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  1. Ugandan opposition leader files election complaint
  2. South Africa's President Zuma survives a no confidence motion in parliament
  3. Bank boycott campaign trends on Twitter in Nigeria
  4. Zimbabwe ex-vice president launches party to challenge President Mugabe
  5. ICC considers war crimes charges for cultural destruction in Mali
  6. Barclays to sell its stake in its Barclays Africa business
  7. New report says Africa 'highly tolerant' of religious and ethnic differences
  8. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 1 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's it from us for today.

    To keep up to date with the news across the continent, listen to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    Here are today's wise words:

    Quote Message: Do not slaughter a calf before its mother's eyes. from Sent by Roy Kiprop, Nakuru, Kenya
    Sent by Roy Kiprop, Nakuru, Kenya

    Click here to add your African proverbs.

    And we leave you this picture by master photoshopper Phillipe Jong. He calls it Douala feat. Paris.  

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  2. The schoolboy wrongly accused of two murders

    Ugandan schoolboy Tumusiime Henry was 15 when he was accused of murder. 

    He waited almost two years for the trial to begin and in that time he was accused of a second murder. 

    But then he met an American lawyer Jim Gash who was volunteering in Uganda and became his prison interpretor.

    Mr Gash realised that it was up to him to help the young man.

    The conviction was quashed - and the lawyer told the schoolboy the news over Skype.

    Read about the extraordinary way the two met.

  3. Mujuru could now face investigation

    Lewis Machipisa

    BBC Africa

    With the formation of her new opposition party in Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru will take some support away from the governing Zanu-PF, but is unlikely to come remotely close to dislodging it from power.

    Zanu-PF is a formidable force, with control over all state institutions.

    It will not be surprising if law-enforcement agencies now investigate her over the business empire she and her late husband built following Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. 

    They will want to know if she was involved in corruption or if her wealth is clean.

    Her decision to form the Zimbabwe People First party will not give the main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, sleepless nights. 

    His Movement for Democratic Change supporters see her as Mr Mugabe's jilted lover, and are unlikely to join her party.

    Joice Mujuru
  4. Barclays long history in Africa

    The UK's Barclays Bank is looking to sell its stake in Barclays Africa, but it has an association with Africa stretching back to 1925 with retail branches opening across the continent.

    In the 1970s, protests from the anti-apartheid movement targeted the bank as it had invested in South African Defence Bonds.

    Anti-Apartheid demonstration outside Barclays Bank in Putney, London in protest at the bank buying 6.5 million worth of South African Defence Bonds.
    Image caption: Anti-apartheid demonstrators picketed Barclays Bank branches in the UK

    The merger with South Africa's ABSA bank to create Barclays Africa began in 2005.

    Stock market volatility and a 40% fall in the value of the South African rand since the start of 2015 has diminished share values.

    Barclays is looking to sell its 62% stake in its Africa business as it announced its full year results.

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  5. UN peacekeepers attacked in Mali

    Six UN peacekeepers in northern Mali have been injured when the vehicle they were travelling in hit an improvised explosive device.

    The UN mission in Mali, Minusma, says in a statement that there was a similar incident yesterday, but no-one was hurt. 

    It adds that these "criminal and cowardly acts are perpetrated almost daily" and their "sole purpose is to destabilise the country and undermine the peace process".

    Last month at least five UN peacekeepers were killed in a mortar attack on their base in Kidal.

    Minusma is part of an effort to ensure security in the country after Islamist militants were beaten back in 2013.

  6. Can Zimbabwe's new opposition party succeed?

    Zimbabwe has a new opposition political party in the shape of Zimbabwe People First under the leadership a former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

    She was sacked in 2014 by President Robert Mugabe and later thrown out of the governing Zanu-PF.

    But can the party do what other opposition parties have failed to do?

