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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We’ll be back next week

    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: It is the calabash that will tell you where to put rope in its body before hanging it up." from Sent by Olorunnusi Oluwatosin and Akinrinwa David Olishola, both from Nigeria
    Sent by Olorunnusi Oluwatosin and Akinrinwa David Olishola, both from Nigeria

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of pro-democracy protesters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, celebrating news that a transition deal had been agreed with the ruling military council. It is from our selection of the best pictures from this week.

    Protesters
  2. Al-Shabab attacks Kismayo hotel

    A car bomb has exploded in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayo where local leaders and politicians were meeting, news agency Reuters reports, quoting a police officer.

    The suicide blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayo, followed by gunfire, according to multiple reports.

    "It is too early to know if there are any casualties," Maj Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters.

    A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said the group was behind the attack, Reuters reports.

    He said the attack was still ongoing.

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  3. Nigeria Shia members in court

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Shia protesters

    Sixty-five members of Nigeria's Shia Muslim community, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), have been arraigned in several courts in the capital, Abuja, after three days of protests and violent cashes with police.

    On Tuesday shots were fired outside the National Assembly putting the area into a lockdown.

    The protesters said two people were shot dead but police denied this, saying they had used "minimum force" and that eight security personnel had been injured.

    Nigeria police chief Mohammed Adamu said on Friday that the police will now engage in a show of force with the protesters after they allegedly shot some security agents.

    The IMN regularly holds protests against the detention of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, which often result in violent clashes with the security services.

    Sheikh Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after an alleged attempt to kill the army chief.

    He was held without charge until April 2018 when he was accused in court of inciting violence.

    He denies the charges.

  4. SportPesa criticises Kenya's anti-betting directive

    Betting company SportPesa has termed as "malicious" a move by Kenya's gambling authority to block its mobile phone short codes, used by people to place bets.

    It said that the order "is the latest in a series to disrupt its business."

    The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) gave people 48 hours to withdraw money from the mobile phone accounts that they use to place bets, the Daily Nation reports, quoting an official letter.

    On Wednesday, the board told Safaricom, the leading mobile phone company, that 27 gambling firms, including SportPesa, had not had their license renewed as they had not met "outstanding renewal requirements".

    SportPesa said in a statement that it had complied with the tax and legal requirements in Kenya.

    It also pointed out its sport and social investment in the country.

    The company warned that the BCLB measures were likely to drive betting underground, as well as have a negative social and economic effect in the country.

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  5. Court frees mistaken Eritrean 'smuggler'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    An Italian court has cleared an Eritrean man of running a people-smuggling network, in what his defence described as a shocking case of mistaken identity.

    The suspect, identified in court as Medhanie Yehdego Mered, was arrested in Sudan and extradited at the request of UK and Italy on charges that he trafficked migrants from Libya to Europe across the Mediterranean.

    His lawyers successfully argued that he was actually Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre, an impoverished refugee living in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

    The Palermo court, however, handed Mr Medhanie a five-year sentence for assisting people smugglers.

    Having already spent three years in court, he was allowed to walk free.

  6. SA artist drops assault charge after reconciliation

    South African celebrity singer Bongekile Simelane, known by her stage name Babes Wodumo and her boyfriend Mampintsha

    South African celebrity singer Bongekile Simelane, known by her stage name Babes Wodumo, has dropped assault charges against her boyfriend Mampintsha, whose real name is Mandla Maphumulo, local media report.

    Mampintsha was charged with assault in April after a live video on Instagram showed him hitting Babes.

    The prosecutor's office told the court that Babes had said she was happy with the mediation and counselling the couple had undertaken, news site EWN reports.

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    The two musicians appeared in a Durban court on Friday days after police issued an arrest warrant for them after they failed to appear for a hearing about their counselling sessions.

  7. Dozens arrested in France after Algeria Afcon win

    Woman walking beside cracked glass

    French authorities say police arrested 43 Algerian fans after celebrations at the Champs-Elysees turned violent on Thursday night.

    Thousands of fans had gathered at the famous landmark in Paris after the north African country beat Ivory Coast to qualify for the semi-finals of the Africa Nations Cup (Afcon), but the celebrations turned violent.

    AFP news agency said two nearby stores were looted, another report said a woman was killed when a driver celebrating knocked her down.

    Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described the actions of the fans celebrating as "unacceptable".

    One Twitter user shared a video of fans smashing into a shop:

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    Algeria reached the semi-finals by beating Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

    The Desert Foxes, who are seeking their first Afcon triumph since 1990, will now meet Nigeria in Cairo on Sunday.

