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Kenya refuses to give up Kenyatta records

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor on Monday accused Kenya of failing to hand over records which she said were "relevant to critical issues" in President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial. "The Office of the Prosecutor requests the Chamber to find that the Government of Kenya has failed to comply with the April 2012 request to provide financial and other records of the accused," Fatou Bensouda said in papers filed before the Hague-based court. "All of its previous attempts to secure the records have been exhausted," she added.

Chinese firms set to build 20 mln passenger terminal in Kenya

Chinese firms set to build 20 mln passenger terminal in Kenya NAIROBI, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese construction companies are set to construct a 20 million passenger terminal in Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. The 178,000 square meters terminal, which is expected to cost about 645 million U.S. dollars, will give JKIA an extra handling capacity of 20 million passengers annually, boosting the airport's status as a regional hub of international standard.

Kenya eyes trade benefits from planned Chinese-built railway

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya's president inaugurated the country's biggest ever infrastructure project on Thursday, pledging his support for the construction of a $13.8 billion Chinese-built railway that aims to boost regional trade and cut transport costs. Construction is due to start shortly on the standard gauge railway that will link Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa to the town of Malaba on its border with Uganda. It will also be extended to Uganda, to Tanzania and by 2018 to Rwanda.

Kenya launches $13.8bn China-built railway to boost trade

Kenya launched construction of a Chinese-funded 13.8 billion dollar (10-billion euro) flagship railway project Thursday, hoping to dramatically increase trade and boost Kenya's position as a regional economic powerhouse. The key transport link, to run from the busy port city of Mombasa inland to the highland capital Nairobi, is eventually hoped to extend onwards to Uganda, and then connect with proposed lines to Rwanda and South Sudan.

International court members agree on trial exceptions for top leaders

By Thomas Escritt and Michelle Nichols AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's member states on Wednesday agreed to changes to the court's trial procedures that could help defuse tensions between the court and the African continent regarding the approaching trial of Kenya's president. The changes approved by the court's 122 members will make it easier for suspects to participate in trial proceedings via video link and create a special exemption for top government officials, Western diplomats said.

ICC to allow video hearing for some defendants

Defendants at the International Criminal Court may be allowed to attend their trial through video-conference rather than in person, member states of the court decided Wednesday, amid a bid by Kenya's leaders to be excused from their trials. "An accused subject to summons to appear may submit a written request to the Trial Chamber to be allowed to be present through the use of video technology during part or parts of his or her trial," the document approved by the 122 state parties of the court said.

Kenyan president rejects controversial media bill

Kenya's president on Wednesday rejected a controversial media bill passed by parliament that critics have slammed as an attempt to muzzle the press. Last month, MPs voted to set up a special quasi-government body to police the media, with the power to slap huge fines on journalists and outlets if they violate a code of conduct. The bill provoked a furious reaction from Kenya's vibrant independent media, with front pages declaring that democracy and free speech were under attack.

Kenyan president vetoes 'unconstitutional' media law

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have imposed fines and restrictions on journalists, saying it was unconstitutional, the first time he has used his power to reject legislation. Lawmakers voted the bill through this month, triggering an outcry from opposition groups and the media, who said it would stunt democracy in a country which enjoys broad press freedoms.

Kenya reiterates plan to extend high speed railways to Uganda, Rwanda

Kenya reiterates plan to extend high speed railways to Uganda, Rwanda NAIROBI, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday reiterated the plan to extend the Mombasa-Malaba high speed standard gauge railway line to Uganda and Rwanda. Kenyatta made the remarks when meeting with officials from the China Communications Construction Company, which is in charge of building the 14 billion U.S. dollars railway project.

Kenyan President Kenyatta must attend trial

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling that allowed Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend only parts of his trial, saying the African leader "as a general rule must be present" in court. "Any future requests to be excused from attending parts of his trial will be considered on a case-by-case basis," The Hague-based ICC said in a statement. Kenyatta's trial on charges of masterminding some of the 2007-8 post-election violence in Kenya that left over 1,000 people dead and several hundred thousand displaced, is set to start on February 5.
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