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Summary

  1. West Africa piracy nearly doubles in a year
  2. Opposing sides in Libya conflict meet in Abu Dhabi
  3. Players' union backs Muntari in racist abuse row
  4. Number of acutely malnourished children in Somalia 'rises by 50%'
  5. Dutch police arrest 'al-Shabab operative'
  6. Rights group says CAR civilians are the target of militia attacks
  7. Kenyan betting company pays out $2m to a lucky winner
  8. Nigerian civil society activists say the president should take medical leave
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 2 May 2017

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.  

    A reminder of today's wise words:

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    And we leave you with this picture of a man buying bread in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott. 

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  2. Players' union backs Muntari in racist abuse row

    The professional football players' union Fifpro says that the yellow card given to Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari after he complained to the referee about racist abuse from the crowd in a Serie A match should be withdrawn.

    Muntari, who was playing for Pescara, was booked for dissent and then walked off the pitch.

    It is not exactly clear what happened during the discussion between the referee and the player.

    Fifpro says: 

    Quote Message: Players should feel comfortable bringing any issue to the attention of the referee, especially one as significant as allegations of racism in the workplace.
    Quote Message: Professional footballers should expect to be adequately protected by the relevant authorities in a place of work that does not tolerate discrimination of any kind."
    Muntari talks to the corwd
    Image caption: Sulley Muntari reacts to supporters during Pescara's 1-0 defeat at Cagliari

    Speaking after the game, Muntari said: "The referee should not just stay on the field and blow the whistle, he must do everything.

    "He should be aware of these things and set an example.

    "I asked him if he had heard the insults. I insisted that he must have the courage to stop the game."

  3. Mali soldiers killed in ambush

    At least eight Malian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected Islamist militants on a road between Dogofri and Nampala in the central region of the country, army spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone said, Reuters news agency reports. 

    Militants have staged a series of attacks in Mali in recent months, including a suicide bombing at an army base in January in which at least 77 people were killed. 

    The attack comes days after France said its forces had killed or captured more than 20 militants in a forest near Mali's border with Burkina Faso.

    Read:Burkina Faso's new war against militant Islamists

  4. Buhari's health 'personal matter'

    Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed has responded to calls by some prominent civil society members that President Muhammadu Buhari take medical leave, saying the president's health was "a personal matter", the BBC's Peter Okwoche reports. 

    The minister told him that Nigerians have been kept aware of Mr Buhari's health. 

    Mr Buhari has missed the last two cabinet meetings and uncharacteristically did not show up at last Friday's prayers at the mosque on state house grounds.

    The hashtag #WhereIsBuhari has been trending in Nigeria as people speculate about his state of health.

    Meanwhile, the president's personal assistant has tweeted that Mr Buhari was today briefed by several ministers: 

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    In March, President Buhari returned from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK.

    On his return he said that further medical checks would be needed.

    President Buhari
    Image caption: Mr Buhari has not been seen in public for more than a week
  5. UN human rights chief in Ethiopia

    The UN's human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has been holding talks in Ethiopia with the head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reports.

    Mr al Hussein has urged the government to allow independent investigators into the country to look into the deaths during a recent wave of anti-government protests.

    The government has refused to do this.

    FBC does not give many details of what was discussed at the meeting except that the two men "exchanged views on ways to strengthen cooperation". 

    It quotes Mr al Hussein as saying that "Ethiopia is one of our partners in the Commission’s efforts to promote and protect human rights for all".

    The EHRC, which was created by the government, said recently 669 people were killed during the demonstrations, but rights groups put the figure much higher.

    During his visit, Mr al Hussein is due to meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
    Image caption: Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will be in Ethiopia until Thursday
  6. Analysis: Libya's strongman meets leader of UN-backed government

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

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    This encounter in Abu Dhabi, between Libya’s embattled UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, and East Libya’s military strongman Khalifa Haftar, has been in the making for months.  

    That they were pictured in the same room together is seen as an achievement on its own at this stage.    

    Egypt and the UAE have long been staunch supporters of the military commander.  

    But with mounting pressure from Western governments, they’ve recently appeared to take on a more serious mediation role to end the political and military impasse in Libya.  

    Commander Khalifa Haftar has refused to recognise the authority of the Tripoli based unity government for over a year because he is vying for a top military role in the country.  

