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June 24, 2017 4:13 AM Tributes pour in for Botswana’s Sir Ketumile Masire

Politicians from at home and abroad led the tributes as Botswana mourned the passing of former President Sir Ketumile Masire. “He had the charisma, people would come and follow his rallies. This man had the gift of the gab,” said former Speaker of the National Assembly Margaret Nasha. That charisma, combined with discipline, focus, democracy and a deep understanding 2

June 23, 2017 1:34 PM The Energy 202: This Energy Department official has a history of disturbing tweets

"Who is this little arrogant self-hating Jew to tell anyone for whom to vote?” These are some of the questions asked by William C. Bradford on Twitter before he was appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy. In those now-deleted tweets, which The Washington Post reported on late Thursday, Bradford remarked

June 23, 2017 10:45 AM Google Maps good for finding restaurants and parks, but unreliable for high-end tasks, says Survey of India

Indian government doesn't want Indians to use Google Maps, because it believes that the service is not reliable for high-end applications. The Survey of India (SoI), the country's mapping and survey organisation, doesn't think that Google Maps, one of the world's most widely-used mapping services, is good enough to be used for high-end applications 1

June 22, 2017 5:04 AM Kenya: Vote Hunt Takes Toll On Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto

Every morning, for the last 10 days, President Uhuru Kenyatta's official Facebook and Twitter pages featured a map indicating where the Jubilee Party heads would be spending the day. The template for the image is a photo of the President being a literal Jubilee Party flagbearer and his running mate, Deputy President William Ruto, looking on next to him, clapping

June 22, 2017 4:40 AM Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS said American aircraft had destroyed 3

June 21, 2017 7:07 PM Rise in jumbo population lifts tourism recovery bid

The population of elephants in Maasai Mara and Tsavo parks has increased to 15,360 elephants in three years on reduced poaching, offering a major boost to Kenya’s rebounding tourism sector. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the two parks had 15,360 elephants in the period between February and May, up from 12,648 in 2014. KWS director-general Kitili Mbathi 1

June 20, 2017 10:24 PM Report: More Than 3,000 Killed In Violence In Central Congo

A volunteer brings daily food rations for people who fled the conflict in the Kasai region earlier this month. They are at a camp for internally displaced persons in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 3,000 people have been killed in a remote region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report from Congo's Catholic Church 2

June 20, 2017 6:00 PM Teachers face mass transfers in new order

About 305,000 teachers are facing transfers following President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive on reallocation of existing staff to ensure equitable distribution across the country. The Head of State said some schools have more teachers than they require while others do not have adequate staff. In a speech read by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i 1

June 20, 2017 1:04 PM Physical security market expected to reach USD 158.79 billion by 2022 according to new research report

According to the new market research report, "Physical Security Market, by Components (Hardware [Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Access control, Others], Software [Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Management Analysis and Modeling Software], Service [Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), Remote Management Services, Technical Support 2

June 20, 2017 10:35 AM Raila Odinga links military and NIS to poll rigging plot

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga claims the National Intelligence Service (NIS) is party to a plot by Jubilee Party to rig August 8 General Election. Mr Odinga on Tuesday also accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party of dragging the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) into the elections. Military officers, he said, are being trained to man the polls as officials 2