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Following the collapse of its case against President Kenyatta for orchestrating ethnic clashes following the disputed election in 2007, the court's attention now shifts to his deputy

Fiji's new flag will be chosen through another national competition and will be revealed on the 45th anniversary of independence on 10 October

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Keep it simple (and rectangular) says Flag Institute

The Syrian town of Kobani has been won back from Isis by Kurdish forces

War with Isis: Jordan's pledge to fight militants on the ground is coup for US and its allies

Amman's promised offensive would solve huge problem for the West as MPs call for beefed-up British response

Benjamin Netanyahu plays a sinister 'babysitter' in Israeli pre-election advert

The PM claims he is the only one who can look after Israel's children

Vitaly Milonov: How the architect of Russia's anti-gay laws accidentally appeared in a lesbian kiss selfie

The senator outwardly claimed that gay people “rape kids”, that any violence gay people say they have suffered is “fake information”

The Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) believes that thousands of Yazidi woman have already been sold into enslavement (AFP)

World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan 'worst hit' by fundamentalism

Oslo conference hears criticism of West for backing jihadi groups while failing to rein in their extremist treatment of women

Alyas Karmani, a Bradford imam, says male role models ‘simply reinforce misogynistic views’ (AP)

World Woman Festival 2015: No school in Britain free from sexualised bullying, warns leading imam

Alyas Karmani claims schools are reluctant to admit they have problems for fear of critical Ofsted reports

Mary Creagh, shadow International Development Secretary, on foreign aid: 'If you don’t know where it is going then how can you measure if it is working?'

Labour attacks Government for 'wasting' foreign aid budget

The Government has earmarked £1.8bn for private sector schemes in developing countries

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a horse during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva, Russia, in August 2009

Joseph Stalin's grandson says 'brainless show-off' Vladimir Putin should learn from Soviet-era tyrant's example

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili took a Russian newspaper to the European Court of Human Rights over an article calling his grandfather a 'bloodthirsty cannibal' – and lost

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, is the first African to run a global development agency

Winnie Byanyima interview: 'We don't think charity is the way to resolve global inequality' says Oxfam International boss

The James Ashton Interview: The executive director of Oxfam International, was in Davos last week campaigning to close the huge gap between the world’s haves and have-nots

Letter between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi revealed as part of documents seized following Libyan revolution

The letter is part of a stash of documents which will be used to launch damage claims against the Government

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga admitted there has been no contact from the Islamic State since they posted the video of 47-year-old freelance journalist Kenji Goto and 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa, the founder of a private security company.

Isis Japanese hostage crisis: Officials 'have not been contacted' by the Islamic militants

Isis is demanding a $200 million ransom in exchange for two Japanese hostages

Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress

State of the Union address: President Obama's speech in full

This is the full transcript of President Obama's address to Congress

An aerial view shot taken from a helicopter shows people attending a mass rally against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Grozny, Chechnya

Charlie Hebdo protests: Chechnya declares holiday for rally against Prophet Mohamed cartoons as angry worldwide reaction grows

Russia estimated that as many as 800,000 – 60% of the region’s population – attended the rally in Grozny

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