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Summary

  1. Court challenge to Swaziland name change
  2. Several dead on Lake Edward, Congo says
  3. Uganda says only one soldier killed
  4. Top Angolan journalist acquitted over corruption article
  5. Mandela cell auction condemned
  6. Mozambique airline board sacked after PM stranded
  7. Nigeria's ruling APC denies split over Buhari

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    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 our wise words for Friday:

    Quote Message: One who walks in the forest does not fear the sound of dry branches." from A Bemba proverb sent by Patience Kunda Banda in Kawambwa, Zambia
    A Bemba proverb sent by Patience Kunda Banda in Kawambwa, Zambia

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

    And we leave you with an image from our selection of some of the best pictures of the week.

    It shows a woman taking part in Swaziland's pride march demanding the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the conservative kingdom.

    A woman at Swaziland's gay pride event
  2. Cameroon cancels league games over lack of money

    Cameroon, the country due to host the Africa Cup of Nations next year, has suspended the final matches of its top two professional leagues due to lack of funds.

    The league managers said that the games due to be played in the coming days would now be postponed until further notice.

    Cameroon blazed a trail for African football in 1990 when it became the first country from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup.

    But recently the football league has complained repeatedly about lack of funding.

  3. UN: There is no European migration crisis

    Officials from the United Nations have said it is incorrect to think that Europe is in the grip of a migration crisis.

    They say the turmoil over immigration that is straining a number of European countries is because the issue is being politicised and not because of any increase in numbers coming from North Africa.

    Many of those trying to reach Europe are from sub-Saharan Africa.

    A spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency, Charley Yaxley, told a news conference in Geneva that if there was a crisis it was a political one:

    Quote Message: I think when we look at the numbers now, we can see a clear distinction for the numbers that are coming this year compared to previous years.
    Quote Message: Forty-five thousand seven hundred asylum seekers and migrants have reached European shores after crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the first six months of 2018, a sharp decline compared to previous years.
    Quote Message: When compared to the peak of the arrivals in the first half of 2016, the number is five times lower, and this represents a return to the averages that we were seeing before 2014."
    The 'MV Lifeline', a vessel for the German charity Mission Lifeline, arrives with 234 migrants onboard in the harbour of Valletta, Malta, on June 27, 2018
    Image caption: Many migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean as they try to make the crossing
  4. France through to the World Cup semi-finals

    France is the first country to get through to the World Cup semi-finals after defeating Uruguay 2-0.

    The first goal, a header by Raphaël Varane, was from a set piece. The second followed a howler from Uruguay's goalkeeper who failed to stop a shot by Antoine Griezmann.

  5. Buhari blames violence on 'disgruntled politicians'

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed some of the violence in the country on "disgruntled politicians".

    He made the comments at Army Day celebrations in Borno State, according to a tweet from his personal assistant.

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    Nigeria's security forces are facing challenges on several fronts.

    It continues to fight the insurgency from Islamist militants Boko Haram in the north-east of the country.

    And in recent months, an age-old conflict in the country's Middle Belt has taken on a new level of brutality.

    At the end of last month, at least 86 people died in the region after violent clashes broke out between farmers and cattle herders, according to police in Plateau state.

    Several hundred people are believed to have died this year.

    Mr Buhari was not specific about which violence he was blaming on politicians, but he said:

    Quote Message: There are pockets of violence in several states some deliberately instigated by disgruntled politicians who have lost all arguments and are desperate to cause mayhem as a way of seeking relevance.
    Quote Message: We shall fish them out and punish [them] according to the provision of law."
    Muhammadu Buhari
    Image caption: President Buhari is under pressure to take more action in the country's Middle Belt
  6. 'Let all land belong to the state'

    South Africa's radical Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party has called for the expropriation of land without compensation to redress the historical imbalance in land distribution in the country.

    The BBC’s Milton Nkosi sat down with EFF leader Julius Malema and began by asking him whether they were going to follow Zimbabwe in its approach to the land question:

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    Video caption: South African opposition leader Julius Malema defends land policy
  7. Foreign workers kidnapped in Libya

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    An armed group in Libya has stormed the headquarters of the Great Man-Made River (GMR) project in the central-western area of Jabal al-Hasouna and reportedly kidnapped a group of workers, including foreigners, according to a Libyan security official.

    Libya's east-based Interior Minister Ibrahim Bu Shaf has confirmed the report, Afrigate News said.

    The privately-owned Afrigate News website quoted a security source as saying that the gunmen broke into the GMR offices earlier on Friday, 6 June, before the kidnapping took place.

    They released the Libyan workers, but not the foreign nationals, the source said.

    The foreign workers are reportedly from an unspecified Asian country.

  8. France lead at half-time

    France are leading Uruguay 1-0 at half-time in the first quarter-final at the World Cup.

    Raphael Varane scored with a header from a free kick supplied by Antoine Griezmann.

    Some have called France Africa's sixth team at the World Cup because of all the players who could qualify to play for African nations, including breakout star Kylian Mbappé - there are 14 in the squad of 23.

