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Summary

  1. The 74-year-old president can run in 2021
  2. Gambian soldiers' remains exhumed
  3. Nigeria's top judge is banned from public office
  4. Brothers of Sudan's ousted president arrested
  5. Fossils of giant mammal found in Kenya
  6. Boeing update software after Ethiopia crash
  7. Mo Salah makes the cover of Time

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. What Bashir's fall means for peace in South Sudan

    People in South Sudan are anxiously following developments in neigbouring Sudan following the overthrow of long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir.

    South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but two years later a devastating civil war broke out.

    President Salva Kiir and his main opponent Riek Machar recently signed a peace deal to end the five year conflict. Mr Bashir's government helped broker the deal, the formation of a South Sudanese unity government is proving difficult.

    So, where does the change of regime in Sudan leave the fragile peace process in South Sudan?

    Sarah Nyanath,a member of South Sudan's Civil Society Forum, has been speaking to BBC Newsday's James Copnall:

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    Video caption: The former president has now been moved to prison
  2. ANC tells voters: Let's grow South Africa togher

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) had some egg on its face this week after it put up election billboards around the coastal city of Port Elizabeth with the message: "Let's grow South Africa togher."

    It blamed the spelling mistake on "human error". Well, a cartoonist feels it's time to change the ANC's campaign slogan for the 8 May general election to: "Let's grow South Africa's education system together."

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  3. Fossils of giant mammal found in Kenya

    This handout reconstruction image released on April 18, 2019 by Ohio university in Athens, Ohio, shows a Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a gigantic mammalian carnivore that lived 22 million years ago in Africa and was larger than a polar bear
    Image caption: An artist's impression of what researchers say was one of the biggest ever meat-eating mammals

    A giant mammal with huge fangs roamed around what is now Kenya about 22 million years ago, researchers say.

    It has been dubbed "Simbakubwa kutoka Afrika" - Swahili for "big African lion".

    But it was probably bigger than a polar bear and is - according to National Geographic magazine - the "oldest known member in a group of extinct mammals called hyaenodonts, so named due to their dental resemblance to hyenas, even though the groups are also unrelated".

    The lower jaw, teeth and other bones of the animal were found in a museum in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

    "Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialised hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear," US-based Duke University co-researcher Matthew Borths told AFP news agency.

    He co-led the research with colleagues at Ohio University, and their findings have been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

  4. More than 2,000 health workers deregistered in Kenya

    A health crisis looms in Kenya after the medical regulator deregistered more than 2,000 doctors and dentists for failing to comply with the law, local media reports say.

    Privately-owned newspaper Daily Nation says 2,063 doctors and 212 dentists have been struck off by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) for failing to renew their registration.

    The newspaper says the move is likely to affect the health sector, quoting the health minister as saying that Kenya has an acute shortage of doctors and dentists.

    Medical workers are required by KMPDB to pay an annual retention fee of $40 (£30) or attend enough training courses to continue working, local daily The Star reports.

    The paper also quotes the medical board as saying that some health workers had complied with all legal requirements but did not update their details on an online portal.

  5. Zimbabwe celebrates independence amid economic crisis

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a crowd in an area hit days earlier by Cyclone Idai, on March 20, 2019 in Chipinge, Zimbabwe.
    Image caption: President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is battling to turn the economy around

    Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are expected to turn out for celebrations to mark 39 years of independence from minority rule.

    Long-time former leader Robert Mugabe will not attend the celebrations, as he is receiving medical treatment in Singapore.

    While there will be military parades and cultural performances, celebrations will be dampened by an economic downturn. The price of bread doubled this week, amid warnings of the first recession in a decade.

    On the eve of the celebrations, President Emmerson Mnangagwa assured the nation that change will come, but not overnight.

    Just 18 months into his presidency, he is struggling to meet the huge expectations of a restless nation.

