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The salaries of Kenya's president and MPs will be slashed after next month's fiercely contested elections in a move aimed at reducing the wage bill in the public sector, according to a government gazette signed by the chairwoman of the independent Salaries and Remunerations Commission.

The president's gross salary will be cut from $16,000 to $14,000 (£12,400) a month, while that of MPs will fall from $7,200 to $6,100 a month.

Some of the perks of MPs, including a car grant and an allowance for attending plenary sessions of parliament, have also been abolished.

Uhuru Kenyatta became president in 2013

Kenya's president has warned the country's judiciary not to help the opposition throw the next election into disarray. The presidential poll will take place next month and Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking re-election.

On Friday, after a case brought by the opposition, the High Court ordered the electoral commission not to print ballot papers.

Mr Kenyatta insisted the election would go ahead as planned.

Theresa May's offer to give EU citizens in the UK "settled status" after Brexit has been described as being "far short of what citizens are entitled to".

MEPs, including European Parliament chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt say the proposal is a "damp squib".

It offers Europeans in the UK fewer rights than Britons in the EU, they say in a joint letter to newspapers.

A protest outside the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg earlier this year

A UK public relations firm has apologised over a controversial social media campaign in South Africa that critics say inflamed racial tensions.

The opposition said the campaign by Bell Pottinger was designed to stress the power of white-owned businesses.

The London-based company sacked one employee and suspended another three, admitting the campaign was "offensive".

Ms Magazine, a feminist publication, took its title from Ms Michael's campaign

Sheila Michaels, an American feminist who brought the honorific "Ms" into mainstream use, has died aged 78.

Ms Michaels did not invent the term, but is credited with rescuing it from obscurity after she saw it used in an address, thinking it was a typo.

"Ms" did not convey a woman's marital status, unlike the traditional options "Mrs" or "Miss".

European Council president Donald Tusk shakes hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world's biggest economic areas.

However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.

Two of the most important sectors are Japanese cars and, for Europe, EU farming goods into Japan.

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