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Summary

  1. Uganda's President Museveni says US election of Donald Trump a backlash against Western policy
  2. Nigeria's army denies killing 150 pro-Biafra protesters
  3. Canada's leader Justin Trudeau in Liberia schoolyard kickabout
  4. Ethiopia frees "vintage aircraft pilots"
  5. Ex-Nigerian leader Obasanjo criticises President Buhari's $30bn loan plan
  6. Lost Ivorian migrant girl and mother reunited by chance
  7. Spanish prosecutors seek prison term for Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o
  8. Ancient city unearthed in Egypt
  9. Chad arrests anti-government protest organisers
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 24 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Tom Spender, Lucy Fleming and Lamine Konkobo

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 our proverb of the day:

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    And we leave you with this picture of children playing in the sea in Stone Town, Zanzibar:  

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  2. Mozambique warning to cashew nut smugglers

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambique’s tax authority has warned that anyone caught smuggling raw cashew nuts out of the country will be treated with “zero tolerance”.

    Cashew nuts are one of Mozambique’s key exports - and the law does not allow their export if they are unprocessed.

    Tax official Jeronimo Lopes said that last year his institution had seized 40 containers full of raw cashew nuts in the port of Nacala thought to have been bound to India, the main buyer of raw cashews.    

  3. Ethiopia 'frees vintage aircraft pilots'

    Vintage plane
    Image caption: The pilots are attempting to fly the length of Africa

    Pilots detained in Ethiopia while taking part in the Vintage Air Rally (see earlier post) are now free to continue their journey, Reuters news agency quotes the event's organisers as saying.

    "Just been resolved now... Kenya tomorrow!" rally organiser Sam Rutherford texted.

    The aviators are retracing a historic flight route along the length of Africa in 24 vintage planes.

  4. Get in tune with Kenya's marching band

    Kenya's prison band has been filmed in action welcoming guests at the city's international airport today by CNN's Nairobi correspondent:

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  5. Cameroonians 'must break eggs to make omelette'

    Randy Joe Sa'ah

    BBC Africa, Bamenda

    Protesters in Bamenda, Cameroon
    Image caption: At least one person was shot dead on the first day of the protests

    Life is returning to normal in north-west Cameroon after bloody protests against the use of French in courts and schools earlier this week.

    In Bamenda, the main city in English-speaking parts of Cameroon, I could hear music blasting from a makeshift disco and the streets have been bustling with commercial activities and vehicles.

    Riot police could still be seen keeping watch as city council workers cleared up tyres burnt by demonstrators. 

    A young man, commenting on the return to calm, told me: 

    Quote Message: I am happy that authorities are now aware of the fact that Anglophones are disgruntled people. The impact of the protest on business is a [small price to pay.] To make omelette, you must break eggs."

    English-speakers have long complained that they face discrimination. 

    Areas controlled by Britain and France joined to form Cameroon after the colonial powers withdrew in the 1960s.  

    Map showing the linguistic delimitations within Cameroon
  6. 'Is oil production worth it?' S Sudan MPs ask

    Security forces patrol the Dar Petroleum Operating Company oil production operated in Palogue oil field within Upper Nile State
    Image caption: South Sudan is currently producing 130,000 barrels of oil per day

    A committee of South Sudan MPs says the country might be better off stopping oil production than continuing to pay 80% of the oil revenue to its northern neighbour Sudan, through which the oil is piped, Eye Radio in Juba reported.

    The payments represent “inappropriately designed” transitional financial assistance to Sudan, the parliamentary Committee of Economy and Finance said.

    Under the 2012 agreement, Sudan gets $15 (£12) per barrel in transitional financial assistance. Another $9 per barrel is paid for transport through Sudan.

    Sudan's oil reserves were reduced by more than half with the independence in 2011 of South Sudan.  

    Average oil prices in 2012 - when the deal with Sudan was struck - were much higher, meaning South Sudan made far more per barrel.

