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Summary

  1. France to withdraw troops from CAR
  2. Anymous hacks Angolan government sites
  3. Would-be bomber 'not' Chibok girl
  4. Kenya MPs 'back breastfeeding centres at work'
  5. 'Hijacker' of EgyptAir plane in court
  6. Abducted Nigerian officer 'found dead'
  7. Guinea opposition calls for strike over living costs
  8. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 30 March 2016

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By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.  

A reminder of today's wise words:

One scabbed sheep infects the whole flock."

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We leave you with this photo of auctioneers and buyers during the first day of the 2016 tobacco marketing season in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare:

Tobacco auctioneers and buyers seen during the first day of the 2016 tobacco marketing season at the Tobacco Sales Floors in Harare, Zimbabwe, 30 March 2016.
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Shooting in Tripoli

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Heavy gunfire has been ringing out in Libya's capital, Tripoli, in the past half hour following the arrival of the UN-backed Presidency Council (PC) earlier today.  

It’s still not clear what’s happening but the suspicion is that rival armed groups are behind the latest gunfire.  

 Earlier in the day, the militias which support the PC were seen securing several areas in the on their pickup trucks and the situation in Tripoli were quiet.     

Members of the PC remain in the naval base after arriving by boat. 

UN 'rejects' bid to cut DR Congo force

The UN Security Council has rejected the Democratic Republic of Congo's request to reduce the number of its peacekeepers in the country.

DR Congo's foreign minister told the council last week that the 20,000-strong Monusco force should be halved.

UN troops
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However, the security council unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution extending the mission by another year.

France's ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, said DR Congo "still faces very important challenges and it is the responsibility of the international community to support it at this time." 

DR Congo is due to hold presidential elections in November.

The constitution does allow President Joseph Kabila to run

ICC's Ruto ruling due on Tuesday

The International Criminal Court says judges will rule on Tuesday on whether to throw out the crimes against humanity case against Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto. 

Mr Ruto, 49, asked for the charges to be dismissed, saying the prosecution's case was in "tatters". 

He has repeatedly denied three charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, forcible deportation and persecution arising out of Kenya's disputed elections in late December 2007 and its violent aftermath in early 2008. 

The court will also rule on the request by Mr Ruto's co-accused, Joshua Arap Sang, that the charges against him be dropped. 

In December 2014, the ICC prosecution's case against Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta collapsed. 

He was also accused of fuelling violence during the disputed 2007 election, which he denied. 

He and Mr Ruto were on opposite sides at the time. They later formed an alliance, and contested the 2013 election on a joint ticket. 

Ruto and Kenyatta
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Mr Ruto (L) and Mr Kenyatta (R) set aside their differences for the 2013 poll

New Egypt probe over murdered Italian student

This poster was put online in the days after Giulio went missing
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This poster was put online in the days after Giulio went missing

Egypt's state prosecutor has ordered the formation of an investigating team to probe the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, AFP news agency reports.

The mutilated body of Regeni, 28, who disappeared in the capital, Cairo, on January 25, was found nine days later on the outskirts of the city.

Last week, Egypt's police said they had identified a criminal gang linked to his murder. 

But Italian officials have questioned this claim amid suspicion that security forces had involvement in the case.  

SA finance minister responds to police questions

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance of South Africa, discusses poverty during a seminar discussion at World Bank Headquarters during the annual World Bank - International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington, DC, October 9, 2013
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Mr Gordhan was appointed in December amid a worsening economic crisis

South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has answered questions put to him by an elite police squad, the Hawks, about an alleged spy unit he had set up when he ran the tax agency in the 10 years up to 2009.  

The Hawks had threatened to use its "constitutional powers" against Mr Gordhan if he failed to respond to its questions, including allegations that the unit spied on public officials illegally. 

Mr Gordhan said he was not obliged to respond to the questions, but had done so in the public interest. 

He has previously said that the unit played a key role in tackling organised crime and tax evasion in South Africa, and had been legally established when he headed the South African Revenue Service during the rule of ex-President Thabo Mbeki. 

