Watch recorded video coverage of the ongoing hostage situation and shootings at the Westgate Mall in Westlands, Nairobi.

At least 20 people have been killed, and scores others seriously injured and rushed to Agha Khan, MP Shah, Kenyatta hospitals.

Medical personally are appealing for the public to urgently donate blood of all group types to assist the casualties.
 

The Kenya Defence Forces have taken over rescue operations at the Westgate Mall in westlands, Nairobi. The attack which has lasted for more than five hours has seen more than 20 people killed and 50 wounded according to the Red Cross.

The government says it’s still too early to say who the attackers are and the motive behind the attack. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku is expected to give press briefing.

More to follow

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US prosecutors on Friday dropped charges against a Saudi princess accused of enslaving a Kenyan woman as a housemaid, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and withholding her passport.

Meshael Alayban, one of six wives of a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, had faced up to 12 years in jail for allegedly making the Kenyan housekeeper work long hours seven days a week for just $220 a month.

At least 22 people are feared to have died and dozens injured at the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack Westlands, Nairobi.

Standard Reporter at the scene has counted at least 10 bodies after the incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon when police and gunmen exchanged fire.

Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said this was a terrorist attack and that there are likely no more than 10 terrorists involved, as gunfire continues to be exchanged.

Security officers have cordoned off the area and advised the public to keep off.

The trial of Deputy President William Ruto and co-accused Joshua arap Sang at the ICC continued Friday, with the court reverting to private session.

In the closed hearing, the public can see inside the courtroom but can neither hear what is said nor see the protected Witness 536.

At the opening of the proceedings, judges turned down a request by the defence that Mr Ruto and Mr Sang address the chamber. Presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said: “Parties are represented by counsel. The chamber will not, this time, allow Ruto address the court from time to time.”

Four people have reportedly been injured after a 2-storey building collapsed in the Mathare area of Nairobi, following a suspected grenade attack. The incident happened near Kiboro Primary School along Juja Road.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta renewed the onslaught against his presidency’s detractors, saying they should not think of dethroning him and his deputy William Ruto soon.

In what would appear as a clue to their future plans, Uhuru on Thursday said those opposing his government should consider waiting for the next 20-years before they exit the stage.

The President said Ruto and himself would be in power for two, 10-year terms each.

“Those who think we are leaving soon should wait for me to clear my two terms and they should know that Ruto has his 10-years also,” he said.

Controversial musician Prezzo is on the run after he was involved in a gun fight outside a popular club in Nairobi's Westlands area.

Police say they want Prezzo aka Jackson Makini to report to Parklands Police Station for grilling after he allegedly assaulted a Swiss military officer in the head with gun butt and holster on Saturday morning.

The two are said to have been involved in an argument outside Aqua Bar over a parking slot at about 3am.

For the first time since independence Kenya will not be represented at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). A statement from State House Nairobi Friday evening said Kenya’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Machariah Kamau, had informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that Kenya would not be at the High Level Week of the Sixty Eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Historically, diasporas have played significant roles in the development of many nations. The state of Israel is an exemplary example of the positive role that a diaspora can play in contributing to the development of their home country. But there are many other examples of how well-structured diaspora engagement can support the development process.

The diaspora population remains one resource that has not been fully exploited by African nations. Until recently, the diaspora was considered by many African governments more of a nuisance than a resource.

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