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Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 19 - Rescuers dug Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital. Firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers worked frantically to ...

Get your house in order for repeat poll, Opposition tells IEBC

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The National Super Alliance has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to get its house in order as fast as possible, to avoid a looming constitutional crisis. Speaking outside the Supreme Court of Kenya following the delivery of the full judgment of the ...

IEBC officials breath easy as court rules 'no criminal culpability'

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Commissioners and officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are breathing a little easier after the Supreme Court on Wednesday found itself unable to impute criminal intent or culpability against them, based on the evidence placed before them by Raila ...

Our peers erred in taking such drastic action: Njoki, Ojwang

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Supreme Court judges Njoki Ndung'u and Jackton Ojwang on Wednesday detailed the reasons why they hold that their colleagues on the bench erred in ordering for a fresh presidential poll. Both Ndung'u and Ojwang found that Raila Odinga failed to prove his case that the August ...

Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 19 - Rescuers frantically searched Wednesday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake that left thousands dead and still haunts the country. At daybreak, firefighters, police, soldiers and ...

JSC to question Njoki Ndung'u in gross misconduct case

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The Judicial Service Commission intends to question Supreme Court Judge Njoki Ndung'u in a petition in which she is seeking to stop the latter from probing her over gross misconduct. In an application lodged before High Court Judge Chacha Mwita, the JSC wants Lady Justice ...

12 dead, 92 missing as floods hit eastern DR Congo

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sep 20 - At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. “The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda ...

High Court upholds decision to deny Deya bail

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The High Court has affirmed the decisions by a magistrate's court to deny controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya bail. This is after Justice Luka Kimaru declined to free the man of the cloth pending hearing of a case in which he is facing charges of child stealing. Deya ...

Jubilee MP apologises to Ngilu over 'call for rape'

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Kitui East Member of Parliament Nimrod Mbai has apologised to the Kitui Governor Kaluki Ngilu over his 'call to rape' remarks he made last month during a political rally. He spoke on Wednesday for the first time after the remarks during an interview with a vernacular radio ...

Blame for nullified poll lies squarely on IEBC: Supreme Court

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The Supreme Court on Wednesday laid bare its reasons for - by a majority - declaring the August 8 presidential election and the result thereof, null and void. Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Philomena Mwilu, judges Isaac Lenaola and Smokin Wanjala sought to show why ...

1 person rushed to hospital after bees attack Supreme Court protestors

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Supporters of Jubilee and NASA camping outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday were forced to flee after a swarm of bees descended on them as judges were reading the final Supreme Court ruling. At least one person who was severely stung by the bees was rushed to hospital ...

IEBC directed to deploy alternative on Oct 17 in case technology fails

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The Supreme Court has directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to put in place a complementary system for the fresh October 17 presidential poll, in compliance with Section 44A of the Elections Act. Chief Justice David Maraga said the court could not ...

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

On Board the Dixmude, Senegal, Sep 20 - Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally. Identity papers are demanded and the cargo is inspected: one of the crew members is not on ...

Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 20 - “It's devastating. I've been following them every day of my life for the last year,” said Dedan Ngatia, a wild dog researcher in Kenya's central Laikipia region. “They're all dead.” Months of invasions by sometimes armed semi-nomadic herders, and tens ...

21 schoolchildren among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake

Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 20 - At least 216 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another ...

IEBC meeting with parties put off to await full Supreme Court ruling

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has postponed a meeting with the Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance to allow time for the consideration of issues arising from a detailed Supreme Court ruling on the annulment of the August 8 presidential election, ...

Supreme Court now asked vacate presidential petition judgment

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Chief Justice David Maraga has been petitioned to vacate the full judgment of the presidential petition to be delivered Wednesday at 10am. In his petition, Derrick Malika Ngumu claims that he is in possession of what he describes as highly confidential and detailed documents ...

Ruto slams CJ, says he sounds like the Opposition

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Deputy President William Ruto criticised Chief Justice David Maraga's statement on attacks against the Judiciary, describing the tone of the speech as political. Through his Twitter handle on Tuesday night, Ruto said the proclamation by Maraga on Tuesday evening closely ...

