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  1. Scroll down for this week’s stories

    BBC Africa Live

    Damian Zane

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week, we'll be back early on Monday with coverage of Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election.

    Enjoy the lunar eclipse:

    Map of lunar eclipse

    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: He who is covered with other people's clothes is naked." from A Tunisian proverb sent by Rimah Achour, Sousse
    A Tunisian proverb sent by Rimah Achour, Sousse

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

    And we leave you with this image from our selection of some of the best shots of the week from across Africa. It's from the beach in Massawa, a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea:

    A girl plays at the beach in Massawa, a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea, on Sunday...
  2. Suspected kidnap kingpin to be repatriated to Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    One of Mozambique's most wanted criminals, Momade Assife Satar, will be repatriated to Mozambique by the end of next week.

    Satar, who is better known as Nini Satar, was seized in Thailand on Wednesday in an operation that involved the Mozambican National Criminal Investigation Service.

    He has been indited for carrying a fake passport, with the name Sahime Mohammad Aslam, and for his alleged involvement in kidnappings in both Mozambique and South Africa.

    Satar left Mozambique in 2014 when he was granted probation for medical treatment in India after serving half his term for being involved in the murder of investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso.

    He however never returned to Mozambique and his probation was revoked.

    Mozambique does not have a bilateral extradition treaty with Thailand. Satar’s repatriation will take place within the framework of the UN convention against transnational crime.

    His lawyer, Damiao Cumbane, was not aware that his client was in Thailand.

  3. Ethiopian sentenced after being found with leopard skins

    Ameyu Etana

    BBC Afaan Oromo

    Leopard skins on display

    An Ethiopian court has sentenced a man to two years and six months in prison after he was caught red-handed travelling with 10 leopard skins.

    In addition to the skins, Aliyyi Kaso Husen was discovered with other leopard body parts.

    The police in the Oromia region were unable to confirm whether Aliyyi was responsible for killing the animals.

    He would have received a longer sentence had they been able to prove that.

    This kind of poaching is common in Ethiopia and authorities always struggle to control it.

    Hunting wild animals without a permit is illegal but is becoming more prevalent, says Zelalem Tefera from animal welfare organisation Born Free.

    The problem is not with the law but with the enforcement, he adds.

  4. The fight over the second-hand clothes trade

    Man sorting second hand clothes
    Image caption: Rwanda is planning to ban the import of second-hand clothes

    It has long been argued by some that second-hand clothes being exported to Africa has had a negative effect on the continent's textile industry.

    This argument recently came to a head when Rwandan President Paul Kagame pledged to stick with an East African plan to ban the import of second-hand clothes in spite of pressure from the US.

    Mr Kagame said: "We are put in a situation where we have to choose - you choose to be a recipient of used clothes... or choose to grow our textile industries."

    Rwanda is planning to ban the import of second-hand clothes by 2019 and has already put up tariffs.

    The BBC's Reality Check team has looked into the issue and concluded that the imports of cheap second-hand clothes from the West have had an impact on local clothes manufacturers. But there are other factors involved too.

    Read the full story to get more.

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  5. Police groove on Harare streets

    As Zimbabwe gears up for elections on Monday the police band has been out on the streets of the capital, Harare, entertaining people.

    Journalist Taurai Maduna captured the groove:

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  6. Ethiopia's PM helps end church rift

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has taken part in a ceremony bringing two rival groups from the country's Orthodox church, one of the world's first Christian congregations.

    Mr Abiy attended the event during a visit to the United States where he met members of a breakaway faction of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

    The dissidents founded their own church after a dispute in 1991 over the naming of a new patriarch which, they said, violated ecclesiastical law stipulating the role must be held for life.

    Talks to end the rift have been going on for a long time, but Mr Abiy is credited with speeding up the process.

    The prime minister's chief of staff has tweeted pictures from the reunification meeting in Washington:

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    While in Washington, Mr Abiy also met the head of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim:

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    And Mr Abiy is also due to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence, Ethiopia's state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate is reporting.

  7. Nigeria overhauls leadership in Boko Haram fight

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Nigeria's army has announced a major overhaul of its leadership in the fight against Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.

    The move comes after a wave of attacks against military convoys and barracks in recent weeks.

    The most significant appointment is that of Maj Gen AM Dikko who has been made the new commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military’s initiative to defeat the militant group.

