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Summary

  1. Newly-wed Mandela grandson 'converts to Islam'
  2. ICC apologises after secret witnesses identified
  3. Nigeria ex-central bank chief condemns exchange rate policy
  4. Hopes rise that trapped South Africa mine workers still alive
  5. Australian woman freed by militants arrives in Ouagadougou
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 8 February 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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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 proverb:

Don't expect to find a healthy tooth in a rotten mouth.

Sent by Francis Mo'money, Abuja, Nigeria.

We leave you with this photo of South Africa's golfing legend Gary Player at a tournament named after him in Dubai: 

Gary Player of South Africa takes part in the worlds first camel golf after the Gary Player Invitational Abu Dhabi at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on February 8, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Why were names of secret ICC witnesses revealed?

Anna Holligan

Reporter BBC News, The Hague

A judge at the International Criminal Court said he did not know whether it was "recklessness, superficiality or stupidity" which led to the identities of protected witnesses in the trial of Ivory Coast's ex-President Laurent Ggagbo being revealed. 

Protecting witnesses is one of the key promises of the ICC. The tribunal goes to great lengths to shield their identities from the public, pixellating their faces and disguising their voices. 

In some cases, witnesses who fear reprisals are even moved to a new country and given a new identity. 

is file photo taken on January 28, 2016 shows former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (R) arriving for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
AFP
Mr Gbagbo denies charges of crimes against humanity

On Friday the prosecutor mentioned the names of several witnesses whose identities have been ordered to be kept secret, thinking the microphones were off. 

But the incident was relayed live to the public gallery, and recordings have since spread on social media, and even appeared on YouTube.   

See our 13:21 post for more details

BBC launches mobile pilot built with Kenyan designers

The drop
BBC
You don't need to download a dedicated app to use the new service

The BBC has teamed up with digital pioneers in Kenya to improve Africans' experience of BBC News content on their mobile devices.

The new pilot project, The Drop, which is available to try from today (currently optimised for Android), selects the best BBC content, with a focus on Africa, allowing users to teach the application which kind of stories they like or dislike with the swipe of a finger.

It also allows you to choose your favourite topics to further personalise your news feed, all without leaving your mobile web browser. 

Click hereto try it or go to bbc.com/drop

The Drop was the winning idea from the BBC's Connected Studio initiative, which challenged teams of African tech experts to think of new ways to reach young audiences on the continent through social and digital media.

Swipe to share & like the news stories you are interested in...The BBC Drop pilot is here bbc.in/20F5QJ2

Swipe to share & like the news stories you are interested in...The BBC Drop pilot is here bbc.in/20F5QJ2

To check out another African-designed digital pilot project, try BBC Minute CatchUp.   

Talks to end tension in Kenya over Uber taxis

Traditional taxi drivers in Nairobi are starting to feel the pinch from Uber
AFP
Taxi drivers say their livelihood is threatened

Kenya's government has brokered talks between traditional taxi operators and Uber taxi drivers in a bid to resolve differences between them. 

Kenya Taxi Association official David Wafula said the government had agreed to set up a committee to look into their grievances. 

Taxi operators had threatened to stage a protest against the app-based taxi service tomorrow, but Mr Wafula said: "We believe in a dialogue to solve problems. We are not giving the government an ultimatum."

Last week  Kenyan police said they had launched an investigation after a spate of attacks on Uber drivers in the capital, Nairobi.  

Traditional taxi operators say Uber is undercutting fares, and driving them out of business - a charge the firm denies. 

Zamalek fans remember stadium victims

#Egypt’s #Zamalek Ultras to gather in memory of 2015 stadium disaster victims english.ahram.org.eg/News/187045.as…

#Egypt’s #Zamalek Ultras to gather in memory of 2015 stadium disaster victims english.ahram.org.eg/News/187045.as…

Fans of Egyptian top-flight side Zamalek have gathered in Cairo, exactly a year after at least 20 fans were killed in clashes with police at the Air Defense Stadium. 

About 6,000 people, among them fans of rival clubs and non-football fans, gathered in Al-Fustat Park in Cairo. 

