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Summary

  1. About 28 hippos die in Ethiopian game park
  2. 'Throttle Queens' bike across East Africa
  3. Leaders hold crisis talks on Sudan and Libya
  4. Sudan’s military told to 'stop procrastinating'
  5. Buhari aide hits back at bishop over 'sleeping' jibe
  6. Ugandan pop star 'treated like a terrorist'
  7. Bobi Wine calls for strike against Ugandan police
  8. 'First malaria vaccine' to be tested
  9. Ugandan excitement as new jets land

Live Reporting

By Ashley Lime and Natasha Booty

All times stated are UK

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  1. Leaders jet into Egypt for crisis talks

    Sudan and Libya are on the agenda

    Emergency summits on Sudan and Libya are to take place today in Egypt.

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is the current president of the African Union, is hosting African leaders for discussions on "the evolution of the situation in Sudan" where President Omar al-Bashir was toppled after weeks of protest, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement seen by AFP.

    They will also seek to "stem the current crisis" in Libya, where the internationally recognised government in Tripoli is under attack from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar from a rival authority based in the eastern city of Benghazi.

    Among those due to attend today's talks are the presidents of Chad, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, Somalia, Djibouti and South Africa, according to AFP.

    This video of South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Cairo was shared on his Twitter page:

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  2. Ugandans on Twitter welcome new jets

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has received two Bombardier CRJ900 jets from Canada at the Entebbe International Airport.

    The coming of the new planes, with the words Ugandan Airlines on the sides of the aircraft, marks the official comeback of the east African country's national carrier that was grounded in 2001.

    Privately-owned newspaper Daily Monitor reported that the Bombardier CRJ900 recently took to the skies for the first test flight at Canada's Montreal Mirabel International Airport and that an eight-minute video clip was uploaded on YouTube showing the test flight, exciting Ugandans.

    And as guests cheered and danced when the planes landed this morning, some Ugandans on Twitter reacted to the news:

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    But some people poked fun at the ceremony:

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  3. Sudan’s military told to 'stop procrastinating'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Pledges by Sudan’s military to build a transitional government in the wake of President Omar al-Bashir’s ousting from power have been rebuffed by key political groups, according to privately owned Baj News.

    The main opposition National Umma Party has accused the military of “procrastinating” instead of handing power over to a civilian government, the website reports, and refused to take part at all.

    Protest leaders also announced at the weekend that they were suspending talks with the military council.

    On Monday, Sudan's military government has told protesters to take down their road blocks in the capital, Khartoum.

  4. Bobi Wine calls for mass strike against Ugandan police

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Musician turned politician Bobi Wine (C) is joined by other activists in Kampala on July 11, 2018 in Kampala during a demonstration to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.
    Image caption: Opposition MP Bobi Wine was briefly arrested on Monday

    Ugandan opposition MP Bobi Wine has called for mass protests against the actions of police and other state injustices meted out on Ugandans, reports the privately-owned Observer newspaper.

    "We are encouraged by the people of Algeria who in the past weeks forced a dictator to resign, and the people of Sudan who through peaceful protests forced a powerful despot to give way," the MP, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, announced from his home in Magere, north-west Uganda.

    He was reportedly taken by force to Magere by police who blocked him from holding a press conference in the capital Kampala.

    This comes after police prevented the singer-turned-politician from holding a planned music concert at his private club in the Busabala neighbourhood of the capital, citing security concerns.

    Bobi Wine has had frequent run-ins with long-time President Yoweri Museveni's administration.

    The MP's arrest and alleged torture by security forces last August lead to international condemnation, including a petition from pop stars for his release.

    Bobi Wine recently announced that he will challenge Museveni in the 2021 polls.

  5. African women on the shame of hair loss

    Aaron Akinyemi

    BBC News

    Bandile is a 31-year-old aspiring South African model with a balding head.
    Image caption: Bandile says giving her hair a break could have prevented her baldness

    Years of styling, braiding, pulling, relaxing and sewing in weaves have left a 31-year-old aspiring South African model with a balding head.

    "Every time I took out my weave at the salon, I would have them chemically 'relax' my hair and would then put on another weave on the same day - I was never with my own hair," says Bandile (not her real name).

    It is a form of hair loss called traction alopecia, and she was in secondary school when she first noticed her hair was falling out.

    But the Johannesburg resident is not alone - the condition affects one-third of women of African descent, according to a study in the medical journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.

    Read more here here.

  6. Children die in abandoned SA mine

    A mine worker is seen under ground at Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, South Africa, February 1, 2019.
    Image caption: The three children's bodies were retrieved from the water at the illegal mine

    Three children have drowned in a flooded illegal mine in South Africa's northern Limpopo province, police say.

    The parents of the three boys, aged between seven and nine, began looking for them when they failed to return home on Sunday evening, police spokesman Captain Mamphaswa Seabi was quoted by the local News24 site as saying.

    "They searched the area and proceeded to the illegal mine hole which was filled with water due to the recent rains that fell in the area.

