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VIDEO: Friend reveals new details about Kenyan woman found dead with a rope in her car

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A woman describing herself as a very close friend of the late Stella Kiarie, the Kenyan woman found dead in her car on the Loop 101 in Phoenix, Arizona, with a rope around her neck last Sunday is speaking out.

In an interview with a local TV station, Ms Zoe Sarabo says she was close to Stella Kiarie, but says nothing gave her the sense that anything was wrong.

“I’m still, you know, processing it all,” Sarabo said.

Ms Kiarie worked for the state health department and was the foster mother to a one-year-old child. In a podcast she describes the joy of fostering a child.

Arizona state troopers found Kiarie with a rope around her neck, and say she had injuries inconsistent with a car crash. DPS says it also found a car seat in the back of a vehicle, leading troopers to find Kiarie’s 1-year-old foster child home alone.

Sarabo says Kiarie would never leave the child unattended.

“No, she took him everywhere,” Sarabo said. “Everybody could tell you that Stella had a baby.”

Meanwhile, Sarabo says some people concerned Kiarie.

“Particular individuals she was afraid might scare her at some point or show up at her door,” Sarabo said.

Though Sarabo added she doesn’t know if they were involved in Kiarie’s death.

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“There’s no reason for me to think of that past situation,” Sarabo said. “Those relationships with those individuals were rekindled.”

Sarabo says the last time she saw Kiarie was the day before she was found dead, at a birthday party for Kiarie’s foster child.

Sarabo says she’ll remember Kiarie as a caring foster mother, and a woman with opportunities on the horizon.

“She loved life,” Sarabo said. “She’s going to be missed.”

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Minister caught on video masturbating says clip was for his wife

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South Africa’s embattled Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has resigned two weeks after a video of him masturbating was widely circulated online.

A statement from the presidency said Mr Gigaba – a senior member of the governing African Natuional Congress (ANC) – was “stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs”.

Mr Gigaba had accused South Africa’s security services of hacking his phone and releasing the 13-second video which, he says, was for his wife.

The 47-year-old has courted controversy in recent years over allegations that he used his powerful roles in various ministerial portfolios to assist the controversial Gupta business family.

The Indian-born businessmen were widely linked to several corruption scandals under ex-President Jacob Zuma’s administration.

All parties, including Mr Gigaba, deny any wrongdoing.

Many questioned Mr Gigaba’s fitness to hold office, saying his reputation had been tarnished.

In recent weeks, the questions grew louder, first over a Constitutional Court ruling which upheld an earlier finding that he lied under oath while giving evidence about a government contract.

This was followed by a recommendation by the public protector that he be disciplined for ethical breaches.

Opposition parties had been pushing President Cyril Ramaphosa to sack him, and they have welcomed his resignation.

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Trump has deported over 100 Kenyans

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At least 104 Kenyans have been deported from the United States by President Donald Trump’s administration between 2017 and early 2018 with US’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealing that the leading reasons for deportation of Kenyan nationals include assault, forgery, domestic violence, fraud and drink driving.

The figures are found in the latest report by ICE .

Of the 44,435 immigrants deported from the US since 2003, 2,160 are Kenyans, representing 5 percent. A total of 226 Kenyans were deported from the US in 2010, the highest in one year.

The data also shows that 67 Kenyans are currently detained in US jails for flouting various immigration and customs regulations.

African countries with high number of persons detained over immigration violations are Cameroon (294), Eriteria (257), Nigeria (250), Somalia (205), Liberia (135), Guinea (113), Ghana (103), DRC (101), Gambia (83) and Ethiopia (69).

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MICHELLE OBAMA: My daughters were conceived through IVF after miscarriage

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In what is perhaps the most candid revelation  about herself, former US first lady Michelle Obama  is digging deep into some very personal issues; from a miscarriage to using in-vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters, to marriage counselling.

All this is laid bare in her new book; Becoming.

“I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Obama told ABC News in an interview.

“We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Fertility treatments allowed her to conceive daughters Malia, now 20, and Sasha, 17.

“It turns out that even two committed go-getters with a deep love and robust work ethic can’t will themselves into being pregnant,” she writes.

“We had to do IVF,” she told ABC, in excerpts of an interview that will air in full on Sunday.

She revisits the thrill of her romance with Barack, which began when she was his advisor at a Chicago law firm, describing it as a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.”

But she admits the couple on occasion turned to counselling, where they “learned how to talk out” problems.

In the 426-page book, Obama lays out her complicated relationship with the political world that made her famous. But her memoir is not a Washington read full of gossip and political score-settling — though she does lay bare her deep, quaking disdain for Trump, who she believes put her family’s safety at risk with his vehement promotion of the false birther conspiracy theory.

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In the book, America’s first black first lady says she can “never forgive” Donald Trump for questioning her husband’s American citizenship, saying the president and other “birthers” put her family at risk, in her hotly anticipated new memoir.

Obama also says she was surprised that so many American women voted for the “misogynist” Trump over Hillary Clinton, “an exceptionally qualified female candidate,” in the 2016 election.

The book, Becoming, hits stores on Tuesday. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi-city arena tour to promote the memoir, with celebrity friends like Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon tapped to moderate the events.

It is one of the most awaited books about US politics in years, and Obama does not mince words about her husband’s successor, and his involvement in promoting the idea that Barack Obama was born abroad.

“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” she writes, in excerpts of the book published by ABC News and The Washington Post.

“But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she adds.

“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?

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“Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”

Obama also said her body “buzzed with fury” after hearing the “Access Hollywood” tape on which Trump bragged about being able to grab women with impunity.

Trump did not waste time in responding.

“Michelle Obama got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always insist you come up with controversy. I’ll give you some back,” he told reporters at the White House before heading on a trip to France.

“I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. (…) What he did to our military made this country unsafe.”

Upon Trump’s election, the Obamas faded from the spotlight for a time, retreating to their mansion in an upscale area of the US capital and refraining from overtly political statements.

That silence has now passed, with the former president campaigning actively for Democratic candidates in the run-up to the midterm elections and the former first lady speaking at get-out-the-vote rallies.

Michelle Obama will have more opportunity to speak out as her book tour, which begins in her hometown Chicago, rolls on to New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Boston and other cities.

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