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Summary

  1. Former soft drink firm employee named Rwanda's king-in-exile
  2. Somali militants shoot dead two men accused of being gay
  3. New York police 'free Sudan diplomat accused of sexual assault'
  4. Row over failure of Ghana's ex-president to vacate official residence
  5. Tom Hiddleston sorry for 'inelegant' speech
  6. Uganda's leader appoints son as special adviser
  7. Gambian vote challenge postponed to May
  8. Maize crops destroyed by army worms in Zimbabwe
  9. Ugandan buried with "offertory" for God
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 10 January 2017

Live Reporting

By Farouk Chothia 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

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    Quote Message: The truth passes through fire and does not burn." from A Rundi proverb sent by Jean Bahati, Bujumbura, Burundi
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    We leave you with this photo of a man performing at a voodoo Festival in Ouidah in Benin: 

    A Vodoo devotee dressed up in a costume performs at the annual Voodoo Festival on January 10, 2017 in Ouidah
  2. Gambia mediation visit delayed

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed his visit to The Gambia to Friday at the request of Yahya Jammeh, who is refusing to step down despite losing elections, Mr Buhari's spokesman has said. 

    Mr Buhari was due to have visited on Wednesday as part of a regional mediation effort to persuade Mr Jammeh to hand the presidency to property developer Adama Barrow when his term expires on 19 January.

    Mr Buhari was committed to resolving the crisis through "inclusive dialogue with respect to the constitution and the will of the people of The Gambia", his spokesman Garba Shehu said.

    The objective would be accomplished, despite the delay, he said. 

    Mr Buhari would be accompanied to The Gambia by Ghana's former President John Mahama.   

    The two have been appointed by the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, to mediate an end to the crisis. 

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh receives Nigeria"s President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential palace in Banjul, Gambia December 13, 2016
    Image caption: Mr Buhari (R) also met Mr Jammeh last month in a bid to persuade him to give up power
  3. Nigerian population growth is economic 'time bomb'

    Journalist and political analyst Remi Adekoya has a piece in Foreign Policy in which he argues that Nigeria's young and fast-growing population has been mischaracterised as an economic opportunity or asset and is instead a ticking time bomb. 

    "The latest population figures must serve as a clarion call for the Nigerian government and its international partners to come up with policies, programs, and campaigns aimed at slowing down the birth rate while also providing better opportunities for those already born," he says. 

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  4. Kenya puts '109 athletes under doping scrutiny'

    Rita Jeptoo
    Image caption: Rita Jeptoo had her ban doubled last year

    Kenya is to put 109 elite athletes under the supervision of selected doctors in an attempt to stop doping, AFP news agency has reported

    The East African country was put on the IAAF doping watchlist in 2016 after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) following a series of drug scandals. 

    Last October, Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo had her two-year ban doubled after an IAAF appeal was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    She became Kenya's first high-profile athlete to fail a test when she tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug EPO in 2014. 

    Kenya has been in the spotlight for the past three years after a German television programme claimed many of the country's athletes were doping.  

  5. Ex-Pepsi Cola employee becomes Rwandan king

    A 56-year-old man who lives in the UK and once worked for a soft drinks company in Uganda has been named Rwanda's king-in-exile. 

    Prince Emmanuel Bushayija succeeds his uncle, King Kigeli V, who died in the US in October aged 80.

    In a statement, the Royal House said the new monarch grew up in exile in Uganda, and later worked for Pepsi Cola in the capital, Kampala. 

    "He then went on to work in the tourism industry in Kenya, before returning to Rwanda between 1994 and 2000. Since then, His Majesty has lived in the United Kingdom, where he is married with two children," it added. 

    Read: Body of late king repatriated after court battlle

    King Kigeli V
    Image caption: King Kigeli V of Rwanda (front) ruled for less than a year before being forced into exile
  6. Cape Town mosque attacked

    A second mosque in the Cape Town area has been attacked in the past three days, South Africa's Daily Voice has reported. 

    It said the Masjidul-Jamiah in Kalk Bay was splattered with blood, including on the pulpit, and framed scriptures were torn down from the walls.

    Two days earlier in nearby Simon’s Town, part of a pig’s head was left on the gate of Noorul Islam mosque.  

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  7. Why is Italy reopening its embassy in Libya?

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    Guissepe Perrone
    Image caption: The Italian ambassador is returning to Tripoli after two years

    As Italy moves to reopen its embassy in Libya, the Italian ambassador, Guissepe Perrone, has now presented his credentials to officials in the capital, Tripoli, and moved into his residence. 

    Rome's foreign ministry described it as a demonstration of faith in Libya's stabilisation process.

    The announcement of the reopening followed a visit by Italy's interior minister to Tripoli on Monday. 

