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Jail looms as Pistorius to be sentenced for murder: Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius could return to jail on Wednesday, when a judge is set to sentence him for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide the equivalent of manslaughter.

But an appeals court upgraded the conviction to murder, which has a minimum standard sentence of 15 years. Due to his time already spent in jail and mitigating factors such as his disability, he may be given a lesser term.

Matiang’i orders reinstatement of sacked UoN Deputy VC: Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the University of Nairobi (UoN) council to immediately reinstate sacked Deputy Vice-Chancellor Bernard Njoroge.

In a letter addressed to the Council’s Chairman Idle Farah, Matiang’i stated that he was concerned at the manner in which Njoroge was investigated and subsequently sacked in May.

He pointed out that the committee could have done the investigations in a more professional manner and considered the issue as a clear case of conflict of interest among its members.

Suspects in lawyer murder in court to face charges: Three police officers implicated in the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver are expected in court today.

The officers have been identified as Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Police Constable Silvia Wanjiku.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has rejected claims that police sanctioned extra judicial killings in the country and vowed to ensure those responsible are held to account.

China fits final piece on world’s largest radio telescope: China has fitted the final piece on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, due to begin operations in September. The $180m (£135m) satellite project will be used to explore space and help look for extraterrestrial life, Xinhua news agency reported.

Advancing China’s space program remains a key priority for Beijing.

Scientists are now due to start debugging and trials of the telescope, Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences told Xinhua.

FAST will replace the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is around 300m in diameter, as the world’s largest telescope.

 

 

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