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  1. Nigeria military 'frees 210 civilians' from Boko Haram captivity
  2. Yaya Toure wins 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year
  3. 'Twelve killed' in Burundi violence government says
  4. Zimbabwe's President Mugabe says army interfering in internal party politics
  5. Rare elephants seen in South Sudan
  6. Email stories and comments to - Friday 11 December 2015

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back on Monday

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

    Today's African proverb: "If you break your cow's horn, others will poke its eyes." It is an Oromo proverb sent by Bekele Atoma and Kaseman in Ethiopia.

    And we leave you with this photo from our look back at the best pictures of the week from Durban in South Africa.

    Women in Durban
  2. South Africa's Zuma moves to reassure investors

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has said that his government's fiscal policies will not change despite the change in finance ministers.

    On Wednesday evening Nhalnhla Nene was unexpectedly dropped.

    Mr Nene was viewed as someone who had tried to keep a tight rein on spending.

    The change led to concern from investors that the government may alter its approach to spending.

    But Mr Zuma has said the appointment of new Finance Minister David van Rooyen "does not signal a change in the government’s fiscal stance.

    "Government will not abandon the fiscal path that we have chosen in the last few years.  

    "Maintaining a prudent fiscal position remains one of government’s top priorities."   

    David van Rooyen
    Image caption: New Finance Minister David van Rooyen is a relatively unknown political figure
  3. Toure promises to lead younger players

    After winning the African Footballer of the year award, Yaya Toure gave a noble promise:

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    Video caption: Yaya Toure wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award 2015
  4. 'Twenty four' injured in Addis explosion

    A grenade attack on Ethiopia's largest mosque in the capital, Addis Ababa, has wounded 24 people with five seriously injured, AP news agency reports quoting the government.

    The Addis Standard magazine had earlier tweeted that the explosion was caused by an electrical fault. 

  5. Toure or Aubameyang?

    Your reaction

    Yaya Toure

    There's been a lot of reaction on the BBC Africa Facebook page to the announcement that Yaya Toure has won the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    And there are a lot of people who think that Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have won.

    This is just one example of many

    • Erik Kanga writes: "Let's be fair Yaya Toure is no longer the player he used to be! He's lost his pace, pass accuracy and goal scoring ability! He's no longer the dependable player at Manchester City!

    But there are some who thinks Toure deserved to win:

    • Alhagie Jobe writes: "Indeed a worthy winner! Yaya Toure won Afcon as skipper and was the only African player on the Fifa Ballon d'Or long list. Good luck to the other finalists.

    The award was voted for by BBC viewers and listeners

  6. Luol Deng suspects he will never play for Team GB again

    The South Sudanese basketball player Luol Deng has told the BBC’s Katie Gornall that he probably won’t play for Team GB again.

    It’s not because he doesn’t want to but because the team is not in great shape.

    He could not even play in the qualifying campaign for this year's EuroBasket tournament because there was no money to insure him.  

    Deng who plays for NBA team Miami Heat was born in South Sudan, raised in Egypt and then in the UK as a refugee, before moving to the United States as a teenager.

    Luol Deng
  7. Yaya thanks the fans

    The 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure has thanked the fans for voting for him.

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    The short list for the award was drawn up by a team of sports journalists, but BBC viewers and listeners voted for the winner.

  8. Tanzanian singer Alikiba in the office

    Tanzanian singer Alikiba just brought a bit of glamour to BBC Africa's offices - and kept his sunglasses on at all times.

    Focus on Africa TV presenter Sophie Ikenye interviewed him about what's ahead.

    Alikiba and Sophie Ikenye

    You can watch their interview on Focus on Africa in a few days' time.

    In the meantime, if you aren't familiar with Alikiba's music, here is his most played song on YouTube Mwana:

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  9. Libyan politicians agree to signing UN-backed deal

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Members of the Libyan political dialogue led by the UN mission to Libya have announced they will sign the proposed political agreement on the 16 December. 

    The announcement came at the end of two days of talks that brought together some members of Libya’s rival parliaments as well as some mayors and political party leaders.  

