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Kenyan police in riot gear fired teargas to disperse crowds of angry supporters of the defeated presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, on Saturday in one of his stronghold regions in the west of the country, a Reuters witness reported. “No Raila, no peace,” they chanted, throwing stones at vehicles and dozens of police in Kondele, on […]

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Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga will not concede this week’s election and will launch a legal challenge if rival Uhuru Kenyatta is officially declared president, an adviser said on Saturday. Provisional results released in the early hours of Saturday handed Kenyatta a slim outright win with 50.03 percent of the vote. But Odinga’s camp had […]

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The son of Kenya’s founding president, Uhuru Kenyatta, won a presidential election with a slim margin of 50.03 percent of votes cast, provisional figures displayed by the election commission on a screen showed on Saturday. Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, secured 6,173,433 votes out of a total of 12,338,667 ballots cast, […]

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Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted and sentenced to a year in jail over an illegal wiretap. He was accused of arranging for a police wiretap concerning a political rival to be leaked and published in a newspaper run by his brother. Mr Berlusconi is likely to appeal and will remain free in the […]

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died, his vice-president has announced. Mr Chavez had not appeared in public since he returned to Venezuela last month after cancer treatment in Cuba. An emotional Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening, flanked by leading Venezuelan political and military leaders. Earlier, he said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had […]

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Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces trial at the ICC next month, has established a large lead over rival Raila Odinga in early results from Kenya’s presidential poll. With results in from over 40% of polling stations, Mr Kenyatta has 53% of the vote, against 42% for Mr Odinga. The head of the electoral commission emphasised these […]

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Kenyans are awaiting results in their country’s presidential election, after millions cast their votes on Monday. With about a third of polling stations reporting, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta held an early lead over his main rival, PM Raila Odinga. The head of the electoral commission emphasised these were provisional figures and urged Kenyans to […]

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At least 15 people were killed in attacks by machete-wielding gangs on Monday as Kenyans queued to vote in a presidential election they hope will rebuild the nation’s image after a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of tribal bloodshed. Just hours before the start of voting and with long queues across the east African country, […]

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Pope Benedict XVI has pledged his “unconditional reverence and obedience” to whoever succeeds him as head of the Roman Catholic church as he prepares to stand down. In an apparent attempt to defuse growing concerns that his abdication – the first in almost 600 years – would sow further division among the church, Benedict told […]

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Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church. He had been accused of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s, claims he contests. In a statement, Cardinal O’Brien, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh apologised to those he had offended for […]

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