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Summary

  1. Ghana's media regulator looks at rules on the broadcast of pornography
  2. Djibouti accuses Eritrea of sending troops to border
  3. Eight Ethiopians 'missing after London fire'
  4. Uganda's president says he has a close friendship with Queen Elizabeth
  5. Four die in Kenya roadside bomb
  6. Archaeologists in Ethiopia find evidence of historical trading hub
  7. The UN "deeply concerned" by images of abuse of migrants in Libya
  8. Tanzania authorities shut down the Mawio weekly paper

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Keep up to date with what's happening on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If a snake fails to show its venom, children will use it to tie firewood." from An Igbo proverb sent by Henry Amadiegwu in London, United Kingdom
    An Igbo proverb sent by Henry Amadiegwu in London, United Kingdom

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

    And we leave you with this picture from a runner get pelted with paint in Kenya's colour run. It's one of our favourite pictures from the week.

    Runner on Colour Run
  2. Djibouti accuses Eritrea of sending troops to border

    Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf has accused neighbouring Eritrea of sending troops into a disputed area on the border.

    There was no immediate independent confirmation, or response from Eritrea.

    The minister said Djibouti wanted a peaceful solution but was prepared for conflict if necessary.

    It comes after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers from the border region, apparently because the two East African countries sided with Saudi Arabia in its dispute with the Qataris.

    Djibouti and Eritrea fought on the border in 2008 eventually accepting Qatar's offer of mediation and peacekeepers.

  3. Ancient city shows proof of East African trading with India

    We reported earlier that archaeologists have discovered an ancient, forgotten city in eastern Ethiopia thought to date back as far as the 10th Century.

    One of those archaeologists, Prof Timothy Insoll, told Focus on Africa that the discovery in Harlaa shows traders were coming from as far afield as India.

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    Video caption: Local myths inspired archaeologists to search for 10th Century trading hub
  4. Central African Republic 'sliding backwards'

    Central African Republic is "sliding back into an emergency situation," the MSF aid agency says.

    It blames renewed fighting in different parts of the country in several locations across the country, which MSF says led to "massive displacement on a level not seen since 2014".

    MSF adds that civilians are being targeted on the basis of their ethnicity or religion.

    It describes the situation in the town of Bria where 41,000 out of a total of 47,000 inhabitants have been displaced by the fighting.

    It says that 25,000 of them are in a camp designed to accommodate 3,000 people and its ability to care for them is "increasingly under threat".

    Bria
    Image caption: Thousands of people in Bria are now living in makeshift homes
  5. Eight Ethiopians still missing after London high rise fire

    Eight British nationals of Ethiopian origin are still missing after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block in the early hours of Wednesday, says the Ethiopian Embassy:

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    The Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK Hailemichael Aberra Afework said the families were known to the embassy:

    Quote Message: I cannot imagine what these families must be going through right now. This has hit home, especially because we know these families. The embassy and the Ethiopian community stands united at this difficult time and is providing ongoing support to them."

    Thirty people have died and 12 people remain in critical care. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze.

    Grenfeld Tower

    Three victims have been named: Five-year-old Isaac Shawo, artist Khadija Saye and Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  6. Train driver 'stops train to buy peaches'

    Tunisia's national railway says that it has opened an investigation after a video emerged online showing a driver apparently stopping a train to buy peaches, reports the AFP news agency.

    The short video, which appears to be filmed from inside a train, shows crates of fruit placed at the edge of the railway and a vendor climbing onto the train to give a plastic bag to someone:

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    "Look, he stops an entire train to pick up peaches," said one passenger, while others stood up to watch the scene.

    It is not clear when the incident happened.

  7. Lord's Resistance Army 'steps up Congo attacks'

    Joseph Kony
    Image caption: A US-backed search failed to track down Joseph Kony

    A UN report says the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has stepped up attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports the Reuters news agency.

    Forty LRA rebels kidnapped 61 civilians in the Tanganyika mining area on 7 June, Reuters adds.

