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The Africa Report: 8 August

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Plumes of smoke coming from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a fire broke out in the early hours of 7 August, 2013. Picture: @MsRawxie via Twitter.

KENYAN FIRE CONTAINED, SPECULATION OF A TERROR ATTACK EMERGES

Kenyan authorities have urged people not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the fire that engulfed the country's main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), on Wednesday.

The incident coincided with the 15th anniversary of a twin terror attack on the United States embassy in Tanzania and Nairobi.

Authorities warned that speculation of this nature is injurious and potentially harmful to public security.

Bernard Momanyi, news editor at Capital FM in Nairobi, told 567 Cape Talk's breakfast team on Thursday that a press conference is scheduled for 12pm on Thursday (Kenyan time) where authorities are expected to provide an explanation for the blaze.

The fire, which broke out in the immigration area of the airport, could result in a major blow to the Kenyan economy as a result of a blockage of a vital gateway to the region.

Additionally, all flights were forced to ground and parts of the roof of Terminal 1 have been damaged.

The blaze also stripped bare the shortcomings of Kenyan fire prevention methods with the fire squad taking two hours to get to the blaze and two hours to put it out.

Police and firemen were seen passing buckets of water to one another.

EGYPT CALLS FOR AN END TO FOREIGN MEDIATION TO END THEIR POLITICAL CRISIS

Attempts by the west and Arab world to resolve the political conflict in Egypt have failed, according to interim president, Adly Mansour.

The departure of the United States Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns, and the European Union's envoy, Bernardino Leon, signals a stalemate in mediation attempts which involved the USA, European Union, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Mansour says that they have lost patience with the people protesting in Cairo squares, a repetition of recent threats from him and Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi.

However, protesters remain steadfast in their sit-ins, demanding that ousted leader Mohamed Morsi be released before they agree to end protests.

FRESH STREET PROTESTS IN MOROCCO OVER THE PARDONING OF A PAEDOPHILE

Fresh street protests erupted in Morocco after Daniel Galvan Vina, a convicted paedophile who was serving a 30 year sentence in Morocco, was mistakenly freed last week.

Galvan had been freed as part of a royal pardon but was detained in Spain on Monday.

The pardon was rescinded.

Moroccan officials said his release was a mistake, and that the king had been unaware of the nature of his crimes.

Vina has been convicted of 11 rape charges which saw him rape children aged between four and 15 years old.

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