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  1. Kenya dismisses Sky News report on London stowaway

    The authorities in Kenya have dismissed a report by British broadcaster Sky News which said it had revealed the identity of a stowaway who fell from a plane into a London garden in July.

    Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), which manages the country's airports, said in a statement that its investigation had not found anyone registered under the name Paul Manyasi working at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), as Sky News reported.

    "The identity of the stowaway is an open and active investigation and any information received will be investigated to ensure a factual conclusion," a KAA statement said.

    An official at KAA, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC that every employee at the airport goes through security vetting and was issued with a pass, and that all employees at the agency and those working for private companies at the airport had been accounted for.

    Colnet, the cleaning company which Mr Manyasi was said to have worked for, also said it had no record of anyone by that name:

    "There are records of the passes issued and all Colnet employees are accounted for without failure at the end of every shift and we can confirm without a doubt that we don't have, and have never had Paul Manyasi as an employee".

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    Sky News had reported, quoting a woman who said he was Mr Manyasi's colleague and girlfriend, that a manager had informed workers that a person was missing after a shift in July.

    "Paul was a nice guy," the girlfriend, who chose to remain anonymous, told Sky News.

    "He was just a jovial person. I just liked him the way he was. We had agreed one day maybe we could make a family."

    The stowaway would have endured sub-zero temperatures in the landing gear compartment of the Kenya Airways flight, giving him no chance of survival.

    A resident of the area where the body fell told the BBC: "One of the reasons his body was so intact was because his body was an ice block."

    UK police believe he was already dead when he dropped out of the plane. A bag, water and some food were found when it landed.

    The Sky News journalist showed the items found to both Mr Manyasi's girlfriend and his parents, who said they belonged to him.

  2. 'Her dying wish was to get the kids to Europe'

    For the sixth year in a row, more than 1,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

    The Mediterranean crossing remains the deadliest known migration route worldwide. People are four times more likely to die than last year, according to the International Organization for Migration, because there are fewer humanitarian rescue vessels at sea.

    Most leave from Libya, where BBC international correspondent Orla Guerin met one family who were determined to keep trying the treacherous crossing.

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    Video caption: Migrant mother's dying wish in Libya was to get her kids to Europe.
  3. France pledges military support to DRC

    French President Macron with President Félix Tshisekedi at the Paris Peace Forum -  12 November 2019
    Image caption: French President Macron (L) is hosting dozens of government leaders including President Tshisekedi (R) for the annual Paris Peace Forum

    French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged military support to Democratic Republic of Congo to fight armed groups in the country's eastern region, news agency AFP reports.

    "France is fully engaged at the side of DRC to fight armed groups which are destabilising the country", some of which are linked to the Islamic State group, Mr Macron is quoted telling DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi during a meeting in Paris.

    The French president said the support would take on a "military dimension" and involve "intelligence" but did not give details.

    Mr Tshisekedi is among 30 heads of state and government attending the second annual Paris Peace Forum.

    He is quoted as saying he wants to see "France being much more present in Africa".

    "When a friend is in difficulty, one helps," he added.

    DR Congo recently launched an offensive in the eastern region of the country against militant groups operating there.

    The fighters include Islamist group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    The ADF was formed in 1996 by a puritanical Muslim sect in the Ruwenzori mountains of western Uganda.

    It has formed alliances with some of the many armed groups based in the country's eastern region.

  4. Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings

    Uganda has protested to Rwanda after two suspected smugglers were shot dead by Rwandan soldiers near their common border.

    A letter delivered to Rwanda's High Commissioner in Kampala describes the incident as murder and also mentions a Rwandan who was shot and injured on Ugandan soil.

    It says the alleged crime of smuggling cannot justify what it called high-handed and criminal acts by Rwandan security personnel.

    A local Rwandan mayor on Tuesday oversaw the handing over of the bodies to Ugandan police.

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    Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months with both countries accusing each other of interfering in each others' internal affairs.

    The standoff has resulted in the Rwanda closing some of its border points stalling trade between the two countries.

  5. Uganda charges revellers arrested in gay-friendly bar

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    A member of the Ugandan gay community enjoys a night out at a pub in Kampala
    Image caption: The authorities in Uganda deny accusations that they are targeting members of the LGBTQ community

    Dozens of people arrested at a gay-friendly bar in Uganda's capital, Kampala, have been charged in court with "being a common nuisance."

    Some members of Kampala’s LGBTQ community see the arrests as an attempt to shut down spaces available to them.

    But the police insist they are not targeting them because of their sexuality.

    The magistrates court in central Kampala on Tuesday could not accommodate the 67 accused - six of whom are women - so they had to appear in three separate court rooms.

    There were few state prosecutors present in court and only 29 of the accused could enter pleas. All pleaded not guilty.

    Lawyers for the suspects described the charges of common nuisance as general and giving arresting officers too much power.

    All 67 suspects have been remanded in custody and will appear in court over the next two weeks to enter pleas and apply for bail.

    Some of the friends of those charged were crying outside the court and shared stories of how the climate was getting worse for gay people in Uganda.