    South Sudan is currently producing 130,000 barrels per day, the Ministry of Petroleum says.

  7. Was Ali Dia the greatest football conman ever?

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    Ali Dia - a Senegalese man with dubious credentials who mysteriously found his way into an English premiership game in the 1990s and was later branded a conman - says he has been upset by how he's been characterised by the media all these years. 

    Dia's story began on 23 November 1996, when he appeared as a substitute for Southampton in a Premier League match. 

    Dia performed so poorly that his manager, Graeme Souness, removed him before full time.

    He was subsequently released by the club and accused of perpetrating the most sensational scam in football history. 

    He allegedly made up a connection with Liberian great George Weah to trick Southampton into signing him. 

    For the last 20 years, that has been what the world thought of him. 

    Now a Bleacher Report journalist has followed Dia's trail, meeting his parents in Dakar, his son in France and speaking to him on the phone. 

    It is the first time he has given his side of the story. He told the reporter: 

    Quote Message: They have portrayed me as a liar, and that is nonsense. I did play for Paris Saint-Germain, in the second tier, in 1986-'88. And I helped win the Paris Cup, in either 1986 or 1987...it's been a while."

    Disputing the official version of the Southampton debacle, he said:

    Quote Message: I trained against the first team, on the reserve team, for two weeks. They knew my abilities. There was a final game before the Leeds game - 11 on 11 - and I scored two or three goals. I was on fire.
    Quote Message: I earned the spot to be there. Souness said, 'You are in for tomorrow, be ready.' I was not expecting to start. Then the next thing you know, Le Tissier gets injured and I go in. No warm-up, I just go in."
    The school football pitch where Dia played as a child
    Image caption: The school football pitch where Dia played as a child
  8. Big union backs Cyril Ramaphosa for next SA president

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Cyril Ramaphosa
    Image caption: Cyril Ramaphosa played a lead role in drafting South Africa's post-apartheid constitution

    Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of becoming South Africa’s next president received a boost today when he won the support of the country’s biggest trade union.

    A wealthy businessman - and a former trade unionist - he has been President Jacob Zuma’s deputy since 2014.

    At an executive meeting today in Johannesburg, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it wanted Mr Ramaphosa to succeed Mr Zuma as head of the African National Congress (ANC) when the governing party chooses its next leader next year.

    Cosatu does not have voting power in the ANC, but boasts about two million members.

    President Zuma is under pressure from within the ANC to resign following allegations of government corruption.

    Mr Zuma denies any wrongdoing and is believed to want his former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is currently chair of African Union commission, to take over from him. 

  9. Rats sniffing out TB in Tanzania

    Regina Mziwanda

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    photo supplied by APOPO
    Image caption: A rat trained by Apopo to sniff out landmines and trafficked goods

    African giant-pouched rats are being used to detect tuberculosis (TB) at a laboratory in Tanzania, the first of its kind in East Africa.

    One rat can make a diagnosis by sniffing the saliva of 100 patients and give results within 20 minutes, officials say. Other methods can take about two weeks to get a final result.

    The technique, developed by Belgian organisation Apopo, has helped detect many TB patients who were previously diagnosed negative, trainer Dr Fidelis John says.

    The rats have also been trained to detect mines and sniff out smuggled pangolin remains and hardwood timber. 

    More than 10,000 samples previously deemed negative have been diagnosed as showing TB by this method, Dr John says.

    The laboratory is currently screening more than 200 samples a day from clinics in Dar es Salaam and is delivering results back to clinics within 24 hours.

    TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, the World Health Organization says.

  10. Chicken box outbreak: 'Kenyans urged to limit contact'

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    Kenya's health ministry has confirmed an ongoing outbreak of chickenpox in Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, the country's Daily Nation newspaper reports.

    People have been advised to limit contact with those affected to stop the disease spreading.

