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First rigging allegation crops up in Kenya presidential race

First rigging allegation crops up in Kenya presidential race

Without providing any proof, the secretary-general of Kenya’s governing party has said there was election rigging, fuelling public anxiety yesterday as media outlets significantly slowed down their unofficial tallies from Tuesday’s tight vote.

Ten years on, South Africa awaits justice for slain striking miners

Ten years on, South Africa awaits justice for slain striking miners

A decade after her 30-year-old brother was killed when South African police opened fire on miners striking for better wages, Nolufefe Noki is still no closer to obtaining justice.

Hungarians rally against easing of logging rules

Hungarians rally against easing of logging rules

Thousands demonstrated in Budapest yesterday after Hungary’s government eased rules protecting native forests against logging amid energy supply concerns.

Drought declared in several parts of England

Drought declared in several parts of England

Britain officially declared a drought in parts of England yesterday as households faced new water usage restrictions during a period of prolonged hot and dry weather that has already severely tested the nation’s infrastructure.

France battles ‘monster’ wildfire

France battles ‘monster’ wildfire

A “monster” wildfire raged for a third day in southwestern France yesterday, ravaging forests and forcing 10,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Kenya waits impatiently for results of close-fought vote

Kenya waits impatiently for results of close-fought vote

Kenyans yesterday were waiting for the results of the country’s presidential election after a largely peaceful poll, with preliminary results on television suggesting a tight race as low turnout pointed to growing frustration with the political elite.

Ailing beluga put down as last-ditch rescue bid fails

Ailing beluga put down as last-ditch rescue bid fails

An ailing beluga whale that strayed into France’s Seine river was put down by vets yesterday after a last-ditch rescue attempt failed because of its rapidly deteriorating health, local officials said.

Ukraine: 13 killed in Russia attack

Ukraine: 13 killed in Russia attack

Ukraine accused Russia yesterday of exploiting its capture of a nuclear power plant to fire rockets at a nearby town in an attack that killed at least 13 people and wounded many others.

Trump snubs NY attorney general probe posers

Trump snubs NY attorney general probe posers

Former US president Donald Trump said yesterday he refused to answer questions during an appearance before New York state’s attorney general in a civil investigation into his family’s business practices, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

London children to be offered polio booster as samples found

London children to be offered polio booster as samples found

Around one million children in London will be offered a polio booster vaccine after the virus was detected in sewage samples across the capital, health officials said Wednesday.

Ukraine president issues call for blanket travel ‘ban’ on Russians

Ukraine president issues call for blanket travel ‘ban’ on Russians

Ukraine’s president has called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians, an idea that has found support among some European states but angered Moscow which pressed on with a fierce military offensive in eastern Ukraine.

France readies rescue of beluga astray in the Seine

France readies rescue of beluga astray in the Seine

French marine experts attempted yesterday to rescue a beluga whale that swam up the Seine river and return it to the sea, officials said, a complex and risky operation for an animal already sick and malnourished.

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