for the continent and the Xinhua news agency has summed up where the money is going:

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MTN planning more talks with Nigeria

Telecoms company MTN has said it is "carefully considering" the fine it now has to pay Nigeria's Communication Commission (NCC) for failing to cut off unregistered users, AFP news agency reports.

Earlier (12.23) we reported that the NCC had made a typing error in a letter to MTN explaining that the original $5.2bn had been reduced.

The fine now stands at $3.9bn not $3.4bn as was thought on Thursday.

MTN said its chairman and acting chief executive Phuthuma Nhleko would hold more talks with the Nigerian authorities.

MTN stand

China-Africa relations go from 'strength to strength'

On the sidelines of the Africa-China summit in Johannesburg Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa has told BBC Focus on Africa that "relations between Africa and China have been going from strength to strength and this particular forum has enhanced the relationship". 

"Given the level of contribution that China is making to Africa's development I think it's an extremely important summit," he added.

Xi, Zuma and Mugabe shaking hands

'Nice to see you'

There are at least 35 African heads of state at the Africa-China summit in Johannesburg - a chance for some to catch up.

The spokesperson for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted this picture of his boss having a chat with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

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Changing the reputation of Nairobi's Somali-dominated suburb

Farah Yusuf

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

The Somali-dominated Eastleigh suburb of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has a reputation for insecurity.

But a business summit hopes to change that, according to Kenya's Star newspaper.

It says the Eastleigh Business Summit will bring together more than 100 firms and seek to assure investors that the area in Nairobi is safe for business, the newspaper says.  

Star Newspaper

Is China the biggest investor in Africa?

A handy article put together by South Africa's Wits University tries to address what it calls five "remarkably durable" myths about China's relationship with Africa.

Myth number two is that China is Africa's biggest investor, it says in fact that it is number seven on the list, "far behind the United States, Germany, and even the United Arab Emirates".

It says that investment is often confused with the fact that China is Africa's largest trading partner.

Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping told African heads of state that "China and Africa share a common future"

The other four myths the article addresses are:

  • Chinese companies in Africa only hire Chinese workers
  • China exports prison labour to Africa
  • African imports into China make up a large portion of China's trade 
  • Chinese investments are centrally planned in Beijing

#uongraduation trending in Kenya

Newly minted graduates at the University of Nairobi must be tweeting furiously during their graduation ceremony earlier today as they made the event a trending topic on Twitter in Kenya.

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And in case you are reading this thinking it is too late to start new research, the university's vice chancellor has tweeted this as inspiration:

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Marrakech getting ready to welcome Hollywood royalty

Here's a picture of the Marrakech Film Festival getting ready to open today.

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And on a walk around Marrakech yesterday, instagrammer Moonabay spotted this old cinema, she wishes would re-open.

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She is also getting very excited about an appearance by Hollywood royalty, Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter, fellow film director Sofia Coppola. 

'Typing error' changes MTN fine reduction in Nigeria

A spokesman for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has admitted that a typing error led it to give the wrong figure for a reduction in the fine it has handed to MTN mobile phone network, Bloomberg news agency reports.

It was reported on Thursday that the fine for failing to cut off unregistered users had gone down from $5.2bn to $3.4bn.

But now MTN has been told the fine is half a billion dollars higher at $3.9bn.

Bloomberg says that NCC spokesman Tony Ojobo told them that "there was a typo" in its original letter.

"We saw the mistake and had to fix it," he added.


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Nigeria is MTN's biggest market in Africa

Burundi general targeted in convoy attack

A senior police officer in charge of special units set up to protect institutions in Burundi has himself been the target of an attack. 

Police say uniformed men opened fire on a convoy they believed to be carrying General Christophe Manirambona in the capital, Bujumbura. 

The general was not travelling in the convoy at the time. 

Three of the attackers were killed and a number of weapons recovered. 

Burundi has experienced a wave of violence since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he was running for a third term.

Burundi protest

President Xi in quotes

China's President Xi Jinping has been talking to the more than 35 African heads of state at the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg.

He has been praising the continent as well talking about the historical ties.

  • "Today's Africa is a continent of encouraging and dynamic development."
  • "Africa has actively advanced industrialisation and pursued sustainable self-development such a momentum of rapid growth is unstoppable."
  • "I am convinced that African countries and people are embracing a new era that is truly theirs."  
  • "China and Africa share a common future, we Chinese and Africans have forged strong friendship through our common historical experience and in our common struggles."

You can watch the speech here:

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China's significance to the continent

The $60bn (£40bn) pledge from China to fund development projects underlines the significance that the country has on the continent. 

The fact that more than 30 heads of state are at the Johannesburg summit is also evidence of this.

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China is by far Africa's largest single trading partner accounting for $222bn in 2014 in comparison to US trade which amounted to $73bn.

China-Africa researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US have put together this table of China's biggest trading partners on the continent:

Trade figure tables
Johns Hopkins

But as London's Financial Times reports the economic slowdown in China - and lower commodity prices - has caused a 32% contraction in the value imports from Africa over the past year.

When it comes to foreign direct investment, however, money from China is still not as big as investment from elsewhere, as Wits University reports.

Lavish hotel for pampered pooches

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

A new dog hotel has opened its doors in Cape Town and it has pulled out all the stops to ensure its guests enjoy staying in the lap of luxury. 

The hotel, believed to be a first of its kind in South Africa, features a spa, fine dining, a pet clinic, plush bedding and pay channel DSTV for the dogs’ viewing pleasure. 

There are even themed rooms like Jurassic Bark, because every dog has a different personality, the owner says.

Eye Witness News took a tour of the facility:

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Where Akon's massive lighting project started

As well as the world leaders at the climate change talks in Paris this week was the Senegal-born singer Akon. 

He was talking about his project to bring electricity to 600 million people in rural communities across the continent.

He explained to us on the BBC's Newsday programme that the huge project all started with just wanting to get street lights in the area where his family live in Dakar, Senegal.

#NoToSocialMediaBill trending in Nigeria

#NoToSocialMediaBill has been trending on Twitter in Nigeria all night.

People are protesting against a bill which aims to “prohibit frivolous petitions”.

Activists say the bill being discussed in the Senate would restrict freedom of expression.

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China pledges African support

China's President Xi Jinping says China will provide a $60bn (£40bn) funding package for Africa.

The announcement came at a major China-Africa summit in Johannesburg.

President Xi said the package would include zero-interest loans for the continent as well as scholarships and training for thousands of Africans. 

He said the remaining debt of the least-developed African countries in 2015 would be cancelled. 

China is Africa's largest trading partner but its investment in the continent had recorded a 40% fall in the first six months of this year.

African heads of state have also been praising China's contribution to the continent, as the South African government has been tweeting:

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