    Read: The 'crocodile' who snapped back

  6. UN evacuates 180 migrants from Libya

    Migrants in Libya
    Image caption: Libya is a major transit point for people trying to reach Europe

    The UN refugee agency says it has evacuated nearly 180 migrants from a detention centre close to the area of fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

    The agency said the operation was carried out amid crossfire.

    People relocated from the Abu Salim centre were among its most vulnerable detainees - including women and children. There's grave concern for those still in the facility.

    The fighting is between forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar and militia groups loosely aligned with the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

    Read: Who is Khalifa Haftar?

  7. Brothers of Sudan's ousted president 'detained'

    BBC World Service

    Protesters in Sudan
    Image caption: Demonstrators have vowed to remain on the streets until civilian rule is established

    Sudan's military government has said two brothers of ousted President Omar al-Bashir have been arrested.

    A military spokesman said this was part of a campaign to round up "symbols of the previous regime".

    He added that irregular militias linked to the former ruling party had been brought under police or military control.

    Earlier, the BBC was told by military sources and relatives of Mr Bashir that the former president was himself in prison in the capital, Khartoum - six days after being overthrown.

    Protesters say they will stay on the streets until the military generals now in charge hand over to a civilian-led administration.

    Read: Why Bashir was overthrown?

  8. Thursday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch. If one says no to the other, let his wing break." from An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Kachi, Phoenix, US.
    An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Kachi, Phoenix, US.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  9. Good morning

    Welcome back to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news and views from around the continent.

  10. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. 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: A person who praises himself is like a she-goat that drinks its own milk." from A Somali proverb sent by Dennis Ochieng, Garissa, Kenya.
    A Somali proverb sent by Dennis Ochieng, Garissa, Kenya.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo by Nader Saadallah from Kafr el-Dawar in the Egyptian countryside:

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  11. 'Protesters won't move until they get real change'

    The BBC's Alastair Leithead has witnessed the protests in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, almost a week after Omar al-Bashir was ousted.

    Demonstrations are continuing as people demand that a civilian administration leads the transition period.

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    Video caption: 'Sudan protesters won't move until they get real change'
  12. Uganda has a new musical instrument

    Feeling limited by the adungu, a musical instrument traditionally played in Uganda, musician James Ssewakiryanga, commonly known as Ssewa Ssewa, decided he wanted something different.

    Improving on the original wasn't enough so he set off building a new string instrument from scratch.

    The janzi was born. It sounds a bit like a guitar, but it offers much richer tones, thanks to its 22 strings.

    It requires more dexterity to play, and according to its inventor, the janzi can do all that a piano can do. The BBC's Dear Jeanne reports.

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    Video caption: The Janzi is a string instrument invented by Ugandan musician Ssewa Ssewa
  13. 'Alarming malnutrition rates' in southern Ethiopia

    Medical charity MSF has raised the alarm over malnutrition rates amongst tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern Ethiopia.

    In March, in one local government area, MSF teams saw rates of malnutrition amongst children to be "well above the emergency threshold". They also saw a high number of malnourished pregnant women.

    “The camps are overcrowded and in extremely poor conditions. The people living there are at risk from outbreaks of epidemics. Their health is very vulnerable after being forced to move so many times,” said Markus Boening, MSF field coordinator in the area.

    Up to a million people were forced from their homes by ethnic clashes last year. Some of those have returned, but many still live in IDP camps.

    MSF is now working with local authorities focusing on improving nutrition.

  14. Bashir faces 'rudimentary conditions' in prison

    We've been reporting that Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Kobar maximum security prison, but what is the prison actually like?

    Sudan analyst Alex de Waal has visited Kobar and has been telling BBC Focus on Africa radio what conditions are like in this colonial-era building, which has become the main place for political prisoners.

    The infrastructure has not been updated since it was built, Mr de Waal said.

    "The cells are very rudimentary, it is a very basic form of accommodation, there is no air conditioning or running water."

    Nevertheless, the prison has a reputation for treating the inmates well and not subjecting them to random violence, he added.

