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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

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    Damian Zane, Esther Namuhisa & Rosie Blunt

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  2. Ethiopia unrest 'will not derail reform'

    Habtamu Tibebu

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa.

    Billene Seyoum speaking at a press conference on 23 June
    Image caption: Press Secretary Billene Seyoum speaking at a press conference on 23 June

    The unrest in Ethiopia will not derail the reform process, the prime minister's office has said.

    A high-level investigation is underway by a joint task force, Press Secretary Billene Seyoum told reporters in Addis Ababa.

    She said the coup attempt happened in four locations within Bahirdar, namely the Amhara region president's office, the guest house, regional police commissioner's office and the home of the deputy police commissioner.

    The number of apprehended suspects has reached 255 and is most likely to grow, especially from the Amhara region.

    She also said chief of security Asaminew Tsige was killed by the regional special forces on the outskirts of Bahirdar as he was attempting to flee to Gondar in a tuk-tuk.

    The spokesman of a political party promoting the Amhara ethnic group has been arrested in Ethiopia following what has been described as a failed regional coup attempt.

  3. Tunisian president 'improving significantly'

    Beji Caid Essebsi
    Image caption: President Beji Caid Essebsi, pictured here in April, came to office in December 2014

    Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who suffered a health crisis on Thursday, is reportedly improving "significantly".

    The 92 year old was taken to hospital on Thursday.

    A spokesperson said Mr Essebsi’s health had improved significantly and he had called the defence minister to discuss the situation in the country.

    Earlier on Thursday, two suicide bombs went off in the capital, Tunis, killing a police officer and wounding others.

    Mr Essebi has played a prominent role in Tunisia's path to democracy since Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown as president in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring.

    But BBC Arabic's Ahmed Rouaba said that for his foes, Mr Essebsi belongs to the past and is a part of Tunisia's repressive deep state.

    He will not be standing for election in October, arguing that someone younger should take charge.

  4. Lesotho mohair farmers protest over Chinese monopoly

    Thousands of mohair farmers have marched to parliament in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, to protest against laws that force them to sell their goods to a Chinese broker.

    Farmers accuse the broker of failing to pay them for their wool and mohair - a key agriculture export for the small mountain kingdom.

    Several government members as well as most opposition parties and the king's brother joined the march, which was accompanied by bells, whistles, songs and speeches.

    "We will not sell our wool and mohair to the Chinese, we would rather burn it," Mokoenihi Thinyane, chairman of the National Wool and Mohair Growers Association, told protesters, the AFP news agency reported.

    On Thursday, the government suspended the monopoly deal for three months to allow farmers to sell their wool internationally.

    But they want this to be the norm.

    "We will fight this war by legal means and if we don't win, we will resort to other means," AFP quotes the spokesman for the opposition parties Selibe Mochoboroane as saying.

    A mohair farmer with his cattle
    Image caption: Wool and mohair are key exports for farmers in Lesotho
  5. What is behind Kenya's Somaliland tweet?

    Analysis: Why did Kenya call Somaliland a 'country' and what is Somalia's reaction?

    Ahmed Adan

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

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    Although Somalia is not happy about Kenya's tweet, it doesn’t want to respond.

    Over the past few years, Kenya and Somalia have been arguing about a disputed area of the Indian ocean that lies between the two countries.

    The case is due to go to the International Court of Justice in September.

    The situation escalated recently when Kenya accused Somalia of auctioning areas of the sea that they believe contain oil.

    Since the start of the diplomatic row, Kenya has enjoyed a good relationship with the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

    Somaliland's foreign minister has been in Nairobi for several weeks campaigning for his government to get recognition from Kenya. According to international law, that is out of question.

    Somaliland has seen itself as a “country” since 1991 when it declared its independence from Somalia. Talks between Somalia's government and Somaliland officials ended with no solution.

    Kenya and Somaliland have opened diplomatic missions in Hargeisa, Somaliland's capital, and Nairobi, respectively. Kenya has sent members of its parliament to Somaliland to observe how peaceful it is and take part in its independence day on 18 May.

    Kenya does not want to damage Somalia’s sovereignty, but as well as this tweet, it has taken other pointed actions against the Somali government recently, such as diverting flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi through Wajir for security screening.

