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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The White House called the cyber attack on Sony Pictures a serious national security matter Thursday, threatening an "appropriate response" as others pointed the finger at Pyongyang. With the Hollywood scandal threatening to escalate into geopolitical crisis, Sonydefended its...
  • SYDNEY, Australia, Dec 19 - Eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday, reportedly after a gruesome mass stabbing. "Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death...
  • Nahyat al Ayadhiya, Dec 19- Iraqi Kurds claimed Thursday to have broken a siege on a mountain where Yazidi civilians and fighters have long been trapped as the US said air strikes killed several Islamic State leaders in recent weeks. Officials said the twin successes dealt heavy blows to IS’s...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - The National Assembly on Thursday approved the appointment of Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of the National Government. The Kajiado Central Member of Parliament was highly praised as the man capable of restoring...
  • Mombasa, Kenya - A Kenyan court sentenced four men to 40-year jail terms Thursday for the 2009 murder of a British geologist. Campbell Bridges, who was aged 75, ran a mining firm in the southern Wundanyi area. He was killed in August 2009 following a dispute with local residents over mining rights...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - The National Transport and Safety Authority say that this month has recorded the highest number of deaths this year with 46 percent of pedestrians accounting for the fatalities. The death toll as of Wednesday was at 2,771 which is however lower than the 3,051 registered at...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - The death toll in the Makongeni building collapse has risen to seven after one of those admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital succumbed to his injuries. A total of five bodies were pulled out of the rubble on Thursday: three male and two female. "We pulled one lady out...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - The controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 has been passed amid chaos and drama that marked its debate. Some of the proposed amendments were deleted, with some being amended. Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi was forced to chair the committee stage...
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Dec 18 - Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, from a Nigerian village, carting the hostages away on trucks towards Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, two local officials and a vigilante leader said Thursday. The mass abduction,...
  • Nouakchott, Mauritania - A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state. The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named for an initiative launched...
  • NAIROBI Kenya, Dec 18 - A section of Jubilee Members of Parliament on Thursday accused their Opposition counterparts of being insensitive over the current security situation in the country. They claimed the chaos witnessed in Parliament Thursday morning was well planned in a bid to derail the...
  • Maiduguri, Dec 18- Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others, including women and children, in a brutal attack on a village in the northeast, officials and a witness said Thursday. In neighbouring Cameroon, the Islamic extremists launched a raid on army base in the border...
  • BEIJING, Dec 18- The plight of an eight year old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife. The boy’s guardian, his grandfather, was among those in...
  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to quell fears of economic collapse and vowed rapid recovery from the worst financial crisis of his rule but stressed that his position on Ukraine has not shifted. Speaking at an annual news conference, the Russian leader said that the...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - Kenyan legislators traded blows on Thursday, as the Opposition frustrated debate on the proposed anti-terror law with jeers and chants, forcing the Speaker to suspend the morning sitting. The Opposition MPs began by heckling the chairman of the Security Committee Asman...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - A host of joint missions including the United States and the United Kingdom have supported the government’s move to review the country’s security laws promising to help in the fight against terrorism. In a statement signed by Ambassadors and High commissioners from nine...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – The second floor of the five-storey Makongeni residential building came down at exactly 3.12am, Harrizon says. He remembers because he was watching an episode of the TV series ‘If Loving You is Wrong’ when it happened. In particular, a scene where the white woman having an...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - There was chaos in the National Assembly on Thursday as Opposition MPs heckled and threw papers, forcing the Speaker Justin Muturi to suspend debate on the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014. An attempt by National Security Committee chairman Asman Kamama to...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 - The death toll following the collapse of a residential building in Nairobi’s Makongeni estate has risen to four. This is after three bodies were pulled out of the rubble Wednesday night according to the Kenya Red Cross Nairobi County Manager Michael Aiyabei. "We pulled out...
  • Nigeria, Dec 18 - A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. "They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five," said prominent human rights lawyer Femi...
  • UNITED STATES, Dec 18 - The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet on Wednesday said that hackers tricked their way into its computers. A "spearfishing" attack aimed at US-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff members with emails...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 - It was around 3am on Wednesday when 24 year-old Kenneth Rubia was woken up by screams of his neighbours. From their single room on the second floor of the four storey-building in Makongeni area in Nairobi, Rubia instructed his 29 year-old sister Jackline to open the door to...
  • LUSAKA, Zambia, Dec 17 - Zambia’s acting president Guy Scott on Wednesday rejected a call for his resignation by a majority of cabinet ministers, and suggested a meeting they held without him had been treasonous. Scott said he was the only one mandated to call a cabinet meeting and "any other...
  • MATHIOYA, Kenya, Dec 17 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto Wednesday led thousands of mourners in bidding farewell to the late Joseph John Kamotho, one of the country’s greatest politicians. The veteran politician was laid to rest at his rural home in Mathioya, Murang’a...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 - The number of people rescued from the collapsed building in Nairobi’s Makongeni estate has risen to nine after one more person was pulled out the debris on Wednesday afternoon. The number of those missing stood at 15 even as rescue efforts intensified despite its delicate...

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