Category : Capital News

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China arrests activist who criticised Xi over virus: rights group

China’s ruling Communist Party has severely curtailed civil liberties since Xi took power in 2012, rounding up rights lawyers, labour activists and even Marxist students © AFP/File / NICOLAS ASFOURI Beijing, China, Feb 18 – Police in Chin...

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Smog veils Central Asia cities as smoky stoves choke locals

a heavy cloud of dark smog often blots out the view of snow-capped mountains in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek © AFP / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Feb 18 – Snow-capped peaks used to be clearly visible from the streets of Almaty and...

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Maduro says ‘not afraid of military combat’ in Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro still enjoys the support of Turkey, Russia, China and Cuba but dozens of other countries do not recognize him as leader © Venezuelan Presidency/AFP/File / MARCELO GARCIA Caracas, Venezuela, Feb 18 – President Nicolas Maduro on Mo...

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On Greek mainland, locals stonewall migrant relocations

Inhabitants hold a banner reading “Patriotic Movement of Pieria” as they gather outside the town hall during a protest against the creation of a migrants’ hosting centre, in Makrigialos, a beachfront tourist village, some 460km nort...

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Drought slashes Australian crop output to record low

Swathes of Australian farmland have suffered three or more years of drought © AFP/File / Peter PARKS Sydney, Australia, Feb 18 – Australia’s hottest and driest year on record has slashed crop production, with summer output expected to fal...

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Weinstein jury to begin deliberations

Harvey Weinstein faces life in prison if convicted of predatory sexual assault charges in New York © AFP / Johannes EISELE New York, United States, Feb 18 – Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of ex-Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein on Tuesd...

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WHO warns against virus over-reaction as death toll hits 1,868

The WHO has praised China for taking drastic measures to contain the virus © AFP / STR Beijing, China, Feb 18 – The World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, even...

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NHIF slashes publicity budget, bank commissions in Sh1.1bn budget cuts

In changes announced by the NHIF board, the fund’s budget was reduced by a whooping Sh1.1 billion in budget cuts geared at lowering administrative costs/NHIF NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Monday restructured its 2...

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The global spread of the new coronavirus: Where is it?

A health quarantine officer (C), wearing protective gear at Daxing International Airport in Beijing, holds a health document to be filled and signed by arriving passengers because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI Beij...

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Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

A plane carrying American passengers released from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined off Japan, arrives at Travis Air Force Base in California — the passengers will undergo further medical isolation in the US © AFP / Brittany H...

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Aging locusts pose no threat, they will soon die – CS Munya

Munya said a recent aerial surveillance had reveled most swarms comprised of what he termed as yellow locusts which he said would “die soon,” dispelling fears of an imminent destruction of food crops that could potentially render the country food ins...

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Rashid Echesa takes plea in dubious military equipment tender saga

Echesa denied the charges ranging from obtaining money by false pretense to conspiracy to commit a felony before Chief Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot/CFM NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa Monday faced twelve fraud-r...