    Analysts believe that Kenya is putting pressure on Somalia to encourage it to discuss the maritime dispute instead of waiting for the ICJ decision.

    However, there are questions about why Somalia's government is so quiet and not reacting to Kenya’s pressure.

  6. What is behind Mali's massacres?

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    Video caption: What is behind Mali's massacres?

    Mali is in the grip of increased Islamist and ethnic violence. The BBC looks at the roots of the conflict.

  7. Anger over Mo Salah's 'second chance' tweet

    Mohamed Salah at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
    Image caption: Several teammates joined Salah in showing support for Warda

    Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah is being criticised after suggesting a teammate accused of sexual harassment should be given a "second chance".

    The Liverpool superstar, who told Time magazine in April that the Middle East needed to change how it treats women, defended Amr Warda on Thursday in a tweet.

    After women came forward with allegations of harassment, the Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) excluded Warda from playing in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), which Egypt are currently hosting.

    The midfielder initially denied the allegations but on Thursday he apologised in a video on Twitter and promised not to repeat the incidents.

    Read the BBC Trending blog for more

  8. Kenya bill 'aims to ban phones for gambling online'

    A defaced advert for a gambling company in Kenya
    Image caption: Gambling is a multi-million dollar business in Kenya

    A bill is currently going through parliament in Kenya that aims to ban use of mobile phones in online gambling, according to Kenya's Business Daily newspaper.

    If the law is passed, anyone who uses a phone to place a bet will be fined 2m Kenyan shillings ($20,000; £15,000).

    This will increase to 50m Kenyan shillings for businesses placing bets using mobile phones.

    Gamblers who currently make bets on their mobile phones do not necessarily need a bank account.

    The bill aims to curb a business which preys on unemployed youth who spend an average of 5,000 Kenyan shillings on betting each month.

    Gambling is a multi-million dollar, growing business in Kenya.

    Read: Big winners, big losers - Kenya's addiction to gambling

  9. Ethiopia coup bid: 250 suspects arrested

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC Amharic, Addis Ababa

    Soldiers carry a coffin while a woman cries alongside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Image caption: The arrests followed the funerals on Tuesday of the officials who were killed in the coup

    More than 250 people have been arrested in Ethiopia suspected of being involved in violence last weekend described by the authorities as a failed regional coup.

    Five top officials, including the head of the army, and a number of other people died as a result of attacks in the northern Amhara state and the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Among those arrested are more than 200 security officers in Amhara and more than 40 individuals in Addis Ababa.

    The announcement was made by what is been called the Joint Task force for Security and Justice, which said that there had been plans to kill more government officials.

    It also said that 27 AK-47s had been found, as well as two machine guns and a number of pistols.

    The task force will also look into whether the violence in Amhara and Addis Ababa were linked. The authorities had previously said there was a definite link.

    State television has also revealed the identity of the bodyguard who is alleged to have killed the head of the military, Gen Seare Mekonnen, and another general in the capital.

    It displayed his picture and said Corporal Mesfint Tigabu was being treated for gunshot wounds in intensive care.

    Order appears to have returned to the country and the internet is partially working after being shut down for four days.

  10. Al-Shabab executes man who married mother and daughter

    Militant Islamist group al-Shabab has executed a man in his seventies in southern Somalia for allegedly marrying a mother and her daughter, pro-al-Shabab Somali Memo website reports.

    The 75-year-old was paraded on 27 June in a public gathering in Toratorow village in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle Region. He denied marrying the mother and daughter.

    The man was accused of eloping with the daughter in a rural area without the permission of her guardian.

    The Islamist group has on several occasions executed people alleged of committing different kinds of crimes including adultery, polyandry (marriage of a woman to two or more men at the same time) and spying.

    On 9 May 2018, al-Shabab stoned a woman to death after she was accused of polyandry.

    Toratorow is one of the villages under the control of the Islamist group.

  11. Politics 'root cause' of Ebola, warns health official

    Ebola health workers

    A top health official has warned that although Ebola outbreaks can be controlled, the disease will keep returning until political stability is achieved in the region.

    The outbreak can be stopped this time but "it may come back, because the system is weak," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus, chief executive of the World Health Organization (WHO), who has just returned from a research visit to DR Congo and Uganda.

