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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back on Thursday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now, there will be an automated service until Thursday morning.

    Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

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    Quote Message: When you find something bigger than your farm, sell the barn." from An Igbo proverb sent by Ifeanyi Okonkwo in Anambra State, Nigeria
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    And we leave you with this photo of a woman wearing a face mask walking past graffiti that promotes social distancing in Kenya's Kibera slum in the capital, Nairobi.

    A woman with a face mask walking past graffiti that promotes social distancing in Kenya's Kibera slum in the capital, Nairobi
  2. Algeria car tycoon given 16-year prison sentence

    BBC World Service

    An Algerian car industry boss who became wealthy during ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's period in power has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

    Mahieddine Tahkout was accused of having illegally gained access to commercial markets.

    His trial was the latest in a series of corruption cases brought against figures who were prominent during Mr Bouteflika's time in office.

    The former president was forced to stand down last year following weeks of huge street protests across the country.

  3. Ethiopian minister denies 'dam filling' comment

    Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
    Image caption: The dam's construction, seen here in December 2019, began in 2011

    The filing of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has not begun, Ethiopia's Water Minister Sileshi Bekele has told the Associated Reports (AP), denying earlier reports attributed to him.

    He had been quoted as telling the state broadcaster that the latest satellite images showing water levels rising at the dam was as a result of the filling, reports said.

    However, Mr Sileshi has now told AP that the images reflected water collected after heavy rains and that the inflow was greater than the outflow.

    Ethiopia sees the hydro-electric project as crucial for its economic growth.

    But Egypt and Sudan, which are downstream, fear the large dam will greatly reduce their access to water.

    Years of fraught negotiations have failed to reach a consensus on how and when to fill the reservoir, and how much water it should release.

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has previously warned that filling and operating the dam without an agreement "would heighten tensions and could provoke crises and conflicts that further destabilise an already troubled region".

    A conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia, which are both US allies, would put millions of civilians at risk.

  4. Bravery of Nigerian female helicopter pilot hailed

    Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned and paid tribute to Tolulope Arotile, the country's first female helicopter combat pilot, who died in a road accident on Tuesday.

    Mr Buhari called her "a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation".

    His statement added:

    Quote Message: The president salutes Arotile's bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered."

    Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the air force in September 2017.

  5. US accuses Russian mercenaries of violating UN rules

    The US military has accused Russian state-backed mercenaries - known as the Wagner Group - of laying landmines in Libya, violating a UN arms embargo.

    The US's African Command said in a statement that it had "verified photographic evidence" that the Wagner Group had been planting the mines "indiscriminately" around the capital Tripoli and toward Sirte, east of the capital, since mid-June.

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    The statement said the Wagner Group had demonstrated "a total disregard for the safety and security of Libyans".

    Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have backed the renegade general Khalifa Haftar in his fight to seize power from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

    Turkey's military support for the GNA has recently tipped the balance and allowed its forces in June to repel Gen Haftar's 14-month advance on Tripoli and launch a counteroffensive.

    The front line has since moved east to the city of Sirte.

  6. Millions of children miss key vaccinations

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC Africa health correspondent, Nairobi

    Children wait to be registered before a measles vaccination
    Image caption: Children wait to be registered before a measles vaccination in DR Congo

    Nearly 14 million children globally were not immunised against preventable illnesses last year, according to a joint report by two UN agencies: WHO and Unicef.

    More than half of these children are in Africa with those living in countries in conflict being the most affected, Dr Robin Nandy, chief of immunisation at Unicef, told the BBC.

    “Some of the missed vaccines are against [diseases like]: polio; measles; meningitis; diphtheria; tetanus and whooping cough. Of greater concern to us are children who have not been immunised against measles,” Dr Nandy said.

    Children living in remote rural areas and urban slums are also said to be vulnerable.

    Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan are some of the African countries with high numbers of children who have not been vaccinated.

    The report also warns that the number of children likely to miss vaccinations this year could double as a result of disruption to immunisation services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    In March, the WHO advised countries to temporarily suspend mass vaccination campaigns, until effective measures for reducing Covid-19 transmission were established.

    So far, Angola, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso are among the few countries that have resumed mass vaccinations following strict guidelines.

  7. Coronavirus: Rwanda extends lockdown in new areas

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Security forces enforce lockdown in a neighbourhood in Kigali
    Image caption: The country is imposing more restrictions as coronavirus cases rise

    Rwanda's interior ministry has ordered selected areas in the south-west of the country back into lockdown from Wednesday after a rise in coronavirus cases.

