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President Emmanuel Macro of France said that he met with Barbados-born pop singer Rihanna at the Elysee Palace and discussed ways to address global education goals.

Macron twitted after the Wednesday meeting that he is “committed” to take up the challenge of 264 million out-of-school children.

The Barbadian singer was in Paris, seeking France’s contribution to her education fund for developing countries.

The cost of the August 8 General Election on Kenya’s economy has started to emerge, with firms scaling down on production, investors holding on to their cash and neighbouring countries redirecting their cargo to Tanzanian ports away from Mombasa.

Foreign governments, especially in the West, driven by uncertainty, have stepped up travel advisories to their citizens in the country and those intending to visit, warning that “in the past, some political protests, rallies and demonstrations have turned violent.”

International organisations whose business is outside the provision of humanitarian services and foreign firms have given their staff permission to leave for neighbouring countries a week before and stay until a week after the elections, citing uncertainty over the poll, whose main contenders are Jubilee’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance’s Raila Odinga.