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  1. Ghanaian landlord threatens legal action over 'fake US embassy' claim
  2. Gambia 'recalls' US ambassador critical of Jammeh
  3. AU chief calls for visa-free travel for Africans in Africa
  4. AU peacekeepers in Somalia 'killed civilians'
  5. Nigeria's leader orders investigation against officials accused of corruption
  6. DR Congo protesters show Kabila red card
  7. Popular Tanzanian blogger freed on bail
  8. Email stories and comments to - Monday 19 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Hugo Williams, Lamine Konkobo and Farouk Chothia

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 dog only goes where it gets bones." from A Luo proverb sent by Tomaya Fred, Karuma, Uganda
    A Luo proverb sent by Tomaya Fred, Karuma, Uganda

    Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

    We leave you with this picture of a work by Johannesburg-based artist Nelson Makamo, entitled "Everything I am".

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  2. Kenya 'shuts' American NGO working on 2017 election

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses guests during the national celebration to mark Kenya"s Jamhuri Day (Independence Day) at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi December 12, 2016.
    Image caption: The president has accused foreign nations of interfering in Kenya's affairs

    Kenyan authorities have ordered the closure of a US NGO working on programmes related to the country's 2017 presidential election,  AFP news reports. 

    It says it has seen a letter from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning ordering the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to immediately stop its $20m (£16m) electoral assistance programme, as it was not registered as an NGO in Kenya. 

    The letter also said that foreigners working for IFES had not obtained work permits, and were working in the Kenya illegally, AFP reports.

    Last week, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta accused foreign countries of interfering in the country's affairs, saying:  

    Quote Message: "There is already money coming from abroad in the guise of promoting good governance or civic education, however its true intention is to influence our electoral choice.
    Quote Message: I urge all Kenyans to reject such interference, this is our country and no one should ever control our choices for their own selfish interest."
  3. How not to cross a river in Kenya's Mara region

    Nairobi-based freelance photographer Nichole Sobecki has been sharing photos from a trip in Kenya's Mara region, where locals had to launch a rescue operation on the group's car after it was almost submerged in the river:

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  4. Putin 'congratulates' Gambia's president-elect

    Adama Barrow speaks during an interview in Banjul on December 12, 2016.
    Image caption: Many young people are said to have voted for Mr Barrow

    Russia's President Vladamir Putin has congratulated Gambian opposition candidate Adama Barrow on his victory in the 1 December presidential election, The Gambia's The Point newspaper reports

    It quoted a letter from Mr Putin as saying: 

    Quote Message: Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of your election as president. I look forward to further development of relations of friendship and cooperation, which traditionally exist between Russia and The Gambia."

    President Jahya Jammeh initially accepted defeat, but has since called for a re-run, saying the 1 December poll was marred by irregularities.

    The electoral commission denies the allegation, saying nothing will change the fact that Mr Jammeh lost to Mr Barrow, a property developer. 

    Last week, troops took control of the commission's headquarters in the capital, Banjul, barring its chairman from entering.

  5. Protesters show Kabila red card

    Protests have taken place in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, to demand an end to President Joseph Kabila's rule, Reuters news agency reports.

    Demonstrators  waved red cards saying "Bye, bye Kabila" to illustrate that his mandate to rule ends at midnight tonight.  

    A Congolese opposition party supporter gestures as he displays a red card against President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo December 19, 2016

    The protest took place despite a ban on marches. 

    DR Congo was supposed to hold presidential elections last month and Mr Kabila was due to hand over power to his successor by today as the constitution bars him from running for a third term. 

    The main opposition says the poll delay is a ploy to allow Mr Kabila to hold on to power.   

  6. Algeria's army 'killed '125 militants' in 2016

    The Algerian army says it has killed 125 militant Islamists and arrested another 225 since January, Jeune Afrique reports

    They included the "last veterans" of the Algerian civil war of the 1990s, and fighters who had infiltrated the country from neighbouring Lybia. 

    Since the beginning of the year, Algeria has deployed troops along its 980-km-long border with Lybia, Jeune Afrique says. 

    Surveillance is particularly high around oil and gas fields which are the preferred targets of Islamit militants. 

    Patchwork showcasing Algerian troops in various manoeuvres
    Image caption: Fighting "terrorism" is one of the most important missions of the Algerian army
  7. Somali girl in UK wins top scholarship

    A girl whose mother fled conflict in Somalia in the 1980s has won a scholarship to a leading private school in the UK, the British Daily Mail reports

    Nadia Hassan, 16, impressed school leaders after taking her GCSEs in maths and core science a year early and getting A grades in both, the paper says.  

    As a result, she will head out of one of London's poorest areas to a dorm at the £35,000-a-year Marlborough College. 

     Among alumnae of the school are the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Samantha Cameron, the wife of former British Prime Minister David Cameron. 

