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Nigeria boat sinking leaves 33 dead – emergency services

Nigeria boat sinking leaves 33 dead - emergency services

The bodies of at least 33 people, some children, have been recovered after a crowded boat capsized in the Niger River in north-western Nigeria.

Emergency officials say they managed to rescue 84 people on board, but another 30 of the total 150 passengers remained unaccounted for.

They blamed the accident on overloading of the boat, which had been travelling from neighbouring Niger.

Nigeria has seen many boats capsize due to poorly maintained overcrowded boats.

The accident happened on Wednesday morning in the remote area of Lolo village, in Nigeria's Kebbi state, but details only first started emerging on Friday.

The boat had been carrying traders across the border from Gaya, in the Dosso region of Niger. They were planning to attend a village market in Nigeria.

A co-ordinator for Nigeria's National Emergency Management (NEMA), Suleiman Mohammed Karim, told AFP news agency that the boat had a capacity of 70 passengers but survivors said 150 people plus their goods were on board.

Referring to the remaining missing, he said: "Having spent two days on the water, we presume they are all dead."

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South Africa student fights to keep thesis in robbery

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South Africa student fights to keep thesis in robbery

Security camera footage from South Africa shows the moment a student fought off robbers to hold on to a bag containing a hard drive with the only copy of her thesis.

"It wasn't very smart but I guess it worked," Noxolo Ntusi, 26, told the BBC.

Footage courtesy of Intelligence Bureau SA

13 Sep 2017

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Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

Image caption Sampha has previously worked with the likes of Drake, Frank Ocean and Solange

Soul singer Sampha has won the 2017 Mercury Music Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process.

Written and recorded after his mother, Binty, died of cancer, the album is best exemplified by the ballad (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.

The song talks about the piano in his childhood home, which his mother taught him to play as a child.

"At the time... it was quite important for me to write music," Sampha told the BBC. "It helped me through everything.

"So it's this weird kind of document but it's nice, I guess, because I'll have it for the rest of my life."

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Speaking at the Hammersmith Apollo, the singer dedicated his Mercury Prize to both his parents.

Bite-sized guide to the shortlist (BBC Music) Meet the nominees (BBC Two)

Born in London to Sierra Leonean parents, Sampha Sissay has been part of the music industry for more than a decade, working with the likes of Drake, Frank Ocean and Solange.

However, Process is his debut album - and one that poured, fully-formed, out of his heart.

"It was never my intention to write an album," he said. "But one day I woke up and I had that selfish desire."

Process beat the likes of Ed Sheeran, The xx and Stormzy to win the £25,000 Mercury Prize, which recognises the best British or Irish album of the year.

The full list of nominees was:

Mercury nominees (source: Music Week / OCC)Artist Title Peak chart position Sales to date Monthly Spotify listeners Alt-J Relaxer 6 33,908 4,870,045 Blossoms Blossoms 1 117,309 624,739 Dinosaur Together, As One n/a 1,607 4,824 Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) 1 2,185,458 40,742,938 Glass Animals How To Be A Human Being 23 27,824 2,975,746 J Hus Common Sense 6 81,598 2,660,173 Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos 28 15,325 102,446 Loyle Carner Yesterday's Gone 14 24,737 443,141 Sampha Process 7 25,652 2,105,999 Stormzy Gang Signs and Prayer 1 209,442 3,458,562 The Big Moon Love in the 4th Dimension 66 4,485 168,615 The xx I See You 1 87,896 4,453,168

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges that included Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre, Radio 1's Clara Amfo and jazz musician Jamie Cullum.

They said the deliberation was the prize's "longest ever".

The ceremony was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC 6 Music - and you can relive all the action, from the red carpet to the winner's press conference, on BBC Music News LIVE.

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South Africa’s Motlanthe: ‘Good if ANC loses power’ – BBC News – BBC News

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It will be good for South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) to lose the 2019 election, ex-President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

The party has become "associated" with corruption, and it has to lose for the "penny to drop", he told the BBC.

Mr Motlanthe is a senior ANC member whose comments show growing disillusionment with the party.

The party has won each general election with more than 60% of the vote since white minority rule ended in 1994.

However, it lost some of South Africa's main cities - including the commercial capital, Johannesburg - in local elections in 2014.

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Voters were seen to have punished the party because of worsening corruption within its ranks.

Its leader, President Jacob Zuma, has survived eight no-confidence votes in parliament.

He has been accused by the opposition and his ANC critics of being at the centre of a corrupt network in government, an allegation he denies.

In the interview with BBC Hardtalk, Mr Motlanthe said the electorate will vote out the ANC for as long as it is "associated with corruption and failure".

