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Summary

  1. Nigeria dismisses stories about the cost of presidential jet in London
  2. Benin trial over $260m pyramid scheme
  3. Egypt government slashes petrol subsidy
  4. South African charged for secretly filming colleague expressing breast milk
  5. Pro-IS message published on hacked South African government website
  6. Tanzanian NGOs aim to change president's mind on schoolgirl mums
  7. Malawi opens Africa's first humanitarian drone corridor
  8. Save the Children warns that 20,000 children could die following drought
  9. Today's proverb: "When a handshake goes beyond the elbow, it becomes an insult."

Live Reporting

By Paul Bakibinga and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    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 today's wise words:

    Quote Message: When a handshake goes beyond the elbow, it becomes an insult." from Sent by Nwatu Chukwuka in Luanda, Angola
    Sent by Nwatu Chukwuka in Luanda, Angola

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a kente cloth weaver in Ghana from Martha Tadesse's Instagram feed:

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  2. Ghana's economy on the rise

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana’s economy has recorded a growth rate of 6.6% in the first quarter of this year, the highest since 2014.

    According to the Ghana Statistical Service, the increased growth rate was due to the inflow of oil from the new TEN Field.

    While this may be good news for the new government, economists say the oil sector cannot create the badly needed jobs to employ the majority of the unemployed youth in the country.

    The Ghanaian economy is largely driven by the service sector, like telecommunications. However in the first quarter of this year, the industrial and agriculture sectors recorded higher growth.

    The new government inherited a struggling economy and many are watching to see if the policies it is currently pursuing have a positive effect or not.

    An oil rig for oil exploration is pictured at the Port of Takoradi,
  3. Another win for drone enthusiasts in Africa

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    For drone enthusiasts and campaigners, this development is another important step in the right direction.

    After years of opposing the commercial and civilian use of drones, African governments are slowly allowing the integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the airspace.

    The Malawi air corridor project is a close copy of an idea proposed to the Kenyan government by a Swiss polytechnic about four years ago to operate a drone delivery service called Flying Donkey.

    The plan was to operate fixed-wing drones, carrying a payload of up to 20 kg (44lbs), in sparsely populated and infrastructure poor northern Kenya to supplement the postal services.

    The project did not take off because the authorities saw it as a threat to security.

    While there are legitimate concerns about privacy and safety, the absence of progressive drone laws to regulate the industry means African countries have been missing out on the multi-billion dollar industry.

    Malawi now joins Rwanda, South Africa and Mauritius on the list of countries leading cutting-edge research on drone use to address real-life challenges

    People look on during a drone safety and awareness demonstration on June 22, 2017, in regards to humanitarian drone corridor testing under the UNICEF-funded Humanitarian Drone Corridor testing project,
  4. What will drone corridor do?

    Earlier we reported that Africa's first air corridor to test the use of drones in humanitarian missions has been launched in Malawi.

    The government and Unicef are behind the project. Unicef's Malawi country representative Johannes Wedenig explains what it's all about.

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    Video caption: Africa's first air corridor to test the use of drones in humanitarian missions is launched
  5. Benin's president in France for 'routine check up'

    Benin's President Patrice Talon is back in Paris for what the presidency is calling a "routine" health check, AFP is reporting.

    President Talon had two operations on his prostate and digestive system in France earlier this month.

    According to the presidency, the president left Cotonou on Wednesday after chairing a cabinet meeting.

    Wilfried Houngbedji, the presidential spokesman, told AFP that President Talon had told his cabinet that he had " an appointment with doctors for a routine check following his operation."

    Mr Houngbedji did not say when President Talon is expected to return.

    Benin's President Patrice Talon attends the opening of an extraordinary session of the West African Economic and Monetary Union zone (UEMOA) on April 10, 2017 in Abidjan
    Image caption: President Patrice Talon in Paris for 'routine' check up
  6. Brother testifies at Ahmed Timol inquest

    Karen Allen

    BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

    The brother of a South African political activist who plunged to his death from the window of a police station 45 years ago says that suicide was never a policy in the underground anti-apartheid movement.

    Mohammed Timol, the younger brother of Ahmed Timol, whose inquest has re-opened in Johannesburg, described how he himself was being held and tortured by special branch police, when he learnt of his brother's death.

    Mohammed Timol told the inquest how he was held in stress positions, beaten by his interrogators and kept in solitary confinement during much of the 141 days he was detained by special branch police.

    He also revealed that when he finally learnt of his brother's death, he initially assumed it was a "ruse" by the police to get him to sign a confession.

    Ahmed Timol, a teacher and activist, fell from the 10th floor of a notorious Johannesburg police station in 1971. He was the 22nd person to die in detention during the troubled times of white minority rule.

    His family rejects the coroner's official verdict at the time, concluding that Mr Timol had taken his own life.

    They believe his death was part of a massive cover up and say they are fighting to restore his dignity and his legacy. The coroner has indicated that some of the surviving police officers who were on duty at the time, will be subpoenad to testify.

