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Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235

Cairo, Egypt, Nov 24 - Attackers killed at least 235 worshippers Friday in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, in the country's deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North ...

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235

Cairo, Egypt, Nov 24 - Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, in the country's deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 ...

Mnangagwa pledges new era as Zimbabwe president

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change at his swearing in on Friday, seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe's shock resignation. In his inaugural address, Mnangagwa set out a ...

Index captures successes, failures of Uhuru regime as he embarks on second term

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – As President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to take his oath of office for a second term on Tuesday, the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance couldn't be better timed as it tracks not only the past decade in governance, but the last five years when he's been at the helm. ...

China launches national kindergarten probe after 'needle marks' on toddlers

Beijing, China, Nov 24 - China launched a nationwide investigation into its kindergartens on Friday after parents at a Beijing preschool said toddlers had apparent needle marks and were given mysterious pills , sparking outrage days after another daycare scandal. Security personnel installed a ...

Kinyua says inauguration to cost Sh300mn, asks NASA to shelve parallel rally

NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 24 - The government has revealed that slightly above Sh300 million will be spent during the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto next Tuesday. On Friday, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua who chairs the Assumption of Office of the President ...

Kivuti takes stand, says his votes were stolen

EMBU, Kenya, Nov 24 - Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti Friday took the witness stand in an election petition where he is challenging Governor Martin Wambora, telling the court that his victory was stolen and handed to his rival. Kivuti said independent calculations indicated that he garnered 97,288 ...

Zimbabwe's political roller-coaster: What we know

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over as Zimbabwe's new leader, ending strongman Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign and the country's worst political crisis since independence. Here is a snapshot of two weeks of turmoil, from a military takeover to mass street ...

Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - On August 17, the Zimbabwean government issued an official denial that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president at the time, had eaten ice cream at a political rally. “For the record, the Vice President did not eat ice cream,” Information Minister Chris ...

Mafia spectre haunting Italy spreading to cyberspace

Milan, Italy, Nov 24 - A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy's judiciary and police have warned the mafia's tentacles are extending into the virtual world. Gangrenous and omnipresent in the south, the country's various criminal networks are as powerful as ever ...

Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'

Paris, France, Nov 24 - World leaders may have been quick to voice outrage over video footage of Libyan slave auctions, but activists raised the alarm months ago , and their warnings fell on deaf ears. Aid workers, rights groups and analysts say they had been shouting about rape, torture and forced ...

Sorrow, admiration in Mugabe's birthplace

Kutama, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Local residents in the rural Zimbabwean village where Robert Mugabe was born, got married, and has a house say he was a great leader , but express sorrowful acceptance rather than anger at his ousting. Kutama, 55 miles outside the capital Harare, has been a heartland of ...

Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe president

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe's closest allies, took the oath of office at the ...

Mnangagwa: the ruthless 'Crocodile' now ruling Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Nicknamed “the Crocodile” for his ruthlessness, Emmerson Mnangagwa who took over Friday as Zimbabwe's president, is a hardliner with ties to the military who could prove as authoritarian as his mentor Robert Mugabe. It was his driving ambition to take over as ...

From Myanmar to Zimbabwe, China's global footprint grows

Beijing, China, Nov 24 - China has traditionally rejected US-style interventionism, but its deepening economic involvement in volatile countries like Myanmar and Zimbabwe is thrusting Beijing towards a more assertive global role, analysts say. China's foreign policy has been guided by its principle ...

S. African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 3 - A South African appeals court on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months. Here is a timeline of events following the shooting on Valentine's Day ...

British High Commission refutes claims of travel advisory during Uhuru inauguration

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 - The British High Commission has refuted claims that it issued a travel advisory against Kenya to its citizens prohibiting them from coming to the country next week during the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta. A statement from the Commission described this as false ...

Pope prays for peace in South Sudan and DR Congo

Vatican City, Vatican City State, Nov 24 - Pope Francis led a special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face”. “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow ...

