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  1. Somalia car bomb kills ex-defence minister
  2. Zimbabwe seizes US-registered plane with 'corpse and cash"
  3. 'Deadly' clashes in Uganda between police and opposition
  4. Burundi's capital hit by grenade blasts
  5. Zimbabwean couple win 'longest kiss in Africa' competition
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive
  7. Email stories and comments to - Monday 15 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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.

    Today's African priverb was:     

    Quote Message: The strength of a hero is not displayed by the calves of his legs" from A Meru proverb sent by Erick Kinoti Kathenya, Nairobi, Kenya.
    A Meru proverb sent by Erick Kinoti Kathenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

    And we leave you with this photo of a man knocking nails at his home in South Africa's Cape Town city:

    Man in Cape Town
  2. Egyptian in trouble over 'cheating women' comment

    Orla Guerin

    BBC News, Cairo

    A TV talk show in Egypt has been suspended for a fortnight after a guest suggested that 30% of women are willing to cheat on their husbands. 

    The media authority in Egypt banned the show following complaints. It has called on all TV channels to boycott the speaker, Tamour Al Sobky, and said it would support legal action against him. 

    Mr Sobky claims to know about marital woes - he administers a Facebook page called "Diary of a Suffering husband". 

    His sarcastic posts have more than 1 million followers. He referred specifically to Upper Egypt, a conservative region that is often a joking matter here. 

    Media activist

    When the show was broadcast in December it attracted little attention. But when a clip was circulated recently on social media some didn't see a funny side. 

    The channel which broadcast the show has apologised to all Egyptian women. After receiving death threats,  Mr Sobky too has apologised. 

    He said his comments were taken out of context and his own mother is from Upper Egypt.

  3. Clashes in Kampala

    A pickup truck of armed military policemen speeds down a rock-strewn street filled with supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, after he was prevented by police from reaching one of his campaign rallies, near to the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    At least one person has been killed and several others wounded following clashes in Uganda's capital, Kampala, between police and supporters of main opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, eyewitnesses have said. 

    Mr Besigye's car was towed away to his home by an armoured police vehicle. 

    We have not yet confirmed the death with the police but the Red Cross in Kampala has confirmed that some of the wounded have been taken to hospital.

    Mr Besigye is President Yoweri Musevenu's main challenger in Thursday's election. 

  4. US denies drone seized in Somalia

    The US military has denied that one of its drones has crashed in a village in southern Somalia's Gedo region, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

    Earlier, militant Islamist group al-Shabab said it had seized the drone, with six missiles. 

    Residents also said they saw the drone near Bardhere town.   

    However, US Africa command spokesman Chuck Prichard said all their "assets in this area are accounted for and we have no indication that any were involved in this reported incident". 

  5. PSG suspends Aurier

    Serge Aurier

    Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has been suspended indefinitely after appearing to use homophobic language to insult coach Laurent Blanc.

    The Ivorian, 23, was also shown calling team-mate Angel di Maria a "clown" as he answered questions from fans on social media app Periscope.

    PSG play English side Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Aurier later apologised saying: "What I did was really stupid and inexcusable. I really regret what happened."

    Read the full BBC sport story here

  6. Kanye West pleads for money

    Kanye West

    US rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has publicly asked Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1bn (£700m) into Kanye West ideas. 

    He says he has debts amounting to $53 and, in a controversial tweet, says he is more deserving of help than school children in Africa: 

    The reaction on Twitter has been swift: 

    You can read more about the controversy on BBC Newsbeat 

  7. South Africa 'hired' plane seized in Zimbabwe

    South Africa's central bank had hired the cargo plane which landed at the main airport in Zimbabwe with a dead body on it, South Africa's embassy in Harare has said, AFP news agency reports. 

    The plane was carrying South African banknotes printed in Germany, and asked to land in Zimbabwe's capital due to a technical problem, the embassy is quoted by AFP as saying. 

    The plane, owned by US-based Western Global Airlines, was impounded after airport staff noticed blood dripping from the aircraft, Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reported earlier. 

    South African officials say the body is presumed to be that of a stowaway.

    See our 15:50 post for more details

  8. Obasanjo to observe Uganda elections

    Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo will lead the Commonwealth team to monitor Thursday's keenly contested election in Uganda.

    A media officer of the organisation has tweeted:

    View more on twitter
  9. Have your say on Uganda's elections

    Uganda presidential debate

    Uganda’s presidential election campaign is hotting up ahead of Thursday’s vote. 

    BBC World Service's World Have Your Say programme is speaking to Ugandans about their hopes and fears for the election and ask what they feel about veteran leader Yoweri Museveni who’s hoping to claim his fifth term in office.

    The debate will be on air from 16:40 to 17:00GMT.

  10. Militants 'seize US drone' in Somalia

    Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has said on its radio station that it has seized a US drone, armed with six missiles, which crashed in the southern Gedo region.

    Residents in the area said they saw the drone near Bardhere town.  

    Although there is no official confirmation that it is American, the US military has often deployed unmanned aircraft over Somalia in an effort to weaken al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.  

    The US has a huge military base in neighbouring Djibouti. 

  11. Kargbo denies match-fixing allegation

    Sierra Leone's footballer Ibrahim Kargbo has denied allegations by the Dutch Football Association that he was involved in match-fixing in Holland (see 14:38 post).

    Kargbo, who came to the BBC office a short while ago, told Nick Cavell that it's unbelievable to accuse him of fixing a match in a club that he has been a best player for three years. 