    Former anti-apartheid activist Mohamed Timol, brother of the late Ahmed Timol poses at his home in Johannesburg on June 12, 2017
    Image caption: Former anti-apartheid activist Mohamed Timol was also tortured
  7. Nigerian football team sacks 40 players

    Nigerian second-tier side Mighty Jets FC, from the city of Jos, have sacked 40 players from their 65-man squad for performing below the club's expectations.

    Struggling Jets, currently seventh in the 13-team Northern Conference of the Nigeria National League (NNL), have also snapped up a further 10 new players to increase competition and "separate wheat from chaff".

    "We had a big squad of 65 players, too crowded and unproductive, so we had to release 40 players," the club's sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu told BBC Sport.

    "We only need 35 players for the season and some players were not even registered but training with the club. It was just too much."

    One of the affected players told BBC Sport that he was not given enough opportunity to prove himself.

    For more read: Nigerian team sacks 40 players at once

    Benedict Akwuegbu
    Image caption: Mighty Jets sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu is a former Nigeria striker
  8. Moyo eyes Zimbabwe presidency

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Nkosana Moyo of  the Alliance for the People’s Agenda.

    A former government minister and one time vice-president of the African Development Bank, Nkosana Moyo, has thrown his hat into Zimbabwe’s political ring.

    Mr Moyo denied he was going to split the opposition vote as he announced plans to contest the 2018 presidential election as an independent candidate under the banner Alliance for the People’s Agenda.

    The physicist and banker served as trade minister in the early 2000s before resigning citing differences with President Mugabe’s government.

    President Mugabe subsequently labelled him a coward and "weak-kneed".

    Mr Moyo was at pains to deny that he was a "Zanu-PF project", saying that even though he was minister for international trade under President Mugabe he has never been a member of the governing party

    The latest presidential candidate has spent most of his time based in South Africa.

    He says he decided to run after being approached by people from various political affiliations. He says he plans to unite Zimbabwe.

    Mr Moyo says he will not form alliances with opposition parties but denies he will split the vote. He described alliances as mixing fuel with water. "You end up with a larger volume of water, which is useless."

    He said he was seeking votes from those who consider current options "unattractive".

    One of the candidates he will be up against is President Robert Mugabe who will be 94 next year.

  9. 'Gunfire heard' near DR Congo prison

    There has been gunfire near a small jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, the Reuters news agency reports.

    It quotes witnesses as saying that army and police were seen around the prison, but it was not clear what the cause of the gunfire was.

    One person told Reuters: "There was gunfire. I saw a woman wounded in her leg by a bullet."

    There have been at least two prison breaks in the country in recent weeks including one where a leader of a religious sect was freed by his followers.

  10. Twenty go on trial in Benin for $260m fraud

    Twenty people have gone on trial in Benin for their alleged involvement in a pyramid, or Ponzi, investment scheme which collapsed leaving 150,000 investors a total of $262m(£200m) out of pocket, the AFP news agency reports.

    Initial investors were promised a huge return on their money, which was paid for by new investors coming in, AFP adds.

    One person who said she is owed $2,600 is quoted as saying: "the outcome of the trial is eagerly awaited by the victims who seven years after being cheated want justice to be served."

  11. Battling it out to become Ghana's smartest school

    #NSMQ has been trending on Twitter in Ghana over the past couple of hours as three schools compete to see who will be the National Science and Maths Quiz 2017 champions.

    It's a prestigious competition and schools get a lot of kudos for taking the title.

    NSMQ has been sharing photos as the audience at the country's national theatre follows the action:

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    People were also following live on the radio and online.

    The final saw Adisadel College take on Prempeh College and St Thomas Aquinas.

    And the winner was...

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    And commiserations to the losers:

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  12. Tanzania Football Federation president detained over corruption

    The president of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Jamal Malinzi, has been arrested by the country's Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau.

    He was detained along with the TFF's secretary general Selestine Mwesigwa.

    The duo were held overnight and face a second round of questioning on Thursday.

    The detention comes after a lengthy investigation by the bureau. Details of the specific allegations are yet to be made public.

    Misalaba said the bureau is continuing to investigate other federation officials over similar allegations.

    Jamal Malinzi
    Image caption: Jamal Malinzi has been president of the Tanzania Football Federation since October 2010
  13. Nigeria starts exporting yams to Europe

    A woman tries to buy yam but vendor complains of low patronage because of hike in pump price in Lagos

    Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh has said the country will formally start exporting yam to Europe today.

    Chief Ogbeh said, in the first phase, 72 tonnes of yam will be exported to the United Kingdom.

    Addressing a press conference in the capital, Abuja, he quoted a statistic from the Food and Agricultural Organization that Nigeria accounts for 61% of the total yam output in the world, but the tuber has not been exported.

    Quote Message: For us to go abroad and not find Nigerian yam is an embarrassment."

