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Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back next week

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

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The value of shade is not known until the tree is cut down." from Sent by Abu Bakarr Mansaray in Sierra Leone
    Sent by Abu Bakarr Mansaray in Sierra Leone

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

    And we leave you with this photo of a Senegalese dancer during a ceremony to open a new international airport that will serve the capital, Dakar.

    It's one of our favourite shots from our gallery of the week.

  2. 'I've never experienced racism in Russia'

    Our colleague Piers Edwards was in Russia for the draw of the 2018 football World Cup last week.

    He took some time off to meet with Africans who live in the capital, Moscow, to gauge their opinions about the tournament and their experience living in country.

    Steve from Nigeria and Franklin from Namibia say they enjoy living in the city and have "never experienced racism".

    Watch their interview below:

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: African fans in Russia downplay racism fears
  3. Mozambique's ghost airport

    In Mozambique, a $200m (£150m) airport was meant to be the second busiest in the country.

    But three years after it opened it is operating at only 4% of its capacity.

    Nacalas International Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.

    The company was responsible for the airport's construction, and admitted to having paid bribes to high level officials.

    Take a walk through Mozambique's ghost airport:

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    Video caption: inside the luxurious ghost airport built in one of the world's poorest countries.
  4. UK-based boxer risks deportation to Nigeria

    A boxing champion living in London is facing deportation to Nigeria, despite competing for England on six occasions, the UK-based Mail Online reports.

    Bilal Fawaz, 29, was detained at the Tinsley House immigration centre, after several failed applications for UK residency.

    Fawaz won the ABA light-middleweight championship about three years ago.

    “I am a national champion - in 2014 I even boxed for England against Nigeria, the country they want to deport me to,” The Sun newspaper quoted him as saying.

    The boxer was brought to London by his uncle when he was 14.

    He says he is stateless as his parents are Lebanese migrants in Nigeria who also do not have Nigerian citizenship, according to Mail Online.

  5. Tanzanian soldiers killed in DR Congo attack

    At least 12 of the UN peacekeepers killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo were Tanzanians, UN chief Antonio Guterress has said in a statement.

    At least 40 were wounded, four of them critically, in an attack which constituted a war crime, he added.

    A journalist based in Tanzania has tweeted that a government minister, January Makamba, has expressed sympathy with the families of those killed:

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    See earlier post for more details

  6. Drought in Cape Town hits local economy

    Cape Town in South Africa has been in the grip of a severe drought for months and residents there are experiencing water restrictions.

    The BBC's Pumza Fihlani reports on the impact this is having on local businesses.

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    Video caption: Drought in Cape Town hits local economy
  7. Lost boy meets Olympic Games

    In 2008, former refugee Lopez Lomong carried the flag for the USA at the Beijing Olympics, before competing in the 1500 metres.

    As a child, Lomong fled from a prison for child soldiers in South Sudan,eventually reaching a refugee camp in Kenya where he was one of the thousands of so-called “Lost Boys”.

    Lomong was later adopted by an American family, who encouraged his dream to reach the Olympic Games.

    He spoke to the BBC's Sporting Witness programme:

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  8. Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru

    On the streets of Accra in Ghana, Steloolive is making a name for himself as a sound and fashion artist.

    He's collaborated with national and international brands but admits that back home, people don't always take artists seriously.

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    Video caption: Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru
  9. Congolese troops killed in raid on UN base


    Suspected Ugandan rebels killed five government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to 14 UN peacekeepers, in Thursday's attack, the UN has said in a statement.

    A further 53 UN troops were wounded, the statement added.

    The suspected Ugandan rebels had attempted to overrun a UN military base in the North Kivu region but they had been repulsed in a gun fight lasting for about four hours, UN-radio Radio Okapi reports on its news site.

    UN helicopters have been flying over the base since morning, it adds.

