Authorities in South Sudan will lift a ban on around 20 foreign journalists who had been refused access to the country, the AFP news agency reports quoting a top media official.
The government had earlier this month said the journalists had been barred from entry over "unsubstantiated and unrealistic stories".
AFP reports that The National Dialogue Steering Committee, a group of veteran politicians, had put pressure on the body that regulates media to lift the ban.
Alfred Taban, the committee's chief of media affairs, said the ban aimed to bar journalists who had been critical of the country:
Quote Message: They are going to allow any journalists to come. They were preventing some journalists because they said some journalists are fond of criticism of what is happening in the country."
They are going to allow any journalists to come. They were preventing some journalists because they said some journalists are fond of criticism of what is happening in the country."
Media Authority chief Elijah Alier Kuai said permits would be granted to all foreign journalists and there was "no problem" with the reporters coming to South Sudan.
Cameroon's hopes in Confed Cup dented with draw
Cameroon have drawn 1-1 with Australia in their second Confederations Cup match in Russia.
Cameroon took the lead right at the end of the first half with Andre-Frank Anguissa scoring his first international goal.
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Australia's captain Mark Milligan equalised from the penalty spot in the 60th minute after Alex Gersbach was brought down.
The draw makes it very unlikely that Cameroon will progress to the next round after they lost their first match.
They have to beat Germany on Sunday and hope other results go their way.
The Confederations Cup is for the continental champions plus the host of next year's World Cup.
Egyptian clubs warned over Qatar crisis
The Confederation of African Football has issued a thinly-veiled warning to Egyptian clubs to stay out of the political crisis in the Gulf.
Long-simmering tensions between Qatar and its neighbours boiled over earlier this month when Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states to cut all ties with Qatar over the oil and gas-rich kingdom's alleged support for terrorism.
Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host nation, has rejected the accusations.
The political earthquake in the Gulf has also affected beIN Sports - the Qatari sports network which has the sole rights in the Middle East to broadcast tournaments such as the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.
Since 2011, the Kenyan government has been setting aside funds to buy and distribute the commodity to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The new legal provision, however, requires government to provide the towels to every school-going girl who has reached puberty - it becomes an obligation rather than an option - so it will require a bigger budget.
There generally exists non-partisan political goodwill to fulfil this goal.
But the authorities will need to ensure the prudent use of that money to make sure every girl who needs the sanitary towels gets them.
School management teams will be charged with the responsibility of purchasing and distributing the towels.
Tanzania president says young mothers cannot go back to school
BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said that under his presidency schoolgirls who become mothers will not be allowed to go back to school after giving birth.
The president was speaking at a public rally
in Chalinze town, about 100km west of the main city Dar es Salaam.
"After calculating some few mathematics she’d be asking the
teacher in the classroom ‘let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby,'" reasoned President Magufuli.
As for the man responsible for the pregnancy, the president
said he should be imprisoned for 30 years and put the energy he
used to impregnate the girl into farming while in jail.
"These NGOs should go out and open schools for parents. But
they should not force the government [to take back the pupils].
"I'm giving out free education for students
who have really decided to go and study, and now you want me to educate the
parents?” President Magufuli said.
The president added to a round of applause:
Quote Message: After getting pregnant, you are done!”
After getting pregnant, you are done!”
In Tanzania, are at least 8,000 girls who drop out of school every year due to pregnancy, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Sweeping the streets after bombing in Mogadishu
At least four people were killed in a car bomb targeting a police station in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu today.
A VOA journalist has shared a video of workers sweeping the streets eager to get things moving again:
The Gambia's economy six months into the new regime
When Gambian President Adama Barrow took office earlier this year there were hopes that his government would turn things around, both politically and economically.
Nearly six months on, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil has been to the Serekunda market to find out what businesses there make of the country's new leader and his policies.
Ghana's ex-president 'acted unconstitutionally' over Guantanamo detainees
Ghana's Supreme Court has said that former President John Mahama acted unconstitutionally when he allowed two detainees of the US military prison Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to Ghana to live, local media are reporting.
The court ruled that the president should have consulted parliament before agreeing to the transfer, the reports say.
It gave parliament three months to approve the transfer deal. If that deadline is not met then the two former detainees could have to leave the country.
Mr Mahama stepped down from the presidency after he lost the December 2016 election.
Fifty contract cholera at health conference in Kenya
At least 50 people have contracted
cholera at a hotel hosting a health conference in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, officials say warning that the number of cases could rise. They add that all those infected are now in isolation in a city hospital.
The source of the disease
is still not yet clear but it is normally transmitted through infected food or
Last month, five people
died of cholera in Nairobi forcing authorities to set up surveillance centres
across the capital.
Magufuli orders official water bill defaulters to be cut off
BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the public
water company to cut water supplies to all government institutions which have not
been paying their bills, state-owned publication Habari Leo reports.
Speaking at the launch of a mega water project yesterday in
the coastal area, Mr Magufuli warned ministers, district and
regional commissioners in charge of institutions whose water supply would be terminated, that it would be a sign that they had failed in their responsibilities.
He also called on the water company to follow up on bill defaulters, especially big companies.
“If you can't charge those big companies, how is it possible
that you come after these poor ordinary citizens?”
Kenya 'colour run' to boost unity ahead of elections
Kenyans came together to celebrate diversity and promote peace in the first colour run event in the country, held in the capital, Nairobi.
The event is inspired by Hindu festival of Holi, known the festival of colour.
Zuma likely to survive vote of no confidence
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
The constitutional court decision that parliament's speaker can ask for a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion certainly puts
more pressure on President Jacob Zuma. But it does not seal his fate.
The ball is back in speaker Baleka
Ms Mbete has been President
Zuma's protector-in-chief in parliament.
A secret ballot is now very
likely. The judges effectively told her to hold one and we know from her court
submission that she was "not against" it.
But it is still highly unlikely
that ANC MPs will vote President Zuma out of power by supporting a vote of
no-confidence, particularly one that was brought by the opposition.
They will use their majority to
keep him in office.
The Congolese man called BBC
The BBC's Charlotte Attwood is currently in Goma, in the east of the Democratic of Congo, and she's come across a man who she suggests could be the most avid BBC listener in the city. So much so that it is part of his name.
She pictured him holding up a work identity card showing that his name is Babinga Kasikabo BBC. And he says "BBC" is also included on his birth certificate.
Babinga listens to the BBC in Swahili and French, and follows our Facebook pages.
Rapping to save the lives of Gambian migrants
Despite there being a new president in The Gambia many Gambians are still risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the hope of starting a new life in Europe.
Worried by the number of deaths along that perilous journey, Gambian rapper Bro K wrote a song about it: "Say No To The Back Way".
He's been talking to the BBC's Newsday programme:
Calm restored in DRC city after attack
Residents of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) north-eastern city of Beni report that heavily armed men attacked a military base at 0230 GMT (4.30am local time) and then proceeded to
a school and the mayors office.
The group then took over the main radio station in the
city for an hour before the army recaptured it.
Military sources in Beni say the men were Mai Mai militia
and following heavy confrontation with the army, calm has now been fully
restored to the city.
Local journalists say there are now four bodies lying in
front of the mayor's office. They are believed to be the bodies of the
Mai Mai is the term used for many self-defence militias
operating in and around Beni.
The attack comes after militants raided the central
prison in Beni last week, killing 11 people and freeing more than 900
prisoners. Only 75 are reported to have been recaptured.