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Kenyan president signs anti-doping bill into law NAIROBI: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law on Friday an anti-doping bill required to avoid a ban from the Rio Olympics for a nation famed for its runners but tainted by a spate of doping cases in recent years. The athletics world has been in turmoil since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a report in November citing widespread use of doping in the sport. About 40 Kenyan athletes have been banned for doping in the last three years. Flanked by senior government officials and sportsmen and women, Kenyatta was shown signing the bill into law in a video released by the president's office. "Kenya is 100 percent committed to ensuring total compliance with international regulations on sports and athletics," he said at the signing ceremony, adding that the law is the continuation of efforts "to stand against cheating and corruption." Kenya had been given a one-month extension on ...

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South Africa's Zuma says arms probe finds no evidence of corruption, fraud JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that an investigation into a major arms deal arranged by the government in the late 1990s had found no evidence of corruption or fraud as alleged by critics.The 30 billion rand ($2.1 billion) deal to buy European military equipment has cast a shadow over politics in Africa's most industrialised economy for years. Zuma was deputy president at the time of the deal."No evidence was found as ...

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Hollande talks business on second day of Egypt visit CAIRO: French President Francois Hollande discussed economic and cultural ties in Egypt Monday, a day after he arrived to a lavish welcome quickly overshadowed by his host's controversial human rights record.Hollande, who is visiting Cairo as part of a regional tour, attended a business forum with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with both countries hoping to boost trade and investments.Allegations of human rights abuses under Sisi's government dominated a joint press conference on Sunday, ...

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'Concerned' UN pushes S. Sudan's Machar to return to Juba UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council expressed "serious concern" on Tuesday over delays in the return of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal.The 15-member council met behind closed doors at the request of the United States to hear a report on the latest hurdle in the way of the agreement to end the two-year civil war.Council members "urged all parties to quickly form the transitional ...

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UN chief urges rival South Sudan leaders to form government soon JUBA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the leaders of war-torn South Sudan to form a transitional government quickly and roll out other parts of a fragile peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.Ban made the comments in telephone calls on Sunday with President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, who is due to return to Juba this week to take up his former post as deputy to the ...