    Movement restrictions for two weeks have been put in place in Nyamasheke and Nyamagabe districts - including in a refugee camp which hosts thousands of Congolese.

    Authorities said the measure, which is being enforced by security forces, was taken “after assessment of the pandemic in those districts”.

    Last week, the authorities extended a two-week lockdown in some parts of the capital Kigali as cases were said to be rising.

    Movement has been restricted to essential workers, those going to seek medical care, and to shop for food.

    In the past 10 days, Rwanda has recorded 324 cases and one death, taking the total tally to 1,416 cases.

  8. BreakingEthiopia starts filling controversial mega dam

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Grand Renaissance Dam

    Ethiopia has started filling the reservoir of the Grand Renaissance Dam built on the River Nile, Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, has told state broadcaster EBC.

    Mr Sileshi confirmed latest satellite images showing water levels rising in the reservoir were indeed as the result of filling the dam.

    The $5bn (£3.9bn) hydropower project is at the centre of a dispute between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

    Talks to end the decade-old row ended on Monday with no agreement on key technical concerns raised by Egypt and Sudan.

    The new satellite images taken between 27 June and 12 July show a steady increase in the amount of water being held back by the dam.

    Read more: Nile Dam row: Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power

  9. Hundreds of Mozambican miners return to South Africa

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Miners gather in the Wonderkop settlement in Marikana, near Rustenburg, on 15 May 2020
    Image caption: Thousands of Mozambicans work in South African mines

    A group of 300 Mozambican miners have returned to South Africa to resume their jobs.

    Most of the mine workers had been forced to return to their country because of coronavirus restrictions.

    This is the second group of Mozambican miners to be called back to South African mines in less than 10 days.

    The first one, of more than 200 miners from AngloGold Ashanti, returned to South Africa a week ago, but are in quarantine for 14 days to ensure that they are free of Covid-19.

    Juca Bata, the spokesman for Mozambique's National Migration Service said all miners were tested for Covid-19 before departure and will also be tested on the South African side.

    About 12,000 Mozambican miners, mostly from the southern provinces of the country, work in South African mines.

    South Africa shut down mines across the country in March as the government announced a nationwide lockdown. The restrictions have since been eased.

  10. Ethiopia restores internet after shutdown

    Internet services have been restored in parts of Ethiopia two weeks after violent protests broke out following the killing of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundesa in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    People can now access wi-fi and broadband connections.

    The authorities defended the shutdown - the longest the country has experienced since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April 2018 - saying it was being used to fan inter-ethnic violence.

    According to the authorities, trouble started after young people from the Oromia region insisted on diverting a procession escorting Hachalu's body from Addis Ababa to his hometown of Ambo for burial. They wanted him to be buried in the capital.

    The authorities say more than 200 people were killed in the clashes, including some security officers. At least 5,000 people were arrested.

    The ethnic-based attacks were brutal and horrific, according to a report by the Mail and Guardian.

    A foreign journalist based in Ethiopia has shared a video showing the destruction wrought by the violence in Shashamene, a town in Oromia 250km (155 miles) south of Addis Ababa:

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  11. SA octogenarian survives brutal attack

    An 80-year-old South African woman who was kidnapped and brutally beaten by attackers who then abandoned her in neighbouring Lesotho has been discharged from hospital, News24 reports.

    The attackers raided Daleen van der Hoven's farm in Wanatha, in the Zastron area in the Free State province, last week.

    The attackers dropped her off in Lesotho, clothed only in her nightgown in temperatures of -5°C, the report says. They also burnt her car which they had used to get away.

    The suspects stole several thousand rand in cash, valuable family heirlooms such as jewellery and three rifles that belonged to her father, News24 reports.

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    The four alleged attackers, all assumed to be Lesotho citizens, fled across the border with Ms Van der Hoven in the back seat, the report says.

    Her daughter Lize du Plessis told News24 that police in Lesotho had arrested two men with criminal records in South Africa in connection with the incident.

    Ms Du Plessis said her mother's doctor had called her "an iron woman".

    She added that her mum was recovering at home.

  12. South Asian anti-black racism: 'We don't marry black people'

    Amit is Indian and kept his relationship with Michelle, who’s Ghanaian, secret for years - because he feared his family’s reaction.

    He says that racist attitudes about black people in his community can be influenced by colourism and the caste system.