    The report says they were forced to move goods looted by the LRA and then later released.

    Earlier this year, the US pulled out their forces who were supporting the search for the LRA's leader Joseph Kony.

    The UN Special Representative for Central Africa, Francois Lounceny Fall, told the UN Security Council this week that he was concerned the US leaving would "create a security vacuum".

  8. Poor harvest causes maize shortages

    Kenya is grappling with a maize shortage that is making it hard for consumers to find flour in the shops. Government silos are out of stock and maize imports do not match the high demand.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi went to the agricultural region of Eldoret in western Kenya to find out what has gone wrong with the country's agricultural planning.

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    Video caption: Poor harvest causes maize shortages in Kenya
  9. Sudan rebel leader survives attempt to unseat him

    BBC World Service

    The leader of the biggest rebel group in Sudan, SPLM-North, insists he is still in control despite attempts to overthrow him from within the movement.

    Malik Agar told the BBC that there had been a failed coup attempt against him by his deputy, Abdelaziz al Hilu.

    Last month, there were deadly clashes between two different factions in rebel territory.

    Supporters of Mr Abdelaziz believe he should be in charge of SPLM-North.

    They say they have barred Mr Malik from the biggest area under their control, the Nuba Mountains.

    He says he intends to visit the area soon.

    A BBC correspondent says the divisions come at a bad time for the rebels, as Western countries are forming closer ties with the Sudanese government.

    Malik Agar
    Image caption: Malik Agar says he is still in charge of SPLM-North
  10. In Pictures: Lesotho inauguration

    Pictures are coming through of the inauguration of Lesotho's new Prime Minister Tom Thabane:

    Newly appointed Lesotho prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, receives the nation flag of Lesotho from former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili (R) during his inauguration on June 16, 2017 in Maseru.
    Newly appointed Lesotho prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, is sworn in on June 16, 2017 in Maseru.

    Mr Thabane, in the yellow tie, attended the ceremony with one of his wives, Ma Isaiah Ramoholi, in matching yellow.

    Newly appointed Lesotho prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, and his wife "Ma Isaiah Ramoholi Thabane arrive to attend his inauguration on June 16, 2017 in Maseru

    The new prime minister's estranged wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead earlier this week and the police are yet to catch the killer.

    Read more: Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane sworn in despite wife's killing

  11. Local administrator among dead in Kenya attack

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi has more details on the explosion which killed four people in Mandera, north-east Kenya (see earlier entry):

    According to Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia, the private vehicle had 24 passengers on board and was travelling to Mandera from the town of Elwak.

    Among those killed was a local administrator. The injured are being treated at the Mandera District Hospital.

    Only last month eight security officers were killed in two separate bomb attacks in Mandera.

  12. Debate rages in Ghana over porn on TV

    Ghana's broadcasting watchdog is looking into whether some TV channels have breached regulations by showing what has been described as pornographic content.

    The films shown by a number of free-to-air channels in Ghana after 9pm have sparked a big debate.

    Two radio personalities have lodged a complaint with the National Media Commission saying that after "painstaking monitoring" they concluded that the TV stations broke broadcasting guidelines.

    In their letter, published by Joy FM, they quote a section of the guidelines saying that programmes should not offend the "moral dignity... of the audience".

    The executive secretary of the regulatory body, George Sarpong, told BBC Focus on Africa that there was "no specific law" banning the broadcasting of pornography.

    But he said that the National Media Commission is looking at more than the precise laws but also "what constitutes our collective sense of morality".

    Kenyboard with xxx on it
  13. Bomb blast 'kills four' in Kenya

    Four people have died in the latest bomb attack in north-east Kenya, the Reuters news agency is reporting quoting a senior government official.

    It adds that 11 people were also injured when the vehicle they were travelling in set off an explosion.

    In May, at least eight police officers died in two similar attacks in north-east Kenya - both claimed by the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

  14. Troubled waters for Lake Tanganyika

    Millions of people rely on Lake Tanganyika for their livelihoods. But the largest lake in Africa is in crisis.

