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Summary

  1. Rwanda police confirm they have arrested opposition politician Diane Rwigara
  2. Cameroon's English-speaking schools ignore start of new academic year
  3. Kenya's presidential election rerun to be on 17 October
  4. UN cites evidence that crimes against humanity were committed in Burundi
  5. Burundi dismisses report as part of 'international conspiracy'
  6. Ethiopia police stop Teddy Afro event in Addis Ababa
  7. Al-Shabab militants want to mine uranium, Somalia says
  8. Kenya's government says school fire that killed nine was started deliberately

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    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.

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  2. Rwanda police confirm arrest of opposition leader

    BBC World Service

    Police in Rwanda have confirmed they have arrested a prominent opposition leader, Diane Rwigara. Her mother and sister have also been detained.

    The police previously denied they had been arrested.

    Ms Rwigara and members of her family have not been seen since Tuesday last week.

    She has been accused of using forged signatures when she was gathering support for this year's presidential campaign.

    Ms Rwigara was disqualified from running in last month's election, which the incumbent Paul Kagame won with more than 98% of the vote.

    Diane Shima Rwigara laughs during a press conference in Kigali on May 3,2017.
    Image caption: Diane Rwigara was unable to run in last month's presidential election
  3. Analysis: What Kenya's electoral commission has to do now

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    The announcement of the date for the re-run of Kenya's presidential election kicks off a series of events that will ultimately determine what kind of election Kenyans will have on 17 October.

    The election commissioners, who have been criticised, mostly by opposition supporters since Friday's ruling, have a tough task to win back the public's trust, but they have to rise to the occasion.

    The public will be watching if the electoral commission's chairman, Wafula Chebukati, will follow through with his promise to restructure his team before the re-run to win public trust.

    IEBC commissioners
    Image caption: Electoral commission head Wafula Chebukati (centre) is now under pressure to deliver a credible election

    Other groups that should also work on winning back public confidence are the international election observers, the Kenyan media and opinion pollsters, who are perceived to have made the wrong call when it came to the 8 August presidential poll.

  4. France's foreign minister in latest round of Libya diplomacy

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    France's Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is in Libya today for talks with rival political and military actors in the country’s western and eastern regions.

    Like its EU allies, France has recently been pressuring Libya’s warring factions to set aside their differences, in the hopes that it will stem the flow of illegal migration from the North African state, and prevent a resurgence of extremist factions like the so-called Islamic State.

    Libya is still suffering from deep political, military, and regional divisions, with two rival governments based in the east and the west of the country.

    The internationally recognised authorities sit in the capital, Tripoli, where the French foreign minister started his visit before moving on to the western city of Misrata and then to the east of the country.

    French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) speaks during a news conference at the headquarters of the prime minister"s office in Tripoli

    In July, French President Emmanuel Macron brokered talks in Paris between the Libyan prime minister and his military counterpart Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who commands forces in large parts of eastern and southern Libya.

    At the end of those talks, they announced an agreement to call for a ceasefire, and to unify key institutions, despite the absence of other key factions that make up the complex web of rivalry.

    Some EU member-states, and regional actors, including Egypt and the UAE, increasingly appear to be unilaterally chasing their own deals with various Libyan actors.

  5. Where's Buhari?

    For months, Nigerians were wondering when President Muhammadu Buhari was going to return from medical treatment in London.

    And now, since he came back just over a fortnight ago, people are keeping a keen eye on where he is.

    Last night, his spokesperson had to quash a rumour that he was going to travel to the US.

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    And now the spokesman has tweeted this family portrait showing a smiling president enjoying some "quality time" with his relatives:

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    The government has not disclosed the nature of the president's illness.

  6. Locked out presidential candidate heading to court

    A presidential candidate who took part in Kenya's 8 August election has tweeted that he will go to court to challenge the decision of the electoral commission (IEBC) to have only incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main challenger, Raila Odinga, on the ballot paper for the re-run election slated for 17 October.

