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By Clare Spencer and Evelyne Musambi

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  1. South African 9-year-old drummer performs on Ellen show

    A nine-year-old South African-British drummer Nandi Bushell shared her talent with the world on the US chat show the Ellen DeGeneres show on Tuesday.

    Nandi whose drumming passion started when she was aged five told Ellen she developed interest by watching bands.

    She was motivated by the Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr who she grew up watching as he played the drums.

    Nandi during the Ellen show performed Nirvana's song In Bloom.

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    Nandi has in the past attracted the attention of American singer Lenny Kravitz who invited her to one of his shows in London in June this year.

    Lenny said he saw her Instagram videos and reached out to her.

  2. Two gunmen killed in Somali hotel attack

    An ambulance carrying an injured person from an attack by Al Shabaab gunmen on a hotel near the presidential residence arrives to the Shaafi hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia December 10, 2019.
    Image caption: Injured people were collected by ambulance

    Somali security forces tackling an Islamist attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, have killed two of the gunmen.

    They've also rescued 82 people, including civilians and officials.

    It is still not clear if anybody else died.

    The attack began at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Tuesday night, when a gun battle broke out between the al-Shabab fighters and members of the security forces guarding checkpoints leading to the nearby presidential palace, reports AFP news agency.

    Gunfire and grenade explosions could be heard during the battle between the attackers and members of the security forces.

    "We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel," a police officer is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

    The Youth League hotel, which is popular with government officials and business people, has suffered three previous attacks by al-Shabaab.

    The jihadist movement al-Shabab said in a statement online that it carried out the attack.

    The group carries out regular attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia, often targeting hotels.

    In August 2016, it said it was behind a bomb attack on the same hotel which killed 22 people.

    The SYL Hotel attack in August 2016
    Image caption: The SYL Hotel has been targeted before, including in August 2016
  3. Wednesday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: When vultures surround you, try not to die. from Sent by Ibn Jamel, London, UK, and Paul Walshak, Nigeria.
    Sent by Ibn Jamel, London, UK, and Paul Walshak, Nigeria.
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    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

  4. The teens standing up to gang violence

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    Video caption: Temica, Logan and Meagan are trying to tackle growing violence in their South African town

    In the South African town of Atlantis, Temica, Logan and Meagan are tackling violence in their community through their radio show.

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    We'll be back on Wednesday

    That's it from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There will be an automated service until Wednesday morning. You can keep up with the news by listening to our Africa Today podcast.

    Here is our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Regrets are like grandchildren; they come much later." from Sent by Salim Ben Morchid in Moheli, Comoros
    Sent by Salim Ben Morchid in Moheli, Comoros

    And we leave you with this image by Haria Pratik of graffiti on a train carriage behind Nairobi's railway museum, you can read more about the art here:

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  6. Ethiopian Airlines confirms incident at Juba airport

    Ethiopian Airlines has said that one of its aeroplanes "skidded to the side of the runway during take-off", confirming local media reports.

    "All passengers and crew were disembarked safely... We have learnt that the weather was windy and rainy," Ethiopian Airlines said in a Facebook post.

    It has apologised for the inconvenience.

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  7. Gunfire heard near Somali presidential palace

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    Reports from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, say Islamist militants have stormed a hotel near the presidential palace.

    Gunfire and grenade explosions can be heard from inside the Somali Youth League hotel which is popular with government officials.

    "We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel," a police officer is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

    Many guests are reported to be inside the building.

    The jihadist movement al-Shabab says it carried out the attack.

    The group carries out regular attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia, often targeting hotels.

    In August 2016, it said it was behind a bomb attack on the same hotel which killed 22 people.

  8. Kagame urges SA minister to stay on Twitter

    Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has urged South Africa's finance minister not to stop tweeting.

    Tito Mboweni said in October that he could not handle the level of abuse he was receiving.

    "I came to the conclusion that Twitter is no longer about its original purpose... It is now an abusive platform," he wrote.

