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  1. Togo's Emmanel Adebayor signs for Crystal Palace
  2. Al-Shabab militants retake a town in Somalia after Kenyan troops withdraw
  3. Uganda to fly home seven stranded citizens from Saudi Arabia
  4. Some drought-affected Mozambicans living off wild fruits, officials say
  5. Survey suggests nearly half of Nigerian graduates are unemployed
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 26 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back tomorrow

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

    A reminder of today’s African proverb:

    Quote Message: A poor man's only goat runs after jackals from Ndebele proverb from Zimbabwe sent by Francis Nyoni, Limpopo, South Africa.
    Ndebele proverb from Zimbabwe sent by Francis Nyoni, Limpopo, South Africa.

    And we leave you with this picture of Ugandan presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi celebrating his 67th birthday with supporters while out campaigning ahead of next month's election:

    Amama Mbabazi
  2. Africa tops league of teenage pregnancy

    Eighteen African states are in the global top 20 for countries with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy - Niger tops the list.

    Focus on Africa television has put together this short film with some other statistics:

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    Video caption: Teen pregnancy in Africa
  3. Adebayor confirms Crystal Palace move

    English Premier League side Crystal Palace say they have signed Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

    He has been free to sign for any club after leaving Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season.

    Adebayor has also played for Arsenal and Manchester City in the Premier League.

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    BBC Africa sport journalist Piers Edwards has been considering Adebayor's likely motivation for joining his fourth Premier League team:

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  4. Painful wait for mother of Kenyan soldier

    vigil in nairobi for victims

    The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in the Kenyan town of Eldoret has heard moving testimony from a mother whose son is still unaccounted for after the deadly al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan army base in Somalia earlier this month.

    Many families have not yet been told of the fate of their loved ones, with attempts to identify the victims still under way, the military says.

    The woman, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC:

    Quote Message: I will wait to see him or see his body, then my heart will be at peace. But now it's very frustrating not getting any information from the military or the government. When the president comes here tomorrow, I want him to tell us more about our loved ones."
    Uhuru Kenyatta
    Image caption: President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) will attend another memorial event in Eldoret on Wednesday
    Quote Message: My son loved being a soldier and this was not his first tour of duty in Somalia. I am sure if he is alive, he will not hesitate to go back to Somalia, because he is hard-working and knew he was protecting this nation."
  5. Liberian army 'ready to replace UN peacekeepers'

    Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured Liberians that the country's security forces will be ready to take over when the UN peacekeeping force Unmil leaves at the end of June. 

    Unmil was at one time the UN's largest peacekeeping deployment with more than 17,000 employees. 

    In an address to parliament, the president said that the move to replace Unmil was on track, despite it appearing to be a slow process.

    Unmil peacekeepers in 2003
    Image caption: Unmil peacekeepers have been in Liberia since 2003
  6. China slowdown impact on Africa 'not pretty'

    Demand for African exports from China "has gone away, and it’s not pretty”, is the worrying verdict from South African analyst Greg Mills quoted in the New York Times.

    The newspaper looks at the impact of the China slowdown on the continent's two biggest economies: Nigeria and South Africa.

    It says that South Africa could return to recession this year, and Nigeria is in trouble because of the sliding oil price.

    But countries like Kenya and Ethiopia are showing some resilience, the New York Times reports.

    Nigerian oil worker
    Image caption: Nigeria's reliance on oil as a foreign currency earner is causing the country some problems
  7. Epic survival story for Angolan beetle

    Scarabeus Cancer

    Last year Dr Bruce Gill, a Canadian entomologist, and his American colleague Dr Keith Philips set off for Angola in search for one of the world's largest beetles. 

    The Scarabeus Cancer, to give it its official name, hadn't been seen since 1949. 

    In fact, it was widely believed to be extinct, especially after the country's devastating civil war. 

    Dr Gill has been talking to the BBC's Focus on Africa radio about how he and his team managed to track down this "gentle giant" of a beetle in Kuando Kubango province, referred to by Angolans as "the land beyond the end of the earth".

    You can hear the full interview with Dr Gill (pictured below, showing off his insect tray) on Focus on Africa, live from 17:00 GMT.

    Dr Gill with insect tray. The scarabeus cancer is the good-looking one in the middle...
    angolan beetle
  8. Stars to turn out for Kenya ivory burning

    What have actor Leonardo DiCaprio, singer Elton John and billionaires George Soros and Paul Allen got in common?

    Well, according to a statement from the office of the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta it's a desire to protect elephants from poaching.

    The four men, along with a constellation of other celebrities, are expected in Kenya at the end of April to witness the torching of 120 tonnes of ivory - thought to be the largest amount of ivory ever to be destroyed in one go.

    They'll also take part in a summit - along with several heads of state - on the protection of elephants.

    There are fears in East Africa that poaching could wipe out the elephant population.

    President Kenyatta's spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the ivory destruction will be "proof of our commitment to zero tolerance for poaching and illegal ivory trade".

    Ivory pyre burning
    Image caption: President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to 15 tonnes of ivory in March 2015
  9. Nigeria knocked out of Chan football tournament

    Nigeria have been knocked out of the Chan football tournament for locally-based players, after losing 1-0 to Guinea in their final group match.

    Guinea, along with Tunisia, go through to the quarter finals.

