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  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Mar 6 - Boko Haram fighters killed 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants began amassing in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible fight-back by military forces. The atrocity in Njaba, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Borno state...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has been suspended to allow the Powers and Privileges Committee to investigate allegations of corruption, compromise and deceit by the members of the committee. Speaker of the...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 - Police are probing land deals as a possible link to the execution of a Nairobi businessman in the early hours of Thursday. Paul Kariuki Ngugi was shot at more than 10 times as he drove on Forest Road in the company of a woman. The woman suffered a gunshot wound […] Paul...
  • NAKURU, Kenya, Mar 5 - A man has been jailed for 75 years by a court in Nakuru for defiling his 12-year-old daughter. 42-year-old David Chege was accused of defiling his daughter and infecting her with HIV/AIDS at their home in Kyanjoya estate Nakuru County on January 12, 2013. The court heard that...
  • Zimbabwe, Mar 5 - Disgruntled ex-allies of President Robert Mugabe have unleashed a scathing attack against his wife Grace in court papers, accusing her of sowing unprecedented "hatred, malice and defamation" within the ruling party. The statements came as part of an application to nullify the...
  • Paris, Mar 5 - Teenage boys are more likely to underachieve at school than their female counterparts but more likely to go on to study science and maths, an OECD report said Thursday. "15-year-old boys are more likely than girls of the same age to be low achievers," the Organisation for Economic...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 - Father and sons Chamanlal Kamani, Deepak and Rashmi have denied conspiring to defraud the Government of Kenya of Sh10 billion through the infamous ‘Anglo Leasing’ deals of 2002 to 2004. The three who appeared before Chief Magistrate Hannah Ndung’u on Thursday pleaded "not...
  • London, Mar 5 - Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls — the British intelligence agencies should be recruiting middle-age mothers to expand their talent pool, a parliamentary report said on Thursday. It urged MI5, MI6 and communications monitoring agency GCHQ to use online forum Mumsnet among...
  • Geneva, Mar 5 - The first large-scale trial of an Ebola vaccine will begin in Guinea at the weekend, the World Health Organization said Thursday, weeks after a similar test kicked off in neighbouring Liberia. The Phase III testing of the vaccine — one of two that are in the most advanced stages of...
  • Ethiopia, Mar 5 - Peace talks aimed at ending 15 month of civil war in South Sudan appeared stalemated on Thursday with hours to go before a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal expires. Hopes of an agreement were dealt another blow as President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar pulled out...
  • GENEVA, Mar 5- Ebola ravaged Liberia has for the first time since last May gone a full week without reporting any new confirmed cases of the devastating virus, according to World Health Organization data. Liberia "reported no new confirmed cases" during the week to March 1, the UN health agency...
  • ADDIS ABABA, Mar 5-  Peace talks aimed at ending 15 months of civil war in South Sudan appeared deadlocked on Thursday just hours before the expiry of a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal. Hopes of an agreement were dealt another blow as President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar pulled...
  • DONETSK, Mar 5- Rescuers found 32 bodies of miners in the Zasyadko mine in eastern Ukraine a day after a blast ripped through the shaft, a rebel official said on Thursday. "32 bodies of dead miners of the Zasyadko mine have been found" by early morning, the emergency ministry of the self proclaimed...
  • RIYADH, Mar 5- US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday briefed wary Gulf ministers about his latest nuclear talks with Iran as Washington and its regional allies seek to stabilise a troubled Middle East. Fresh from three days of talks in Switzerland, Kerry gathered at a Riyadh air base with...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – Businessman Deepak Kamani, his father Chamanlal Kamani and younger brother Rashmi have recorded statements at the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) offices at Integrity centre ahead of their court appearance. The three who are accompanied by their lawyer...
  • Washington, Mar 5 - Hillary Clinton, facing criticism over her exclusive use of a private email account while US secretary of state, has called for her emails to be made public after Republicans subpoenaed the documents. "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said...
  • Kigali, Mar 5 - As the second and final mandate of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put. Through radio and newspapers, commentators appear to be lining up to sing the praises of an "...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 - A businessman was shot dead early Thursday in what police suspect to be an execution on Nairobi’s Forest Road. The incident occurred at about 2am when the businessman was driving on the road with a female companion. When police arrived at the scene, they said they found the...
  • SYDNEY, Australia, Mar 5 - An Australian broadcaster on Thursday revealed how it discourages staff from having babies and taking maternity leave - a big jar of condoms at work. A senior executive in Perth for Southern Cross Austereo, which runs the radio station that became embroiled in a British...
  • SEOUL, South Korea, Mar 5 - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm in Seoul on Thursday by a blade-wielding assailant opposed to ongoing US-Korean military drills. The United States condemned the "act of violence" which left the ambassador bleeding profusely...
  • BEIJING, China, Mar 5 - China unveiled a fresh double-digit spending boost for its military on Thursday with a 10.1 percent increase in 2015, as it is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours. Beijing plans to raise its military spending to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.4...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 - National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi is to rule on Thursday on the fate of the Public Accounts Committee which has been dogged by corruption allegations leveled against its Chairman Ababu Namwamba. This follows a Motion initiated on Wednesday by Leader of the Majority...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 - Parliament has approved the appointment of Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett as the Inspector General of Police. The National Assembly and the Senate voted in favour of a report by a joint security committee despite some members expressing reservations over Boinett’s ability to...
  • DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Mar 4 - At least 38 people have died with 82 others been injured in heavy rains and floods in Tanzania’s northwest, officials said Wednesday. Torrential rains, hail and high winds hit Kahama district in Shinyanga region late on Tuesday, a statement from the office of...
  • NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 - A new committee was on Wednesday unveiled to replace the Transition Authority (TA) which will be dissolved in a year’s time. The new outfit will be known as the Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee which will be chaired by former Education Permanent Secretary...

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