    As it stands, the UN-brokered political agreement that was signed by some within Libya’s rival camps does not guarantee that. 

    Today there are signs that both sides may be willing to give an inch over the matter to reach a workable compromise.  How long that will take in Libya’s snail-paced ‘progress’ is anyone’s guess.

  7. Kodjia could miss Ivory Coast's next match with broken ankle

    Striker Jonathan Kodjia could miss the start of Ivory Coast's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign at home to Guinea in June after breaking his ankle playing for Aston Villa.The 27-year-old, Villa's top scorer this season, was hurt in Saturday's 1-0 Championship defeat by Blackburn.

    club statement said the injury is likely to require surgery, which could then rule Kodjia out of club's pre-season and the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

    Kodjia, who has scored 19 goals for Villa this season, will visit a specialist for further tests.

    He was taken off on a stretcher in the club's penultimate league match of the season.

    Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates
    Image caption: Jonathan Kodjia is likely to undergo surgery on his broken ankle
  8. Court rules Burundi king's body to remain in Switzerland

    A court in Switzerland has ended a legal battle over the fate of the remains of a Burundian deposed King Mwambutsa IV, who died 40 years ago, must remain in country, AFP news agency reports quoting local media. 

    King Mwambutsa led Burundi at independence from Belgium in 1962, but was deposed just four years later in a dispute linked to rivalries between ethnic Tutsis and Hutus.

    He died in Switzerland in 1977, leaving clear instructions that his remains should never be returned to Burundi.   

    His daughter and the Burundian government, however, campaigned for his remains to be repatriated, reportedly hoping to use the occasion to organise a ceremony promoting national reconciliation. 

    A niece of the king opposed the plans insisting the king's last wishes should be honoured.  

    Amid the legal back and fourth following his exhumation in 2012, Mwambutsa's remains have been held in a cold-storage facility at a Geneva funeral home for the past five years, AFP reports.

  9. How Mandela upstaged a famous SA musician

    After nearly 40 years in the business, one of South Africa's best-known musicians is hanging up his guitar. Johnny Clegg, best known for his fusion of western and Zulu music, reflects on the highlights of his career. 

    Video Journalist - Christian Parkinson.  

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    Video caption: How Mandela upstaged famous SA musician Johnny Clegg
  10. How to scare elephants from crops

    Scientists in South Africa have found that sounds are an effective method to keep elephants away from crops. 

    People use firecrackers and drums to get elephants off their land but it seems the most effective deterrent could be the sound of drones. 

    Nathan Hahn, a researcher of the US-based NGO called Resolve, has been working on this issue and he spoke to the BBC's Newsday programme:

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    Video caption: How drones might be used to stop elephants trespassing on farmers' land.
  11. The man who won more than $2m

    The Kenyan who's just picked up his more than $2m prize money for a sports bet he placed at the weekend is sounding incredibly level headed.

    Samuel Abisai spoke to the BBC's David Wafula shortly after the prize-giving ceremony in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    Mr Abisai correctly predicted the outcome of 17 football matches, but told our reporter that he made his decisions in a hurry rather than his more thoughtful approach.

    He said that he now plans to invest the winnings in real estate as well as give some money to good causes as he himself was helped by an American benefactor when he was younger.

    There have been concerns in Kenya about the growing popularity of betting with the suicide of some people being linked to gambling.

    So what advice from the big winner?

    "You should bet wisely," he told the BBC.

    "I bet my extra coins... I didn't bet my basic coins."

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    Video caption: Kenya jackpot winner quits gambling
  12. Nigeria's vice-president enters jollof wars

    Nigerians continue to discuss who in West Africa makes the best jollof rice.

    Ghanaians and Nigerians regularly exchange barbs about their respective preeminence in making the dish - a spicy rice, tomato and meat meal.

    Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinabajo has now weighed in saying "we all know that Nigerian jollof is the best. We beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down."

    You can see the quote one minute 30 seconds into this video:

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    One Nigerian news site suggests that Mr Osinbajo is the saviour of Nigerian jollof:

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  13. Malawi court hearings over school pregnancies

    Lawyers in Malawi representing students who were detained, fined and suspended from a school for getting pregnant, or causing the pregnancy, have gone to court over the decision.

    Last year, 32 students - 16 girls and 16 boys - were detained by a local magistrate and their parents were asked to pay a 10,000 kwacha ($14; £11) fine.