"It would be good for the ANC itself and let me tell you why - because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it," Mr Motlanthe added.

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Media captionThe Zuma presidency: Scandals and successes

He said the ANC could renew itself, but it would require "lots of courage and failing that it has to hit rock bottom".

"It has to lose elections for the penny to drop," Mr Motlanthe told Hardtalk.

Mr Motlanthe served as South Africa's president between 2008 and 2009.

He was closely allied with Mr Zuma, but later fell out with him.

Mr Zuma is due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president in 2019.

He is backing his ex-wife and former African Union commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him.

Her main challenger is Mr Zuma's deputy and former business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa.


Zuma's scandals:

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Jacob Zuma is due to step down in December - but could now be ousted sooner 2005: Charged with corruption over a multi-billion dollar 1999 arms deal - charges dropped shortly before he becomes president in 2009. 2005: Charged with raping a family friend - acquitted in 2006 2016: a court ordered he should be charged with 786 counts of corruption over the arms deal - he has appealed 2016: Court rules he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade private home in Nkandla - he has repaid the money 2017: Public protector calls for a judge-led inquiry into allegations he profiteered from relationship with wealthy Gupta family - he denies allegations, as have the Guptas No inquiry appointed yet

The Guptas and their links to Zuma

South Africa's anti-corruption crusader

How Zuma's Nkandla home has grown


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Bell Pottinger collapses after South African scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bell Pottinger is based in Holborn, central London

Bell Pottinger has collapsed into administration in the UK after running a racially charged PR campaign in South Africa.

The troubled public relations firm put itself up for sale last week, but could not find a buyer.

The administrators BDO said the firm had been "heavily financially impacted" by the scandal.

The level of its losses and the inability to win new clients left the firm with no other option, BDO said.

Bell Pottinger was ejected from the UK's industry body last week for a PR campaign that emphasised the power of white-owned businesses in South Africa.

A string of clients, including HSBC, Investec and luxury goods company Richemont, cut ties with the firm over its work on the campaign.

Job losses

Bell Pottinger filed plans to appoint three BDO administrators on Friday, and the appointment became effective on Tuesday.

A BDO spokesman said: "Following an immediate assessment of the financial position, the administrators have made a number of redundancies.

"The administrators are now working with the remaining partners and employees to seek an orderly transfer of Bell Pottinger's clients to other firms in order to protect and realise value for creditors."

Bell Pottinger's Middle East and Asian units had already announced plans to separate from the UK parent company.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Africa's opposition party filed a complaint over the campaign

The PR firm worked on the controversial campaign for Oakbay, a company owned by the wealthy Guptas family in South Africa.

The work was criticised for presenting opponents of President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas as agents of "white monopoly capital".

Clientele

Bell Pottinger and its co-founder, Lord Bell, had a reputation for taking risks. Lord Bell, who was a PR adviser to Margaret Thatcher, resigned from the firm last year.

The company represented Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic athlete, after he was charged with murder.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has used the firm's services, as well as Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad.

In the late 1990s the PR firm worked on a campaign to release former Chilean dictator General Pinochet after his arrest in London on a Spanish extradition warrant on murder charges.

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Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Kenyatta had dared the opposition to skip the opening of parliament

Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to address it after a court annulled his election win.

They say that parliament should not have been convened until after the election re-run slated for 17 October.

The MPs instead joined opposition leader Raila Odinga for a campaign rally in the capital, Nairobi.

Mr Kenyatta said he still had the power to convene parliament.

"The set term of a president is embedded until a new one is sworn in as per the constitution," he told lawmakers.

"I want to assure every Kenyan and the world that every arm of government is in place and operational," he added.

Mr Kenyatta was declared winner of the 8 August poll, garnering 54% of the vote against Mr Odinga's 44%.

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Mr Kenyatta had dared opposition MPs to skip the opening of parliament saying that his Jubilee Party had enough MPs to carry on with parliament's activities.

Only one MP from the opposition was present, according to Kenya's privately-owned Star newspaper.

The Standard publication reports that Supreme Court judges, who traditionally attend the official opening of parliament, were absent.

Chief Justice David Maraga's office however told the BBC that the judges had not been invited.

Written judgement

The judges are expected to make public their written judgment explaining why they annulled Mr Kenyatta's win before the end of next week.

A majority of the six judges who listened to the election petition ruled that there had been some "irregularities and illegalities" in the election.

Mr Kenyatta, who has been critical of the judges, said in his parliamentary speech that their decision had overturned the voters' will.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Odinga told supporters that the opposition would boycott the re-run if some election officials are not fired

He also repeated his strong disapproval of the ruling but said he respects it.