IG Boinnet denies claims by Maraga on judges' security

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet now says all judges in the country have adequate police officers attached to them as well as at their residences. In a statement, the IG refuted claims by Chief Justice David Maraga that he has failed to ensure Judiciary officials, ...

Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 20- An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security. The critical Mwanahalisi newspaper was shut after publishing a letter on Monday from a reader ...

S.Africa model seeks to strip Mrs Mugabe of immunity

Pretoria, South Africa, Sep 20 - The South African glamour model who accuses Zimbabwe's first lady of battering her with an electrical plug launched a legal bid on Tuesday to have Grace Mugabe stripped of her immunity. Gabriella Engels and her lawyers sought to persuade the North Gauteng High Court ...

You'll soon know our reasons why…

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 - The Supreme Court will on Wednesday deliver, in full, the reasons why by a majority, it nullified the August 8 presidential election and President Uhuru Kenyatta's declaration as winner. The bench will deliver the judgement in the face of intimidation and bad-mouthing from ...

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

United Nations, United States, Sep 19 - Aung San Suu Kyi faced mounting criticism Tuesday over what some world leaders are now calling the “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, despite her plea for patience from the international community. The head of Myanmar's civilian ...

President says 60-day timeline cannot change in repeat polls

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday said he expected elections to be held within the 60-day period set out in the Constitution after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 polls, and that the electoral agency IEBC would conduct it. The President said no one had the right to ...

NGOs Council calls for resignation of Mwilu, Lenaola

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – The National Council of NGOs is now calling for the resignation of two Supreme Court Judges: Philemona Mwilu and Isaac Lenaola whose integrity and independence has been questioned in a petition filed at the Judicial Service Commission. In a statement, the statutory ...

Jubilee MPs open to conditional change of election date

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 - A section of Jubilee Party on Tuesday said they are amenable to a change of the election date so long as it does not affect the national examination dates. This comes as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has convened a meeting between the Jubilee and ...

Omtatah in court to have Maraga paid Sh10mn by MP Ngunjiri

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 - Human Rights Activist Okiya Omtatah on Tuesday moved to the High Court to seek orders to have Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Martin Ngunjiri Wambugu pay Chief Justice David Maraga Sh10 million as damages. Omtatah who has since sued Ngunjiri said his action to move to court ...

Sudan's Bashir urges Darfur displaced to return home

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Oct 19 - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday urged those displaced by the conflict in Darfur to return home, saying the region had now recovered from a war that has killed tens of thousands. More than 2.5 million people have fled their homes since 2003, when a conflict ...

NASA MPs urge 'delicate balance' as scramble for House posts intensifies

NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 19 - A section of MPs in the NASA Coalition say the sharing of the House Leadership post will require 'a delicate balance' after some legislators demanded their regions and affiliate parties should be awarded a seat. This comes after sharp divisions emerged in the Minority ...

17 bodies found in DR Congo eastern border lake

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sep 19 - The bodies of 17 civilians apparently fleeing violence in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo were found in Lake Edward, a local official said Tuesday. The civilians “drowned trying to flee clashes between the ...

Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 19 - An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security. The critical Mwanahalisi newspaper was shut after publishing a letter on Monday from a reader ...

World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

United Nations, United States, Sep 19 - Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea. Addressing the high-level debate at the General ...

Suu Kyi rejects criticism over Rohingya, UN chief urges army pullback

Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Sep 19 - Aung San Suu Kyi pledged Tuesday to hold rights violators to account over the Rohingya crisis but refused to blame Myanmar's army, as the UN chief demanded an end to the military campaign and a better deal for the Muslim minority. In an address timed to pre-empt censure ...

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sep 19 - UN human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed “full and unfettered” access to Myanmar to investigate a grave and ongoing crisis, but the government renewed its rejection of the probe. “It is important for us to see with our own eyes the ...

Suu Kyi rebuffs foreign criticism of Rohingya crisis

Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Sep 19 - Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account but refusing to blame the military for violence that has driven some 421,000 of the Muslim minority out of her country. In an address ...

