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August 1, 2017 3:15 PM Africa’s policy, institutional performance weakening

The quality of policies and institutions weakened in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 amid challenging economic conditions, according to the latest review by the World Bank. This weaker trend was observed in 40 per cent of the region’s International Development Association (IDA) countries, notably commodity exporters and fragile states. A release issued from the World 17

August 1, 2017 2:02 PM Kenya leader 'deeply shocked' at election official's killing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's president said Tuesday he is "deeply shocked" by the torture and killing of an election official who was crucial to next week's presidential vote, while concerns grew that the election again will face dangerous unrest. President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Twitter that investigations into Christopher Msando's killing should be allowed 10

August 1, 2017 1:07 PM Venezuela takes 2 political prisoners who were under house arrest into custody

Venezuelan state security agents barged into the homes of two political prisoners under house arrest in the middle of the night Tuesday and took them into custody, the first retaliation President Nicolás Maduro against his opponents following a violence-marred vote widely seen as fraudulent. Leopoldo López, the South American country’s most high-profile 26

August 1, 2017 12:29 PM Protesters demand rapid inquiry into murder of Kenya vote official

NAIROBI -Protesters marched on the offices of Kenya's election commission on Tuesday, demanding a speedy enquiry into the murder of a senior official that has raised fears over the legitimacy of next week's national vote. Chris Msando, the election board's head of information, communication and technology, was tortured before he was killed, authorities 31

August 1, 2017 10:19 AM Top Venezuelan opposition leaders taken into custody amid fears of wider crackdowns

CARACAS — Masked security forces staged middle-of-night raids Tuesday to haul away two leading Venezuelan opposition leaders already under house arrest, possibly signaling an expanded crackdown on dissent after widely denounced elections to boost the authoritian government. The moves against Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma could intensify the international 30

August 1, 2017 10:08 AM China Takes Tough Line on Sovereignty Amid Territorial Spats With Neighbors

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a tough line on national sovereignty Tuesday amid multiple territorial disputes with his country's neighbors, saying China will never permit the loss of "any piece" of its land to outsiders. Xi's declaration came during a nearly one-hour speech in Beijing marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's 16

August 1, 2017 9:40 AM AfDB President to visit Ghana today

While in the country, Dr Adesnina will engage President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, key cabinet members and other development partners on the bank’s partnership with the country and visit key projects being financed by the bank. AfDB’s portfolio in Ghana as at June 2017 is composed of 22 operations with an overall commitment of over $950 million 42

August 1, 2017 8:56 AM ECONOMY ON RIGHT PATH

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, presenting the governments’ mid-year budget review, yesterday told Parliament that the economy was on track. This, he said, was the result of major macroeconomic indicators trending in the right direction. Mr Ofori Atta disclosed that interest rate had seen great improvement, just as the foreign exchange market had also seen much stability 34

August 1, 2017 4:04 AM 'Crucial' Kenya election official tortured, killed days before vote

Nairobi - An official crucial to running Kenya's presidential election next week has been found tortured and killed, the electoral commission chairperson said on Monday, as concerns grew that the East African nation's vote again would face dangerous unrest. Wafula Chebukati helped identify the body of Christopher Msando at the city morgue and said he had injuries 23

August 1, 2017 3:46 AM Qatar has wilfully crossed a red line

There are red lines in any political discourse between nations, societies and cultures. And in the Muslim world, the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the custodian of the two Holy Mosques is a cornerstone, a foundation that is undeniable, unassailable and unequivocal. That is an immovable and irrefutable reality that has existed since the establishment 17