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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: One day's rain cannot get deep into the soil " from An Ibibio proverb from Nigeria sent by Blessing Umoudit in London, UK
    An Ibibio proverb from Nigeria sent by Blessing Umoudit in London, UK

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from Everyday Africa's Instagram account of a fruit seller in a street in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott:

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  2. 'Attempt to kill' Gabon's ex-justice minister

    Seraphin Moundounga, who resigned as Gabon’s justice minister earlier this week, says he wants a recount of the contested presidential election.

    President Ali Bongo won the election beating his main rival Jean Ping by less than 6,000 votes last month.

    Mr Moundounga told BBC Afrique's Lilianne Nyatcha that he has faced threats since he announced his resignation:

    Quote Message: Last night there was an attempt on my life, my house was attacked by five men, and my guard was tied up. They broke everything in my house, including the security camera, ignoring the fact that those security camera images are safe guarded.
    Quote Message: By resigning from the government, I'm professing my commitment to the Gabonese people. This came after I had tried for days to convince the president of the importance of negotiations about the current political situation and to accept the recount of the ballots. He refused and that's when I decided to turn in my resignation as justice minister."

    To hear the whole interview, listen to BBC Focus on Africa on World Service radio.

  3. Boko Haram rivals 'clash in Nigeria'

    Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Abubakar Shekau
    Image caption: Abubakar Shekau began leading Boko Haram in 2009

    There have been deadly clashes between two factions of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security and local sources have told the BBC.

    Details of the violent fighting in the Monguno area of Borno state near Lake Chad are sketchy because of a lack of mobile communications in the north-east.

    It was sparked after so-called Islamic State (IS) announced last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was the leader of Boko Haram, replacing Abubakar Shekau.

    However, Mr Shekau, who initially pledged the group’s allegiance to IS, said he was still in charge.

    Some analysts believe the split could help the Nigerian military in its efforts to defeat the insurgents.

    There has been no comment yet from the Nigerian authorities on the fighting.

    Abu Musab al-Barnawi
    Image caption: IS declared Abu Musab al-Barnawi Boko Haram's leader last month
  4. Malawi's flood story 'needs a sexy look'

    Flooding hits Malawi almost every year because of its climate and location. The disaster in 2015 was the most costly to hit the country when more than 100 people died and tens of thousands lost their homes at a cost of $23m (£17m).

    So is anyone planning to reduce the risks and prevent a repeat? Apparently floods could do with a makeover, a sexy look maybe?  

    Satirist Ikenna Azuike from What's Up Africa reports: 

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    Video caption: What's Up Africa: Do we need to make Malawi's floods sexy?
  5. Desmond Tutu's surgery 'successful'

    Desmond Tutu
    Image caption: Desmond Tutu retired from public life in 2011 but still travels

    South Africa's retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has successfully undergone minor surgery, his wife, Leah Tutu, said. 

    The 84-year-old Nobel Peace laureate had the operation to address a recurring infection that has kept him in hospital in Cape Town for two weeks.

    The surgery was successful and "he was in good spirits", the family statement quoted Mrs Tutu as saying.

    Archbishop Tutu, who retired from public life in 2011, has been admitted to hospital several times over the last two years.

    He was previously treated for an infection resulting from his prostate cancer treatment.

    "Mrs Tutu said the family was very grateful for the messages of love and support received‚ and for the Archbishop's superb medical team‚" South Africa's Times newspaper quotes the statement as saying.

  6. Kenyan journalists to protest over threats

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    Kenyan journalists protesting
    Image caption: Journalists are concerned as Kenya heads towards elections next year

    Hundreds of journalists are to stage a demonstration in the capital, Nairobi, tomorrow because they say they face intimidation, harassment and death threats in the line of duty.

    In a span of one year, five journalist have died mysteriously. 

    The latest was political reporter Joseph Masha, from the Standard newspaper, who died last week in unexplained circumstances.

    And as Kenya prepares for general elections next August, reporters are likely to be face more threats. 