He said that he had a track record of respecting the justice system: "I have previously demonstrated this before, when I conceded defeat in 2002 and heeded summons from an international court [ICC ] when I knew I was facing trumped up charges."

His initial reaction to the 1 September ruling was however scathing, with him calling the Chief Justice and his five colleagues " thugs" and promising to "fix" the court after the re-run election.

He was widely condemned for the comments but he has maintained that he has a right to criticise the court.

Meanwhile, Mr Odinga repeated his threat to boycott the election re-run unless some officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC), which is in charge of elections, are fired.

He accuses them of deliberately interfering with the electoral systems to favour Mr Kenyatta.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati told a press briefing on Tuesday that the commission was reviewing its structures to ensure that it is ready for the re-run election.

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Petra Diamonds shares drop as Tanzania continues sector crackdown

Image copyright Petra Image caption A dump truck at work in Petra's Williamson mine in Tanzania

Petra Diamonds shares have fallen 7% after it said a parcel of its diamonds mined in Tanzania had been blocked from export by the country's government.

Several of its employees are being questioned by the country's authorities, although Petra says it has not formally been told the reasons why.

Petra has also suspended operations at one of its mines in Tanzania.

The country's government has passed new laws raising mining taxes and forcing companies to renegotiate contracts.

Petra's operations in the country are 25%-owned by Tanzania's government.

Valuation row

The diamonds were on their way to Antwerp in Belgium, one of the most important cities in the global diamond trade.

Tanzania says the value of the shipment, from the Williamson mine, was $29.5m (£22.4m), and that Petra had under-declared its value.

The government said at the weekend it planned to nationalise the diamonds.

Petra says it is not responsible for the provisional valuation of diamond parcels from Williamson before they are exported. It says this is carried out by the government's diamonds and gemstones valuation agency.

The company has suspended operations at the mine, for "health and safety and security reasons".

Petra said it conducted all operations related to the Williamson mine in a "transparent manner".

In a statement, the company said: "Petra confirms that a parcel of diamonds (71,654.45 carats) from the Williamson mine in Tanzania has been blocked from export to Petra's marketing office in Antwerp and certain key personnel from Williamson are currently being questioned by the authorities.

"However the grounds upon which these actions have been taken have not been formally made known to the Company as yet."

It added it would provide an update "in due course".

Last week, the Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, ordered a review of a Petra contract.

Gold miner Acacia has also fallen foul of the Tanzanian authorities. Earlier in the summer, it was hit with a tax bill for $190bn after government-appointed committees said it was operating illegally and had understated its gold exports.

Last week, Acacia said it was scaling back operations in Tanzania.

Mining accounts for about 4% of the south-east African country's economy.

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Africa Roundup: eBay expands, Google CEO visits Lagos, Ghana … – TechCrunch

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eBay opens U.S. platform to Africa with MallforAfrica.com partnership Alphabet expands in Africa

eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise categories of fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing.

For the new program, MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments on its proprietary platform. DHL is the shipping partner. Online shoppers can browse the entire collection on eBay’s Mall for Africa Store.

The new online channel expands an existing relationship between the two e-commerce companies. In  2016, they launched the eBay Powered by MallforAfrica platform allowing U.S. vendors to sell in Africa.

The program taps goods from merchants in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Burundi. “We’ll be adding more sellers and more countries,” eBay’s Sylvie de Wever told TechCrunch in this feature.

 

Google launched new Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent Nigeria trip.

While visiting Lagos he announced the global internet services company’s plans to train 10 million Africans in digital skills over the next 5 years. Alphabet will also increase its funding to African startups, provide $20 million in grants to digital non-profits, and offer modified versions of products (such as YouTube) in Africa―where internet users can face costlier data plans and slower download speeds than other Google markets.

“A lot of what we’re doing is making it easier for the average person to take advantage of the web,” Bunmi Banjo, Google’s Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa, told TechCrunch.

Ghana’s first sattelite―GhanaSat-1―began its orbit recently, with a little help from some friends. The cubesat, built by a Ghanaian engineering team at All Nations University, was delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in June on a SpaceX rocket that took off from pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center, a NASA spokesperson.

Weeks later, GhanaSat-1 deployed into orbit from the Center and is now operational.

“This particular satellite has two missions,” Project Manager Damoah told TechCrunch. “It has cameras on board for detailed monitoring of the coastlines of Ghana. Then there’s an educational piece―we want to use it to integrate satellite technology into high school curriculum.”