    Zimbabwe analyst Miles Tendi told BBC Focus on Africa radio that Mrs Mujuru has two major obstacles:

    • She was a member of Zanu-PF from the 1970s, so she was a part of nearly everything that's occurred in the country since then
    • The party needs funding and traditional sources of money from sympathetic western donors have dried up
    Joice Mujuru
  7. Will Barclays sale mean no more branches in Africa?

    Barclays Bank Kenya CEO Jeremy Awori told the BBC Focus on Africa radio that as far as he is concerned it is "business as usual".

    That's despite the announcement that Barclays is selling its stake in Barclays Africa.

    Mr Awori hinted that customers may not see any difference, saying "there has been no categoric decision that the brand is going to be pulled out".

    Barclays Nairobi
  8. 'We are the cradle of humankind'

    The daughter of Kenya's opposition leader has apologised for saying that the Olduvai Gorge is in Kenya, when it is actually in Tanzania.

    Rosemary Odinga made the apology by posting this Instagram post:

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    She said that she made the comment when she was at the International Young Leaders Assembly.

    Quote Message: I have just been reminded of an incident which occurred while attending IYLA in New York last year where I had a Freudian slip. Apparently our brothers and sisters from TZ are alarmed that I have grabbed their Olduvai Gorge. I meant to say our equally historic Olorgesaiile site in Kajiado. As I have learnt, what happens in New York doesn't stay in New York. So, what would Magufuli do? Sorry Tanzanians, your Olduvai Gorge is safe. In the spirit of one East Africa let's shake hands after all at the end of the day we are the cradle of humankind.

    Her comment about the cradle of humankind refers to the significance of the gorge, where a 1.6 million year old hand axe has been found.

    Her apology came after Tanzanian MP Zitto Kabwe said on Facebook that Tanzania needs to focus on marketing itself. 

    He added that people also think Mount Kilimanjaro and the singer Diamond Platnumz are both Kenyan.

  9. Examining South African protests

    The BBC's Outside Source programme is now on air on BBC World News, broadcasting live from South Africa's Wits University in Johannesburg.

    Presenter Ros Atkins will be looking at the #FeesMustFall protests - but the crew has also been battling with the elements.

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  10. Zuma's economic record examined in parliament

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Mmusi Maimane
    Image caption: Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said the president had been reckless with the economy

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence debate in parliament for the second time within a year.  

    During a noisy session, opposition members repeatedly accused him of destroying the economy. 

    Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane described Mr Zuma as a sell-out whose main aim was self-enrichment and he condemned the president's handling of the economy as reckless. 

    But government minister Lindiwe Zulu defended the president.  

    She said that the opposition was insulting Mr Zuma rather than looking at his track record. 

    The no-confidence motion was easily defeated by the governing ANC, which has a large majority in parliament.  

    SA MP heckling
    Image caption: It was a rowdy session, with MPs heckling as speeches were being made
  11. Ugandan presidential vote was a 'sham election'

    Ugandan opposition leader and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has filed a legal complaint against the results of last month's presidential election. 

    Mr Mbabazi was a candidate in the vote which gave victory to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni. 

    Mr Mbabazi's lawyer Severino Twinobusingye told journalists outside the court that he was challenging the validity of the results:

    Quote Message: Rt Honourable Amama Mbabazi believes that what was declared by the Electoral Commission is not the will of the voters... He believes the Electoral Commission organised what can be described as a sham election."

    The BBC's Patience Atuhaire says his lawyers arrived at the court a few minutes after the 14.00 GMT (17:00 local time) deadline, but the supreme court registrar accepted their petition.  

    The party of the main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye failed to file a petition but in a tweet the party appears to be supporting Amama Mbabazi's legal effort.

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    Amama Mbabazi
    Image caption: Amama Mbabazi came third in the presidential eleciton
  12. Nigerian girl 'forced into marriage' back home

    A 13-year-old Nigerian girl who was allegedly abducted and forced into marriage has been found and will be re-united with her family, police say.

