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Water crisis deepens Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic

With the government barely functioning, Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives.

More than 4,000 people have died from the disease since the outbreak began last August.

Widespread water shortages and the collapse of the health system have made matters worse.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

Microfinance sparks hope in Kenya's slums

Microfinance institutions appear to have defied the global economic slump as a lifeline out of poverty to those considered unbankable.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Kenya where the industry is changing the face of Kenya's largest slums.

Has Obama Snubbed Kenya

The government attempted to put a brave face to the apparent snub of Kenya by U.S. president Barack Obama in his forthcoming debut tour of Africa arguing that since Kenya had not invited the U.S. president, then it cannot be concluded that he has snubbed the country. Foreign affairs minister Moses Wetungula told parliament that Kenya had no control of president Obamas itinerary.

MP's:Uganda Is A Bad Neighbour

Parliament and Kenyans in general today expressed their fury at remarks by President Yoweri Museveni where he disparaged members of the Luo community described them as mad and further claimed that while the Migingo island belonged to Kenya, the surrounding waters belonged to Uganda.

Somali president approves sharia law

Sharif Ahmed, Somalia's president, has approved a bill legislating the implementation of Islamic law in the country, a key demand from armed fighters for their co-operation with his government.

Cholmondeleys Sentencing Pushed To Thursday

Tom Cholmondeley, the Kenyan aristocrat who was convicted of manslaughter last week will now know his fate on Thursday. Justice Muga Apondi said he would deliver Cholmondeley's sentencing on Thursday after hearing final submissions from both the prosecution and defense.

Dog Meat In Kenya

A middle aged man was arrested in Naivasha today after he was found skinning three dogs. The man shocked residents of chechnya estate in the outskirts of Naivasha town when he admitted that he has been feasting on the dogs. He said he collects the carcasses of dogs hit by speeding vehicles on the busy Naivasha, Mai Mahiu road.

Fresh fighting rocks Somali capital

Fresh fighting has erupted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, between fighters loyal to the government and their opponents from al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam.

At least 50 people have been killed and over 200 people have been hurt in fighting over the weekend.

Hunger Strikes In Tana River

Two people die daily in Tana River district from hunger in the area. According to an action aid report, more than a third of the population in the district is facing starvation, despite the area straddling the Tana River.