The GhanaSat-1 deployment marks increased interest and activity in Africa toward space exploration.  Nigeria’s first cubesat launched on the same SpaceX mission. Several nations, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia have space agencies. Angola announced its intention to launch a satellite over the coming year.

And the African Union announced its African Space Policy and Strategy initiative last year prompting AU members states  “to realize an African Outer space Programme, as one of the flagship programs….of the AU Agenda.”

Could we see an African space station sometime in the future? It seems quite ambitious. But then again, not so many years sceptics doubted that Africa’s tech sector would ever attract big VC, blue chip IT companies, or produce unicorns. All those milestones have been passed.

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PR firm Bell Pottinger ‘nearing collapse’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bell Pottinger's troubles began with a controversial South African campaign

Bell Pottinger's Asian unit has said it will separate from its British parent, amid reports the public relations firm is nearing collapse.

Bell Pottinger's UK business is expected to go into administration as early as next week, the firm said.

The Asian business will begin trading under a new name "in the coming days".

The PR firm was expelled from the industry trade body after being accused of stirring up racial hatred in South Africa.

The company's Asian business is seeking to distance itself from the scandal.

"The Asia business is entirely ringfenced and solvent," Asia Chief Executive Ang Shih Huei said in a statement sent to clients on Friday seen by the BBC. "Our teams are intact, we continue to serve our clients and it is entirely business as usual."

Bell Pottinger Asia said it would soon re-launch with a new ownership structure and operate under the name Klareco Communications.

Nearing collapse

Late on Thursday an announcement was made to UK staff saying the firm could go into administration next week, according to the Financial Times and other media outlets.

The meeting was attended by a representative of accountants BDO, hired to advise on a potential sale, reports said.

However, BDO did not respond to a BBC request for a comment.

The company's founder, Lord Bell, who resigned last year, has admitted to the BBC that it is probably "near the end".

Risk-takers

A string of big names have already cut ties with the firm since it was expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association earlier this week.

The company's work on the campaign for Oakbay Capital, a South African company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, was accused of inciting racial hatred.

Bell Pottinger and its founder, Lord Bell, have a reputation in the PR industry for taking risks.

The firm represented the South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorious after he was charged with murder.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has used the firm's services, as well as Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad.

In the late 1990s the PR firm worked on a campaign to release the former Chilean dictator, General Pinochet, who had been arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.

Lord Bell, who founded Bell Pottinger in the 1990s, resigned last year, partly due to his unease with the company's deal with the Guptas.

When asked on BBC2's Newsnight this week if he thought the PR company would survive the scandal, he replied: "I think it is probably getting near the end."

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Ex-Nigerian leader Obasanjo urges Togo change

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Anti-government protests have continued in Togo for a third day, with clashes between opposition supporters and police.

The opposition wants President Faure Gnassingbe to step down after 12 years in power. He succeeded his father who governed for 38 years.

Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke to the BBC's Peter Okwoche about the crisis and questioned whether President Gnassingbe had anything new to offer.

For more on the Togo protests, read the BBC Africa Live page.

08 Sep 2017

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Togo protests against Faure Gnassingbé

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters are calling for the end of the "Gnassingbé dynasty"

Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of Togo's capital, Lomé, protesting against President Faure Gnassingbé.

The number of demonstrators is said to be unprecedented. The internet has been severely restricted.

A government concession to introduce a two-term presidential limit through a constitutional amendment failed to dissuade the protesters.

They want Mr Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, to step down.

He became president after the death of his father, Gnassingbé Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years. Protesters are calling for the end of the "Gnassingbé dynasty".

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Internet speeds are said to be slow and access to social media platforms limited.

'We suffer too much'

Government spokesperson Gilbert Bawara told a local radio station that there was an ongoing internet restriction.

"Even in most developed countries, authorities take control of telecommunications in some cases," he said.

AFP news agency reported that mobile internet had been shut down in the capital but added that wi-fi networks were still working.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Demonstrators had tops with messages calling for President Gnassingbé to resign Image copyright AFP Image caption This sign says "50 years is too much" - a reference to the Gnassingbé family rule

BBC Afrique's Ata Ahli Ahebla reports that demonstrations took place in many cities and that more are planned for Thursday.

He adds that the decision by the cabinet to propose a constitutional change to bring about a presidential term-limit has not changed the protesters' plans.

They see it as part of a ploy to extend Mr Gnassingbé's rule.

The protests were organised by a coalition of opposition parties and civil society organisations.

Amnesty International estimated that 100,000 people marched in Lome, many wearing the red, orange and pink colours of opposition parties as they chanted "Free Togo".

