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Five things to know about Djibouti

Nairobi - Djibouti, which is one-tenth the size of England with a population of just one million, is one of Africa's smallest countries.

Eritrea's murky role in Ethiopia conflict

Nairobi - Eritrea, one of the world's most repressive and secretive states, has played a major role in the conflict unleashed last year when Ethiopia launched an offensive against Tigray's dissident leaders.

MSF says staff witness Ethiopian troops execute civilians in Tigray

Nairobi - The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday its staff had been attacked, and had witnessed Ethiopian soldiers executing at least four men in the war-torn northern Tigray region.

Ethiopian rights body says over 100 killed in Tigray massacre

Nairobi - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Wednesday that Eritrean soldiers massacred over 100 civilians in the war-torn region of Tigray in November, in what may amount to crimes against humanity.

From poaching to avocados, Kenya's elephants face new threat

Makindu - Just after dawn, Tolstoy lumbers into view. A wandering giant, with tusks almost scraping the earth, this great elephant has roamed beneath Mount Kilimanjaro for nearly 50 years.

20 migrants dead after thrown into sea off Djibouti: IOM

Nairobi - At least 20 people drowned after smugglers threw dozens of migrants overboard during a crossing between Djibouti and Yemen, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday.

Eritrean troops killed 'hundreds' in Ethiopia massacre: Amnesty

Nairobi - Eritrean soldiers fighting across the border in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region killed hundreds of people in a massacre in a likely crime against humanity, Amnesty International said Friday.

Despite risks, Nairobi gives cycling a spin in pandemic bike push

Nairobi - Nairobi, morning rush hour: the only cyclist on a busy highway, Steven Odhiambo is narrowly overtaken by a fast-moving minibus.

Kenya's locust hunters on tireless quest to halt ancient pest

Meru - As dawn breaks in central Kenya, a helicopter lifts off in a race to find roosting locusts before the sun warms their bodies and sends them on a ravenous flight through farmland.

Shock as historic charges against Kenyan police dropped

Nairobi - The case was unprecedented in the years-long campaign against police impunity in Kenya -- a record 15 officers ordered to stand trial, accused of a terrifying rampage through a family home.

'It is extreme': Uganda tightens screws as vote looms

Nairobi - Tear gas, midnight arrests, threats and intimidation -- the tactics employed every election cycle in Uganda are familiar to all who dare challenge President Yoweri Museveni's 35-year grip on power.

In the spotlight: The Tigrayan party at the heart of Ethiopia's conflict

Nairobi - From spearheading the struggle against dictatorship to dominating government and then withdrawing from the national stage, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has shaped Ethiopia's history for decades.

Tanzania's 'sham' election leaves democracy reeling

Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli's landslide re-election has been dismissed as a sham by the opposition and diplomats who say democracy has been dealt a crushing blow in one of Africa's most stable nations.

Two accomplices in Kenya's Westgate attack jailed for 33 and 18 years

Nairobi - A Kenyan court Friday handed prison terms of 33 and 18 years respectively to two men accused of conspiring with the Al-Shabaab extremists who attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in 2013, killing 67 people.

'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs

Kabarnet - Peering into the lake, the village elder struggled to pinpoint where beneath the hyacinth and mesquite weeds lay the farm he lived in his entire life until the water rose like never before and swallowed everything.

2 defendants guilty, 1 acquitted, over Westgate attack in Kenya

Nairobi - A Kenyan court found two men guilty on Wednesday for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, killing 67 people.

Mauritius takes stock of oil spill two months later

Nairobi - On July 25, a cargo ship loaded with thousands of tonnes of fuel ran aground off Mauritius, leading to the worst environmental disaster ever witnessed in the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago.

Kenya ministry told to publish Covid-19 deals amid graft scandal

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday ordered Kenya's health ministry to publish details of all purchases made during the coronavirus pandemic following allegations government officials stole millions of dollars of vital medical supplies.

Three Burundians jailed for 30 years over 'attack' on president

Nairobi - A Burundi court has jailed two men and a woman for 30 years over an "attack" in which stones were thrown at a convoy carrying President Evariste Ndayishimiye, a judicial source told AFP Monday.

Kenya declares school year 'lost', classes back in 2021

Nairobi - Kenya on Tuesday declared that its school year was considered lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, and primary and secondary pupils would return to class next January.
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