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By Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Livepage 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: The wisdom of the elderly is a cure" from An Etxuabo proverb sent by Gabriel DeBarros in Quelimane, Mozambique
    An Etxuabo proverb sent by Gabriel DeBarros in Quelimane, Mozambique

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a picture of Malawi's Areneo David during an elimination round of the individual archery competition in Rio:

    Malawi's Areneo David releases his arrow during an elimination round of the individual archery competition
  2. Kenya doping probe: Athletics official 'to be held for a month'

    Kenyan Olympics Athletics Manager Michael Rotich

    Kenya's athletics manager, who was sent home from the Rio Olympics, is to be held by police for four weeks as they investigate allegations that he had warned athletes about drugs tests in return for cash, Reuters news agency has reported.

    A court has approved a police request to keep Michael Rotich, who had requested bail, in custody.  

    Mr Rotich has denied the accusation published in the UK's Sunday Times, which said he had been filmed by undercover journalists, posing as athlete representatives, some months ago.

  3. Zimbabwe protest over missing anti-Mugabe activist

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Protesters in Zimbabwe

    Flower-carrying demonstrators in Zimbabwe gathered in central Harare today to demand that the whereabouts of missing prominent pro-democracy human rights activist Itayi Dzamara.

    He has not been seen since he was abducted by five men in Harare in March 2015.

    Officials have denied any state agents were involved in his abduction.

    The marchers blew whistles and walked towards the anti-riot police, but unlike scenes seen last week when officers attacked demonstrators calling for President Robert Mugabe to leave office, the police remained calm and returned to their vans.

    Zimbabwe anti-riot police

    Read more: 'Mugabe must go' protests

  4. Why is there a demand for donkey skin in China?

    Fuchsia Dunlop

    BBC News

    Donkeys pull wheelbarrows as villagers cross a muddy path
    Image caption: Burkina Faso says the soaring exports is threatening the animal's population

    Burkina Faso has seen its donkey-hide trade with China soar in recent years, but it has now banned all exports (see earlier post).

    The reason behind the booming trade is perhaps the demand for gelatin, made by boiling donkey skin, which is highly prized in China as a medicinal tonic. It is thought to nourish the blood, boost the immune system and act as a general pick-me-up.  

    It is sometimes referred to as one of the "zi bu san bao", meaning three nourishing treasures, along with ginseng and the antlers of young deer. 

    Donkey gelatin is sometimes mixed with walnuts, goji berries and other tonic foods and sold in dark, gummy slabs that can be eaten as a snack. 

    Health and longevity is a Chinese national obsession, and tonic foods like this are often lavishly packaged and presented as expensive gifts.

    Aside from gelatin, donkey meat is a delicacy in some Chinese regions, especially in the north of the country where it is often simmered in a richly spiced broth, and then cooled, sliced and served with a refreshing dip of chopped garlic and vinegar. 

    In northern Hebei province, one famous snack is the "lu rou huo shao", in which chopped, spiced donkey meat is mixed with fresh green chilli and stuffed into a layered pastry: Its name is  sometimes translated into English as a "donkey burger". 

  5. Libya forces 'capture key IS base'

    Libyan forces battling to oust so-called Islamic State (IS) from Sirte say they have made significant gains, taking control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the militant group.

    "Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou [convention] complex - they even advanced some distance beyond the complex," Reuters news agency quotes Rida Issa, a spokesman for the forces, as saying

    Sirte's hospital and university compound had also been captured, he said.

    According to the AFP news agency, capturing the Ouagadougou centre has been the key goal of the anti-IS forces.

    Readmore: Why Libya is so lawless

    Soldiers fighting IS in Sirte
    Image caption: A coalition of militias is fighting IS in Sirte
  6. Who is your Olympic body match?

    Who is your Olympic body match?

    More than 10,000 athletes are taking part in different events at the Rio Games. As you gasp at their feats, have you ever wondered if you could match up to them? 

    Well now you can use the BBC's interactive database to compare your biographical information with the Rio Olympians. Click here to give it a go.

  7. Rio 2016: Tonight's Africa medal prospects

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Big night for Mauritius" Kennedy St Pierre
    Image caption: Big night for Mauritius's Kennedy St Pierre


    Mauritius Kennedy St Pierre fights Vasily Levit of Kazkstan  (Heavy) Quarter-final – Winner guaranteed at least a silver. 22:30 GMT

    Also in action this evening

    • Kenya's Benson Gicharu (Bantam) Prelim -  20:45 GMT
    • Algeria's Fahem Hammachi (Bantam) Prelim - 21:00 GMT
    • Congo's Dival Malonga (Light Welter) Prelim - 21:15 GMT. 