One demonstrator, Luc Koffi, told AFP that he wants the president to step down:

"We suffer too much, we can't even find food. What country are we in? We don't want Faure any more, he must go," he said.

Image copyright AFP Image caption A protestor holds up a sign exhorting opposition against dictatorship

Local journalist Blamé Ekoué reported that organisers said that they would not relent in their push for a two-term presidential limit and for the release of some of their members who were arrested, charged and sentenced after similar protests last week.

In August, two opposition protesters were killed and 13 others wounded when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations.

They chanted: "50 years is too long".

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Lesotho army chief Khoantle Motsomotso shot dead

Lesotho army chief Khoantle Motsomotso shot dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has urged people to remain calm

The head of Lesotho's army, Lt Gen Khoantle Motsomotso, and two other senior officers have been killed in a shootout at a barracks in the capital, Maseru.

Eyewitnesses said the officers burst into the army chief's office and shot him before being killed by guards.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has said the situation is now under control and has urged people to remain calm.

Lesotho has had periods of instability marked by coups or attempted coups.

The situation in Maseru has been described as tense with the military and police patrolling the streets.

At a press conference, Mr Thabane said that it was with sadness that he was informing the nation about the "unfortunate and untimely" death of Gen Motsomotso and the two others, journalist Pascalina Kabi told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

He also said that an investigation was under way to find out what really happened and why.

There have been three elections in the past three years, the most recent being in June, with none producing a clear majority for the winning party.

Prime Minister Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Convention, now heads a coalition government.

In 2014 Mr Thabane fled to South Africa, fearing that he would be targeted in an assassination attempt.

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Kenya election: Raila Odinga threatens re-run election boycott

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Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election re-run slated for 17 October "without legal and constitutional guarantees".

Last week, the Supreme Court annulled August's election result saying the electoral commission (IEBC) had not followed the constitution.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner by the IEBC.

The court said a new election needs to be held by 31 October.

Speaking to journalists, Mr Odinga said that the fresh vote must held in an environment where everything that went wrong can be corrected.

"We know exactly what transpired in these last elections, we know what the IEBC did and we know that if we were to go back there will be no different results and that's why will say there will be no elections on the 17 October," he said.

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Mr Odinga's opposition Nasa alliance went to the Supreme Court to challenge President Kenyatta's win arguing that the results had been tampered with during transmission from the polling stations.

They alleged that someone gained access to the IEBC's computer servers to tweak the results in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

The court found that, among other things, the IEBC had committed "illegalities" in the transmission of results. But as it has not released its full ruling it is still not clear exactly what went wrong.

The Supreme Court said on Friday that it would make its full ruling public within 21 days.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition supporters celebrated the court's annulment of August's election result

Mr Odinga wants the IEBC to strictly follow the constitution's guidance on conducting elections.

He also wants some of the commissioners to be sacked, alleging that they are partisan, and he is pushing for access to IEBC's electronic voting and result transmission system.

Mr Odinga criticised the IEBC for announcing the new election date saying that opposition parties had not been consulted.

Nasa sent a letter to the IEBC arguing that the date for the fresh election "should be a product of consultation with concerned parties and not a unilateral decision".

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Kenyatta said that though he respected the Supreme Court's decision he disagreed with it

The opposition leader alleged that the election date was set by the governing Jubilee Party.

Mr Odinga also faulted the IEBC for saying that the new election will just be between him and Mr Kenyatta. There were eight candidates on the ballot paper in August.

"The entire election was cancelled by the Supreme Court," he said. "So it means that you do a repeat of the presidential elections afresh."

For his part, President Kenyatta said last Friday that while he respected the court's annulment of the election he disagreed with the decision.

Speaking to supporters later that day, at an impromptu rally in the capital, Nairobi, he described Chief Justice David Maraga as a "crook". On Saturday he vowed to "fix" the Supreme Court if he was re-elected.

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Burundi committed crimes against humanity – UN

Image copyright AFP Image caption Violence erupted in 2015 after President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term

UN investigators say there is strong evidence that crimes against humanity have been committed in Burundi.

Their report details killings, torture and rape, which they say have been committed largely by government forces - but also by opposition groups.

Burundi's ambassador to the UN said the report was part of an "international conspiracy" against the country.

Violence erupted in the country in 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term.

Since then, more than 400,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Mr Nkurunziza was re-elected in July 2015 in a poll that was boycotted by the opposition.

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Francoise Hampson, one of the three investigators from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, told the BBC on Monday that some of the alleged abuses included "arbitrary detention and arbitrary arrest, unlawful killings of various types, torture, cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment, rape and cases of sexual violence".

