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Deputy Minister charged with assault in South Africa

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South Africa’s Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has appeared in court on a charge of assaulting a woman in a nightclub. He was freed on $375 (£290) bail, pending further investigations. The alleged assault caused outrage in South Africa, with many people demanding Mr Manana’s arrest. He has apologised for what he called a “shameful incident”, saying that he had ...

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23-year-old student wins MP seat in Kenya

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A 23-year-old independent candidate is the next Igembe South MP after he was declared winner Thursday morning. Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18, 867 against Jubilee’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes. Other candidates, who were seasoned politicians include Mwenda Mzalendo (7,695), Kubai Mutuma (6,331) and Raphael Muriungi ...

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Mahama commends Kenyans for peaceful election

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Former President Mahama has commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves in the general elections. According to   him, this is an indication that the country is making inroads as far as democracy is concerned. “We laud the people of Kenya for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they exercised their right to ...

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North Korea Guam missile strike plan ‘ready by mid-August’

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North Korea says its plan to fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will soon be ready, as a war of words with Washington intensifies. State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by Kim Jong-un. It denounced Donald Trump’s warnings of ...

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Kenya election: Observer missions call for peace

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The various observer missions monitoring the elections in Kenya have called for peace in that country. Preliminary presidential election results project a convincing win for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta but the opposition leader Raila Odinga has cried foul, claiming “fraud” in the election process, which began on Tuesday. There are now heightened tensions in the country following Odinga’s claims. Meanwhile, ...

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Kenya poll officials deny hacking claim

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Kenya’s electoral commission has denied opposition claims its IT system had been hacked in order to manipulate Tuesday’s election results. Chief electoral officer Ezra Chiloba told reporters the systems were not compromised at any point. He spoke out after presidential candidate Raila Odinga rejected provisional results indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The opposition’s claim led to sporadic ...

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Clashes in Kenya after opposition leader’s election fraud claim

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Protesters and police in Kenya have clashed after the leader of the opposition claimed he was cheated of victory by a hacking attack that he said manipulated the results in the country’s presidential election. Raila Odinga, the leader of the National Super Alliance, said election commission computer systems and databases were tampered with overnight to “create errors” in favour of rival candidate ...

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Zimbabwe to build $1 billion Mugabe university

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Zimbabwe is to build a $1 billion (£770m) university dedicated to the man accused of leading his country to the brink of economic collapse, Robert Mugabe. Jonathan Moyo, minister of tertiary education, told reporters it was a fitting tribute to the 93-year-old president’s “commitment to education and his exemplary leadership”. It is unclear where the money will come from in ...

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North Korea ‘considering missile strike on US Guam base’

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North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. The North’s official news agency said on Tuesday the plan involved firing medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where US strategic bombers are based. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, flying into Guam, said there was no imminent threat from North Korea. He also ...

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Kenya results hacked – Opposition

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Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected early results from Tuesday’s vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya’s election chief Wafula Chebukati said he had confidence in the system but the claims would be investigated. Many fear a repeat of the ...

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