The decision by the Hawks to demand answers from Mr Gordhan fuelled speculation that he lacked the confidence of President Jacob Zuma, and the investigation was part of an attempt to oust him. 

However, Mr Zuma's office denied the allegation, and said there was no "conspiracy" against Mr Gordhan. 

Mr Zuma appointed Mr Gordhan as finance minister in December after being forced to reverse his decision to give the post to the little-known Des van Rooyen, whose appointment led to a public outcry and a run on the currency amid fears that he was not up to the job. 

Read: Zuma's sacking blunder

UN calls for peace in Libya

Libya's rival governments and militias should immediately hand power to the UN-backed Presidency Council after it moved to the capital, Tripoli, the UN representative to the country has said.

The arrival in Tripoli this morning of members of the unity government is a significant step in Libya's democratic transition and restoring peace, Martin Kobler said in a statement.

Libyan fighters
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Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011

How secure are Africa's airports?

Somalia airport security
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The hijacking of an Egyptian airline yesterday has renewed concerns about airport security in Africa. 

Every African capital may become a target, regardless of the religious affiliations of its residents, writes Zimbabwean film-maker Farai Sevenzo in his column on the BBC Africa website.  

Liberia marks 2nd Ebola anniversary

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

Ebola victims incinerator
BBC
Many people who died of Ebola were cremated

Liberia is today marking the second anniversary of the declaration of the Ebola outbreak which devastated the country. 

The virus that was first reported in the country on 30 March 2014 has killed more than 4,000 people. 

About 3,000 of the victims were cremated, using firewood or an incinerator.

Now, people residing near a crematorium outside the capital, Monrovia, want the incinerator removed and the facility broken down  as part of efforts to end the stigmatisation caused by Ebola.

Ebola victims incinerator
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South Africa vultures 'electrocuted'

A vulture in South Africa
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About 200 vultures are killed annually by electrocutions or collisions in South Africa

 A conservation group says 49 endangered vultures in South Africa were electrocuted by power lines over the past weekend. 

The cape griffons were found at several locations in the Eastern Cape province, near a vulture feeding centre, the Endangered Wildlife Trust said in a statement

The trust said vultures' wide wingspans, heavy bodies and "gregarious natures'' make them vulnerable to tall man-made structures like power lines and wind turbines that stretch across vast, usually empty landscapes. 

Its spokeswoman Carla van Rooyen said about 200 vultures were killed by electrocutions or collisions each year. 

South Africa's national power supplier, Eskom, has restructured towers in areas with high vulture populations, but towers built before the 1990s remain dangerous to the birds. 

Vulture conservation groups criticize the slow pace of redesigning these structures, the trust said.  

Messi's boots make Egyptians cry foul

Messi
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Messi has caused controversy in Egypt

The world's most famous footballer donates a pair of his boots to a charity auction, what's not to like? Plenty it seems, depending on the cultural context, as Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been discovering after his generous gesture managed to upset some Egyptians.

It was only a few weeks ago that Messi was widely praised for making a young fan's dream come true when he sent a shirt and a football to a young Afghan boy - a story in which BBC Trending played a small role.

However, when the player made a similarly well-intentioned gift on Egyptian TV this week it was regarded by some as a national insult. During a TV interview with the "Yes I am Famous" show, broadcast on MBC's Misr Channel, the Argentine footballer told the presenter he would like to donate his football boots to be auctioned off for charity.

What Messi seems to have failed to appreciate is that in Egypt and other Arab countries in the region shoes can be used as a symbol of disrespect or insult. So some Egyptians took offence and turned to social media to express their anger.

Read the story by BBC Trending here 

Egypt seeks plane 'hijacker' extradition

Egypt has asked Cyprus to extradite the man accused of hijacking an airliner on Tuesday, state-owned television reports.

Seif a-Din Mustafa - who's described as being mentally disturbed - has been remanded in custody in Cyprus where he faces a range of charges for allegedly forcing the plane to divert to Larnaca airport.

