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Kenyans headed to the polls Aug. 4 for a referendum on a new constitution that would shift more power to local governments. It would also address such controversial issues as land reform, abortion and Islamic family courts. Security forces were deployed to prevent the kind of tribal violence that broke out after the disputed 2007 presidential election and left more than 1,000 people dead. The subsequent 2008 power-sharing agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, who became the country's Prime Minister, precipitated this month's referendum.

* | What They're Banning in Abu Dhabi: Travelers going to the United Arab Emirates after Oct. 11 will have to check their wi-fi devices at the border. The U.A.E. announced Aug. 1 that visitors and some 500,000 local subscribers will have to do without BlackBerry messaging and e-mail because of security concerns. The U.A.E. has long battled with the smart phone's producer over the device's encryption, which makes it virtually impossible to monitor content. Two days later, Saudi Arabia announced it would follow suit.

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