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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.

US President Donald Trump

Republican efforts to find a replacement for President Obama's healthcare system have collapsed. Two Republican senators said they opposed their party's proposed alternative, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form.

The party has been divided on the issue, with moderates concerned about the effects on the most vulnerable.

President Trump has now called for repeal of Obamacare, so Republicans can start "from a clean slate".

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served as Brazil's President from 2003-11

He was charged as part of a wide-ranging anti-corruption investigation

(CNN)Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former President, was found guilty Wednesday of corruption and money laundering charges, a representative of the federal court in Parana state told CNN.

Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine-and-a-half years in jail. He will remain free during his appeal, and faces corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering charges in four other court cases.

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