He's accused of boarding the EgyptAir plane in Alexandria with a fake explosives belt. Everyone on board was eventually released unharmed. 

It's thought the hijacking was motivated by a row between Mr Mustafa and his ex-wife who lives in Cyprus.

Cyprus has not yet commented on Egypt's request.

Members of Libya's unity government arrive in Tripoli

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Members of Libya's UN-backed Presidency Council have arrived at a navy base in the capital, Tripoli, an official has confirmed to me. 

They arrived on a Libyan boat earlier this morning from their temporary base in neighbouring Tunisia after at least two failed attempts to fly into Tripoli.

The rival authorities in charge of the capital and militias loyal to them have repeatedly warned against any attempted move by the Presidency Council.

The UN hopes the new government might stabilise the situation in Libya, and make it easier to confront Islamic State militants who have established themselves amid the chaos of the country's civil war.  

The delegation is said to include the administration's Prime Minister, Fayez Seraj. 

Libyan politicians
AFP
A deal was agreed in December to form a unity government

'Cyber-attack' on Angolan government

Accused in court in Luanda
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The bespectacled rapper has been an outspoken critic of the president

A Portuguese branch of the Anonymous hacking group says it has shut down about 20 Angolan government websites in retaliation for the jailing of 17 youth activists for plotting a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' government. 

The youth, who include prominent rapper Luaty Beirao, were sentenced on Monday to between two and eight-and-a-half years by a court in the former Portuguese colony. 

Anoymous listed the websites it had targeted in a Facebook post

Post on Anonymous site
Anonymous

None of the sites were accessible when it checked, AFP news agency reports. 

The government has not yet commented on the alleged cyber-attack. 

Rights groups condemned the sentencing of the 17 as a travesty of justice, and a sign that Mr Dos Santos' government was becoming increasingly repressive. 

The activists were arrested in June after discussing a book about non-violent resistance at their book club.

Mr Dos Santos has ruled oil-rich Angola since 1979.

Agadez - The start of the desert trek from Africa to Europe

More than 13,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year by sea, crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa. 

But before they reach Libya, many migrants will have undertaken a perilous journey of up to six days across the Sahara in extreme temperatures. 

The jumping-off point for the desert trek is Agadez, in Niger, through which 100,000 migrants are estimated to have passed in the last year alone.

Agadez is where the trek to Europe starts for many migrants

CAR president sworn in

Faustin-Archange Touadera votes during the second round of presidential and legislative elections in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 14, 2016
Reuters
Mr Touadera won elections last month

A former prime minister and maths professor in Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, has been sworn in as president at a ceremony held at the national stadium in the capital, Bangui. 

He promised to promote peace and to carry out his duties "without any ethnic bias" following his surprise victory in run-off elections last month.  

Mr Touadera's inauguration marks the last stage of the political transition aimed at ending a brutal conflict which broke out after rebels overthrew the government of Francois Bozize in 2013. 

EFF congratulates Malema

South Africa's opposition left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has congratulated its leader, Julius Malema, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Africa.

Mr Malema, who the party refers to as commander-in-chief (CIC), is due attend a graduation ceremony later today. 

Here's an EFF tweet about it:

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Kenya MPs back breastfeeding centres at work

A woman with a "support breastfeeding" T-shirt in the US in 2006
AFP

Kenya's MPs have approved legislation which will make it mandatory for employers to provide breastfeeding centres for nursing mothers in the workplace, the local Standard newspaper reports.

The provision is part of 2015 Health Bill which has now been sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta for his assent.

It requires employers to provide all the necessary facilities, including electric outlets for breast pumps, refrigerators and appropriate cooling facilities.

Nursing mothers should also be allowed to take breaks to breastfeed their babies during working hours, the clause added, Standard reports.

The BBC's Angela Ngendo in the capital, Nairobi, says a similar clause was thrown out eight years ago after some employers threatened to stop hiring young women.

