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Kenya ruling party to seek electoral changes

Kenya’s governing Jubilee party is to seek changes in parliament to the electoral laws, including limiting the powers of the Supreme Court and whether manual voting should take precedence over computerised tallying. MPs will also decide whether to form committees to scrutinise the bill and supplementary budget. A newspaper report …

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Allegations of genocide in CAR are mere exaggerations – President Touadera

President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera has denied claims of genocide in his country as he appeared before the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday. He told reporters in Geneva after addressing the Human Rights Council that the allegations were mere exaggerations. ‘‘For us, genocide may be a …

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China to shut down North Korean companies

China has told North Korean companies operating in its territory to close down as it implements United Nations sanctions against the reclusive state. The companies will be shut by early January. Joint Chinese and North Korean ventures will also be forced to close. China, Pyongyang’s only major ally, has already …

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Playboy founder Hefner dies aged 91

Hugh Hefner, founder of the international adult magazine Playboy, has died at the age of 91. Playboy Enterprises Inc said he passed away peacefully at home, from natural causes. Mr Hefner began publishing Playboy in his kitchen at home in 1953. It became the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world, …

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Beyoncé sent Lady Gaga a comfy gift

Beyoncé is a thoughtful friend. The pop star recently sent Lady Gaga a perfectly sweet gift to help comfort the singer while she deals with chronic pain. On Tuesday, Gaga posted a photo of the plush present to Instagram: “Not having a good pain day,” Gaga wrote. “Thank you honey …

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Tom Cruise shuts down ‘Valkyrie’ fake butt speculation

Tom Cruise did not employ a prosthesis to do booty duty for him. Believe it or not, the internet cares about such things and the star is shutting down the scuttlebutt that his behind in a scene from “Valkyrie” wasn’t real. It all started last month with a tweet from …

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Jennifer Lopez locates last of family in Puerto Rico

As she aids in the effort to help the people of Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez can now rest easy that her family members have been located. The singer posted a video on her Instagram account of her aunt and uncle in Puerto Rico, which was hard hit by Hurricane Maria …

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Blind female Ethiopian lawyer wins global award for promoting disability rights

A blind female Ethiopian lawyer has been named a joint winner of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, also known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize. The 35-year-old human rights lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie was on Tuesday awarded 3 million Swedish crowns ($374,000) which will be shared among the three joint winners. “I …

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Chaos in Ugandan parliament as MPs debate age limit motion

The floor of Uganda’s parliament witnessed chaotic scenes on Tuesday as legislators debated a motion around presidential age limits. A leading media outlet, NTV Uganda described the incidence as ‘nasty scenes’ as Members of Parliament are seen engaged in fist fights with the hurling of chairs between two factions. On the substantive issue, …

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for first time next year

Women will be allowed to drive for the first time next summer in Saudi Arabia, the ultra-conservative kingdom announced Tuesday, marking a significant expansion of women’s rights in the only the country that barred them from getting behind the wheel. While women in other Muslim countries drove freely, the kingdom’s …

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