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Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for today's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's it from today. To keep up-to-date with news from across the continent, listen to the BBC Africa podcast or check the BBC News website.  

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If a rat likes stealing locust bean cakes it is because of the way they smell." from A Hausa proverb sent by Hassan Abubakar, Abuja, Nigeria
    A Hausa proverb sent by Hassan Abubakar, Abuja, Nigeria

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    We leave you with this photo of Nigeria and Manchester City player Kelechi Iheanacho in training ahead of this weekend's Capital One Cup final against Liverpool.

    Manchester City's Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho takes part in a training session
  2. Analysis: Morocco's suspension of ties with EU

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    The Western Sahara flag is seen at at the Smara refugee camp in Algeria's Tindouf province.
    Image caption: The status of Western Sahara has long been a source of controversy

    Rabat’s suspension of contacts with the European Union today was largely expected.  

    To Morocco, the European Court of Justice's ruling in December against a trade deal challenged what remains a very contentious issue: The status of the Western Sahara territory.   

    But the government’s announcement today may well be a short-lived, symbolic, muscle-flexing move. 

    Morocco cannot afford to cut ties with the European Union; much of the country’s trade is with Europe and they receive a lot of funding from the EU.  

    On some level, the latest development will be seen as a victory in the eyes of the Western Sahara’s Independence movement, the Polisario Front. 

    They were the ones who took the controversial EU-Moroccan trade deal to court. The argument was that the deal exploited their disputed territory’s agricultural resources for the benefit of Rabat.

  3. Al-Shabab 'inside Mogadishu hotel'

    A large car bomb has gone off outside the SYL hotel, the most heavily fortified hotel in the Somali capital.

    Afterwards our reporter said that he could hear shooting.

    An al-Shabab source has told the BBC that their gunmen are now inside the hotel and “are in control”.

    Our reporter says 40 minutes after the first car bomb went off another explosion of the same magnitude was heard.

  4. Militants storm Mogadishu hotel

    The BBC’s Ibrahim Aden says there has been a loud explosion in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

    It is not yet clear what caused the blast or where exactly it happened, but it was in the same district as the presidential palace.

    Our reporter says some people are saying it was near the Peace Park, others that it was outside the SYL Hotel.

    He says the explosion was very loud and he heard it from his home which is 5km from that suburb.

  5. Fifa's president-elect's Africa campaign

    Gianni Infantino, who's been elected as Fifa's next president, was lobbying in South Africa last week.

    He was the only Fifa presidential candidate to accept an invitation from Tokyo Sexwale to visit Robben Island - the apartheid-era prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

    Tokyo Sexwale and Gianni Infantino

    It was a secret ballot, but the BBC's Piers Edwards who's at Fifa's headquarters, said that Mr Infantino must have secured some votes from Africa.

  6. Infantino had promised more funding for Africa

    BBC Africa sport's reporter tweets what Gianni Infantino's election as Fifa president could mean for Africa:

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  7. Infantino elected Fifa president

    Fifa presidential election

    Gianni Infantino

    So after the second round of voting, Gianni Infantino surpassed the magical mark of 104 to be elected Fifa president. Here are the full results from the second round

    • Gianni Infantino - 115 votes
    • Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa - 88 votes
    • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein - 4 votes
    • Jerome Champagne - 0 votes
  8. BreakingInfantino wins

    Fifa presidential election

    Gianni Infantino is elected new president of Fifa.

  9. No winner in Niger's election

    Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou won 48.4% of the votes in Sunday's elections, the electoral commission said, Reuters news agency reports.

    This means a second round of voting will be held between Mr Issoufou and his main challenger, the detained opposition leader, Hamma Amadou, who came second with 17.8%.

    The run-off vote will take place on 20 March.

  10. Niger presidential election results coming

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Niamey, Niger

    Guests are now seated at the Palais Des Congres hall in Niger's capital, Niamey, ahead of the announcement of the final results of the country's presidential and parliamentary elections. 

    Delegates at Niger announcement

    The electoral commission is expected to announce the outcome any moment now. 

    Diplomats, politicians, journalists and civil society organisations are among those waiting patiently.

    Delegates at Niger announcement

    Incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou had a lead in the results announced so far.

    If no candidate gets more than 50% of votes cast, the election will go into a second round with the top two candidates running against each other.

  11. Getting to speak to Uganda's president-elect

    The BBC's Zuhura Yunis managed to secure an interview with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni in the aftermath of his election victory that secured his fifth term in office.

    During the interview he said: "We don't accept the logic of term limits."

    But how did Zuhura managed to secure the interview?

    Several requests and a four-hour drive were involved. Listen to her explanation to the BBC's Fifth Floor programme:

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    Video caption: How BBC Africa's Zuhura Yunus landed an exclusive interview with Uganda's president.
  12. Is this the first time you can pay for music by text?

