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Kenya Extends Curfew as Covid Cases Surge

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Kenya Extends Curfew as Covid Cases Surge

Kenya is extending its night-time curfew and banning public gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19, warning that hospitals were becoming overwhelmed.

Speaking after a meeting of the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus on Friday, Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said, restrictions of movement from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will remain in place countrywide. Places of worship should operate at one third of their capacity and practice social distancing.

Warning political groups not to act as epicentres for spreading the disease, Kagwe said that hospitals were under strain by the increased infections as hospital beds are currently almost unavailable in the capital, Nairobi.

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According to him, the government plans to boost the supply of oxygen by helping set up plants of the life-saving gas in at least half of the nation’s 47 counties by the end of August.

Kenya has been under some form of curfew since March last year when the pandemic first hit. In total, Kenya has recorded more than 200,000 cases and 3,910 deaths. But the rollout of vaccines has been slow in Kenya, as in many parts of the developing world, partly due to the lack of supply.

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UK’s PM Boris Johnson Reshuffles Cabinet

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UK's PM Boris Johnson Reshuffles Cabinet

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began reshuffling his cabinet on Wednesday, moving some of his under-fire colleagues including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was demoted to Justice Minister after being criticised for his handling of the fall of Kabul.

After months of criticism of several of his top team for missteps and gaffes, Johnson finally started a process some say he wanted to do many weeks earlier, to make the changes he feels he needs to press on with his “levelling up” agenda to boost the economies of the North and Midlands in England.

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Gavin Williamson was the first to be sacked, as education secretary, after a widespread perception of incompetence in his handling of schools during the pandemic.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland was next while Robert Jenrick, U. K’s housing secretary was sacked over his role in a development proposed by a Conservative Party donor.

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Haiti PM Sacks Prosecutor who Accused him of Links to President’s Murder

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Haiti PM Sacks Prosecutor who Accused him of Links to President’s Murder

The investigation into the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise witnessed a major shocker, as the Caribbean island’s prime minister has sacked a prosecutor who had accused him of links to the killing.

The decision by Prime Minister Ariel Henry to fire prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude exposed the squabbling at the highest levels of what is left of Haiti’s government, more than two months after Moise was slain in his home by gunmen.

Henry’s move came hours after Claude asked the judge investigating Moise’s murder to charge the prime minister with involvement in the case.

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Claude had begun pointing the finger at Henry, based on alleged phone conversations that the prime minister had with one of the main suspects in the hours after the killing.

In a second letter, Claude also requested Henry be banned from leaving the island nation “for serious presumptions of assassination of the President of the Republic.”

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Afghan Universities will be Segregated by Gender – Taliban

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Afghan Universities will be Segregated by Gender - Taliban

Afghan universities will be segregated by gender, and a new Islamic dress code will be introduced, the Taliban has said.

Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani indicated women would be allowed to study, but not alongside men.

He also announced a review of subjects taught in schools.

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The Taliban have said they will not prevent women from being educated or having jobs. But since they seized control on 15 August, they have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to stay away from work, until the security situation improves.

Sunday’s announcement of the higher education policy comes a day after the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the beginning of their administration.

The policy marks a significant change from the accepted practice before the Taliban takeover. Universities were co-educational, with men and women studying side by side, and female students did not have to abide by a dress code.

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