March 20, 2019

Review Category : People

Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisions

Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisionsBy George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised on Friday to unite the country after elections last year in which around 100 people were killed mainly in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. The surprise announcement could lower political tension in a country that is East Africa's richest economy and a key regional hub for security, diplomacy and trade. In a live television address with Kenyatta on the steps of the president's office, Odinga said the time had come to resolve their differences.


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7 Dividend Stocks Yielding 7 Percent and More

7 Dividend Stocks Yielding 7 Percent and MoreIn a troubled market environment, some investors have considered selling their stocks. An alternative, then, is taking shelter in high-yield dividend stocks offering a guaranteed return via their distributions -- even if the shares of these stocks may not go much higher. Here are seven high-yield dividend stocks to consider, all of which return at least 7 percent annually to shareholders in the form of their profit-sharing distributions alone.


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Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisions in surprise announcement 

Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisions in surprise announcement Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised on Friday to unite the country after elections last year in which around 100 people were killed mainly in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. The surprise announcement is likely to lower political tension in a country that is East Africa's richest economy and a key regional hub for security, diplomacy and trade. In a live television address with Kenyatta on the steps of the president's office, Odinga said the time had come to resolve their differences. It was the first joint public appearance of its kind by the two politicians since 2013. Kenyatta said: "We have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions. Elections come and go but Kenya remains." They said in a statement they have agreed to establish a new office staffed by advisers to tackle the divisions ranging from opposition complaints over the election to tensions between ethnic groups and corruption. Kenyatta was sworn in last November for a second term after winning a repeat presidential election last Oct. 26 that Odinga boycotted. The Supreme Court earlier nullified an August presidential poll and order the October re-run. Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the meeting between the two "titans" of Kenyan politics was key because they have been feuding for so long. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition opposition leader Raila Odinga shake hands after addressing a press conference on March 9, 2018  Credit:  AFP "The symbolism is very important but it is vital that they also invest heavily in ensuring that a more lasting settlement emerges from their talks," he said, citing the need to stamp out violence every time elections are called. The election season blunted growth in Kenya, East Africa's richest economy and a Western ally in a volatile region. In January, Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to Kenyatta. Before the Friday meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections. Odinga said the opposition had decided to change tactics for the sake of the country's unity. "We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation," he said. Odinga's allies in his NASA coalition, including his running mate in last year's poll, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they were not aware of the meeting and promised to give a detailed statement later. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in the Kenyan capital later on Friday as part of a seven-day visit to Africa and one analyst said his arrival could be linked to the rapprochement between Kenyatta and Odinga. "The U.S. should not be dismissed or discounted. They have successfully engineered this," said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi. One lawmaker said Kenyatta, who is in his final term, and Odinga, who turned 73 in January, may be keen on securing their legacies with the new found unity of purpose. Moses Kuria, a legislator for Kenyatta's Jubilee party said the meeting could be the start of ending the cycle of disputed elections and their ruinous impact on economic growth. "We are the only country that goes for elections and ends up with an economic slump... It is good for the country," said.


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I Am Dying From Terminal Cancer. Here's What It's Taught Me About Living.

I Am Dying From Terminal Cancer. Here's What It's Taught Me About Living.Sparkling bright and eight months pregnant, my French-speaking surgeon in Montreal, Quebec, was perhaps more direct than she would have been in her native language. She’d just removed my uterus and everything else that I could spare from my abdomen, but she was reporting on what she hadn’t been able to remove of the sarcoma that had, in just the weeks waiting for surgery, spread beyond hope in my belly.


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5 Ways Trump Can Test North Korea’s Offer for Talks—and Not Get Played

5 Ways Trump Can Test North Korea’s Offer for Talks—and Not Get PlayedHere are five things Team Trump must do. Just because Kim has offered to sit down and talk to President Trump and discuss denuclearization doesn’t mean that peace is at hand on the Korean peninsula. In many respects, what North Korea is doing is throwing the ultimate Hail Mary pass—and Donald Trump is 90 yards downfield with three all-start cornerbacks defending him.


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Is Colorectal Cancer Rising in Young Adults?

Is Colorectal Cancer Rising in Young Adults?Over the past two decades, reports have demonstrated a steady decrease of about 2.7 percent per year in new occurrence of colon and rectal cancers, despite an increase in the rate of obesity and meat consumption that have been linked to a greater risk of developing colorectal cancer. Smoking is another factor that increases the risk of precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer. While the percentage of smokers decreased from 21 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's thought that much of the risk reduction in colorectal cancer is due to improved screening and surveillance of patients who are at risk.


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