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  1. Leading platinum miner ordered to cede land in Zimbabwe
  2. New AU boss hits out at leaders for being late
  3. Morocco's king in historic address to AU
  4. Kenya extradites suspected drug dealers to US
  5. UN court condemns Turkey for detaining judge
  6. Senegalese-led forces arrest Gambian general and 'seize' weapons
  7. Man who prosecuted Oscar Pistorius resigns
  8. Adebayor joins Istanbul Basaksehir
  9. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 31 January 2017

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By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back tomorrow

    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:  

    Quote Message: Rising early makes the road short. " from Sent by Alpha Uthman Turay, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we'll leave you with this pensive street scene from Dakar, Senegal:

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  2. Kenya 'extradites' drug smuggling suspects to US

    Four suspected top drug traffickers, Baktash Akasha Abdalla (2nd L), Vijaygiri Anandgiri (3rd L), Gulam Hussein (2nd R) and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla (R) sit on February 9, 2015 in Mombasa Law Courts
    Image caption: The Akasha brothers were summoned to court with Mr Anandgiri, third left, and Mr Anandgiri, fourth left, in Mombassa in 2015

    Kenya has handed over four men suspected of trying to smuggle large quantities of heroin to the US, police said Tuesday, reports AFP news agency. 

    Kenyan brothers Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha were arrested in the coastal city of Mombasa in November 2014, along with Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami and Pakistani citizen Gulam Hussein, following a sting by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

    The four have not yet commented on the allegations. They are expected to appear in a federal court in Manhattan later on Tuesday. 

    US officials allege the Akasha brothers were a crucial link in a supply chain that connects Afghanistan's poppy fields with consumers in Europe and the US. 

    According to a US indictment, Ibrahim Akasha personally delivered 99 kilos of heroin and two kilos of methamphetamine to undercover agents. 

    US officials allege the Akasha brothers are continuing the business of their late father, also named Ibrahim, who was described in a secret 2006 US diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks as a "drug baron". 

    He was killed in Amsterdam after being shot four times by a bicycle-riding assassin in May 2000.

  3. Nigerian woman gets top Harvard post

    The press has been reacting to yesterday's announcement that a Nigerian will become the first ever black woman to be the president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review in the US.

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    It's the highest student position at Harvard Law School and the first black man to occupy it was Barack Obama.

    Bella Naija says it's amazing that Ms Umana is now the first black woman in the post while Damola Durosomo says in Okay Africa that she has "several people ready to cast prospective votes for her to become the first Black female president of the United States as well". 

  4. African BitCoin gets $2.5m funding

    Western Union in Togo
    Image caption: Crypto-currency has started to compete against traditional money transfer services

    Money transfer newcomer BitPesa has announced it has received $2.5m (£2m) in funding from venture capitalists to expand its operations in Africa.

    The company currently allows customers in the UK to pay people in six African states straight into their mobile money wallets by using the crypto-currency BitCoin.

    The six are Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democatic Republic of Congo and Senegal, according to technology news site IAfrikan.

    In a statement, BitPesa said it  will to spread further across West Africa and will enter the southern Africa market following the new funding. 

    Earlier in the month IAfrikan reported that the Nigerian Central Bank had issued a warning that unregulated virtual currencies allow for money laundering. 

    "Bitcoin, Ripples, Monero, Litecoin, Dogecion, Onecoin and similar products are not legal tenders in Nigeria" IAfrikan quoted the statement as saying.

    BitPesa is one of five interesting inventions we picked to watch out for in 2017.

  5. AU boss chastises African leaders for being late

    Guinean President Alpha Conde speaks during a press conference in Conakry on March 17, 2015
    Image caption: Mr Conde also complained about slow internet connection at the AU offices

    The new African Union chairman, Guinea's President  Alpha Conde, has given a tough-lashing to leaders who come late for meetings or leave early, AFP news agency reports. 

    In his address at the closing ceremony of the annual AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Mr Conde, 78, said: 

    Quote Message: "From now on we are going to start on time. If we say 10:00am then we must start at 10:00am.
    Quote Message: How can we explain that when we have meetings with outside countries, we are on time, whether it be in China, Japan or India?
    Quote Message: Why can't we be on time for our meetings? And why when we go to these meetings we stay until the end but when we come from afar to Addis Ababa, we leave right after the opening ceremony?"

