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By Hugo Williams and Lucy Fleming

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  1. Scroll down for Thursday'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: "An armpit cannot be above the shoulder." A Bemba proverb sent by Stewart Kabwe, Kitwe, Zambia.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

    And we'll be back tomorrow when the BBC African Footballer of the year will be announced:

    nominees for african fooballer of the year
  2. Libyan factions talk face-to-face again

    Senior political party leaders and representatives from Libya’s rival parliaments are in the Tunisian capital today for UN-mediated talks aimed at resolving the political crisis.

    But don't get confused - these are not the talks that led to a deal on Sunday intended to establish a single government and elections within two years.

    The country has two parliaments, two governments, two capitals - and now two peace processes

    Members of the UN-dialogue team last met two months ago, when a unity government was proposed, but none of the rival factions have adopted that agreement.

    The BBC's reporter in Tunis is keeping her eye on the talks:

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      Libya has been unstable since long-serving strongman Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in October 2011, with militias ruling various parts of the country.    

  3. Peace laureate on why Tunisians turn to extremism

    One of Tunisia's Nobel peace laureates, Ouided Bouchamaoui, has been talking to the BBC HardTalk's Stephn Sackur in Oslo, where she has been collecting her prize (see 12:53 post).

    She is one of the four recipients representing the National Dialogue Quartet, a combination of civil society organisations that did much to rescue Tunisia from political chaos in recent years.

    But she says people’s dreams country have not been realised and that is why there is anger from some Tunisians who turn to extremism:

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    Video caption: Stephen Sackur talks to Nobel Peace Prize winner Ouided Bouchamaoui in Oslo.
  4. Kenya's top banker talks tough on corruption

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Patrick Njoroge

    I've just interviewed Kenya’s Central Bank governor who has called for tighter measures to be put in place to root out corruption in financial institutions.

    Two banks in the country have recently crumbled following revelations of fraud - and their customers have been unable to access their money.

    The manager of Imperial Bank, who died in September, had allegedly siphoned more than $300m (£198m), court papers show.

    But Patrick Njoroge said there was no need for Kenyans to be concerned about the safety of their money in other banks.

    "We have underscored that what brought those banks down was very specific to them and these problems do not relate to the rest of the banking sector," he said.

    He added that he wants tougher restrictions in the financial sector to prevent a repeat.

    The governor, who took office in June, also urged Kenyans to root out corruption not just by putting in strong mechanisms, but by also observing personal ethics.

    Read more about why Mr Njoroge is proving popular with Kenyans.

  5. Why was SA finance minister sacked?

    Lerato Mbele

    BBC African Business Report

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    Video caption: Impact of sacking of Nhlanhla Nene

    The decision by South Africa President Jacob Zuma to sack Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been widely criticised. 

    South Africa's currency fell close to a record low against the dollar on Thursday morning as the markets were digesting the news. 

    The sacking comes as South Africa's economy is struggling to grow. 

    So what impact will it have? 

  6. Somali intelligence officer killed by bomb

    A senior Somali intelligence official, Amohamed Abdullahi Gardhub, has been killed by a bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, police say.

    The device is reported to have been attached to his car. 

    The incident occurred in the city's main street, Makka al-Mukarama. 

    No-one has said they carried out the attack, but Islamist militant group al-Shabab has targeted many government officials and civilians in recent years.

  7. Five quotes from Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

    (L-R) Nobel Peace Prize laureates President of the Tunisian Human Rights League Abdessattar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Wided Bouchamaoui, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abassi and President of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh pose with King Harald of Norway (C) as they were received at the Royal Palace in Oslo

    Members of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Here are five quotes from Nobel Committee head Kaci Kullmann-Five's speech at the award ceremony in Oslo. 

    1. "In the summer of 2013 Tunisia was on the brink of civil war. The Quartet's resolute intervention helped to halt the spiraling violence and put developments on a peaceful track. Tunisia was spared the horrors of civil war and instead established a constitutional system of government."
    2. "We hope that the Peace Prize will help to ensure that there is no return to the Tunisia that existed before democracy, before the revolution."
    3. "If every country had done as Tunisia has done, and paved the way for dialogue, tolerance, democracy and equal rights, far fewer people would have been forced to flee."
    4. "Tunisia's security challenges are urgent. They are all too familiar to us. They resemble our own. They are our own. In this time of terror, the threats against Tunisia and the Tunisian people are indistinguishable from the threats against other countries."
    5. "And may the diploma remind us all of our obligation to the millions of children and young people who, while we are gathered here today, feel as if they are groping in the dark, with no hope or faith in the future. May these young people have the blindfold removed from their eyes and see a brighter future, a future in peace and freedom."
    Chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel committee Kaci Kullmann-Five (L to R) speaks during the Peace Prize awarding ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on 10 December 2015
    Image caption: Ms Kullmann-Five said this year's prize "is truly a prize for peace, awarded against a backdrop of unrest and war".
  8. South African officer attacked by cheetah

    The South African Air Force has said two cheetahs, which live on an air base to keep other animals off the runway, have attacked an officer.

    Air Force spokeswoman Marthie Visser said in a statement that the male cheetahs wandered into a hangar at the Makhado base.

    A warrant officer saw them and tried to take a picture when they attacked her. The officer was not seriously injured and has been released from hospital. 

    The cheetahs will remain on the base.

    Ms Visser said the base, in northern South Africa, is surrounded by nature reserves and that the cheetahs act as natural wildlife population control.

    Image caption: Cheetahs can reach speeds of at least 104km/h (64mph) in three seconds
  9. Tunisian Nobel Prize winners in Oslo to receive prize

    Winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abassi, President of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh and President of the Tunisian Human Rights League Abdessattar Ben Moussa applaud as President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Wided Bouchamaoui poses with her medal and certificate during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2015

    A ceremony is under way in Norway to present the Tunisian winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize with their award.

    Speaking at the ceremony in Oslo, the leader of the Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmanm Five, praised the winners - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet - saying their work had helped the North African country find a way to peace during a time of great unrest.

    Tunisia's uprising was the first and most successful of the Arab Spring.

    Earlier, the four peace laureates, holding roses, attended a Save the Children party with Norwegian royalty:

    The Tunisian Quartet attend the non-profit organisation Save the Children's Peace Prize party together with Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit (R) and Prince Sverre Magnus at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo on 10 December 2015

    The quartet is made up of four organisations: the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.  

  10. South Africa's new finance minister sworn in

    Following the sacking of Nhalnhla Nene, David van Rooyen has been sworn in as South Africa's new finance minister at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

    One tweeter captured the moment:

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    The BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says he stumbled a number of times while reading the oath and seemed uncomfortable.

    He then gave a short briefing where he described his new job as a “colossal assignment”.

    No questions were allowed and he was escorted out of the room.