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US Inflation Eases In July As Petrol Prices Drop
Prices in the US continued to rise rapidly last month, but a fall in petrol costs helped to ease the pace.
The Labor Department says the annual inflation rate, the pace at which prices rise, was 8.5% in July, down from June when it surged to 9.1%.
The higher costs have left many families struggling and had a significant impact on the economy.
Petrol prices fell by 7.7% compared with June, when prices at the pump had hit a record high of more than $5 per gallon on average. Overall the report was better than many analysts had expected.
Donald Trump Refuses To Answer Questions In New York Investigation
Former US President Donald Trump has declined to answer questions as part of a New York state investigation into his family's business practices.
Mr Trump had sued in an effort to block the interview at the New York attorney general's office.
State officials accuse the Trump Organization of misleading authorities about the value of its assets in order to get favourable loans and tax breaks.
Mr Trump denies wrongdoing and has called the civil probe a witch hunt. An hour after he was pictured arriving at the Manhattan office where he was questioned under oath.
Mr Trump released a statement in which he criticised New York Attorney General Letitia James and the broader investigation.
UN Chief Commends Kenyans For Peaceful Polls
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has commended Kenyans for observing peace during the elections.
He commended the electoral commission and Kenyan authorities for ensuring that voters were able to exercise freely their right to vote.
He has urged politicians and voters to be calm and restrained as they wait for results.
The polls body is yet to provide the final turnout figures but the initial estimates suggest a decline from the 2017 election - when 80% of the registered 19 million voters turned out to vote.
Ethiopia Dam's Second Turbine Starts Producing Power
Ethiopia says the second turbine of a controversial dam over the Blue Nile has started generating electricity.
The $4bn mega-dam has been a huge source of controversy between the East African country and the two downstream countries Egypt and Sudan that depend heavily on the Nile for their essential water supplies.
It is expected to generate more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity upon completion.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says there hasn’t been any impact on the water supplies of the downstream countries.
Blinken Raises Concern Over Human Rights In Rwanda
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has expressed serious concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda after talks with President Paul Kagame in the capital, Kigali.
Mr Blinken says he had raised US concerns about the detention of Paul Rusesabagina - a permanent resident of the United States - who is credited with saving hundreds of lives during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
Mr Blinken says he had urged President Kagame to address concerns about legal protections afforded to Rusesabagina - particularly, the lack of a fair trial.
World Health Organisation Says 160 Million Nigerians Risk Yellow Fever
The World Health Organisation says that 160 million Nigerians are at risk of yellow fever.
The Medical Officer, WHO Nigeria, Dr Anne Baptiste, says, Yellow fever is dangerous because a small percentage of patients will go through a more toxic phase of the disease.
The WHO says Nigeria is at risk of both urban and sylvatic exposure to the disease. The global health body, however, said Nigeria has vaccinated over 45 million people against yellow fever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, says that the government has strengthened surveillance for the disease.