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Constant flow of donations needed to keep blood banks stocked

KENYA, Nairobi, June 23 - I don't like needles! You can say that again; most people don't; but the sobering thought that each pint of blood donated can save a life will make it worth your while. Giving blood takes nothing away from you except a few minutes of your time, and in return someone

Doctor says 27 colleagues have cholera after Weston Hotel saga

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - At least 27 cholera cases have been confirmed following tests conducted on doctors who were attending a conference at a Nairobi hotel. In a phone interview with Capital FM News Dr Simon King'ondu, a gynecologist who was at the conference said the doctors are admitted to ...

Son chops off father's hand in fight over campaign posters

KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Jun 23 - A tussle over campaign posters of two Members of County Assembly aspirants on Thursday night left a man in Ikolomani, Kakamega County with serious injuries after his right hand was cut off by his son. Chrisantus Mwinamo is said to have confronted his father - Protus Mugaisi ...

London mosque suspect charged with 'terrorism-related murder'

London, United Kingdom, Jun 23 - The British van driver suspected of mowing down Muslim worshippers near a London mosque appeared in court on Friday charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder. Darren Osborne, 47, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, speaking ...

Colombia's FARC to finish disarming on Friday: president

PARIS, France, Jun 23 - Colombia's FARC rebels will complete their historic disarmament on Friday, ending half a century of war, President Juan Manuel Santos said during an official visit to France. “This June 23, the United Nations mission in Colombia will announce that the FARC has handed ...

UN to send experts to probe DR Congo violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jun 23 - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send a group of experts to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help investigate an explosion of deadly violence in the Kasai region. A council resolution called on the UN rights office to dispatch a team of international ...

Uhuru takes Jubilee juggernaut to Meru in re-election bid

NKUBU, Kenya, Jun 23 - President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in the vote-rich Meru County on Friday at the start of a three-day campaign blitz showcasing his administration's investment and arguing why he must be allowed a second term. In a trip also designed to win votes for the Jubilee team in Meru, ...

Citizens can now readily access treaties signed by Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - Kenyans now have access to the treaties signed by the government after the launch of the Registrar of Treaties Database and web link on Friday. Speaking during the launch, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the web link signifies the government's commitment ...

CSOs root for closer ties with security agencies to end rights violations

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - There is need for collective efforts between security agencies and civil society organisations to end cases of human rights violations in the country. Amnesty International's Country Director Justus Nyangaya told Capital FM News during a forum bringing together civil society ...

Juncker says Britain's plan for EU citizens 'not sufficient'

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jun 23 - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that Britain's proposals to protect the rights of EU nationals after Brexit were “not sufficient”, while Belgium called the plan “particularly vague”. “That's a first step but this ...

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jun 23 - One of the top surviving leaders of Cambodia's ruthless Khmer Rouge regime on Friday denied genocide charges and rejected the label of “murderer” in forceful closing remarks at a lengthy UN-backed trial. The Khmer Rouge's former head of state, 85-year-old ...

Court rules presidential results to be announced at constituency

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - The Appeals Court has ruled that presidential results declared at constituency level are final. While reading the ruling a three judge bench which included Justice William Ouko further upheld that the announced results should not be subjected to any alterations. The ...

IEBC fines Kaloki Sh500,000 over electoral offence

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - Kibwezi East parliamentary aspirant Philip Kaloki has been fined Sh500,000 for flouting the electoral code of conduct. The decision was made by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee on Friday after summoning Kaloki to ...

Healing Mexico's 'cancer,' with potions and politics

TUXPAN, Mexico, Jun 23 - Maria de Jesus Patricio has a treatment for pretty much anything that ails you: “toad grass” for cholesterol, “dragon's blood” for infections, “sacred bark” for constipation or anger. Now the traditional healer is turning her attention to ...

Disgraced S. Korean leader's friend Choi jailed for three years

SEOUL, Korea, Republic of, Jun 23 - The woman at the centre of South Korea's corruption scandal, Choi Soon-Sil, was handed a three-year jail term for bribery Friday in the first of a string of criminal cases against a figure dubbed the “female Rasputin”. The scandal involving Choi and ...

Fears for thousands of tower block residents after London inferno

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 23 - Tower blocks housing thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material. Prime Minister ...