    Like other European missions, the Italians pulled out of the country following widespread rival militia clashes that began in the Libyan capital in 2014.

    The battle split the country into regional power hubs with rival administrations based in eastern and western Libya.

    The mayhem allowed traffickers to flourish and many thousands of migrants have used boats to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

    The political and military scene in Libya remains fractured today, despite a UN-brokered agreement that formed a unity administration based in Tripoli.

    Both Libyan and Italian officials hope the reopening of the embassy will help with moves to control migration.

    According to Libya's foreign minister, the embassy will be able to issue visas for Libyans and Italy intends to fund a number of projects in the country.

    Rome wants to work with the Tripoli authorities to increase border control in the south of the country, which is the first entry point of most migrants and refugees.

    But this could be the first stumbling block for the Italians - as no political administration in Libya has control over forces in the country that could decisively help achieve that. 

  8. Somali militants 'kill men accused of being gay'

    Al-Shabab fighters
    Image caption: Al-Shabab is linked to al-Qaeda

    Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has shot dead two men it accused of being gay, the BBC Somali service is reporting

    The public killings took place in Buale town in the Middle Juba region. 

    A third person was shot dead after being accused of being a spy for Ethiopia, a staunch enemy of al-Shabab. 

  9. Will Mahama be evicted?

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama arrives to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016, at Lancaster House in central London on May 12, 2016.
    Image caption: Mr Mahama lost elections last month

    The presidential villa in Ghana is a grand stool-shaped building known as Flagstaff House. 

    Former President John Mahama did not live there, preferring to remain in the home of the vice-president - a post he held before his elevation to the presidency in 2012. 

    So, Flagstaff House remained vacant during his rule. Now, it is expected to be occupied by his successor, Nana Akufo-Addo, who won elections last month. 

    The question is: Where should the new vice-president live? 

    As far as Mr Mahama is concerned it is not in the house he is occupying (see earlier post). 

    The new government seems to disagree. Will it send the removal trucks? Watch this space.

    Flagstaff House in Accra
    Image caption: Flagstaff House is shaped like a ceremonial stool
  10. US coach in South Sudan to coach wheelchair basketball team

    US wheelchair basketball coach Jess Markt is in South Sudan to coach players there, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed. 

    Markt, who began playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 19 after suffering a spinal cord injury, has previously trained teams in Afghanistan, India, the Palestinian territories, Cambodia and in his home state of Colorado, Africa News reports.

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  11. Ugandan leader following US lead?

    Satire alert: US journalist Matt Yglesias, a prominent liberal commentator, had this comment on our report about Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni promoting his son. 

    It comes a day after US President-elect Donald Trump named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a top adviser.

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  12. Ghana's ex-president in housing row

    This file photo taken on September 27, 2016 shows Ghana"s President John Dramani Mahama giving a statement following his meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
    Image caption: Mr Mahama failed to secure a second term in elections

    Ghana's ex-President John Mahama has not been given permission to continue living in the house he occupied while in office, an official close to his successor Nana Akufo-Addo's transitional team has said.

    Mr Mahama's failure to vacate the house when his term ended on Saturday has caused huge controversy in Ghana, with critics accusing him of holding on to it unlawfully, reports the BBC's Thomas Naadi from the capital, Accra. 

    The Daily Guide newspaper quotes the head of Mr Akufo-Addo's transitional team, Yaw Osafo Maafo, as saying:

    Quote Message: We have not approved of his request, and I want to repeat we have received the request and the requests are two – for him to be given his ex-gratia where he lives and also be given another property as his office.”

    In a statement on Monday, Mr Mahama's office said agreement had been reached last month with Mr Akufo-Addo's team that he would continue living in the house. 

    The last parliament had also resolved, before its dissolution, that a home and office should be be given to Mr Mahama "in line with convention and existing precedent", the statement added. 

    Local media reported that the house had been earmarked for new Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia who was now "stranded". 

    Mr Mahama's office described the report as "mischievous", and its statement added:   

    Quote Message: The vice-president is expected to take up residence in the house known as Australia House, which was previously occupied by former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur."

    Mr Mahama was widely credited for accepting defeat in elections last month, rather than challenging the result. 

    He is among regional mediators trying to persuade The Gambia's long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost elections to property develop Adama Barrow.

    Read: Ghana's plagiarising president

    Nana Akufo-Addo during his inauguration ceremony in Accra, Ghana, Saturday Jan. 7, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Akufo-Addo was inaugurated on Saturday at a colourful ceremony in Accra
  13. France scouted footballer already playing for Senegal

    The manager of France's national football team, Didier Deschamps, had been scouting Kalidou Koulibaly, not knowing that the target of his interest was already playing international football for Senegal, BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji reports. 

