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Some of the 67 people in custody face accusations of 'being a common nuisance' - and more stories.

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Africa Live: Uganda charges revellers arrested in gay-friendly bar

Some of the 67 people in custody face accusations of 'being a common nuisance' - and more stories.

Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings

The authorities describe the shooting of two suspected smugglers as murder.

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    'Her dying wish was to get the kids to Europe'

    The BBC's Orla Guerin meets a family waiting to cross from Libya with orphaned children.

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    First Zimbabwe dollar notes issued in a decade

    Queues form outside banks as people hope to get hold of the first Zimbabwe dollar notes since 2009.

    Nigeria spy agency opens fire on protesters

    Supporters of detained journalist Omoyele Sowore are outraged that he has not been released despite bail.

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      Africa Live: Uganda charges revellers arrested in gay-friendly bar

      Some of the 67 people in custody face accusations of 'being a common nuisance' - and more stories.

      Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings

      The authorities describe the shooting of two suspected smugglers as murder.

        3:16 Video 3 minutes 16 seconds

        'Her dying wish was to get the kids to Europe'

        The BBC's Orla Guerin meets a family waiting to cross from Libya with orphaned children.

        'I opposed vaccinations until my son caught polio'

        First Zimbabwe dollar notes issued in a decade

        Queues form outside banks as people hope to get hold of the first Zimbabwe dollar notes since 2009.

        Nigeria spy agency opens fire on protesters

        Supporters of detained journalist Omoyele Sowore are outraged that he has not been released despite bail.

          2:51 Video 2 minutes 51 seconds

          How black people shaped France

          Resistance fighters and anti-colonial writers, a Paris tour celebrates an alternative French history.

          Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings

          The authorities describe the shooting of two suspected smugglers as murder.

            3:16 Video 3 minutes 16 seconds

            'Her dying wish was to get the kids to Europe'

            The BBC's Orla Guerin meets a family waiting to cross from Libya with orphaned children.

            'I opposed vaccinations until my son caught polio'

            First Zimbabwe dollar notes issued in a decade

            Nigeria spy agency opens fire on protesters

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                Posted at 6:32

                'Her dying wish was to get the kids to Europe'

                For the sixth year in a row, more than 1,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

                The Mediterranean crossing remains the deadliest known migration route worldwide. People are four times more likely to die than last year, according to the International Organization for Migration, because there are fewer humanitarian rescue vessels at sea.

                Most leave from Libya, where BBC international correspondent Orla Guerin met one family who were determined to keep trying the treacherous crossing.

                Migrant mother's dying wish in Libya was to get her kids to Europe.
                Posted at 6:03

                France pledges military support to DRC

                Getty Images French President Macron (L) is hosting dozens of government leaders including President Tshisekedi (R) for the annual Paris Peace Forum

                French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged military support to Democratic Republic of Congo to fight armed groups in the country's eastern region, news agency AFP reports.

                "France is fully engaged at the side of DRC to fight armed groups which are destabilising the country", some of which are linked to the Islamic State group, Mr Macron is quoted telling DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi during a meeting in Paris.

                The French president said the support would take on a "military dimension" and involve "intelligence" but did not give details.

                Mr Tshisekedi is among 30 heads of state and government attending the second annual Paris Peace Forum.

                He is quoted as saying he wants to see "France being much more present in Africa".

                "When a friend is in difficulty, one helps," he added.

                DR Congo recently launched an offensive in the eastern region of the country against militant groups operating there.

                The fighters include Islamist group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

                The ADF was formed in 1996 by a puritanical Muslim sect in the Ruwenzori mountains of western Uganda.

                It has formed alliances with some of the many armed groups based in the country's eastern region.

                Posted at 5:12

                Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings

                Uganda has protested to Rwanda after two suspected smugglers were shot dead by Rwandan soldiers near their common border.

                A letter delivered to Rwanda's High Commissioner in Kampala describes the incident as murder and also mentions a Rwandan who was shot and injured on Ugandan soil.

                It says the alleged crime of smuggling cannot justify what it called high-handed and criminal acts by Rwandan security personnel.

                A local Rwandan mayor on Tuesday oversaw the handing over of the bodies to Ugandan police.

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                Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months with both countries accusing each other of interfering in each others' internal affairs.

                The standoff has resulted in the Rwanda closing some of its border points stalling trade between the two countries.

                Posted at 4:30

                Uganda charges revellers arrested in gay-friendly bar

                Catherine Byaruhanga

                BBC Africa, Kampala

                Getty Images The authorities in Uganda deny accusations that they are targeting members of the LGBTQ community

                Dozens of people arrested at a gay-friendly bar in Uganda's capital, Kampala, have been charged in court with "being a common nuisance."

                Some members of Kampala’s LGBTQ community see the arrests as an attempt to shut down spaces available to them.

                But the police insist they are not targeting them because of their sexuality.

                The magistrates court in central Kampala on Tuesday could not accommodate the 67 accused - six of whom are women - so they had to appear in three separate court rooms.

                There were few state prosecutors present in court and only 29 of the accused could enter pleas. All pleaded not guilty.

                Lawyers for the suspects described the charges of common nuisance as general and giving arresting officers too much power.

                All 67 suspects have been remanded in custody and will appear in court over the next two weeks to enter pleas and apply for bail.

                Some of the friends of those charged were crying outside the court and shared stories of how the climate was getting worse for gay people in Uganda.

                But the authorities still insist the community is not being singled out.

                The accused were arrested on Sunday night in a police operation in central Kampala. Police say narcotics, including opium and cannabis, were found at the bar.

                Posted at 4:29

                Wednesday's wise words

                Our proverb of the day:

                The talk coming out of your mouth is not something you can carry on your head."

                A Cameroonian pidgin English proverb sent by Leonora Orr, Kaua'i, Hawaii, US
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                Click here to send in your African proverbs.

                Posted at 17:31 12 Nov

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                We'll be back on Wednesday

                That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. We leave you with an automated service until Wednesday morning.

                Or you can keep up to date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

                A reminder of our wise words of the day:

                Treat a guest as a guest for two days, on the third day give him a hoe."

                A Swahili proverb sent by Notorious Chabiet in Rumbek, South Sudan

                In the meantime, we leave you with this photo of Cameroonian travel blogger Lee Litumbe:

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                Posted at 17:25 12 Nov

                Tanzanian teens to test for HIV without parental consent

                Aboubakar Famau

                BBC News, Dar es Salaam

                AFP Self-test kits are also being launched for the first time

                Tanzanian children aged 15 and over will soon be able to get tested for HIV without needing parental consent.

                It is hoped that dropping the minimum age requirement from 18 to 15 will help reduce HIV rates among young people - who currently account for 40% of new infections.

                Self-testing kits will also be available for the first time, which the health ministry hopes will encourage men who are often unwilling to visit dedicated health centres where counselling is given before the test.

                "We have some challenges among men... because of fear and other reasons, but statistics also show that the youth are the ones getting new infections," Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile told parliament.

                Officials say 1.4 million Tanzanians are known to be living with the virus.

                The bill now awaits presidential assent, a formality which will see it brought into law.

                Tanzania isn’t alone in implementing these changes - in Uganda self-testing kits are readily available and under-18s do not require parental consent.

                Posted at 17:11 12 Nov

                Cabinet reshuffle in Guinea as election date is set

                David Amanor

                BBC News

                Guinea's President Alpha Condé has replaced his security minister in a cabinet reshuffle that has also seen the fall of his health and justice ministers.

                The reshuffle comes a day after parliamentary elections were slated for next February.

                The elections are seen as crucial for President Condé's attempt to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term.

                Protests against the plan to change the constitution have resulted in several deaths blamed on security forces.

                AFP There have been weeks of widespread protests against President Alpha Condé
                Posted at 16:57 12 Nov

                News report names Kenyan man who fell from plane in London

                A stowaway who fell from a plane into a London garden earlier this year has been named as Paul Manyasi by journalists who have been investigating the story.

                The authorities have not confirmed the name.

                In Nairobi, the British broadcaster Sky News tracked down the girlfriend of the 29-year-old, who has been missing since July.

                The pair worked as cleaners at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Sky News reports.

                "Paul was a nice guy," the girlfriend, who chose to remain anonymous, told Sky.

                "He was just a jovial person. I just liked him the way he was. We had agreed one day maybe we could make a family."

                Manyasi would have endured sub-zero temperatures in the aircraft's outer mechanisms.

                A resident of the area where the body fell told the BBC: "One of the reasons his body was so intact was because his body was an ice block."

                UK police believe he was already dead when he dropped out of the landing gear compartment of the plane - where a bag, water and some food were found when it landed.

                The Sky News journalists showed the items found to both Manyasi's girlfriend and his parents who said they belonged to him.

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