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Summary

  1. No DR Congo elections 'until April 2019'
  2. SA school security guard 'assaulted 54 pupils'
  3. Togo bans weekday demonstrations
  4. Nigeria Boko Haram convicts 'jailed'
  5. Kenyan police tear gas opposition supporters
  6. Kenyan court orders open field for candidates in re-run
  7. South African 'super-cell storm' kills eight
  8. Kenya passes controversial electoral laws
  9. A quarter of child marriages 'take place in Africa'
  10. Nigerian gospel singer Sinach performs for the BBC
  11. Kagame critic pleads not guilty in Rwanda

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By Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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.

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  2. Mahama gives 'guarded remark' on Liberia poll

    Is Ghana's former President John Mahama still smarting from criticism of his remarks giving a thumbs up to the Kenya's annulled election?

    He was among poll observers who were criticised for rushing to pass the election as credible, which was later found by the Supreme Court to have had irregularities.

    Mr Mahama, who is leading the regional observer mission in Liberia, has made some guarded comments about the election, a UK Guardian journalist tweets:

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  3. Liberia elections results expected tomorrow

    Provisional results from Liberia’s presidential election are expected tomorrow, the electoral comission’s director of communications has said.

    Henry Boyd Flomo told BBC Focus on Africa the vote went “very well” despite a few problems.

    Everyone who was in the queue by 18:00 local time yesterday was able to vote, he said.

    Because of the delays counting had been a little delayed, he said.

    Quote Message: The best bet is tomorrow [for announcing provisional results]. We had most of the polls very late. We expect by tonight we'll get the results."

    Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to succeed her.

    To avoid a run-off, the winner of the presidential race must get 50% plus one vote.

  4. Celebrating International Day of the Girl

    Today is International Day of the Girl. What does that mean for young women in Africa? We hear from Sara Bouzidi who lives in Tunisia.

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  5. Congo 'fury' over new poll delay

    Joseph Kabila in April 2017
    Image caption: Joseph Kabila has been in power since 2001, following the assassination of his father

    News from the electoral commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo that elections cannot be held until at least April 2019 has angered the opposition.

    It had been agreed between all parties that already delayed elections should take place by the end of this year (see earlier entry).

    The opposition suspects President Joseph Kabila is trying to cling to power.

    Opposition leader Claudel Lubaya told the Reuters news agency the announcement was an “an election-killing agenda".

    Quote Message: Everything now rests on the shoulders of the population, which must take matters into its own hands."
  6. Namibia hunter-gatherers clues on tracking cheetahs

    With around 7,000 living in the wild, the number of cheetahs in Africa is declining rapidly.

    To keep track of them, scientists often use techniques like genotyping, which can be described as a shortcut to acquiring some genetic information.

    But a group of researchers in the UK have discovered a less intrusive way to know more about the animals.

    They simply digitised the ancient tracking skills of hunter-gatherers in Namibia.

    Larissey Slaney, life scientist and wildlife conservationist at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, told BBC Newsday why they adopted the hunter-gatherers' technique.

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    Video caption: It has been classed "vulnerable" in the big cat family
  7. How Ghana king's cash 'cost banker job'

    An employment tribunal in the UK has been hearing how Ghana's Osei Tutu II, the Ashanti king, handed $462,000 (£350,000) in cash to a bank worker to deposit in his account, the UK's Telegraph newspaper reports.

    The monarch gave a bag containing notes of almost £200,000 and $200,000 in August last year to Mark Arthur.

    The deposit at the Ghana International Bank in London triggered a money-laundering alert and cost Mr Arthur his job.

    Mr Arthur, a dual citizen of UK and Ghana, says that his dismissal was unfair.

    He said that the money transfer had been approved by Joseph Mensah, the bank's chief executive, the report says.

    His lawyers say that his handling of the deposit was in line with way the bank previously handled Osei Tutu II’s bank account.

    The king, who once worked in the UK, is estimated to be Africa’s 10th richest monarch, with valuable gold mine and cocoa plantations, and remains one of the most influential traditional figures in Ghana, the report says.

    The tribunal continues.

  8. Boko Haram convicts 'jailed for eight years'

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    About 20 people have so been found guilty in Nigeria for involvement with the Islamist militant Boko Haram group at closed-door trials taking place at a military facility in Kainji in north-central Niger state, a source has told the BBC.

