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  1. Top Ugandan reporter Joy Doreen Biira charged with "abetting terrorism" during Kasese violence
  2. Death toll in western Uganda kingdom clashes rises to 62
  3. African leaders pay tribute to Fidel Castro
  4. Gambia's president halts campaign for fifth term following Cuban leader's death
  5. New Zimbabwe bond notes released
  6. SA President Jacob Zuma faces no confidence vote
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By Tom Spender and Hugo Williams

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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.

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  2. Castro's Africa - Part II

    Earlier we shared some archive photos and tributes from African leaders to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday aged 90. 

    Castro's influence on Africa was huge (see earlier post) and he counted some of the continent's most iconic political figures among his close allies. 

    Here he is with fellow Marxist revolutionary Thomas Sankara, the late Burkina Faso leader. Sankara was often described as "Africa's Che Guevara", in reference to Castro's legendary fellow fighter in the Cuban revolution: 

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    Castro's support for African liberation movements also brought him into contact with Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first post-independence leader: 

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    And not to forget the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his fellow member in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of countries which backed neither the Soviet Union nor Washington during the Cold War. 

    Castro condemned Nato for its 2011 campaign against the Libyan strongman, which ended in his death: 

    Quote Message: Gaddafi's body has been kidnapped and displayed as a trophy of war, a conduct that violates the most elementary principles of Islamic rules and other religious beliefs prevailing in the world."
    Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi (C) and Cuban president Fidel Castro (R) walk along with Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega (L) during the non-aligned countries summit, on September 4, 1986 in Harare, Zimbabwe
  3. Deadly clashes between nomads and al-Shabab over taxes

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded in fighting between Somali nomads and the Islamist group al-Shabab. 

    The clashes erupted after Islamists in the coastal town of Harardhere ordered locals to pay taxes. 

    The nomads, who have lost much of their livestock in the current drought, refused and attacked Al Shabaab. It is unusual for civilians to resist Al Shabaab in Somalia. 

    The group controls large areas of territory and carries out harsh punishments against those it accuses of opposing its rule.

  4. 100 Women 2016: Female Arab cartoonists challenge authority


    In some Arab countries women still have to ask permission from a male relative to get a passport, marry or leave the country. Although the practice of "male guardianship" is not always enshrined in law, it persists in everyday life within many families.

    As part of the 100 Women season, the BBC asked three female cartoonists from North Africa to take up their pens and illustrate how the custom continues to affect women's lives in their countries.    

    Read the full piece here

  5. Doom congregation defend spraying pastor

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    Image caption: Lethebo Rabalago claims insecticide Doom can cure cancer and HIV

    Members of a church in Limpopo have defended their pastor, who has taken to spraying them with Doom pesticide as a "healing" technique.

    Broadcaster SABC says it was invited to a session with self-proclaimed prophet Lethebo Rabalago at the Mountzion Assembly and saw Mr Rabalago spray both himself and worshippers.

    During the visit, one worshipper praised the pastor and said he "stands tall before the Goliath of this world, the media".

    Mr Rabalago quoted the Bible and included a mention for Doom.

    "Those who believe in my name they shall pick up snakes, they shall spray doom and it will not do anything to them, Mark 16," SABC quoted him as saying.

    Read more: South Africa's 'Prophet of Doom' condemned

  6. Ugandan TV anchor charged with 'abetting terrorism' amid Kasese violence

    Joy Doreen Biira may have been released from detention after a hashtag campaign swept across Uganda (see earlier entries), but there is still plenty to be concerned about for supporters of the leading news presenter. 

    According to this police document shared by her lawyer on Twitter, Ms Biira and four others have been charged with "abetting terrorism" after being detained in Kasese, western Uganda, following deadly violence over the weekend. 

    Her lawyer Nicholas Opiyo called the charges "ridiculous": 

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    Supporters have been sharing photos of her following her release from detention in Kasese:

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  7. DR Congo ethnic clashes leave 34 dead

    The group of attackers is made up of vigilantes from of Nande ethnicity
    Image caption: The attackers were ethnic Nande vigilantes

    At least 34 civilians were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as violence flared up between feuding ethnic groups, officials say. 

    The deaths happened during an attack by a militia from the Nande ethnic group on the Hutu village of Luhanga in Nord-Kivu province. 

    AFP quoted local official Joy Bokele as saying: 

    Quote Message: They started by attacking the FARDC (DR Congo military) position. While they were attacking the FARDC, another group was executing the population with bladed weapons or bullets."

    Tensions between the Nande and Hutu peoples have been running high in the restive east, shaken by two decades of fighting over land, ethnic tensions and mineral riches, AFP says. 

  8. What do we know about Uganda's restive Rwenzururu kingdom?

    Rachel Akidi, Editor – BBC Focus on Africa radio

    Image caption: King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his supporters have been accused of plotting secession

    The Rwenzururu kingdom is a traditional monarchy around the mountains of Rwenzori – 340km (210 miles) west of the Ugandan capital Kampala.

    Its people - the Bakonzo - straddle both Uganda and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Tension has been high in the kingdom for in recent years. 

