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October 10, 2017 5:42 AM Uhuru awards Sh500,000 to brothers who built 'ground aeroplane'

Two brothers in Kigaa, Runyenjes constituency, have built a “ground aeroplane” that they are using to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election. The contraption is assembled from a modified rickshaw covered with canvas designed to imitate the front, the fuselage and wings of a small aeroplane. A single turbine at the front and scores of blinking 43

October 3, 2017 10:44 AM Babu Owino’s fiery post on varsity’s closure lights social media

Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili has angered social media users with a post that accused Education CS Fred Matinag’i of influencing University of Nairobi’s Senate to close the institution indefinitely. The university’s Senate announced on Tuesday morning that it had ordered for its closure due to security concerns. The young MP, popularly known as Babu Owino 4

October 3, 2017 8:12 AM Festival attacked by Las Vegas shooter had been success story in creating outdoor music destination

Before it became the site of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting, the Route 91 Harvest festival was one of a handful of concert blowouts aiming to burnish the Las Vegas Strip’s reputation as a live-music destination. Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Sam Hunt were among the major country music stars performing at the sold-out, three-day festival at Las Vegas Village 68

October 2, 2017 11:05 PM Lone gunman kills 59, injures hundreds, in Las Vegas concert attack

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A retiree armed with multiple assault rifles strafed an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas from a high-rise hotel window on Sunday, slaughtering at least 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history before killing himself. The barrage of gunfire from the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd 60

October 2, 2017 9:09 PM Mother who lost four children in Migori accident being held in hospital over unpaid bills

A woman who lost four children when a lorry crashed into their house in Migori County on Saturday has been detained by a hospital over bills. Margaret Magutu, 45, is unable to clear her bill of Sh29,500 at St Akidiva Hospital in Mabera. The hospital’s director, Richard Gibiti, says it is not clear how the bill will be settled. “We can give a waiver but how about 25

September 20, 2017 9:32 AM Tialala! Tibim! DP Ruto’s take on Maraga’s statement lights up social media

Deputy President William Ruto is a man under fire after he poked holes on a statement by Chief Justice David Maraga following a wave of protests over alleged collusion by Supreme Court judges and National Super Alliance lawyers (NASA). DP Ruto in a tweet that has so far been retweeted over 3,000 times, read mischief in CJ Maraga’s statement on Tuesday 32

September 17, 2017 2:10 PM Shock Hamilton win after first-lap drama

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton has extended his World Championship lead to 28 points after taking full advantage of a chaotic start in wet conditions which left Sebastian Vettel's own title bid in pieces. Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen are all under investigation from the stewards as the Dutchman was caught in the middle of the two Ferraris and caused 65

September 16, 2017 9:51 AM Of sea girls and my Kiswahili in a truly palatial setting for a new commission

"I have heard the mermaids sing each to each. I do not think they will sing to me.” T. S. Eliot’s lines are what, absurdly, crept into my mind as the taarab lady singer belted out the classical “Uchungu wa mwana (the pain of the child)”. I say absurd because, first, Eliot’s verse is quintessentially English and one can hardly see its link to the recondite 26

September 11, 2017 12:28 AM Stories from Irma: Feeling powerless as the storm finally arrives

ESTERO, Fla. — The forecasters had fiddled with the storm track for days, nudging it to the east and then pulling it back to the west, but when Hurricane Irma finally blew in Sunday, it reminded everyone that when a tropical cyclone reaches a certain size, it simply can’t miss. This storm was nearly as big as the state of Florida, which is why everything 72

September 9, 2017 4:05 AM Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain

Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast. In Florida, 5.6 million people, or 25% of the US state's population, have been told to leave as the storm approaches. At least 20 people are known 47