  8. Teenage 'kidnappers' arrested after five-year-old boy's death

    Halima Umar

    BBC Hausa, Abuja

    Police recover boy's body
    Image caption: Police recovered the body of the boy from a building site

    Police in Nigeria's north-west state of Kano have arrested three teenagers accused of abducting a five-year-old boy who later died in their custody after he was allegedly drugged.

    His buried body was recovered by police at a building site.

    Kano police chief Ahmed Ilyasu said the boy was kidnapped by his carer who demanded 50m naira ($138,000; £106,000) ransom.

    He said the kidnappers had drugged, tied and gagged the boy, resulting in his death.

    Mr Ilyasu said the police began looking for the kidnappers as soon as the case was reported to them.

    "The death of the boy made the kidnappers reduced the amount of ransom to 100,000 naira ($277), and security officers ambushed and arrested them when they came to collect the money.

    "It is very unfortunate that all the kidnappers, who are not more than 19 years, were well known to the boy's family," said the police chief.

    He adds that they will be taken to court later on Friday.

    Watch:Inside Nigeria's kidnap crisis

  9. IMF bails out Congo-Brazzaville

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Congo--Brazzaville has welcomed a bailout from the International Monetary Fund worth nearly $450m (£340m).

    The oil-rich country suffered from the drop in crude prices in 2014.

    By 2017 its debt had risen to almost 100% of GDP.

    Like many other African countries, Congo-Brazzaville is heavily indebted to China, and it had to renegotiate its obligations to Beijing before it could finalise its loan from the IMF.

    In April, it reached an agreement to restructure the debt, whereby the repayments it makes over the next few years will be reduced, but not the total sum owed.

  10. Sudan’s livestream massacre

    There was a massacre of protesters on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum on 3 June 2019. This is the story of that massacre, told through the phone cameras of those who kept filming, even as they came under live fire.

    BBC Africa Eye has analysed more than 300 videos shot in Khartoum that day. Using them, we bring you a shocking, street-level view of the violence - as well as testimony from men who say they took part in the attack and that it was planned from the top.

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    Video caption: Sudan’s livestream massacre
  11. War of words hits Ethiopia's governing coalition

    Ethiopia's Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) has hit back at the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in a war of words that is threatening the future of the country's governing coalition.

    The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is made up of four parties, including the ADP and TPLF.

    On Wednesday evening, the TPLF accused its partner of "working with chauvinist forces" and "spoiling the security of the region", in a statement it released after an urgent central committee meeting.

    The party was referring to last month's killing of the governor of Amhara region, Ambachew Mekonen, and two other officials, who were members of the ADP, in what the authorities have described as an attempted coup in the region.

    "The ADP has to look into its fragile internal situation, assess the killings of officials and make a public apology accordingly," the TPLF said.

    On Thursday evening, the ADP hit back, saying it would not apologise, and adding that the TPLF's demand was "upsetting".

    When it came to insecurity, the ADP blamed the TPLF for the problems. "They should have supported us during this challenging time. The TPLF will never change from its corrupt way of politics," the party added in a post of Facebook.

    This row is threatening the unity of Ethiopia's governing coalition, analysts told the BBC Tigrinya service.

  12. Egypt's women footballers dream of reuniting national team

    Egypt's matches at the Africa Cup of Nations were watched by huge crowds.

    However, when it comes to the women’s national team, they haven't played a game since 2016 and are now unranked by Fifa.

    But these three Egyptian footballers told BBC News Arabic why are fighting for proper recognition of the women's game in their country and hope to reunite the national team.

    Video producers: Sara Abou Bakr and Alma Hassoun.

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    Video caption: Egypt's women footballers dream of reuniting national team
  13. Rwanda's foreign minister defends press record

    Rwanda's Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera has defended his country's press freedom record.

    In its press freedom ranking, Reporters Without Borders placed the country 155th out of 180 countries.

    But Mr Sezibera, who spoke to the BBC's Foucs on Africa programme, said journalists in Rwanda have "criticised government and they continue to do so".

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    Video caption: Rwanda defends record on press freedom
  14. Zuma's son acquitted in culpable homicide case

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    The Randburg magistrates court in Johannesburg has found Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African President Jacob Zuma, not guilty of culpable homicide and reckless driving.

    The case related to an incident in 2014 when Mr Zuma's Porsche hit the back of a minibus in Johannesburg killing a woman, Phumzile Dube, instantly.

    The magistrate found that the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty of negligence.