Photos from Boko Haram's region

A journalist with AFP news agency has tweeted some photos from the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno - the birthplace of militant Islamist group Boko Haram:

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Hollande drops plans to strip nationality

The measures were a response to the 13 November attacks in Paris
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The measures were a response to the 13 November attacks in Paris

French President Francois Hollande has dropped plans to change the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror attacks of their French nationality.

"A compromise appears out of reach," Mr Hollande said after the two houses of parliament failed to agree the reforms.

The proposal followed November's Paris attacks which killed 130 people.

But it ran into huge opposition and led to Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigning in February.

Read the full BBC story here

Militants 'kill' Malian troops

BBC Monitoring

Ansar Dine fighters
AFP
Ansar Dine is made up mostly of Malian Islamists

Jihadist group Ansar Dine says it was behind a roadside bombing which killed four Malian soldiers on 28 March in the north of the West African state.

There has been no independent confirmation of its statement. 

Ansar al-Dine was among al-Qaeda-linked groups which seized most of northern Mali in 2012, before being driven out by French-backed forces.

Tanzania to reduce top officials' salaries

Magufuli
AFP
The president likened top-earning officials to "angels residing in heaven"

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised to slash the salaries of senior civil servants, cutting the top wage threshold by almost two-thirds.

He told supporters that it was shameful that some top officials were earning $18,000 (£13,000) a month, while others were paid as little as $140.

Officials not ready to accept the new $7,000 monthly wage limit should "start looking for alternative jobs", he said.

Read the full BBC story here

Would-be bomber 'not' Chibok girl

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

Footage of girls
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Boko Haram released an image in 2014 of some of the 270 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Nigeria

A senior Nigerian official has told the BBC that a would-be suicide bomber arrested in Cameroon is not one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.  

The girl told investigators she was one of 276 students kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram two years ago. 

The senior official categorically ruled out the possibility, but gave no further details on her identity. 

She was one of two would-be bombers detained in northern Cameroon last week with explosives strapped to their bodies. 

Officials in Cameroon say she was drugged and badly injured. 

Increasingly, Boko Haram is using girls to carry out suicide bombings. 

And with no information on the Chibok schoolgirls in two years, rumours swirl that they were perhaps being used for such attacks.  

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently ordered a new investigation into their kidnapping. But he admitted he had no information on the girls’ whereabouts.   

Read: How I almost became a suicide bomber

South Africa lion kill decision reversed

A lion in South Africa
AFP
South Africa has a large lion population

The South African park authorities have gone back on a decision to kill a lion that has escaped from Karoo National Park.

We reported earlier that the hashtag #SaveSylvester is trending in the country after the South Africa National parks said they had decided to kill the lion called Sylvester, once they find it.

The authorities has just released a statement saying that the previous announcement was made prematurely and that they now are considering five options:

• Bringing the lion back to the park and looking at improving on fencing and other preventative measures 

• Translocate the lion to another national park 

• Donate the lion to another state-owned conservation entity 

• Donate the lion to a private conservation entity 

• Euthanise the lion if the damage caused is massive and may include danger to people and/or loss of human life, and massive loss of assets. Specifically, the loss of human life poses an even greater danger as the animal may lose fear for humans and see them as easy prey.

One of the options still includes killing the lion.

See our 10:51post for more details

Bid to block release of Hani murderer

Chris Hani
AFP
Mr Hani was the most popular leader after Nelson Mandela

South Africa's government will appeal against a court's decision to free on parole white supremacist Janusz Walus, who killed anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993, Justice Minister Michael Masutha has said. 

Judge Janse van Nieuwenhuizen caused an ourcry earlier this month when she ordered the release, and Mr Hani's widow Limpho described the decision as racist.

Walus has served more than 22 years of a life sentence for shooting Mr Hani outside his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, in April 1993.

Walus' lawyer says he should be released on parole in the interest of reconciliation.

The killing threatened to derail South Africa's transition from minority rule to majority rule.

'Frisky frisking' in Uganda

Uganda police searching football fans
Bukeede newspaper

Photos of Ugandan police conducting a body search on football fans entering a stadium have gone viral on social media. 