BBC producer Mohamed Ismaeil Ghaly has sent through some photos: 

zamalek fans
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zamalek fans in cairo
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Zamalek's hardcore fan group, known as the Ultras White Knights (UWK), explained the significance of the memorial in a post on its Facebook page on Sunday:  

"We demand the justice that is owed to them, while honouring their love and sacrifice." 

Somalia plane video 'not conclusive'

Leading aviation expert David Learmount has been commenting on video footage released by the Somalia government over a bomb on a flight from Mogadishu last week. 

The video appears to show the handover of a laptop-like device to the suspected bomber, before he boarded the flight last week. 

Somali authorities think the device contained a bomb that blew a hole in the plane.

"I don't think that anybody knows for sure if this is the transaction that was behind the bombing," Mr Learmount told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme.

See our 12:41 and 11:124 posts for more details

big hole in the plane's side
Harun Manuf
The passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu

Read the full BBC News story 

Sanusi hits out at Nigeria's economic policy

Nigeria's former central bank chief Lamido Sanusi has repeated his criticism of the foreign exchange policy endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in an interview with BBC Africa Business report's Lerato Mbele. 

She has tweeted a photo from the interview, along with the key points made by Mr Sanusi, who is now an influential Muslim leader in northern Nigeria: 

My afternoon spent with the BBC crew and the Emir of Kano

My afternoon spent with the BBC crew and the Emir of Kano

"We do have severe headwinds how we get out of it will determine whether this becomes a crisis" Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in BBC

"No one is going to bring in dollars or purchase dollars of they feel the rate is unsustainable" Emir Kano on #AfricaBusinessReport

"At a price of N197 nobody will be willing to sell dollars except the government.They end up funding over 60% of market" Sanusi on the Naira

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Nigerians protest over electricity price hike

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

nigerian unions protest
BBC

There have been nationwide protests in Nigeria against a 45% increase in the cost of electricity, which came into effect at the beginning of February.

The government has said that the previous electricity tariff was no longer sustainable.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Abuja to show their anger, marching to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company  

The protesters say more than half of the country's population is still in darkness owing to the inability of the government to generate enough power.   

Currently businesses in Nigeria are run mainly on generators.

Many small and medium scale enterprises are being brought to a standstill due to lack of electricity. 

The government is yet to react to the protest.

Italy demands answers from Egypt over student's death

Giulio Regeni
AP
People who were searching for Mr Regeni posted this image online

Italy's foreign minister says he will not settle for "alleged truths" from Egypt over the death of an Italian student in Cairo.

The body of Giulio Regeni, 28, was found on Wednesday, more than a week after he disappeared.

A senior Egyptian prosecutor said there were clear signs he had been tortured.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that Rome wanted "the real perpetrators to be discovered and punished according to the law".

Read the full BBC story here

'Pray' for Mandla Mandela

A Muslim cleric in South Africa has called on Muslims to pray that God gives Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, a "great understanding" of Islam following his conversion to the faith, the local Radio Islam reports on its website

“Sometimes it's difficult for us to give the message of Islam in South Africa as people have different cultures. So it's much more better for a person like the calibre and the status of Mandla to deliver the message of Islam,” Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels is quoted as saying. 

The imam performed the 42-year-old Mr Mandela's wedding ceremony to a Muslim woman, Rabia Clarke, at a mosque in South Africa's Cape Town city on Saturday.

Radio Islam reports that Mandla Mandela's mother, nephew and a few other relatives attended the ceremony. 

Mr Mandela has not yet commented on media reports of his conversion to Islam.

Chief Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nobel Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela, arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Speech by South African President Jacob Zuma, on February 10, 2011, in Cape Town
AFP
Mandla Mandela is said to have embraced Islam last year

Iran 'to lease land in East Africa'

BBC Monitoring

Janet Onyango

Now that sanctions have been lifted from Iran, its government is planning to lease large tracts of land in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for large-scale farming of rice, wheat and corn, Iran's ambassador to Kenya has told privately-owned newspaper The East African.

Part of the crops grown will be for the local market and part for export to Iran, the paper reports.

The East African Community (EAC) exports unprocessed tea, coffee and meat to Iran, while it imports oil products, machinery and telecommunication equipment. 

Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient discharged

BBC reporter in Freetown tweets:

#SierraLeone's single #Ebola case is discharged after recovery, setting in motion the countdown to the outbreak being declared over, again.

