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U.S grants Kenya over U.S $ 90 million in aid to fight against Al-Shabaab

The Kenyan Defence Force will receive approximately Us $ 91.5 million or Sh9.5 billion in aid this financial year to enhance the fight against Al-Shabaab, Daily Monitor said Wednesday adding that money will be used to buy equipment, train soldiers and support the Kenya military in Somalia and the fight against Al-Shabaab.

Out of the total sum, about approximately U.S $ 57 million or Sh5.9 billion will go to Amisom, of which Kenya is a part. The money is for enhancing “manoeuvre and border force, counter-improvised explosive devices, intelligence and logistics”.

U.S: Probe launched for American who paid US$ 50,000 to kill a lion in Zimbabawe

US officials have begun an investigation into the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe but say they have been unable to reach the American involved, BBC reported Thursday

The American tourist and a dentist Walter Palmer is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to go on the hunt in Zimbabwe.

According to reports, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it was "deeply concerned" about the "tragic" death of Cecil the lion. Director Dan Ashe said they will "go where facts lead" but efforts to reach Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful.

India executes man for 1993 serial blasts which killed nearly 260 people

A man has been executed Thursday in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which nearly 260 people were killed, Xinhua reported. Yakub Memon was executed, after the India's Supreme Court rejected his last-minute plea to stop his hanging in an unprecedented pre-dawn hearing.

Breaking news: Island debris corresponds to Boeing 777 aircraft but no confirmation its from MH370-CNN

According to a source close to the investigation, Boeing investigators are confident that debris found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean comes from a 777 aircraft, CNN reported Thursday evening.

But according to CNN, an international team of aviation experts is still trying to determine if that airplane part comes from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

New poll shows U.S. billionaire Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential candidate bid

According to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday,  U.S. billionaire Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential candidate field by a significant margin, Xinhua reported.

According to reports, the poll shows that Trump is on top of the new Quinnipiac poll with 20 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is next at 13 percent and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush follows at 10 percent.

Pakistan: Nearly 90 people killed, over 500,000 affected by heavy rains

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Wednesday that at least 86 people were killed, 56 injured and 517,029 others were affected by heavy rains and resulting flash floods in parts of Pakistan over the last two weeks, Xinhua reported on Thursday.

In a press release, the NDMA said that the torrential rains that have been lashing the country since July 15, swept away 20, 858 houses, inundated 801 villages and destroyed standing crops on 233,688 acres of land.

Malaysian Premier: Debris from Indian Ocean "very likely" from MH370

In the latest development regarding the search for Malaysian airline MH370 which disappeared  in March last year, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday that the debris discovered on the beach of Reunion Island is "very likely" to be from a Boeing 777.

Xinhua reported on Thursday that "Initial reports suggest that the debris is very likely to be from a Boeing 777, but we need to verify whether it is from flight MH370," Najib said in a statement on his Facebook page. However, the Premier reportedly warned that it is too early to speculate at this stage.

Uganda government, public universities sign a US $105 million scholarship agreement

The government of Uganda and public universities have signed an agreement to operationalize a new scholarship scheme, New Vision’s Innocent Anguyo reported on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, the Ugandan government will offer about 350 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships under the “higher education science and technology (HEST)” project that is financed with a $105m (approximately 340b) loan from the African Development Bank (ADB).