    He is the fourth commander of the task force in a little over a year.

    In a statement, an army spokesperson said the appointment of Gen Dikko was to inject new blood to "further actualise the vision of the Chief of Army Staff".

    But it comes shortly after a series of attacks by Boko Haram militants on the army, including on a barrack in Yobe state where dozens of soldiers are believed to have been killed.

    The army denies it suffered any casualties in the attack.

    Major General Rogers Nicholas (C) flanked by state officials,
    Image caption: Gen Dikko replaces Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas
  8. Rare 'blood moon' visible across Africa

    Skywatchers across the continent will be treated to the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century on Friday night.

    As it rises, during this total eclipse, the moon will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

    The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes from 20:21GMT.

    The reddish glow - or "blood moon" effect - is caused by the fact that while other colours from the sun's light are scattered by the Earth's atmosphere the red wavelength bends around our planet to reach the moon.

    For more on the science watch this video:

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    Video caption: Science behind the blood moon
  9. Mourners gather at Ethiopian engineer's home

    Mourners have been gathering at the house of Ethiopian engineer, Simegnew Bekele, who died as a result of a bullet wound on Thursday morning.

    His body was found in a car in the main square of the capital, Addis Ababa. The police are investigating the circumstances of his death.

    Mr Simegnew was a national figure because he was in charge of the country's largest infrastructure project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

    The BBC's Kalkidan Yibeltel sent us these pictures from outside the house in Addis Ababa:

    Woman mourning
    Women sitting down
    Mourners arriving

    Mr Simegnew's funeral is due to take place on Sunday. The state committee organising it want the ceremony to be for a "national hero".

  10. The whitewashing of Zimbabwe's history

    Ahead of Monday's general election in Zimbabwe, the BBC's Witness programme has been delving into the country's past, and the controversies surrounding its interpretation.

    When colonial explorers discovered an ancient ruined city in Zimbabwe, they claimed foreigners must have built it.

    They denied the probability that it was the work of a great African civilisation that dominated southern and eastern Africa with its trade in gold.

    After independence Zimbabwe was able to reclaim its full heritage.

    Witness spoke to one of the experts on the site:

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    Video caption: The contentious history of the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe - finally revealed.
  11. The nation where many think cycling is only for children

    Cycling in Sudan is seen by many as something for children, not adults.

    But the Sudanese Amateur Cyclists group is challenging those perceptions.

    Members have held their version of the Tour de France in a bid to break down stereotypes.

    Video produced by Trystan Young and Mark Sedgwick.

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    Video caption: The nation where many think cycling is only for children
  12. Genital village names cause Ghana giggles

    Nobody could keep a straight face in Ghana's parliament on Thursday as an MP listed some of the names of villages in his constituency, which refer to male and female genitals.

    MP Frimpong Osei was asking the energy minister about electrification of some parts of his Abirem constituency.

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    In the clip you can see him mentioning Etwe nim Nyansa, Kote Ye Aboa and Shua ye Morbor - and the problem was the English translation of these Twi names.

    • Etwe nim Nyansa - Vagina is Wise
    • Kote Ye Aboa - Penis is a Fool
    • Shua ye Morbor - Sad Testicles.

    It has left many Ghanaians who had not heard of these villages before they were listed in parliament wondering about the origins of the names.

    The BBC's Thomas Naadi in Ghana says such names are normally given by the first settlers of those communities and are drawn from the life experiences of those individuals.

  13. Somali president to visit Eritrea

    In the latest sign of shifting diplomatic relations in the Horn of Africa, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is due in Eritrea on Saturday.

    Eritrea's information minister has tweeted the details:

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    The visit follows the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    Somalia's UN-backed government, which is an ally of Ethiopia, has long been at odds with Eritrea.

    Eritrea has been under UN sanctions since 2009 after it was accused of backing the al-Shabab Islamist insurgency in Somalia. Asmara denied the allegations.

    There has been a call now for those to be dropped.

  14. Ethiopia funeral 'fit for hero' on Sunday

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC Amharic Service, Addis Ababa

    The funeral of Ethiopian engineer Simegnew Bekele, who died from a gunshot wound on Thursday, will take place on Sunday, the organising committee said.

    Initially it had been thought that he would be buried on Friday, but in a statement the committee, mainly made up of government officials, said it wanted to postpone the burial to make arrangements for a bigger funeral “that a national hero like him deserves”.

