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  1. Kenya police break up demonstration using tear gas
  2. Botswana rough diamond sells for $63m
  3. More than 50 killed in Rwanda landslides
  4. White South African judge embroiled in racism row
  5. Mali arrests suspected jihadist commander
  6. Cameroon female footballer dies after collapsing during training
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  8. Email stories and comments to - Monday 9 May 2016

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: A female dog can also catch an animal." from An Acholi proverb sent by Jon Mwangi, Kenya
    An Acholi proverb sent by Jon Mwangi, Kenya

    And if you're wondering what it means, our Facebook commenters appear to agree that it is about gender equality.

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    And we leave you with this picture of the sun setting on South African fishermen:

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  2. Police use tear gas and water cannon at Kenyan protest

    Police in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have used water cannon and fired tear gas to disperse opposition protesters demanding the resignation of the country's electoral body.

    There were running battles in the streets between anti-riot police and demonstrators, some of whom threw stones at the security officers.

    The opposition and a section of religious leaders accuse the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of favouring the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta and want the electoral body dissolved.

    The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Nairobi.

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    Video caption: Kenya protest: Police use tear gas and water cannon
  3. Gambian protesters 'clash with police'

    A Gambian opposition activist has told us that opposition supporters in the capital, Banjul, have clashed with police.

    It is difficult to confirm the exact details, but a local journalist has confirmed the clashes, but did not back up other claims that arrests were made.

    Earlier, there had been demonstrations outside the high court where the leader of the main opposition party, Ousainou Darboe, was standing trial.

    He is facing charges relating to a protest in April.

    Anti-government demonstrations are in The Gambia, where President Yaya Jammeh has been criticised by rights groups for taking a hard line against opponents.

  4. Tweeters turn on murdered Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma

    Tweeters are revising their ideas about the controversial Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma who was shot dead last week.

    The hashtag #KabetesWasNoSaint has been trending all day as people criticising him.

    @kabetes was his Twitter handle.

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    NCPB is the National Cereals and Produce Board.

    Standard Media explain that in 2013, Juma captured the imagination of a nation when he threatened to auction assets of the NCPB, the organisation that manages the country’s strategic grain reserve.    

    Others are critical of the hashtag:

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  5. Nigerians told to ignore 'photo-shopped' social media posts

    Isa Sanusi

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's military has warned what it calls mischief makers not to use social media to incite Nigerians against one another. 

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    In a statement, the military advises the public to ignore pictures and videos posted on social media that are digitally manipulated, which have "the intention of causing disharmony and divisions among different nationalities".

    In recent weeks, videos and pictures purporting to be of attacks by Fulani herdsmen and others relating to tension in the Niger Delta and the Biafra uprising have been making the rounds on social media in Nigeria.

    Last month, Nigeria's minister of interior blamed social media for the worsening of the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

  6. Rough diamond sells for record-breaking $63m

    A secret buyer has snapped up this diamond from Botswana for $63m (£44m):

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    This makes it the world's most expensive rough diamond, according to CNN Money.

    AOL news gives a sense of the scale of the 813 carat gem - saying it is roughly 407 times the size of the average US engagement ring.  

    It was recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana in November last year by the Canadian mining company Lucara and sold to a Dubai-based firm, reports Jewellery Focus.

  7. Big loss of cattle in Mozambique over drought

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambique's Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco has expressed concern over the number of cattle that have died this year as a result of the drought.

    In all, the minister said, farmers lost over 2,000 cattle. 

    He hinted that the government will look at using more irrigation in the future to mitigate against the lack of rainfall.

    Enaciated cattle
    Image caption: Cattle have been badly affected by the drought across the region, including in South Africa
  8. Nigeria searching for talent to help with World Cup qualifiers

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport

    Managerless Nigeria are looking to Europe for young talent to play for them in October's World Cup qualifiers.

    Officials want Dominic Iorfa and Chuba Akpom, who have played for England Under-21s, to switch allegiances.

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has applied to Fifa for former Hungary youth player Kenneth Otigba to swap.

    "We have talented players at home and we're trying to bring in other eligible players to build a formidable side," NFF's Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

    Read more here from BBC Sport here.

    Kenneth Otigba
    Image caption: The Nigeria Football Federation has already applied for Kenneth Otigba to swap from his Hungarian nationality
  9. Shell workers evacuated from Niger Delta

    Shell workers at Nigeria's Bonga facilities in the southern Niger Delta are being evacuated following a militant threat, a senior labour union official told Reuters news agency.

    Last week, militants attacked a Chevron platform in the Niger Delta where tensions have been building up since authorities issued an arrest warrant in January for a former militant leader on corruption charges.  

    Residents in the Niger Delta have been demanding a greater share of oil revenues.  

    President Muhammadu Buhari extended a multi-million dollar amnesty signed with militants in 2009 but upset them by ending generous pipeline protection contracts.  

    Bonga plant 2008
    Image caption: The Bonga plant is 120 kms off the coast of Nigeria
  10. Remembering the victims of 'Africa's worst stadium disaster'

    Ghanaians have been marking 15 years since 127 people died at a stadium in Ghana's capital, Accra.

    Fans lost their lives in a stampede that occurred during a match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra sports stadium. 

    There was an official commemoration in Accra:

    Fan waving Ghana flag
    Two fans holding a memorial banner

    The incident has been described as the worst football disaster in Africa.

    An enquiry into the disaster recommended that stadium infrastructure, security and first-aid should be improved.

    But there have been complaints that the recommendations have not been implemented.