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    Mr Mboweni's comments came when a lot of people were sharing unsubstantiated details about his private life.

    But President Kagame, who is an active Twitter user and has 1.6 million followers, has urged him to stick with the social media platform saying that "everything will be fine":

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    Earlier in the year, Mr Mboweni described Rwanda as his "other home" and has tweeted many messages praising the cleanliness of the country, which has won him many fans in Rwanda.

    The finance minister says he'll make a final decision about leaving Twitter on Friday.

  9. US sanctions five South Sudanese over 'killings'

    The US government has imposed financial sanctions on five South Sudanese who it believes were involved in the kidnapping or killing of a human rights lawyer and an opposition politician.

    Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, disappeared in Kenya in January 2017.

    "Although the government of South Sudan has denied knowledge of their whereabouts, multiple sources have stated that Dong and Aggrey were extraterritorially kidnapped in Kenya by members of the South Sudanese security services and brought back to Juba, South Sudan," a US Treasury Department statement says.

    It adds that the "government has repeatedly used extrajudicial killings as a means to silence dissent, limit freedom of speech and the press, and enforce the political status quo".

    The five named by the US government are Abud Stephen Thiongkol, Malual Dhal Muorwel, Michael Kuajien, John Top Lam and Angelo Kuot Garang.

    They have not yet commented on the US statement.

    The sanctions will affect any property and interests the men may have in the US.

  10. Self-exiled Egyptian activist sentenced for tax evasion

    BBC World Service

    A court in Egypt has sentenced in absentia a businessman and dissident to five years in jail for tax evasion.

    Mohamed Ali - who has taken refuge outside Egypt - has posted online a series of videos that have gone viral accusing the country's elite, including President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, of rampant corruption.

    He urged Egyptians to take the streets in protest last September, prompting rare signs of public dissent against President Sisi.

    Since then, the Egyptian authorities have mounted a new crackdown on anyone seen as opposed to the government.

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    Video caption: The Egyptian calling for a revolution against Sisi
  11. Ethiopian Airlines plane 'came off the runway at take-off'

    An Ethiopian Airlines plane slipped off the runway at the airport in South Sudan's capital, Juba, as it was taking off, local station Eye Radio reports quoting the head of the airport.

    Kur Kuol told Eye Radio that everyone was safe.

    A Twitter account that follows aviation stories says that there were no injuries to passengers but that the aeroplane was damaged.

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  12. SA president cuts short foreign trip over power crisis

    Cyril Ramaphosa
    Image caption: Cyril Ramaphosa became president in February 2018 promising to reform the country's economy

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is returning home early from a trip to Egypt to deal with the "electricity crisis", a statement from his office says.

    The flooding of power stations after heavy rains has exacerbated electricity shortages, which are having an impact on the economy. The cuts have halted gold and diamond production at some leading mines.

    On his return on Wednesday, Mr Ramaphosa will be "briefed on plans to mitigate and resolve the current electricity crisis affecting most of the country".

    He will also visit areas affected by flooding.

    State-run power company Eskom said 6,000 megawatts of electricity - roughly 10% of the grid - was being switched off.

    It said flooding at a coal mine and power station had disrupted supplies to homes and businesses.

    Eskom is saddled with huge debts and is struggling to renew its ageing infrastructure.

  13. Leadership vacuum plunges South African cricket into crisis

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Faf du Plessis
    Image caption: Captain Faf du Plessis is trying to bring focus back on the game instead of leadership problems

    Six years ago the South Africa’s Test cricket team was considered the best in the world, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been plunged into crisis following the suspension of the chief executive of the national governing body.

    The crisis is threatening to overshadow a much-anticipated test series between the Test team, known as the Proteas, and England in just over a week.

    CSA has been in disarray for months, but it was recently plunged into further chaos when its head, Thabang Moroe, was placed on "cautionary suspension" over allegations of misconduct and financial mismanagement.

    With no-one in charge at CSA the woes are being felt on the field too.

