Kenya’s Ruto: from village chicken seller to president

SAMBUT, Kenya, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – In the rolling red hills outside the western Kenyan town of Eldoret, residents remember William Ruto as a barefoot schoolboy who sold chickens at a roadside stall. Even then, he possessed a fierce intelligence, they recalled, as they welcomed his ascent to his country’s presidency on Monday with a … Read more

South Africa’s ‘quiet revolution’ as those with cash go solar

Power crisis drives South Africans to solar PV Cost barrier widens the gap between rich and poor Not selling back to the net a missed opportunity JOHANNESBURG, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Thanks to his solar panels on the roof, Pierre Moureau only notices the blackouts that regularly plunge South Africans into darkness when complaints surface … Read more

Zimbabwe blames measles spawn on cult rallies after 80 children die

A child receives a measles vaccination during a campaign in Juba, South Sudan Feb 4, 2020. REUTERS/Samir Bol/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HARARE, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – A measles outbreak has killed 80 children in Zimbabwe since April, the health ministry has said blamed church cult gatherings for the … Read more

UN chartered ship in Ukraine ready for trip to Africa

YUZHNE, Ukraine, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – The United Nations-chartered ship Brave Commander will depart from Ukraine for Africa in the coming days after it finishes loading more than 23,000 tons of wheat at the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, said a UN official. The ship, which has arrived in port near Odessa, will sail to Ethiopia … Read more

Ruto wins presidential election in Kenya as tempers flare

NAIROBI, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – Kenya’s vice president William Ruto has taken a lead in a tight presidential race, according to official results reported by Kenyan media on Sunday, as more riot police were deployed at the National Election Observatory after skirmishes and accusations by party agents. The spat underscored ragged tempers and high tensions … Read more

Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew amid deadly anti-government protests

FREETOWN, Aug. 10 (Reuters) – At least two police officers and a civilian have been killed after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, officials at the city’s main morgue said Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and … Read more

Ukraine halted oil flows to Europe over payment difficulties, Russia’s Transneft . says

The receiving station of the Druzhba oil pipeline between Hungary and Russia is seen at the Danube Refinery of the Hungarian MOL Group in Szazhalombatta, Hungary, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ukraine Pipeline Operator Was Paid, But Money Back – Transneft Shipments stopped since 4 … Read more

Israel, Palestinians agree to ceasefire from Sunday evening – sources

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (Reuters) – Israel and Palestinian militants have agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza from Sunday night, as brokered by Cairo, sources said after a weekend of shelling Palestinian targets with longer-range rocket attacks against its cities . An Egyptian security source said Israel had agreed to the proposal, while a Palestinian official … Read more

Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo complete gold double to lighten Games

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 6 (Reuters) – Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah ran to victory in the 200m and Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo held onto the men’s win in the 5,000m to complete Saturday’s contrasting gold doubles the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium. After taking gold in the 100m on Wednesday, Thompson-Herah made it look easy again … Read more

Airstrikes, rocket attacks push Israel and Gaza into second day of fighting

Fourteen dead, at least 110 injured – Palestinian Ministry of Health At least 160 rockets fired at Israel – military Israel killed Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Friday GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (Reuters) – Israel struck Gaza on Saturday and Palestinians fired rockets into Israeli towns after an Israeli operation against the militant Islamic Jihad … Read more