    See earlier post for more details

  10. Tanzania 'ostrich smugglers jailed for 25 years'

    An ostrich walks at the Mashatu game reserve on July 25, 2010 in Mashatu game reserve, Botswana

    Two Tanzanian men have been sentenced to 25 years in jail for illegally possessing 16 ostrich eggs, AFP news agency reports.

    Matiko Marwa, 32, and Julius Marwa, 42, were convicted of "economic sabotage" by a court in Serengeti in northern Tanzania, where there is a famous game park, AFP reports.

    The two men were caught with the eggs in December 2016. They said at the time that they planned to sell them in neighbouring Kenya where they would be used in a purported cure for Aids, according to AFP.

  11. Fourteen DR Congo peacekeepers killed

    At least 14 UN peacekeepers were killed in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late on Thursday, UN officials have said.

    A Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was responsible for the attack in North Kivu province, UN-backed Radio Okapi reports.

    The group has its roots in Uganda but operates in DR Congo.

    Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, said that reinforcements have been sent to the scene and "medical evacuations" are continuing.

    Aid agencies say that conflict in DR Congo has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes this year.

    The Norwegian Refugee Council called it "a mega-crisis" worse than Syria.

    Read: DR Congo country profile

  12. African fans pick favourites for AFOTY crown

    With three days to go until we find out who will be crowned the BBC African footballer of the year 2017, fans across Africa have been telling us who they think should win, and why.

    Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #BBCAFOTY.

    The nominees for this year's award are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah.

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    Video caption: BBC African Footballer of the Year: Fans pick their favourites

    The winner will be announced on Monday 11 December from 17:30 GMT. Follow the drama on BBC World Service radio, BBC World News TV and

    And here's a reminder of some of the special African football coverage we've had to celebrate this year's award:

  13. Facebook asked to help fight smuggling

    Detention centre
    Image caption: Migrants have been held in detention centres in Libya

    The UN agency in charge of migration has called on tech giant Facebook to help curb the use of its platform by people smugglers, the Reuters news agency reports.

    Leonard Doyle, the spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that smugglers used Facebook to lure would-be migrants from West Africa.

    "We think it's time for some grown-up responsibility by the social media companies writ-large for their platforms which are clearly having a very detrimental role on young vulnerable populations across West Africa," Mr Doyle said at a media briefing in Geneva, Reuters reports.

    Videos of migrants being tortured were sometimes sent to families on Whats App, a messaging platform owned by Facebook, as a means of extortion, he is quoted as saying

    Social media firms were "giving a turbo-charged communications channel to criminals, to smugglers, to traffickers, to exploiters", Mr Doyle added, Reuters reports.

    Hundreds of thousands of migrants have attempted to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, mostly through Libya.

    Reports have emerged showing migrants being held in detention camps and sold in slave markets in the North African nation.

    IOM announced that it was repatriating 4,000 migrants to Niger and 167 to Guinea as part of a voluntary repatriation of 15,000 by the end of this month.

  14. South Africa arrests Liberia arms supplier

    South Africa has arrested a Dutch arms dealer who was convicted in the Netherlands of delivering weapons to former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor's regime in violation of a UN arms embargo.

    The Netherlands has requested the extradition of Guus Kouwenhoven, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in April, the Dutch prosecutor's office said in a statement.

    He was convicted of supplying weapons to the Taylor regime between 2000 and 2003 in exchange for lucrative contracts in the logging industry, AFP news agency reports.

    Former Liberian President Charles Taylor sits in the courtroom during his trial on 16 May, 2012 at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in Leidschendam outside The Hague, the Netherlands.
    Image caption: Charles Taylor was tried in the Netherlands by a UN-backed court

    Kouwenhoven appeared in court earlier today in the South African city of Cape Town.

    The case was adjourned to 12 December for a bail application, South Africa's News24 site reports.

    Taylor is serving a life sentence in a UK prison after a UN-backed court convicted him of war crimes in Sierra Leone, Liberia's neighbour.