    It is suffering from the effects of climate change, over-fishing and deforestation and has been nominated by the Global Nature Fund as the "most threatened lake of the year".

    The BBC's Sammy Awami has more for Africa Business Report.

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    Video caption: Lake Tanganyika hit by climate change and over-fishing
  15. Zambia churches demand opposition leader's release from prison

    Hakainde Hichilema

    Zambian churches have urged the government to release the main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is being held in prison over treason charges.

    They are asking for him to face trial under house arrest instead.

    He was arrested in April after the convoy he was travelling in allegedly refused to make way for President Edgar Lungu's motorcade.

    Church leaders said in a joint statement that they objected to the prolonged detention of Mr Hichilema, popularly known as HH:

    Quote Message: HH is not an ordinary criminal but a political prisoner who should be treated with respect."

    The statement added that the churches view the imprisonment of Mr Hichilema with "growing amazement and alarm" and that Zambia is "a dictatorship in which force and violence are used to intimidate the population and subdue opposition".

    Mr Hichilema's case is due to be heard in Zambia's High Court.

  16. Artist of Gambian heritage named as victim of London fire

    Photographer Khadija Saye has been named by her friend British MP David Lammy as one of those killed in Wednesday's fire at a tower block in London.

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    Ms Saye was a photographer of Gambian heritage whose most recent work is on display in the diaspora pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

    The official death toll stands at 30 but the BBC understands up to 76 people could be missing.

    It is thought that many of those are African or of African heritage.

  17. Siemens: We can power 50% of Africa within five years

    CEO of Siemens Joe Kaeser told BBC Africa Business Report that he thinks the company could increase the proportion of people who have access to electricity in Africa to 50% within five years.

    It currently stands at 35%.

    He told the BBC's Matthew Davies that the company would be able to boost the percentage so quickly because electricity is now decentralised.

    In the past, providing electricity meant building a big power station and a large electricity grid.

    But now he says solar and wind power can be on smaller grids.

    Watch the full interview:

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    Video caption: What is Siemens doing to light up Africa?
  18. Pangolin scales worth $1.2m seized in Malaysia

    Malaysian Airports Customs Director Hamzah Sundang displays seized pangolin scales during a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on June 16, 2017.

    A $1.2m (£940,000) shipment of illegal scales from the critically endangered pangolin have been uncovered in Malaysia, officials have told AFP news agency.

    AFP says customs officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport discovered 16 boxes of the smuggled scales weighing almost 400kg (880 pounds).

    The shipment had come in from Ghana on a Turkish Airlines flight, adds AFP.

    In China and Vietnam pangolin meat is considered a delicacy, and their scales are deemed to have medicinal properties.

    They are often cited as being the most trafficked mammal in the world - this picture was captured in a raid earlier this week in Indonesia:

    Pangolin coming out of a box after anti-smuggling raid in Belawan, North Sumatra 14 June
  19. South Sudan education campaigner receives MBE

    British-South Sudanese Akuja de Garang has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace, which was awarded for her work in education in South Sudan.

    Ms de Garang came to the UK as a refugee as a young girl.

    But after her own university education she was "determined to contribute to the rebuilding of her country", says Girls' Education South Sudan (Gess), the charity she works for.

    Gess says its work aims to encourage South Sudanese girls to get into the classroom and stay there.

    Ms de Garang said:

    Quote Message: If I can inspire even just one girl to reach for greatness, to never give up, then everything will have been worthwhile.”
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  20. Athlete's wig falls off during long jump

    Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare had a hair-raising moment during a track and field meeting in Oslo on Thursday, when her wig fell off as she jumped.

    Whether the mishap played its part in her finishing seventh is unclear, but the 28-year-old laughed it off on her Instagram account, saying:

    Quote Message: When you talk about something for so long and it eventually happened. 😂😂😂😂😃😂😃 Oh well, it is what it is then... "