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Collision between young Earth and another planet might be why we’re all here today

Humans have tamed (or utterly destroyed) much of the planet in our brief time here, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Earth’s history. How the early Earth formed, how its abundance of various chemicals and elements got here, and what shaped its future are things...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:22 AM

Venezuela opposition leader declares himself interim president

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country's interim president on Wednesday before thousands of demonstrators cheering in support. "I swear to formally assume the powers of the presidency of Venezuela," the 35-year-old politician said as he raised his right...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:13 AM

History-making Oscar nominations leave top prize up for grabs

Netflix movie ‘Roma’ and British historical romp “The Favourite” from Fox Searchlight led nominations for the Oscars on Tuesday in a history-making lineup that left the best picture race wide open. The lists for the highest honours in the movie industry were packed with...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:41 AM

Kenya eyes deals with South Sudan, Ethiopia to boost accountants’ migration

Kenya’s accountancy body said Monday that it is seeking to sign mutual recognition agreements with South Sudan and Ethiopia in order to boost labour migration. Julius Mwatu, chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), told journalists in Nairobi that East...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia

A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck off Indonesia's central island of Sumbawa, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The tremor on Tuesday followed a pair of offshore quakes in the same area earlier Tuesday, including one that was magnitude...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 9:10 AM

More than 100 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack

More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed when armed Taliban fighters attacked a military base and police training centre outside Kabul on Monday, a senior defence ministry official has said. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 9:02 AM

China’s birth rate falls to lowest ever

China’s birth rate last year fell to its lowest since the founding of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago, official data showed on Monday, with looser population controls failing to encourage couples to have more babies. The birth rate stood at 10.94 per thousand, the lowest...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 11:52 PM

Three and counting - women Diamond has taken home to his mom but failed to marry

In the African setup, when a man introduces his girlfriend to his parents, it’s usually a sign that he is keen to take the relationship to the next level - which is marriage. Recently, bongo flava star Diamond Platnumz introduced his current Kenyan girlfriend, Tanasha Donna, to his mother...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 11:00 PM

Can’t resist fatty food? Just surround yourself in its scent for two minutes and your cravings will subside, scientists say

Being surrounded by the scent of a burger or pizza for two minutes is enough to banish your cravings for junk food, new research claims. Smelling the aroma for less than 30 seconds will tantalize you and drive you to give in to temptation. But 90 seconds more will satisfy your senses, according...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

CFTA could be in force by mid-year

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement could be in force by mid-year, given the current pace of ratification, trade experts have said. Ministers of Trade and Industry from across the country have expressed optimism that the agreement could be in force soon and called for...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 11:47 PM

Falz takes Nigerians to the classroom with new album

Sound Sultan’s ‘Mathematics’ was probably the last time a Nigerian artiste took the entire country on a nation building course in a classroom from the comfort of their homes. Buying into this idea, Falz didn’t hesitate to harness the guiding powers that comes with the four...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 11:30 PM

Alcohol avoidance can help you sleep better, lose weight

An alcohol-free January could not only save you money but also help you sleep better and lose weight, a new study shows. According to new research from the University of Sussex, taking part in what is referred to as ‘Dry’ January, which involves abstaining from alcohol for a month is...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:50 AM

A virus even more dangerous than Zika to pregnant women

The mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy, according to new research. In a study published last month in the journal Science Advances, researchers used infected rats and human fetal tissue to discover how the...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:50 AM

Latest gadgets want greater peek into our lives

The latest gadgets want even greater access to your lives. This week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas was a showcase for cameras that can livestream the living room, a bathroom mirror that captures your face to offer beauty tips and a gizmo that tracks the heartbeat of an unborn child. These...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:44 AM

Antarctica ice loss increases six fold since 1979: study

Global warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before -- about six times more per year now than 40 years ago -- leading to increasingly high sea levels worldwide, scientists warned Monday. Already, Antarctic melting has raised global sea levels more than half an inch (1.4 centimetres...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:42 AM

High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found. Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber’s...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:37 AM

AfCFTA receives further support from Pan-African organisations

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and the AfroChampions Initiative (ACI) have signed a partnership agreement committing to provide support to governments and the private sector in realising the Africa Continental Free Trade Area. The agreement was signed by Frank Matsaert, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)...

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Indian to host world’s largest religious festival

Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the...

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda tea fetches higher price than neighbours

Rwandan tea outperformed Kenya’s at the Mombasa auction last year on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers. Data from Tea Directorate indicates a kilogramme of Rwandan tea on average fetched Rwf2,520.88 against Kenya’s Sh2,301.26 last year. Rwanda,...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:58 PM

Marriott looks to reboot loyalty plan after cyber attack

Marriott International Inc will relaunch its loyalty programme under a new brand name, the company said on Wednesday, as it seeks to undo the damage to its name from a massive cyber-attack that led to millions of customer records being stolen. The world’s biggest hotel chain said the new...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:56 PM

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