    Land disputes have led to bitter divisions over plans to divide up Kasese – one of the seven districts in the Rwenzori region.

    Now the King Charles Wesley Mumbere and some of his supporters have been accused of launching a secessionist movement to create a new republic known as Yiira.

    The authorities blame a recent spate of attacks on security installations in the area on this new movement.

    The kingdom has denied any links to the "secessionist group".

    “We’ve never sat down as a kingdom to discuss this Yiira state,” Rwenzururu kingdom spokesman Clarence Bwambale told Focus on Africa radio. 

    He denied that they were harbouring any militia in the palace as claimed by the army.

    The weekend clashes in what is an opposition stronghold appear to have intensified following February’s general elections.

    In April, President Yoweri Museveni ordered a heavy deployment of the army and police to the area to "hunt down people responsible for the violence". 

    “We can’t entertain banditry and we can’t negotiate with bandits. They either come out or we shall get them out of their hide outs”, he said at the time.

    The police say at least 60 people have been killed in two days of clashes, hundreds injured and many more arrested.

    Graphic photographs showing dozens of dead bodies have gone viral on social media.

    The Uganda Law Society has called for an inquiry to investigate the violence and propose "permanent solutions to the conflict".

    Traditional kingdoms, which are barred constitutionally from taking part in national politics were abolished in 1966, but then restored by President Museveni in the 1990s.

    King Wesley Mumbere was crowned king of the Rwenzururu kingdom in 2009, after living and working in a US nursing home for many years.

    See earlier entries for more details

  9. Zuma and Museveni meet as events unfold elsewhere

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    President Jacob Zuma will find time to host his Ugandan counterpart president Yoweri Museveni even as his comrades in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the governing African National Congress (ANC) are locked in a room debating his fate.

    Mr Museveni meanwhile is travelling following deadly clashes between security forces and a militia loyal to a traditional king in western Uganda in which at least 62 people died.

    Mr Zuma’s office announced late on Monday that the beleaguered president would meet Mr Museveni at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

    The ANC announced on Sunday that it would be extending its NEC meeting following tourism minister Derek Hanekom tabling a motion to recall the president.

    Those, within the ANC, who want president Zuma to step down have complained about corruption allegations surrounding the 74 year old leader and his close relationship to his family friends the controversial Gupta family. 

    The accusations by a corruption watchdog points to evidence of corruption in government contracts worth millions of dollars.

    President Zuma and the Gupta family deny any wrongdoing.

    The debate is expected to continue late into Monday night.

  10. Kasese clashes: Reporter Joy Doreen Biira released

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa, Kampala

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    Joy Doreen Biira, a presenter on Kenya's KTN TV news channel, has been released from a police station where she was held earlier today. She had been detained amid the deadly unrest in western Uganda, where she is from.

    She told the BBC she was fine and thankful for the support she has received.

    Police accuse her of trespassing into a cordoned off area at the King of Rwenzururu's palace after his arrest. Her family denies this. 

    Security forces had fought with militia loyal to the king, Charles Mumbere.

    Kasese is Ms Biira's home district and she had posted emotional messages online, describing seeing her heritage "going up in flames" and asking: "Where did it all go wrong? Why the killings?"

    See earlier posts for more details

  11. #PowerWomen: 'I knew I wanted to be a boss by the age of 35'

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    Video caption: 'I knew I wanted to be a boss by the age of 35'

    Phyllis Wakiaga aimed to be a top executive by 35. Now she is the head of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

    Women of Africa is a BBC season recognising inspiring women across the continent. The third series, Power Women, introduces six women, who are chief executive officers or company heads, who are finding success in their country and beyond.

  12. Kasese clashes: Who is traditional Ugandan king Charles Mumbere?

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    Video caption: Kasese clashes: Who is traditional Ugandan king Charles Mumbere?

    Rwenzururu king Charles Mumbere has been arrested after deadly clashes around his palace in Kasese, western Uganda, killed at least 62 people. 

    His Bakonzo community on the border with the DR Congo has long been at loggerheads with the dominant Toro kingdom in the region. 

    Mr Mumbere assumed his title in 2009 when President Yoweri Museveni officially recognised the kingdom. 

    Before he was king, he lived in the US state of Pennsylvania and worked in a care home.

    Here's the BBC TV report from his coronation seven years ago: 

    See earlier posts for more details

  13. Africa mourns Castro, giant of the continent

    The death of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader and one of the iconic political figures of the 20th Century, has reverberated around the world. 

    Many African leaders have been paying tribute to the late Communist leader, who had a huge influence on the continent, especially with the Angolan struggle for independence and the fight against apartheid in southern Africa. 

    We've brought together some of the archive photos of Fidel Castro in Africa to look back at his relationship with the continent. 

    Here he is with Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos in 1980. Castro supported Dos Santos, who is still ruler of the oil-rich state, for many years. 

    Cuban revolutionary and president Fidel Ruz Castro (L) welcomes 24 March 1980 in Havana Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos upon his arrival in Cuba for 3-day official visit.
    Image caption: Fidel Castro backed Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos for many years

    In 1998, he travelled to South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president. Cuba's earlier intervention in Angola helped turn the US against South Africa's white minority rule.