    Women's fencing:

    Tunisia's Ines Boubakri has made it to the semi-finals of the women’s foil event in the fencing at the Olympics.

    She first beat Egypt's Noura Mohamed and then beat Japan’s Shiho Nishioka in the last 16 and then Leanor Harvey of Canada in the quarters – she will now fight Italy’s Elisa Di Francisca in the semi-finals at 20:30 GMT (a win will guarantee at least a silver medal). 

    The final is at 23:15 GMT. If she loses, she fights for the bronze at 22:20 GMT.

    Rugby sevens

    South Africa will play Australia (again) in the quarterfinals at 21:30 GMT  

  8. The Kenyan bus driver who stops for disabled people

    A matatu driver is helping people with physical disabilities get to work in Kenya where many of the drivers of the private buses will not take disabled passengers. Watch his story:

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    Video caption: Kenyan matatu driver who helps disabled people get to work
  9. How far away can a lion's roar be heard?

    If you're into horoscopes you'll know that those born between 23 July and 22 August fall under the sign of Leo... so it fitting that today to World Lion Day.

    BBC Earth has been working out how far away a lion's roar travels:

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    On Twitter, other people have been sharing lion facts:

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    One tweeter turned to Disney classic The Lion King to mark the day:

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  10. Rio 2016: Tunisia's feisty fencer

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Ines Boubakri of Tunisia celebrates winning the match

    Tunisia's Ines Boubakri has made it to the semi-finals of the women’s foil event in the fencing at the Olympics.

    She first beat Egypt's Noura Mohamed and then beat Japan’s Shiho Nishioka in the last 16 and then Leanor Harvey of Canada in the quarters – she will now fight Italy’s Elisa Di Francisca in the semi-finals at 20:30 GMT.

    A win will guarantee at least a silver medal, a loss and she fights for the bronze.

    Other results:

    • Algeria's Anissa Khelfaoui LOST in round of 32
    • Morocco's Youssra Zakarani LOST in round of 32
  11. Picturing South Sudan's 660% inflation

    The Wall Street Journal correspondent in East Africa has just shared a picture of some South Sudanese pounds to illustrate the war-torn country's chronic inflation. 

    The civil war has wrecked the economy, thousands of foreign workers have left the country and the falling oil prices have also reduced government revenues. 

  12. Rio 2016 rugby sevens: Kenya knocked out

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.
    Image caption: Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.

    Kenya lost 7-31 to Japan in Pool C – to complete a miserable time in Rio for the East Africans.

    They have lost all three of their matches heavily (5-28 to New Zealand and 7-31 to Great Britain). 

    Earlier in the year Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.

    The Kenyans will now take part in the matches to decide the third places from 9-12 August.

  13. Ousted CAR leader's son freed on bail

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa

    The son of the Central African Republic's (CAR) ousted leader Francois Bozize has been released on bail.

    Jean-Francois Bozize was the defence minister in his father's cabinet when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels took power in 2013.

    He is accused of being involved in the violence committed in the following years by the mostly Christian anti-balaka militias thought to be close to his father.  

    He went into exile and international arrest warrant was issued for him.

    But he returned to CAR last week and handed himself in to the UN mission.

    He faces charges including involvement in extra-judicial killings, torture and corruption. 

    His lawyer says there is no evidence against him – and he will respond to the allegations during his trial.

    Francois Bozize
    Image caption: Francois Bozize was ousted as CAR's president in 2013
  14. Rio 2016 rugby sevens: SA lose to Australia but top group

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Henry Hutchison of Australia is tackled by Seabelo Senatla of South Africa
    Image caption: Henry Hutchison of Australia is tackled by Seabelo Senatla of South Africa

    South Africa's impressive start did not intimidate Australia who have just beat them 12-5. 

    However, they top the group on points difference after finishing level with France in second and Australia in third – all three had seven points from their three matches.  

    South Africa now move to the quarter-finals as winners of their group, they play their next game today at 21:30 GMT. 

    Their opponent will be one of two teams with the best third place finish. 

  15. Rio 2016: Mixed results for DR Congo judoka refugees

    Popole Misenga moves to the next round
    Image caption: Popole Misenga moves to the next round

    We reported earlier about judokas Popole Misenga and Yolande Bukasa, from DR Congo, who are representing the Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes. 