Onetime 'world's heaviest man' has second surgery in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 24 - A Mexican once certified as the heaviest man in the world is recovering from a second stomach-reduction surgery that doctors hope will help him shed more than 200 kilograms , the medical center treating him reported Thursday. Juan Pedro Franco, 33, who once weighed in ...

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 24 - Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe's closest allies, will take the oath of ...

Sonko wants petition challenging his election struck out

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 - Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko now wants a petition challenging his election struck out. The County boss has through an application due for hearing on December 4 urged presiding judge Msagha Mbogholi to dismiss it as defective for failure to include his deputy Polycarp Igathe. ...

Five City Hall workers due in court for attempted fraud

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 - Four cashiers at the Nairobi County government and a manager of a Matatu Sacco are on Friday expected in court after they were arrested Thursday evening for attempted fraud. According to police, the five used fake documents as they tried to defraud the county of Sh2.5 ...

Section of Ngong Road shut for dualling works

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Motorists using Ngong Road from City Mortuary Roundabout to the Kenya National Library are being urged to use alternative routes as that section will be temporarily closed from Friday to facilitate the ongoing works of dualling the road. According to the Kenya Urban Roads ...

US to send F-22 jets to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang

Seoul, Korea, Republic of, Nov 24 - The US will send F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to South Korea for a joint drill, reports said Friday, in a new show of force aimed at Pyongyang. Six fighter jets, normally based in Okinawa, Japan, will be deployed to the South for a five-day joint military ...

Women have 'just started' to speak out on sexual harassment: UN Women

United Nations, United States, Nov 24 - The avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations that has rattled Hollywood, US media and beyond is just beginning, says the head of UN Women, who expects many more women to come forward before behaviors change. The wave of scandals in the United States has ...

Pope heads into Rohingya diplomatic minefield

Vatican City, Vatican City State, Nov 24 - Pope Francis plunges into a diplomatic minefield next week with visits to under-fire Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh amid mounting outrage over the plight of persecuted Rohingya Muslims. Some 620,000 Rohingya, more than half their total number, have ...

Mladic falls, but Milosevic loyalists on the rise in Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia, Nov 24 - The last Serb to stand trial over the conflicts that ripped apart Yugoslavia will finish his days in prison, but in Belgrade, men closely linked to wartime strongman Slobodan Milosevic are returning to high-profile jobs. UN judges in The Hague sentenced former Bosnian Serb ...

I support Nyong'o on controlling protests - Kisumu Woman Rep

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Kisumu Woman Representative Rosa Buyu has supported calls by Governor Anyang' Nyong'o to have protestors controlled in the lakeside city to avert any future destruction of property in the pretext of demonstrations. Speaking to Capital FM News, Buyu lauded Nyong'o for the ...

Let's unite to build the nation, Uhuru and DP tell Kenyans

KIRINYAGA, Kenya, Nov 23 - President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have urged Kenyans to join hands in building the nation, saying the season for politicking is over. Speaking Thursday in Kirinyaga County where he launched construction of the Sh19 billion Thiba Dam, President ...

In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

Sochi, Russian Federation, Nov 23 - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States. Speaking during his first visit to Russia as president, ...

Govt to spend Sh5.2bn to stop third strike by dons in a year

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - The government is spending Sh5.2 billion in the current fiscal year in a bid to resolve the current strike by lecturers in public universities - the third in a year. The sum was authorized by the National Treasury in a letter dated November 6 in which the ministry's ...

Top KCPE student Goldalyn Kakuya to get full scholarship

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education student Goldalyn Kakuya a pupil with albinism who emerged top after scoring 455 marks out of 500 will get full sponsorship from the M-PESA Academy. Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura, the National Coordinator of the Albinism Society of ...

MCAs approving People's Assemblies should be surcharged - Kiraithe

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - The government has cautioned politicians against selective use of the Constitution to justify activities that amount to breaching of law, like the formation of People's Assemblies through approval by Members of County Assembly . National Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe ...

Tuesday gazetted as public holiday for Uhuru swearing-in

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - The government has gazetted next Tuesday as a public holiday to allow for the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto. In a special gazette notice, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi stated that this is in accord with the ...