    "On arrival, they were met by the sight of their children's clothes next to the 'dam' and started anticipating that the worst might have happened," Mr Seabi said.

    The distraught parents contacted police, and the bodies of the children were later retrieved from the site , he added.

  7. Anthrax suspected to have killed Ethiopia's hippos

    Elias Hordofa

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    The deaths of 28 hippos at a game park in Ethiopia is suspected to have been caused by an anthrax outbreak or toxic algae, the director of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority has told BBC Afaan Oromoo.

    Kumera Wakjira added that he had never seen wildlife die on a such a huge scale in Ethiopia.

    Photos on social media show dead hippos in a river at the Gibe Sheleko National Park, which opened in 2011.

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  8. Buhari aide hits back at bishop

    Nigeria"s President Muhammadu Buhari addresses officials and supporters at the campaign headquarters of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, Nigeria February 27, 2019.
    Image caption: President Muhammadu Buhari has said his efforts have helped restore security

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman has hit back at a Catholic bishop who accused him of "sleeping on duty as the commander-in-chief".

    During an Easter address, the Bishop of Yola Diocese, Stephen Mamza, criticised Mr Buhari's government for allegedly failing to stop the rising wave of violence, including abductions and banditry.

    “We are really in a dilemma. We [Nigerians] are feeling that we don’t have protection. From all indications, there is nothing being done. There have been calls from all over the country. Look at what is happening in Zamfara State; look at what is happening in Benue periodically, in Nasarawa State and now in Adamawa," he said.

    Mr Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said the bishop had broken with the tradition of staying above party politics.

    “Sadly, one of the realities of today’s Nigeria is that it easy to blame President Buhari for the violence all around us. Community leaders are too scared to blame the warlords and the sponsors of killings we live with because they fear for their own lives," he added.

    Read: Buhari in profile

  9. The Throttle Queens on an epic bike trip

    Six Kenyan women bikers, known as The Throttle Queens, have been riding across East Africa to raise awareness about road safety.

    Road accidents in the region are a serious problem, claiming scores of lives every year.

    Pot-holed and narrow urban roads are as dangerous as the highways on which most drivers break all the traffic rules.

    Thankfully, the bikers have made it safely to Rwanda, the last country on their itinerary.

    So what was the journey like? Njeri Mwangi, is one of them and BBC Newsday's Shaimaa Khalil spoke to her:

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    Video caption: One of the queens tells us they want to raise awareness about road safety
  10. Malawi to test innovative child malaria vaccine

    A file photo taken on February 3, 2015 shows Malawians going through a medical checkup by a paramedic from a non-governmental organisation in Makhanga in the southern Malawian district of Nsanje.
    Image caption: Concern is growing that malaria cases seem to be rising again

    Malawi is due to spearhead a large-scale trial of what has been termed the world's first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children.

    The RTS vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite that is spread buy mosquito bites.

    Smaller trials earlier showed that nearly 40% of the 5-to-17-months-olds who received it were protected.

    BBC Newsday's Lawrence Pollard spoke to Dr David Schellenberg, who has been working on the development of the vaccine with the World Health Organization in Geneva:

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    Video caption: Dr David Schellenberg has been working on its development
  11. Ugandan pop star treated 'like a terrorist'

    Ugandan pop star turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine has condemned his brief arrest on Monday, saying he was treated "like a terrorist" but he will not intimidated from continuing his "war" against President Yoweri Museveni's "dictatorship".

    Policemen with batons and riot shields forced Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, out of his car as he was making his way to a concert at a venue south of the capital, Kampala.

    They also fired tear gas to disperse his fans.

    A police spokesman for Kampala, Patrick Onyango, told AFP news agency that Bobi Wine was apprehended because police wanted to "talk to him... so that he and his team learn to respect the law".

    Bobi Wine, seen as a potential challenger to Uganda's long-serving ruler in the next election, was later driven home, Mr Onyango added.

    Addressing his supporters, Bobi Wine said: "I was arrested like a terrorist. They broke my hand and pushed me in a vehicle. Stand firm, we are winning this war. Each day that passes helps our resolve to end dictatorship."

    A video of his arrest was put up on his Twitter account:

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    Read: The pop star seeking 'people power'

  12. Mass deaths of hippos in Ethiopia

    Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibious, in water with mouth wide open. Masai Mara game reserve. Kenya

    About 28 hippos have been found dead at the Gibe Sheleko National Park in south-western Ethiopia, a park official has said.

    The animals died between 14 April and 21 April, park head Behirwa Mega told the state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

    The cause of the deaths is still being investigated.

    In 2017, about 100 hippos died following an anthrax outbreak at the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia.

    And an anthrax outbreak caused the deaths of a least 10 buffaloes about two weeks ago at Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park.

  13. Tuesday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: An animal that has escaped a trap fears a bent stick." from An Efik proverb sent by Okokon George Asian, Solomon Asin and Utoh Jacob Akpaitam, all from Nigeria.
    An Efik proverb sent by Okokon George Asian, Solomon Asin and Utoh Jacob Akpaitam, all from Nigeria.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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