    The team do not have a formal coach and there is also no technical team in place to select which players will take on England in the four-match series.

  14. Camels gift from EU bewilders Mauritanians

    Mauritanian National Brigade in 1996

    The EU has given Mauritania 250 camels as part of its efforts to combat the threat of jihadists and boost border security in the Sahel country, according to the Sahara Media news agency.

    The arrival of the animals in the town of Achemim in an eastern region bordering Mali was met with amusement by local people, who thought the gift was surprising given that their country is known for having a large camel population.

    The animals are destined to be deployed in Mauritania's military camel cavalry units to help survey remote border areas that are particularly vulnerable to jihadists.

    The army chief, Lieutenant General Masgaro Ould Sidi, said the new additions will provide a boost to the units which play an important role in guarding the country's borders.

    A Facebook post by the Al-Akhbar news agency generated hundreds of comments and laugh emojis. One user wondered where the camels came from: "They came as a gift from Europe, but they were always here?"

    Another posted in mock disbelief: "The EU has camels too?"

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  15. US embassy in Liberia halts visa appointments

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC Africa, Monrovia

    The US embassy in Liberia has temporarily suspended its non-immigrant visa operations and also limited its immigrant visa services.

    Consequently, a statement posted on the embassy’s website says, previously scheduled appointments have been cancelled.

    “We regret there are no slots available for rescheduling at the moment,” it adds.

    The embassy assured applicants “with genuine emergencies” that their appointments will be expedited.

    The notice comes just days after the embassy announced the withdrawal of its Peace Corps volunteers from 12 of Liberia’s 15 counties due to the effects of the ongoing economic crisis hurting the country.

    Though temporary, this visa move has caused worries in Liberia, a country founded in 1847 by former African slaves repatriated from the USA.

    But the ministry of foreign affairs in Monrovia has assured the public that relationship with the US government remains cordial.

  16. Floods and power cuts hit South Africa

    A Mamelodi resident wades through water in an area where 700 shacks were reportedly destroyed during heavy rains, Pretoria, South Africa, 09 December 201

    Heavy rains have battered parts of South Africa, submerging whole neighbourhoods and flooding coal mines and power stations in a nation already hit by electricity blackouts.

    At least 700 homes have been washed away near the capital, Pretoria, public broadcaster SABC reported.

    The state-run power utility warned of further electricity cuts, saying heavy rains had affected its operations.

    The cuts have halted gold and diamond production at some leading mines.

    Harmony Gold said it had called off underground shifts because of the power cuts, known as load shedding in South Africa.

    Petra Diamonds said it was "removing all people from underground, except those required for essential services, with only pumping to prevent flooding and ventilation for safety being allowed".

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  17. Nobel prize winner: Peace is a labour of love

    Abiy Ahmed receiving the prize

    Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has spoken movingly about his experiences during the Ethiopia-Eritrea war as he accepted this year's Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

    He was awarded the prize mainly for his efforts in ending the tension between the neighbouring countries.

    Mr Abiy told the audience of dignitaries that he was a soldier in the countries' 1998-2000 border war. He said his entire unit was wiped out in an artillery attack on the town of Badme - the flash point for the war.

    "War is the epitome of hell for all involved," he said.

    This inspired him to argue that "the imaginary wall needed to be torn down and replaced by a bridge of friendship". He also praised his Eritrean counterpart President Isaias Afwerki for being a partner in the process.

    "Peace is a labour of love," he said and warned that "sustaining peace is hard work. It takes a few to make war, but it takes a village and a nation to build peace."

    "There is no us and them. There is only us, for we are all bound by a shared destiny of love, forgiveness and reconciliation."

    Turning to the source of potential unrest he said that "the evangelists of hate and division are wreaking havoc in our society using social media. They are preaching the gospel of revenge and retribution on the airwaves."

    He also spoke about respecting human rights in Ethiopia and beyond, adding that the "young men and women [of Africa] are crying out for social and economic justice".