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French police question 8-year-old over terrorism comments

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An eight-year-old boy in France was questioned by police for half an hour Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school in praise of terrorists, police said.

The child triggered concern when he refused to take part in a minute's silence at his school in the southern city of Nice after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, according to Marcel Authier, in charge of…

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US treasure hunter arrested over theft of Sh4.5bn gold recovered from sunken ship

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A treasure hunter, who recovered millions of dollars in gold from a 19th century shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the run, authorities said Wednesday.

Thomas Thompson and assistant Alison Louise Antekeier were nabbed Tuesday at a hotel in Boca Raton, Florida, where they had been hiding for over a year, paying in cash and living under false identities.

Police had been chasing the pair since mid-2012 when they failed to…

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ODM picks candidate amid grumps

By NATION CORRESPONDENT[1]

The Orange Democratic Movement was holding its nomination for the Kajiado Central constituency by-election, with some aspirants expressing displeasure at the participation of a former Jubilee Alliance member.

The party allowed Mr Memusi Kanchory to vie for the ticket after he lost to Mr Patrick Tuitui in the Jubilee Alliance Party nomination.

The newly registered party signals the merger of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA and Deputy President William Ruto’s URP.

One of the ODM aspirants,…

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Workers knew of risks, official tells MPs

By NATION REPORTER[1]

Teachers demanding to be transferred from North Eastern are not sincere because they were aware of the challenges in the region before applying for work, the Education Principal Secretary has said.

Dr Belio Kipsang’ told a Parliamentary Education Committee that demands by teachers from Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties, goes against the contractual terms they entered with the Teachers Service Commission, when they were employed.

He said the government policy is clear that teachers must…

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How voucher system bailed out mothers

By NATION REPORTER[1]

Over 800,000 women in five counties delivered and received antenatal care at health facilities for a mere Sh200 before free maternity care was introduced in 2013.

Women from poor families in Kiambu, Kisumu, Kitui, Kilifi and Nairobi’s Korogocho and Viwandani slums accessed antenatal care, delivery, postnatal care and medical care for their newborns for six days through a subsidised voucher system, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said.

This was made possible through a Kenya-German partnership…

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Fears over repeat of Nigeria poll violence amid Boko Haram raids

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MADAKIYA, Nigeria, Wednesday

All that’s left of the Muslim neighbourhood in Madakiya, in Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna state, are decomposing bricks and graffiti-covered walls standing in fields of charred grass.

Muslims and Christians once lived together in the village but Madakiya’s entire Muslim population fled to a nearby town in rioting after the 2011 presidential election.

With Nigerians set to vote again next month, people in the religiously mixed state are wary of a repeat after houses were…

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Somalia’s PM issues new list of ministers

By ABDULKADIR KHALIF[1]

Somalia’s new prime minister yesterday proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles were stalling progress.

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, appointed last month after a damaging spat between his predecessor and internationally-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, appealed to lawmakers to pass the latest list.

“The task ahead of us is no easy one and the clock is ticking,” Mr Sharmarke said in a…

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Sudan’s April elections won’t get donor support

By MOHAMMED AMIN, Nation Correspondent in Khartoum[1]

International donors have refused to finance Sudanese elections set for April, the country’s national Election commission (NEC) has disclosed.

Talking at a press conference in Khartoum, the NEC Chairman Mokhtar Al-Asam revealed that they were denied funding from foreign institutions such as the Carter Centre and the United Nations because they rejected their conditions that encroach on the country’s pride.

Among these conditions was a request to tour the country and…

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Jordan offers to free militant for pilot

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Jordan offered today to free a female jihadist in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist.

It came after the parents of the hostages made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline set by IS for the release of the would-be suicide bomber approached.

“Jordan is ready to release the prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot is freed unharmed,” Jordanian…

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US welcomes Castro message

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The United States welcomed yesterday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana.

“We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, after Castro’s letter was released.

Ms Psaki said Washington now looked forward “to the Cuban government implementing those international norms and principles for a democratic,…

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Narok residents protest arrest of leaders, paralyse traffic

By NGARE KARIUKI[1]

People protesting the arrest of Narok leaders Wednesday paralysed traffic along the Narok-Bomet highway demanding their release.

More than 200 people blocked the busy highway and demanded the release of Narok Senator Ole Ntutu and four other MPs who are being held at Muthaiga Police Station over Monday violence in the county.

The mob barricaded the highway at Ololulung’a and Katakala areas from 6pm to around 9:30pm Wednesday before the police dispersed them and arrested…

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