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UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and Nairobi

UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $  1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and NairobiKenya’s opened a $ 1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight. The extension links to another Chinese funded and built $ 3.2 billion line between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened in 2017 but is so far underutilised for cargo services. Upgrading Kenyan railways has been part of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects aimed at improving land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.



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Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to NairobiKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $ 1.5 billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The development of Kenya’s railways has been part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-billion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa. Kenya had planned to open an industrial park in Naivasha, offering companies tax breaks for investing in manufacturing, and preferential tariffs for electricity generated in the nearby geothermal fields.



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Gunman opens fire at church wedding ceremony, 2 people shot

Gunman opens fire at church wedding ceremony, 2 people shotA gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday, shooting two people including the presiding bishop before guests tackled the shooter and pinned him to the ground until police arrived, authorities said. Dale Holloway, 37, has been charged with first degree assault for shooting Stanley Choate, 75, in the chest at the New England Pentecostal church, according to the state’s attorney general office. A second person, Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm.



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Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests

Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protestsHong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long weekend, with its metro rail system only partially functioning and authorities warning residents they may have trouble commuting due to widespread vandalism of infrastructure. The Chinese-ruled city braced for more demonstrations through the week and embattled leader Carrie Lam was due to address the media at a weekly news conference on Tuesday morning after the most violent clashes in around four months of anti-government unrest. The protests, which show no sign of abating, pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.



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Supreme Court, trying to remain above the partisan fray, opens 2019 term with a debate about insanity

Supreme Court, trying to remain above the partisan fray, opens 2019 term with a debate about insanityThe justices also focused their attention on new guidelines encouraging them to wait two minutes before asking questions, which they barely managed.



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U.S. Supreme Court opens new term, with an ill Justice Thomas absent

U.S. Supreme Court opens new term, with an ill Justice Thomas absentThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday debated the insanity defense in criminal prosecutions and delivered a potential setback to gun control advocates as it opened its new term on Monday with a flurry of activity on a day when its longest-serving justice, Clarence Thomas, was absent due to illness. The conservative-majority court returned after a three-month break to launch its new nine-month term with arguments in a trio of cases. The court hears the term’s first major case on Tuesday on whether a landmark federal anti-discrimination law that bars sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and transgender employees.



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Four People Dead, Five Injured After Shooter Opens Fire in Kansas City Tequila Bar

Four People Dead, Five Injured After Shooter Opens Fire in Kansas City Tequila BarSergio Flores/ReutersFour people are dead and five are injured after a shooter or shooters opened fire in the Tequila KC bar in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday morning, according to a tweet by the Kansas City Police Department.Police spokesman Thomas Tomasic told CNN that police arrived to find four dead people inside the bar but have not released a description of the suspect or suspects, who remain at large. “We do not have a good enough description yet, to put anything out for a suspect, or suspects, we don’t even know how many,” he said.The five injured people are reportedly in stable condition. Local media report the shooter or shooters walked into the popular tequila bar on 10th and Central Ave. and opened fire.On Sunday, the Kansas City division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that they were also involved in the investigation to find the perpetrators. This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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France Opens Terrorism Probe After Police Knife Attack

France Opens Terrorism Probe After Police Knife Attack(Bloomberg) — France’s anti-terrorism office is investigating a possible terrorist attack after an employee of the police knifed four colleagues to death and hurt two more on Friday in Paris, raising questions about national security.Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard described “a scene of extreme violence” during a news conference on Saturday, and said his office is still trying to understand the attacker’s motives as well as the context that led to his act.The investigation shows that the assailant, a 45-year-old man, assaulted his colleagues with a kitchen knife and an oyster knife he’d left the office especially to purchase, Ricard said. The man had been working for the intelligence services’ computer maintenance department since 2003, he said.An anti-terrorist probe was opened after police accessed dozens of text messages he exchanged with his wife prior to the attack. The fact that the assault had clearly been planned, the nature of the killings and the man’s religious commitment led investigators to suspect a terrorist act, the prosecutor said.The attacker converted to Islam about a decade ago and is known to have approved of killings perpetrated for religious purposes, the prosecutor said, adding he’d also been in contact with individuals belonging to a radical salafist trend and had exchanged religious comments with his wife less than an hour before the knifing.Ricard recently said the threat of terrorism had returned to France. A wave of attacks has shaken the country since 2015, after assaults in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery killed 17 people in Paris and then 130 at the Bataclan concert hall in the French capital.(Updates with details from prosecutor’s news conference from first paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Angeline Benoit in Paris at abenoit4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lukas Strobl at lstrobl@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss, James AmottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Saudi Arabia: As kingdom opens up to tourists, will people visit?

Saudi Arabia: As kingdom opens up to tourists, will people visit?Those who study international tourism say a combination of geography, history and culture could make the kingdom an attractive tourist destination.



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Saudi Arabia implements public decency code as it opens to tourists

Saudi Arabia implements public decency code as it opens to touristsSaudi Arabia said on Saturday it would issue fines for 19 offences related to public decency, such as immodest dress and public displays of affection, as the Muslim kingdom opens up to foreign tourists. The Interior Ministry decision accompanies the launch of a visa regime allowing holidaymakers from 49 states to visit one of the world’s most closed-off countries. Violations listed on the new visa website also include littering, spitting, queue jumping, taking photographs and videos of people without permission and playing music at prayer times.



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