Commission head Fatsah Ouguergouz said the investigators believed that "there was reasonable evidence to believe, that the majority of these serious human rights violations committed constitute crimes against humanity".

ICC urged to act

The report said that most of the crimes were committed by Burundian state agents or individuals under their control.

It said this included high-level officials of the National Intelligence Service, which reports directly to the president, the national police force, military and Imbonerakure, the ruling party's youth league.

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Media captionA man tells Alastair Leithead how he was tortured

Burundi's ambassador to the UN, Albert Shingiro, dismissed the report as part of an "international conspiracy".

In a tweet, he said the best way to fight this was through unity, patriotism and determination.

The UN report also said that Burundi's armed opposition groups had committed human rights abuses.

The document was based on interviews with more than 500 victims and witnesses.

The investigators were never allowed to go to Burundi, conducting their inquiry from neighbouring countries.

In the report, the investigators urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a case as soon as possible.

Burundi said last year it was withdrawing from the ICC, and the move is expected to take effect in October.

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Bell Pottinger chief Henderson quits over S Africa campaign

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of South Africa's Democratic Alliance, including communications spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme, outside Bell Pottinger's London offices last month

The chief executive of one of the UK's best known public relations firms has stood down amid claims it stirred up racial tensions in South Africa.

James Henderson, boss of Bell Pottinger, resigned weeks after the firm was found by a UK body to be in breach of an industry code of conduct.

South Africa's main opposition party criticised a media campaign the PR firm ran for the wealthy Gupta family.

Mr Henderson said that while he was not involved, he must take responsibility.

South Africa's Democratic Alliance party accused Bell Pottinger of a "hateful and divisive campaign to divide South Africa along the lines of race".

It said the PR firm emphasised the power of white-owned businesses in the campaign, which used the #WhiteMonopolyCapital hashtag.

In July, Mr Henderson issued an "unequivocal" apology and four staff were dismissed or suspended.

The firm, which has a global presence and major international clients, has lost some big accounts over the affair, including luxury goods company Richemont and the Investec investment company.

'Warning signs'

Almost two weeks ago, the UK's industry trade body, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), upheld the complaint from the Democratic Alliance.

The PRCA is due to meet on Monday to discuss possible sanctions on Bell Pottinger, including whether to end the firm's membership.

Expulsion would do further reputational damage, and could lead to more clients severing their relationship with the firm.

A separate report by an independent law firm, commissioned by Bell Pottinger, is due for publication imminently, perhaps as early as Monday.

Mr Henderson told the BBC on Sunday: "Whilst I had no involvement in the account, there were warning signs that I should have heeded. Therefore I must take responsibility."

He is a major shareholder in the firm, and said he would continue to be supportive of the business and do what he could to help it in the future.

A fuller statement from the company would be issued on Monday, he said.

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Phumzile Van Damme, communications minister for the Democratic Alliance, said there was no honour in Mr Henderson's resignation.

"James Henderson's decision to relinquish his role as CEO of Bell Pottinger is not in any way an act of valour. He owns 40% of the public relations firm and remains a majority shareholder," she said.

The PR firm was hired by Oakbay, a company owned by the Gupta family, whose interests stretch from mining to media.

The Guptas have been accused of using their connections with South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, to win contracts and influence political appointments. Mr Zuma and the Guptas strongly deny all allegations.

Bell Pottinger left the Oakbay account in April.

Last month, after publication of the PRCA ruling, Mr Henderson said the firm was "looking at all options for the company, including future ownership". There were reports it has received takeover interest.

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Catholic bishop protects 2,000 Muslim refugees in CAR

Image copyright Catholic Bishop of Bangassou, Juan José Aguirre Mu Image caption An armed Christian militia is camped outside the seminary

A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has given refuge to 2,000 Muslims who are living in fear of attacks from a mainly Christian militia.

Juan José Aguirre Munoz says that the refugees cannot leave the seminary's compound in the south-eastern city of Bangassou.

He told the BBC that the refugees "risk death" from anti-balaka militias.

The UN's humanitarian chief warned last week of possible genocide.

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Stephen O'Brien said that violence in CAR was escalating and the situation was becoming dire.

"Violence is intensifying, risking a repeat of the devastating destructive crisis that gripped the country four years ago," he said.

Mr O'Brien added: "The early warning signs of genocide are there. We must act now."

CAR has experienced sectarian violence since 2013, when the largely Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, and were accused of killing non-Muslim civilians.

The anti-balaka "self-defence" groups were then formed but have also been accused of atrocities.