    It is not clear how this announcement will be received by other members of both parliaments. 

    The MPs who announced this latest agreement say they have the backing of the majority of other MPs.

    Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk Mohamed Shuaib outlined what was agreed.

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    Video caption: Libyan talks, signing agreed
  10. Mauritania creates special court to try slavery cases

    Mauritania has announced it will create three new courts specifically to try slavery cases, AFP news agency says.

    A law was passed in August which doubled the maximum prison term for slavery to 20 years.

    Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, in 1981, and since 2007 its practice has been officially designated a crime. 

    But it is entrenched in the country and in 2014 Mauritania still had the most slaves per capita in the world.

    Anti-slavery campaigner
    Image caption: Anti-slavery campaigners celebrated when tougher sentences were brought in this August
  11. Conflicting reports on Addis 'explosion'

    We had earlier posted tweets from the Addis Standard magazine that a loud noise heard at the large Grand Anwar Mosque in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, was caused by an electrical fault.

    Reuters news agency is now quoting government spokesperson Getachew Reda as saying that a hand grenade was thrown at the mosque.

    It adds that an unknown number of people have been injured.

  12. Toure's father asks when Kolo will start winning awards

    The BBC's Tamasin Ford says Yaya Toure's father "couldn’t have been more proud" when she told him his son had won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award again.

    “All this happiness makes us live. Every time he brings in a prize he calls me to tell me," he said.   

    He did, however, ask when his younger brother Kolo - also a English Premier League footballer - is going to start winning awards. 

    Mr Toure
  13. US: Burundi 'on brink of a wider conflict'

    The US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes has called on all sides in Burundi to pull back from what he calls the brink of a wider conflict.

    Thomas Perriello was speaking to the BBC after gunmen attacked army barracks in the capital, Bujumbura. 

    He said Burundi was becoming increasingly like a failing state. 

    He added that Washington favoured an intervention from African regional peacekeepers rather than the United Nations.

  14. Toure: win is 'unbelievable'

    Yaya Toure told the BBC's Peter Okwoche that winning the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award again was "unbelievable".

    He added that one of the only other people to have won the honour twice, Jay-Jay Okocha, was "always giving me good advice".

    Yaya Toure
  15. Toure is BBC winner

    Peter Okwoche

    BBC Focus on Africa, Manchester

    Having previously won the trophy in 2013, midfielder Yaya Toure was voted Africa's best once again after captaining Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February.

    Beating Ghana in the final landed the Ivorians' their first Nations Cup win in 23 years and it also represented Toure's first trophy with his country - after losing two previous finals.

    There was less success for the 32-year-old with his English Premier League side however, after they finished second to Chelsea last season. 

    However, the Ivorian remains a powerful presence in the heart of midfield for City, who have impressed in this season's Champions League.

    Toure with Nations Cup trophy
  16. Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure wins

    Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    The BBC's Peter Okwoche has just handed over the trophy in Manchester.

    The 32-year-old becomes only the third player, after Nigerians Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to receive the honour twice.

    Yaya toure
  17. And the winner is...

    We're less than 15 minutes away from revealing who is 2015's BBC African Footballer of the Year.

    The BBC's Peter Okwoche has just told Focus on Africa radio that what makes this award special is that it's voted for by the fans, and that's something the players appreciate.

    For those outside the UK you can watch the build up on BBC World News TV.

  18. Rwandan cyclists join German team

    Two cyclists from the Rwandan national squad are joining a German team for 2016. 

    Jean Bosco Nsengimana and Janvier Hadi will be moving to the professional team Bike Aid.

    They aren't the first professional cyclists from Rwanda  - that was Adrien Niyonshuti who became Rwanda’s first professional cyclist in 2009 when he signed for MTN Qhubeka in South Africa.

    Rwandan cyclist
  19. Gunfire still heard in Burundi capital

    The BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, says that gunfire and explosions continue to be heard in the city.

    This is more than 12 hours after soldiers and gunmen clashed near a military base. The government says that 12 were killed, and 21 others have been arrested.

    Prime says that much of life in Bujumbura came to a standstill on Friday as many people stayed at home.