    And families of those who died say they have not been compensated as was promised.

  11. Uganda, where a book can cost a month’s salary

    reading a book

    Books are expensive in Uganda.

    Our reporter Catherine Byaruhanga once spent $60 on book by Guinea's revolutionary leader Ahmed Sekou Toure.

    Waitresses in downtown Kampala barely earn $60 in a month.  

    When Rosey Sembatya wanted to buy books for her sister's children she found it difficult.

    "So I sat back and thought maybe there is need to create something that can make story books accessible and available at a quite cheap price," she said.

    So she created a library in her spare room:

    Rosey Sembatya

    Read more on the library on the BBC News website.

  12. South Africa's opposition report judge over race row

    South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance is reporting the judge at the centre of a race row over comments she made about rape and black people to the body that recommends judges' appointments, Eyewitness news reports

    Judge Mabel Jansen appeared to say on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men.

    The government has responded to the comments by saying that it intends to toughen anti-racism laws.

    The judge says he comments have been taken out of context.

  13. Congo opposition leader faces mercenary charges

    Moise Katumbi

    A leading opposition candidate for president of Democratic Republic of Congo has been questioned in the city of Lubumbashi after the government accused him of hiring mercenaries, reports Reuters news agency.

    Police fired tear gas at more than 1,000 supporters of Moise Katumbi who marched to the prosecutor general's office, where he was being questioned, chanting "president!". 

    Some entered the building and at least four were arrested, a witness told Reuters.

    Mr Katumbi has denied accusations made by the justice minister last week that he hired mercenaries including US soldiers.   

    His supporters say the allegations are aimed at derailing his campaign to succeed President Joseph Kabila.

    The government denies Katumbi is being targeted for political reasons.

    Elections are expected later this year.

    Read Maud Jullien's article asking if Could football boss Moise Katumbi could become president.

  14. Protest outside court in The Gambia

    Gambian opposition protesters have been gathering outside the high court in the capital, Banjul, where the leader of the main opposition UDP party, Ousainou Darboe, was appearing, activists are saying.

    Mr Darboe is standing trial in connection with an opposition demonstration that took place on 16 April.

    Activists have been sending us pictures of today's action.

    Protesters in The Gambia

    There have been reports of some clashes between police and protesters, but these have not been verified.

    Protests in The Gambia are a rare event where President Yahya Jammeh has been criticised by rights groups for clamping down on opposition.

  15. Mourning two Cameroon footballers

    Two Cameroonian footballers have died in the past few days after collapsing on the pitch.

    On Friday, Patrick Ekeng was playing for his Romanian club side Dinamo Bucharest when he lost consciousness. 

    Today, officials from Cameroon's football association, Fecafoot, paid a visit to the 26-year-old's family:

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    On Sunday, goalkeeper Jeanine Christelle Djomnang became ill while warming up for her team Femina Stars Ebolowa and died on her way to hospital.  

    Her family met Fecafoot officials at its headquarters today, as this tweet says:

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  16. Life sentences for those behind Burundi's attempted coup

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    A Burundian appeals court has handed down life sentences to 21 of the 28 people who had been on trial for last May's attempted coup.

    They include five who were acquitted in the initial trial and their rearrest has been ordered.

    The prosecution had appealed against the more lenient sentences given by a lower court. 

    Those found guilty will also have to pay more than $3.5m (£2.4m) in compensation for the loss of life and the destruction of property in the wake of the coup.

    Some generals in the army and some top policemen attempted to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza after he had decided to run for a controversial third term in office.

    The ruling is seen as a victory for the the government which has been seeking to make a direct link between the coup attempt and the anti-third term demonstrations which began two weeks earlier.

    Burundians on streets of Bujumbura
    Image caption: Some Burundians came out on the streets to support last year's coup attempt when it was announced on the radio
  17. South Sudan 'not notified yet' about Kenya camp closures

    Ibrahim Haithar

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    South Sudan's government says it is yet to receive any notice from the Kenyan authorities about their plans to close down the Kakuma and Dabab refugee camps, reports Eye Radio news.

    Kenya announced last week that it was determined to close the camps, which hosts some 4,000 South Sudanese refugees, although most residents are from Somalia.

    Refugees in Kakuma camp
    Image caption: Most South Sudanese refugees are in Kakuma
  18. Tear gas fired at protesters in Kenya

    We've been getting some more pictures of Kenyan police breaking up an opposition demonstration using tear gas.

    Teargas fired at protesters
    Tear gas against protesters

    Protesters were calling for a change in the leadership of the country's electoral commission before next year's election.

  19. Kenyan police clash with anti-electoral body protestors

    A Kenyan news service has tweeted these pictures of protests in Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

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    Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing protesters, reports Reuters news agency. 

    The protesters are demand that a body supervising next year's elections resign.

    The opposition has accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of bias in favour of the government.

  20. UPS delivery company back Rwandan blood drones

    The delivery company UPS has announced that it is giving financial backing and consultancy to a drone network which will deliver blood in hard-to-reach areas of Rwanda.

    Quartz reports that the logistics and shipping giant is investing $800,000 as a grant to Zipline, a drone delivery company that recently started working with the Rwandan government.

    Wired suggests that there are not wholly altruistic motives. 

    It says that testing that technology in a country like Rwanda, which has fewer regulations and less cluttered airspace than the US, could "hasten advances" from which the US and Europe could follow.

    The New Times newspaper showed what the drones would look like in a report back in February when the government had signed a deal with Zipline:

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