Liberia in protest over Fifa election

The man overseeing football governing body Fifa's presidential polls should step aside due to conflict of interest, says the Liberian FA.

Domenico Scala, who heads up Fifa's Ad-Hoc Electoral Committee, is Swiss-Italian - as is Gianni Infantino, one of the five presidential candidates.

Scala excused himself from the 2015 elections as he shared nationality with a candidate, Swiss Sepp Blatter.

Domenico Scala in Zurich, Switzerland November 19, 2015
Reuters

LFA boss Musa Bility says he will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if Scala, pictured above, does not withdraw by Thursday.

The battle to replace long-standing president Blatter takes place in 18 days' time.

Read the full BBC story here

Guinea-Bissau 'carnival spirit is strong'

Thomas Fessy

BBC News, Bissau

guinea bissau dancers
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Far from the usual political instability that Guinea-Bissau is known for, the West African state has been living to the rhythm of its annual carnival over the last few days.

Tens of thousands packed the main streets of the capital, Bissau, at the weekend to watch performers parade.

Most people were dressed up for the occasion in colourful outfits, party masks, wigs or gigantic sunglasses. Even very young children were out until late at night.

Very few foreigners could be seen among the crowds.

Performers have been parading in groups, coming from all over the country, as they compete to take part in the finale, due on Tuesday.

boy does a backflip in bissau
Reuters

This is a country that has suffered nine coups or attempted coups since 1980, and it hasn’t had a democratically elected leader serve a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.

But the spirit of “carnaval” - the Portuguese word for carnival - is strong. 

Stalls selling food and makeshift bars preparing fresh caipirinha cocktails are found all along Bissau's main avenues.

Late into the night, people enjoy beef skewers or entire grilled chicken in a laid-back and friendly atmosphere.

Muslims make up the biggest religious group in Guinea-Bissau, followed by Christians. 

However, animism is still practiced widely throughout the impoverished country and this carnival reflects that. Many hope that the festival will help the people of Guinea-Bissau protect their culture and traditions.

man with mask runs through the street
Reuters

France to take on Cameroon ahead of Euros

France will play Cameroon in a friendly as part of their preparations to host the European Championship.

Didier Deschamps' team will take on Cameroon on 30 May in the French city of Nantes.

Cameroon will be preparing for a trip to play Mauritania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier the following weekend.

The Indomitable Lions are currently top of Group M having won both their qualifiers so far.

cameroon team
Getty Images

Read the full BBC News story

Victorious DR Congo footballers welcomed

Fans in Kinshasa
BBC

Thousands of fans have welcomed the Democratic Republic of Congo's football team in the capital, Kinshasa following their triumph at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda on Sunday. 

The Leopards beat Mali 3-0 in the final of the tournament, which is limited to those who play football in leagues in their own country. 

Senegal hosts massive US-led special forces exercise

More than 1,700 military personnel from Africa, Europe and North America have begun an annual military exercise in Senegal. 

The three-week exercise, known as Operation Flintlock, is focused on improving multi-national cooperation against violent groups active in North and West Africa, in particular factions allied to the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda.   

The US Africa Command has posted a video on its YouTube channel explaining more about the exercise: 

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Bombed plane 'took Turkish Airlines' passengers'

Mohammud Ali Mohamed

BBC Africa, Nairobi

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, a hole is seen in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway of the airport in Mogadishu, Somali
AP
The blast caused a hole in the plane

Most of the 74 passengers on board the Daallo Airlines plane which was bombed on Tuesday in Somalia were transferred from Turkish Airlines, Daallo Airlines CEO Mohamed Ibrahim Yasin Olad has told the BBC.

Turkish Airlines cancelled its flight from Somalia to Djibouti a few hours before its scheduled departure, and Daallo Airlines was asked to step in, he added. 

Daallo Airlines was told that Turkish Airlines cancelled the flight because of bad weather, Mr Olad said. 