    They have been sentenced to between five and eight years in prison.

    The trials started on Monday.

    More than 1,600 Boko Haram suspects are to be tried in the coming weeks with a further 5,000 people after that.

    Earlier today, Amnesty International said the secretive proceedings were denying the suspects the right to a fair court process.

  9. Durban's record-breaking storm

    Jacob Cope

    BBC Weather meteorologist

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    Video caption: South Africa storm flooding

    Parts of South Africa have been hit by heavy rain, hail and strong winds over the last 48 hours.

    At least eight people have died and more than 500 have been forced into temporary shelters.

    The worst damage has been across the Kwa-Zulu province and Durban had its wettest October day on record on 11 October with 108mm (4.2in) of rain.

    This beat the previous record of 105mm set in 1985.

    The torrential rain appears to have been caused by a large thunderstorm developing into a super cell across the province which also brought gusts of wind up to 70km/h.

    A tree blocking traffic in Durban, South Africa
  10. Kagame critic pleads not guilty

    Diane Rwigara
    Image caption: Diane Rwigara believes the charges are politically motivated

    Rwandan opposition politician Diane Rwigara, her mother and sister all denied charges of inciting insurrection in a court in the capital, Kigali, today.

    However, the judge suspended proceedings after Ms Rwigara's mother, Adeline Rwigara, who is facing a separate charge of sowing community discord, said she wanted a lawyer of her own to represent her.

    Diane Rwigara has also been charged with forgery for allegedly faking registration papers to stand in August’s presidential election.

    She was disqualified to run in the poll, which was won by incumbent President Paul Kagame.

    A prominent women's activist and critic of Mr Kagame, she has said the charges against them are politically motivated.

    All three remain in police custody.

  11. Amnesty demands fair trial for Boko Haram suspects

    Boko Haram
    Image caption: Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria

    Rights group Amnesty International has criticised the trials of thousands of suspected Boko Haram members, saying that the secretive proceedings were denying the suspects the right to a fair court process.

    The group's Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said in a statement that the trials were meant to provide respite for many victims but that the closed-door proceedings were worrying:

    “The fact the trials are taking place behind closed doors, with no access for the media or the public, raises huge concerns. Public hearings are crucial for protecting an individual’s right to a fair trial and due process.”

    He added that the defendants' rights should be respected:

    “Defendants must have access to lawyers and interpreters if required."

    He added that witnesses and victims should be "protected from potential reprisals”.

    Amnesty said that it had documented in the past how thousands of people had been rounded up in mass arbitrary arrests with little or no evidence and held in detention for years.

    The first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people opened on Monday.

  12. No DR Congo elections 'until April 2019'

    Police and protesters in DR Congo - Goma, 2016
    Image caption: There were clashes over the poll delay last year

    Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo cannot be held until at least April 2019, the electoral commission has said.

    But in a statement, the commission said it would need at least 504 days to organise the poll once voter registration was completed.

    This flies in the face of an agreement between President Joseph Kabila and the opposition – mediated by the Catholic Church – for elections to take place before the end of the year.

    Elections were originally scheduled for November 2016 – and cancelled by the electoral commission citing logistical and financial difficulties.

    This meant that President Joseph Kabila stayed on beyond his legal mandate.

    Dozens of people died in protests.

    According to the Reuters news agency, unrest in the Kasai region has delayed the registration process.

  13. Zambia 'to end emergency rule'

    Zambia will effective from midnight tonight end the emergency powers invoked by President Edgar Lungu three months ago, the Reuters news agency quotes the justice minister as saying.

    Given Lubinda told parliament said that the end of the emergency laws was not an excuse to break the law.

    "The declaration will duly expire at midnight tonight. I wish to state however that the expiration should not be misconstrued as an invitation to break the law, as other laws stay in place," he said.

    Mr Lungu had assumed emergency powers on 5 July to respond to what he called "acts of sabotage" by his political opponents.

    Under state of emergency laws, police can prohibit public meetings, detain suspects longer than usual, search without a warrant, close roads, impose curfews and restrict movements.

    A long drawn-out political crisis was averted when opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was freed after 100 days in jail.