    The journalists say these do not just represent an attack on one of their profession, but on the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.

  7. Cartoonists' take on refugees

    Amnesty International Kenya office has been sharing on Twitter some of the works on display at an ongoing cartoon exhibition in support of refugees. 

    An event flyer says: "The exhibition is an invitation to the public to reflect on the refugee situation and encourage a welcoming attitude." 

    Cartoonists from Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria and Somalia are participating. 

    Here are a few examples.... 

    The next one by Victor Ndula is a critical take on Kenya’s plan to build a wall along its border with Somalia – with the message that corruption is actually the country’s biggest security risk:  

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    East Africa's best-known cartoonist, Gado, reflects South Sudan's fears about its neighbour after independence in 2011.

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    And this considers the question of identity in South Africa, which as experienced xenophobic violence in recent years:

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  8. Paralympian who lives in national stadium

    Meet George Wyndham, the only Sierra Leonean competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

    He uses a wheelchair after contracting polio as a child, and has won international medals in table tennis - but his only home is an office in the national stadium.

    Click below to watch his story:

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    Video caption: Sierra Leone's homeless Paralympian
  9. Son of Equatorial Guinea’s president to face French trial

    Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue pictured in 2014
    Image caption: Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue denies the charges

    The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, who also serves as his deputy, is face trial in France on money-laundering and corruption charges, French judges have decided.

    Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, 47, has denied charges.

    He had argued that as a senior official he had diplomatic immunity.

    His father, 74-year-old President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, seized power from his uncle in 1979 and was re-elected in April with 93.7% of the vote.

    The French case is part of a broader investigation into allegations that several African leaders have bought assets in France with embezzled public funds.

    Together they are suspected of owning 63 luxury properties in Paris and some two hundred bank accounts.

    Since the mid-1990s Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, has become one of sub-Sahara's biggest oil producers but a large proportion of the population still lives in poverty.

  10. Tanzania sends one Paralympian to Rio

    Shadrack Mwansasu

    BBC Swahili, Dar es Salaam

    Only one Paralympian will represent Tanzania at the Paralympics games, which officially opens later today in the Brazilian city of Rio.

    Ignas Madumla Mtweve will be competing in the men's shot put event. Here's a photo of him in the Paralympic village with his coach and another Paralympic official:

    Tuma Dandi, head of Tanzania's Paralympic delegation (L), Zaharani Mwenemti the coach (C) and athlete Ignas Madumla Mtweve (R)
    Image caption: Ignas Madumla Mtweve (R) is be being accompanied his coach (C) and a Paralympic official

    Their travel to Rio was partly facilitated by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which supports at least one Paralympian of either gender from each country to attend the Games, Tanzanian's Paralympic president Gwakisa Mwakabeta told the BBC.  

    Tanzania, which has a population of nearly 48 million, sent seven athletics to the Olympics last month.

  11. Volkswagen 'to start assembling cars in Kenya'

    Volkswagen logo
    Image caption: The German car giant used to operate in Kenya during the 1960s

    Kenya has signed a deal with car manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa to begin assembling cars in the East African country, according to a Kenyan government statement. 

    "Volkswagen has signed a deal to use the Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM) in Thika to assemble its popular models beginning with the Volkswagen Vivo," it says. 

    Thika is an industrial town, north-east of the Kenya's capital, Nairobi - and Kenya's government is a shareholder in KVM.

    The first fully Kenyan-assembled VW Vivo is expected to roll off the assembly line by December.

    The German car giant used to operate in Kenya during the 1960s and into the following decade until 1977, assembling Volkswagen vans, micro-buses and the famous VW Kombi, the statement says.

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the move.

  12. Zimbabwe judge 'takes on President Mugabe'

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Tendai Biti
    Image caption: Lawyer Tendai Biti (R) outside court today said the ruling was a victory for democracy

    Zimbabwean High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba has ruled that a two-week ban by police on protests was illegal.