Policeman among 3 people killed in Mandera gun attack

NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 23 - A police officer is among three people shot dead during an attack by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists in Mandera County Friday morning. Three other people were seriously injured in the attack that occurred outside a bank in Elwak town, police said, adding that one of the dead ...

Botswana's former president Ketumile Masire dies

GABORONE, Botswana, June 23 - Botswana's former president Sir Ketumile Masire, the southern African country's second post-independence leader and who led efforts to bring peace to Mozambique, has died aged 91, an aide said on Friday. Masire had been heavily involved in efforts to end violence ...

Court declines to stop ballot paper printing, sends file to CJ

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - The High Court has declined to stop the execution and performance of the Sh2.5 billion tender for the supply of ballot papers by a Dubai-based printing firm. Justice George Odunga said the judicial review application by the National Super Alliance seeking to quash the tender ...

China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report

Hong Kong, China, Jun 23 - President Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make

Mailu says guests at Weston had food poisoning, not cholera

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has refuted claims of a cholera outbreak at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi, instead saying tests indicated that the guests suffered from food poisoning. Speaking to Capital FM News, Mailu said 35 tests had so far been carried out and almost ...

Sonko, Igathe promise to revive Nairobi art scene

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - The Jubilee Party Nairobi gubernatorial team has promised that their administration will revive the art scene in Nairobi should they be elected into office on August 8. Speaking when he presented a royalties cheque to Performers Rights Society of Kenya and Kenya Association ...

Trump nominates NFL team owner as envoy to Britain

Washington, United States, Jun 23 - US President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will formally nominate Republican fundraiser and American football team owner Woody Johnson to be his ambassador to Britain. The pick had been expected since January, when the then president-elect announced his ...

Printing of ballot papers begins Friday in Dubai

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - The printing of ballot papers for the August General Election is expected to commence Friday going by a statement delivered by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday. They do not however include the ballots for the ...

Persons living with disabilities demand greater role in political parties

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - Persons living with disabilities in the country are demanding the right to participate in the decision-making and management of political parties. Rockefeller Odhiambo, who is seeking to be a Member of the Homa Bay County Assembly faulted political parties for failing to ...

Court of Appeal to deliver ruling in presidential tally case

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 - The Court of Appeal will Friday morning deliver a ruling whether the declaration of presidential results should be done at the constituency or national level. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission filed the appeal challenging the High Court finding that the ...

Luisa Ortega: Venezuelan prosecutor defying president

Caracas, Venezuela, Jun 22 - Her enemies have branded her insane, but those close to Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega say her defiance of the government over the country's deadly political crisis is pure courage. A longtime sympathizer of the socialist movement that brought President ...

Tobiko warns political class to conduct themselves lawfully, no special treatment

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - The Director of Public Prosecutions is urging the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to be firm in enforcing the Electoral Code of Conduct. While giving his opening remarks during the 3rd National Prosecution Service Convention which kicked off on Thursday at ...

Fresh polls hurdle as NASA files case to block ballots printing

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - The National Super Alliance has filed an application seeking to quash the Sh2.5 billion ballots paper printing tender awarded to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC. The Opposition says that the decision to award the tender to the Dubai-based firm was based on ulterior ...

PNU officials 'elected' last October ordered to vacate office

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal has ordered officials of the Party of National Unity purported to have been elected on October 28, 2016 to vacate office within a period of seven days. The tribunal issued the orders Thursday after it found that the officials were not ...

What you need to know about kidnappings in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22- Central Kenya has been the worst-hit region by the ongoing wave of kidnappings according to a new report by the National Crime Research Centre. The report, however, points out that the menace is spread across all parts of the country with various categories of kidnapping ...

President Kenyatta, DP reject opposition attempts to sabotage election

KARATINA, Kenya, Jun 22 - President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have accused the opposition of plotting to sabotage August elections they know they cannot win. The President and DP, on a campaign blitz of Nyeri County and started their day in the populous Mathira Constituency, ...

'Trump factor' seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jun 22 - Closer ties between Saudi Arabia and US President Donald Trump's administration helped pave the way for a succession shake-up making a 31-year-old prince the kingdom's de facto ruler, analysts say. On Wednesday King Salman, 81, named his son Mohammed bin Salman crown ...

IEBC fines Lusaka, Wangamati Sh1mn each for Bungoma violence

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 - The  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee has fined Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka  and his competitor Wycliffe Wangamati Sh1 million after they were found to be in breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct. The Commission, in a ...