    AFP reports that Mr Conde's remarks received a big applause - from lower level representatives as many heads of state had already left the Chinese-built AU headquarters.

    He also lamented about the AU's failure to keep up with technology:

    Quote Message: How can you imagine that in an era of new technology we are still working with microphones from the sixties? How can we explain that the internet connection in our headquarters is very slow when next door, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the internet works better?"

    Mr Conde took over the AU's rotating presidency from Chad's Idriss Deby.

    He became Guinea's president in 2010 in the first democratic election in the West African nation since independence from France in 1958.  

  6. Transfer deadline day: What next for African players?

    It's deadline day for footballers to transfer clubs and there are several Africa Cup of Nations players who could be involved in moves. 

    The most high profile is Jordan Ayew, who is set to sign for Swansea City from Aston Villa in a swap deal with Neil Taylor, plus cash. Ayew scored a brilliant goal in Ghana's 2-1 Quarter-Final win over DR Congo on Sunday. 

    Meanwhile Leicester City are being linked with Molla Wague of Mali and Udinese. The centre-back played all three of Mali's games in Gabon. They conceded just two goals but didn't make the knockout stage. It is not confirmed yet but he has been pictured in Leicester today but we are still awaiting an announcement.

    And Senegal centre-back Kara Mbodji is another name to watch today but Anderlecht seem reluctant to sell.

    The BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji also points out two deals that have already been sealed:

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    Get the latest on the BBC's transfer deadline day live page.

  7. Most countries banned by Trump 'block Israelis'

    Demonstrators protest against President Trump's executive immigration ban at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
    Image caption: There have been protests against the ban in many US cities

    The UK newspaper the Telegraph points out that Somalia is the only country on US President Donald Trump's travel ban list which does not prevent Israelis from entering.

    The newspaper cites the International Air Transport Association as saying that the six other countries on the list - Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya - all prohibit Israeli passport holders from entering their borders, along with 10 other nations - Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    While Somalia allows Israeli visitors, Israel's government bans its nationals from travelling to the East African nation, the newspaper adds. 

    Read more about Trump's so-called Muslim ban on the BBC News website.

  8. Traditional leader killed after rumours he sucked blood

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A traditional leader in northern Mozambique's Nampula province has been killed by people who believed he was a ghost who sucked people's blood at night, police say. 

    Police spokesman Zacarias Nacute said the belief was groundless, and led to people taking the law into their own hands:

    Quote Message: We call on the public to denounce all individuals who spread this type of information.”
  9. No, this isn't Trump's Kenyan half brother

    Mocked up picture of Trump's half brother

    Okay, you've probably guessed it. This isn't Donald Trump's Kenyan half-brother.

    But that hasn't stopped the internet having a good laugh at the uncannily Trump-esque locks. 

    When the photo was shared on American comedian and radio host Ricky Smiley's Facebook page back in January, hundreds joined in on the comments, and thousands more shared the post.

    The man behind the meme is in fact Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo:

    Nana Akufo-Addo

    Here is the unphotoshopped image - where he is seen greeting Ghanaian actor Kofi Adu: 

    Nana Akufo-Addo

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  10. Somali presidential debate boycott

    BBC World Service

    A row has broken out in Somalia over a televised presidential debate. Several of the 24 presidential candidates say they are boycotting the event, due to be broadcast this evening, because it is only being aired on state television and not on private media. 

    After months of postponement, the poll is due to be held on 8 February. 

    Plans for direct elections were shelved due to ongoing insecurity and Somalia's battered infrastructure. 

    Members of parliament and the upper house will instead choose Somalia's next leader. 

    The incumbent, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, is among the candidates. 

    Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrives for the 4th EU-Africa summit on April 2, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.
    Image caption: The president has been in office since 2012
  11. South Africa water shortage sends workers on long loo trips


    South Africa's dire water shortage means that some civil servants are having to give each other lifts to the other side of town just to find a working toilet.

    According to the News 24 website, employees at the Department of Social Development in Mpumalanga in the east of the country are having to drive 6km (4 miles) to a shopping mall in order to answer the call of nature. 

    In Cape Town, officials say that residents and businesses are still using 7m litres (1.5m gallons) too much each day, and have warned people against waste. 

    Gardeners have been told they may only use one bucket of water at a time, and only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

    Read the rest of the article on the BBC's News from Elsewhere

  12. Why the world’s largest desert lake is disappearing

    Nancy Kacungira

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Lake Turkana
    Image caption: The shoreline is receding

    Lake Turkana in Kenya is the world’s largest desert lake.

    About 300,000 people live around the lake and many sustain themselves by fishing in it, but the lake has been gradually shrinking and becoming increasingly salty. 

    It is already highly alkaline and only barely drinkable.

    Across the border in Ethiopia, a hydroelectric dam and irrigation projects are changing the flow of the Omo River which supplies around 90% of the lake's freshwater.

    Changes in the climate have also contributed, as temperatures in Turkana have increased at a rate much higher than the global average over the last few decades.

    Fishermen on the lake no longer haul in as much as they used to - one told me the decrease was significant:

    Quote Message: I used to go fishing twice a day, now I go once a day."

    He said it had damaged his earnings and he doesn't know how else he could earn an income.

    Watch my whole report tonight on Focus on Africa TV on BBC World at 1730 GMT.

    Lake Turkana
    Image caption: Fishermen go out half as much as they used to
  13. Moroccan king 'finally home'

    King of Morocco Mohammed VI (L) greets Rwanda"s President Paul Kagame in the main plenary of the African Union in Addis Ababa on Jan 31, 2017.
    Image caption: Rwanda's President Paul Kagame was one of the leaders who greeted the Moroccan king

    King Mohammed VI has addressed the African Union after Morocco was readmitted to the body more than 32 years after it left.

    This is what he said:

    Quote Message: It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long an absence."
    Quote Message: Africa is my continent and my home. I am finally home and I am happy to see you. I missed you all.
  14. Moroccan king gives maiden speech at AU summit

    The King of Morocco Mohammed VI delivers a speech in the main plenary of the African Union in Addis Ababa on January, 31, 2017

    Morocco's King Mohammed VI has addressed the African Union for the first time, saying the kingdom's readmission into the continental body is not intended to divide it. 

    Instead, Morocco's membership will benefit Africa, he said. 

    Several countries, led by South Africa, Algeria and Zimbabwe, had expressed concern about Morocco rejoining the AU without recognising the independence of Western Sahara.

    But they lost the debate at the annual summit of heads of state. 

    Read: What next for Africa's last colony?

  15. Turkey ordered to release judge in Rwanda genocide case

    Turkish Army's APC's move in the main streets in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
    Image caption: The bid to overthrow Turkey's government failed

     A UN court has ordered Turkey to release a judge, detained in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup plot, so that he can sit on one of its cases involving a Rwandan genocide suspect.

    Judge Aydin Sefa Akay enjoyed diplomatic immunity and his imprisonment violated judicial independence, The Hague-based court said, Reuters news agency reports. 

    Rights groups say Turkey's government has arrested tens of thousands of people, including judges, academics and clerics, whom it accuses of sympathising with the coup plotters.  

    Judge Akay was among a panel of judges expected to hear an appeal by former Rwandan government minister Augustin Ngirabatware against his 30-year sentence for inciting genocide. 

    Some 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, died during the genocide in 1994. 

  16. Zimbabwe mine threatened with 'seizure'

    Robert Mugabe addressing suppporters at ZANU-PF party's annual conference in the northwestern mining town on Bindura on December 19, 2008
    Image caption: President Mugabe says he wants the economy to be "indigenised"

    Leading platinum mining firm Zimplats says Zimbabwe's government is trying to forcibly take half of its mining ground, and has given it 30 days to object.

    This is the third time since February 2012 that President Robert Mugabe's government has issued a notice to seize 27,948 hectares of mining ground from Zimplats, the country's largest platinum producer, Reuters news agency says.

    Zimplats, which is 87% South African-owned, said it was "engaging" with the government over the issue.

