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By Natasha Booty

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  1. 'One dead in attack on South Sudanese refugee camp'

    A South Sudanese refugee has been killed close to Uganda's northern border during clashes with locals, according to the AFP news agency.

    Other people were reportedly badly wounded in the violence in Adjumani district, which began on Wednesday after a local man died, AFP says. Some people then suspected a South Sudanese refugee of killing him.

    "Armed with arrows and machetes, the host community attacked the refugee settlement villages," district commissioner Peter Dana told AFP.

    "The police and the army have deployed in the refugee camp and the surrounding areas to stop the violent clashes and calm has been restored."

    More than one million South Sudanese refugees live in Uganda, which has been praised for its hosting policies. According to AFP more than 200,000 South Sudanese refugees live in the district where this attack happened.

    A map showing the location of Adjumani in Uganda, close to the border with South Sudan.
  2. How Africans are reacting to UK election results

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for Buckingham Palace - 13 December, 2019
    Image caption: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won the election by a landslide

    The landslide election victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been met with varied responses by leaders and citizens in African countries.

    Brexit and Boris Johnson trended on social media Friday morning - a sign of widespread interest in how the UK's departure from the European Union would affect Africa.

    In a tweet, Zambian President Edgar Lungu expressed confidence that Zambia and the UK will "continue to explore avenues of cooperation and investment" under Mr Johnson's leadership.

    Somalia's President Mohamed Farmajo said the UK is a "valuable ally and friend of Somalia". While Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Mr Johnson and promised to work to strengthen bilateral ties.

    Many people appeared surprised by the margin of the win. Others wondered how what appeared to them to be a tight political contest ended up as a heavy defeat for the opposition Labour party.

    And there are those bracing for "interesting times" ahead, while making references to a world in which Boris Johnson and Donald Trump hold two of the most powerful seats in the world.

    Here is a sample of the responses on Twitter:

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  3. BreakingAlgeria elects new president

    Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria's presidential election with 58% of the vote, the national electoral body says quoting preliminary results.

    It also confirmed that voter turnout was just 40% - the lowest ever for a multi-party election in Algeria.

    The polls had been boycotted by people in the protest movement who said all the candidates were too close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and wanted the political establishment swept away for a new kind of politics.

    Mr Tebboune, 74, rose from a long career as a civil servant to become prime minister in 2017 but lasted just seven months because of a conflict with influential businessmen.

    He also served as housing minister and information minister.

  4. Nairobi church 'bans miniskirts and ripped jeans'

    A church in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has warned its congregants against wearing "inappropriate church attire", the Daily Nation newspaper reports.

    St Peter's Claver Catholic Church in the city centre has hung a notice on its entrance with photos of 10 kinds of clothing that should not be worn by worshippers.

    They include miniskirts, dresses with slits, ripped jeans, T-shirts inscribed "Red Devil", crop tops, caps, sunglasses, chains, clothing that exposes arms and sagged trousers.

    It is not clear what measures the church will take against congregants who defy the ban.

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  5. 'I took mum to my graduation ball - she missed hers because of me'

    Mduduzi Ndlovu and his mother
    Image caption: Mduduzi Ndlovu warmed hearts on Facebook with his post

    A South African teenager says he took his mother along to his graduation ball as his date because she missed out on her own, local media report.

    Mduduzi Ndlovu is said to have written in a post on Facebook:

    Quote Message: Took my mother to my matric dance. She had me at a young age and couldn’t go to her matric dance. I wanted her to experience it also, 'cause if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here."

    As TimesLive reports, people responded with compliments and their congratulations.

    "I came across your post. It brought tears to my eyes. Only few would be proud about their mother this way," wrote a Facebook user from Nigeria.

    "You're the best son a mom can ask for," another person said.

  6. Bashir's wife 'summoned over finances'

    President Omar al-Bashir and his wife Widad Babiker
    Image caption: Widad Babiker is Omar al-Bashir's second wife

    The wife of Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir, Widad Babiker, has been summoned for questioning over possession of land and bank accounts, Arabic-language website Baj News reports.

    Mrs Babiker who has been under house arrest since the ousting of her husband on 11 April was taken to the prosecution office on Thursday.

    "The Unlawful and Suspicious Enrichment Prosecution on Thursday [12 December] arrested Widad Babiker at her house in the Kafouri neighbourhood of Bahri today. Widad will be questioned over the possession of plots of land and bank accounts," Baj News reported.

