Top of the Morning: #KenyaDecides; Baby Cured of HIV; Pakistani Shia Once Again Targeted

These are the top stories from DAWNS Digest–a global news curation service. We have also included to top news from the Kenyan elections

Baby Cured of AIDS in Major Scientific Breakthrough

Doctors in the USA reported that for the first time ever, a baby born with AIDS has been cured of the disease. “The baby, born in rural Mississippi, was treated with antiretroviral drugs starting around 30 hours after birth, something that is not usually done. If further study shows this works in other babies, it will almost certainly change the way newborns of infected mothers are treated all over the world. The United Nations estimates that 330,000 babies were newly infected in 2011, the most recent year for which there is data, and that more than 3 million children globally are living with HIV. If the report is confirmed, the child born in Mississippi would be only the second well-documented case of a cure in the world, giving a boost to research aimed at a cure, something that only a few years ago was thought to be virtually impossible.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/12mUcEE)

Pakistani Shia Minority Targeted in Yet Another Terrorist Attack

Shiites in Pakistan are increasingly the target of attack by Sunni extremists. Over 40 people were killed and 150 wounded in a bombing yesterday outside of a mosque in Karachi. “No one has taken responsibility for the bombing, but Shiite Muslims have been increasingly targeted by Sunni militant groups in Karachi, Pakistan’s economic hub and site of years of political, sectarian and ethnic violence, as well as other parts of the country. The bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers in Pakistan’s largest city. Initial reports suggested the bomb was rigged to a motorcycle, but a top police official, Shabbir Sheikh, said later that an estimated 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives were planted in a car.”  (HuffPo http://huff.to/12mVwYg)

Kenya Decides

First reports of violence: details are still sketchy, but police say at least 15 people were killed in clashes in Mombasa. (NBC http://nbcnews.to/YnxvuO)

CNN offers a useful general overview of the candidates, and why the international community is worried that there will be some violence. (CNN http://bit.ly/12mUTxV)

Worries of a plot to disrupt the elections, possibly through terrorist violence in Nairobi. (Capital FM http://bit.ly/12mW8gx)

Kenyans are vowing that they will not turn to fighting following tomorrow’s elections. (CSM http://bit.ly/XQtvAQ)

Raila Odinga complained of vote-rigging by his main rival, Uhuru Kenyatta. (Telegraph http://bit.ly/12mWiEH)

A new technology is being employed to ensure that the votes are not rigged. (AlertNet http://bit.ly/YZi0u2)

CNN reporters say the will not give up the source of their report that a militia is training in the Rift Valley. (Capital FM http://bit.ly/YZih01)

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