    He said that despite vaccinating millions of people against measles, cholera and chikungunya, there are currently outbreaks of these diseases.

    "When there is no peace and lack of securit,y the health condition of the people is the most affected," said Dr Tedros. "Unless we affect the root cause of the problem we won't have solutions."

    He said the world should help DR Congo, the Central African Republic and other fragile countries find political solutions to their problems.

    He also referred to Yemen, which didn't have an outbreak of cholera for many years, to the point that "they even forgot about it" but since civil war broke out there, the disease has returned, killing more than 2,500 people.

  12. Amr Warda recalled to team after harassment allegations

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service in Alexandria

    Amr Warda

    Two days after being sent home for disciplinary reasons, Egypt have decided to recall their controversial midfielder Amr Warda for the Africa Cup of Nations.

    His suspension has been reduced to the end of the group stage, meaning he’ll only miss one more match for the hosts before being available again in the last 16.

    Warda was expelled from the squad after social media conversations allegedly between him and a number of women were released following Egypt's game against Zimbabwe. There were allegations of sexual harassment.

    He apologised to family, friends and team-mates in a social media video and team mate Mohamed Salah tweeted that “we need to believe in second chances... we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”

  13. Kenyans tease Tanzanians after Afcon victory

    Kenyans have taken to social media to tease their neighbours in Tanzania after their victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt on Thursday night.

    The Kenya men's football team beat Tanzania 3-2 after coming from behind twice. Tanzania cannot now qualify for the knock-out stages.

    Kenyans on Twitter (known as KOT) are wondering why Tanzanians are so quiet:

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    One person is speculating that perhaps the internet is not working in Tanzania:

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    Another has posted a picture of a fan (who is in fact at a South African match) with the phrase "God save us" misspelled, suggesting that Tanzania needs to improve its communication skills with the divine authority:

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    And people have also picked up on the title of the Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz's latest song Kanyanga meaning "step on".

    In this tweet, Edward Njuguna says that Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama stepped on his opponents:

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    And this tweet also refers to one of Diamond's previous songs, Tetema:

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  14. African soldiers 'paid less than white peers lose payout'

    A statue honouring lost soldiers in Abuja, Nigeria
    Image caption: A statue honouring lost soldiers in Abuja, Nigeria

    African soldiers who fought for Britain in World War Two will not be compensated after receiving two thirds less pay than their white colleagues, the Guardian newspaper has reported.

    Soldiers serving from Britain's colonies were paid an end-of-war bonus that was based on their rank, length of service and ethnicity. The overall amount was a third of the total that white soldiers received.

    Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood told fellow MPs there would be “no current plans to take forward any further investigations of this matter”, the Guardian quotes him as saying.

    He said an investigation would require “extensive resources” amid “competing demands” across government departments.

    There would be “difficulty in establishing an accurate factual records base,” he added.

    Six-hundred thousand African men were recruited from across the continent during the World War Two, some of them by force.

    The Guardian spoke to a Kenyan veteran who said he endured "tough" conditions and corporal punishment when he fought for the British against the Japanese.

    Muchara Ntiba, now aged 97, was sent to Burma and said "bullets were just raining on us".

    “We put our lives in danger for them,” he said. “The British government did not listen to our demands. We got out with nothing.”

    The decision “in no way diminishes how grateful the UK is to all those servicemen and women from the Commonwealth who served with Britain during the second world war,” said Mr Ellwood.

    The opposition Labour party condemned the decision.

  15. Kenya MP to spend more time in police cell

    Image caption: The video of the MP was widely shared

    Kenyan MP Charles Njagua Kanyi has been denied bail and will have to spend at least another four nights in police detention as investigations continue following alleged comments he made that foreign traders should be beaten if they did not leave the country.

    He was arrested outside parliament on Wednesday and made an initial court appearance on Thursday.

    A magistrate has now given the police three more working days to look into the issue.

    In a clip widely shared in Kenya, Mr Kanyi was recorded in a market saying: "When you look at our market, Tanzanians and Ugandans have taken our business. Enough is enough. If we will give them 24 hours and they will not leave, we will beat them and we are not scared of anyone."

    The MP from the ruling Jubilee Party, who is also a singer by the stage name Jaguar, then repeats the phrase "enough is enough" as people applaud.

