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Kenya's opposition alliance aims to unseat ruling party

Nairobi - Kenya's opposition lined up Thursday behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, strengthening their challenge to the government in August's polls.

Raila Odinga: Kenya's tenacious, veteran politician

Nairobi - At an age when most would be retired, Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is to run again for president -- his fourth bid to become head of state.

Bus-truck crash in Kenya kills at least 26

Nairobi - At least 26 people were killed and many others injured in a head-on crash between a bus and a truck on the highway between Nairobi and Kenya's second city Mombasa, police said Tuesday."It was a very bad head-on collision.

Top conservationist wounded in Kenya gun attack

Nairobi - Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallmann was shot and seriously wounded Sunday while patrolling her conservation park in central Kenya, a region plagued by violence linked to a drought.

UN rights chief slams 'rape chants' by Burundi youth

Nairobi - The UN rights chief on Tuesday condemned the feared youth wing of Burundi's ruling party for repeatedly calling for the rape and murder of opposition supporters.

Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.

Hungry S.Sudanese 'eat leaves and seeds to survive'

Nairobi - South Sudanese villagers are eating leaves from trees and precious seed stocks as food runs out in areas where famine has not been declared, a humanitarian aid group said Monday.

Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future

- In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end.

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall

Nairobi - The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published Wednesday by the conservation group Save the Elephants.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3 mn: Red Cross

Nairobi - The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens.

S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

Rainy season forecast will not help Kenya as drought deepens

Over three million people in Kenya are at risk of starving as the worst drought in five years continues to tighten its grip on the country. The drought is so bad now that people are burning the carcasses of animals to prevent the spread of disease.

British ranch owner murder suspect held in Kenya

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Tuesday remanded a suspect in custody over the murder of a British man who was shot dead on his ranch earlier this month.Samson Lokayi, 25, was detained on Sunday.

Somali pirates suspected of staging first attack since 2012

Nairobi - Suspected pirates have boarded a tanker and forced its Sri Lankan crew to change course towards the northeastern Somali coast, in what could be the first such attack since 2012.

Rights groups urge UN sanctions for Burundi officials

Nairobi - Rights groups on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on Burundian officials over alleged human rights violations there, in an open letter published online.

Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

Voi - In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Mediator seeks heads of state summit on Burundi crisis

Nairobi - The mediator in Burundi's nearly two-year political crisis on Sunday asked regional leaders to call an urgent summit as deep discord and a government boycott hamper peace talks.

Burundi govt again refuses crisis talks with opposition

Nairobi - Burundi's government affirmed Tuesday it will shun peace talks with opposition figures planned for later this week in Tanzania, dragging out a political crisis that has stretched for over a year.

Kenya jails doctors' officials as strike drama deepens

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Monday jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks.The sentencing prompted the union to say it was calling off talks with the government.
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