    Mr Hichilema had been accused of endangering the president's life after a motorcade he was travelling in refused to give way to the presidential motorcade.

  14. Row over Nigerian banker's wardrobe

    Nasidi Adamu Yahya

    BBC Hausa Service, Abuja

    Ohotos taken from her social media accounts prompted criticism
    Image caption: Photos taken from Aisha Ahmad's social media accounts prompted the criticism

    The appointment of a Muslim woman to the post of deputy governor of Nigeria's central bank has ruffled feathers among some conservative Muslims, who have accused her of dressing "immodestly".

    Aisha Ahmad, 40, is from Nigeria’s northern Niger state, an area where girls are often poorly educated in comparison with the south of the country, and where opportunities for women in business can be limited.

    After news of her appointment filtered out, the discussion turned from her impressive qualifications - to her wardrobe.

    Some clerics with big online followings quoted the Koran and insisted that women should dress "decently" - the photos they object to show her in a dress, with her hair uncovered.

    But Nigerian writer Gimba Kakanda told the BBC the critics went too far as the north of the country had more serious problems to address.

    "It's embarrassing that we are actually debating the body and dress of a woman, with over 10 million of our children out of school,” he said.

    Read Nasidi's BBC Trending piece for more.

  15. Model defends 'racist' Dove ad

    The model caught up in the Dove advert row says she understands why the company has apologised.

    However, Lola Ogunyemi, who in a Guardian article yesterday described herself as a "a Nigerian woman, born in London and raised in Atlanta", has told the BBC she liked the advert's concept and was happy to be involved in the project.

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    Video caption: Model in 'racist' Dove ad says its concept was diversity
  16. SA school security guard 'assaulted 54 pupils'

    Sophie Ribstein

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    A primary school security guard has appeared in court in South Africa accused of assaulting 54 schoolgirls in Johannesburg's Soweto township.

    He was not asked to plead and will remain in custody until 18 October for a bail hearing.

    Police opened the case on Monday after two young girls, thought to be eight and 12, went to a police station and alleged they had been sexually assaulted by the guard.

    An investigation found another 52 pupils were allegedly assaulted, prosecutors say.

    The alleged assaults are thought to have taken place over an 18-month period.

    The Gauteng province education department has sent a team of social workers to provide support to the school children and investigate further.

    South Africa has one of the highest incidents of rape and sexual assault in the world.

  17. How much does an African president earn?

    After Tanzanian President John Magufuli publicly revealed his official salary last week, BBC Africa's Rupert Waring looks at what some other African leaders are paid.

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    Video caption: How much does an African president earn?
  18. Kenyan police tear gas opposition supporters

    An opposition supporter covers his face and runs from tear gas in Kisumu, Kenya - 11 October 2017

    Police in Kenya have fired tear gas at opposition supporters in the western city of Kisumu.

    The AFP news agency has shared pictures of protesters lighting fires on the road and using slingshots to throw stones at police:

    Nasa supporters

    The Reuters news agency also reports that the officers have dispersed about 1,000 opposition supporters in the capital, Nairobi.

    Here are pictures of them marching on the streets:

    Nasa supporters
    Nasa supporters
    Nasa supporters

    Yesterday, opposition leader Raila Odinga said he was withdrawing from the presidential election race citing the unwillingness of the electoral commission to agree to a series of demands before the re-run on 26 October.

    He said he would be willing take part in a later vote if his demands were met.

    He called on his supporters to continue their protests calling for these reforms.

  19. Togo bans weekday protests

    BBC Afrique

    Opposition protesters in Lome, Togo - 2017
    Image caption: Protesters are calling for the end of the "Gnassingbe dynasty"

    Togo’s government has banned week-day protests.

    Since August, the opposition has been holding big demonstrations against President Faure Gnassingbe and to demand political reforms.

    Home Affairs Minister M Payadowa Boukpessi made the announcement along with a senior security official on Tuesday.

    They stated there have been "calls for violence [and] civil disobedience", including attacks on "security forces during opposition demonstrations".

    In future demonstrations will not be allowed on the streets – only rallies in a specific place.

    “On the weekend, you will be able to march or parade,” the minister said.

    President Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005. He took office after the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years.

    Protesters are calling for the end of the "Gnassingbe dynasty".