    There is no evidence that the accused should have done anything more to avoid the accident, the magistrate said.

    The former president was in court to support his son. They celebrated after the judgement was handed down.

    Screengrab from court case
    Image caption: President Zuma was in court to support his son
  15. Army deployed in Cape Town

    The South African National Defence Force has been deployed to violence-hit communities in Cape Town.

    The areas include Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East.

    Local reports say the recent upsurge in violence is due to a turf war between rival gangs, fueled by retaliation attacks.

    At least 20 people have been killed there since last Friday, including 13 who were shot dead in Philippi East at the weekend.

    The office of Police Minister Bheki Cele said the deployment was part of “extraordinary” measures that needed to be taken to ensure public safety.

    “We’ll go door to door, we’ll collect every illegal firearm, we’ll collect all criminals that we want, we’ll collect all outstanding criminals that have been on bail," Mr Cele told the media.

    There is currently heavy police presence in some of those communities as officers await the arrival of the army.

    Cape Town’s gang-problem goes back many decades, while there have been periods of ceasefire, authorities have struggled over the years to maintain lasting peace in those communities.

  16. Judgement due in Zuma son's case

    A Johannesburg court is expected to give judgement on a homicide case against the son of former South African President Jacob Zuma.

    Duduzane Zuma was charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving following a fatal crash in 2014.

    He has denied the charges.

    His lawyers have argued that he should not be held liable for the death of Phumzile Dube because he had no prior knowledge that he would lose control of his Porsche sports car, news site EWN reports.

    The state prosecutors have, however, argued that Mr Zuma had not taken necessary precautions while driving on a rainy night.

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  17. She's invented a swallowing toilet

    South African Monni Mokwena, 25, has come up with an idea which she says is a game changer.

    She's invented a toilet which uses less than half a litre of water, and it's all about an innovative new pipe design.

    Ms Mokwena and Lawrence Mengoia from the Bashomi Trading and Projects told the BBC's Newsday programme more about it.

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    Video caption: A young South African woman says she's designed a toilet that flushes with less water.
  18. Davido and Chris Brown to collaborate on new song

    In an Instagram post, American pop star Chris Brown has announced that he will be collaborating with Nigerian musician Davido.

    The song, Blow My Mind, is "coming soon" Chris Brown wrote.

    In celebration, Davido responded with flame and rocket emojis and a swear word.

    It is not clear when the song will be released.

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    This isn't the first time the US musician is collaborating with a Nigerian, he worked with Afrobeats star Wizkid on African Bad Gyal.

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    Davido is one of Africa's biggest music stars and has also collaborated with US musicians Quavo and Meek Mill in the past.

  19. Burundian refugees in Tanzania ‘threatened with forced repatriation'

    Bernard Bankukira

    BBC Great Lakes

    Burundian refugees in one camp in Tanzania say that the administration there has threatened them with forced repatriation. The refugees told the BBC that they would not feel safe if they went home.

    The Tanzanian government has denied that there is a plan to send the refugees back home from Nyarugusu camp, which is near the Burundian border.

    The refugees told BBC Great Lakes that the head of the camp, Jumanne Singani, asked them to return voluntarily before they were forced back.

    Mr Singani can be heard in audio recordings sent to the BBC by the refugees, urging them to leave because they were causing problems for locals.

    The BBC contacted Mr Singani to ask for an explanation of his statement, he declined to comment and referred us to an official at the interior ministry.

    “Tanzania has no plan to force Burundian refugees back home,” Christina Mwangosi, the ministry's spokesperson told the BBC.

    More than 200,000 Burundian refugees live in Tanzania, most of them having fled the unrest of 2015.

  20. Young Africans more likely to pay bribes than their elders

    Transparency International says young people in Africa, aged 18-34 years, are more likely to pay bribes than older people, aged over 55 years.

    In its 2019 Global Corruption Meter, the group said its survey also revealed that the poorest people are twice as likely to pay a bribe – and more likely to be victims of corrupt behaviour by bureaucrats – than the richest.

    The annual survey which is in its 10th year, said that in Africa corruption is highest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where "75% of those who came into contact with the police paid a bribe". It is lowest in Mauritius.

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    The report also said foreigners play a significant role in fuelling and perpetuating corruption in Africa, "chipping away at the region’s sustainable development".

    It said that companies resort to bribery to receive deals such as mining rights, contracts for major construction projects and other deals.

    Transparency International said the survey results are based on nationally representative face-to-face interviews between September 2016 and September 2018, conducted in partnership with Afrobarometer.