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      The teenager is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:   

    Quote Message: To think that I will be getting the same quality of education as a princess got sort of blows your mind a little bit. When I walked into the courtyard it felt like I was in a dream. It seemed like a different world from my home in Leyton.
    Quote Message: You don't get buildings like that around here. It was a bit intimidating. But I know that if you want to get into the elite top jobs, you have to get used to it, and that's something I'm willing to do."
  8. Jammeh 'sacks' US ambassador who urged him to accept defeat

    Yahya Jammeh
    Image caption: Yahya Jammeh accepted defeat, but is now trying to annul the election result

    The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has sacked the US ambassador who called for him to accept defeat to Adama Barrow in elections this month, according to a letter written by the ambassador.

    In a letter being shared on social media bearing the embassy's official stamp, Ambassador Omar Faye writes: 

    Quote Message: I would like to inform my friends, colleagues and all Gambians that I have been recalled for home service.

    The ambassador says he will stand down willingly, adding he's like the long-serving ruler to follow his example:

    Quote Message: I hope and pray that president Jammeh will likewise hand over to President Elect Adama Barrow.

    He finishes his letter by urging all authorities, especially the army, which observers say is the key to the outcome of The Gambia's election crisis, to respect Mr Barrow's win in the 1 December election:

    Quote Message: I am hereby reminding all Gambian officials, civil servants and military personnel [that] they are serving the people of The Gambia and must protect its security, peace and prosperity.
    Quote Message: As a former military officer, I was taught loyalty to country FIRST. I hope the armed and security forces will uphold the WILL of The Gambian people made on December 1, 2016."
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  9. AU chief: 'Open Africa's borders'

    A man reads his newspaper in front a map of Africa at the Place du Souvenir Africain, in Dakar, on January 27, 2016

    Outgoing African Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for Africans to be allowed to travel freely within the continent, saying the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, South Africa's News24 website reports

    In what was billed as a "State of the continent" address in South Africa's coastal city of Durban, she said: 

    Quote Message: Rwanda was the country that led this move and they opened their borders for all Africans. That kind of policy has seen them increase their tourism by 24% and trade by over 50%. Generally, the free movement of people has more advantages than disadvantages.
    Quote Message: "If people are free to move they come in and leave. If they know they can't come back at their will, they end up staying. We are developing a comprehensive protocol of free movement and we are hoping it will be signed by 2018"

    Ms Dlamini-Zuma, a South African, is due to step down from her post next month. 

    Five candidates are vying to succeed her:

    • Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi - Botswana's foreign minister
    • Moussa Faki Mahamat - Chad's foreign minister
    • Agapito Mba Mokuy- Equatorial Guinea's foreign minister
    • Amina Mohamed- Kenya's foreign minister
    • Abdoulaye Bathily - Former UN special envoy to Central African Republic and Senegalese environment minister
    African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma arrvies for the 4th EU-Africa summit on April 2, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels
    Image caption: Mr Dlamini-Zuma has declined to serve a second term
  10. US' 'fake embassy' in Ghana accusations 'fake'

    screengrab of building US state department said was used as fake embassy
    Image caption: A photo of the fake embassy as released by the US state department

    The family that owns the house the US government said had been used as a fake US Embassy in Ghana have strongly refuted the story, journalist Sammy Darko reports from the capital Accra.

    The US State Department said last month that Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings were running the fake embassy complete with a US flag and a portrait of President Barack Obama for about a decade from the property.

    Photo of two-floor residence with wooden staircase
    Image caption: Sammy visited the same property and spoke to its owners

    However, the owners of the property, the Lamptey family, have flatly denied that the house was ever used for such nefarious activities. 

    They have asked the US government to provide proof or face legal action. 

    Asked about this complaint, a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Accra said: 

    Quote Message: We cannot speculate at this time what has occurred at that building after the initial raid. The photo used in the online article is of the building the criminal enterprise used to conduct their fraud operations”.

    Read the full story on Sammy Darko's blog

    Read: How did 'fake embassy' operate for over a decade? 

  11. Migrants go underground in Calais

    An increasing number of migrants are returning to Calais, two months after the "Jungle" camp was cleared by French authorities, aid workers have told the BBC.

    Gavin Lee spoke to the charity Care4Calais, which says several hundred migrants are still hiding out in the region, with the aim of stowing away illegally to the UK.

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    Video caption: More migrants returning to cleared Calais 'Jungle' camp
  12. The woman taking Nigeria to space

    Abimbola Alale is the only female boss of a major satellite company in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

    She is the head of Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited and also has 10 children, nine of whom are adopted.

    Quote Message: People don't understand that most of the things they actually enjoy come, or are an indirect spin-off from, space technology." from Abimbola Alale
    Abimbola Alale

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    Video caption: Abimbola Alale: The woman taking Nigeria to space
  13. Police fire stun grenades at anti-Kabila protest - in Cape Town

    Police in the South African city of Cape Town have fired stun grenades during a protest against the DR Congo president Joseph Kabila, scattering pedestrians, South Africa's News 24 reports.