See our 12:41 post for more details

Mandela's grandson 'has become Muslim'

Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson, wearing traditional Xhosa clothes, arrives for the Opening of the South African Parliament on June 17, 2014, in Cape Town
AFP
Mandla Mandela has married for a fourth time

The Muslim cleric who performed the wedding ceremony of Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandla, says the 42-year-old converted to Islam last year, South Africa's private IOL news site reports

“I can say that it was an honour for me to perform the marriage ceremony for the grandson of our great leader Nelson Mandela,” said Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels, who presided over his marriage to Rabia Clarke at a mosque in Cape Town on Saturday. 

IOL reports that the cleric would not be drawn on the dowry paid by Mr Mandela, saying only that it had been "agreed between the husband and wife”. 

Mr Mandela - an MP and a traditional ruler - has not yet commented on reports of his conversion to Islam.  

See our 12:05 post for more details

ICC says sorry 'over blunder'

residing judge Cuno Tarfusser of Italy takes his seat as former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former minister Charles Ble Goude await the start of their trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 28, 2016
AFP
The judge has ordered an inquiry to find out how the microphones stayed on

The International Criminal Court has apologised for a blunder which led to the unmasking of several secret witnesses during the trial of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo, AFP news agency reports. 

The blunder was of "utmost and inexcusable gravity"  for which the "whole ICC apologises", presiding judge Cuno Tarfusser is quoted as saying in court. 

"It is of such gravity that the chamber has ordered an... internal investigation in order to find out how this could have happened," the visibly upset judge said, added, AFP reports.

On Friday the prosecutor mentioned the names of several witnesses, whose identities have been ordered to be kept secret, thinking the microphones were off. 

But the incident was relayed live to the public gallery, and recordings have since spread widely on social media. 

Mr Gbagbo is the first former head of state to stand trial at the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity. He denies the charges. 

Read: Who is Mr Gbagbo?

'Bogus pastors' - Your stories

Are some churches in Africa just get-rich-quick schemes for their "prophets"? And should governments do more to regulate churches? 

That's what we've been asking on the BBC Africa Facebook page, following our story on the concern over the rise of "bogus preachers" across the continent. 

Andrew Wogbeh has a powerful personal story to share :

"There should be total restrictions, especially on the Pentecostal churches. Every prophecy they give is about witches and wizards. They have sown divided families which were previously united here in Liberia.

"I am a victim. I have been banned from going to my sister's house because one church told her mother that I was a wizard. This is not helping our growing society here in Liberia."   

Othuke Igra says: 

"Yes. The government should check their activities, especially financial activities to restrict pastors from wasting the finances of the church. Down here in Nigeria most of the churches make so much money off its members but do not give back to them in any way. Too bad."

Duma Chavula says:

"Zambia has a church born every other minute. Everyone claims to be a prophet. It's so clear they just want to profit from their claims of being prophets. Africa wake up please."

churches in nigeria
AFP
"Charismatic" churches are popular in West Africa, especially in Nigeria

Read the full story: Should Africa's charismatic churches be regulated? 

Bomber's 'initial target was Turkish Airlines'

A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a passenger plane in Somalia had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief executive has said, AFP news agency reports. 

The blast ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Daallo Airlines plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing the suspected bomber and forcing an emergency landing. 

"The passengers were intended for another airline, Turkish Airlines," Daallo Airlines chief executive officer Mohamed Ibrahim Yasin Olad told AFP. 

But the Turkish plane did not turn up and Daallo Airlines agreed to fly the passengers to Djibouti in the Airbus A321, he is quoted as saying.

A passenger believed to be the bomber, identified as Abdulahi Abdisalam, was killed, probably after being propelled out of the aircraft in the explosion, investigators said, AFP reports. 

A hole is photographed in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway after an emergency landing at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016
AP
The plane made an emergency landing at the airport in Mogadishu

Somali children could 'die of hunger'

More than 58,000 children risk starving to death in Somalia because of a severe drought, the UN has warned.

"The level of malnutrition, especially among children, is of serious concern, with nearly 305,000 children under the age of five years acutely malnourished," said UN aid chief for Somalia Peter de Clercq. 

"We estimate that 58,300 children face death if they are not treated," he added. 

Some 950,000 people "struggle every day to meet their food needs," the UN said, adding that 4.7 million people in total, or nearly 40% of the population were in need of aid. 