    Demonstrators
    Image caption: Omar al-Bashir was ousted last week after weeks of demonstrations
  15. Mo Salah makes the cover of Time

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    Egyptian and Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah is featured on the cover of Time magazine after he was named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

    In his article on Salah, US-based British comedian John Oliver called him "a better human being than he is a football player. And he’s one of the best football players in the world."

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    Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South African athlete Caster Semenya are also on the Time list.

  16. Ivanka Trump wraps up Africa visit

    Larry Madowo

    BBC Africa Business Editor, Abidjan

    US Presidential Adviser and President Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is wrapping up her four-day trip to the continent here in Ivory Coast.

    She has been on a mission to promote women's economic empowerment with symbolic visits in her first stop in Ethiopia as well as here.

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    Ms Trump is due to speak this afternoon at the inaugural Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit.

    She will be joined by leaders of the African Development Bank, the Islamic Bank and the World Bank, as well as American senators Lindsay Graham and Chris Coons, and the head of the US development agency, USAid.

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    While she has got a warm welcome from officials in Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, there has been criticism of Ms Trump's trip.

    Some have brought up the derogatory comments about Africa reportedly made by President Trump:

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    And a comment piece in the Guardian newspaper suggesting that Ms Trump is not interested in advancing reproductive rights of women has got some attention:

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  17. 'Bomb scare' temporarily disrupts Nairobi airport

    Several flights in and out of Kenya's main airport have been affected by a bomb scare.

    Kenya Airways was told that a bomb could be on one of its flights taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the airline said in a statement.

    "The unfortunate bomb scare incident was reported on flight KQ 762" that was scheduled to fly to Johannesburg, Kenya Airways (KQ) said.

    "KQ would like to report that the passenger who raised the bomb scare has been taken into police custody.

    "All the other passengers and crew have disembarked for security re-screening and the aircraft is undergoing extensive security checks."

    Operations are now said to be back to normal.

  18. Controversial Kenya housing levy suspended

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    A court in Kenya has suspended the introduction of a controversial new mandatory salary levy to fund the government’s ambitious housing project.

    Under the new scheme, which was supposed to have come into effect next month, both the employer and employee were expected to contribute 1.5% of the employee’s monthly salary.

    But Judge Maureen Onyango halted the plan to allow for three court cases filed against the authorities to be brought together and considered.

    The housing levy has triggered a lot of scepticism here. Many have alleged that the extra money could be lost through corruption.

    The government is aiming to build 500,000 affordable homes by 2022.

  19. Rescuers search for survivors of capsized Congo boat

    Gaius Kowene

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    Map showing location of Kivu

    Search and rescue operations are under way in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least 150 people are reported missing after a boat accident on Monday on Lake Kivu.

    Local fishermen are using motor-powered canoes to conduct the search.

    The wooden pirogue that capsized, while carrying cargo and passengers, was travelling from the town of Kituku near Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, and went down near Kalehe, in the neighbouring province of South Kivu.

    Local maritime authorities coordinating the rescue team told the BBC at least 37 people were brought safely to dry land and at least three bodies had been recovered from the lake.

    President Felix Tshisekedi tweeted on Tuesday that at least 150 people are missing and promised to prosecute anyone found responsible for the accident.

    The causes are unknown, but weather conditions are unpredictable on the lake and pirogues are routinely overloaded.

    Although the official list of passengers shows that only 56 people were on board the boat, a local official said that it's hard to know the exact number of passengers as no-one could inspect the boat before it left.

  20. Revealing my intersex secret

    Mphatso from Zambia was born intersex and was brought up as a girl, but eventually he had to come to terms with his new reality.

    He sits down with his friend Mirriam to tell her about the secret he's been carrying.

    Being intersex can be heavily stigmatised, and many people who are born this way are forced to live in the shadows and keep it a secret.

    Video produced by BBC Africa's Life Clinic.

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    Video caption: Being intersex: 'I wanted to be my true self'