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'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.

Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a "phased reopening" of the country, with the resumption of international flights from August 1 as well as the lifting of internal travel restrictions.

Kenya to reopen to international flights

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a "phased reopening" of the country, with the resumption of international flights from August 1 as well as the lifting of internal travel restrictions.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers in Africa, Asia

Nairobi - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

Burundi to navigate stormy waters after president's death

Nairobi - The unexpected death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza plunges the country into uncertainty, opening up the possibility of power struggles in the upper echelons of government.

Kenyans march in capital against police violence

Nairobi - Around 200 people turned out Monday for a protest in a poor Nairobi neighbourhood against police violence linked to the deaths of 15 people nationwide since the authorities imposed a curfew to fight coronavirus.

Kenya bans single-use plastics in protected areas

Nairobi - Kenya on World Environment Day barred all single-use plastics such as water bottles and straws from its national parks, beaches, forests and other protected areas.

Augustin Bizimana: Genocide architect who cheated justice to the end

Nairobi - An agricultural scientist who became an architect of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, Augustin Bizimana cheated justice to the end, lying buried in a corner of Congo as investigators strove for decades to bring him to book.

'We can get it done here': Africa's tech scene tackles virus

Nairobi - Watching from afar as much of the world was brought to its knees by the coronavirus, African scientists, engineers and innovators have turned to homegrown solutions to prepare for the worst case scenario.

'Starve or get sick': Africa's lockdown dilemma

Nairobi - Women and children fell to the ground, bloodied and trampled in a desperate surge for food being handed out in a Nairobi slum, as police fired teargas and men with sticks beat the hungry.

'It's not rosy': Kenya's flowers rot amid virus slowdown

Nakuru - On a Kenyan flower farm, workers stick to their daily schedule of cutting some of the world's finest roses.
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