Balaka is a street name which means bullets and the militia's name therefore translates to "those who stop bullets". Seleka, on the other hand, means "coalition" in the widely-spoken Sango language.

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According to the UN, thousands have been killed and at least a million people have been displaced in CAR since 2013.

It also says that at least half of the population is dependent on humanitarian aid.

A tenuous peace deal signed in June saw 13 out of 14 armed groups operating in the country agree with the government to end fighting in exchange for political representation and the integration of armed militias into the military.

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Bishop Munoz says that the refugees sought help at the seminary after fighting broke out in May, and have since been under the care of the church and aid organisations.

"Nearby, there are anti-Balaka militias who prevent them from going out to search for food, water or firewood," he said. "So they are completely confined inside the seminary. They would risk death if they venture out," he told the BBC's Newsday programme.

Protecting the vulnerable

A 10-year-old boy who was caught up in the violent clashes told a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid worker that he was shot at.

"People fired shots. One of my brothers received a bullet in his heart. Another brother got a bullet in his chest. I also received one in my testicle," he said.

A doctor with MSF, Ernest Lualuali Ibongu, told the BBC that there are other people in the seminary who need medical care but who cannot leave the compound to get to a hospital.

Bishop Munoz said that the refugees needed to be relocated because many aid organisations have stopped working in the area.

He said that attempts to appeal to the militia to allow aid workers in had failed.

"The anti-Balaka are armed and very violent and capable of killing children," he said. "It is very difficult to reason with [them]."

He says that both anti-Balaka and Seleka militias have attacked the church's properties, but adds that it is determined to protect vulnerable people from both sides.

"For us, there's no such thing as a Muslim person or a Christian person, everyone is a human being. We need to protect those who are vulnerable."

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Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Image caption Police found several human body parts during a raid in a traditional healer's house

Fear has gripped the village of Shayamoya in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province after the discovery of a decapitated body.

The family of Zanele Hlatshwayo, 25, who has been missing since July, believe she was a victim of a cannibalism ring that has so far led to the arrest of five men.

Her decomposing body was found after a man who claimed to be a traditional healer handed himself over to police last week and confessed that he was tired of eating human flesh.

Police officers had initially dismissed his statement, according to reports.

It is only after he produced a bloodied hand and foot as proof that he was immediately arrested. He led them to his rented home, where police found eight human ears in a cooking pot.

It is believed they were to be served to his customers, who were told they had magic properties and would convey money, power and protection.

Several other body parts were found stuffed in a suitcase.

Image caption Zanele Hlatshwayo's body was found buried under these rocks

Ms Hlatshwayo's bloodied and torn clothes were found among the human remains in the traditional healer's home.

The clothes were identified by her family.

However, police are still waiting for DNA test results to confirm if the remains belong to the mother of a two-year-old boy.

Ms Hlatshwayo's family is yet to bury her. As I entered the Hlatshwayo homestead, I was greeted by a solemn hymn and the cries by the grieving family.

"We can only imagine how she begged for her life, she died an extremely painful death," said her elder sister Nozipho Ntelele as she wiped away tears.

Image caption Nozipho Ntelele, in white top, said Ms Hlatshwayo's killing was brutal

"Her clothes were covered in grass and dust, which is a clear indication that she had been in a struggle to save her life," said Ms Ntelele.

Foul smell

The traditional healer lived in a rented hut in Rensburgdrift near Escourt.

He is nicknamed "Mkhonyovu" which loosely translated means "the corrupt one or corruption" in the local Zulu language.

He rented the hut from Philani Magubane, whose brother was also arrested for being the traditional healer's alleged accomplice.

Image caption The traditional healer rented this hut from a brother of one of his accomplices Image caption Police had locked the hut but items used in rituals can be seen through a crack in the door

"I was shocked to find out that my younger brother fell for the traditional healer's fairytales - he promised them wealth when he was just as poor as I am," Mr Magubane told me.

He said that one his tenants had been complaining about the smell of rotting meat that was coming from his next door neighbour.

"Mkhonyovu only moved into the house two months ago - I had no idea that he kept human remains here because I don't live in the same yard," said Mr Magubane.

Mr Magubane said he believes that his brother, along with three other young men, were lured by the traditional healer to work for him as they had been struggling to find jobs.

It is alleged that he sent the young men to dig graves in the middle of the night so he could make magic charms known locally as "muti".

Residents confess to eating human flesh

Mthembeni Majola, a local politician, convened a community meeting shortly after the cannibalism suspects made their first court appearance last week.

Image caption Mthembeni Majola said some villagers had willingly eaten human flesh

"Most residents were shocked by this and now live in fear," but Mr Majola says others were not surprised.