Zimbabweans relish bribe-free roads after Mugabe's fall

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 23 - As Robert Mugabe's regime tottered and fell, one immediate benefit that Zimbabweans celebrated with glee was the sudden absence of bribe-extracting police who were a symbol of life under his rule. Endless police roadblocks were a notorious feature of every journey in ...

Over 20 Heads of State expected to attend Kenyatta's swearing-in ceremony

NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 23 - Over 20 Heads of State have confirmed their attendance in next week's President Uhuru Kenyatta's swearing-in ceremony at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium. Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said the list of those expected to grace the event was likely to ...

Zimbabwe's next leader prepares to take power Friday

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 22 - Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security ...

Zimbabwe's next leader prepares to take power

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 22 - Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday to take power after the shock resignation of Robert Mugabe brought 37 years of authoritarian rule to an end. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security establishment, returned to the ...

Governor Nyong'o bans demos in Kisumu

KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 23 – Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang Nyong'o has moved in to stall any future destruction of property in Kisumu in the pretext of demonstrations. Governor Nyong'o has banned any demonstrations in the city unless called by NASA saying Kisumu has been targeted by a group of young ...

Roads in Nairobi to be closed for marathon, expansion works

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Major roads in Nairobi will this weekend be closed due to the Standard Chartered marathon set to take place on Sunday. One lane along Uhuru Highway will be closed while traffic between Railways Club and Railways Golf Club will be diverted to processional way through Uhuru ...

Sonko advocates use of the train in Nairobi to reduce traffic

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, has called on residents of Nairobi to optimize the use of the train within the city, in a bid to reduce traffic congestion. In a statement, the Governor stated that other than being comfortable, train rides are timely and not in any way affected ...

Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines

Beijing, China, Nov 23 - A Chinese metal trading firm said Thursday it is investigating whether children are toiling in Congolese mines that supply it with cobalt, a key resource for mobile phones and electric cars. Yantai Cash, a cobalt exporter based in eastern Shandong province, told AFP that it ...

US Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Washington, United States, Nov 23 - When Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig entered the “Masterpiece Cakeshop” bakery in a Denver suburb on July 19, 2012, they were giddy about choosing their wedding cake. The two men could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would ...

Protesting Laikipia University students block Nakuru-Nairobi highway

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Motorists using the Nakuru-Nairobi highway have been urged to exercise caution when approaching Laikipia University's Nakuru campus following unrest by students. According to police, the riots came after one of their colleagues was killed in a road accident Wednesday night. ...

We won't resign, Chebukati tells KHRC's Kegoro

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 - Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chabukati says he will ignore calls for the resignation of commissioners and the secretariat. Chebukati stated that officers in the electoral body are in office by virtue of constitutional provisions and clear ...

Chavez cousin to lead Citgo, PDVSA's arm in US

Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 23 - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday named Asdrubal Chavez , a cousin of late leader Hugo Chavez , to lead Citgo, the state oil company's US affiliate. “He's straight off to be Citgo president, to restructure it, to get it back, to strengthen ...

Should Uber users be worried about data hack?

Paris, France, Nov 23 - The theft of the personal data of 57 million Uber riders and drivers highlights how vulnerable we make ourselves when we install apps on our mobile phones and tablet computers. What happened? Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Tuesday that hackers had compromised ...

Putin urges 'compromise' ahead of new Syria peace talks

Sochi, Russian Federation, Nov 21 - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that efforts to end Syria's six-year war were entering “a new stage” ahead of a planned meeting of Syrian government officials and opposition leaders, warning both sides that compromise would be ...

Zimbabwe's next leader says post-Mugabe era is 'full democracy'

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 22 - Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare on Wednesday that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy” as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power. It was his first public ...

Zimbabwe's next leader returns after Mugabe exit

Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov 22 - Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa flew home on Wednesday to take power after the resignation of Robert Mugabe put an end to 37 years of authoritarian rule. Mnangagwa flew into Harare's Manyame airbase from South Africa and met key members of the ruling ...