Some of the police appear to be grabbing fans’ private parts.

Uganda police searching football fans
Bukeede newspaper

An article published in Kenya's Nairobi News called for the country's police to emulate their Ugandan counterparts. 

It says while Uganda's match with Burkina Faso went without any incident, Kenya's game against Guinea in Nairobi was marred by fans throwing missiles onto the pitch.  

Razorblade 'operation' in Cameroon

People were distraught as they looked on as the impromptu operation was performed
Phone footage
People were distraught as they looked on as the impromptu operation was performed

Mobile phone footage of a woman without medical training cutting open the belly of a dead woman in a desperate attempt to save her unborn twins has provoked an outcry in Cameroon.

The impromptu surgery was done in the open air by a family member with razorblades outside the maternity ward of Douala's Laquintini Hospital, because medical staff refused to help.

One of the babies was dead, but witnesses said the second baby was still alive when it was removed, though it died shortly afterwards.

As the hospital staff refused to help, this has not been corroborated by medical officials.  

Read the full BBC story here

French troops to 'withdraw' from CAR

This file photo taken on November 26, 2015 shows a French military vehicle from Operation Sangaris driving up the road leading to Mpoko Airport in Bangui on November 26, 2015
AFP
France sent troops to CAR to end religious and ethnic conflct

France will end its military intervention in Central African Republic this year as it has achieved its objectives of restoring security to the country after three years of conflict, the French defence minister has said, AFP news agency reports. 

"I can confirm to you the end of Operation Sangaris during the course of 2016," Jean-Yves Le Drian said in the capital Bangui.

He added that French troops have succeeded in restoring calm even if "everything is not resolved." 

France launched Operation Sangaris in December 2013, when thousands were dying in conflict after rebels overthrew the government of Francois Bozize.

Former Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera is due to be inaugurated as president today following his victory in the first election held since the conflict broke out.  

#Savesylvester trending in South Africa

The hashtag #Savesylvester has been trending on Twitter in South Africa in reaction to the news that game rangers intend to put down a lion which escaped from the Karoo National Park near the small town of Beaufort West in Western Cape province.

Yesterday the South Africa National Parks authority tweeted the decision:

#UpdateOnSylvester: 3. in search for him. The decision taken earlier today to put him down was not taken lightly by SANParks management.

#UpdateOnSylvester: 4. A number of factors were taken into consideration, the overriding one being the threat he poses to human life.

@SANParks #SaveSylvester please let him live!!! Human negligence led to his escape. 💔💔. Upgrade the fences

We have almost no lions and human and livestock populations spiralling out of control. Answer can't be to kill lions! #SaveSylvester

Sylvester is a lion and the #SaveSylvester is trending over the black student activist that is kidnapped Vusi #BringBackVusi Black lives

Plane 'hijacker' gives victory sign

Yolande Knell

Larnaca

Handcuffed Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane the previous day and forced it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife, flashes the "V" for victory sign as he leaves the court in Larnaca in a police car on March 30, 2016
AFP

The 58-year-old Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane yesterday gave a victory sign to journalists as he left a court in Cyprus in a police car. 

Seif a-Din Mustafa's court appearance in Larnaca was brief with local police granted more time to hold him as they investigate the hijacking of an EgyptAir domestic flight. 

He wasn't asked to speak, and looked tired and drawn.   

Police said he faced possible charges of air piracy, kidnapping and reckless and threatening behaviour. 

His motivations for forcing flight MS181 to divert to Larnaca are said to be personal, involving his Cypriot ex-wife. 

Kenya lion 'killed'

A lion which escaped from a game park in Kenya has been shot dead by wildlife officials in Isinya town, 58km (36 miles) south of the capital, Nairobi, the news editor of the Kenya's Capital FM radio station has tweeted: 

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Nigeria football team apology

Kidnapped Nigeria army officer killed

A senior Nigerian army officer abducted by gunmen in the northern city of Kaduna has been found dead, the army says. 