    The government issued a notice on 13 January, giving it a month to oppose the "compulsory acquisition", the company said in a report unveiling its September-December financial results. 

    Zimbabwe's government introduced a controversial indigenisation law in 2007, pushing foreign firms to give a majority stake to locals.

    The opposition says the policy has been badly implemented and, along with the seizure of white-owned farms, has destroyed the economy. 

  17. Moroccan king in historic appearance at AU summit

    Morocco's King Mohammed VI has attended the closing ceremony of the African Union's annual summit for the first time, following the North African state's readmission to the body after a 33-year absence. 

    The monarch waved as other leaders applauded as he took his seat at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, Reuters news agency reports. 

    He lobbied AU leaders to readmit the kingdom, which left the now-defunct Organisation of African Unity more than three decades ago to protest against the pan-Afrcan body's recognition of Western Sahara, most of which has been controlled by Morocco since 1976, as an independent state.

    Sahrawi women hold Polisario Front's flags during a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Front proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the disputed territory of Western Sahara on February 27, 2016 at the Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla which lies 170 km to the southeast of the Algerian city of Tindouf.
    Image caption: Many people from the disputed territory are refugees in Algeria
  18. Girl bomber detonates herself in Nigeria

    BBC World Service

    A girl thought to be just 10-years old has blown herself up in north-eastern Nigeria.

    Witnesses said the girl approached a camp for internally displaced people in the town of Banki in Borno state, when she was stopped by soldiers. 

    They asked her to lift up her hijab and could see explosives strapped to her waist. She then pulled a trigger and the bomb exploded. 

    At least one person died in a separate suicide bombing in the city of Maiduguri. 

    The jihadist group Boko Haram has deployed young women and children as suicide bombers to target crowded places such as mosques, markets and bus stations.

    Read: How I almost became a suicide bomber

  19. Churchgoers told to wear fake fur

    Shembe Church worshippers
    Image caption: Followers of the Shembe Church wear leopard skins

    Leopard skins are worn in religious ceremonies in South Africa which historically has had a large population of the large cat. 

    But that has now dwindled to just 5,000 leopards.

    So one zoologist, Tristan Dickerson, is trying to persuade people to switch to wearing fake leopard skins. 

    He is part of a project called Furs For Life which makes the leopard skins for the followers of the Shembe Church, which has more than five million members. 

    Mr Dickerson told BBC Newsday that leopard skin is often used as a status symbol but is expensive, whereas his "incredibly accurate" fur could save the animals from extinction:

    Quote Message: If we can reduce the demand we are hoping that will reduce the poaching of leopards. We can’t wait another 50 years when there’s no leopards and we say that we should have done something.”
  20. Afcon 2017: Support for Senegal's Sadio Mane

    Sadio Mane reacts after the penalty shootout at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Senegal and Cameroon in Franceville on January 28, 2017.
    Image caption: Sadio Mane was devastated when he missed the penalty

    Ex-Senegal and Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao says his former club should help Sadio Mane regain his confidence after he missed a decisive penalty which led to Senegal’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

    Mane was inconsolable after missing the critical penalty in the quarter-final defeat to arch-rivals Cameroon.

    Diao said:

    Quote Message: It was sad what happened to him. Usually in Africa they always try to find a scapegoat but I thought he did okay.
    Quote Message: Maybe we expected more from him and the rest of the team but I think he hasn’t got that maturity yet. Probably one or two more years in Liverpool, he will be a lot more stronger to be able to take the team on his shoulders.

    Diao said he hoped the decision by Liverpool to charter a flight to fly him back to Liverpool in time for tonight’s clash against Chelsea will help him recover from the Nations Cup setback.

    Quote Message: The quicker he can play again in the Premier League with Liverpool, the better. Hopefully he will be playing as soon as possible, hopefully he will be scoring goals again and get his confidence back because missing the penalty was a big blow and I really feel sorry for the kid."

    Despite the loss, Diao said national team coach Aliou Cisse should retain his post and allow the team to grow together for the next tournament in Cameroon and upcoming World Cup qualifiers.  

    Diao was part of the Senegal side which lost to Cameroon in the final of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.