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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.

World's biggest refugee camp in Kenya to stay open

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.

Kenya extradites four drug smuggling suspects to the US

Nairobi - Kenya has handed over to the United States four men suspected of trying to smuggle large quantities of heroin, more than two years after their arrest, police said Tuesday.

Kenyan doctors given another five days to end strike

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Thursday gave doctors and nurses five days to end a crippling nationwide strike, reneging on an earlier threat to jail union officials.

No voter ID, no sex, urges Kenyan MP

Nairobi - A Kenyan opposition MP has urged fellow women to impose a sex boycott until their men register to vote in August's general election.

AU asks Gambian President Jammeh to step down

Nairobi - The African Union (AU) Friday urged Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to respect last month's election results and quit power peacefully, warning of "serious consequences" if his actions cause a crisis.

Kenya opposition forms 'super alliance' to unseat Kenyatta

Nairobi - Kenya's main opposition leaders on Wednesday announced the formation of a super alliance in a bid to unseat incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in August elections.

Six arrested over murder of Burundi minister: prosecutor

Nairobi - Burundi authorities have arrested six people in connection with the murder of the country's environment minister, the prosecutor general said Saturday.

Kenya doctors reject offer as strike hits second month

Nairobi - Kenyan doctors on Friday rejected the government's offer of a 40 percent pay rise in the latest bid to end a month-long strike that has crippled public hospitals across the country.

Burundi environment minister shot dead in latest violence

Nairobi - Burundi's environment minister was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura early Sunday, police said, the first killing of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil two years ago.

UN cancels controversial Gambia army chief's Darfur visit

Nairobi - The UN has stopped The Gambia's controversial army chief from visiting troops serving as peacekeepers in Darfur, as international pressure grows on the country's top brass to accept incoming president-elect Adama Barrow.
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