    Police issued the ban last Thursday prohibiting demonstrations in the capital, Harare, ahead of a planned anti-government protest by opposition groups.

    The challenge was brought by activist Stan Zvorwadza, who heads the National Vendors' Union of Zimbabwe.

    He told the BBC he welcomed the ruling and he and his members wanted to protest peacefully about the mismanagement of the country.

    He was represented in court by Tendai Biti, a lawyer and former finance minister, who told the BBC it proved Zimbabwe’s courts were independent:

    Quote Message: My clients can now demonstrate today or tomorrow. This is a brave judgement
    Quote Message: We as human rights defender are we are very proud of the decision that has been handed down this afternoon."

    This ruling comes after a warning to judges over the weekend by 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

    He criticised a court which gave permission for an anti-government protest at the end of August.

    It turned violent when police ignored the court order and tear gassed demonstrators.

    Mr Mugabe said the judges had showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to be negligent when making future decisions.

    Today Judge Chigumba said the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law was important to democracy, which appears to be an indirect attack on President Mugabe.

    She also told the police that if they felt they wanted to pursue plans to ban the protest, they had seven days to follow the correct procedures, which would mean approaching the minister of justice.

  13. BreakingZimbabwe court backs protesters

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe High Court declares the government ban on public demonstration "unprocedural and a violation of applicants rights to expression". 

  14. Egypt furore over MP's FGM comments

    An Egyptian MP has stirred controversy after rejecting tougher penalties for those who force women into genital mutilation (FGM), saying half of the country's men "are impotent".

    Parliament last week approved longer jail terms for those carrying out FGM, following the death of a teenage girl.

    MP Ilhami Agina responded by saying FGM was needed in order to reduce women's sexual appetite, to match Egypt's men.

    The procedure is still widespread in Egypt despite being illegal since 2008.

    It involves the partial or full removal of the external sex organs, ostensibly to control women's sexuality.

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    This education video aims to change views of FGM in Egypt
    Image caption: This education video aims to change views of FGM in Egypt
  15. Pretoria mayor gives away luxury cars - except his own

    We reported earlier that Solly Msimanga, the new mayor of Tshwane, the South Africa metropolitan area which includes the capital, Pretoria, has given the luxury cars bought for politicians and senior officials by his predecessor to an anti-hijack unit of the police. 

    Quote Message: "I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars‚ while our people struggle for services‚ houses and jobs," he said.

    He is however keeping a BMW 5 Series model he inherited from his predecessor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, but says he will replace it with a cheaper car when it retires, the IOL news website reports. 

    “He inherited a car from the previous Mayor, which can’t be dispensed with because it’s been bought paid for already and treasury regulations prohibit that. But, as soon as he can replace it, he will, with a sensible, low-cost vehicle,” the mayor’s spokesperson Matthew Gerstner told the BBC    

    His spokesman had told the BBC's Outside Source programme that the mayor prefers a sensible, low-cost vehicle like a Hyundai i20 or a Toyota Corolla.

    Listen to his comments:

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    Video caption: Solly Msimanga says local politicians don't need expensive cars.

    Mr Msimanga is from the Democratic Alliance which took control of Tshwane after beating the African National Congress which had been in charge since the end of apartheid. 

  16. Ethiopian singers cancel New Year concerts

    Children with the traditional new year flower adey abeba
    Image caption: The Ethiopian New Year is symbolised by the seasonal yellow flower adey abeba

    Many Ethiopian singers have cancelled their concerts to welcome in Ethiopia’s New Year, which falls this year on 11 September.

    Ethiopians will be ushering in 2009 on Sunday as their calendar is more than seven years out of sync with the one used in much of the rest of the world.

    But some singers are planning to put a dampener on the celebrations that take place on New Year’s Eve.

    They say it would not be good to celebrate when people are mourning those who have died in recent protests.

    At least 17 singers have backed out of gigs to be held in various venues in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities.

    Oromo singer Abush Zeleke was among those who announced their decision on their official Facebook page.

