Plans are underway to return the famous Dakar Rally to Africa, a decade after the last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has said.
"We already have some avenues open, notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, where we've had very high-level talks with for several months," Lavigne told news agency AFP.
Since the 2008 cancellation, the rally has been held in South America with the 2019 edition set to be held exclusively in Peru - the first time it has been confined to one country in its 41 year history.
Worsening economic conditions in Argentina and Chile, coupled
with general difficulties hosting rally, are behind the push to return the race to Africa.
can no longer host it in South America, we must find countries that have a topography that can offer up 10-12
days of competition," Lavigne told AFP.
be found elsewhere provided you have a little bit of time to anticipate it, " he added.
Next year's race in Peru will take place between January 6-17.
It will be a looping 10-stage rally-route
mapped around the Peruvian deserts, with organisers admitting it
"promises to be one of the sandiest in the history of the rally".
The rally's first edition was held in 1978 with competitors racing from Paris in France to Senegal's capital, Dakar.
Rafiki director on Cannes success and Kenya ban
Wanuri Kahiu is the director of Rafiki, a film about two young women in a same-sex relationship in.
She talked to the BBC about the Kenyan film board's decision to ban Rafiki, and its success at the Cannes Film Festival.
You can see what she had to say below:
Angola sovereign fund probe: Swiss properties raided
A number of properties in Switzerland have been raided in connection with suspected money laundering involving Angola's $5bn sovereign wealth fund and central bank, news agency Reuters reports.
The Swiss prosecutors' office announced it conducted the raids on Friday "as part of the criminal proceedings being conducted against persons unknown on suspicion of money laundering".
Jail time for SA pastor who blamed Cape Town drought on homosexuality
A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on "wickedness and homosexuality" has been given a 30-day prison sentence.
Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of breaching a 2014 order banning him from making anti-gay statements on social media at the Equality Court in Cape Town.
The court heard how he made a series of remarks over three years, including in the comments section of a South African LGBT website.
They included one in response to an article on gay rights in Nigeria, where he wrote "to hell with homosexuals... their lifestyle is an abomination to God... if I were president of my country, I would lock them in cages".
According to South Africa's News24.com, Bougardt also said the Cape Town drought was the fault of "wickedness and homosexuality and church leaders who fail to preach the Bible and sodomite abomination".
Bougardt said he had the constitutional right to express his views, Judge Lee Bozalek said during sentencing.
Speaking ahead of the trial, he told eNCA journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen the trial was not against him but "against the word of God".
Ebola outbreak 'not yet' an international emergency
The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a "public health emergency of international concern" following the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
The decision was made after an emergency meeting was held on Friday afternoon to discuss the risk of the disease spreading.
The panel recommended no international travel or trade restrictions needed to be brought in as yet.
However, the committee said the outbreak has several characteristics that are of particular concern: the risk of more rapid spread given that Ebola has now spread to an urban area, outbreaks in hard-to-reach areas, and the possibility health care staff may have been infected.
US Secretary of State calls Nigeria's Buhari
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has
called Nigerian President Muahmmadu Buhari to discuss ways of strengthening
ties between the two countries.
The telephone conversation comes a little more
than two weeks after a meeting between President Buhari and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington, where they discussed several issues including
security and the economy.
The US Department of State said Mr Pompeo congratulated Nigeria's leadership in the areas of counter-terrorism, creating
economic opportunity, fighting corruption, as well as advancing democracy and
stability in Africa.
statement adds: ‘’The Secretary noted the longstanding relationship between the
Nigerian and American people and underscored the themes of the April 30
official working visit of President Buhari to the White House’."
It is not known what Mr Pompeo and Mr Buhari discussed. However, it comes at a time when the US is seeking international support for President Trump's decision to pull the US out
of the Iran nuclear deal.
'I know all about AK-47s - and now apples!'
Former ANC fighter Errol April certainly never thought he would be an apple farmer.
But thanks to South Africa's land distribution policy, he is now running his own, 30,000 acre farm two hours outside Cape Town.
Here Mr April's story - and see some of his produce - in the video below:
Sisi orders Gaza border opened
Egypt's president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has ordered the opening of the border with Gaza for the whole month of Ramadan.
President al-Sisi said the measure was aimed at alleviating the burdens of the population of Gaza.
Egypt opens the Rafah border with the Palestinian territory at regular intervals but this would be the longest single opening in several years.
Once occupied by Egypt, which retains control of Gaza's southern border, the territory was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war. Israel withdrew its troops and around 7,000 settlers in 2005.
The US ambassador to Cameroon has hit out at the central African country's government, accusing its forces of carrying out "targeted killings" and other human rights abuses in its battle against English-speaking separatists.
Mr Barlerin uses the statement to apportion blame on both sides, while calling for reconciliation:
Quote Message: On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages.
On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages.
Quote Message: On the side of the separatists, there have been murders of gendarmes, kidnapping of government officials, and burning of schools. People on both sides of the conflict have engaged in speech that dehumanises the opposite side."
On the side of the separatists, there have been murders of gendarmes, kidnapping of government officials, and burning of schools. People on both sides of the conflict have engaged in speech that dehumanises the opposite side."
He also revealed he asked Mr Biya - who has been in power for more than 40 years - to turn his mind to the October elections, and how he wants to be remembered.
Mr Balerin added he "proposed that George Washington and Nelson Mandela were excellent models" for Mr Biya.
A Ugandan parliamentary committee wants former legislators to receive a one-off payment of Uganda Shillings 100m ($26,000; £20,000).
Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the state-linked New Vision newspaper the payment was to "recognise the lawmakers' contribution to the development of the nation".
She said that the MPs had already been given $8,000 but that President Yoweri Museveni had said that the amount "was too little".
Ex-lawmaker Othieno Akika said it was difficult for former MPs to get jobs. Meanwhie, his one-time colleague Angelo Drani is quoted as saying he and his fellow politicians are "in our wee hours of our lives and requesting you to give us assistance".
Lawmakers who served from 1962 - 2001 are set to benefit from the payment but it is unclear how many they are.
The proposal needs to be approved by President Museveni.
AS Roma declares support for Nigeria
It's 27 days to the World Cup in Russia and many football fans are switching their focus from their clubs to the countries participating in the football bonanza.
But what do you do when your country failed to qualify?
Well, choose another country to support - just like Italian football AS Roma, which has tweeted that it will be supporting Nigeria, one of five African countries in the tournament.