  15. Tunisia protest over Trump's Jerusalem move

    Tunisians have been proresting in the capital, Tunis, against US President Donald Trump's contentious recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Some protesters chanted: "The people want the [US] ambassador to be ousted."

    Our North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad sent us photos from the protest:

    Tunisia protest
    Tunisia protest
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  16. 'Sixty killed' in South Sudan cattle war

    At least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in fighting between two rival communities in South Sudan, following a dispute over cattle, the AFP news agency reports.

    Deputy Information Minister Akol Paul Kordit described the conflict as "senseless", and said that security chiefs had been summoned to a meeting to discuss the violence, AFP adds.

  17. Zuma to appeal court judgement

    South African President Jacob Zuma and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) speak to the media following talks at the Chancellery on November 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Zuma is on a three-day official visit to Germany.

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will appeal against a High Court ruling which declared his appointment of chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams unlawful.

    In a statement, his office said:

    Quote Message: Minded by the principle of the separation of powers, constitutional legality, and the rule of law, the judgement will be appealed."

    See earlier post for more details

  18. Burundi talks collapse

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    Image caption: Violence erupted in 2015 after President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term

    Our colleagues from the BBC Great Lakes service are reporting that talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Burundi have ended inconclusively.

    They say that the negotiation parties have failed to agree on the key issues that sparked the crisis.

    Burundi media reports that some of the issues under consideration included the release of political prisoners and the push to drop arrest warrants for opposition leaders.

    Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, who is the facilitator of the talks, said there was "no agreement, no declaration and no binding document”.

    He told the delegates that their views have been summarised in what he called a "facilitator’s summary" which will be presented to the talks' mediator, President Museveni of Uganda.

    Burundi has been rocked by a political crisis since 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to step down after his term ended, leading to protests which turned violent.

    Read more: Burundi country profile

  19. 'Heavy blow' for Zuma


    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has suffered another big blow, following a court ruling that he appointed chief prosecutor Shaun Abrams unlawfully.

    Mr Abrahams, referred to by local media as “Shaun the Sheep”, is seen as a lackey of the president.

    Given that President Zuma has 18 charges of corruption hanging around his neck, a new prosecutor might just decide to put him on trial.

    The court also diminished Mr Zuma’s credibility by ruling that his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, must appoint the next head of the National Prosecuting Authority, effectively taking away the president's constitutional powers.

    South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) sing and dance during the closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress policy conference in Johannesburg on July 5, 2017.
    Image caption: Jacob Zuma (L) and Cyril Ramaphosa (R) were once allies

    Mr Ramaphosa has been portraying himself as an anti-corruption crusader as he campaigns to succeed Mr Zuma as leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference starting next week.

    Last month, he said the president should appear before a parliamentary inquiry to answer corruption allegations, if MPs ask him to.

    Mr Ramaphosa pointedly remarked that "Nelson Mandela went to court as president and demonstrated that even if you are head of state‚ you should never be above the law”.

    And last night, he told a local radio station that he believed the late Fezekile Kuzwayo, when she accused Mr Zuma of raping her more than a decade ago. A court acquitted Mr Zuma in 2006.

    There is no doubt now that the gloves are off in the race for the top job.

    President Zuma, who is due to step down as ANC leader in the next 10 days, is backing his former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him.

    Mr Ramaphosa has so far won the nomination of the majority of ANC branches, but the race between the two is tight.

    See earlier post for more details

  20. Detained in hospitals for not footing the bill

    Imagine going to hospital for an operation and being forcibly detained because you can't pay your medical bills.

    This situation results from emergency care, often following road accidents or complications in childbirth in much of sub-Saharan Africa and in countries like India and Indonesia.

    Robert Yates of the UK-based think tank Chatham House discussed with BBC Newsday the root cause of the problem.

    But the programme first spoke to Philemon Omondi Otieno, who was detained in a hospital for six weeks:

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    Video caption: Poor people are imprisoned for not paying fees