    Their events have finished. Popole won the men's 90kg judo event and moves into the next round later today along with 15 other judokas. 

    However, Yolande Bukasa Mabika lost her judo match in the women’s 70kg. 

  16. Uganda orders chain of low-cost private schools to close

    Ugandan Education Minister Janet Museveni, who's also the country first lady, has announced that the government is closing Bridge International Academies, a chain of low-cost primary schools, for not meeting standards.

    The schools are popular with poorer families who believe they offer a higher standard of teaching than state schools in East Africa. 

    Some Ugandan MPs have accused Bridge of promoting homosexuality. Uganda has strict anti-gay legislation.

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    Bridge International Academies has not responded to such accusations but describes its mission as:   

    Quote Message: The world’s largest education innovation company serving the 700 million families who live on less than $2 (£1.5) per day. More than 100,000 students who attend Bridge’s more than 400 nursery and primary schools across emerging markets in Africa and (soon to open) in Asia."

    The school has appealed to Mrs Museveni to keep them open:

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    Read more about Bridge International Academies and its move into Liberia

  17. Andela's founder leaves to start a new company

    Famous Nigerian tech-entrepreneur Iyinoluwa "E" Aboyeji has left Andela, one of Nigeria's best known start-ups. He founded it in 2013 to train African developers and connect them with big tech firms around the world. 

    He is leaving the company weeks after it raised $24m (£18m) from investors including the foundation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    Mr Aboyeji is moving on to run a new payment platform, Flutterwave, that will aggregate payment methods in Africa, Quartz reports

    Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji has left Andela
    Image caption: Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji has left Andela
  18. Five Malian soldiers found drowned

    The bodies of five Malian soldiers have been recovered days after the same number went missing during clashes with Ansar Dine Islamist militants, the army's spokesman has said, the Reuters news agency reports. 

    Souleymane Maiga told the news agency that four of the soldiers were found near Tenenkou on Tuesday evening and a fifth near the town of Mopti, about 75 km (47 miles) away on Wednesday morning. 

    Officials did not confirm whether the drowned soldiers were the same soldiers who went missing near Tenenkou village in Mopti region.

    The militants said in a statement that it had ambushed the army, killing and wounding soldiers, according to SITE Intelligence Group, the report adds. 

    Ansar Dine and other Islamist groups seized most of northern Mali in 2012 but were driven out of the region's towns by French forces a year later. 

    Islamists rebels of Ansar Dine in Mali
    Image caption: Islamists militants of Ansar Dine
  19. Rio 2016: Zimbabwe goal celebration celebrated

    Zimbabwe's female footballers may not have won their game against Australia in Rio, but the Mighty Warriors sure know how to celebrate when they do score.

    "You will never see a better goal celebration than this even if you lived for another 150 years!" says BBC Africa's Farayi Mungazi, himself a Zimbabwe.

    BBC Sport has tweeted the clip, though because of rights issues it may not play in some areas: 

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  20. Angola demolition shooting: Boy's death 'must be investigated'

    Student card of Rufino Antonio, 14, who was killed by gunfire from the military police during a peaceful protest against home demolitions in Luanda, Angola
    Image caption: Rufino Antonio's student card

    Angola’s authorities should investigate the shooting dead of a 14-year-old boy last Saturday during a peaceful protest against the demolition of homes for a development project in the capital, Luanda, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. 

    Without warning, military police fired live ammunition in the air and at protesters’ feet to disperse the crowd, witnesses said. 

    One bullet fatally struck 14-year-old Rufino Antonio in his neck.

    Quote Message: One of the soldiers was listening to us as we begged them not to demolish the houses.
    Quote Message: Then, this other soldier just pointed his gun at me. The boy was right behind me and I told him to run. We ran to hide behind a mango tree. That shot was directed at me. It missed me, it missed the mango tree, and unfortunately struck the boy." from Lucas, a protester whose surname was withheld for his safety
    Lucas, a protester whose surname was withheld for his safety

    A graphic video posted on social media by Angolan activists shows Rufino lying on the ground under a mango tree with blood flowing behind his head or neck. A crowd is gathered around, and a man says, “Get their mother, get their mother”, HRW says. 

    Security officials removed his body without explanation and the family located it in a hospital morgue the next day, the rights group said.

    Military commander Lt Gen Simon Carlitos Wala told Voice of America the incident was under investigation.

    “The authorities need to promptly investigate why the soldiers opened fire, prosecute those responsible for any wrongdoing, and take steps to avoid such bloodshed in the future,” HRW's Daniel Bekele said in a statement.