    The late South African President Nelson Mandela greets Cuban leader Fidel Castro

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has shared an old photo of him with Castro as part of a personal tribute on Twitter: 

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    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also praised Castro's legacy:

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    In 1976, Castro welcomed Ethiopia's former Marxist leader Mengistu Haile Mariam, who was later found guilty of genocide. 

    Photo dated 25 April 1975 shows Ethiopian President Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam (R) making the V sign as he stands with Fidel Castro (C) and Raul Castro (L) during an official visit in La Havana, Cuba. An Ethiopian court sentenced 11 January 2007 the country's former dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam, currently in exile in Zimbabwe,

    Castro welcomed President Robert Mugabe to Cuba in 2005, one of many visits by the Zimbabwean leader: 

    Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) shakes hands with Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe 12 September, 2005 at the State Council in Havana.

    Read more: How Castro changed southern Africa

  14. Somali-American vies for Miss Minnesota title

    Halima Aden poses for a photo at St. Cloud State University

    A Somali-American woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed. 

    Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition. 

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Ms Aden's swim outfit stood in contrast to those of the other 44 contestants, most of whom wore bikinis. 

    Before the competition, the 19-year-old told Minnesota Public Radio News that the pageant was "a great platform to show the world who I am".

    Earlier this month a Somali-born former refugee made history by becoming the first Somali-American legislator in the US. 

    Ilhan Omar, 34, who also wears the hijab, was elected to serve in Minnesota's state house of representatives.

  15. DR Congo students protest over China land transfer

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    More than 300 students staged a protest on Monday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to oppose the transfer of a plot of land to the Chinese embassy, the AFP news agency reports. 

    The students are from the upscale La Gombe Institute, an elite school complex in the north of Kinshasa. 

    They poured outside at 07:00 local time shouting anti-Chinese slogans and proceeded to disrupt traffic around the headquarters of the Ministry of Education. 

    A Ministry official told AFP that the Chinese embassy will use the plot of land to build a training centre for new technology.

    But protesters say the transfer of the land is the last straw. 

    They complain that their school complex had already been deprived of facilities such their water pool and playground which now belong to a club that they say is owned by President Joseph Kabila's brother. 

    The students' protest appears to have no connection with the wave of discontent sweeping across DR Congo over the delaying of a presidential election, originally due to take place this month.   

  16. Morocco TV apologises after advising women to hide bruises

    The segment on Channel 2M demonstrated how it was possible to hide bruising with makeup
    Image caption: The segment on Channel 2M demonstrated how it was possible to hide bruising with makeup

    A Moroccan TV channel has apologised after broadcasting a show advising women how to hide signs of domestic violence using makeup.

    Channel 2M, which featured the clip last week, has admitted that the footage was "completely inappropriate".

    In the broadcast, a woman is seen resting in a chair while makeup is applied to conceal fake bruises around her eyes.

    The video was later removed from the channel's website.

    In the clip, featured on the show Sabahiyat, the host of the show offers tips on how to make the appearance of bruising "disappear" using foundation and toners.

    "We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life," the host suggests after demonstrating how to mask the signs of violence.

    The controversial video was shared on Twitter and Facebook, receiving widespread condemnation.

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  17. EU extends Somalia anti-piracy mission

    BBC World Service

    Armed militiamen and some pirates stand among fishing boats on the coast in the central Somali town of Hobyo on August 20, 2010.
    Image caption: The number of pirate attacks off Somalia has sharply declined

    The European Union has extended for another two years its anti-piracy naval patrols off the coast of Somalia.

    The number of pirate attacks has fallen sharply since its peak in 2011 when they occurred nearly every day. 

    Last week, NATO ended its anti-piracy mission in the Indian Ocean. 

    EU warships also protect vessels delivering aid to Somalia and monitor fishing activities. 

    Analysts say pirate attacks could resume if naval patrols cease and ships passing through the area stop having armed guards on board.

    Danger zone: Chasing West Africa’s pirates

  18. Mombasa fishermen eye big catches with launch of deep-sea vessel

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa, Mombasa

    Picture of the new boat MV Mombasa 001 with a dozen or so passengers on board, cruising through green-blue waters

    Kenyan authorities in the coastal city of Mombasa have launched the country’s first locally manufactured and owned deep-sea fishing vessel. 

    Local fishermen usually use low-powered motorboats, known as dhows. 

    Kelly Konde, head of the Mombasa Beach Management Units, says they can barely fish beyond the reefs, or further than five nautical miles from the coast.

    It is expected the boat will enable fishermen to travel as far as Kenya's marine borders, which stretch 200 nautical miles into the Indian Ocean. 

    Experts say the new vessel is likely to boost fish production in the county. 

    Fisherman places hand on side of a large tuna caught in the new boat
    Image caption: A 70kg tuna was the first catch from the new boat

    Research shows Kenya's waters can produce between 150-000 to 300,000 tonnes of fish per year

    But last year Kenya's fishermen only managed 9,000 tonnes. 

    That's about 15 times less than the figure for the Somali fisheries sector.