    Mr Ogbeh pointed out that Ghana stood to earn $4bn (£3bn) from its yam exports in the next three to four years.

    The agriculture minister said that as the diversification drive continued solar coolers would used to store the yam crop throughout the year.

    However he feared that yam production would be hampered by many youth going to urban areas instead of farming in rural areas.

    The ministry of agriculture has tweeted pictures of the yams being given their official send off.

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  14. Ghana-China bauxite deal could be worth $10bn

    Ghana has signed an agreement with China that could lead to a $10bn (£8bn) investment in Ghana's bauxite industry.

    The money will also boost the country's infrastructure at a time when economic growth has slowed in recent years.

    The Reuters news agency quotes government minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo as saying that the Chinese Development Bank will provide the money.

    This is just the latest development in the growing interest of China in Africa.

    The extent of that interest has been highlighted in a new report from the McKinsey consultancy group.

    It says that in two decades, China has become Africa’s most important economic partner. Across trade, investment, infrastructure financing, and aid, no other country has such depth and breadth of engagement in Africa".

    Ghana and China flag
  15. Niger wins gold at World Taekwondo

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Niger's Abdoul Razak Issoufou has won a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea.

    The Olympic silver medallist beat Ivory Coast-born Briton Mahama Cho in the final of the men's over-87 kg category.

    Earlier in the day Issoufou beat Gabon's Anthony Obame in the semi-finals - Obame will go home with a bronze medal.

    Abdoul Razak Issoufou in action in Rio
    Image caption: Abdoul Razak Issoufou in action in Rio
  16. Kenya imports maize from Ethiopia

    Kenya is importing maize from neighboring Ethiopia in a bid to deal with a severe shortage of the staple food.

    The imports begun earlier this month after an agreement between the two governments, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza reports.

    Dozens of trucks have been arriving today at the border point in Moyale town with at least 260 tonnes coming in this morning.

    More trucks are expected later this week.

    The maize has been purchased by the Kenya's National Cereals and Produce board.

    Maize from Ethiopia being unloaded in Kenya
    Maize from Ethiopia being unloaded in Kenya

    The privately-owned Addis Fortune has however questioned why Ethiopia is selling maize to Kenya despite a food shortage in drought-affected areas.

    Ethiopia has reportedly earned $21.3m from the export of maize.

  17. Teachers vital in malaria control-study

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    The involvement of school teachers in the prevention and treatment of malaria improves performance in school, a recent study carried out in Mali shows.

    The study was conducted by the NGO Save the Children, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Institute for Public Health Research on nearly 2,000 primary school children in the south-eastern Sikasso region.

    It concluded that in regions where malaria is seasonal, schools that provide prevention education, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and anti-malarial drugs not only helps reduce the risk of pupils being infected, but also the chances of their developing anaemia.

    Malaria kills thousands of children every year, but children can also act as hosts to malaria parasites without displaying any symptoms. If these are not treated this can lead to anaemia, and affect their health and attention at school.

    This is what lead researcher Dr Sian Clarke from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said:

    Quote Message: Malaria control strategies should be an integral component of education and school health plans in countries where malaria is endemic"
    Students do work in a classroom in Gao, in the north of Mali,
  18. How much is Nigeria's presidential jet costing in London?

    A spokesperson for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that a presidential jet has been parked at a London airport for more than seven weeks, but has denied that this is costing the government $5,000 (£4,000) a day.

    Mr Buhari has been in the UK for medical treatment for an undisclosed illness since 8 May.

    The plane that transported him is still in London and people have been speculating about the daily cost of keeping the plane in he UK.

    Garba Shehu told the BBC that it is normal practice that leaders "are not left to be stranded in foreign lands... there must be a plan for an immediate return".

    Questioned about the cost, Mr Shehu said that the Nigerian government has asked that the daily fee be waived and if that was not possible then only the minimum would be paid.

    "Nothing in excess of £1,000," he said.

    Muhammadu Buhari (left) Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo
    Image caption: President Muhammadu Buhari (left) has left Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in charge
  19. French bank BNP 'sued in Rwanda genocide lawsuit'

    Three non-governmental associations have filed a lawsuit against the French bank BNP Paribas for its alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide, AFP news agency reports.

    The NGOs are accusing BNP of "complicity in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity".

    The groups, in a joint statement, allege that the bank provided funding for the purchase of "80 tonnes of arms used to carry out genocide" by the then government of Rwanda, despite the bank having known its "genocidal intentions".

    A spokesperson for the bank told AFP that they were unable to comment on the allegations because they did not have "sufficient details".

    Nearly 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis, were killed during the genocide.

    A picture taken on April 14, 2012 in Paris, shows the entrance of a BNP Paribas bank
  20. M.anifest: Ghana's rapper with a social conscience

    Ghanaian rapper and poet M.anifest has been celebrated for his socially conscious lyrics.

    He's been performing for the BBC's Global Beats programme - and we take a look at his work:

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    Video caption: M.anifest performs from his album Nowhere Cool for Global Beats