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Trump speech is 'a dog's bark' - North Korea

North Korea's top diplomat has called US President Donald Trump's speech to the UN "the sound of a barking dog".

Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if it posed a threat to the US or its allies.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho's comments were North Korea's first official response to the speech.

The North has continued to develop its nuclear and weapons programmes, in defiance of a UN ban.

Mr Ri told reporters near the UN headquarters in New York: "There is a saying that goes: 'Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on'."

"If [Trump] was thinking about surprising us with the sound of a barking dog then he is clearly dreaming."

Speaking about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump had told the UN: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime."


Kenya’s reelections will cost taxpayers an extra $117 million

Kenya is set to hold another expensive election—with taxpayers expected to foot the $117 million needed for the upcoming presidential poll.

Ezra Chiloba, the chief executive officer of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the October election will cost about 12 billion shillings, most of which will go towards facilitating human resources and logistics. In an interview with The EastAfrican newspaper, Chiloba said they will present the budget to treasury officials this week.


Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as rescue effort begins

The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 58, officials say.

A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble. President Enrique Peña Nieto says at least 200 people have been injured.

The 8.1-magnitude quake was the strongest to hit the region in a century.

"The National Emergency Committee is currently reporting 58 deaths from the September 7 earthquake," the agency's director, Luis Felipe Puente, wrote on Twitter.

Officials said 45 deaths had been reported in Oaxaca; 10 in Chiapas and three in Tabasco.

One of the worst hit towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where at least 17 deaths have been reported. The town hall and a number of other buildings were destroyed or badly damaged.


Lesotho army chief shot dead

The commander of the Lesotho defence force has been shot dead this morning.

There are reports that there was gunfire at an army barracks between high-ranking officers earlier today that led to the death of two high ranking army officers at Lesotho’s Ratjomose Barracks in Maseru.

Reports indicate that the commander of the army, Lt General Khoantle Motsomotso and one of the top suspects in the assassination of late Lt General Maaparankoe Mahao, Lt Colonel Bulane Sechele were shot dead

The minister of defence Sentje Lebona has confirmed the in-fighting and that some soldiers have run away but could not confirm deaths.

It is not yet known what was the source of fighting between high ranking army officers.


Kenya election: Raila Odinga threatens re-run election boycott

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election re-run slated for 17 October "without legal and constitutional guarantees".

But he did not specify exactly what guarantees he wanted.

Last week, the Supreme Court annulled August's election result saying the electoral commission (IEBC) had not followed the constitution.

The court said a new election needs to be held by 1 November. In the 8 August poll, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54% of the vote and Mr Odinga got 45%, according to the electoral commission.

Speaking to journalists, Mr Odinga said that the new election must held in an environment where everything that went wrong can be corrected.


Kenya: Supreme Court annuls presidential election results; orders for a new poll

Kenya Supreme Court has annulled the 2017 presidential election which saw Uhuru Kenyatta reelected as president.
According to the court, the election was marred with irregularities which harmed the vote.
The presidential election, which was on August 8, saw the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta return to office with a 54% win.
However, the Raila Odinga, his main opponent, refused to accept the results from the Electoral Commission.
This morning, judges at the apex court ruled in favour of Raila Odinga, who ask for the nullification of last month's election and called for a new poll.


First black female CEO appointed at BP Southern Africa

Priscillah Mabelane has been appointed as the new chief executive of BP Southern Africa, eNCA reports.

The South African news site adds that Ms Mabelane, a chartered accountant, is the "first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company".

Before joining BP in 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO), eNCA says Ms Mabelane held senior roles at Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), international tax and assurance company Ernst & Young, and South African electricity supplier Eskom.

Ms Mabelane will take up her new post on 1 September.

News site eNCA quotes BP Southern Africa chairperson, Thandi Orleyn, as saying:

"Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development."


Deputy Agriculture Minister resigns!

Deputy Agriculture Minister, Hon. William Quaittoo has handed over his resignation letter to the president after making disparaging comments against northerners.
His resignation comes shortly after the minority in parliament called for his dismissal from the government.
Hon. William Quaittoo earlier this week described northerners as difficult and liars.



Akufo-Addo launches Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the Ghana Astronomy Radio Observatory at Kuntunse, and described the development as the beginning of a new era in Ghana’s quest to harness the potentials of Space Science and Technology for the accelerated socio-economic development of our country.

This new era, according to President Akufo-Addo, will not only witness the deepening of knowledge and skills development in electronics and information and communications technology of Ghanaian scientists, but also enhance their capacity to contribute to the world body of knowledge in the ever expanding field of astronomy and space science.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, August 24, 2017, when he launched the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory at Kuntunse, in Accra.


Troops won't be withdrawn from Afghanistan - Trump

President Donald Trump has said a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill.

He said his original instinct was to pull US forces out, but had instead decided to stay and "fight to win" to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq.

He said he wanted to shift from a time-based approach in Afghanistan to one based on conditions on the ground, adding he would not set deadlines.

However, the US president warned it was not a "blank cheque" for Afghanistan. "America will work with the Afghan government, so long as we see commitment and progress," he said.

The Taliban responded by saying that Afghanistan would become "another graveyard" for the US if it did not withdraw its troops.

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