Supreme Court to deliver, in full, reasons for poll nullification tomorrow 10am

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 - The Supreme Court will tomorrow at 10 am deliver, in full, its reasons for voiding President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 election victory. Two of the six judges who were of a different mind will also detail their reasons for opposing the action. It is hoped the detailed ...

Protests at Judiciary against CJ Maraga over presidential election decision

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 - The Judiciary has been rocked by protests from demonstrators waving placards against Chief Justice David Maraga whom they accuse of slowing the country after nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory. The protesters - mainly donning red t-shirts - are carrying ...

Mexico mothers dig through nation's dirt for missing children

VERACRUZ, Mexico, Sep 19 - Martha Gonzalez used to have the soft hands of a homemaker. But they have grown callused and leathery since she started digging up bodies in search of her son, Alberto, one of Mexico's tens of thousands of missing people. Gonzalez lives in Veracruz, in eastern Mexico, a ...

Five key dates in the Rohingya crisis

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sep 19 - The Rohingya refugee crisis is worsening daily as new arrivals from Myanmar join more than 410,000 from the Muslim minority who have fled to Bangladesh since late August, overwhelming camps short of food, water and shelter. Here are five key dates in the crisis so ...

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

United Nations, United States, Sep 19 - World leaders open their annual debate at the United Nations on Tuesday, eager to hear US President Donald Trump deliver his maiden address amid global anxiety over North Korea and Iran. Trump takes the podium at the General Assembly just after Brazil's Michel ...

Justification for presidential poll annulment due as decisional integrity challenged

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 - The Judicial Service Commission held a meeting on Tuesday as all eyes were trained on the Supreme Court for an explanation as to why they nullified the August 8 presidential poll. The meeting came as another petitioner  called into question the integrity of the decision; ...

Meteorological department predicts flooding at the Coast

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of coastal counties Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Taita Taveta and Lamu this week. According to an update published by the Kenya Meteorological Department on Monday, rains exceeding 30mm are expected on Tuesday on the Southern ...

Muturi asks MPs to steer the nation to economic prosperity

NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 19 - Members of the National Assembly on Monday kicked off a week-long induction workshop where they have been challenged to proactively steer the nation to economic and social growth as they embark on the House business. In his opening remarks, Speaker Justin Muturi told the ...

Suu Kyi appeals to global community, vows to repatriate some Rohingya

Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Sep 19 - Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account and to resettle some of the 410,000 Muslims who have fled army operations in her country. But she offered no concrete solutions to stop ...

Businessman shot and killed in Mombasa night ambush

MOMBASA, Kenya, Sep 19 – A prominent businessman was on Monday night shot dead in Tudor Mombasa by unknown gunmen. Urban police boss Lucas Ogara says the businessman was shot dead as he was driving home and died on the spot. Police are yet to establish the motive but have ruled out a random ...

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to Al-Qaeda?

Paris, France, Sep 19 - A photo montage published by Al-Qaeda to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the Twin Towers. At his side is his son Hamza, the “crown prince of jihad”. The young man, now 28, has appeared since childhood in the

CBA between doctors' union and county governments registered

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – A Collective Bargaining Agreement between the doctors' union and county governments has been registered in the Labour Court. Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union Secretary General Ouma Oluga Monday described the registration of the agreement signed ...

Matatu operators given 30 days before CBD ban takes effect

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 18 - Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended the eviction of matatus from CBD for a month, after pleas by the operators during a consultative meeting at Charter Hall. Sonko however gave conditions including compliance with laws failure to which they will be removed from the ...

Confusion in NASA as it fails to agree on parliamentary leadership

NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 18 - Confusion continues to rock the National Super Alliance over the naming of leaders to top House posts after the coalition's CEO Norman Magaya refuted a declaration by Suba South MP John Mbadi that he is the National Assembly Minority Leader. In his remarks during the opening ...

Aukot plea for inclusion in October 17 poll to be heard Thursday

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – A three-judge bench is Thursday expected to hear Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot's petition seeking his inclusion in the October 17 repeat State House race. Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court Daniel ole Keiwua said on Monday that the Chief Justice ...