    The report further said that it was "unlikely that she would be released soon".

    Another news site al-Ain reported that Mrs Babiker was taken to Omdurman national women's prison after the questioning.

  7. 'Record low turnout' in Algeria's disputed election

    A protester chants slogans in an anti-government demonstration in Algiers - 12 December, 2019
    Image caption: The protesters say the five presidential candidates are associated with the regime of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    A record six in 10 Algerians abstained from voting in the country's presidential election, AFP news agency reports.

    The electoral authority chief Mohamed Charfi announced on national television that under 40% of registered voters cast a ballot on Thursday.

    The turnout was the lowest rate for a multi-party election in the country's history, AFP reports.

    Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Algiers, to protest against Thursday's residential election.

    They are demanding the sweeping away of Algeria's entire political establishment.

    All five presidential candidates standing in the election were closely linked with the rule of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    President Bouteflika was in power for two decades, but was ousted following anti-government demonstrations across the country.

    For close to a year, thousands of Algerians have been protesting every Friday in the capital, Algiers and other cities across the country against any elections under the current government.

    They want all officials associated with the regime of ousted President Bouteflika to be removed from office.

  8. Zimbabwe first lady 'begs retailers to lower food prices'

    Zimbabwean first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa
    Image caption: Auxillia Mnangagwa is concerned about the rising cost of food

    Zimbabwe's First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has asked manufacturers and retailers to lower prices of food and basic commodities, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    Mrs Mnangagwa reportedly urged the traders to consider the plight of low-income earners.

    "I implore all of us to continuously work on our pricing models so that they are reflective of the poor, whose right to food security remains paramount. Let us improve access to basic commodities to the marginalised, while ensuring that your businesses remain viable," she said at the the annual retailers and manufacturers awards.

    The first lady said she was aware of the high cost of production in the country.

    "I am aware of the challenges business is facing like foreign currency, load-shedding, fuel situation and high cost of rentals," she is quoted as saying.

    Around a half of the country's population is facing hunger, with 7.7 million reported to be experiencing severe hunger.

    The UN has already announced that it will provide food aid to 4.1 million of those facing hunger.

    Zimbabwe was once a major food producer in southern Africa but is currently in the middle of a drought and inflation that have both adversely affected food production.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa government plans to scrap its plan to remove grain subsidies next year, a move it says will protect impoverished citizens from rising food prices, state media reported last month.

  9. Uganda and Rwanda to hold talks amid border tension

    President Museveni (L) and President Kagame (R)
    Image caption: President Museveni (L) and President Kagame (R) signed an agreement in August to end the diplomatic feud

    On Friday Ugandan officials will host their Rwandan counterparts in the capital, Kampala, for a meeting on the implementation of an agreement to end tensions between the two east African neighbours.

    The meeting was initially scheduled for 17 October but was postponed.

    The diplomatic feud started after both countries traded accusations of interference in each other's affairs.

    A Memorandum of Understanding signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Luanda, Angola, in August has failed to ease tensions.

    Rwanda closed its border with Uganda in March and has restricted movement of goods and people across the two countries.

    Uganda's government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo tweeted on Thursday that today's meeting will be attended by delegations from Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo - who are the facilitators of the agreement.

    Mr Opondo said all the delegates have confirmed participation in the meeting.

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  10. Malta chef building shop for Gambian family

    Ismail Einashe

    Letter from Africa

    Ismail Einashe (R) and Taka (L)
    Image caption: Einashe (R) tracked down Taka (L) on a visit to Malta last week

    Last week, I finally got to see Taka again - a young Gambian migrant I had met in 2016 when he was 17 after he had survived a dangerous journey on a dingy from Libya to Sicily.

    I was so intrigued by his story I decided to travel to meet his family in their town in The Gambia - something I wrote about recently for the BBC.

    After my visit his family had sent messages for me to give to him, but when I returned to Palermo, Taka had disappeared.

    After several years living in limbo in Sicily he was fed up of being unemployed and decided to take a gamble and leave for Malta.

    Taka only arrived in Malta in July 2018 but he has massively turned his life around.

    He works in the kitchen of a restaurant in Valletta and is training to be a chef.

    Taka working in the kitchen of a restaurant in Malt
    Image caption: Taka's boss tells him he has a talent for cooking

    He loves to cook fish, pasta and showed me photos on his phone of dishes he had made. His boss tells him he has talent and can go far as a chef.