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    Video caption: South Asian anti-black racism: 'We don't marry black people'
  13. Kenya makes 'record sales from avocado exports'

    Kenyan avocado farmer Simon Kimani tending to his crop in Kandara, central Kenya
    Image caption: Kenya is one of the top producers of avocado

    Kenya has made record sales from avocado exports amid the coronavirus pandemic, local newspaper Daily Nation reports.

    The country sold more than 58,400 tonnes of avocado to 42 countries in the first half of the year, nearly matching the amount exported last year. It earned more than $75m (£59m) from the exports.

    “The high export numbers can also be attributed to an increase in avocado acreage and quality of the fruit being produced by our farmers. We are excited by the prospects of rising demand for the fruit,” the paper quotes the chairman of the Avocado Society of Kenya, an association of avocado growers, as saying.

    Kenya is ranked among the world's top producers of avocado.

  14. Nigeria's Gokada founder murdered in New York

    Kunle Falayi

    BBC Yoruba, Lagos

    Fahim Saleh, the founder of Gokada, one of Nigeria’s ride-hailing motorcycle services, has been found murdered in a Manhattan apartment by the police in the US city of New York.

    The body was reportedly found by his sister on Tuesday.

    A New York Police Department spokesperson said the body had been decapitated and dismembered, while an electric saw was found in the vicinity.

    The reaction of the tech world in Nigeria has been one of shock as his company broke the news of his death on its Twitter page

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    Mr Saleh opened Gokada in the commercial hub of Lagos, in 2018, adding to the digitalisation of the city’s motorcycle shuttle business.

    The startup raised $5.3m (£4.2m) in venture capital in June 2019.

    Mr Saleh reacted strongly, via a video in February 2020, as the Lagos State government restricted the operation of motorcycle ride-share services in major parts of the city.

    The policy forced his company to convert its fleet of motorcycles to use for logistics services.

  15. Cargo plane carrying aid crashes in Somalia

    A map of Somalia

    A plane carrying food aid from Djibouti crashed at an airport in Beledweyne, central Somalia, on Tuesday.

    The crew is safe and no-one on the ground was injured, according to a statement by the US embassy in Somalia. It said the flight was part of efforts to "provide vitally important food aid" to Somalia.

    "The accident occurred on the runway during roll-out after landing," it said.

    Aviation Safety Network, which monitors aircraft accidents, posted a photo showing parts of the Kenyan plane engulfed in flames.

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  16. Sudan peace deal signing delayed by Darfur violence

    A protester holds a banner reading in Arabic "put down weapons, stop war" during a protest against violence in Nertiti area of Darfur,
    Image caption: There have been protests against the violence in Darfur

    The signing of a peace deal between the Sudanese government and the rebel coalition has been delayed until further notice.

    The event had been scheduled for Tuesday.

    The postponement comes after attacks in north Darfur at a settlement for internally displaced people that left nine people dead and 16 wounded.

    Clashes between security forces and groups protesting the violence had earlier led to a declaration of a state of emergency in the region.

    Rebel groups participating in the peace talks blame the transitional government and the state's authorities for failing to deal with militias in the region, according to media reports.

    The rebel groups under the Revolutionary Front Alliance, who are participating in peace talks with the Sudanese government in the South Sudanese capital Juba, have demanded an investigation into the attacks and the protection of citizens.

    The peace talks incorporate rebel groups operating in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions which had been fighting the government of former President Omar al-Bashir before his overthrow in April 2019.

  17. Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot dies

    Tolulope Arotile
    Image caption: Tolulope Arotile has been praised for her role in combat missions

    Nigeria's first ever female combat helicopter pilot has died from injuries sustained in a road accident, the Nigerian Air Force has announced.

    Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile died on Tuesday. The road accident occurred at an air force base in Kaduna state, although the date it happened was not specified.

    She was commissioned into the air force in September 2017.

    "During her short but impactful stay in the service, late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the north central states of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation Gama Aiki in Minna, Niger State," the Nigerian Air Force tweeted.

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  18. Ex-Nigerian leader appointed to mediate Mali crisis

    Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
    Image caption: Goodluck Jonathan served as Nigeria's president from 2010 until 2015

    Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed a special envoy for Mali to try resolve the political crisis in the country.

    He is expected to bring together key parties including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, opposition leaders, civil society as well as religious organisations for a dialogue on the crisis.

    Mr Jonathan's appointment was announced by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, head of the West African economic bloc, Ecowas.

    Mali has been wracked by protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators demanding for President Keïta to step aside over a raft of issues including disputed elections.

    The protests have also been fuelled by weak public services and the government's inability to bring an end to inter-communal and jihadist violence.