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  10. 'Five Kenyan police officers' dead

    Local media are reporting casualties after a Kenyan police vehicle drove over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the border with Somalia:

  11. Suspect in British actress' murder 'will leave Ghana'

    Arthur Simpson-Blake in court
    Image caption: Arthur Simpson-Kent appeared at a courthouse in Accra, Ghana, for the hearing

    The partner of British actress Sian Blake, who was found dead with her two sons in London at the end of last year, has told a Ghanaian court he will return to the UK.

    Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at an extradition hearing in Accra.

    Mr Simpson-Kent travelled to Ghana shortly before the bodies were discovered.

    He said he voluntarily submitted and would have returned to the UK previously had he not been arrested.

    He left the UK on 19 December following the deaths of his former partner and their two young sons.

  12. Leicester still in the hunt for Nigeria's Ahmed Musa

    Premier League leaders Leicester City still want to sign Nigeria's Ahmed Musa despite having an initial bid rejected by CSKA Moscow, BBC Sport understands.

    The Russian side have rejected a $21.6m (£15.1m) offer as they hold out for a fee closer to their $27m (£18.9m) valuation for the forward.

    The 23-year-old is believed to be open to a move to Leicester.

    The Nigeria captain has a $32.5m (£22.8m) buyout clause in his contract, which runs until 2019.

    Leicester are expected to return with an improved bid for the player before the transfer window closes on 1 February.

    Ahmed Musa

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  13. East African ivory crushed in Sri Lanka

    Ivory tusks in Sri Lanka

    Ivory illegally taken from elephants in Mozambique and Tanzania and smuggled to Sri Lanka is being destroyed by the authorities there.

    The 1.5 tonne haul, which is being crushed and then burnt, is thought to be worth more than $2.5m (£1.75m).

    Buddhist monks
    Image caption: The destruction followed a ceremony by Buddhist monks who blessed the elephants so they would have a better rebirth.
  14. Nigeria out of Chan as it stands

    Nigeria are losing to Guinea and Tunisia are beating Niger at half time in the final Group C matches at the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Rwanda.

    So as it stands, Tunisia and Guinea would go through to the quarter-finals and Nigeria and Niger would exit at the group stage:

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    But there are still 45 minutes to go.

  15. Nigeria losing to Guinea at Chan football competition

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    The final football matches in Group C at the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Rwanda are taking place now.

    Guinea are playing Nigeria and Niger are taking on Tunisia - all four teams still have a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. 

    Nigeria are top of the group and need only a draw to advance.

    The Confederation of African Football have tweeted the half-time scores:

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  16. Somalia area 'retaken' by al-Shabab

    Abdullahi Abdi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Local residents in Badhadhe, southern Somalia, say that the Islamist militants al-Shabab have retaken the district following the withdrawal of the Kenyan forces, operating under the African Union peacekeepers.

    Local MP Mohamed Ismail Shurie also told the BBC that Badhadhe had been retaken.

    Kenyan forces are also said to have been removed from el-Ade, 11 days after a Kenyan base was the target of a deadly attack there. 

    The Kenyan army have said the troop movements are part of normal military manoeuvres.

  17. Machar tells Museveni to pressure South Sudan president

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Riek Machar press conference

    South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar says that he has asked Uganda's president to put pressure on South Sudan's President Salva Kiir to fully implement the August 2015 peace agreement.

    Mr Machar met President Yoweri Museveni last night and said he should persuade his South Sudanese counterpart not to go ahead with a plan to create 18 new states in the country.

    Mr Machar also responded to a leaked report from a UN monitoring panel saying that an arms embargo should be placed on all sides in the South Sudan conflict.

    "We are committed to peace. There is no point in arming people during peace time. We [were] armed because there was a war."

  18. Inter-denominational service to be held for Kenyan soldiers

    We've more details on tomorrow's prayer service at a Kenyan army barracks in Eldoret, which is north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta will be joined by his Nigerian and Somali counterparts for a special inter-denominational service, Mr Kenyatta's spokesman says.

    It will "celebrate the lives of our gallant soldiers fallen in Somalia", he says.

    Kenyan soldiers, who were part of the African Union mission in Somalia, were targeted in a deadly al-Shabab attack at the el-Ade base on 15 January.

    Many of them were sent from the barracks in Eldoret.

    Somalia, Kenya and Nigeria all face threats from militant Islamist groups.

    Kenyan memorial service
    Image caption: Some Kenyans have held their own memorial service for the soldiers killed in Somalia
  19. Kenyan troop withdrawal in Somalia: Analysis

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    The withdrawal of Kenyan troops from the two bases is not unusual in a war situation, especially after the embarrassing al-Shabab assault on el-Ade. Kenyan security has been compromised in the town, and troops could be at risk of another attack. 

    The troops are therefore being relocated, away from the wreckage and possible booby traps laid by al-Shabab in the area.

    Wherever the Kenyans pitch their tents, they will be looking to commanders of the African Union force to improve co-ordination between themselves and the Somali army, following the contradictory accounts that the two gave of the al-Shabab raid.

    Reports from Somalia suggest that the Kenyan army has not been winning the hearts and minds of residents, even though they are recapturing some towns from al-Shabab.

    This is something that it will have to address - or residents could end up colluding with al-Shabab, putting Kenyan troops under greater threat in a country where many people are deeply suspicious of foreign intervention.

    vigil for kenyan soldiers
    Image caption: Kenyans have been mourning soldiers killed in the attack

    Read more from Tomi Oladipo:

    What happened when al-Shabab attacked a Kenyan base in Somalia?