    Mr Kanti said his remarks had been "misinterpreted".

  16. Official Kenyan tweet refers to Somaliland as a 'country'

    Kenya's foreign ministry has referred to Somaliland as a "country" in a controversial tweet.

    Since Somalia's civil war and the collapse of government in 1991, Somaliland has been a self-declared independent state and has its own democratically elected government.

    However, it is not officially recognised by any country or international organisation.

    In the tweet, the foreign ministry said a ministry official had held talks with Somaliland's minister of foreign affairs Yasin Hagi Mohamed.

    "The two discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries and ways of strengthening cooperation," the tweet said.

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    Comments on the tweet show mixed reactions. One person accused the foreign office of "trying to play with the nerve of Somali government".

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    Others have accused Kenya of using the tweet to pressurise Somalia to concede over a maritime dispute between the two countries.

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  17. Ethiopia 'hit-man bodyguard' identified

    Screengrab from televsion
    Image caption: The bodyguard was identified as Corporal Mesafint Tigabu on state-run television

    The identity of the man accused of shooting dead Ethiopia army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and another general has been revealed.

    The two men were killed on Saturday in the capital, Addis Ababa, in what the authorities have said said was part of an alleged attempt to overthrow the regional government in the Amhara state.

    On Sunday the government said an unnamed bodyguard was responsible and he had been arrested.

    Then on Monday police chief Endeshaw Tasew announced that the bodyguard had killed himself after killing the generals. But later that day the federal police apologised and said the bodyguard was recovering from gunshot wounds in hospital.

    The bodyguard has been named on state-run television ETV as Corporal Mesafint Tigabu. The channel also displayed his picture.

    Corporal Mesafint is still in the intensive care unit under heavy security, ETV said.

  18. Equipment fault led to flight diversions in Kenya

    Kenya's aviation authority (KCAA) has explained what caused diversions and delays at the country's main international airport in the capital, Nairobi.

    In a statement KCAA says that "an Uninterrupted Power Supply unit for the Radar... encountered a fault. The Radar was turned off to allow for a replacement."

    Operations were disrupted for 95 minutes to make sure that passengers were safe, it adds.

    Two flights were diverted and 15 were put in a holding pattern in the air while the problem was sorted out.

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  19. Afcon: Kenya get bragging rights over neighbours Tanzania

    Screengrab from trendsmap website

    There's little doubt about what's obsessing Twitter users in East Africa after Thursday's Africa Cup of Nations derby between Kenya and Tanzania.

    Kenyans have the bragging rights after beating their neighbours 3-2 and Tanzania cannot now qualify for the knock-out stages.

    A Kenyan Twitter account has posted a video of a distressed Tanzanian fan who's saying: "It's not fair, it's the fans who are feeling the pain not the players on the pitch."

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    Speaking after the match Tanzanian captain, Mbwana Samatta, apologised to the fans.

    "It's the kind of game that pains us a lot, but it's just a game. We have disappointed our fans... we can't change anything," he told BBC Swahili.

    His opposite number, Victor Wanyama, was celebrating.

    "I know that when we settled down with the ball, we would beat Tanzania. Tanzania is not a bad team but I knew they wouldn't take long before they started to panic," he said.

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    One Kenyan fan in the coastal city of Mombasa told the BBC that Tanzania may be able to beat Kenya "with words, but they can't beat us with actions. Tanzania will always be behind us."

    And Kenyan politicians have been quick to join in.

    Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has sent his congratulations:

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  20. Afcon: Tanzania knocked out after losing to Kenya

    Tanzania"s midfielder Himid Mao heads the ball during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Kenya and Tanzania at the Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019
    Image caption: Tanzania have lost both of their opening matches at the Africa Cup of Nations

    Michael Olunga scored twice as Kenya came from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations thriller.

    Tanzania's defeat means that they cannot progress to the knock-out stages.

    Marco Ilaimaharitra's thunderous free-kick gave Madagascar their first Africa Cup of Nations win by beating Burundi 1-0.

    And Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 to clinch a place in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16.

    Friday's Afcon matches:

    • Tunisia v Mali
    • Morocco v Ivory Coast
    • South Africa v Namibia

    You can follow all the Afcon news on the BBC African Football website.