A Somalian refugee collects sand outside her hut to act as building material on the edge of the Dagahaley refugee camp which makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement on July 21, 2011 in Dadaab, Kenya
AFP
Many Somalis have been forced by conflict and a lack of rain to flee to refugee camps

Mandla Mandela marries for fourth time

Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, 42, has married for a fourth time - this time to a Muslim woman, Rabia Clarke. 

He is seen in a video reciting "In the name of Allah, God Almighty" as he took the marriage vows before an Imam at a mosque in South Africa's Cape Town city on Saturday. 

“I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandla Mandela said in a statement.

He is an MP and the chief of the Traditional Council in Mvezo, the birthplace of anti-the apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died in  2013.  

Mandla Mandela has not commented on whether he has changed his faith, but some South African journalists and Twitter users are saying he has become a Muslim:  

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SA platinum mine announces big job losses

dimamond mine workers in south africa
AFP
The mining sector is one of South Africa's biggest employers

South Africa's Anglo American Platinum will cut 1,000 jobs at its struggling Twickenham mine in northern Limpopo province, the firm's chief executive has said, but he ruled out a sale of the mine, Reuters News agency reports. 

Platinum prices have been battered by growth concerns in key consumer China and oversupply worries forcing firms to abandon projects and sell mines to cope.

Thousands of jobs are under threat
AFP

 "We are worried about the jobs bloodbath in the South African mining industry. Are mining companies here to create jobs or are they here to cut jobs? It looks like the companies are here to cut jobs and focus on profits," National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said, Reuters reports.  

Video shows 'handover of laptop bomb'

CCTV video footage shows two men handing what appears to be a laptop to a suspected bomber before he boarded a passenger airline on which a bomb exploded in Somalia last week.

At least one of the men delivering the laptop was an employee at the main airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

It is believed the laptop-like device contained the bomb which caused the explosion on board the Daallo Airlines flight.

CCTV footage shows 'Somalia plane bomber'

Read the full BBC News story

DR Congo fans await return of victorious Leopards

Reporter for French newspaper Le Monde tweets:

There were wild celebrations after the Democratic Republic Of Congo won the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Sunday, with a 3-0 victory over Mali in the final in the Rwandan capital Kigali. 

A reporter for French newspaper Le Monde has been tweeting some wonderful shots of Congolese fans in and around the Stade de Kigali in full costume: 

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And for those fans who weren't lucky enough to be there to see DR Congo's victory, the second time they have won the tournament, the team are due back on home soil any minute. 

A reporter for Le Monde in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa tweets (translated from French, below): 

"The Leopards are returning to Kinshasa at midday, where there will be a presentation of the cup at the Stade des Martyrs, and then on Tuesday they will be honoured by President Kabila."

#RDC: retour des #Léopards a 12h00 a Kin, présentation de la coupe au stade des Martyrs, seront décorés mardi par le president #Kabila (gvt)

CHAN is only open to footballers who play in their own local leagues, meaning that many of the big names playing in the English Premier League and elsewhere, do not take part. 

Sanusi attacks Nigeria's exchange rate policy

Lamido Aminu Sanusi speaks on the state of five Nigerian banks in Lagos on August 14, 2009
Reuters
Mr Sanusi fell out with former President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria's respected former central bank chief has said that exchange  rate policies backed by President Muhammadu Buahri are doomed to fail, the UK-based Financial Times newspaper reports

Lamido Sanusi,  who is now the emir of Kano, an influential religious post among Muslims in Nigeria, told the Financial Times that he was disappointed to see Mr Buhari’s strong security and anti-corruption efforts overshadowed by a monetary policy regime with “very obvious drawbacks that far outweigh its dubious benefits”.  

Nigeria's central bank last year imposed tight capital controls and pegged the currency, the naira, at an official rate currently 35% stronger than the black market rate. 

The policies sparked capital flight and damaged the West African state's reputation as a frontier market investment destination, the Financial Times newspaper reports.  

Mr Sanusi was the central bank governor from 2009 to 2014, when he was suspended by then-President Goodluck Jonathan following a row over corruption in the oil sector. 

Read: Will Sanusi ruffle feathers as emir?

Guinea-Bissau's colourful carnival costumes

BBC West Africa correspondent tweets from the capital of Guinea-Bissau, where the annual carnival is under way.