    The number of cases in Mombasa surged in September to more than 1,000 from a previous level of about 500 since January, the newspaper reported. Most were young children.

  11. African footballer, 17, challenges Fifa transfer rules in court

    FIFA
    Image caption: The case has been filed on behalf of an unnamed 17-year-old African player

    Fifa is facing a lawsuit in a Swiss court over regulations that ban the transfer of players under the age of 18.

    The case was been filed at the Zurich Commercial Court on behalf of an unnamed 17-year-old African player and his parents, who say that the rules make Fifa's transfer regulations unlawful.

    A spokesman for Zurich law firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwaelte, which has brought the case, said in a statement that the player, who had represented his country at youth level, was unable to move to a club in the European Union because of the rules.

    "Thereby, he and his family miss the probably unique chance of a professional and social advancement," said the statement issued on Thursday.

    Fifa bans the international transfers of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50km (30 miles) of a national border.

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  12. Ivory Coast witness: 'I know where the body is buried'

    A poster in Ivory Coast showing Mr Kieffer as part of a campaign to find out what happened to him
    Image caption: A poster in Abidjan showing Mr Kieffer as part of a campaign to find out what happened to him

    A new witness for investigators probing the disappearance in Ivory Coast of a foreign journalist, Guy Andre Kieffer, says he knows where the reporter's body is buried.

    Mr Kieffer was a French-Canadian journalist who disappeared while investigating allegations of corruption in Ivory Coast's cocoa industry under former president Laurent Gbagbo.

    So far, little has been found to establish whether Mr Kieffer is indeed dead.

    Now, according to Radio France Inter, a French national in Ivory Coast told investigating judge Cyril Paquaux that Mr Kieffer was buried in a basement in the south of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's main city.

    Ivorian officials are keen to show they are cooperating with the French investigation as they want to clear suspicions that they were obstructing the process.

  13. 'We want our breakfast show hosts back'

    Colleagues of two journalists in Botswana reportedly suspended from a private radio station over an interview with a controversial US pastor Steven Anderson have marched through the capital, Gaborone, demanding that they be reinstated:

    Journalists demonstrating in Botswana
    Journalists demonstrating in Botswana

    In a statement the Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union said that breakfast show host Reginald Richardson and his producer Keikantse Shumba were just doing their jobs.

    The union accused Gabz FM of “violating their employee’s civil right of freedom of expression and information”. 

    During the interview, conducted in September, Mr Anderson, who runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church in the US state of Arizona, said that homosexuals should be stoned.

    After the show, he was deported on the orders of the president. 

    According to Botswana’s Weekend Post newspaper, another issue that prompted the journalists’ suspension was a complaint by the governing Botswana Democratic Party that it wasn’t given the right to reply over an issue covered by the breakfast show. 

  14. Army medics and students try to fill Burkina strike void

    Ouaga hospital
    Image caption: Striking doctors and nurse are not providing even minimal care

    Only medical students are tending to sick people at public health centres in Burkina Faso as a doctors and nurses strike in which minimal care is not provided continues.

    In a desperate attempt to save lives, the government has requisitioned army health workers though most patients were still languishing without care, AP news agency reported.

    A third of patients seeking treatment at the main hospital in the capital, Ouagadougou, were leaving without treatment, a spokesman said.

    Burkina Faso's health minister has strongly condemned the strike, which is due to end on Friday, saying some workers should have continued working. 

    The strike also comes amid an outbreak of dengue fever, which already has sickened more than 1,000 people and killed at least 20 people. 

    It also the season when there are most meningitis cases in the country. 

  15. Kenya targeting a million online jobs

    Idris Situma

    BBC Swahili, Nairobi

    Kenyan in e cafe
    Image caption: Centres with free internet will be opened, the government says

    The government of  Kenya has launched an online portal targeting a million unemployed young people in a bid to tap into the big global outsourcing industry.

    Dubbed the "Ajira Digital Programme", the portal is supposed to bridge the gap between the demand for skills and the demand for jobs in the country.