    "It's not in my style. It's not in my football," he said.

    "For me, it's a lot of stress. It has killed my career. I have been having a sleepless night for something I knew nothing about," Kargbo added.

    He also denied any knowledge of match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, with whom he was accused of  collaborating to fix matches.

    Ibrahim Kargbo
  12. Crew 'unaware of dead man on plane'

    The foreign crew of the US-registered cargo jet impounded at Zimbabwe's main airport did not know there was someone else on the plane, the Associated Press news agency quotes an unnamed police officer as saying. 

    It appears from photos on social media that the dead person, suspected to be a stowaway, had sneaked into the plane's landing gear which severed his arm when it contracted, causing blood to splatter onto the fuselage and arousing suspicion of the ground crew when the flight landed in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, AP reports.

    The crew included two Americans, a South African and a Pakistani, Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    See our 13:29 post for more details 

  13. Crippling strike in Guinea

    Alhassan Sillah

    BBC Africa, Conakry

    Guinea strike

    An indefinite general strike called by trade unions in Guinea has paralysed the capital, Conakry, and other cities.

    Shops, banks and offices remained closed and streets empty in Conakry on the first day of the strike.

    Union leaders are demanding that prices of basic commodities and fuel be brought down by the government.

    However, authorities have resisted the pressure. 

    Youths, who have barricaded roads in Conakry, have fought running battle with the police.

    Guinea police arrest a protester
  14. Libya's unanswered questions

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Libya's internationally-backed presidency council has proposed a new cabinet for the country which has had two competing governments since 2014 (see 09:18 post). 

    However, even if the parliament endorses the new cabinet, questions over security arrangements, and when it will move to the capital, Tripoli, remain largely unanswered.

    Western diplomats and ministers are eager to see a unity government in place so they can seriously weigh their military options in helping to fight the expansion of the so-called Islamic State group in Libya.

    Libya fighters
    Image caption: Libya has two rival governments, one in Tripoli, and the other in eastern city of Tobruk

    There have been increased public calls, from Washington to Paris, on the need for the military to address what they see as a growing and dangerous threat on Europe's southern shores.

    Some have even suggested that they may not wait until a new government is in place.

    However, regional players like Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have voiced concerns over any unilateral military action by Western powers.

    They worry it will further destabilise the region.

  15. Nigeria militants kill Cameroonians

    Enoh N'Dri

    BBC Africa, Dakar, Senegal

    A Cameroonian military officer and a soldier have been killed after their convoy hit a land mine as they returned from an operation against militant Islamist group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria, an army spokesman has said. 

    Senior commanding officer Lt Col Kwene Belthus was killed on Sunday in northern Kerawa town, which borders Nigeria, Col Didier Badjeck said.

    This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a convoy of Cameroon's soldiers as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram
    Image caption: Security along the border with Nigeria has been stepped

    Cameroon's troops had killed more than 160 militants and had freed nearly 100 Nigerians hostages during the operation, he added.  

    Cameroon is part of a regional force battling the militants linked to the Islamic State group. 

    The militants have been intensifying attacks in northern Cameroon using female suicide bombers.

  16. Crowd surges through Kampala

    The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga has sent us a video of thousands of supporters of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye joining him on the campaign trail in the capital, Kampala, ahead of Thursday's tightly contested election:  

    Video content

    Video caption: Uganda's Besigye attracts thousands after brief detention
  17. Sierra Leone's Kargbo accused of match-fixing

    Sierra Leone international Ibrahim Kargbo
    Image caption: Kargbo has been banned from playing in Netherlands

    The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) says it has uncovered evidence of match-fixing by former Sierra Leone international Ibrahim Kargbo.

    It is alleged that in August 2009 Kargbo, then a Willem II player, tried to fix a match against FC Utrecht.

    The KNVB also said Kargbo had tried to fix the result of a benefit match between Willem II and Sierra Leone in 2009.

    Kargbo was suspended by the Sierra Leone Football Association in 2014 over match-fixing allegations.

    Kargbo has not yet commented on the allegations but will be speaking to the BBC shortly. 

    We will bring you his reaction right here on the BBC Africa Live page.

  18. Uganda election: Hospital conditions exposed by opposition

    Ugandans go to the polls this Thursday and President Yoweri Museveni's 30-year hold on power is at stake. 

    One major issue is healthcare and whether the president has done enough after opposition leader Kizza Besigne exposed poor conditions in the medical system. 

    Catherine Byaruhanga visited a hospital in the northern town of Abim.

    Video content

    Video caption: Health provision has become one of the most contentious issues in this week's election.
  19. Uganda police assurance on Besigye

    Ruth Nesoba

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Police and Besigye supporters in Kampala
    Image caption: Mr Besigye's supporters are out in force in Kampala

    Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga says opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye is free to campaign in the capital, Kampala, as long as he sticks to the rules barring political activity in the central business district. 

    He insisted that Mr Besigye had not been arrested earlier today, and had just been "restrained" for a while from using Nasser road in the city centre. 

    Police were also worried about Mr Besigye's safety, as they could not contain the crowds, Mr Enanga added. 

    He has since been allowed to carry on with his campaign rallies ahead of Thursday's fiercely contested elections. 

    Mr Besigye is running against President Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking to extend his 30-year rule. 

  20. Al-Shabab behind Somalia killing

     Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it planted the car bomb which killed former Defence Minister Muhidin Mohamed in the capital, Mogadishu, Reuters news agency reports. 

    See our 12:55 post for more details