    A Cape Town city officer confirmed to News 24 that the police fired the stun grenades after failing to disperse the crowd peacefully.

    President Kabila's second and last term ends today, but he has given no indication of stepping down (see previous entries).   

  14. Nigeria's Super Falcons end protest

    Super Falcons celebrate after winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations

    Nigeria's women's team have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them.

    They were demanding $23,650 (£19,000) per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital since 6 December.

    "The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they start receiving payments alerts," the team's media officer Remi Sulola told BBC Sport.

    One of the players also confirmed that she and her roommate had been paid.

    "It's taken some time, [because banks don't work over the weekend] but we've finally received our money today," one player, who insisted on anonymity, told BBC Sport.

    "We thank the government, the fans and media for their roles in making sure we got our hard-earned dues."

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  15. Chairman of South African broadcaster resigns

    Demonstrators rally outside the offices of South Africa's public broadcaster on July 1, 2016 in Johannesburg to protest against alleged bias and self-censorship in news coverage ahead of key municipal elections.
    Image caption: The SABC has been accused of censorship

    The last member of the board which governs South Africa's national broadcaster, the SABC, has resigned, President Jacob Zuma's office has announced.

    Mbulaheni Maguvhe, who was subjected to tough questioning by a cross-party panel of MPs last week, had been the sole board member following the resignation of his colleagues this year in the wake of a string of scandals. 

    No reason was given for the resignation. 

    The MPs are investigating allegations of political interference, censorship and misuse of public money at the SABC.  

    Read: Is South Africa's public broadcaster using apartheid-era tactics? 

  16. 'Bye bye Kabila' protest hits London

    A demonstration has taken place in London against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, a BBC Africa Live reporter tweets: 

  17. The DR Congo president who won't step down

    The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, was supposed to step down today at the end of his two terms as elected leader of the mineral-rich country.

    But he has failed to do so, raising concern that protests will erupt in the country.

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    Video caption: Joseph Kabila: The DR Congo president who won't step down
  18. Israeli billionaire 'detained over Guinea iron ore deal'

    An aerial view of the Simandou mining project in Guinea undetaken by Rio Tinto
    Image caption: The world's most valuable iron ore deposits are thought to be beneath the Simandou mountains in Guinea

    Billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz has been detained by Israeli police for questioning in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption in Africa, Reuters news agency reports.

    The company Mr Steinmetz founded, BSG Resources, struck a famous and controversial deal for iron ore mining rights in Guinea in 2008, buying them from the ailing ex-President Lansana Conte for $160m shortly before his death. 

    Two years later, 51% of the rights were sold on to a Brazilian mining company for $2.5bn. 

    Israeli police did not name the man who had been arrested, describing him only as a prominent businessman, Reuters adds.

    Both Mr Steinmetz and BSGR strenuously deny allegations of bribery.  

    A police statement said that he, along with other Israelis living abroad, was suspected of paying tens of millions of dollars to senior public officials in Guinea to advance their businesses.   

    In an emailed statement to Bloomberg news agency, the company said: “It is BSGR’s strong belief that these allegations of bribery by the government of Guinea are not only baseless, but are a systematic attempt by the government of Guinea to cover up the endemic corruption which has blighted this country for a number of years.” 

    BSGR said the investigations were initiated by the government of Guinea with international police organisations in the US, the UK and Switzerland. 

    Buried Secrets: Read the New Yorker's in-depth investigation into the Guinea iron ore deal

  19. AU troops 'kill civilians' in Somalia

    African Union troops in Somalia killed 11 civilians, including four children, in two separate incidents, residents have told the Associated Press news agency. 

    Troops opened fire on a minibus in Qoryooley town in Lower Shabelle region on Sunday, killing all six passengers, traditional elder Mohamed Hassan is quoted as saying. 

    In Marka town, an AU armored vehicle smashed into a home, killing a mother and four children, residents said. 

    The crash occurred after a bomb attack targeted an army convoy, one resident, Ahmed Sheikh Ali, said, AP reports. 

    On its twitter account, the AU mission in Somalia said: 

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    AU troops have been in Somalia since 2007 to help the government fight militant Islamist group al-Shabab. 

    Read: Who are al-Shabab?

  20. SA soldier killed in DR Congo

    A South African soldier who part of the UN peacekeeping force in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack by militiamen, the South African military has said. 

    Four rebels were killed and two were captured in the fighting near Butembu in the eastern Beni region, it added.

    Two South African soldiers were also wounded, one critically, in the attack by the Mai Mai militia, Reuters news agency quotes the military as saying. 

    An armored personnel carrier manned with Uruguayan UN peacekeepers drives through June 5, 2003 in Bunia, the provincial capital of Ituri province in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    Image caption: Several countries contribute troops to the UN force in DR Congo