    But the authorities still insist the community is not being singled out.

    The accused were arrested on Sunday night in a police operation in central Kampala. Police say narcotics, including opium and cannabis, were found at the bar.

  6. Wednesday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: The talk coming out of your mouth is not something you can carry on your head." from A Cameroonian pidgin English proverb sent by Leonora Orr, Kaua'i, Hawaii, US
    A Cameroonian pidgin English proverb sent by Leonora Orr, Kaua'i, Hawaii, US
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    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

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    We'll be back on Wednesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. We leave you with an automated service until Wednesday morning.

    Or you can keep up to date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: Treat a guest as a guest for two days, on the third day give him a hoe." from A Swahili proverb sent by Notorious Chabiet in Rumbek, South Sudan
    A Swahili proverb sent by Notorious Chabiet in Rumbek, South Sudan

    In the meantime, we leave you with this photo of Cameroonian travel blogger Lee Litumbe:

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  8. Tanzanian teens to test for HIV without parental consent

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    A self-testing kit held by university students in South Africa.
    Image caption: Self-test kits are also being launched for the first time

    Tanzanian children aged 15 and over will soon be able to get tested for HIV without needing parental consent.

    It is hoped that dropping the minimum age requirement from 18 to 15 will help reduce HIV rates among young people - who currently account for 40% of new infections.

    Self-testing kits will also be available for the first time, which the health ministry hopes will encourage men who are often unwilling to visit dedicated health centres where counselling is given before the test.

    "We have some challenges among men... because of fear and other reasons, but statistics also show that the youth are the ones getting new infections," Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile told parliament.

    Officials say 1.4 million Tanzanians are known to be living with the virus.

    The bill now awaits presidential assent, a formality which will see it brought into law.

    Tanzania isn’t alone in implementing these changes - in Uganda self-testing kits are readily available and under-18s do not require parental consent.

  9. Cabinet reshuffle in Guinea as election date is set

    David Amanor

    BBC News

    Guinea's President Alpha Condé has replaced his security minister in a cabinet reshuffle that has also seen the fall of his health and justice ministers.

    The reshuffle comes a day after parliamentary elections were slated for next February.

    The elections are seen as crucial for President Condé's attempt to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term.

    Protests against the plan to change the constitution have resulted in several deaths blamed on security forces.

    Protesters pictured on 7 November
    Image caption: There have been weeks of widespread protests against President Alpha Condé
  10. News report names Kenyan man who fell from plane in London

    A stowaway who fell from a plane into a London garden earlier this year has been named as Paul Manyasi by journalists who have been investigating the story.

    The authorities have not confirmed the name.

    In Nairobi, the British broadcaster Sky News tracked down the girlfriend of the 29-year-old, who has been missing since July.

    The pair worked as cleaners at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Sky News reports.

    "Paul was a nice guy," the girlfriend, who chose to remain anonymous, told Sky.

    "He was just a jovial person. I just liked him the way he was. We had agreed one day maybe we could make a family."

    Manyasi would have endured sub-zero temperatures in the aircraft's outer mechanisms.

    A resident of the area where the body fell told the BBC: "One of the reasons his body was so intact was because his body was an ice block."

    UK police believe he was already dead when he dropped out of the landing gear compartment of the plane - where a bag, water and some food were found when it landed.

    The Sky News journalists showed the items found to both Manyasi's girlfriend and his parents who said they belonged to him.

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  11. Mozambique beefs up border police

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Extra police officers have been deployed to Mozambique's western border to prevent growing numbers of people entering illegally from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    "Foreigners should use official border crossing points," said Tete province's police spokesman Feliciano de Camara. "Whenever we come across law-breakers, procedures, including repatriation to their place of origin, will be taken."

    He said beefed up patrols meant that over the last weekend alone, 200 more people than usual were caught trying to illegally enter Tete province.

    A map of Mozambique showing the location of Tete Province and neighboring countries Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

    Many migrants use Mozambique as a transit point on their way to southern Africa's economic hub, South Africa, for greener pastures.

    Those who settle in Mozambique often find work, particularly in the gas, coal and aluminium industries.

  12. Nigeria spy agency opens fire on pro-Sowore protesters

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Protesters run from the scene

    Nigeria's state security service has fired live rounds to disperse protesters in the capital, Abuja, demanding the release of detained activist Omoyele Sowore.

    The journalist, and founder of New York-based website Sahara Reporters website, has been held in prison for more than three months, following accusations of treason and "cyberstalking" the president.

    Mr Sowore has already been granted bail by the court, but continues to be held by the secret police despite the court order.

    No fatalities have been reported among the dozens of people at Tuesday's demonstration but a journalist from Nigeria's Guardian newspaper was beaten up by state security operatives.

    Martins Oloja, who heads the Guardian's editorial board, said incidents like this were now a regular occurrence for journalists in Nigeria.