The former Portuguese colony follows the Latin-American tradition of holding a carnival in the days leading up to Lent, which falls on 10 February this year. 

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Concern over rise of 'bogus preachers'

Worshipers raise their hands 01, October 2005 during a gospel meeting by visiting US Bishop, Thomas Dexter Jakes in Nairobi , Kenya
AFP
Most people in Africa are deeply religious

Some governments and organisations in Africa are starting to think churches should be held accountable to a being other than God.

Of concern to many with interests in the Christian faith are the "prophet of God" or "man of God" churches.

These are led by self-proclaimed prophets or messengers who are believed by their millions of devoted followers to have the power to perform a range of miracles from healing the sick, curing Aids and even raising the dead.

But who dares take on these seemingly untouchable men?

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani has been finding out. Read her story here

CAR peacekeeping force 'needs to improve'

peacekeepers in CAR
Reuters
There have been repeated allegations of child sex abuse by international troops in CAR

The United Nations has acknowledged that its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic needs to improve, after an Amnesty International report said the troops were not up to the job. 

The rights group says weaknesses in personnel and equipment are putting civilians at risk of further deadly violence.

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the head of the UN mission, said it had been taken by surprise by an outbreak of violence in the capital, Bangui, last September, which left more than 75 people dead. 

But he said the mission had responded quickly, putting a new protection strategy in place. He said he was confident the mission would now be able to put down any future violence.

Mr Onanga-Anyanga pointed out that the mission had successfully supervised both the Pope's visit to the CAR in November and the first round of elections in December. 

Freed Australian arrives in Ouagadougou

Freed hostage Jocelyn Elliott (C), who was kidnapped with her husband in Burkina Faso by a group affiliated to al Qaeda, arrives in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, February 8, 2016
Reuters
Jocelyn Elliott's husband is still in captivity

An elderly Australian woman kidnapped by militant Islamists in Burkina Faso has arrived in Ouagadougou after being freed following mediation by neighbouring Niger. 

Jocelyn Elliott, 84, flew into Burkina Faso's capital aboard a Niger presidential plane, and was accompanied by Niger's foreign minister, Aichatou Kane Boualama, AFP news agency reports. 

She made no comment on arriving. 

Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said no ransom was paid for her release, and efforts were under way to secure the freedom of her husband Ken Elliott, an 82-year-old doctor. 

The two were abducted last month near Burkina Faso's border with Niger by gunmen suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.  

South Africa miners 'still alive'

rescue operations at Lily mine
Reuters
Mining accidents killed more than 70 workers last year

Rescue workers in South Africa say three mine workers, two men and one woman, who have been trapped underground since Friday, may still be alive after knocking sounds could be heard from below the debris.

Rescue teams are working with renewed hope to reach the trapped workers at the gold mine near the north-eastern town of Barberton, the local Barberton Times reports.  

A total of 76 miners have so far been freed after being trapped underground, officials said.   

A South African journalist has been tweeting about the search operation: 

#MineCollapse Rescue workers have been "banging" in various areas of the cave-in and listening for response. Last night, it came.

#MineCollapse Mine's operations director, Mike Begg, says "today is the day". All efforts to break through and rescue the three.

Video shows 'Somalia plane bomber'

Somalia plane
Harun Maruf
The hole in the fuselage appeared close to the wing

Video footage shows two men handing what appears to be a laptop to a suspected bomber before he boarded a passenger airline on which a bomb exploded last week in Somalia, a government spokesman says. 

At least one of the men delivering the laptop was an employee at the main airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, from where the Daallo Airlines jetliner took off, Abdisalam Aato said. 

It is believed the laptop-like device contained the bomb which caused the explosion, the Associated Press news agency reports.

"At least 20 people, including the two men in the CCTV footage who handed over the laptop to the suspected bomber, were arrested in connection with the explosion in the aircraft,'' Mr Aato told AP.   

The explosion punched a hole in the fuselage, and forced the Djibouti-bound Airbus 321 to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu.  

No-one was killed in the blast and no group has said it carried out the attack. 

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

Don't expect to find a healthy tooth in a rotten mouth."

Sent by Francis Mo'money, Abuja, Nigeria.

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