President Kenyatta says delivery record warrants re-election

NYERI, Kenya, Jun 22 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday underscored the billions of shillings in development projects invested by his administration in Nyeri County and the wider Central region to lift the lives of residents as he made a case for his re-election. The President – who is seeking ...

Combustible cladding found in UK tower blocks: PM

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 22 - Combustible cladding has been found in “a number” of publicly-owned tower blocks in Britain following emergency checks after a devastating fire in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday. “A number of these tests have come back as ...

CJ Maraga assures IEBC ballot printing will go ahead, elections must take place on Aug 8

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – Chief Justice David Maraga has assured the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that the Judiciary will not interfere with the ballot printing process. Speaking after laying a foundation stone for the Homa Bay High Court, Maraga said the Judiciary sympathised ...

Ghanaians take aim at corruption

Accra, Ghana, Jun 22 - Ghana's government is facing growing calls to keep its promises after it won elections on a pledge to stamp out corruption. President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration have in recent weeks seen protesters take to the streets to raise awareness about the issue. In May, ...

Proposed law beacon of hope for working mothers keen on exclusive breastfeeding

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – At the end of her maternity leave, Mercy Wanja had to ask herself tough questions. How would she breastfeed her 3-month-old son exclusively while working an 8-5 job? How could she keep her milk supply up while working despite being away from her son for so many hours? ...

Sonko debunks PK's claim Ruto plot cost him Jubilee ticket

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - Nairobi Senator and Jubilee nominee in the Nairobi gubernatorial contest Mike Sonko has dismissed claims by former Gatanga legislator Peter Kenneth that he was aided to rig the party nomination by Deputy President William Ruto. Speaking in his Mathare political bedrock on ...

Luisa Ortega: Venezuelan prosecutor defying president

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jun 22 - Her enemies have branded her insane, but those close to Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega say her defiance of the government over the country's deadly political crisis is pure courage. A longtime sympathizer of the socialist movement that brought President ...

Jubilee campaigns in Nyeri, NASA seeks votes in Kitale

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Thursday lead Jubilee campaigns in Nyeri as the National Super Alliance campaigns in Kitale. The opposing teams are as is the nature of politics, are expected to trade accusations touching on incitement and rigging. President Kenyatta in his ...

Compensation for Guam WWII atrocity survivors

HAGATNA, Guam, Jun 22 - The US government has launched a compensation scheme for survivors of Japanese atrocities in Guam, 73 years after hostilities ended on the Pacific island. Japan occupied Guam on December 10, 1941, three days after the Pearl harbour attack and remained there until US Marines ...

Chile says $4.8-mn to be returned to Pinochet's family

SANTIAGO, Jun 22 - A Chilean appeals court has ruled that $4.8 million in cash and assets frozen during a legal investigation is to be returned to the family of late longtime dictator Augusto Pinochet. In a split ruling that still could be appealed, the Chilean court ordered “to return ...

India to run extra Eid flights to Qatar due to embargo

NEW DELHI, Jun 22 - India has asked two domestic carriers to run extra flights to Doha ahead of the Eid holiday to help citizens stranded there following an embargo imposed on Qatar Airways. Tens of thousands of Indian migrants travel home from Doha for the religious holiday every year, but many ...

Trump's new idea , a 'solar wall' on Mexican border

WASHINGTON, United States, Jun 22 - US President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: cover it with solar panels , and use the energy to cover construction costs. “Yes, we will build a wall,” he told a crowd in Cedar ...

AP who shot dead 2 colleagues, injured another in Baringo still at large

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 - An Administration Police officer on Wednesday night shot dead two of his colleagues in Baringo County, in unclear circumstances. Another officer is receiving treatment at the Marigat sub-county hospital for the injuries he sustained from the gunshots. Police, according to a ...

Inflight internet ready to take off

Le Bourget, France, Jun 22 - Inflight internet access, a nascent market still hobbled by slow speeds, is set to take off as dedicated satellites make surfing in the skies a reality, experts say. Even bans on bringing laptops and tablets on board imposed by Britain and the United States on flights ...

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

Warder, Ethiopia, Jun 22 - The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means “equalised”. It's an appropriate name, they say, because this drought has left no ...

IS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became 'caliph'

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 22 - Jihadists on Wednesday blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself “caliph” in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said. The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement ...