CIA Apologises:Osama Bin Laden didn’t Facilitate 9/11 Attack

Admitting that the organization had erroneously rushed to judgment in response to an unimaginable tragedy, CIA director Gina Haspel issued a posthumous apology Wednesday to the family of Osama bin Laden in light of new evidence which conclusively clears the former Al Qaeda leader of any involvement whatsoever in the 9/11 attacks. “The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency extends its most sincere and heartfelt apologies not only to Mr. bin Laden, but also to his grieving family and the many friends who stood by his side,” said an emotional Haspel, acknowledging…

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Facebook To process The integrating Of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram

Users may eventually be able to receive WhatsApp messages on Facebook Messenger and Instagram, as the tech giant begins the process of linking the trio of apps. A personal pet project kickstarted by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg is moving towards integrating the apps so that they are more intuitive, prompting users to spend more time on them. For now, the apps will remain separate although the plans involve them being linked at a deeper level to allow messages to travel between them. It is thought to be the social network’s attempts…

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A High School Football Player Was Charged With Killing A 17-Year-Old Pregnant Cheerleader

A high school football player in Mishawaka, Indiana, has been charged with killing a 17-year-old pregnant classmate after she was found dead in a dumpster over the weekend. Aaron Trejo, 16, described by police as the baby’s father, was arrested Sunday after the body of Breana Rouhselang was found with knife wounds. According to charging documents, Breana, who was six months pregnant, was last seen her by her stepmom at 11 p.m. Saturday after she had gone out to talk to Aaron. Unable to find her, the stepmom called police.…

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Sears files for Bankruptcy

Formerly US market-leading chain, Sears, which once dominated the retail sector in the mid-twentieth century filed for bankruptcy on Monday, 15th October. The 125-year old US department store chain filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York having accumulated a debt burden of US$ 5.6 billion (Euro£ 4.3 billion) following years of losses and mounting competition from rival online retailers Amazon and Walmart. A statement by Sears Holdings Corporation read, “The Company and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code…

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South Africa’s largest insurer, Sanlam acquires Moroccan Saham Finances

South Africa’s biggest insurer, Sanlam announced it had fulfilled all conditions needed for the transaction to be finalized and proceeded to pay an equivalent amount of KES 110 billion effectively sealing the deal to acquire the remaining 53.37 per cent stake in Moroccan insurance firm Saham Finances after regulators approved the acquisition. Sanlam CEO Ian Kirk commented, “I was always confident that it was going to go through.” The insurer already owned 46.6 per cent of Saham Finances but the acquisition of the remaining 53.37 per cent will give Sanlam…

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Google unveils Pixel 3 & 3 XL together with Other Devices

At the Pixel 3 event held on 9th October in New York City, Google launched its newest flagship Android phone, the Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub among other devices. The company announced its new lineup and made the products immediately available for preorder before the event even concluded. The Pixel 3 XL is 6.3-inch QHD+ screen with 64 GB retailing at US$ 899 while the 128 GB retails at US$ 999. On the other hand the regular Pixel 3 is 5.5-inch FHD+ screen with 64 GB is going for…

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Mombasa port losing business as Rwanda importers now prefer Dar es Salaam

According to the Rwanda Revenue Authority Deputy Customs Commissioner, Alex Mujeru, the recent improvements at the Dar es Salaam port had spurred efficiency, coupled with a relatively shorter distance from the Tanzanian port to Kigali. This has encouraged Rwandan traders to use Dar es Salaam for their imports. “So many changes have taken place along the Central Corridor since the East African Community (EAC) initiated the Single Customs Territory (SCT) which have led our traders to favour the Dar port. For example, the non-tariff barriers (NTBs) that hindered transport of…

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Two Health Start-ups from Kenya selected for Amref accelerator programme

Baobab Circle Limited and Ujuzi Fursa Africa from Kenya join four other African Start-ups that were chosen competitively for the 2018 Amref Africa’s Innovate for Life Fund Accelerator programme. The four others include Baby Grubz and Tiny Hearts Technology from Nigeria, JOELEX from Uganda and Wastinnova from Zimbabwe. The six start-ups were selected out of 300 applications from across sub-Saharan Africa. The vetting process that ended up with the six innovative start-ups was conducted by a health panel and a selection committee, consisting of African healthcare stakeholders and key investors…

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Amazon opens a new store in New York that only sells products with four-star ratings and above

On Thursday, 27 September saw the first of its kind Amazon four-star opening in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. The four-star implies that everything on its shelves has earned at least a four-star review average from Amazon’s customers. Apart from the store having new and trending items and best-sellers, it has a ton of Amazon hardware and plenty of third-party stuff covering devices, consumer electronics, kitchen, home, toys, books and games. Amazon in a press release introduced the retail store, “We created Amazon 4-Star to be a place where customers…

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United Nations partners with Kenya on the Housing Pillar under the Big Four Agenda

Wednesday, 26 September at the ongoing 73rd United Nation General Assembly in New York, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of a deal to deliver 100,000 affordable housing units. The affordable housing agreement between Kenya and UNOPS is part of the UN agency’s Social Impact Investment Initiative, a programme that underlines UN’s commitment to fostering innovative financing for the Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiative seeks to de-risk infrastructure investment projects that will help to attract financing from the private sector. According to UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo “We know that…

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