"A few confessed to have consulted with the traditional healer and knowingly ate human flesh," he said.

"But what has angered most of us here is how gullible our people have become," saying that Mkhonyovu's customers were livestock thieves who were told he could make them invincible, even bulletproof, so that the police could not shoot them, said Mr Majola.

Phepsile Maseko, from South Africa's Traditional Healer's Organisation, has condemned the alleged cannibalism practices.

She said "Mkhonyovu" that was a fake healer who wanted to enrich himself and had brought "our sacred practices into disrepute".

Image caption Phepsile Maseko says that the discovery gives a bad name to traditional healers who are doing honest work

"Ritual killings and the use of human tissue are not part of traditional healing... this angers us as traditional healers because we have to constantly defend our honest work," said Ms Maseko.

The five men, who were arraigned in court on Monday, amid public protests outside the courtroom, abandoned their bail request and will make another court appearance at the end of September.

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The UK’s national anthem as you’ve never heard it before

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A Libyan military band tried to perform the British national anthem for the arrival of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as he arrived in Benghazi.

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Africa’s week in pictures: 18 – 24 August 2017 – BBC News – BBC News

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

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In Ghana's capital Accra, a woman is dressed up for the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival.

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Hundreds of local and international artists attend the festival on Saturday, entertaining crowds with acrobatics, comedy, dance and much more.

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On the same day, these women are having fun at the inaugural Jollof Festival in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos. The festival was a chance for food lovers to taste different recipes of Jollof, a rice dish popular across West Africa.

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On the same day in Angola's capital Luanda, supporters of the ruling MPLA party are in buoyant mood at an election campaign rally. The party's candidate, Joao Lourenco, is expected to become the next president following incumbent Jose Eduardo dos Santos' decision to step down after 38 years in office.

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The next day, supporters of the main opposition presidential candidate, Isaias Samakuva, hold a black rooster. It is the symbol of Mr Samakuva's Unita party.

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Meanwhile, supporters of Kenya's main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, protest in the capital, Nairobi, on Friday. The opposition accuses the police of using excessive force to quell protests after disputed elections on 8 August. Police deny the allegation.

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On Saturday, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is received by some state governors at the main airport in the capital, Abuja, after his return from three months of medical leave in the UK.

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In Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, a protester holds a placard reading "No to barbarism". Residents marched through the city on Saturday to protest against the killing of 18 people in a suspected jihadist attack on the terrace of a popular Turkish restaurant.

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In this photo released on Friday, children are seen playing play in the River Chari in Chad's capital, N'Djamena.

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On the same day, Egyptian parents teach newborns how to swim in the capital, Cairo.

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Angola’s ruling MPLA party takes strong election lead, commission says

Image copyright EPA Image caption The MPLA's João Lourenço casts his ballot at a polling station in Luanda, Angola

Angola's ruling MPLA party has taken a commanding lead in the country's parliamentary election, provisional results suggest.

The party has received 64.57% of the vote in the first batch of results, the Angolan electoral commission said.

The main opposition Unita party, which has reportedly received 24.04% of the vote, disputes the commission's count.

This week's vote marks the end of nearly four decades in power for President José Eduardo Dos Santos.

The Angolan electoral commission said provisional results from Wednesday's election show the governing MPLA party in the lead with nearly two-thirds of the votes counted so far.

The count, which was announced on Thursday, represents over 70% of the total vote, the commission said.

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If the lead is confirmed and the MPLA party wins, the presidency would then pass to former Defence Minister João Lourenço, who has been anointed as the successor of Mr Dos Santos.

However Mr Dos Santos, whose 38-year reign makes him the world's second-longest serving president, will remain in control of the MPLA party.

Meanwhile, the opposition Unita party said it had carried out its own count and that its results were very different from those announced by the commission.

The Unita party's Isias Samakuva is the main challenger to Mr Lourenço.

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Under Angola's voting system, people were asked to choose both the candidate and party in the same election.

Image caption Voters were given a choice of six candidates and parties

Voting in Angola's parliamentary election ends on Saturday 26 August due to delays in getting the ballot papers to more than a dozen polling stations in remote areas.

The MPLA party has been the only party in power since Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Large election campaign rallies were held ahead of the polls

Critics have accused Mr Dos Santos's government of corruption and repression, alleging that the country's oil wealth has not spread beyond the ruling elite.

After the war, Angola was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world because of its huge oil reserves.

But when global oil prices dropped two years ago, it affected the whole economy.

While Mr Dos Santos is standing down as president, his children still hold several key positions of authority.

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Media captionAngola is voting to replace a man who has been in power since 1979

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