    At the core of the programme is a plan to open digital centres with free internet to boost the employment drive.

    The network of youth empowerment centres in each of the 47 regional counties will be transformed into work stations with the government providing appropriate working spaces, skills and tools to enable youth across Kenya to work online. 

    The government will finance acquisition of mobile digital gadgets.  

    Some 350 freshly trained youth officers will introduce and mentor the youth on the multi-billion dollar global outsourcing industry. 

    About 87% of Kenya’s population access the internet via mobile. There were nearly seven million broadband subscribers.  

    Some 17% of Kenyans do not have jobs, according to the latest World Bank report.

  16. Should men be stay-at-home dads?

    Should men be stay-at-home dads?

    We got a mixed response on the streets of Lagos when we asked about the role of fathers.

    We'll be talking about the so-called new African dads on Focus on Africa on BBC World at 17:30 GMT, ahead of a discussion this Friday at London's Southbank Centre.

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    man
    Quote Message: I'm a northern guy and where I come from we don't do that."
    woman
    Quote Message: I think men can stay at home and look after children and love the kids. Why can't men stay at home if women can stay at home?"
    man
    Quote Message: I wash the child. I feed him. And this brings me much closeness."
  17. Kenya Airways CEO quits

    Idris Situma

    BBC Swahili, Nairobi

    kenya airways staff and bags
    Image caption: Mbuvi Ngunze is packing his bags

    In the space of little over a month, Kenya Airways has lost both its chief executive and its group chairman.  

    First Denis Awori was forced to step aside as chairman to avert a potential strike by the airline’s pilots.  

    Now Mbuvi Ngunze, who has been chief executive since 2014, is resigning.

    The Kenya Airways board did not give any reasons for his resignation.

    The new board chairman, Michael Joseph, promised to find a suitable replacement within three months.

    Kenya Airways has declared record-breaking losses for the second-year running, losing $258m (£207m) this financial year, and almost the same amount the previous year.  

    That was blamed on a failed expansion strategy.

  18. How to hold an election, Somali-style

    Somalia is in the midst of a process to choose its new leaders even though the country remains too dangerous to hold a national election.

    Watch how a unique system is being used, with women given a prominent role:

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    Video caption: Elections - Somali-style

    Read more: Somalia's rocky road to democracy  

  19. Key SA interest rate left unchanged

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago has announced that the repo rate will remain unchanged at 7% - a huge relief to millions of South Africans who are feeling the pinch of the subdued economic climate in the country. 

    Mr Kganyago said the latest forecast is for 0% growth in South Africa during 2016. 

    The repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends money to banks and is used by central banks to control inflation.

    The prime lending rate stays at 10.5%, Mr Kganyago said.

    But the news is not all good - next month the credit ratings agencies will give their reports and there is a fear that they might downgrade the country's debt to junk status. 

    Unemployment increased to 27% this week, the highest in 13 years.

  20. Prosecutors seek prison term for Eto'o

    Etoo
    Image caption: Samuel Eto'o played for Barcelona from 2004-09

    Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison term of more than 10 years for former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o for alleged tax crimes committed when he played for the Catalan club.

    In addition to a sentence of 10 years and six months, prosecutors are also demanding a fine of $15.1 million for the four counts of tax fraud for supposedly defrauding Spain's tax authority of almost $4 million from 2006-09, according to court documents released Thursday.

    Prosecutors are seeking the same punishment for the player's representative at the time, Jose Maria Mesalles Mata.

    The administrator of a company that facilitated the deals, Manuel de Jesus Lastre Abreu, is facing more than six years in prison and a fine of $2.3 million.

    Prosecutors also want Eto'o to relinquish any possible fiscal incentives for a long period.

    Eto'o and his lawyers could not be immediately contacted for comment, but in the past the player denied wrongdoing, saying he was not directly involved in his tax matters.

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