August 4th, 2010
05:54 AM ET

World update: Kenya voting on new constitution

An update from the newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Kenya referendum - Kenya votes today in a historic referendum on a new constitution for the East African country. If implemented, the new constitution would mean radical changes for the structure of government including bringing in a two-tier structure, in some ways similar to the U.S. system of a Congress and Senate.

Russia disaster - Putin travels to the Voronezh and Maslovka areas today to see for himself the devastation caused by searing heat and wildfires. The death toll from the latest fires now stands at 48 according to Russian state media. NASA says that its satellites have detected over 600 fires across the country.

Michelle Obama in Marbella – Famous as a destination for WAGs and flashy Brits, Michelle Obama and her daughters begin their vacation in the Spanish resort of Marbella today. There are reports that she will meet members of Spain’s royal family over the weekend.

Berlusconi vote - Berlusconi warned senators on Monday evening that if government rebels succeeded in overturning his majority in today's vote on the junior justice minister, he would call an autumn election. His threat came on the same day that embarrassing allegations surfaced claiming that the Italian premier shared a bed with three escort girls during adult parties at his residence in 2008.

Campbell to testify? - The judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone which is hearing the trial of Charles Taylor will today decide whether to accept the defense’s motion to have Naomi Campbell’s testimony heard in September. She is currently due to travel to The Hague tomorrow to give evidence after it was alleged that she had accepted a “blood diamond” from the former Liberian president.

“Mini-Monet” - Ayesha Durgahee meets Kieron Williamson, the seven-year-old British child who has been dubbed the “Mini-Monet” after his first exhibition of landscape paintings sold for over $235,000 in just over half an hour last weekend.

Dekker sets sail -   Dutch teenage sailor Laura Dekker sets sail for Portugal on Wednesday, after winning a year-long battle with child welfare authorities worried over her ambition to become the youngest person to sail the globe solo.

Banking boom - More banks today came out today reporting a surge of profits. Lloyds TSB, Soc Generale and Standard Chartered all reported strong earnings. Jim Boulden goes to a bankers’ party today and asks if the good times have begun again.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Howard Gaskill

    This is a country with deep economic problems, so where does Mrs. Obama vacation? In a jet-set resort in Spain! Why not vacation in an American resort where the money plus tips would go to American workers? That woman is basically saying, 'Let them eat cake'.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David kigotho kiriri

    I what to thanks all kenyans,

    August 5, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |