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  • ALGIERS, Jul 24 -Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and that some 110 people of various nationalities are...
  • ROME, July 24- A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, then acquitted after intense international pressure on Khartoum, arrived on Thursday in Rome with her family en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was greeted on the tarmac by Italian...
  • BAHGDAD, July 24- An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left dozens dead Thursday, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki moon said Iraq’s survival hinged on a more inclusive government. Most of the 60 killed in the spectacular pre dawn ambush were prisoners convicted of terrorism...
  • OSLO, July 24- Norway has taken exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible imminent "terrorist attack" by militants who have fought in Syria, the country’s intelligence chief said Thursday. The move comes as concerns are mounting in Europe about the growing national security...
  • ADDIS ABABA, July 24 - South Sudan’s warring leaders will resume peace talks by the end of the month, mediators said Thursday, as warnings grow of famine within weeks if fighting continues. Peace talks between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar stalled last month with each side...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 - Four terror suspects arrested in Nairobi’s Majengo area last weekend for possessing explosives-making materials and bhang have been charged in court. The four, among them a woman, were accused of possessing 62 pieces of Magnum Commercial Explosive gel tubes in...
  • TOKYO, July 24- More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday. While poverty is in decline worldwide, growing inequality and "...
  •   HARARE, Jul 24  - Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and large quantities of ammunition, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.   Wongai Huo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday with 33,000 rounds of assorted ammunition at his offices in the capital Harare, according to...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 - Disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, insecurity and devolution will top the agenda in the referendum push by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD). CORD leader Raila Odinga says the three issues remain crucial if the country’s...
  • BEIJING, July 24 - A man used a blunt razor to chop off the testicles of three patients at a Chinese nursing home, state media said Thursday. The suspect, who has been arrested, castrated a mentally disabled man aged 60 and removed one testicle each from two bedridden patients aged 53 and 80, the...
  • WASHINGTON, July 24 - Three women were arrested Wednesday, in the United States and Netherlands, for allegedly giving financial help to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab, authorities said. Since the United States deems the group a terrorist organisation, such aid is a crime for which Muna Osman...
  • CAPE TOWN, July 24 - South Africa’s government will forbid foreigners from buying land within five years, but will not expropriate those who already possess deeds, the land affairs minister said Wednesday. "The principle is that foreign nationals should not own land but should have a long-lease...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 - In the wake of recent attacks in Kenya’s coastal area which have killed more than 90 people, analysts say old grievances have resurfaced, making it all the more important for the government to act on a major report designed to address past injustices concerning land and...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Wednesday safely detonated a Russian made grenade found abandoned in the Likoni area of Mombasa and arrested dozens of suspects in an ensuing swoop. Likoni Police Chief Richard Mureithi said the KDF officers were called in after police...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - The Machakos County Assembly on Wednesday impeached the Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala. Forty Members of the County Assembly voted in favour of his removal while only 19 were on his side. A few weeks ago, Kiala sensationally alleged that he had been ejected from a Cabinet...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - Ketan Somaia was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years by Judge Richard Hone in Britain after being found guilty of nine counts of obtaining money transfers by deception in June. When reading out Somaia’s sentence, Judge Hone said that despite the defendant’s present ill-...
  • KANO, July 23 - Two blasts rocked northern Nigeria’s Kaduna city on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, in what appeared to be a double bomb attack by Boko Haram Islamists. Police blamed the first explosion on a suicide bomber targeting the convoy of a prominent cleric who has publicly...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - The National Assembly on Wednesday instructed the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to postpone the reporting date for new police recruits until an audit on the enrolment is finalised. The 10,000 recruits were supposed to report on the August 5 but Deputy Speaker...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23 - Former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo and ex-Tourism Minister Morris Dzoro are among 15 persons recommended by the National Assembly Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs to be commissioners at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. Others in the...
  • JOHANNESBURG, July 23 - A South African court has jailed a rhino poacher for 77 years, one of the heaviest sentences handed out for the crime as poaching continues to escalate, an official said Wednesday. South African national Mandla Chauke was arrested in the iconic Kruger National Park in 2011...
  • KIEV, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in eastern Ukraine just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Ukrainian military spokesman told AFP. "Two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down. The fate of the pilots...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - The Nairobi County Government has revealed that it would need Sh12 billion to reduce its bloated workforce. Governor Evans Kidero stated that 70 percent of revenue collected is used to pay workers’ salaries hampering development in the county. He indicated that only 6,000...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 - A skit formed a part of the entertainment. A form of entertainment, as skits are, meant to impart a dose of knowledge in a capsule of humour. This one revolved around a couple living in Kathiani constituency of Machakos County. The husband - clad in stereotypical luminous...
  • MOGADISHU, July 23- A Somali deputy and prominent singer-songwriter was gunned down on Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, a police official and witnesses said. Witnesses said armed men ambushed Saado Ali Warsame’s car as it was travelling in the south of the capital, killing her and her driver....
  • TRIPOLI, July 23- The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya in the wake of the overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, said Wednesday it will hand over legislative power to a newly elected parliament on August 4. But hopes that the announcement would signal an end to...

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