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Eleventh hour court challenge could delay Kenya vote

Nairobi - Kenya's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would meet on the eve of the country's presidential election re-run to hear a last-minute petition challenging the ballot.

Chief Justice David Maraga, who presided over the annulling of August's original flawed vote, said he will hear a petition filed by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not ready for Thursday's re-run.

"Matter to be heard at 10:00 (07:00 GMT) tomorrow," Maraga ordered in a statement.


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'Tighten security,' Zim urged after at least 100 tourists are robbed in Victoria Falls – report

Victoria Falls – A Zimbabwean lawmaker has reportedly urged government to tighten security around the southern African country's resort towns after at least 100 tourists were allegedly robbed in the last 4 months in Victoria Falls.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Chegutu west legislator, Dexter Nduna told parliament that the crime scourge in the western Zimbabwe resort town was likely going to negatively impact tourism which he said was bringing in the much needed foreign currency. 

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Doctors in Malawi slam mob attacks amid 'vampire' rumours

Blantyre - A doctors' association in Malawi says some health workers have been attacked by mobs convinced that blood-sucking vampires are roaming some parts of the country.

The Society of Medical Doctors said on Monday that assailants have attacked medics for carrying stethoscopes, or robbed them and smashed their vehicles in what it described as an escalation of thuggery and mass hysteria.

Amos Nyaka, the society's president, is commending health workers for continuing to serve communities despite the risk to their lives and property.

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Kenya's disputed election: The twists and turns

Nairobi - Kenyans are due to go to the polls on Thursday for a re-run of August's presidential election that was annulled by the Supreme Court on the grounds of irregularities.

Here are the key developments in the disputed election race.

Tensions on voting day 

Voters turn out in large numbers on August 8 after a tight race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, his longtime rival.

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Somali diaspora: Blast won't stop effort to rebuild homeland

Minneapolis - Like many Somalis displaced by decades of civil war, Mohamoud Elmi felt he had a duty to use what he learned in America to help rebuild his homeland. After getting a business administration degree in Ohio, he fulfilled that calling and returned to Somalia in 2008 to work in government.

Elmi, a dual Somali-US citizen, was among at least 358 people killed in the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu. He was one of countless members of the Somali diaspora who have returned to the Horn of Africa country in recent years to work as contractors, entrepreneurs, humanitarian workers, government leaders and more, despite the threat of violence.

Many say they won't be deterred by the recent bombing, which was the deadliest attack in Somalia's history and one of the world's worst attacks in years. Some say the bombing, which also left 228 people injured and dozens missing, will actually energise rebuilding efforts.


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Police arrest husband for murder of Australian teacher in Kenya

Nairobi - A Kenya police official says the husband of an Australian teacher has been arrested as a suspect in her murder last week.

Area police chief Cunningham Suiyanka Tuesday confirmed the arrest of Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna, and his cousin, John Njuguna Waithira. Suiyanka said Maina is the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Gabrielle.

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 Mugabe 'would have rejected WHO role': spokesperson

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe did not know he had been appointed World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador and would anyway have rejected the role that has since been rescinded, state media reported Tuesday.

The WHO reversed its decision on Sunday to award the 93-year-old the honour to help fight disease after widespread uproar around the globe.

"The president was quite surprised that he had been appointed a goodwill ambassador by the WHO," Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba told The Herald newspaper.

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