    Should Africa back France in the World Cup? - BBC News

    France's forward Kylian Mbappe
    Image caption: Kylian Mbappé was born to a Cameroonian father and French-Algerian mother
  9. South African through to Wimbledon last 16

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Kevin Anderson celebrates
    Image caption: Anderson will face unseeded Gael Monfils in the next round

    At the Wimbledon tennis championships, South Africa's number eight seed Kevin Anderson has made it into the last 16 with a straight sets (6-3, 7-5, 7-5) win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber - who was seeded number 25.

    Anderson will face France's former top-10 player Gael Monfils after he beat 11th seed Sam Querrey three sets to one.

  10. Challenge to Swaziland name change

    BBC World Service

    A pro-democracy activist in Swaziland has challenged the king's decision to change the country's name.

    In April, King Mswati III, one of the world's last-remaining absolute monarchs, unexpectedly announced he was changing the country's official name to the Kingdom of eSwatini.

    The activist, Thulani Maseko, argued in papers submitted to the High Court that the decision was invalid because there had been no prior public consultation.

    He said the decision was whimsical and a waste of money in a country with serious health problems.

    The government has not yet responded to the challenge.

    King Mswati with other African monarchs
    Image caption: King Mswati III, centre, has ruled the country since 1986
  11. BreakingHigh-profile Angolan journalist acquitted

    One of Angola's most well-known journalists Rafael Marques de Moraies and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço have been acquitted by a court in the capital, Luanda.

    Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenço, who is the editor of the weekly newspaper O Crime, were charged on 21 June 2017 for publishing an article alleging illegal land acquisition involving former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa.

    A verdict and sentencing were expected to be read out today.

    A Human Rights Watch official has tweeted a picture of the two journalists and comments from the presiding judge saying: "We can't punish messengers of bad news."

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  12. MTN protests against Uganda office raid

    Uganda's largest telecommunications firm, MTN, has written to the country's industry regulator to protest against a raid by security agents on its data centre in the capital, Kampala, which ended in the disconnection of four of its servers, news agency Reuters reports.

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    The letter to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that during the 2 July incident, the security men, who identified themselves as members of the country's intelligence agency, also kidnapped one of its contractors who works for Huawei Technologies.

    MTN said the security personnel forced the employee to grant them access to a data centre and then proceeded to forcefully disconnect four servers.

    The South African-owned company said that the incident, "poses a serious security risk to our telecommunications infrastructure and customer data".

    Godfrey Mutabazi, the head of UCC, confirmed to Reuters that he had seen the letter:

    "Yes, yes I have seen on social media that letter. I don't know who leaked it but I received it, yes. They were complaining that they were raided," he is quoted as saying.

    Police spokesman, Emirian Kayima told Reuters he was "aware of the letter but I am verifying at the moment. I can't comment for now."

  13. Nigeria senate president cleared by top court

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's Supreme Court has cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki of all allegations of false asset declaration in a unanimous decision.

    This will come as a huge relief for the man who is the country's third most senior politician after the president and the vice-president.

    The anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, brought the charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2015.

    The tribunal acquitted him last year saying that he had no case to answer but the government appealed the ruling.

    Mr Saraki said that his trial was politically motivated because of his alleged presidential ambitions.

    Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki sits in the accused box during a hearing of corruption charges against him at Code of Conduct tribunal in Abuja, on September 22, 2015
    Image caption: Bukola Saraki was first taken to court on these charges in 2015
  14. The girl griot singing to stop school fights

    DJ Rita Ray

    Africa: A Journey into Music

    Ami Diabate (l) and Rita Ray
    Image caption: I met Ami Diabate before she went off to school at her home in Bamako

    Thirteen-year-old Ami Diabate is a griot, which is a hereditary musician.

    She started singing at the age of five, trained by her grandmother - the revered Malian griot Bako Dagnon.

    She has to learn a huge repertoire as griots are like historians - in Mali their musical repertoire is like an archive of the Manding Empire.

    This is a clip of her singing earlier this year:

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    Griots have been the lifeblood of Malian society.

    Before newspapers and mobile phones, they were the journalists of the time, disseminating news and alerting their countrymen to events.

    Griots still play a vital role, including in mediation and peace-making.

    Famous Malian kora player Toumani Diabate explains:

    Quote Message: If West Africa was a person, the griot would be the blood of that person.
    Quote Message: You are born a griot, you cannot become a griot."

    When I met Ami at her home in Mali’s capital, Bamako, she said such responsibilities were an honour.

    Being a griot was part of everyday life, even at school, she said.

    Quote Message: I play my role of griot there, I say to them, ‘Stop fighting'. If they don’t stop fighting, I will start singing so they will listen to me."

    At such a young age she even has a view on Mali’s recent civil war and has written a mediating song about the conflict.

    She spoke to me for my documentary series Africa: A Journey into Music, which explores the musical traditions of African countries and their influence on popular music.