    But he yearns for his mother's cooking. She sells cooked fish at Serekunda market.

    He misses the Gambian staples she would cook that I got to enjoy, such as domoda (peanut stew), fried fish and okra.

    Taka has changed so much - he is no longer a teen but now a confident 22-year-old man who has seized every opportunity he can get.

    Perhaps most remarkably he is now helping his family in his town build a shop and his brother Lamin, a soldier in the Gambian army, is helping organise this venture.

    Taka
    Image caption: Taka had told no-one he was planning to head to Europe - and only called his family when he needed money to pay his traffickers

    Taka says he wants to help his family sustain themselves by becoming small business owners.

    He is happy and he lives in a flat with another young Gambian and an Eritrean migrant.

    Though he works six days a week he does get occasional time off to play computer games, football and cook Gambian good.

    His next goal is now to save enough money to visit his family, who he hasn’t seen in years.

    A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

  11. Prosecution given final chance in Nigeria gay trial

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Gay Nigerian
    Image caption: Some are estranged from their families after all the publicity around their arrests

    The trial of 47 men charged with same-sex public displays of affection in Nigeria has been adjourned until February.

    The prosecution failed to provide any witnesses against the accused for the second day running.

    The trial was not open to the media and was adjourned by the judge with a warning to the prosecution team that February would be their final chance, according to an eyewitness.

    The men who were arrested at a birthday party in 2018 have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    At the time of their arrest their faces were shown on Nigerian television stations.

    Some of the accused have told the BBC the publicity around the arrest has led to them becoming estranged from their families and losing their jobs.

  12. Libyan general orders forces to capture capital

    BBC World Service

    General Khalifa Haftar's forces in Sebha, the biggest city in southern Libya
    Image caption: General Haftar's forces have been restricted in Tripoli's southern outskirts by UN-backed government troops

    Libyan military strongman General Khalifa Haftar has called on his forces to begin an advance aimed at capturing the capital, Tripoli.

    The general's statement came in a rare, live television broadcast.

    In April, he launched a major attempt to seize the city - which is held by Libya's UN-backed government.

    But the general's forces met resistance, and they have long been bogged down in Tripoli's southern outskirts.

    There were no reports of any increased military activity in the area in the immediate aftermath of the television broadcast.

  13. Friday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Being a good friend of a scorpion does not mean that you can't be stung by a honey bee." from Sent by Maureen Mungai in Spain.
    Sent by Maureen Mungai in Spain.
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.

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    We'll be back on Friday

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

    Here is our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: As you worship plantain, remember to worship banana as well." from Sent by Adwoa in Ghana
    Sent by Adwoa in Ghana

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from Kenyan artist and calligrapher Msale:

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  15. IS says it was behind deadly Niger attack

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    The Islamic State group operating in West Africa has said it was behind an attack on an army base in Niger that killed at least 71 soldiers.

    The jihadist group said it killed "at least 100 troops" in the Tuesday's raid on the Inates base near the border with Mali, adding that it took control of the base for several hours and set buildings alight.

    Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) also targeted the base in July.

    It released its statement on the Hoop messaging app.

  16. Millions 'threatened by hunger in southern Africa'

    BBC World Service

    The International Federation of the Red Cross says hunger caused by drought in southern Africa is threatening the lives of 11 million people across the region.

    The countries affected include Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    The head of the Red Cross, Michael Charles, said the severity of the drought, and the scale of food shortages, were unprecedented in the region.

    He said people were going two or three days without food, entire herds of livestock were being wiped out, and farmers were being left with no means to earn income.

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    Video caption: South African drought town's warning to the world
  17. Libyan capital's airport reopens after attack

    BBC World Service

    Labourers work at the Mitiga International Airport as it undergoes maintenance, ahead of its reopening
    Image caption: Workers were pictured on Wednesday preparing the airport for the reopening

    The only airport serving the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has re-opened after shelling and air strikes forced it to close in September.

    Mitiga airport has been repeatedly targeted in attacks blamed on the forces of the renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who has been trying to capture Tripoli since April.

    While the airport was shut, flights were diverted to the city of Misrata, 200km (125 miles) away.

    Mitiga became the capital's only functioning airport after rival armed groups destroyed Tripoli International during fighting in 2014.