    A search for her began on Sunday after a paper published an article about her alleged abduction, prompting a social media campaign demanding she be freed.

    Her family say she was abducted from the south of the country in August by a man who forced her to convert to Islam before marrying her in the northern city of Kano.

    The man denies it was against her will.

    Read more from BBC News Online

  13. Dog meat delicacy in northern Ghana

    The BBC's Akwasi Sarpong is travelling in the far north of Ghana and came across a vendor in Kandiga village selling boiled dog meat.

    Dog meat vendor

    Akwasi says it's a popular local delicacy.

    A dog head will set you back 14 cedis ($3.60), a tail costs 15 cedis ($3.80) and you can buy smaller chunks for just 1 cedi.

  14. Are banks charging customers for birthday messages?

    One of the more curious complaints coming out of today's boycott of Nigerian banks is the accusation that banks send customers messages they didn't ask for to wish them happy birthday, and then charge for those messages.

    Here are a couple of angry tweeters' views on this:

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    We want to find out what fees banks charge in countries all across Africa. 

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  15. Tunisia attack inquests put back to 2017

    Family members of those who were killed in the Tunisia attack attended the pre-inquest hearing
    Image caption: Family members of those who were killed in the Tunisia attack attended the pre-inquest hearing

    Inquests into the deaths of 30 Britons killed by a gunman on a Tunisian beach have been pushed back to next year.

    The inquests were due in November this year but judge and coroner Nicholas Loraine-Smith said there was "an enormous amount of work to be done".

    Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 people in the attack in June 2015 and so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

    The Britons were all holiday-makers staying in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse.

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  16. British troops to train Tunisian border guards

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Britain's Ministry of Defence is sending 20 British troops to Tunisia to train border guards in preventing illegal crossings to and from Libya. 

    Western governments have been developing plans to counter the rise of jihadists in war-torn Libya since December, but officials say these do not involve sending combat troops.

    Libya is seen as a key training ground for the so-called Islamic State Jihadists.  

    Many of those trained there have come from Tunisia.

    Tunisia police stand guard at the Tunisia Libya border in November 2015
    Image caption: Tunisian police at the Tunisia Libya border in November 2015
  17. The man accused of destroying Timbuktu's monuments

    We reported in our 10:55 post that the International Criminal Court is holding a hearing to decide whether its first-ever case over the destruction of historic monuments can go ahead.

    People are watching the live stream in which the prosecution accuse suspected Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi of destroying ancient artefacts in Timbuktu, Mali.

    Here are observers' key points:

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  18. Grant ordered back to Ghana by football association

    Steve Vickers

    BBC Africa sport

    In Ghana, the tension continues to rise between national team coach Avram Grant and the Ghana Football Association (GFA). 

    Grant has been in Europe for in the last three months, and the GFA has ordered him to return to the capital, Accra, as soon as possible to monitor players in the domestic league. 

    The Israeli coach, who was given a month's leave, says that it's better for him to be in Europe, as that's where most of the Black Stars players are. 

    Avram Grant
    Image caption: Avram Grant was appointed the Black Stars coach in 2014
  19. BreakingZuma survives vote of no confidence

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived yet another motion of no confidence brought by the opposition Democratic Alliance following a noisy debate.

    • In favour - 99 votes
    • Against - 225 votes
    • Abstentions - 22
  20. Sudan journalists on hunger strike over publishing ban

    Ibrahim Haithar

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    A planned hunger strike by journalists against the suspension of the independent al-Tayyar daily newspaper by the Sudanese authorities kicked off this afternoon, Radio Dabanga reports.

    Thirty al-Tayyar journalists, who were ordered by the authorities to halt publishing the newspaper for an indefinite period on 15 December, announced that they would begin a hunger strike two weeks ago. 

    Khalid Fathi, al-Tayyar's editor-in-chief, told Radio Dabanga: “We will not lift our strike until all forms of censorship on newspapers stop and until our newspaper returns to the press."