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  14. Headlines from outside Africa

    BBC World Service

    * The US Senate is beginning its confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's cabinet. First to be questioned will be his controversial choice for attorney general - Jeff Sessions.

    * There's been a double bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, leaving many dead. 

    * The former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been buried next to the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.

    * Fifa has approved plans to expand the football World Cup to 48 teams.  

    Collection: AFP Brazilian supporter gestures while displaying a pad reading 'See you Russia 2018' before start the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 201
  15. Renamo movement accuses government of 'provocations'

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambican regular army vehicles patrolling
    Image caption: Government forces are being accused of attacks on rebels

    Mozambique’s main opposition group, the rebel Renamo movement, says the two-month truce declared by its leader Afonso Dhlakama after a phone conversation with President Filipe Nyusi earlier this month is being threatened by "provocations" by the government's defence and security forces.

    Speaking to journalists in Maputo, Renamo spokesperson Antonio Muchanga alleged that a Renamo member in the Zobue region of Tete province, near the border with Malawi, had been killed by the country’s defence and security forces. He also alleged that Renamo members had been harassed in Manica, Sofala and Tete provinces, without giving further details. 

    Quote Message: We are extremely worried with the situation. We want to denounce and repudiate these acts and appeal to the authorities to use the power which the constitution and the laws confer on them to bring order to the defence and security forces."

    Mr Muchanga said that although such incidents could undermine the truce, Renamo had no intention of resuming its war. 

    The government and the governing Frelimo party have made no immediate comment following the allegations.  

  16. In pictures: Solar-powered tech benefiting remote DR Congo community

    The Guardian has published a photo essay about how the remote mountain town of Numbi in Democratic Republic of Congo is benefiting from a solar-powered mobile phone tower.

    Follow the link below for the full story.

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  17. Ugandan MPs donate cash to national football team

    Members of Uganda's parliament will donate a percentage of their January salary to help the team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

    "We agreed that we will contribute about $150 each and I will be going to Gabon with the cheque," said the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

    The total amount to be collected from parliament will be $58,451.

    Uganda's government has given $540,716 - well short of the $2m the Federation of Uganda Football Associations wanted.

    "It is good news that the parliament of Uganda will support the national team. It is a good gesture," Fufa's chief executive officer Edgar Watson told BBC Sport.

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  18. BBC plans week of special broadcasts from Uganda

    BBC Focus On Africa television and radio, along with the BBC Swahili TV programme, Dira ya Dunia, will hit the road together in January to broadcast live from Uganda for a week from 23 to 27 January.

    This will be the first time the programmes have come together to broadcast from the continent, and will feature special guests and studio audiences on TV, radio and online.

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  19. Dozens feared drowned as Tanzania boat capsizes

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    As many as 40 people are feared dead after a boat they were travelling in from the Tanzanian port city of Tanga to Pemba islands capsized on Monday night. 

    The police commander for the north-eastern region, Benedict Wakulyamba, told the BBC that the boat was carrying about 50 people. The police chief said nine survivors had been rescued and 12 bodies recovered. The cause of the capsizing has not been confirmed but the police commander said strong winds may have knocked the boat off balance.

  20. Obama on Africa in five quotes

    As Barack Obama, the first US president of African descent, prepares to give his last speech as head of state, we revisit five of his most memorable lines about the continent.

    Obama speaks at Ghana's Parliament in Accra on July 11, 2009.
    Image caption: As a US president of African descent, Mr Obama spoke his mind about Africa

    1. Addressing the Ghanaian parliament on 11 July 2009 on his first official trip to Africa, Mr Obama took a swipe at Africa's tradition of coups and rule of the strong man, saying:

    Quote Message: History is on the side of these brave Africans, not with those who use coups or change constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions."

    2. Mr Obama in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela in December 2013:

    Quote Message: Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa: Ubuntu; a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us."

    3. Mr Obama, in July 2015, defending gay rights on a visit to Kenya where homosexuality is a crime: 

    Quote Message: A law-abiding citizen who is going about their business, and working at a job and obeying the traffic signs and not harming anybody, the idea they will be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong, full stop."

    4. On 28 July 2015, in a speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Mr Obama denounced African leaders who cling to power, urging them to learn the art of stepping down: 

    Quote Message: Nobody should be president for life. Your country is better off if you have new blood and new ideas. I'm still a pretty young man, but I know that somebody with new energy and new insights will be good for my country. It will be good for yours, too, in some cases."

    5. Mr Obama waxing optimistic about the economic prospects of Africa on 21 September 2016 at the US-Africa Business Forum in Washington.

    Quote Message: Thanks to many of you, Africa is on the move, home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world and a middle class projected to grow to more than a billion customers. An Africa of telecom companies and clean-tech startups and Silicon savannahs, all powered by the youngest population anywhere on the planet."