    There were six other candidates on the ballot paper in August

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    Ekuro Aukot said that the decision was unlawful:

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  7. Kenya's electoral commission confirms re-run date

    A document from Kenya's electoral commission - the IEBC - confirms the 17 October presidential election date, and the fact that only two names will be on the ballot paper.

    Statement from the IEBC
  8. Kenyatta vs Odinga - the re-match

    More information on the breaking story about Kenya's presidential election rerun date.

    Kenya's Standard newspaper is reporting that only President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main challenger, Raila Odinga, will be the only ones contesting the election which will be held on 17 October.

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    In the last election, there were eight candidates - all of them men - in all.

    There has been no formal announcement from the electoral commission yet.

  9. BreakingDate for Kenya's presidential election re-run set

    Kenya's electoral commission - IEBC - has decided that it will hold the rerun of the presidential election on 17 October.

    It says it will make a formal announcement soon.

  10. Fifa names task force to address Sierra Leone FA issues

    Football's world governing body Fifa has named the members of a taskforce created to address the ongoing issues affecting the Sierra Leone FA (SLFA).

    The Task Force will be chaired by Musa Bility, a Confederation of African Football executive committee member.

    Its immediate task is to create a platform for fresh SLFA elections as well as address a match-fixing inquiry.

    The SLFA believes that a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa in 2008, which ended goalless, was fixed.

    SLFA elections scheduled for August have yet to take place after Fifa demanded integrity checks for all current and potential SLFA executive committee members prior to the elections.

    Fifa building entrance

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  11. English-speaking schools remain closed in Cameroon

    The new school year has opened in Cameroon but pupils in the country's English-speaking areas of the country have largely stayed away, a BBC reporter in the region says.

    Schools in north-west and south-west Cameroon shut at the end of last year as teachers protested against the use of French-speaking teachers, among other things.

    Some of their demands have been agreed to but many activists feel that they are too cosmetic.

    People have also agitated for the release of some Anglophone activists who had been jailed over the recent protests.

    Dozens were released last week, but people are arguing for the release of all those jailed before the children go back to school.

    Map of Cameroon

    People in Cameroon's north-west and south-west regions have argued that their interests have been marginalised by the government in Yaounde.

  12. Kenya's chief justice denies making comments on his judgement

    Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga, who on Friday made the shock judgement nullifying the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, has taken to Twitter to say that he has not made any follow-up comments about his now famous decision.

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    It is unclear what Mr Maraga is specifically referring to but he has received both praise and criticism for his judgment.

    President Kenyatta, who had initially welcomed the court's decision, referred to him and other Supreme Court judges as crooks and vowed to "fix" the court after the election rerun, which has to take place by 31 October.

  13. New school blaze in Kenya

    A school fire has been reported at a primary school in Nakuru county, north-west of the capital, Nairobi. This comes after a fire on Saturday in Nairobi in which nine pupils died.

    Kenya's Red Cross has tweeted about the incident:

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    A journalist with a local TV station has tweeted that reporters have been blocked from accessing the school:

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    This morning, Education Minister Fred Matiang'i said Saturday's fire was the result of arson.

  14. Nigeria can eliminate two teams from 2018 World Cup qualifying today

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    John Mikel Obi
    Image caption: John Mikel Obi scored a rare goal as he captained Nigeria to a 4-0 win over African champions Cameroon on Friday

    Nigeria will kill off any hopes that African champions Cameroon will have of qualifying for next year's World Cup if they beat the Indomitable Lions today.

    The Group B match kicks of at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

    Nigeria easily beat Cameroon 4-0 on Friday.

    The Super Eagles' win would also knock out Algeria, who host Zambia tomorrow.

    In another favourable scenario, Nigeria could still clinch a place in Russia next year if Zambia lose or draw in Algeria tomorrow.

    Cameroon's coach Hugo Broos has already written off his side's chances of going to an eighth World Cup.

    In another match being played tonight, Libya will face Guinea in what is nominally a home match but is taking place in Tunisia, due to the ongoing instability in Libya.