    And on Twitter have reacted to the news:

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    Some Ethiopian musicians who live abroad are following suit.

    US-based singer, Abby Lakew, announced she had cancelled all her shows in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Las Vegas:

    Quote Message: I do not want to perform on any stage as of right now while my people are dying!!!
    Quote Message: I will pray for peace and I believe in one love!!! All people should be treated equally, with the same rights, dignity and human rights."

    There has been an unprecedented wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months.

    Demonstrations began in the Oromia region last November and have spread elsewhere.

    And over the weekend at least 23 inmates died in a fire at a prison where anti-government protesters were reportedly being held.

    Read more: What is behind Ethiopia's wave of protests

  17. Tanzanian tongue typist gets dictation device

    Tanzania's tongue typist dreams of screenwriting
    Image caption: Sammy Awami (R) was asked to present Wakonta Kapunda (L) with the software

    A few weeks ago the BBC's Sammy Awami did a story about how a Tanzanian screenwriter taught herself to use her tongue to type film scripts on a computer tablet after becoming paralysed from the neck down.

    An employee at a technology company in South Africa saw his report and organised to give Wakonta Kapunda, who lives in Dar es Salaam, a device that translates voice commands into text.

    Sammy went along to present it to the 23-year-old, who was hit by a car on her high-school graduation day four years ago.

    Ms Kapunda told our reporter that she was very excited to get the dictation software from Whirlmarket Technologies.

    And she tried it out immediately.

    We can report that it did work – and with more practice, she should now be churning out those scripts.

    Wakonta Kapunda

    Watch Wakonta Kapunda's story

  18. Crocodile attack survivor 'held over unpaid medical bill'

    A Ugandan teenager, who lost an arm in a crocodile attack, is being detained at hospital for not paying for his treatment, Uganda's private Daily Monitor reports

    John Basalirwa, 17, was fishing at the Bulwa fishing grounds in the central district of Buikwe when he was attacked by a crocodile on 4 August, it says.

    He is currently being held at the St Francis Hospital in Nsambya in the capital, Kampala.

    The hospital is reportedly demanding that he pay a medical bill amounting to 4.3m Ugandan shillings ($1,200, £896) before being discharged.  

    The paper reports that the victim’s family is unable to raise the money because his parents are elderly and unemployed. 

    Image caption: It is not uncommon for large crocodiles to attack humans in Uganda, especially on Lake Victoria
  19. ANC anger at ‘Nazi-style book burning’

    South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has strongly condemned student protesters who set fire to a library at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday night, comparing their actions to the Nazis:

    Quote Message: The burning of books is a symbolic act of anti-intellectualism. In the 1930s the German Student Union, a Nazi structure, ran a book-burning campaign, targeting books written by Jews, liberals and communists. It was a prelude to fascism and the Holocaust.
    Quote Message: Attacking university property and harassing university leaders is illegal and a crime. Unlawful conduct cannot be justified by the mistaken belief that burning books is an attack on white monopoly capital."

    This morning, a journalist has been tweeting photos of the destruction at Howard College Law Library:

    The arson attack is the latest in a series of protests at South African universities, mostly caused by frustration at the high cost of education.

    The ANC said was “confident that a solution will be found to ensure that no young person from a poor family is denied higher education”.

  20. Separatist oil rebels 'kill 12 Angolan soldiers'

    Separatist rebels in Angola's oil-rich region of Cabinda say they have killed 12 government soldiers, the Reuters news agency reports.

    Flec said it ambushed the troops in the northern Buco-Zau region, near the border with Congo-Brazzaville on Sunday, the agency says.

    The rebels have now reported more than 50 deaths since fighting broke out in August and the government has not responded to requests for comment, it says.

    Flec - in one form or another - has been fighting a low-level insurgency since the 1960s.

    It first took up arms against the colonial power Portugal. 

    Then when Angola gained independence in 1975 and Cabinda was absorbed into Angola, Flec rebels continued to fight against the Luanda government.

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