The body of Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped on Sunday, was found dumped on the outskirts of the city, army spokesman Sani Usman says in a statement.

Col Yunusa was whisked away from his car by unknown gunmen who let his wife go.

Colonel Samaila Inusa
Nigerian army

"Preliminary investigations reveal that, most likely, the late senior officer was killed [on the] same day he was kidnapped by his abductors," Mr Usman added. 

The army had offered a 1m naira ($5,000, £3,500) reward for information leading to the rescue of the officer. 

'Hijacker' in court

The man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir plane and forcing it to land in Cyprus has been remanded in police custody for eight days during his first court appearance, AFP news agency reports.

Police told the court in Larnaca that 58-year-old Egyptian Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa faces possible charges of hijacking, kidnapping people with the aim of taking them to an unknown destination, reckless and threatening behaviour and offences that breach the anti-terror law, it reports. 

The accused did not speak in court.

CAR president to be inaugurated

This file photo taken on December 28, 2015 shows Central African Republic (CAR)presidential candiaite Faustin-Archange Touadera waving to supporters in Bangui
AFP
Mr Touadera has promised to restore stability

Former  Central African Republic Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera is set to be inaugurated today as president following his victory in the 14 February presidential run-off election aimed at bringing stability in a country hit by conflict since 2013. 

Several dignitaries, including Chadian President Idriss Deby and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, are expected to attend the ceremony in the capital, Bangui.

Mr Touadera has promised to focus on restoring stability in a country divided along religious and ethnic lines.

It is estimated that about a fifth of the population fled their homes after conflict broke out in 2013, when mainly Muslim rebels took power in CAR, which has a majority Christian population. 

The rebels later handed power to a transitional government, which steered the country towards elections.

Nigeria fail to qualify for Nations Cup again

Nigeria and Egypt play in a Cup of Nations qualifier
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Nigeria have failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the second time in a row after falling to a 1-0 defeat in Egypt in their Group G match last night.

With just one game remaining and only the group winners to qualify, Nigeria cannot make up their five-point deficit to table-toppers Egypt.

Ramadan Sobhy's 65th-minute winner puts Egypt on the verge of qualification.

Egypt face Tanzania in June and will book their place in Gabon with any result better than a 3-0 defeat.

Nigeria won the Nations Cup in 2013 but have now suffered back-to-back eliminations in qualifying.

Read more on the story here

Guinea strike over rising cost of living

A man sells gas on the 'black market' in front of a petrol station in central Conakry, 21 January 2007
AFP
The government has ruled out a cut in the fuel price

Guinea's opposition has called a general strike for today and tomorrow to protest against the high cost of living, including the government's refusal to cut the price of fuel. 

Opposition leaders have urged Guineans to remain at home and not to engage in any acts of vandalism.

The BBC's Alhassan Sillah reports from the capital, Conakry, that there is little traffic in some opposition areas, but it is still too early to gauge the impact of the strike. 

The government says it cannot meet the opposition's demand to reduce the price of fuel because the economy was devastated by the Ebola outbreak. 

More than 11,000 people were killed by Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after it was first reported in Guinea in 2014. 

Egypt plane hijacker due in court

BBC World Service

Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egytpian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane the previous day and forced it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife, is surrounded by policeman as he arrives at the court in Larnaca on March 30, 2016.
AFP
Seif a-Din Mustafa wore a fake explosive belt

A man from Egypt is expected to appear in court in Cyprus today, charged with offences that relate to yesterday's hijacking of a plane which landed on the island. 

Seif a-Din Mustafa managed to board the EgyptAir plane in Alexandria with a fake explosives belt.

It was on its way to Cairo when he allegedly forced it to divert to Larnaca in Cyprus.

Everyone on board was eventually released unharmed. It's thought the hijacking was motivated by a row between Mr Mustafa and his ex-wife who lives in Cyprus.

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 Our proverb of the day: 

One scabbed sheep infects the whole flock. "

A Somali proverb sent by Bashiir Mohamed Abdi, Somalia.

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