    Baba Maal
    Image caption: Baaba Maal is one of the musicians who has signed up to the service

    Phone users in Senegal can now buy music by text message - the creator of the service told Focus on Africa that he thinks it is the first time this has been possible in Africa.

    Project developer Moustapha Diop said his main motivation in creating MusikBi was to split the revenues fairly.

    "I am a musician too and my goal was to help the artists in Africa".

    Most of the musicians who have signed up are from Senegal.

    He plans to open the service in Gabon and Ivory Coast next month,

    But he pointed out that there is a potentially huge market - as the biggest music services like iTunes and Google Play ask you to pay using bank cards.

    That excludes people who don't have bank accounts, which is two billion people globally, according to World Bank research.

  13. US 'to send special advisers to help fight Boko Haram'

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    The US already provides intelligence for the multinational force battling Boko Haram militants in the countries around Lake Chad.

    An article in today’s New YorkTimes now has details of a US plan to send some special operations advisers to work in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which could provide the much-needed expertise in stemming the Islamist insurgents’ seemingly invisible operations in the region.

    It also signals a warming of relations between Nigeria and Washington, considering the US has held back arms sales because of human rights concerns.

    Since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office last May he has been seeking global support to fight this war and his air miles are now bearing fruit.

    The problem though is that all along Nigeria has not had the wherewithal to act on the intelligence it has been getting. 

    This is a what the American advisers could help with.

    Nigerian military
    Image caption: The US has previously refused to sell weapons to Nigeria
  14. Morocco suspends relations with European Union

    Morocco has suspended relations with the European Union following December's decision by the European Court of Justice to annul an EU-Morocco trade deal.

    The court ruled that as the deal affected the disputed territory of Western Sahara it was not valid.

    In a statement, the government said it "denounced the highly political nature of the decision, its unfounded arguments, its logic and its biased conclusions contrary to international law". 

    The court case was brought by the Polisario Front which campaigns for independence for Western Sahara.

    Most of Western Sahara has been under Moroccan control since 1976.

    The country's claim to Western Sahara has not been internationally recognised.

    Morocco is not a member of the African Union because of its stance on the issue.

    Polisario fighters
    Image caption: Morocco has been in dispute with the Polisario Front over Western Sahara since the 1970s
  15. Could Fifa election reach a fourth round?

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Sport, Zurich

    Voting is under way in the second round to elect the next Fifa president - with a candidate now needing a simple majority of 104 votes to win.

    No candidate had that in the first round, with Gianni Infantino leading the way with 88 - and Sheikh Salman not far behind on 85 - with Prince Ali a distance third.  

    Assuming voting stays the same in this round and there is no winner, the weakest candidate - Jerome Champagne (7 votes) - will drop out. 

    That would leave a 3rd round with Infantino, Salman and Prince Ali - and if that doesn't produce a majority winner, then we head to a 4th round when the 34 votes freed up by the absence of Prince Ali (presumably) and Champagne will enable either Salman or Infantino to get over the line.

    Fifa election

    Given that Prince Ali received some support from Africa in this round, it would leave his African voters with a dilemma. Would they then vote for his Asian rival Salman or Infantino, yet another European?

    Several African FA heads have previously expressed reluctance to do that given that Europe has provided seven of the eight Fifa presidents. 

  16. Your reaction: Will Nigerians miss Sunday Oliseh?


    Some of you have been reacting the resignation of Nigeria's national football team coach Sunday Oliseh.

  17. Fifa presidential vote goes into second round

    There is no outright winner in the first round of voting of the next Fifa president:

    • Prince Ali - 27 votes
    • Sheikh Salman - 85 votes
    • Jerome Champagne - 7 votes
    • Gianni Infantino - 88 votes
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    All candidates go through to the next round.

    The bottom placed candidate will drop out at that point, unless someone wins by getting more than 50% of the vote.

    You can follow the count on Fifa's YouTube channel:

    View more on youtube
  18. Niger tightens security ahead of election result

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Niamey, Niger

    Niger's army forces patrol outside the polling station in Niamey on Sunday

    Security has been tightened in Niger's capital, Niamey, ahead of the announcement of the results of the country's presidential elections expected later today. 

    Police and the military are seen patrolling the streets and in some strategic places.

    An unprecedented delay in announcing the results of Sunday's polls has caused anxiety in the country and the opposition have alleged rigging, an allegation denied by both the electoral commission and the ruling party. 

    So far about four-fifths of the results have been published. 

    The incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou is in the lead with 47%, followed by detained opposition candidate, Hama Amadou with 19%.

    If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote then the there will be a second round.