    Fourteen of those affected are now taking the magistrate to the high court in the northern town of Mzuzu claiming unlawful detention. They also want the money back.

  14. Piracy 'increases in West Africa'

    Armed attacks on ships operating in West African waters have nearly doubled, with pirates increasingly focused on kidnapping ships' crews, according to a Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) report, Reuters news agency says. 

    The report recorded 95 attacks in the Gulf of Guinea in 2016, up from 54 the previous year. 

    "Nigeria... experienced a spike in attacks, including 18 kidnap-for-ransom attacks between March and May," it said.

    Cargo theft has now been replaced by kidnappings with 96 crew members taken hostage compared to 44 in 2015, the report says. 

    OBP estimated the total economic cost of maritime crime in West Africa at nearly $794m (£614 m).   

    A recent spate of attacks off Somalia, meanwhile, may also indicate a resurgence of piracy in East Africa as a result of less vigilance. 

    Maisie Pigeon, one of the authors of the OBP report, says kidnapping offers less risks to the pirates: 

    Quote Message: One of the reasons we are observing increased incidents of kidnap-for-ransom is that the model offers financial gain with less risk to the perpetrators than hijacking for cargo theft."
    Soldiers of the Ivorian navy commandos steer speedboats newly purchased by Ivorian navy from France at Abidjan military base,
    Image caption: Navies patrol the West African coast to try to stop piracy
  15. Rwanda welcomes back black rhinos

    BBC World Service

    Rwanda is welcoming back the first black rhinos to the country in 10 years. 

    The animals are part of a group of 20 which will be airlifted from South Africa to the Akagera National Park. 

    Rwandan conservation authorities hope that helicopter patrols and protection teams will help provide security for the animals. 

    The black rhino is critically endangered sub-species of the African rhino. 

    By 2007, all the black rhinos in Rwanda had been killed by poachers. 

    Only a few thousand are now left in the wild.

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  16. Black but beautiful? 'It's not a compliment'

    Abeer Sinder is Saudi Arabia's first black beauty vlogger. But sometimes, she says, the compliments she receives aren't flattering.

    Watch her story here. 

    Abeer Sinder
  17. Kenyans debate rise in commodity prices

    Kenyans on Twitter are sharing updates on the costs of basic foodstuffs and essential services which they say have been going up. 

    They are using #CostOfLivingKe to post their stories and pictures. 

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    In his May Day address President Kenyatta announced an 18% increase to the minimum wage but critics say that it was not enough to offset the rising prices. 

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    The recent drought has had an impact on prices, but Deputy President William Ruto has been criticised for saying in a tweet that the price rises were a result of "external factors":

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  18. Al-Shabab suspect arrested in the Netherlands

    Dutch police have a arrested a man with connections to the Somali Islamist militant movement al-Shabab, prosecutors say.

    News agencies say that the 23-year-old is a Dutch man with a Somali background

    In a statement quoted by the AFP news agency the prosecutors said "the man has since last year been an active member of the al-Shabab terrorist organisation in southern Somalia".  

  19. Kenya's jackpot sum can pay Spurs' Victor Wanyama salary for seven months

    The $2m jackpot win has captured the imagination of Kenya's media. 

    Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper has been has been crunching the numbers to explain the magnitude of the sum. 

    It reports that the figure is much more than what the government has allocated to the Kenya Sport Academy, with $200,000 to spare. 

    It also says the figure could pay the salary of Kenya's only English Premier League player, Spurs' midfielder, Victor Wanyama, for seven months. 

    Interestingly, the winner can also finance the prize money in three of the World Marathon Majors richest races - Boston ($688,000), Chicago $737,000 and New York $514,000 and still remain with $200,000, it adds. 

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  20. Egypt violence: Three police killed in Cairo attack

    Suspected militants have killed three police officers and wounded five others in an attack in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the interior ministry says.

    The assailants, riding in two vehicles, opened fire on a security convoy on the main ring road in the Nasr City area.

    No group has yet said it was behind the attack, which occurred on Monday night.

    However, jihadist militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

    Last month, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared a state of emergency after at least 45 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two Coptic Christian churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

    So-called Islamic State said a local affiliate had carried out the bombings.

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    Police in Cairo
    Image caption: Hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been killed by jihadist militants since 2013