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  • MANILA, Philippines, Jul 4 - Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owners and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized and left dozens dead, an official said Saturday. The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana vessel,...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - The government on Friday afternoon obtained a court order blocking strikes by civil servants over the new NHIF rates. Acting Labour CS Raychelle Omamo said the order will remain in force pending an inter-partes hearing on July 9. She spoke in the company of acting Transport...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 3 - Garissa County Governor Nathif Jama has disputed corruption allegations levelled against him over the irregular leasing of ambulance services. Speaking after appearing before Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives Friday, Jama dismissed the claims as a mere...
  • PORT EL KANTAOUI, Jul 3 - Mourners held a minute’s silence at Tunisian beach resort Friday in tribute to the 38 victims of the country’s worst-ever jihadist attack, an AFP journalist said. The ceremony, organised by the British embassy and attended by Prime Minister Habib Essid, came exactly a week...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - Sarah Obama says her grandson, US President Barack Obama should make time to visit his father’s graveside in K’Ogelo when he arrives in the country later this month. She is also confident that he will eat anything she prepares him including omena and porridge. "President...
  • LUSAKA, Zambia, Jul 3 - President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, Friday for a two day State Visit. On arrival, at Kenneth Kaunda International airport the President was warmly received by his host President Edgar Lungu and Kenyans residing in Lusaka led by the Kenyan High Commissioner to...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - The police have released the identity of the suspect behind the killing of Hashim Omar, a senior National Intelligence Service officer in Mombasa on Thursday evening. Coast Regional Commander Robert Kitur stated that Ismail Shosi is wanted over the killing of the officer who...
  • SOUTH AFRICA, Jul 3 - A shipment of ivory worth $330,000 was intercepted at Johannesburg airport on its way from Zimbabwe to Vietnam, South African officials said Friday, hailing it as one of the biggest recent finds. The 267 kilogramme (588 pound) haul was hidden in boxes wrapped in plastic and...
  • PATNA, Jul 3 - Some 1,400 primary school teachers have quit in an eastern Indian state in recent months amid an ongoing investigation into fake qualifications, an education official said Friday. More resignations are likely before the end of an amnesty period that allows teachers in Bihar to quit...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - A 25-year-old student jailed for up to two years in January after admitting to insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook has been released on appeal. Lawyer Edward Oonge, acting on behalf of the fourth year Moi University student Allan Wadi, had argued that his client...
  • WASHINGTON, Jul 3 - More than 5,000 people were evacuated from their homes after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee overnight and spectacularly caught fire, firefighters and officials said Thursday. The train derailed just before midnight Wednesday near Maryville, close to the...
  • JUBA, Jul 3 - At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan with thousands more at risk of infection, the United Nations said Friday. A total of 484 cholera cases, including 29 deaths, six of them children under five had been reported by the end of June, the UN […] A...
  • BURUNDI, Jul 3 - East African leaders are to meet on Monday in the latest bid to resolve the political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections were internationally condemned for not being free and fair. More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed...
  • NEW DELHI, July 3- At a now shuttered adoption agency on the fringes of India’s capital, kidnapped toddlers and newborns were being sold for about $8,000 each, no questions asked. After stumping up cash, prospective parents would inspect the bewildered children at the "Fastrack International"...
  • THAILAND, Jul 3 - Thai forces have shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized six bags of heroin after a firefight near the Myanmar border, an official said, in the latest clash over narcotics in the remote region. Heroin and methamphetamine pills are frequently smuggled from Myanmar into...
  • PAKISTAN, Jul 3 - The death toll from a Pakistan rail accident has risen to 17, the army said Friday, the day after a special military train fell into a canal when a bridge partially collapsed. A senior officer was among those killed when four of the train’s carriages carrying troops and military...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has advertised jobs of striking dock workers as operations remain paralysed following the protest called by the Trade Unions Congress-Kenya (TUC-K) over the newly gazetted NHIF rates. In a paid up advert in the local dailies, Managing Director...
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday. Dozens of militants stormed three remote villages in the...
  • BEIJING, Jul 3 - A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. "Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for...
  • UNITED STATES, Jul 3 - Elections in Burundi that were wracked by violence and boycotted by the opposition were not free or credible, United Nations observers said Thursday, a day after clashes left six dead in the capital. Parliamentary and local elections were held on Monday despite an appeal by...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 - Budalangi legislator Ababu Namwamba is proposing amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 to grant the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutorial powers and another amendment to the Constitution to change the name of the graft watchdog. In the...
  • LAISAMIS, Kenya, Jul 2 - President Uhuru Kenyatta has broken ground to start Africa’s biggest wind power project in Laisamis, Marsabit County, as Kenya took giant steps in asserting its position as a leader in green energy production globally. The project is also the biggest single private sector...
  • BAMAKI, July 2- Militants killed five United Nations soldiers on Thursday in Mali’s restive northern desert, sources from the organisation’s peacekeeping mission told AFP. "Five peacekeepers from Burkina Faso were killed on Thursday between Timbuktu and Goundam, during an attack by terrorists,"...
  • WASHINGTON, July 2- The Navy Yard in Washington was put on lockdown Thursday amid reports of an active gunman on the military facility, the scene of a deadly shooting two years ago, the US Navy said.  News reports said dozens of police cars were converging on the scene in southeast Washington. The...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 - Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery now says the war on illicit brews and cancellation of licenses for killer alcoholic drinks has been extended to cover all parts of the country. Nkaissery says Governors in all the 47 counties have been incorporated to spearhead the...

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