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  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday ordered repossession of half a million acres of land grabbed in Lamu, which he said was a major cause of the recent violence witnessed there. He also instructed authorities to immediately commence an investigation into the ‘criminal...
  • ROME, July 31- A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, on Thursday left Italy for the United States with her family. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, who met Pope Francis during her eight-day stopover in Italy,...
  • GENEVA, July 31- UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday raised the alarm over Washington’s plans to scale up the deportation of illegal child migrants from Central America. "There are almost 57,000 unaccompanied children in the United States. I’m particularly concerned because the United...
  • NEW DELHI, July 31- US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he remained hopeful for a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict but declined to predict when. Kerry, on a visit to India, said he had remained in close contact on the telephone with players in the Middle East to try to end the Israel […]...
  • TRIPOLI, July 31- The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence continued to rage and a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse gang raped there. At the same time, Greece was sending a warship to evacuate some of its nationals as well as some from other...
  • BEIJING, July 31- The head of a China’s largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region. Jume Tahir, the government appointed imam of the 600 year old Id Kah...
  • NAIROBI Kenya, July 31 - Since its establishment in 2009, The HIV and AIDS Tribunal has dealt with 60 cases where people were discriminated for being HIV positive in Kenya. Out of the 60 cases, 45 were arbitrated by the tribunal. Joe Muriuki, a member of the tribunal says in the 45 cases, 20 people...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 - The Council of Governors has now moved to court to challenge the legality of the County Governments Amendment Act 2014 that seeks to introduce County Development Boards chaired by Senators. Speaking during a press conference, Council Chairman Isaac Ruto described the Act...
  • DAKAR, July 31- The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade went on trial Thursday accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office. Karim Wade, 45, is alledged to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real estate...
  • KAMPALA, July 31- Ugandan state lawyers sought on Thursday to dismiss a petition by activists at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian. Signed by Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, the law calls...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 - The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) has now called off the workers’ strike called to protest the ouster of its Secretary General Francis Atwoli from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board. Atwoli indicated that the strike which was to take place on...
  • BEIJING, July 31- A Beijing court began hearing a landmark case on "gay conversion" treatment Thursday, as an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle, outside. "Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!" chanted about a dozen supporters. "Haidian Court, oppose...
  • HARARE, July 31- The surprise nomination of President Robert Mugabe’s wife to head the ruling party’s powerful women’s wing has injected new intrigue into the fight to succeed the 90 year old strongman. Confirmation of her position as leader of the ZANU-PF women’s league at the party congress in...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31- Four suspects charged over the Westgate attack have faced a new charge of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act in the trial that resumed on Thursday morning. Lawyers representing the suspects did not object to the new charge, but only asked to be furnished with the witness...
  • FREETOWN, July 31 - Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency on Thursday and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic. "Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary measures. The Ebola virus disease...
  • QUETTA, July 31- A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home. The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its...
  • NEW DELHI, July 31 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India’s right wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China. Kerry’s visit to New Delhi comes after an unusually large number of disputes between the world’s...
  • BUJUMBURA, July 31- Burundi’s government on Thursday rejected reports the ruling party is carrying out a crackdown against the opposition ahead of elections, calling an Amnesty International report "biased and partisan." Amnesty this week accused the government of a "relentless campaign of...
  • JERUSALEM, July 31- Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists, taking their total to 86,000, as military operations in the Gaza Strip continue, an army spokeswoman said Thursday. "The army has issued 16,000 additional mobilisation orders to allow troops on the ground to rest, which takes the...
  • PORT ELIZABETH, July 31 South African shantytown residents have forced the closure of a museum honouring anti apartheid heroes, accusing the authorities of building "a house for dead people" while they live in squalor. Once a tourist magnet, The Red Location Museum in New Brighton outside the...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 - The government has announced enhanced screening measures at all border points to contain the spread of Ebola. The National Disaster Operations Centre says the Port Health Services have been put on standby at all major airports to ensure the country is safe from the deadly...
  • WASHINGTON, July 31 - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt. By a party-line vote of 225 to 201, the House voted to resort to...
  • LAIKIPIA, Kenya, July 31 - A 42 year-old woman is nursing serious injuries after she was attacked by an elephant within Rumuruti Forest in Laikipia West District. Lydia Wanjiku was Wednesday evening admitted to the Nyahururu District Hospital with chest and head injuries she sustained after the...
  • LONDON, July 31 - The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train. But Professor Peter Piot told AFP that a "really bad" sense of panic...
  • EMBU, Kenya, July 30 - Embu Governor Martin Wambora has reshuffled his Executive Committee, swapping six officials, in a move aimed at enhancing service delivery. He moved David Gitonga Njiru from the Infrastructure docket to the Trade and Tourism department, swapping roles with Suleiman Nthiga...

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