  13. TB Joshua prays for peace in South Sudan

    Mildred Wanyonyi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Pastor TB Joshua speaks during a New Year's memorial service- December 31; 2014 Lagos; Nigeria
    Image caption: TB Joshua called on the South Sudan's leaders to overcome their differences for peace to prevail

    Popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua has led prayers for peace in the capital, Juba, in a mission backed by President Salva Kiir.

    The self-proclaimed prophet said he had accepted President Kiir's invitation to come and pray for peace and deliver a prophetic message to the nation.

    “Time has come for us to overcome our divisions, for us to put aside behind us our differences. There is no more time for us. God wants to move the nation forward,” TB Joshua is quoted as saying by Radio Tamazuj.

    The evangelist said that if there was peace, then the South Sudanese all over the world could return home and help develop their country.

    “As I travelled the world I have discovered that people from South Sudan are all over the world. There is no country on this earth you will not find South Sudanese. They are intelligent, hard-working, ambitious people. Our leaders should overcome their divisions and allow them to come back to develop their fatherland.”

    The televangelist's visit comes days after Pope Francis prayed for South Sudan and said he wished to visit the country next year.

    With millions of followers, TB Joshua is one of Nigeria's best-known and influential evangelists - and is popular across Africa, with many top politicians among his flock.

    South Sudan erupted into civil war in 2013 shortly after it gained independence in 2011.

  14. Job losses loom at South African Airways

    Vumani Mkhize

    BBC Africa Business

    Passengers board a South African Airways plane
    Image caption: There are some calls for the airline to be privatised

    One of Africa's biggest airlines warns that a fifth of its staff face job losses as the company restructures.

    South Africa Airways (SAA), which employs more than 5,000 people, hasn't made a profit in nearly a decade and survives on government bailouts. It currently has debts of more than $600m (£465m).

    Delivering his medium-term budget speech last month Finance Minister Tito Mboweni cast doubt on the company's future, saying: "SAA is unlikely to ever generate sufficient cash flow to sustain operations in its current configuration."

    The airline's top brass has taken that stark warning to heart, and is now attempting to slash costs and ease its cash flow problems.

    Some in the public and private sectors are calling for state-owned SAA to be privatised. South Africa's finance minister supports the idea, and has said the government is open to prospective equity partners.

    However, unions say that would threaten their members' livelihoods, and are vowing a shutdown should jobs be cut.

  15. 'Help release Sowore' - activists plead with Archbishop of Canterbury

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Omoyele Sowore
    Image caption: Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on treason charges

    A human rights organisation in Nigeria has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury asking him to speak out over the continued detention of two activists despite a court ordering their release on bail.

    The rights group, Serap, asked Justin Welby to urge President Muhammadu Buhari - his long-time acquaintance - to obey court orders and release the journalist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore as well as activist Olawale Bakare.

    Both were arrested in August during anti-government protests and are facing charges of treason, fraud and insulting the president.

    Nigeria's state security agency, known as DSS, admits it received the court order but is still detaining them.

  16. 'My 14 years in the music industry'

    Ugandan singer Sheebah Karungi launched her career aged 17, braving bullying in the industry along the way.

    She told BBC Newsday that she was determined not to the let the experience dampen her ambitions:

    "I left home at 15 years old as a dancer and by 17 I had joined [the girl group] Obsessions - it was one of the biggest dancing and singing groups in East Africa. It was every girl's dream at the time to join Obsessions."

    Karungi recently celebrated her 30th birthday in London, where she performed alongside fellow Ugandan artist Jose Chameleone at the Royal Regency Hall at the weekend.

    Reflecting on where she is in her career, Karungi says:

    Quote Message: My dream is not just to be a Ugandan artist or African artist, I want to be a superstar in Africa then worldwide. It's going take some time and hard work but that's what I want. That's my vision."

    Listen to what she had to say:

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    Video caption: Sheebah Karungi reflects on her career
  17. First Zimbabwe dollar notes since hyperinflation

    A man shows a wad of the new Zimbabwe two-dollar notes he received from a bank in Harare on 12 November.
    Image caption: Around 130m Zimbabwean dollars have been issued

    Queues have formed outside banks in Zimbabwe as people hope to get hold of the country's first Zimbabwe dollar notes to be issued since 2009.

    The currency was scrapped a decade ago because of hyperinflation when prices were almost doubling every day.

    Zimbabwe's central bank hopes the new notes will ease a severe cash shortage as the country suffers a deepening economic crisis. The bank has played down fears that the move will fuel further inflation.

    Currency Board member Eddie Cross is quoted by local media as saying only small denominations - two-dollar bills and five-dollar bills - are being introduced for now to deter counterfeiters.

    Currently inflation is thought to be about 300%. This figure is an estimate according to the latest data published by the International Monetary Foundation.

    But the Zimbabwean government has stopped publishing an official figure itself.

    The BBC's Shingai Nyoka in Harare says the government has a chequered past with money management and many people remain convinced that a huge cash injection in the middle of an economic crisis will stoke inflation.

    People queue to withdraw money from a bank as Zimbabwe introduces new currency in Harare, Zimbabwe, 12 November.

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