    The death of Mr Simegnew, who was in charge of Ethiopia's most high profile infrastructure project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, has been met with shock and an outpouring of grief.

    He was found in a car in the main square of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday morning.

    There were demonstrations in Addis Ababa and in Mr Simegnew's home city of Gondar, calling for justice.

    Police are investigating the circumstances of his death.

    Woman crying in Addis Ababa
    Image caption: Onlookers were grief stricken as the police were investigating the scene where Simegnew Bekele died
  15. Call for tolerance ahead of Zimbabwe poll

    As the final preparations are being made ahead of Monday's general election in Zimbabwe, activists are calling for peace and tolerance.

    Our reporter in the capital, Harare, has been tweeting about a march through the city:

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    The vote for president and parliament will be the first since long-serving leader President Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

    On Tuesday the UN human rights body said the campaign had been marred by a growing number of reports of voter intimidation and threats of violence.

    Read more:

  16. Kenya picked to host global sports event

    Matthew Kenyon

    BB Africa Sport

    Athletics' world governing body, the IAAF, has picked Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to host the under-20 World Athletics Championships in 2020.

    The decision is a strong endorsement of the city as a venue for international events and comes following what the governing body called an “outstanding” Under-18 championships in 2017.

    It also recognises that Kenya is a true athletics nation.

    “The Under-20 championships showcase the future of our sport, so Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for us,” IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.

    The Under-18 event attracted crowds of up to 60,000 people according to the IAAF.

    Kenya will be hoping that this is a major step on the road to hosting the overall global showpiece in track and field, the World Championships, which have never been hosted in Africa.

    Kenya's success in attracting athletics events comes in contrast to its attempt to host the African Nations Championship (Chan) last year.

    After numerous delays and problems with facilities, African football's governing body, the Confederation of African Football (Caf), stripped the country of the hosting rights and the Chan tournament eventually went ahead in Morocco.

    Jael Bestue of Spain, Talea Prepens of Germany and Mizgin Ay of Turkey with their medals in the girls 200m during day 5 of the IAAF World U18 Championship held at Kasarani Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: Kenya has been praised for the way it hosted the under-18 championships in 2017
  17. Zuma back in court

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Jacob Zuma in court

    Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma is at the Pietermaritzburg High Court as it considers whether to go ahead with his trial.

    The former head of state is facing charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering related to alleged bribes during the multi-billion dollar arms deal of the mid-1990s.

    During last month’s court appearance, the state said it was ready to prosecute and has today proposed 30 November as a date to start the trial.

    This appearance is expected to be postponed yet again.

    Mr Zuma has appointed a new legal team after he sacked his lawyers a few weeks ago.

    Mr Zuma’s defence told the court that they will file for a "permanent stay by 16 November 2018” - in other words the former president wants to apply for the whole case to be dropped.

  18. Ethiopia PM meets 'ex-terrorist'

    On his trip to the US, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met Berhanu Nega, who in 2009 was sentenced to death in absentia for trying to overthrow the government.

    Mr Berhanu was regarded as a terrorist and his Patriotic Ginbot 7 movement was outlawed.

    But Ethiopia's parliament lifted the ban on the group in May and a new amnesty law should clear the way for him to be pardoned.

    The changes were part of a raft of reforms introduced since Mr Abiy became prime minister in April.

    The two men held a brief meeting in Washington and discussed an agenda for a longer meeting scheduled for later on Friday, Patriotic Ginbot 7 executive committee member Tadesse Biru Kersemo told BBC Africa Live.

    Abiy Ahmed
    Image caption: Prime Minister Abiy has made big changes since coming to power in April
  19. Museveni cleared to run again

    BBC World Service

    The Constitutional Court in Uganda has cleared the way for President Yoweri Museveni to stand for a sixth term if he wants to.

    It upheld a constitutional amendment, approved by parliament in December, to scrap the presidential age limit of 75.

    Mr Museveni, who is 73, has led Uganda for more than 30 years.

    One of the judges said that citizens still had the power to vote him out.

    It is not yet clear whether President Museveni will seek re-election in 2021.

    There was formerly a limit of two five-year presidential terms but this was removed by parliament in 2005.

    Yoweri Museveni
    Image caption: President Yoweri Museveni has led Uganda for more than 30 years