    The Libyans must win to retain even the slimmest hopes of reaching the World Cup.

  15. UN Burundi report is a 'conspiracy' against the country

    Burundi's ambassador to the UN has dismissed today's highly critical report by a team of UN investigators as part of an "international conspiracy" against the country.

    Investigators said that there was strong evidence that crimes against humanity had been committed in the country,

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    The tweet continues, in French, that the best way to fight this is through unity, patriotism and determination.

    In another tweet, the ambassador described the report as "politically motivated, biased and selective"

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    It adds that the report discredits the UN.

  16. App to test malaria launched

    A group of young Ugandans have developed a malaria testing app 'Matibabu'. It is different to other traditional malaria tests as it doesn't require a physical blood sample.

    No needles, no pain.

    Brian Gitta, the CEO of 'Matibabu' tells BBC's Minute programme how it works:

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    Video caption: The 'Matibabu' app promises no needles, no pain
  17. Nigeria fends off satirical threat from North Korea

    While the world's attention is focused on North Korea's tense relations with South Korea, Japan and the US, there is another enemy - Nigeria. That is at least according to a satirical Twitter account purporting to be an official North Korean source.

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    And, judging by most of the replies, Nigerians were quick to join in with the joke.

    One person - whose Twitter profile pic is Nigeria's official crest - said Nigeria was ready with its gods:

    Others also focused on Nigeria's magic defences:

    And another person tweeted that all Nigerians shouldn't be punished because of what a few people had said:

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  18. AU chief praises Kenya's 'mature' decision

    The current head of the African Union, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, has praised Friday's decision by Kenya's Supreme Court to annul the results of last month's presidential election, the AFP news agency reports.

    It quotes President Conde as saying that: "This is behaviour that does honour to Africa and proves that democracy is now installed on the continent."

    He also said that preferring the legal approach to violence showed "maturity and responsibility", AFP adds.

    Kenya's opposition leader went to court after the electoral commission announced that incumbent Preisdent Uhuru Kenyatta had won the presidential election with 54% of the vote.

    The Supreme Court said that the election was not carried out in accordance with the constitution, highlighting a problem with the transmission of results, and ordered a rerun.

    President Kenyatta
    Image caption: President Kenyatta said he would respect the decision of the court, but later called the judges "crooks"
  19. Vigilantes fighting Boko Haram

    Vigilante member
    Image caption: Authorities fear that the battle-hardened vigilantes could turn into a militia

    An estimated 26,000 young men have volunteered to fight against Islamist militant Boko Haram who have wrought carnage in the north-east region of Nigeria.

    The vigilantes, who are now called the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), unofficially work alongside and liaise with the military to rein-in the insurgency, now in its eighth year.

    While many Nigerians view the vigilantes as heroes in the fight against Boko Haram, they have been accused of human rights abuses from rape to extortion - and extra-judicial killings of suspected militants.

    The authorities now fear that the battle-hardened vigilantes could turn into a militia that they would not be able to control.

    For more read Martin Patience's report: Nigerian vigilantes fight Boko Haram one bullet at a time

  20. ANC women's leader denies hacking Ramaphosa emails

    Cyril Ramaphosa

    A leading figure in South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has distanced herself from being behind the hacking of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's emails, which showed that he was having extra-marital affairs, IOL news reports.

    Mr Ramaphosa has admitted having an extra-marital affair, but denied reports of multiple affairs.

    Bathabile Dlamini, the ANC Women’s League president, dismissed allegations by the trade union body Cosatu, that she was behind the leaks.

    According to her spokesperson, Ms Bathabile was not technically capable of accessing Mr Ramaphosa's emails:

    Quote Message: She cannot even open her own emails. How can she open such big emails? She does not want to be caught in these things”

    The online publication also reports that political analysts are predicting that more damning allegations about Mr Ramaphosa will follow.

    Mr Ramaphosa is planning to contest the ANC leadership.

    His main challenger is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former head of the African Union Commission, who is also the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma.

    Profile: Cyril Ramaphosa - the man who wants to make South Africa great