    Find out more about her and other griot dynasties in the third programme, available on the iPlayer in the UK.

  15. Tanzanian politician arrested for 'insulting' president

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    President John Magufuli
    Image caption: The president has come under criticism for his alleged attempts to curb the freedom of expression

    A senior leader of a Tanzanian opposition party has been arrested for insulting President John Magufuli.

    He’s the latest in a line of several citizens and politicians who have been detained on similar charges.

    Posting a question “Who is the President, really?” on his Facebook page was enough to get Julius Mtatiro arrested.

    Police detained him as they found this phrase offensive to the president. They went on to search Mr Mtatiro’s home for the device used to post on social media.

    Mr Mtatiro had reposted in solidarity with a young man in North Western Tanzania, who originally raised the question on his Facebook page and himself got arrested three days ago.

    Rights activists have been criticising the Tanzanian authorities for suppressing free speech.

    But the government says unlimited freedom of expression may result into a breach of peace.

    For more on concerns over free speech in Tanzania see:

  16. Ugandan soldier killed in 'unprovoked attack'

    One Ugandan soldier was killed and another one injured after unknown gunmen attacked their boat patrolling Lake Edward which straddles its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, army spokesman Brig Richard Kalemire has told the BBC.

    He denied reports, which we carried earlier, that four UPDF soldiers and three civilians had been killed after clashing with DR Congo navy after Ugandan soldiers chased after Congolese fishermen.

    "This was an unprovoked attack", he said on the phone from Kampala.

    Brig Kalemire said the two soldiers were conducting a normal operation patrolling near the lake-side Ugandan village of Rwensha.

    Donat Kibwana, the administrator of the Beni region in DR Congo eastern province of Nord-Kivu, told news agency AFP that the Uganda boat was operating in Congolese waters.

  17. Africa's World Cup: France beat Belgium 14-8

    After all of the continent's sides were knocked out of the World Cup, a debate has been on about which side Africans should now back.

    On a visit to Nigeria, French President Emmanuel Macron urged people to back France, who are facing Uruguay in a quarter-final that kicks off at 14:00 GMT on Friday.

    France has been described as Africa's sixth team at the competition as so many players have African heritage.

    Our BBC Africa Sport colleague Nick Cavell worked out that 14 players in the squad would be eligible to play for African nations under Fifa rules - some of the names were featured on Thursday's live page.

    But what of one of the other teams playing? Belgium, who face Brazil at 18:00 GMT on Friday, could also vie for African affections.

    Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (R) speaks to his replacement Belgium's midfielder Marouane Fellaini
    Image caption: Fellaini and Lukaku are two of Belgium's players with African roots

    Nick has been doing some more digging:

    • Vincent Kompany - father from the Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Marouane Fellaini - parents from Morocco
    • Romelu Lukaku - parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo and father played for the national team
    • Mousa Dembélé - father from Mali
    • Dedryck Boyata - father from the Democratic Republic of Congo who played for the national team
    • Michy Batshuayi - parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Nacer Chadli - Moroccan heritage and once played a friendly for Morocco
    • Youri Tielemans - mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo

    So that's eight in all.

    Final score: France beat Belgium 14-8.

  18. South African boy of three drowns in Limpopo toilet

    Latrines

    A three-year-old boy is the latest child to die in South Africa after drowning in a pit latrine.

    Omari Monono died in the outside toilet at his aunt's house in Limpopo province, the same region where five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a school toilet in 2014.

    "I'm hurting. I cannot eat or sleep," Omari's mother, Kwena Monono, is quoted by IOL news site as saying.

    "Every time I see something my son loved, my heart breaks and I just cry."

    She says her son "was pulled out of the toilet head-first at about 16:00 (14:00GMT) on Wednesday", having gone missing two hours earlier.

    Also see: South Africa's school pit latrine scandal: Why children are drowning

  19. Glasses made to measure... for $1

    Malawi has one fully-trained optician for every million people.

    It means buying glasses with the correct lenses can be difficult and expensive - but it doesn't have to be this way.

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    Video caption: Glasses made to measure... for $1
  20. Kenya advises against use of HIV drug over birth defect concerns

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya's Health Ministry has advised against the use of a new HIV drug among women after studies in Botswana linked it to serious birth defects.

    US and European drug agencies had already issued warnings about dolutegravir, or DTG, in May this year.

    The drug is an antiretroviral that has been used to prevent infection after possible exposure to HIV.

    Dolutegravir pills

    DTG is manufactured by British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline. The company responded to the concerns in May by saying it was working with healthcare authorities to better understand the potential risk.

    Early results from a study involving HIV-positive women in Botswana showed that about 1% of babies born to those who were using DTG when they became pregnant or shortly after, developed a birth defect affecting the spinal cord or brain.

    Based on those findings, countries that already prescribe the drug have advised health workers not to give it to women of childbearing age.

    Women who are already using DTG are advised to use contraception or talk to their health providers about alternatives if they are considering getting pregnant.

    The drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2013 and is currently one of the key therapies for people living with HIV